Follow in the footsteps of the Incas with a five-day trek along the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Today, this is one of the most famous treks in the world combining archaeological sites, beautiful mountain scenery and ancient ruins.
Start your experience meeting your porters at Piscaycucho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The trek will head towards Miskay which is parallel to the Urubamba River. For the next three days, you will move between camps through cloud forests and ascend 4,200 metres above sea level to the top of the Inca Trail at The Warmihuyñuska mountain pass. During the day you will see orchids, ferns and bromelias: an ideal habitat for hummingbirds and the spectacled bear.
On your final morning wake to one of the most spectacular sunrises in the Andes. From your camp near the ruins of Phuyupatamarca you will have views of the Salkantay and Pumasillo. Your guide will wait for any other groups to go ahead, so you can enjoy the trail to yourself. Descend to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna and head to Intipunku (The Sun Gate), where you will have a fabulous view of Machu Picchu and arrive at a quiet time of day when there are few other visitors. Spend the afternoon exploring the citadel before taking a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved rest at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Additional notes about the tour
The Inca Trail is closed in February. There is one guide per every eight people. Total distance covered during the trek is 45 kilometres. We recommend two days for acclimatisation before the trek.