Which Inca Trail trekking holiday should I choose?

 

 TRIP INCA TRAIL
&
MACHU PICCHU

INCA TRAIL
&
BEYOND

MULTI-
ACTIVITY
PERU

CHOQUEQUIRAO
TO
MACHU PICCHU
THE
LARES TREK

MACHU PICCHU
& THE SALKANTAY TRAIL

 TRIP CODE
IMP
INC
MAP
 CHQ TLT
SAL
  TRIP  DURATION
 (Land only)
8 days
13 days
11 days
12 days
8 days
10 days
 NO OF DAYS
 TREKKING
4 days
7 days
 4 days
 8 days
4 days
6 days
 INCLUDES  INCA TRAIL Yes  Yes Yes
No
 No No
 VISIT TO
 MACHU PICCHU

 Yes Yes Yes YesYes
 Yes
 GRADE*
4
5
4
8
4
5
 ADDITIONAL
 HIGHLIGHTS
 The classic trek plus Sacred Valley and Cusco Connoisseur's Inca Trail with extended trek via the
Ancaschocha Pass
Rafting, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley and horse riding in Cusco
Trek the Apurimac Canyon and the
lost city of Choqeuquirao
The alternative Inca Trail & Quechua Villages
Luxury lodge
trekking to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass
 COST FROM
 (Land only)
£795
£1195
£1395
£1395
£895
£2395
 WHAT'S
 INCLUDED
 Permit fees
Full trek service
Breakfasts
6 lunches &
3 dinners
Permit fees
Full trek service Breakfasts
7 lunches &
6 dinners 
Permit fees
Full trek service
Breakfasts
7 lunches &
3 dinners
 Permit Fees
Full trek service
Breakfasts
8 lunches &
7 dinners
Permit fees
Full trek service
Breakfasts
4 lunches &
3 dinners
Permit fees
Full trek service
Breakfasts
7 lunches &
6 dinners

 * Grades from 1 to 12

More information on our Inca Trail holiday choices

All of the above holidays include visits to Machu Picchu, and 3 of them include the full Inca Trail. In addition to the alternative options listed, we also offer a Family Adventure - Land of the Incas and a cycling holiday Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu that include visits to Cusco and to Machu Picchu.


Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

If time is precious and you really just want to trek the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu, then we recommend the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu holiday. After 2 days acclimatizing in the colourful city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will head off onto the Inca Trail. Averaging 10kms of walking on each of the 4 days you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Afternoon and early morning visits to Machu Picchu are included, as is the classic train ride back to Cusco. We offer 2 departures of this holiday each week throughout the trekking season, so it should be easy for you to find a departure where Inca Trail permits have not sold out.


Inca Trail and Beyond

This is a long-time KE classic trek that includes the Inca Trail but adds much more to the experience. After acclimatizing in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we begin a picturesque trek through the Silque Valley and over the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) before meeting up with the Inca Trail and following it to Machu Picchu. Starting the Inca Trail after 3 days additional walking at altitude means we approach the trail fit and acclimatized and better able to enjoy the stupendous views. We can expect to see few other trekkers during our first 3 days remote walking, and many of the hundreds of KE clients who have walked the route say it was their favourite part of the holiday. This is the connoisseur's Inca Trail choice.


Multi Activity Peru

If you want to trek the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu but are looking for additional adventure, this is the holiday for you! After sightseeing in and around Cusco, you will begin with an exhilarating days whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River. After a visit to the market at Pisac there's a full day of downhill mountain biking dropping 1000m via Inca ruins to the Sacred Valley. From here it's on to the start of the Inca Trail and the spectacular 4-day hike. Arriving at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate you will have a full day to soak up the atmosphere of this special place. The train ride back to Cusco completes the journey. This is a full-on Andean adventure!


Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

Should you want a more challenging trek in the High Andes, and a flavour of ancient Inca culture, the Choquequirao trek is your best bet. The ruins at Choquequirao rival Machu Picchu, with more buildings and terraces being discovered each year. The 8 day trek to the ‘Cradle of Gold' is via the Apurimac Canyon involving a descent and ascent of 2000m. There is a day to explore the ruins before trekking out via the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Following a rarely-used Inca Trail we cross the Totora Pass (4500m) before descending to the Urubamba Valley and our final destination, Machu Picchu. This is a superb trekking holiday.


The Lares Trek

If you want to travel to Cusco and visit Machu Picchu, but want to get off the beaten track and see the real Peru, this is the holiday for you. There are no village settlements on the Inca Trail, unlike the Lares Valley where we will be able to meet the local Quechua people. Wearing bright woollen clothing, herding llamas and growing potatoes is all part of the way of life the Quechua have lead for centuries. The 4 day trek through the valley takes us through spectacular scenery, glacial lakes, waterfalls, altiplano and hot springs. From Ollantaytambo we board the Orient Express train to Aguas Calientes and make our visit to Machu Picchu. Although less well-known than the Inca Trail, this is a great alternative trek!


Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Trail 

Want to trek to Machu Picchu but in comfort? Then choose the Salkantay Trail. Staying in excellent hotels and luxurious mountain lodges there are 6 days trekking up the Salkantay Valley in Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba. This route is served by 4 lodges, each with tasteful twin-share en suite rooms and hot showers, log-burning stoves, hot tubs and great food. Highlights include the Salkantay Pass (4683m) and the unusual view of Machu Picchu fro the Llactapata Pass. Andean trekking in style!

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