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What’s included

  • A Local Leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Ultimate Inca Trail

Walking & Trekking

Peru | Walking & Trekking

Ultimate Inca Trail
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  11 days from the UK  
On trek: 4 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £2,690,
Land only from £1,890

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Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and trek to the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing and acclimatisation walks in Cuzco
  • Trek the spectacular Inca Trail, carefully tailored to avoid the crowds
  • Enter iconic Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate
  • First rate camping service on trek

Reviews          

The itinerary itself was great. Overall I found the level of service to be outstanding.
Ms H, USA

It was a 'perfect' trek in all aspects. The staff were excellent and demonstrated great adaptability to all situations.
Lady R, London

The trip was absolutely brilliant. By far and away the best adventure holiday I've ever been on and hugely exceeded my expectations.  It had it all - beautiful snow capped mountains, stunning cloud forests, historical sites (not just Machu Picchu), great trekking trails, star filled nights and excellent company (fellow trekkers and tour staff).  I'm already missing it!
Mr S, Gloucestershire

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On arrival in the stunning city of Cuzco, previously capital of the ancient Inca Empire and modern day World Heritage Site, we leisurely explore the impressive Inca sights.

We take acclimatisation walks and absorb the spectacular Andean setting at 3,400m/11,152ft, including a descent to Ollantaytambo, a major ancient Inca site in the Sacred Valley.

Our trek follows the centuries old Inca Trail through cloud forest alive with bright orchids and butterflies, and crosses high passes giving sensational views. We also visit impressive ruins along the way and experience a growing sense of anticipation at our overnight camps as we draw closer to our goal. Finally, with a real sense of achievement, we pass through the famous Sun Gate, entrance to one of the most iconic sights on the planet. Our trek successfully completed, we visit Machu Picchu again for further exploration.

Permit warning – you need an Inca Trail permit for this trip. Permits go on sale at the start of each year, and often sell out quickly, so please book early.

Private Departures

Ultimate Inca Trail Private Departure

Ultimate Inca Trail Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of the Inca Trail holiday in Peru for a minimum of two people sharing. Please contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  11 days from the UK  
On trek: 4 days

Max. Altitude: 4,128m / 13,543ft, Warmiwanusca, Dead Woman’s Pass, Day 7

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 16

Land only joining city: Cuzco

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: B&B in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes, plus lunches on walking days and all meals on trek

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Cuzco and transfer to hotel.
3-4
Acclimatisation walks and sightseeing in an around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
5
Visit Ollantaytambo. Begin Inca Trail. Trek to Llactapata- 3 hours.
6
Trek to Huallyabamba and on to Llulluchupampa - 6 hours.
7
Cross ‘'Dead Woman’s Pass', 4,128m/13,543ft, Trek over two further passes to Phuyupatamarka - 8 hours.
8-9
Trek to Machu Picchu, 2,438m/8,000ft - 5½ hours. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Train to Cuzco.
10-11
Fly overnight to London.
Leader: Local leader, Peru
Local leader, Peru

You will be accompanied throughout your holiday by a local English-speaking guide. These leaders are very knowledgeable and extremely charming and friendly and in their company you will enjoy an insider’s view of Peru.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Cuzco

    Fly London To Cuzco.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Cuzco
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Cuzco. Transfer to hotel.

    On arrival in Cuzco you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cuzco. You are at 3,500m/11,483ft here so for the rest of the day you will need to take it easy to help your body acclimatise to the thin air at this altitude. It is a good idea to rest or maybe explore locally and enjoy your first impressions of this vibrant city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Esmerelda or Similar, Cuzco
  3. Day 3 - Acclimatisation walk and sightseeing in an around Cuzco.

    Today you have the opportunity to stretch your legs and acclimatise to the high altitude with a delightful hike in the hills above Cuzco. First stop is the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy.

    You will then go to the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3,700m/12,000ft, followed by a special picnic lunch. From here it is all downhill to Cuzco, stopping at the Temple of the Moon and, depending on time, other historical sites along the way.

    Once back in Cuzco you can have a bit of relaxation or do some sightseeing around Cuzco. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting colonial churches, bargain-hunting in Indian markets, or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco has it all. It is a beautiful and vibrant city. Formerly the capital of the extensive Inca Empire, today the foundations and walls of Inca buildings are overlaid by Spanish architecture. Fine Inca stonework has survived centuries of both earthquakes and Spanish colonialism. Wanderlust readers have repeatedly voted Cuzco one of their favourite of all worldwide destinations.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Esmerelda or Similar, Cuzco
  4. Day 4 - Moray ruins, Salt Pans of Maras and Sacred Valley.

    Your journey to Machu Picchu begins today as you leave Cusco behind. It is an important day's acclimatisation, with a visit to the Moray site and a few hours gentle walking downhill past the salt-pans (mines) at Salinas back to the hotel. Your acclimatisation trek combines big views and ancient towns, local farming techniques and pre-Inca salt pans with an easy descent to the valley below.

    Firstly, you drive out of the valley and across the grassy plain to the extraordinary Inca earthworks of Moray. There is no other Inca site quite like Moray - three crater like depressions are lined with a series of concentric circular terraces disappearing down into the earth. Some think that this may have been the site of sophisticated Inca agricultural experiments with each terrace representing an altitude zone. It is thought that the terraces' containing walls were filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems which enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.

    From Moray you then follow an old mule trail the short distance to the ancient town of Maras with its vast church and outstanding colonial Spanish door arches. Maras was formerly famous for its spies, due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley enabling the local inhabitants to keep track of the movement of all travellers in and out of the valley. From Maras you will then walk back down into the Sacred Valley, a descent of a couple of hours. En route you will walk through the shimmering terraced salt-pans of Salinas where salt has been harvested since pre-Inca times. The salt pans cover the whole hillside and in sunny weather you will be dazzled by the white of the pools.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tunupa Lodge or Hotel El Sol or Similar, Ollantaytambo
  5. Day 5 - Visit Ollantaytambo. After lunch begin Inca Trail, 2,600m/8,531ft, to Llactapata, 2,288m/7,506ft - 3 hours.

    Your five day Inca Trail starts today, it is carefully tailored to avoid the crowds. By leaving later than everyone else, and allowing an extra day, you spend the whole trail out of sync with other tourists. Thus you will literally have the trail to yourselves.

    This morning you visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is probably the best surviving example of Inca town planning. It is divided in canchas (blocks) and each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard. The town itself is located at the foot of the spectacular ruins of an Inca fortress which protected the way to the lower Urubamba Valley. Here in 1536 Manco Inca had a victory over the Spanish, stemming the tide of their expansion for a short while. This victory was short-lived however and when the Spanish returned with four times their previous force Manco Inca retreated to his jungle stronghold in Vilcabamba and Ollantaytambo fell to the Spanish. Stone used for these buildings was brought as huge worked blocks weighing many tons, from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River - an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed. The fortress and town represent some of the best of Inca architecture and construction, with fine examples of beautifully carved polygonal stones and monumental rocks. At ground level below the fortress there is smaller scale ceremonial stone constructions where rivulets bubble along cut channels and water tumbles into pools over finely carved rocks.

    After a look around and some lunch you drive twenty minutes to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu.

    With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba River to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata, 2,788m/9,146ft. The first section of walking is ideal for acclimatisation purposes as you hike along the river as it gently meanders downstream. On arrival in camp, time permitting, the guide will take you on a tour of Llactapata, taking time to explain Inca history and set the scene for the Inca Trail.

    For all of this trek your luggage is carried by your porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. Beer and soft drinks may be available at camp, but take care because tomorrow is a tougher day!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Huallyabamba, 3,000m/9,843ft, and on to Llulluchupampa, 3,680m/12,073ft - 6 hours.

    Today you trek up the Cusichaca Valley past the archaeological excavations at Cusichaca to reach the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, 3,000m/9,840ft, the last inhabited place on the trail and then continue climbing, past colourful humming birds and amazing stunted cloud forest, to your beautiful grassy campsite at Llulluchupampa, 3800m/12,000ft, which has spectacular views down the valley.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Cross Warmiwanusca 'Dead Woman’s Pass', 4,128m/13,543ft, to Pacasmayo, 3,658m/12,000ft. Trek over two passes to Phuyupatamarka, 3,650m/11,975ft - 8 hours.

    This is possibly the hardest day of the trek. However, you will now be in good shape and acclimatised for the pass. You rise early and head to the highest point of the day to arrive at the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4,128m/13,543ft. You then descend into the small, and perfectly formed, Pacasmayo ('Hidden River') Valley, 3,650m/11,975ft.

    You climb again, passing the dramatic circular Inca site of Runcu Raccay, to arrive at the next pass, 3,998m/13,117ft, which gives spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Continuing along a staggeringly engineered Inca stone path you pass Sayacmarca ruins, 3,600m/11,811ft, where you will have plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. Sayacmarca ruins are just one example of the fine Inca aesthetic, seen in so many of their buildings, where a site is deliberately chosen for its dramatic views or beautiful situation. You continue along the ridge, passing through several Inca tunnels, corkscrewing backward and forwards over a ridge with fantastic views, until a slight ascent brings you the final pass, 3,658m/12,000ft, and so down to Phuyupatamarca ruins - the 'place above the clouds', 3,650m/11,975ft, where you camp.

    Bird-watchers note: this is a terrific day for some wonderful birds: moustached flower-piercers, scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager and puff-thighed Hummingbirds have all been seen along this section.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Machu Picchu, 2,438m/8,000ft - 5½ hours.

    Your final day's trekking begins with fine views over to the Salcantay and Pumasillo ranges, with the Machu Picchu ridge below and the Urubamba River descending towards the Amazon, your trail brings you through Cloud Forest to Wiñay Wayna, 2,600m/8,528ft, another interesting ruin full of orchids and swallows. It was only found in 1941, its name meaning 'forever young'. From here you make the final stage to Inti Punku, the 'Gateway of the Sun' for your first mesmerising glimpse of Machu Picchu, 2,438m/8,000ft, in the afternoon sun and savour your first impressions of what is still one of the most magical and iconic places on the planet. Leaving your exploration until tomorrow, you descend past the ruins and catch a bus down to the colourful town of Aguas Calientes (now known as Machu Picchu Pueblo) and celebrate your return to civilisation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Santuario or Killa Inn or Similar, Aguas Calientes
  9. Day 9 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Train to Cuzco.

    After an early breakfast, you will drive the short distance back up the zigzag road to Machu Picchu to get there before the main crowds and also when the light is better for those all important photos. Machu Picchu is a place that really lives up to all expectations. The setting is breathtaking and the ruins themselves are sensational.

    If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you should contact us as far in advance as possible as the permits do sell out and will almost certainly be gone by the time you arrive in Peru. You will in any case have a full guided tour of the ruins with time afterwards to walk out to the Inca Bridge, or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the amazing atmosphere of this fabulous place.

    You will then descend to Aguas Calientes and board the afternoon train back along the Urubamba valley towards Cuzco, a really great train journey. From here a waiting bus will speed you back to Cuzco and your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Esmerelda or Similar, Cuzco
  10. Day 10 - Fly to London.

    You will have the morning free to explore Cuzco a little more before you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

    If you wish to have more time in Cuzco after your trek please speak to our office about arranging extra nights for you.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  11. Day 11 - Arrive UK

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What’s included

  • A Local Leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Sleeping bag
  • Some lunches and evening meals in Cuzco and Aquas Calientes
  • Airport departure taxes, excepting UK Departure Tax
  • Optional trips
  • Tipping


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Overall score:           (Based on 3 reviews)

Perfect!          

It was a 'perfect' trek in all aspects. The staff were excellent and demonstrated great adaptability to all situations.

Outstanding service          

The itinerary itself was great. Overall I found the level of service to be outstanding.

Best adventure holiday I've been on          

The trip was absolutely brilliant. By far and away the best adventure holiday I've ever been on and hugely exceeded my expectations. It had it all - beautiful snow capped mountains, stunning cloud forests, historical sites (not just Machu Picchu), great trekking trails, star filled nights and excellent company (fellow trekkers and tour staff). I'm already missing it!


Extend your holiday

Paracas and Nazca Lines, Peru
  • Discover over 150 species of birdlife in the Ballestas Islands
  • Look out for dolphins, sea lions and whales on a boat trip
  • Fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines

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This fascinating extension will introduce you to an area in Peru that is famous for its culture and archaeological remains as well as for its extraordinarily prolific wildlife.

Firstly you drive south out of Lima, down the coast to Paracas. The Paracas peninsula is the site of the famous Paracas Culture, an advanced pre-Inca civilisation, renowned for its fine textiles and ceramics. The Ballestas Islands are famous for their sea birds and sea lions. You may also visit the small museum where some of Paracas’s famous textiles are displayed.

The next morning you will make an excursion by boat to visit the Ballestas Islands, sometimes called the ‘Little Galapagos’. These islands are home to over 150 species of marine birds as well as hundreds of sea-lions. You may see Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans and on your cruise you may even encounter dolphins or whales. Your Ballestas excursion takes about two hours. Later you will be transferred to Pisco airport where you take a small plane to over-fly the enigmatic Nazca lines. The Nazca Lines are one of mankind’s greatest mysteries. They cover an arid desert plateau some 80kms wide with designs which are a mixture of stylised figures, animals, birds, fish, trees and flowers. Some are simply geometric patterns, or just lines.


Lake Titicaca extension
  • A visit to Lake Titicaca will prove a very worthwhile addition to any trip to Peru.
  • Enjoy a spectacular bus ride from Cuzco with stunning views, climbing to a height of 4,319m /14,170ft before descending to Puno.
  • Get an insight into a unique society and culture that has adapted to this harsh but beautiful environment.

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Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and set on the high altiplano of Peru at 4,103m/12,507ft it is generally considered to be the highest navigable lake in the world.  On this extension you will travel to Puno, a city on the shores of Titicaca, on a fantastic bus ride which is an experience in itself, leaving Cuzco to climb to a high pass at La Raya at 4,319m /14,170ft before descending to Puno.

The lake itself is starkly beautiful and views of the lake and the mountains beyond are truly spectacular.  You will spend a whole day on the lake - the Uros Islands, although rather touristy, are worth visiting to see this unique way of life while a visit to Taquile Island gives you the opportunity to see how a distinctive and independent minded society has adapted to this harsh but stunning environment. 


Amazon Extension from Cuzco
  • Spend 2, 3 or 4 nights deep in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Stay in jungle lodges whilst exploring the wonderful rainforest wildlife.

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For a complete contrast to your trek or tour in the Andes why not visit the lush Amazon jungle? A short but spectacular flight will take you over the mountains and down to the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin encompasses nearly 3 million square miles, of which two thirds is covered by rainforest and comprising the largest and most bio-diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. For your Amazon extension you will fly to the city of Puerto Maldonado and from there travel down river to your jungle lodge.

We offer a selection of jungle lodges with various standards of accommodation and wildlife experience. You may also choose whether to stay for 2 or 3 nights in the jungle or even a longer more adventurous expedition of 5 days downstream to the Tambopata Research Centre.


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