Why Trek the Inca Trail?
Which Inca Trail trekking holiday should I choose?
|TRIP||INCA TRAIL &
|SALKANTAY TRAIL & LAKE TITICACA
TO MACHU PICCHU
|LUXURY MACHU PICCHU TREK |
| TRIP CODE
||10 days |
| NO OF DAYS
||6 days |
|INCLUDES INCA TRAIL||Yes||Yes||No
| INCLUDES MACHU PICCHU
|The classic trek plus Sacred Valley and Cusco||Inca Trail with
extended trek via Ancaschocha Pass
|Salkantay Trail trek and visit to Lake Titicaca||Trek the Apurimac Canyon and the
lost city of Choquequirao
|Luxury lodge |
trekking to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass
| Permit fees
Full trek service
6 lunches &
Full trek service Breakfasts
7 lunches &
|Full trek service Breakfasts
7 lunches &
|Full trek service
8 lunches &
|Luxury trek service|
7 lunches &
* Grades from 1 to 12
More information on our Inca Trail holiday choices
All of the above holidays include visits to Machu Picchu, and 2 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.
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.
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.
With quiet campsites and no permit complication, the Salkantay Trail provides a fantastic alternative to the Inca Trail. Passing close to Salkantay, the "Savage Mountain" of the Quechua people, this short trek ends at Intihuatana, from where we take the train to Machu Picchu for a full guided visit. Returning to Cusco, we travel south across the continental divide to Puno and spend a day exploring Lake Titicaca, with a boat trip out to the amazing floating islands of the Uros people. Although permits are not currently required for this trek, there are rumours that this will change in the future. For now, it remains a much quieter route 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.
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 from the Llactapata Pass. Andean trekking in style!