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ZIP LINE & INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU – 7D

ZIP LINE & INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHUPerú, is one of the most unique and picturesque countries on earth. Aside from being home of the Incan people, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating back long before the famous Inca culture.

We take you on the 4 day Inka Trail trek, Peru’s best-known hike visited by thousands of hikers every year.

The 28-mile Inka Trail trek 4-day, zip line experience and Sacred Valley will be leading us to the holy Incan city of Machu Picchu which combines the visit of mysterious archeological sites, amazing mountain scenery, and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and wildlife, as well as you be fully supported by our amazing trekking staff.

We will end our journey at the famous World Heritage site – New Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu and learn about its fascinating and enigmatic history.

Ready for one of the world’s “must- do” adventures? Join us on our unique 7-day itinerary expedition that combines traditions, history, a fun and safe zip line experience and the visit to the marvelous city of Machu Picchu perched high above the Sacred Valley. 

Action Peru Treks is highly recommended by TripAdvisor.

Join hundreds of happy trekkers who have experienced the adventure of a lifetime!


ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Our APT representative will meet you at the airport when you will arrive in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca civilization, and you will be transported to your hotel in the heart of the city.

Begin to acclimate your body and take a warm-up walk through the historical city. See Cusco’s famous buildings, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Meet your small group of fellow hikers and tour guide during our welcome meeting and tour briefing. Get prepared to immerse in the Sacred Valley, fly through the air at a very high speed over the Andes mountains by zip lining and hike the iconic Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
  • Highest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
  • Level of difficulty: Easy

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour and Zip Line

Drive along the Andes to immerse in the history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas by visiting Chinchero, learn how the local people live sustainably in the Andes Mountains.

Understand their spiritual connection to their ancestors and how they support themselves as farmers and textile weavers, as well as learn Quechua which is the Inca language that is still spoken by the locals.

After our visit to Chinchero, we will experience a zip line to fly over the Sacred Valley and its magnificent landscapes, in a safe and fun way. The zip line has 4 lines from 480 mt to 600 mt, for a total of 1960 mt. Each line is different from the other, you will start with an easy and short one and the circuit will allow you to upgrade your zipline expertise.

Then, we visit Moray to be delightful by the Inca engineering and architecture. Finally, you will end your day by visiting the impressive salt ponds of Maras located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

At the end of your tour you will be transported to Ollantaytambo where you will overnight at a hotel before your big trek adventure starts the next morning.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Lowest elevation:  2,792 m/ 9,160 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,754 m/ 12,316 ft
  • Tour duration: 10 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Start of the Iconic Inka Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Wake up early and be transported to kilometer 82, also known as Piskacuchu to begin the four-day, three-night Classic Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.

Meet our amazing team of porters, cooks, and tour guide who will be carrying your equipment on the 28-mile trek.

Have your tent set up and meals cooked for you along the Iconic Machu Picchu trek.

Your biggest challenge will be carrying yourself along with your snacks and camera for the day. Any fit, experienced hiker will enjoy this iconic hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine.

Our perfectly paced hike follows in the path of the ancient Incas and brings you to fascinating ruins accessible only on foot and through the legendary “royal highway” found by Hiram Bingham in 1915, four years after his discovery of Machu Picchu, and settle into your campsite for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance Covered: 14 km/8.7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,750 m/ 9,020 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,300 m/10,824 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Day 4: Dead Woman’s Pass and Inca Sites

Begin your second day of hiking with a cup of hot coca tea or coffee at your tent early in the morning with incredible views of the snow-capped mountains and green valleys.

Climb to the top of Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 m/ 13,825 ft). This will be the most demanding part of our trek.

You will also visit incredible Inca sites along the today’s hike where you will be learning about the Incan history and culture, as well as you will hike through the high jungle before you arrive to your camp.

Sleep soundly in your camping tent that is set up for you after finishing a demanding day and a delicious meal cooked by your expert chef.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance Covered: 16 km/10 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 -9 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,300 m/ 10,824 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 5: Inca Ruins and Thousands of Inca Steps

Continue trekking along the most inspiring pilgrimages, an exhilarating journey following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas have done hundreds of years before you.

Today, you will get lost by hiking in the high jungle and see the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, The Town Above the Clouds.

After a long downhill hike with thousands of steps from Puyupatamarca we will arrive to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and then finally to our last campsite on the trek.

Enjoy the sunset in the Andes and then get the last supper with your fellow trekkers and support team before you go to bed.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance Covered: 10 km/6.2 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,680 m/ 8,792 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,600 m/11,808 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Day 6: Arrive at Machu Picchu Through the Sun Gate

Leave the camp around 3 AM to be one of the first hikers by the check point and then start the hike at 5:30 AM for about 1 hour to arrive to the famous Sun Gate on foot from where you will be amazed by the views of Machu Picchu after completing the trek.

After you were amazed by the views from the sun gate, hike 45 minutes into Machu Picchu and see how the history comes alive as you wind through the paths of the archeological site.

Your guide will explain the history and cultural significance of the famous World Heritage site – New Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.

After touring Machu Picchu take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Spend your last night of the trip in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco would be around 7 PM.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance Covered: 6 km/3.73 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,430 m/ 7,972 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,700 m/8,856 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 7: Depart Cusco

Sadly, Your 7-day tour ends today. We will collect you at any time from your Cusco hotel to transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. We hope that your time with us will have made a lifetime of unforgettable memories!

  • Meals: Breakfast 

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.


INCLUDED

  • Professional licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua
  • A personal porter for the Inka Trail trek (6 Kg/13 pounds)
  • Support staff including professional cooks and porters to carry all group gear and 6 kg (13 pounds) per hiker for your own belongings.
  • 7 days / 6 nights shared accommodations in nice hotels and camping tents
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Drinking water and snacks along the trek
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements
  • Eco-friendly portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents and air mattress – Four-person tent for every two people
  • Emergency supplies, including first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radios
  • Inka Trail permits
  • Entrance fee for the sites visited in the Sacred Valley tour
  • Guides, porters, and cooks along the trek.
  • Zip Line experience near Chinchero in the Sacred Valley
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure

NOT Included

  • Sleeping Bag – can be rented from us (US $25 per person)
  • Hiking poles – can be rented from us (US $20 per pair and person)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain ticket – US $75 per person (based on availability)
  • Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Tips for porters, chef, and guide
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

PRICES & ADD-ONS

Group (2 people): USD $1220

US $1220 per person (based on two people) If the group gets bigger, the price will decrease.

Discounts:

  • Under 18 years discount: USD $20 per person
  • Under 7 years discount: USD $35 per person

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles for the trek – USD $20 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag for the trek – USD $25

Train Upgrades

  • Return Vistadome train -USD $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Either Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Return Hiram Bingham train -USD $400 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Either Ollantaytambo or Poroy

Private lodging

  • Private hotel room for single travelers – USD $45 per person.
  • Private tent – USD $30 per person

Machu Picchu

  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – USD $45 per person

Zip Line and Inca TrailWhat to bring:

  • Original passport (NOTE:  if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)

INKA TRAIL 2024 FAQs.

What is the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail 4 days trek is a well-established 4-day, 3-night hike which leads travelers from km.82 (start of the Inka Trail trek) all the way to one of the famous new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu via its iconic Sun Gate.

The good news is that it’s a lot shorter than you may expect at only 45 kms (28 miles). The bad news? A significant chunk of that 45 kms is up steep, narrow Andean Mountain paths at altitude.

The Incan Empire created thousands of kilometers of trails to link its important settlements and centres of civilization, but it is this specific 4-day trek which is known as the one and only ‘Classic Inka Trail to Machu Picchu’.

Why this trek is so popular?

The 4 day Inca Trail is a microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with birds, Andean peaks and steep mountain passes, a landscape dotted with centuries old Inca ruins, accessible only to those that follow this most famous pathway.

However, as truly beautiful as the hike may be, the real reason for its popularity lies at the very end of this four-day adventure; passing through the famous Sun Gate for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu in the distance.

Only Inka Trail trek hikers can access the gate early in the morning, and it is this crescendo, at one of the new seven wonders of the world which makes this hike a feature on so many ‘South America bucket lists’.

This trek is the best way to arrive at one of the world’s most iconic attractions.

How far in advance should I reserve my permit for the tours of the Inca Trail trek?

Everyone should book their trek permit as far in advance as possible. The trail permits are in super high demand as they do offer access to one of the top hiking trails on the planet!

It’s very common that permits for certain months of the year to sell out completely for the upcoming season in just a matter of days or hours.

On top of that, permits are non-refundable or transferable, so if any hikers who have purchased permits subsequently cancel them, they won’t become available again at a later date in the government system.

The Peruvian government releases all the permits in bulk throughout the month of October for the upcoming year. For example, for a hike in 2024, you can expect permits to be released in October 2023.

The best way to ensure you’re in the running for your chosen trek date is to have your trek pre-booked for the upcoming year before the permits are released in October 2023.

A general rule to follow is to book permits for the trek at least six to eight months in advance to ensure trail availability for treks on the Classic Inka Trail trek route.

Although 500 Inca Trail permits are available each day, around 300 of those are allocated to porters and guides, so in reality there are really only 200 permits a day for hikers.

How many Inca Trail trekking permits are issued per day?

The number of permits for the trek offered was cut back in 2005 so that there’s now only 500 up for grabs each day.

To put that into perspective, that’s around a third of the 1,500 people and porters who were estimated to have hiked the trail prior to the start of restrictions in 2002. So, it’s hardly a surprise that there’s always a scramble to get permits!

To make matters worse, a majority of the 500 permits that are issued daily are set aside for guides, porters, and cooks.

Roughly 300 trek permits go to the support teams, leaving limited trail availability, allowing only 200 for travelers looking to get on the Trail to Machu Picchu.

There is some good news about Inca Trail reservations. The Peruvian government recently added another extra 250 permits for sole use on the Short hike. the 2-day short hike is essentially the final day of the Classic trek route with some variations in the beginning of the hike.

Permits for the Short Inka Trail hike is in far less demand, but it has helped to free up the entire batch of original permits for trekkers eager to commit to the classic 4-day Inka Trail trek.

Note: Once the permit has been issued, you can not alter or change any details, so be sure you get them correct from the start.

Does the trek include your Machu Picchu entrance ticket?

Yep, the cost of entry is included in the trip price and it’s the responsibility of the tour company to take care of all that and provide you with the ticket on the day you’re entering the site.

Is there a waiting list for sold out trekking dates?

No, there is no waiting list for permits. Permits are only available for purchase through the Peruvian government.

Once a permit is purchased for one person, the permit cannot be refundable or transferred to another individual.

Where do I store my luggage during the 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu?

Your Cusco hotel will store your luggage for free while you will be on the trek. We can also store your extra luggage at our office in Cusco if needed.

Are Inka Trail permits sold out for your preferred departure dates? Or maybe you would rather take a longer or shorter trek or a path less beaten?

If this is the case, you have plenty of options for hiking in the Peruvian Andes!

The Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay trek is offered in both 4- and 5-day versions. The route is the same for both, it is just a matter of how many kilometers you hike each day.

It is the most popular alternative trek to the Inka Trail. It features diverse ecosystems including cloud forest, rain forest and high mountain.

You will have stunning views of snowcapped glaciers and a strikingly blue lake. The Salkantay route meets up with an ancient Inca highway that leads to the recently rediscovered ruins of Llactapata.

From there, one can gaze a few miles across the valley to take in a rare sidelong view of the full Machu Picchu complex and Huayna Picchu mountain.

A downhill walk ends at the small train station, where a 3 PM train runs along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

There is the option with the Salkantay Trek to do the zipline in Santa Teresa, a thrilling experience. You also have the option of visiting the Santa Teresa Hot Springs. These are definitely the nicest hot springs in Peru.

  • Trip Length: 5 to 8 days
  • Difficulty Level: Medium to difficult

Ancascocha Trek

The Ancascocha Trek is unique and the scenery is mind blowing! You will rarely see any other trekkers on this trek.

The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is available in both 4- and 5-day versions. The route is the same and the difference is in distance hiked per day. This is our signature trek.

We are one of the few companies that offer it. Due to this, we are usually the only company at the camps. There are red mountains, stretches of original Inca paths, blue lakes, glaciers and much more.

This trek has 4 Inca ruins, and you also walk a portion of the Classic Inka Trail on day 4 or 3 down to Kilometer 82 (start of the trek).  

On day 1 of the hike, you visit the Perolniyoc ruins and have a full guided tour. On the fourth or fifth day you visit and tour three Inca sites.

All three are closely coordinated with the Classic Inka Trail. These are Paucarcancha, Llactapata (first Inca site on the Classic Inka Trail), and Willka Raqay.

You will also get an opportunity to observe the ruins at Ollantaytambo, but will not have time for a visit since you will have to catch the train to Aguas Calientes!

  • Trip Length: 4 to 8 days
  • Difficulty Level: Medium to difficult

Lares Trek

This 3-day trek traverses highland communities, renowned for their handwoven textiles, in the Lares Valley.

This trek is off the beaten path and the interaction with local villages and their vibrant cultures is superb. You will see abundant llamas and alpacas.

The Lares trek is also referred to as the Weaver´s Trek. This is because you pass through many villages where the best textiles in the area are made.

You will see the women weaving and get some tips! You also get to visit the magnificent Lares hot springs. It ends at the town of Ollantaytambo, and from there the train trip to Machu Picchu is only 1 ½ hours.

  • Trip Length: 3 to 5 days
  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Short Inka Trail

The Short Inka Trail is ideal for travelers who have limited time or want something less strenuous.

This hike starts at KM 104 of the Machu Picchu train line on a trail that leads to two archaeological sites Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna. This hike also gives you the opportunity to enter the lost city via the famous Sun Gate, the dramatic entrance that provides Inka Trail trekkers with their first glimpse of the site.

Spend the night in Aguas Calientes and then wake up on Day 2 for a Machu Picchu tour.

  • Trip Length: 2 days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Medium

The Inca Quarry Trail

The outposts of the vast Inca Empire were kept connected by fleet-footed chaski messengers, who ran so fast that the emperor was able to dine in Cusco on fresh fish from the Pacific Ocean, a mountainous 300 miles away.

This high-altitude route follows some of the same paths those runners might have used, and takes in scarcely visited Inca buildings, water channels, and quarries, where one can see firsthand how the Inca obtained the stone, they used in their building projects.

The Quarry trek includes a stop at the spectacular waterfall named Perolniyoc and its nearby ruins.

The trail ends at Ollantaytambo, where trekkers can visit one of the most famous sets of Inca ruins before hopping the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu where you spend the night in a hotel before you visit Machu Picchu in the final day of your 4-day trip.

  • Trip Length: 4 days
  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Is it possible to do without a tour company or guide?

Since June 2002 trekking independently on the Inka Trail has been prohibited. Access to the trek is strictly controlled by the Peruvian government and your trek must be organized through a tour operator.

Only specific licensed companies like Action Peru Treks are permitted to lead groups on the 5-day, 4-day and 2-day routes.

Companies must meet certain basic requirements proving that they have professional guides and good camping equipment, radio communications and emergency first aid including oxygen. Their license is renewed each year. 

Is it possible to enter with different name?

No, you need to carry your valid ID (passport) to enter the trek park.

What is the terrain like? And how difficult is the hike?

It’s not our most challenging trek, but you will be walking over hilly and rugged terrain with lots of stairs.

Expect some long, steep ascents too. Most of the hiking is on fairly well-defined tracks, including some remarkable sections of ancient Inca stone “highways”.

The entire 4-day trail hike is 28 miles so the distances traveled each day are not terribly long.

Although it is generally accepted that anyone who is accustomed to hiking and camping (i.e., walking for several hours and sleeping in tents) can hike the trail, the altitude can make hiking these distances feel about twice as difficult as hiking the same distance at sea level.

With the help of porters carrying your personal gear (6kg per hiker), you’ll only need to worry about carrying a day pack of around 4 kg including your water, camera and clothing layers.

Which campsites do you use along the Inka Trail?

Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Government.

We generally try to camp in less trafficked areas so that trekkers can enjoy the natural beauty of the trek and minimize environmental impacts.

Our regular campsite choice is Ayapata, Chaquicocha and Wiñay Wayna (campsites are subject to availability).

What do I need to carry on the Inca Trail 4-day trek?

We recommend that travelers carry the items that they will need each day while hiking such as water, snacks, camera and film. Our porters will carry 6 kg of each of your personal gear including the camping equipment during the trek.

We will give you a duffel bag for those belongings at the time of your pre trek briefing.

We generally ask trekkers to bring only the necessary items that they will need for the trail and leave any unneeded luggage at the hotel in Cusco or at our office.

How big are the groups?

Our groups are usually small. Average is 3 to 5 people and maximum 16 people plus the trekking team.

What is the best time of year to hike to Machu Picchu?

The best time to hike the trek is during the dry season – generally May to October. The rainy season comes on slowly in November and December and is at its strongest from January through early April.

Of course, the flora surrounding the trail and among the ruins themselves will be at its greenest during and just after the rains.

So May, June, July and August are the most popular months as folks take advantage of the combination of drier weather with the greener hillsides.

Is the trek to Machu Picchu always open?

The trek is open 11 months of the year (March through January). It is closed every February for maintenance.

Are there toilets and showers at the campsites?

Some campsites have on-site toilets and showers; however, these are not well maintained. Instead, your trekking team will bring a toilet tent and portable toilet that will be set up during lunch and at each campsite with the exception of Wiñay Wayna.

As there are no toilets mid-trek, you opt to wait until lunch or to reach the campsite or to go in nature. Each morning and night you will also be provided a bowl of warm water with which to freshen up.

What is the elevation of the 4 days Inca Trail?

The 4-day trek begins at Km 82 which has an elevation of (2,400 m / 7,872 ft).

The highest point is Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,215 m /13,825 ft) and the lowest point is Machu Picchu at (2,430 m /7,972 ft).

What is the food like on the Inka Trail trek?

A cook accompanies each group on the Inka Trail and prepares breakfast, three course lunches and dinners.

The meals are quite exquisite considering that all of the ingredients and cooking supplies are carried from. Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Each trekker is also provided with snacks to take with them on the trail. Vegetarian and vegan meals are also available upon request.

Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice.

Is drinking water supplied?

Yes, our trekking team will provide drinking water every morning and at each meal.

Each evening, water is collected from nearby streams, boiled, and left to cool overnight.

A reusable water bottle or hydration pack works well for this. We recommend that travelers bring their own refillable bottles to limit plastic waste along the Trail.

What equipment is supplied by us along the trip?

We supply the sleeping tents (4 person tents for two travelers), dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, Therma-rest air sleeping pads, and other camping equipment.

Our outfitter purchases the highest quality equipment in Peru and older equipment is evaluated and replaced on a regular basis.

What are the guides like?

Our team are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere.

They are from the surrounding Cusco and the Sacred Valley areas and speak fluent English, in addition to Spanish and the Inca indigenous language of Quechua.

Most have 8-10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes and other alternative treks and all have training in the history, spirituality, culture, and ecology of the area.

How can I be sure that the porters are well-cared for?

APT ensures proper staffing, have weight limits for our amazing porters, and support fair wages.

Most of our porters come from villages in the Sacred Valley. Some of these include Lares and Patacancha communities.  

We have a long and successful relationship with the people of these villages and frequently contribute to the needs of the community through donations, community service and etc. 

How can I prepare for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The more training you do beforehand, the more you will enjoy your trek.

We recommend 30 minutes of cardio activities 3-4 times a week in the 2-3 months leading up to your departure. Take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs or hills for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness.

4-day vs 2-day Trek

In addition to the Classic 4-day Incka Trail trek, there is a shorter full-day hike.

Despite only including one day of hiking, this shorter hike is referred to as the “2-day Short Inka Trail” because the hike to Machu Picchu is on Day 1 and the Machu Picchu tour is on Day 2.

Both the 4-day and 2-day treks have distinct advantages and disadvantages.

The 4-day Inka Trail trek is ideal for travelers looking for a physically challenging adventure. Four days of trekking through a variety of landscapes is a great way of getting to know this part of the Andes.

While the trekking team makes the experience very comfortable, three nights camping in a tent is perhaps not for everyone. 

Alternatively, the 2-day Short Inka Trail hike is recommended for travelers who cannot or do not wish to devote four days of trekking to their trip, but would still like to experience the Inca Trail.

This Short Inka Trail hike additionally permits hikers to enter Machu Picchu through the famous sun gate which is the main entry to Machu Picchu via the iconic Inka Trail.

The 2-day Inka Trail is particularly popular with families that enjoy hiking and are looking for a taste of adventure.

There is camping option involved with this trip and as wells as travelers can choose to spend the night in a hotel after hiking to Machu Picchu on day one.

Are there any ATMs?

There are no ATMs along the trek. You should bring enough money with you from Cusco for tipping and lunch in Aguas Calientes.

There are also some ATMs in Aguas Calientes if you need to withdraw additional cash.

What if I have a medical emergency while hiking the trek?

Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/scrapes, etc.).

They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year.

Our guides lead over 1000 travelers along the treks to Machu Picchu each year and we have rarely had a traveler unable to complete the hike.

In these rare instances when someone has not felt well enough to finish the hike, he/ she has been escorted back to Ollantaytambo or to Cusco and generally felt well enough to re-join the group in Machu Picchu via train a few days later. Cusco and the Sacred valley have the nearest modern medical facilities so travelers with a serious medical emergency would need to be evacuated there.

Guides and porters have pre-established evacuation strategies in place should this need occur.

Is there internet access on the trek?

Nope, and this is one of the best things about it.

Instead, you and your group will spend evening conversing over plastic cups of hot tea, playing card games, or lazing in nature together.

Your last chance to use the internet or have a reliable phone signal will be in Ollantaytambo (the town before KM 82), and your first opportunity will be at Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes.

How much money should you bring on the trek?

The vast majority of costs will be covered in the up-front price of your trip, but there are a few costs along the way for which you’ll need to bring cash:

  • Snacks and drinks from stallholders
  • Toilet entry fees (usually 2 soles at Machu Picchu)
  • Tips for porters and guides
  • Lunch on the last day of the trek  at Aguas Calientes.

It’s sensible to take this money in the form of smaller notes and coins.

We’d say at least 350 soles per person for the Trail-specific section.

Will I get altitude sickness on the trek?

Many of the most popular places in Peru, such as Cusco and Huaraz, are at high altitude; this means that for anyone planning a trip to Peru understanding altitude sickness (and how to avoid it) is incredibly important.

In fact, not approaching altitude correctly is one of the biggest mistakes of travelers in South America.

The best way to minimize the likelihood and impact of altitude sickness is factoring in enough time into your Peru itinerary to acclimatize to the conditions.

This means that it is incredibly foolish to arrive in Cusco, which is at 3,339m (11,151 feet) above sea-level, and leave the next day to do a strenuous hike or even start the 4 day trek. Your body needs the time to adjust to the altitude!

A good rule of thumb is to give yourself and your body two easy days at altitude to acclimatize to the change, and to keep yourself well hydrated throughout.

What about medication?

Obviously, medical attention and facilities along the trek are pretty much non-existent so you need to bring any of your own required medication with you and keep it on your own person or in the daypack.

What climates can I expect on the trek?

Variance in latitude, elevation and local winds all factor into the wide range of climates experienced in the central Sierra/Andean Mountain region.

Average temperatures in the Sierra vary little between seasons, but there is dramatic daily variance. 

While the average daily temperature may only vary a few degrees Celsius between January and July, the diurnal (daily) temperature range is often huge.

You can expect daytime temperatures in the highlands to be in the range of 10-25°C (50-77 °F), falling as low as -10 °C (14°F) at night.

How much time can I spend at the Machu Picchu sanctuary?

There are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Admission is not allowed after 4pm. Additionally, all visitors must always be accompanied by a guide.

The early morning is one of the best times to savour the views and atmosphere of Machu Picchu. The mystical morning light over the enigmatic sites is spectacular.

Try and catch the sunrise at the sanctuary, you won’t regret the early wakeup call!

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD:
$1220 per person
DURATION:
7 Days

AVAILABLE ADD-ONS

  • Hiking poles for the trek – USD $25 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag for the trek – USD $30 per person
  • Huayna Picchu Permit – USD $75 per person
  • Return Vistadome train -USD $60 for trip from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or  Poroy
  • Return Hiram Bingham train -USD $420 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Either Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Private hotel room for single travelers – USD $45 per person.
  • Private tent – USD $40 per person
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – USD $50 per person

 

OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
  • Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour and Zip Line
  • Day 3: Start of the Iconic Inca Trail Trek
  • Day 4: Dead Woman’s Pass and Inca Sites
  • Day 5: Inca Ruins and Thousands of Inca Steps
  • Day 6: Arrive at Machu Picchu Through the Sun Gate
  • Day 7: Depart Cusco
  • Trek Total Distance: 45 km/28 miles
  • Elevation: 2,400 – 4,215 m / 7,872 – 13,825 ft

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