Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Peru, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,245 (land only) - from $1,740 (land only)
We've been running Inca Trail holidays in Peru since the 1990s. Take advantage of our experience!
- Walk the Inca Trail - the world's most famous short trek
- A guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu
- Visit vibrant Cusco and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- KE's most popular Peru trekking holiday
- Maximum group size of 12 people means great service for all
Trekking the Inca Trail and then arriving at the Sun Gate above the 15th Century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the outstanding highlights of any visit to Latin America. We begin this superb 8-day walking holiday in Peru with two vital acclimatisation days where we explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley - the former capital of both the Inca Empire and Spanish colonial government. In the company of like-minded travellers from around the world, we then set off on the Inca Trail, the famous ancient paved pathway of the Incas, trekking from the Urubamba River to a high point at the Warmiwanusca Pass (4200m), before descending to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Averaging 10 kilometres of walking on each of 4 days this brilliant fully supported short trek provides us with spectacular views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. The holiday culminates in an early morning visit to Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide who will bring alive the history of the city of the Incas before we take the classic train ride back to Cusco. With 2 departures each week, we're sure we will have a trip to fit your busy schedule, but be quick! Inca Trail permits go on sale each year in January and it is not unusual for the permits for popular periods to sell out by the end of February.
BOOK EARLY for the Inca Trail! The rules governing the issue of Inca trail permits mean that these permits are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. For departures in 2014, we strongly advise booking by the end of January. Note that we offer WEEKLY departures throughout most of the year making it easier to get those elusive permits.
Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by English-speaking local guides, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!
Is this holiday for you?
This classic adventure holiday includes a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone. There are a couple of quite tough days - but overall the trekking is straightforward and not sustained or committing. We have allowed two nights at an altitude of a little over 3000 metres before we start trekking and this provides excellent and vital acclimatisation plus the opportunity to see some of the wonderful sights in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.