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Full Day Tour 

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3,500m/11,500ft

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Peru Luxury Tour To Machu Picchu 

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Peru Luxury Tour Machu Picchu Vacation Collection blends specially arranged private visits and rich cultural meetings with exceptional personalized services

Discover the ancient, historic colonial center of Lima.

Tour the ancient Inca Cusco City Tour, One full day Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Pisaq, and Urubamba City, Visit the Inca fortress in Ollantaytambo, site of the last stand against the conquistadors.

Walk around the fascinating Agricultural Terraces of Moray and the Saltpans of Maras In Pisac Village, visit the ruins and the traditional Andean Colorful market and handicrafts.

Travel on the Panoramic Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes enjoying spectacular views.

Explore the mystical ancient Inca City of Machu Picchu, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”

Walking around the Cusco City tour to the Bohemian City and well-preserved museums, with galleries and studios.

Visit Koricancha, once the site of the extraordinary Temple of the Sun, center of the Inca world.

Tour of Puka Pukara, Qenqo, and Sacsayhuaman fortress, superb examples of Inca construction.

Is This Adventure Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The tour is moderate, however, you will find some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cusco may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height altitude. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this Adventure.

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  • WALKING 50% 50%
  • FOOD 90% 90%
  • HISTORY/CULTURE/NATURE 100% 100%
  • PHOTOGRAPHY/ADVENTURE/CAMPING 100% 100%

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  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
  • 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit Machu Picchu twice with this tour!

All of your needs are met on this Peru Luxury Tour Machu Picchu of Peru. Enjoying this adventure of no more than eight passengers per group, tour participants travel in comfort and style. Travelers are accompanied by a professional Tour Leader who will introduce you to mythical Peru with its Inca ruins, pre-Columbian art, colorful markets, and mist-cloaked peaks.

You’ll participate in a spiritual ceremony and learn about the country’s cultural roots. At the end of each day, you’ll retire to hotels chosen for your comfort, as well as location. Welcome to Peru with Cusco Luxury Tour 11 Day | Machupicchu Peru Travel In Style 2019.

DAY 1 – Flight Departure to Peru, Arrive in Lima.

Fly to Lima, Peru’s vivacious and sophisticated capital. You’ll be warmly greeted upon arrival by our representatives and escorted to your deluxe hotel in the Center San Isidro, San Borja, neighborhood

Overnight: Lima

Not Include: Tipping all your crew

START OF TOUR

DAY 2–Welcome Reception, Colonial Lima, Larco Herrera Museum.​

The Discovery of the ancient colonial center of Lima begins at the splendid main Plaza Mayor, the navel of the city, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the impressive Archbishop’s Palace with its fine carved balconies, the opulent Government Palace, and the stunning 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was set by Fernando Pizarro.

Spend the rest of the day exploring this endlessly fascinating city on your own. This evening, a specially arranged after-hours tour of the magnificent Larco Herrera Museum, housed in a restored 18th-century viceroy mansion. The acclaimed museum houses one of the world’s greatest collections of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a priceless exhibition of gold and jewels. A festive Welcome Reception and Dinner of contemporary Peruvian cuisine at the museum celebrates your arrival in Peru.

Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – Cuzco, Sacred Valley.

Early in the Morning Depart by flight to Cusco in the Peruvian Andes, as soon you arrive in the capital of the Inca Civilization, now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. At an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level, Cusco is the main gateway to the major Inca sites in the Sacred Valley and the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.

Upon your arrival, begin the drive to Urubamba, in the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a delectable lunch of Peruvian specialties at a local restaurant, spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend an informational session at your hotel, that will enlighten your upcoming discovery of Machu Picchu followed by dinner of Peruvian delicacies at a local restaurant – a perfect opportunity to discover new flavors

Overnight: Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – Terraces of Moray, Saltpans of Maras.​

Wayra Sol y Luna Ranch Barbecue with Live Show The unique archaeological site of Moray, found in the highlands above the sacred valley of the Incas. We will have a short hike in one of the most extraordinary examples of Inca landscaping. Intriguing agricultural terraces were built here that gradually reduce in size as they descend into a natural depression formed by the mountainside. Then tour the Saltpans of Maras, where salt spring water is still produced using the same methods as in the Pre-Inca period.

Afterward, stop at the Wayra Sol y Luna Ranch just outside of Urubamba. Here, a delicious barbecue lunch awaits you in the garden view terrace. Witness a lively Peruvian Paso horse demonstration, performed by (Challenges) on horseback, dressed in their finest linen outfits. This authentic performance is a wonderful display of coordination, discipline, and passion that sheds light on the strong Spanish influence in the highlands. Return to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – Pisac, Andean Colorful Market, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes.​

This morning, we drive to the vast Pisac complex, where our walking tour reveals a moon temple similar to the one found at Machu Picchu. Descending to the rustic Andean village of Pisac, we follow the crowds to the traditional Andean market where stalls extend from the main plaza into the inclined streets leading to the foot of the mountain. Hundreds of vendors appear, with stalls engulfing the streets in a blanket of vivid colored crafts from hand-knit woolens to trinkets and alpaca clothing.

After time at leisure in Pisac, we visit the ruins of the Incan fortress in Ollantaytambo, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. This site, abandoned before completion, offered archaeologists a glimpse into the sophisticated engineering of the Incas. Next, at the Ollantaytambo train station, we board the Vistadome train that travels along the scenic Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, with spectacular panoramic views of Machupicchu Canyon. We’ll check into our hotel at the foot of Machu Picchu in a Garden of Eden setting amid orchids, waterfalls, and hummingbirds. Tonight, a gourmet à la carte dinner.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – Machu Picchu and Private Spiritual Ceremony

An unforgettable and Unique day exploring the crowning achievement of Inca masterpiece engineering architecture the mystical ancient citadel of Machu Picchu! Declared by UNESCO as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery in 1911. View the majestic wonders of this 15th-century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors.

Highlights

See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza, and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this glorious monument to a lost civilization will truly be a lifelong memory. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps re-visit the citadel, hike on your own or just relax and surround yourself with the magic and tranquility. This evening, join a local Shaman for a private Spiritual Ceremony sharing the Andean ritual exalting Mother Earth.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – Inca Express Machu Picchu to Cusco.​

A morning walk in the small town of Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo) takes you to the hot springs for which the town was originally named. Continue your walk (about one mile) to the Machu Picchu Museum, offering a deeper understanding of what is currently known, and still unknown, about Machu Picchu, one of the world’s greatest wonders. After lunch at the hotel, the Vistadome train takes you back to the station in Ollantaytambo. The hotel in Cusco is a beautifully restored monastery and national monument that combines centuries-old charm with luxury – clustered around a tranquil central courtyard. Tonight, perhaps stroll in Cusco and enjoy the high-energy restaurants, cafes, and clubs.

Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Pukara Fortress, Temple of the water.​

On this day of discovery, we visit the ruins of Puka Pukara, a red Incan fortress that stands on a hill with views over the surrounding countryside and the Sacsayhuaman temple, a superb example of Inca megalithic construction techniques. Here, using massive boulders, the walls were carved and fitted together with incredible precision and amazingly without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. Then to Qenqo mausoleum, one of the finest examples of artfully carved rock displaying complex patterns of geometric reliefs and puma designs.

On top of the rock, view the embedded zigzag channels which served to divert liquids or sacrificed llama blood for purposes of divination. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps re-visit some of Cusco’s interesting sights, or pamper yourself at the hotel. A private reception this evening includes cocktails and a stirring performance by a local choir in the hotel’s beautiful and historic chapel

Overnight: Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – “The Royal City” of Cusco, Temple of the Sun-San Pedro Market optional​

Cusco often called “The Royal City,” a walking tour to the top of San Blas Hill, the Bohemian district of the city where many artists live, alive with galleries and studios, accented by flower-laden balconies. On to the colonial section of the city, a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, built in the 16th century atop existing Incan foundations, creating a one of a kind architecture. Visit the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo church, built on top of the religious complex of Koricancha that once held the extraordinary Temple of the Sun, deemed the center of the Inca world dedicated to its highest Gods.

This temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Afterward, we visit the farmers market called San Pedro Market, to see the overwhelming variety of local goods, including flowers, crafts, and even witchcraft items. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy an à la carte dinner

Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 – Cusco back to Lima
Return to Lima by flight.

The rest of the day is yours to re-discover some of Lima’s fabulous treasures or shop for handmade silver jewelry, knits, and other local crafts. On the last evening in Peru, a glamorous Farewell Reception and Dinner at the world-famous La Rosa Nautica restaurant, a Victorian-style building perched over the Pacific. Share memories of your remarkable journey in Peru with your newfound friends, promising to meet again.

Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – Depart Peru
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight*

*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

END OF TOUR

Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

 

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

Price

This Tour is a private personalized service. We do not mix with other groups and have Licensed Tour Guides to lead you to Cusco’s treasures. As a private service, you have the opportunity to ask away all the questions you may have and take as many pictures as you wish.

From: $ 3849 per person

$4,870 Flight and Land From SFO

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Land Only price $3,849 All-Inclusive Tour

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Note: An initial deposit of $400.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

minimum of 2 people to book a tour
This price is based on Double Accommodation

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION If you have a group of 6-8 people we give you a special discount. More than 10 people you can even travel free! If your interested starting date IS NOT LISTED we can open a new departure date at a group rate.

Additional Upgrades

Hauyna Picchu

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Vistadome Train

From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

Machupicchu Mountain

Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

Inka Bridge

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

Sun Gate

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round trip hike.

Peru Travel Packing List Sleeping Bags and Accessories

  • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
  • Backpacks $25
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

Inca Trail Hike Packing List To Machu Picchu

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
  • Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDE

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

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Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your trips

Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

*Special Diets Available Upon Request

TRAVEL REVIEWS

{I initially booked with Tour Leaders Peru after a recommendation from a friend. I admit I was a little hesitant at first but all of that doubt went away just in the booking process alone. Natalie knows what she’s doing and has actually been to Peru, and has visited the places I…
{We just got home safely from Peru. We saw the Sacred Valley, hiked the 26 mile Inca Trail for 4 days from 8,000 to 13,800 feet to see the ancient stunning Machu Picchu, learned about Incas, went to the exciting Amazon Rain Forest to see Macaw birds in the wild, shopped at San Pedro’s Market in Cusco, celebrated New Year’s Eve in yellow hats in Cusco...
{We, unfortunately, didn't get to travel with Tour Leaders Peru because of Covid-19. We had to cancel our May tour and postpone our vacation until further notice. We had paid a deposit and Natalie and the team worked diligently with the government to refund our trip. We are…
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{We had a great tour of With Tour Guide Aldo (he's great): Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu. Jose was always there, attentive, hiking in front, back, side, showing us extra ruins on side trails. It was great! For the Amazon, we switched to great naturalist and super birder Jose Antonio and hiked and birded in Manu National Park.
{I have always wanted to see Machu Picchu and when the opportunity came, I didn’t want to pass. My friends and I did the Salkantay Trek with Odon as our main guide and he was just so passionate about telling us the history and the culture behind Machu Picchu. Odon took care of us like we were his children haha, he helped us adjust or feel better with altitude sickness.
{If you’d like hiking to see the stunning view at Salkantay lake and one of the seven worlds wonders Machu Picchu while having someone to set your tent and cook your fresh gourmet Peruvian dinners every night, then you have to sign up with Tour leaders Peru. Their tour guide is very fun, friendly, and knowledgeable. Their REI equipment is new and up to date.
{PERU PACKAGE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Date of Experience: 12/2019 I visited Peru with my family back in Dec. 2019 with this company. We were picked up at Lima airport by our guide Miguel and given a tour of Lima city along with the Larco museum. The following day we headed to…
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REI Camping Equipment for each trip

We are not affiliated with this REI Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

Private Eco Toilets

We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

Private Transportation on each trip

As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

Best Chaskis (Porters)

We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry 

We leave no trace

We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail 

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The trail itself is breathtaking, but the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise. The classic Inca trail runs 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

How much it actually cost to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu?

The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks on 2021.

Doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers on the trails each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

The general cost for Inca Trail trek: $600

On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $600/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper. But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?

Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks. Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

Our Inca Trail toilets – Portable option

As a tour operato, the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things we would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried up with you by porters.

Our Toilete sit and tent are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, we will solve immediately. 

When to book the Inca Trail trek 4 days?

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 2 days in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

How Many Miles is The Inca Trail from km 82?

We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of the itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of travelling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to campsite

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 metres

Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

Best time to hike Inca Trail

Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu remains open at this time.The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

early April.May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry, and warmer than June, July and August.The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cuzco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacationmakers all the way through August and

into September.By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance.December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

Machu Picchu hike difficulty

First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 metres to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 metres – definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed

Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits. I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

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