Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- The world`s most famous short trek
- Incomparable Machu Picchu
- Trek around vibrant Cusco and the Sacred Valley
- Inca history and Spanish Colonial culture
- The most popular Peru trek holiday
Arriving at the Sun Gate above the 15th Century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu after trekking the Inca Trail is one of the outstanding highlights of Latin America. The finest way to visit Machu Picchu is the trekking approach on the world famous Inca Trail. 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-mined travellers from around the world, we then set off on the Inca Trail, the renown 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 of 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! In 2011, Inca Trail permits were sold out within weeks of going on sale.
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.
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.