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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Peru, Machu Picchu
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Available Departures: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

8 days from

US$2,320

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Walk & Trek
Guided Group
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Experience a once-in-a-lifetime walking holiday on the legendary Inca Trail to the iconic Machu Picchu

Trip Code: IMP
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Highlights
  • Enjoy the famous Inca trail away from the crowds and camp in remote spots
  • Trek into Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate - more than just a viewpoint
  • Includes a guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu and your Inca Trail Permit
  • Time to explore vibrant Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Maximum group size of 12 people means great service for all

At a Glance
  • Group Size 2 to 10
  • 4 days trekking
  • Max. altitude - 4200m
  • Join In Cusco

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 nights Camping
  • 4 nights Hotel
Overview

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 Peru. We begin this superb 8-day walking holiday 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 a 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 to secure your permit.

 

BOOK EARLY for the Inca Trail!
The strict rules governing the issue of Inca Trail permits mean that these are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In previous years, Inca Trail permits went on sale in October, and with only 500 permits per day on offer (including those for crew) they are disappearing fast.

Note that KE offer twice-weekly departures throughout most of the year giving you the best chance of getting those elusive remaining permits on the dates that work best for you.


Why not combine this Inca Trail and Machu Picchu holiday with a Galapagos Holiday?


View our full range of walking and trekking holidays in Peru.

explore international

Explore International. This holiday is part of our Explore International range. 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 an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day. 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! This is a fully supported trek, and you will only be required to carry your day pack each day. Our friendly camp crew will take care of all the camp chores, so when in camp you can relax, rest and enjoy the views.  To help you acclimatise and enjoy your trekking holiday, we have allowed 2 nights at around 3000 metres, before we start trekking. Not only does this help you acclimatise, it also allows the chance to enjoy exploring all the sites in Cusco and around the Sacred Valley.

Why KE?

Unlike other competitors, we walk the Inca Trail and find the quietest spots. Our highly knowledgeable team of guides are the experts of this trail and we do our best to always keep you a step or two behind the crowds.

 

Our professional team of porters and chefs go the extra mile to ensure your comfort and all camping equipment (including an inflatable mattress), Inca Trail permit and entry to Machu Picchu is included.

 

We are committed to sustainable tourism and work in partnership with a number of enterprises and initiatives to benefit social and economic development in the local community.

 

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Itinerary

Arriving in the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. After checking in we are free to explore this utterly charming city. The group hotel is a short walk away from the main square - the Plaza de Armas, where there are numerous cafes, restaurants and craft shops as well as the stunning architecture left behind by both the Inca and Spanish colonial empires that made Cusco their capital city. As we are now at an altitude of 3400 metres, we will want to take it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants that overlook the square.

Accommodation

Hotel

After breakfast, we set off for an impressive drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The road climbs out of the valley to reveal stunning views of the Vilcabamba peaks, Salkantay Este and Huayanay – our first glimpse of the high mountains. We make a stop to visit the handicraft market at Pisac then continue our drive to Ollantaytambo. The town is built on top of original Inca foundations, and is one of the best surviving examples of Inca town layouts. We visit the spectacular ruins of an Inca fortress and temple complex set on top of steep terracing above the town before settling in to our hotel in Ollantaytambo.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

We have a short drive to Piscaycucho also known as Km82 where we meet our porters and trek crew and start the Inca trail. This is an easy start to the hike as we trek above the Urubamba River, staying on the quieter side before crossing the river an Km88.. Upon our arrival to Chamana (2,600m), a small village that's part of the Llaqtapata Community, a warm lunch awaits us at our camp. As evening approaches you will have the option to visit the ruins of Wayna Q’ente and Llactapata. Back at camp you will be offered tea, a shower, and a warm dinner to keep you fuelled and refreshed for the trek ahead.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

260 M

Descent

350 M

Time

5 - 6 hours trekking

Distance

10 KM

We continue our trek into the steep valley of the tributary Cusichaca River. We climb to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. We then begin a long ascent through beautiful patches of cloud forest, to the campsite at Llulluchapampa (3650m). There are great views of Huayanay during this part of our walk and we will also see many species of orchid, as well as some of the more than 250 varieties of hummingbirds that can be found in the Machu Picchu National Park.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1320 M

Descent

130 M

Time

7 - 8 hours trekking

Distance

11 KM

After breakfast, we start the hour and a half climb towards the Huarmiwanusca Pass (4200m). Dropping down into this valley takes about two hours and then we start the ascent to Runkcuracay, a small Inca “tambo” or inn. We have lunch at Cochapata (3900m) beside a small lake. We then continue our trek, climbing to the Runccuracay Pass (3985m). The trail here becomes wider, now paved with the original Inca stones, and weaves through a forest which is becoming ever more luxuriant. We make a short detour to climb the 98 steps which lead up to Sayacmarca, an impressive Inca ruin which looks out towards the Aobamba Valley. Continuing our descent, we pass the small Inca site known as Qonchamarca and onto our next campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3650m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1140 M

Descent

1130 M

Time

7 - 8 hours trekking

Distance

12 KM

We make an early start to catch the sunrise on Salkantay (6271m) from a viewpoint above camp. Then, after breakfast, we say farewell to our porters and kitchen crew and begin the descent of the more than 3000 steps which lead down to the beautiful settlement of Winay Huayna, a name which means eternally young. A detour away from the main trail leads to this wonderful citadel overlooking the Urubamba River. A further hour of descent and a final 30 minute climb, takes us to the famous Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, where we will have our first, and most impressive view, of Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas. Passing through the Sun Gate, we descend past the citadel itself and then catch the bus down to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, formerly known as Aguas Calientes (2040m) where we spend the night at our designated hotel. This little town has a very special atmosphere, with hot springs (don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!) and a range of good restaurants and bars

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Ascent

300 M

Descent

1500 M

Time

5 - 6 hours trekking

Distance

11 KM

Today we visit Machu Picchu, the site that was lost to the jungle but rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale academic, Hiram Bingham. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop the citadel is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River. The bus transfer up to the site takes around 20 minutes and saves us from the relentlessly steep climb. A local guide will give us an interpretive tour of Machu Picchu and we will have ample time to soak up the mystical atmosphere of this incredible site. After the tour of the main buildings and structures with our expert guide, we can walk to the Inca Bridge, discover hidden corners of the ruins, or just soak up the atmosphere of one of the most famous places on earth. We return back down to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train back to Cusco. We check into our hotel and have time to enjoy a final evening in the city.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Your holiday ends after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • All camping equipment excluding personal equipment but including inflatable mattress
  • Inca Trail trek crew including guides cook and porters
  • All rail and road transfers (private vehicle for groups of 6 or more)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Cusco Airport transfers (other than group arrival / departure days)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

Please note that Inca Trail permits are highly restricted and sell out, months in advance. Your permit will be tied to your passport details and you will need to have this with you when you join the trek.

 

IMPORTANT: If, for any reason, you have to renew your passport, you must bring your expired passport with you as your permit will be tied to your old documentation.

All clients arriving in Cusco on day 1 and departing Cusco on day 8 of the trip itinerary will be met by a KE representative and provided with an airport transfer. Land Only clients must forward their flight details to the KE office. Hotel contact details together with an emergency contact number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the trip price. Where there is a wide range of dining options it makes sense to leave the choice of meals and budget to you and we have therefore not included lunches and dinners while staying in hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three-course meal. In Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During the holiday there are a total of 4 nights in a comfortable and well located hotel in Cusco. We will also spend 1 night in a comfortable and well located hotel in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and 1 night in a comfortable and well located hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Whilst trekking there will be a total of 3 nights camping where your will receive a full service from our friendly camp crew. You will sleep in roomy 2 man dome tents, with a porch, and inflatable camping mattresses are provided. All the camp equipment and luggage will be transported between camps by horses on the extended trek, and by porters on the Inca Trail, so you need only carry your day pack each day. Our camp crew will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and take care of all the camp chores.

During walking days, having stayed behind to collapse camp, it is usual for the crew and the porters and/or pack animals to overtake the group during the day and you will usually arrive into camp to find it already established and the kettle on!

In camp, as well as the tents used for sleeping, there will also be a mess tent, with chairs and tables, where the group will dine (and socialise into the evening) and a toilet tent. Hot water for washing will also be provided to you in the mornings and when you arrive at the camp each day.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader. During the trek on the Inca Trail the guide will be assisted by a crew of porters, cooks and assistant guides where appropriate. During the visit to Machu Picchu the group will be accompanied by a specialised guide.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The cost of your permit for the Inca Trail is included in the trip price. Please note that the Peruvian Authorities strictly limit the amount of Inca Trail Permits issued for each day and that permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. The permits are only issued against a name and a passport number. Once issued they cannot be amended, cancelled or transferred. In order to ensure your place on the Inca Trail, KE will purchase your permit as soon as the trip is guaranteed to run or when you make your booking if the trip is already guaranteed. To cover this you will be asked to pay an additional deposit at the time of booking. Once the trip is guaranteed to run, the cost of your Inca Trail permit cannot be refunded (unless we cancel the trip).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR PASSPORT AND INCA TRAIL PERMITS: 

Please note that Inca Trail permits are highly restricted and sell out, months in advance. Your permit will be tied to your passport details and you will need to have this with you when you join the trek.

If you change passport between booking and travelling, you must bring your old passport with you, as your ticket will be linked to the passport details you booked with.

New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu came into force in 2022.

Daily visitor numbers are limited and visitors must be accompanied by a guide on one of five designated 'circuits' that are walked in a one-way direction, with a maximum of 4 hours allowed with in the site.

A ticket, issued by the Peru Ministry of Culture, and included in your trip cost, needs to be purchased in advance of your visit. The ticket will stipulate an entry time and one of the 5 circuits. KE will aim to book the most comprehensive Machu Picchu tour available.

Tickets are linked to your name and passport number and usually sell out 2-3 months in advance. It is therefore important for you to supply us with your passport details at the time of booking to allow us to secure the required tickets.

If you are completing the Inca Trail, a set Machu Picchu circuit is included with your Inca Trail Permit.

IMPORTANT: If you change passport between booking and travelling, you must bring your old passport with you, as your ticket will be linked to the passport details you booked with.

We estimate that $300 will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the above mentioned non-included meals, and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There are a total of 1 lunches and 4 dinners which you will need to pay for directly and we recommend you budget $10 - $25 dollars per meal. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco and in Machu Picchu Pueblo. 

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client, depending on the group size, contributes around $100 to a group tipping pool (in US Dollars).

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Pack animals are not allowed on the Inca Trail and all baggage will be carried by porters. Each group on the Inca Trail is restricted to a maximum number of porters designated by the park authority. The limit is imposed by the Peruvian National Park Authorities and is designed to minimise the impact on the Inca Trail from the many visitors it receives. Before starting on the Inca Trail you will be provided with an ‘approved’ Inca Trail kit bag. Whilst trekking, the packed weight of this bag including your sleeping bag,  should be 8kgs. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

This trip is operated by one of our international partners. Working in conjunction with them allows us to gather together sufficient numbers of like- minded adventurers to get the holiday up and running quickly. This is particularly important with the Inca Trail as permits sell out very quickly. Although KE groups on this trip are exclusively adult, on rare occasions our partner may accept bookings from families with older children.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. When passing through immigration you will need to request a copy of your TAM Migration form. You will need to retain this document and keep it safe, as you will be asked to produce it before you depart Peru.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH THE USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$21 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. You will be required to have a passport with an integrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Cuba, Iran, Syria or North Korea since March 2011* you will have to apply for a visa rather than the Visa Waiver Programme (* a full and up to date list of countries can be found on the US government website here.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

 

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk

 

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

The climate of Peru is very varied across different regions. For each region the determining factors are its latitude, its distance from the coast and most importantly, its altitude. The climate of the Andean valleys which corresponds to the region between 3000 and 4000 metres is characterised by hot wet summers and cool dry winters. The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C (54 – 68°F). Above c. 3500m. / 11,000ft. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as -5°C / 23°F at any time and in mid-winter (July and August) temperatures may dip to -10ºC / 14ºF overnight. As with all mountain areas, short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. (Globetrotter Adventure). Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

  • The Conquest of the Incas. (MacMillan). J. Hemming.

  • The South American Handbook.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

  • Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco).

  • Inca Cola. Matthew Parish.

  • Latin America Spanish phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

Inca Trail – Machu Picchu. 1:50,000 Editorial Lima 2000

This topographic map from the Lima-based publisher Lima 2000 shows the Inca Trail from Kilometre 88 to Machu Picchu. Peak altitudes and shading show relief and the contours interval is 100m. The map shows towns and villages, roads and footpaths, rivers, ruins, terraces etc. A small inset shows a street plan of Aguas Calientes, another shows the Machu Picchu ruins.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

For conservation reasons, the packed weight of your bag (including sleeping bag) when trekking on the Inca Trail is limited to a maximum of 8 kgs. A small duffel bag will be provided for your baggage whilst trekking the Inca Trail. Items not required on trek can be stored in your main luggage at the group hotel in Cusco.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping Bag (comfort rated -5ºC)*

  • Daypack 30 litres**

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock 

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Down jacket

  • Trekking poles *** (recommended)

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Swim wear (for the hot springs at Machu Picchu Pueblo)

  • Spare laces

  • Insect repellant

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes

Please note an inflatable sleeping mat is provided. There is no need to bring your own.

* Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bags can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Hire / rental equipment is issued in Peru.

** Daypack

Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

*** Trekking Poles

For conservation reasons, trekking poles cannot be used on the Inca Trail unless they have rubber tips. Please make sure that when flying, sharp objects such as trekking poles and knives are packed into your check-in luggage.

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Extensions

Extension Details

Lake Titicaca by Bus

4 Days

Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, this sacred lake of the Incas at an elevation of 3830 metres was where the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world. There are several islands in the lake including the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds and are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life.  We travel by comfortable tour bus across the altiplano from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. 

Extension Code: LAKT

Extension Itinerary

Transfer to Cusco bus station for the 0650am departure of the Inca Express deluxe bus service (which includes a buffet lunch en route) to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The bus stops on the way at several places of interest, including Andahuaylillas with its Baroque churches and La Raya, the highpoint of the route. We are met by our local guide and transfer to Hotel Casa Andina or similar.

Meals

B L

Our guide will meet you at your Puno hotel early in the morning. First we enjoy a 2hr motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit 'floating' totoras reed islands home to the Uros people. We continue on to Amantani Island where we will stay overnight at the house of a local islander and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Amantani home.

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we have some time to explore this colourful island. In the later morning we take a motor-boat to Taquile Island, also inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives where we can learn about their fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. To reach the town we'll have to climb a stairway of 567 stone steps! In the afternoon we return to Puno and check into our hotel.

Meals

B L

Early morning drive - approximately one hour - to Juliaca airport where KE extension package services end. Flight to Lima not included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Bus from Cusco to Puno
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Puno and 1 night home-stay
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All land transport required by the itinerary.
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc
Extension Details

Lake Titicaca by Train

4 Days
Forming part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, this sacred lake of the Incas at an elevation of 3830 metres was where the god Viracocha rose and created the sun, moon, stars and the first people. It is the largest navigable lake in the world. There are several islands in the lake including the ‘floating’ Uros Islands which are man-made from reeds and are home to a pre-Incan people who live a simple traditional life.  We travel by luxury train across the altiplano from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Note: Train operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.
Extension Code: LAKA

Extension Itinerary

Transfer to Cusco train station 0700hrs for a full day PeruRail Titcaca train journey (which includes a lunch) to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We are met by our local guide and transfer to Hotel Casa Andina or similar.

Meals

B L

Our guide will meet you at your Puno hotel early in the morning. First we enjoy a 2hr motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit 'floating' totoras reed islands home to the Uros people. We continue on to Amantani Island where we will stay overnight at the house of a local islander and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Amantani home.

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we have some time to explore this colourful island. In the later morning we take a motor-boat to Taquile Island, also inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives where we can learn about their fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. To reach the town we'll have to climb a stairway of 567 stone steps! In the afternoon we return to Puno and check into our hotel.

Meals

B L

Early morning drive - approximately one hour - to Juliaca airport where KE extension package services end. Flight to Lima not included.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Train from Cusco to Puno
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Puno and 1 night home-stay
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All land transport required by the itinerary.
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc
Extension Details

Peru Rainforest Extension

4 Days

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Extension Code: RAIN
Sharing Price from
US$910
Single Traveller Price from
US$1,140
Single Room Supplement from
US$270
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Puerto Maldonado. We transfer by road, boat (on Tambopata River), and on foot (4-5 hrs in total) to your jungle lodge. To account for this, you should land into Puerto Maldonado no later than 1pm.

Meals

L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport for return flight to Cusco or Lima. (Services end at Puerto Maldonado airport.)

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Associated transfers
  • All transport required by the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation at a jungle lodge
  • Full programme of guided walks and activities
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Internal fights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc.
Extension Details

Galapagos Islands Cruise

7 Days
Situated over 600 miles from the mainland of South America, the remote archipelago of the Galapagos Islands needs little introduction. The Galapagos Islands are considered to the crown jewels of the natural world, achieving near mythological status following visits by Charles Darwin. It was on his second visit aboard HMS Beagle in 1835 that Darwin's scientific studies introduced the world to the theory of evolution. The islands teem with life, much of which seem totally unphased and perhaps curious of visitors. Of the thirteen major islands, on five have any form of human habitation. The environmental footprint is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing you, the visitor, a chance to explore the incredible biodiversity of these famous islands untouched by human development.Expect close encounters with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals, turtles and dinasaur-like lizards amongst many, many other examples.
Extension Code: GALP
Sharing Price from
US$5,105
Deposit Per Person from
US$2,400

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Quito any time.

We take an early flight to San Cristobal Island, stopping off for refuelling at Guayaquil. In the afternoon, we board our boat, the Monserrat, and visit Isla Lobos, to be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. We will explore this island on foot and perhaps by panga to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the waters of Isla Lobos too.

Meals

B L D

We visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Here we can observe sea lions, marine iguanas and seabirds. In the afternoon we visit the giant tortoise breeding area in the highlands. Later we set sail for Bahia Gardner, a sheltered cove off Espanola Island.

Meals

B L D

Today we visit the magnificent, white sandy beach of Gardner Bay, home to colonies of sea lions and birds. There will be a chance to snorkel the turquoise waters and spot large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-headed parrot fish. We may even be lucky enough to spot white-tipped reef sharks, napping on the bottom! We then visit Punta Suarez, one of the most wildlife-rich landing spots in the Galapagos. Here we can observe many nesting birds including the waved albatross.

Meals

B L D

Upon landing at Punta Cormorant and Floreana Island, we visit the amazing multi-coloured beaches. We observe flamingoes and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Penguins and marine iguanas can also be spotted on the water's edge. We then move on to Champion Islet where we have another chance to snorkel with sea lions and, if we're lucky, turtles and rays. Afterwards, we visit Post Office Bay where we learn all about its unique history. English whaling vessels placed a barrel here in the 18th centuary where it functioned as a rather unusual post office!

Meals

B L D

We disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we can observe many species of tortoise and land iguanas at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre. We learn about the conservation work and scientific research that is undertaken on this remote archipelago. We than catch our flight back to the mainland, and Quito.

Meals

B

Depart anytime.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return Internal flights from Quito to Baltra and associated airport transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Double or twin berth cabin on full board basis (according to itinerary)
  • Cruise on a Tourist Class boat (according to itinerary)
  • Galapagos guide
What's Not Included
  • Galapagos National Park entrance $100 per person ($200 from 1 Aug 2024) payable locally in cash

  • Transit control card $20 per person (must be paid locally in cash)

  • Tips of local staff

  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Reviews

4.8 out of 5 from 16 reviews

Worthwhile , not a walk in the park. ★★★★

A trek which shouldn't be underestimated. A good organised trip which you do need to have some sort of fitness for. Not only for the length of the trek, but also to combat altitude sickness, if it strikes. Enjoyable but hard work.

By James Bristol | 05 March 2023

Fabulous trekking holiday in glorious Andean scenery! ★★★★★

This was a superb trip which exceeded my expectations. The stunning mountain scenery, wildlife, particularly the Hummingbirds, the puma that I saw on day 3 early morning on the Inca trail on the path in front as I rounded the corner to Dead Woman’s pass, the rainforest & cloud forest views, knowledge of our fantastic guide Fisher, the Inca sites all along the trail, and Machu Picchu itself, all made for an incredible experience. I added a walk on the morning arrival day out of Cusco up to Saqsaywaman, an incredibly impressive site on the hilltop overlooking the city which gave tremendous views to ice covered peaks in the distance & hired a guide at the top. On the last full day too, before the evening flight, a visit to the alternative Rainbow mountain (currently closed due to land ownership issues) called Palccoyo, was phenomenal with 360 degree views at over 5,000 metres of the most amazing geological formations. The brilliant guide Fisher arranged it all. All in all a tremendous trip and am still smiling!
By Karen Sandwich | 20 April 2022

A spectacular experience ★★★★★

My wife and I had an amazing week experiencing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Though we do exercise and are in good health, this trek was beyond anything we had ever done. The entire staff, from the contact people at KE, to the guides and porters, were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and their expertise makes this trek within anyone's reach and ability. This is a spectacular Holiday. Ranging from all types of topography - high mountain passes, a cloud forest, Inca tunnels - one learns so much about Peruvian history. Thank you to KE Adventure, we are very much looking forward to another Holiday with you.
By Laurent San Francisco | 10 September 2019

Inca Trail and Amazon - an amazing South American adventure! ★★★★★

My wife and I have recently returned from an 8 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip, with the added bonus of a 3 day Amazon rainforest extension. I could not recommend them both highly enough. It's hard to take it all in when you are travelling but when we sat down on our return and went through our pictures we realised what an incredible trip we had just been on. We are lucky enough to have walked in some amazing places and the Peruvian Andes is right up there with the best of them. Anyone who h as a passion for mountain walking would love the Inca Trail. I was worried about the Trail being overcrowded but we were pleasantly surprised how quiet the Trail was - no doubt due to the daily permit restrictions. My main advice to any walkers would be to try and spend a couple of days in Cusco prior to the trip. We had no altitude issues and I think this definitely helped. I know it's not possible, due to time and expense, to add the 3 day Amazon rainforest extension onto the trip but we are more than glad we did. We have been on some wildlife excursions in the past where you are slightly underwhelmed by what you see - this was the exact opposite of our experience. I don't think we ever expected to see as much wildlife as what we did. Overall we both feel incredibly lucky to have had a holiday experience like the one we have just returned from in Peru.
By Christopher Oldham | 16 August 2019

Wowster - more than just a trek ★★★★★

Fantastic well organised trek along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Difficult to squeeze 8kgs of kit for 5 nights (2 in hotels, sacred valley and Machu Picchu town) but achievable if packed sensible. Not forgetting 2kg is your sleeping bag. Lots of hints and tips out there on what to pack so you will be best prepared if you do your homework first. Little useful tip is a stash of doggy bags for rubbish like toilet tissue / fruit cores etc things you accrue on the trail rather than stuffing it in you rucksack. We had a pack of cards, which brought the day to a cheery end, especially when the guide won every game ! Don’t forget your ear plugs as tent walls ain’t too thick to keep out that unwanted fellow trekker snores. The trek is more than just Machu Picchu, although the city was a gem to reach at the end of 4 days trekking. Absolutely out of this world. Through the marathon distance, we reached incredible heights across 3 separate passes, the views are out of this world along with glorious wildlife and wonderful colours. The trail has so much to offer and the guide shared so much of his incredible beautiful country with us along the way. There are Plenty of photo opportunities, I took over 1000 pictures, take a battery pack for your electronic devices, there is no WiFi ( yippee! apart from in hotels ) but plenty of laughs which make incredible memories and as you go through different stages you carve a bond with your fellow trackers that will last a life time. High Altitude affects everyone in different ways, shortness of breath to nausea/ dodgy stomach, but please take care as they offer a hot coca leaf drink, ( which is legal in Peru) it is derived from the coca plant. This may stay in your system for a few days after and is illegal in the Uk, it may come up on a drug swipe. There are plenty of other drinks to have though. Just take your time with the high altitude especially in Cusco and during the sacred valley tour. Wonderful trip. Don’t hesitate, just book it, as one day it may be restricted to travellers.
By Dawn Wrexham | 04 June 2019

Traveller Reviews
4.8 out of 5 from 16 reviews

Worthwhile , not a walk in the park.
★ ★ ★ ★

A trek which shouldn't be underestimated. A good organised trip which you do need to have some sort of fitness for. Not only for the length of the trek, but also to combat altitude sickness, if it strikes. Enjoyable but hard work.

By James Bristol | 05 March 2023

Fabulous trekking holiday in glorious Andean scenery!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a superb trip which exceeded my expectations. The stunning mountain scenery, wildlife, particularly the Hummingbirds, the puma that I saw on day 3 early morning on the Inca trail on the path in front as I rounded the corner to Dead Woman’s pass, the rainforest & cloud forest views, knowledge of our fantastic guide Fisher, the Inca sites all along the trail, and Machu Picchu itself, all made for an incredible experience. I added a walk on the morning arrival day out of Cusco up to Saqsaywaman, an incredibly impressive site on the hilltop overlooking the city which gave tremendous views to ice covered peaks in the distance & hired a guide at the top. On the last full day too, before the evening flight, a visit to the alternative Rainbow mountain (currently closed due to land ownership issues) called Palccoyo, was phenomenal with 360 degree views at over 5,000 metres of the most amazing geological formations. The brilliant guide Fisher arranged it all. All in all a tremendous trip and am still smiling!
By Karen Sandwich | 20 April 2022

A spectacular experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My wife and I had an amazing week experiencing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Though we do exercise and are in good health, this trek was beyond anything we had ever done. The entire staff, from the contact people at KE, to the guides and porters, were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and their expertise makes this trek within anyone's reach and ability. This is a spectacular Holiday. Ranging from all types of topography - high mountain passes, a cloud forest, Inca tunnels - one learns so much about Peruvian history. Thank you to KE Adventure, we are very much looking forward to another Holiday with you.
By Laurent San Francisco | 10 September 2019

Inca Trail and Amazon - an amazing South American adventure!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My wife and I have recently returned from an 8 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip, with the added bonus of a 3 day Amazon rainforest extension. I could not recommend them both highly enough. It's hard to take it all in when you are travelling but when we sat down on our return and went through our pictures we realised what an incredible trip we had just been on. We are lucky enough to have walked in some amazing places and the Peruvian Andes is right up there with the best of them. Anyone who h as a passion for mountain walking would love the Inca Trail. I was worried about the Trail being overcrowded but we were pleasantly surprised how quiet the Trail was - no doubt due to the daily permit restrictions. My main advice to any walkers would be to try and spend a couple of days in Cusco prior to the trip. We had no altitude issues and I think this definitely helped. I know it's not possible, due to time and expense, to add the 3 day Amazon rainforest extension onto the trip but we are more than glad we did. We have been on some wildlife excursions in the past where you are slightly underwhelmed by what you see - this was the exact opposite of our experience. I don't think we ever expected to see as much wildlife as what we did. Overall we both feel incredibly lucky to have had a holiday experience like the one we have just returned from in Peru.
By Christopher Oldham | 16 August 2019

Wowster - more than just a trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Fantastic well organised trek along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Difficult to squeeze 8kgs of kit for 5 nights (2 in hotels, sacred valley and Machu Picchu town) but achievable if packed sensible. Not forgetting 2kg is your sleeping bag. Lots of hints and tips out there on what to pack so you will be best prepared if you do your homework first. Little useful tip is a stash of doggy bags for rubbish like toilet tissue / fruit cores etc things you accrue on the trail rather than stuffing it in you rucksack. We had a pack of cards, which brought the day to a cheery end, especially when the guide won every game ! Don’t forget your ear plugs as tent walls ain’t too thick to keep out that unwanted fellow trekker snores. The trek is more than just Machu Picchu, although the city was a gem to reach at the end of 4 days trekking. Absolutely out of this world. Through the marathon distance, we reached incredible heights across 3 separate passes, the views are out of this world along with glorious wildlife and wonderful colours. The trail has so much to offer and the guide shared so much of his incredible beautiful country with us along the way. There are Plenty of photo opportunities, I took over 1000 pictures, take a battery pack for your electronic devices, there is no WiFi ( yippee! apart from in hotels ) but plenty of laughs which make incredible memories and as you go through different stages you carve a bond with your fellow trackers that will last a life time. High Altitude affects everyone in different ways, shortness of breath to nausea/ dodgy stomach, but please take care as they offer a hot coca leaf drink, ( which is legal in Peru) it is derived from the coca plant. This may stay in your system for a few days after and is illegal in the Uk, it may come up on a drug swipe. There are plenty of other drinks to have though. Just take your time with the high altitude especially in Cusco and during the sacred valley tour. Wonderful trip. Don’t hesitate, just book it, as one day it may be restricted to travellers.
By Dawn Wrexham | 04 June 2019

Excellent trip, lovely people
★ ★ ★ ★
We had a spectacular holiday in Peru which we started with this Inca trail trip. There is almost too much to say in a short review but the guides were excellent, both Adriel whose infectious enthusiasm for Inca culture (and llamas) guided us around the Sacred Valley on the first day and the incredibly knowledgeable Neptali who answered all our ridiculous questions and really properly looked after us during the trek. The team of porters and the chef were also incredible throughout. The scenery is incredibly varied and arriving at the sun gate and Machu Picchu is a breathtaking experience. We really appreciated that the trip included an extra day for exploring Machu Picchu rather than having to rush around it before our transfer back to Cusco. The slightly altered route from the “classic” trek also gave us the opportunity to see a couple of extra sites. A few things to note: This is not an easy 4 day walk. There are rocky downhill sections that are hard on the knees and I would highly recommend taking walking poles for these The hotels in both Cusco and Aguas Calientes are quite basic so don’t expect luxury after the camping We had a couple of days to acclimatise in Cusco before starting the trek and this was very helpful for the altitude The November weather was generally pleasant. We actually got sunburnt in Cusco! But it was pretty damp and cloudy on the last day of the trek, so if you’re bothered by walking in the rain earlier in the year may suit you better.
By Lauren BECKENHAM | 25 November 2017

Dream trip trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Piccu with the dream team
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My wife and I have just returned from our dream trip, trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, I must admit we were a little apprehensive before our trip but as soon as we arrived in Peru the 'Team' there took over and made us feel so at home, from Joseph the charming young man that meet us at the Airport, and the so funny Guide that took us down the Sacred Valley (sorry can't remember his name) to the team that took us on the trek and what a team it was, starting with those tremendous Porters t hat do a superhuman job, to the cook and his assistants that fed us three times a day (plus snacks) with the most delicious food. and finally to our very special Guide Saul Concha who looked after us on every step with his depth of knowledge on almost every subject that we ask him, and his amazing patience. We must also mention the Hotels we stayed in they were if not 5 star very nice and had staff that would do anything for you. So in Summary this was a tremendous trip for us, one we will never forget thanks mainly to the special people that looked after us. Carol & Ian Wilson
By Ian Hawick | 19 September 2017

AWESOME !!! TRIP OF A LIFETIME
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We had a great Trek along the Ancient Inca Trail. The trip was well organized and the airport connections and transfers were seamless. Although we rarely "repeat vacations" , if we did, we would certainly re-book with KE Adventures to do it all over again. Go to Machu Picchu !

By Janet Coopersburg | 18 September 2017

A holiday to cherish forever
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ensure your holiday plan allows 2-3 days to acclimatise and to see Cusco BEORE your trail as we had no time on returning from the Inca trail before we had to return for our flight back to Lima. We missed so much! The guide (Neptali) was brilliant and the cook and porters were amazing. The scenery was breath-taking, especially as you arrive at the Sun Gate to look down on Machu Pichu on the fourth day. We think we went at the best time of year for temperature and weather - early/mid September pro vides the warmer weather but before the rainy season starts. Ear plugs would be good for your first night camping due to Donkeys, dogs and cockerels giving it large ALL night and also for the stay in Aguas Callientas; the walls are thin and the sound around the town carries too well. Remember to wear Skin So Soft when you visit Machu Pichu as the sand flies are horrendous. We will cherish this holiday forever. Hope this review is helpful.
By Helen Carlisle | 03 October 2016

treated like kings
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Every part of our trip went like clockwork. There were no problems at all. From being met at the airport to all the hotels, guided tours, the hike itself. Everything was perfect. Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke very good English, explained all the ruins and landmarks. He kept the schedule, stayed and helped the stragglers on the hike. Could not ask for a better guide. I tell everyone thinking of a trip to use KE.

By John Springfield | 28 September 2016

So thankful
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I am so thankful that I picked KE for this trip! Machu Picchu is a popular destination, so there are multiple companies to choose from when picking a travel organization. KE does this trip a little differently from the others, however, and it makes a world of difference. Instead of 3.5 days of hiking, and only a couple of hours at Machu Picchu, KE spreads the hiking out over 4 days. With this schedule, the group arrives at MP in the evening. There's a chance to get lots of photos of the s ite from the Sun Gate, but that night the group goes into town for a well deserved shower and sleep in a hotel. A return to MP the next morning allows a FULL DAY at the site before catching the train back to Cusco. Thank goodness! A couple of hours would not have been enough time at this amazing site. There are other advantages of spreading the hiking out over 4 days as well. It means the group of off-set with other groups hiking the Inca Trail. Our first night we were at a private campground with just our group. The second night there was only one group nearby. This is a stark contrast to some of the packed campsites we saw on the trail. We also had little interaction with other groups of hikers on the trail itself, which was nice. Also, all of our hiking was done in daylight hours. Groups doing the trail in 3.5 days would sometimes get to their campsite after dark. Or worse, they'd start off in the morning when it was still dark. Who wants to hike in the dark? Those groups missed some incredible views, and a particularly stunning sunrise from our 3rd campsite. The weather, our group, our guide, and our cooks were all top notch. The trip was everything I'd hoped for.
By Heather Georgetown | 18 September 2016

The trip of a lifetime
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our trip was well organised. Airport transfers to and from Cusco airport were prompt. Our extra nights stay in Cusco was no problem. Most of all, the Inca Trail trek to Mach Picchu was brilliant. Tents, porters and especially the food was top notch.  We had a great guide in Neptali from the local operator who taught us so much about each archeological site, saving the best for Machu Picchu itself. As a Peruvian with Quecha blood, he was passionate about his subject. I have no problem recomm ending this trip to anyone who wants to see one of the world's wonders. It really was the trip of a lifetime.
By Alistair Turvey | 05 September 2016

A fantastic trip!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We all had a great time in Peru trekking the Inca Trail. Peru is an amazing place and the people incredibly friendly. Cusco is a lovely base to start your holiday and allows you to acclimatise yourself to the altitude. The track was fantastic and the guide and potters were incredibly friendly. The trek may be slightly longer than many you will see advertised but it allows you to fully appreciate Machu Picchu and you don't have any 3.30am starts. KE Adventure were great to deal with from the very first enquiry I made and I would defiantly use them again.
By Richard Carlisle | 19 July 2016

Great holiday but disappointing group flight
★ ★ ★ ★
The operation of the local operator in Cusco was a bit haphazard but the organisation of the trek and tour of Machu Pichu was superb. Nep the guide was very knowledgeable, attentive and good fun. My only complaint is with the group flight. The timing of the outgoing flights were terrible. It took 24 hours to get to Cusco. Avianca food was inedible, the staff are rude and the the last connection was an hour and a half late, so we arrived very late. On return from Machu Pichu we did not arrive in Cusco until 21.30, so did not get a final evening is Cusco as stated in the trip notes.
By Paul East Grinstead | 15 June 2016

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday on the Inca Trail and that you thought the organisation of the trek and tour of Machu Picchu was superb. We are sorry you had a bad experience with Avianca. Many of us here at KE have flown with Avianca and found them to be fine, but of course it is possible to have an individual bad flight with any airline. It is certainly a long way from the UK to Cusco and there are not many airlines that will complete this journey in less than 24 hours, but some good news is that from the end of June this year, Avianca will be operating flights direct to Cusco without the need to change planes in Lima, which means a total journey time from the UK to Cusco of just 18 hours!


An incredible experience from the Andes to the Amazon
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A stress free booking experience and provided with all the information needed before departure. Holiday worked seamlessly with transfer and excellent selection of companies and hotels in Peru. During our trek it was just us two with a team of guides, porters and chefs making it a private tour of the Inka trail which we certainly didn't expect and was fabulous, on talking to the guide the max group size is 6 so always small meaning the walk can be tailored to what you want to see. The food was excellent especially considered it was cook on a camping stove 3000M above sea level and my allergies were catered for perfectly and even made me a birthday cake at 3600M without an oven! The staff we encountered couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, especially in assisting will recovery of my bag which was lost on route to Peru by the airline, we would have struggled without them considering our poor Spanish. The 5 day Inka trail rather than the 4 means you get to see Macchu Pichu when you are recovered and not half asleep meaning you can pay full attention to the tour and additionally means you don't encounter a lot of the big groups on the trail itself. We also did the amazon extension, i was dubious about flying mid holiday but it was only 30 minutes and the adventure began on arrival so you didn't feel like you had lost a day of your holiday. We had 2 boats trips and a trek to the lodge with drinks on arrival and a night walk. The staff at the lodge were friendly and food excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable and were happy to tailor activities to your preference. We saw a wide range of animals even though there was a cold spell. Animals we saw included black caymens, monkeys, turtles, insects, giant river otters and many birds. Over all a brilliant experience, only advice i have if doing this trip is pack luggage in two sections - clothes for Inca trail and clothes for Amazon as ours were all slightly smelly by the time we arrived in the Amazon and we didn't do laundry although facilities are available in Cusco with a 2 hour turnaround, also take binoculars. Thanks for a brilliant adventure.
By Jamie Brighton | 02 May 2016

Holiday of a lifetime!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I went on this holiday at the end of September, and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. Walking through the Sungate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time made all those steps worth it! The trek is tough in places but not impossible, and you see some amazing views on the way! The guide and porters were amazing, not forgetting the Chef, who cooked some amazing food! Cusco is also an amazing city, and I am so glad I had a day at the start of the holiday to explo re it for myself! I would recommend getting a full pass for various attractions, although only if you're prepared to have a pretty none stop day! The guide also recommended visiting the market in Cusco. which is an authentic market where people from Cusco buy their food. Worth a visit! All in all an amazing holiday, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a mix of city and outdoors and needs a break from the norm! x
By Christina LONDON | 16 January 2016

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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /15/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 15 Apr and ends on Mon 22 Apr
  • This departure is available and departs within 0 days. Secure your place today with full payment by contacting the KE office
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /17/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 22 Apr and ends on Mon 29 Apr
  • This departure is available and departs within 7 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /18/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 26 Apr and ends on Fri 3 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 11 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /19/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 29 Apr and ends on Mon 6 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 14 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /20/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 3 May and ends on Fri 10 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 18 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /21/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 6 May and ends on Mon 13 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 21 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /22/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 10 May and ends on Fri 17 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 25 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /23/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 13 May and ends on Mon 20 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 28 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /24/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 17 May and ends on Fri 24 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 32 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /25/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 20 May and ends on Mon 27 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 35 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /26/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 24 May and ends on Fri 31 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 39 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /27/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 27 May and ends on Mon 3 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 42 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /28/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 31 May and ends on Fri 7 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 46 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /29/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 3 Jun and ends on Mon 10 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 49 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /30/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 7 Jun and ends on Fri 14 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 53 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /31/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 10 Jun and ends on Mon 17 Jun
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /32/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 14 Jun and ends on Fri 21 Jun
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /33/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 17 Jun and ends on Mon 24 Jun
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /34/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 21 Jun and ends on Fri 28 Jun
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /38/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 5 Jul and ends on Fri 12 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /39/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 8 Jul and ends on Mon 15 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /40/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 12 Jul and ends on Fri 19 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /41/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 15 Jul and ends on Mon 22 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /42/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 19 Jul and ends on Fri 26 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /43/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 22 Jul and ends on Mon 29 Jul
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /44/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 26 Jul and ends on Fri 2 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /45/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 29 Jul and ends on Mon 5 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /46/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 2 Aug and ends on Fri 9 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /47/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 5 Aug and ends on Mon 12 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /48/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 9 Aug and ends on Fri 16 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /49/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 12 Aug and ends on Mon 19 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /50/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 16 Aug and ends on Fri 23 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /51/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 19 Aug and ends on Mon 26 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /52/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 23 Aug and ends on Fri 30 Aug
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /53/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 26 Aug and ends on Mon 2 Sep
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /54/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 30 Aug and ends on Fri 6 Sep
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  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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  • Departure Reference: IMP /55/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 9 Sep and ends on Mon 16 Sep
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