The Inca Trail
• Trekking to Machu Picchu • Porters and all meals • Incredible scenery • Ancient ruins • Aguas Calientes Market
During this four-day trek you immerse yourself in this Andean world, visiting different archaeological sites while also enjoying nature and a variety of ecosystems. You'll enjoy stunning mountain and cloud forest scenery, and explore ruins dating back to Inca times. On the final day of this trek you pass through the famous Sun Gate entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu - your first glimpse of the ruins from high above will be a memory that will remain with you always.
Day 1: Cuzco > Huayllambamba You will be collected at your Cuzco hotel and transferred by road to the trail head at Kilometre 82. Begin your trek on the banks of the Urubamba River and slowly hike uphill, allowing time to acclimatise. The first archaeological site you encounter is at Llaqtapata, then continue to the village of Huayllabamba where you will camp overnight. Porters will carry heavier equipment, allowing you to enjoy the stunning scenery carrying only a light day-pack during this five to six hour hike covering 12km.
Day 2: Huayllambamba > Pacamayo Walk 11km today crossing the Warmiwanusca Pass, the highest point on the trail at 4,200m. You'll enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas and ancient Incan ruins throughout the seven hour walk, the final two hours of which see you head downhill to the next camp at Pacaymayo.
Day 3: Pacamayo > Winaywayna A day of varied scenery starts with a morning ascent to the Inca Trail's second pass at Runcuracay (3,900m), from which you descend to the extraordinary Sayacmarca archaeological site. After exploring here, it's off once again along an original stone paved Incan path that divides a semi-tropical cloud forest and the third pass, Phuyupatamarca (3800m). The scenery will captivate you before a descent to the mysteriously beautiful Winaywayna archaeological site and your overnight camp.
Day 4: Winaywayna > Machu Picchu > Cuzco Hike another two hours through cloud forest to the famous Intipunku (the Sun Gate) from where you have the first stunning panorama of mysterious Machu Picchu sitting far below you. Enjoy a two hour guided tour of this 'The Lost City of the Incas', before enjoying some time to explore the ruins independently. Descend by bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes and return by a scenic train and bus journey to Cuzco. If you wish, add on an additional night at Machu Picchu and spend more time exploring the ruins (additional cost applies).
• Inca Trail Trek permit • Specialist English-speaking guide • Porters who carry up to 7kg of your equipment; you only carry a light day-pack • Return transportation by bus/train from Cuzco to the star/end point of the trek • Sleeping bag, tent • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, plus wake-up teas, morning and afternoon snacks, filtered and boiled water
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (closed February)
Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (closed February)
Booking conditions • Small group guaranteed departures operate with a 2 person minimum, maximum group size is 16
• Privately guided treks are available (2 to 5 days) at additional cost
• We recommend a minimum of 2 nights in Cuzco prior to the trek to acclimatise to altitude
• Other trekking options are available, including a luxury version of the Inca Trail trek. Please enquire for details
• Permit numbers are limited to 200 per day including the porters and guides, so we recommend booking your trek at least nine months in advance to avoid missing out
• Small group guaranteed departures operate with a 2 person minimum, maximum group size is 16 • Privately guided treks are available (2 to 5 days) at additional cost • We recommend a minimum of 2 nights in Cuzco prior to the trek to acclimatise to altitude • Other trekking options are available, including a luxury version of the Inca Trail trek. Please enquire for details • Permit numbers are limited to 200 per day including the porters and guides, so we recommend booking your trek at least nine months in advance to avoid missing out
Oh my god it was absolutely epic! Everything you planned was completely perfect! The timing, the locations, the hotels, and so incredibly helpful to have a condor person hold our hands every step of the way. Massively took the pressure off. It was wonderful to not have to think. I wasn't well when I arrived so it was fabulous having those few days to rest and climatise. The Inka trail was beyond amazing. Hard but so so worth it. All of our guides were amazing and went the extra mile. Olmer (our Cusco/Inka Trail guide) even went as far as getting the cook to bake a cake with perfectly set jelly and piped cream happy birthday in Spanish for Andrew at the highest point nearly 4000ft/m whatever it was high! "It was the best birthday he's ever had" he was so surprised! It was brilliant! The Amazon was out of this world. I've never seen so many giant creatures in one place that want to kill you. It was absolutely fascinating! Our guide in the Amazon was a Peruvian version of David Attenborough and Steve Irwin. A fountain of knowledge. It was absolutely mind blowing. The view on the pier was majestic in Lima it was so nice to chill out there after such an epic adventure and watch the waves roll in and spot giant crabs. We weren't able to get into that restaurant as there was a 6 month waiting list, but that's ok, Thank you so much for trying.... But we did however find an open top restaurant called Mangos recommended by our Lima guide. It was a warm still night, no wind, with an incredible view. Perfect for our last night together/anniversary. The whole trip was magic. An epic adventure. It was perfect!!!!
Mandii & Andrew