Inca Trail and Beyond Trek
Peru, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
- The connoisseur`s Inca Trail - an extended trek to Machu Picchu
- Acclimatisation in the colourful city of Cusco
- Hike the Silque Valley and the Ancascocha Pass
- Early morning at Machu Picchu
- Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Inca Trail is recognised to be one of the world's greatest treks. Traversing the foothills of Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably dramatic trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Crossing three high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas of South America four centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Our visit to Peru begins in ancient Inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes. Here we have 2 days of sightseeing and acclimatisation including visits to the fortresses at Sacsayhuaman and at Ollantaytambo in the nearby Sacred Valley. We then set off on a picturesque trail around Huayanay Peak, passing through forest to alpine meadows and crossing the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) to reach the Inca Trail. On this memorable 3-day section of trail, we are likely to see few other trekkers. This short introduction also ensures that we are fit, well acclimatised and ready to enjoy one of the world's greatest walks. Once on the main trail, we encounter increasingly impressive Inca ruins such as Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna, before arriving at Machu Picchu, the world-famous lost city of the Incas. With blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds, magnificent Inca settlements and stone-paved trails, there is no other short trek in the world that offers such a variety of experiences.
BOOK EARLY for the Inca Trail!
New rules mean that permits for the Inca Trail 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 offers 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 occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously. You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.