Updated: May 31, 2013
This is the classic Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. The trail winds through substantial archaeological ruins surrounded by dense vegetation and astonishing landscapes. The four-day trek (or NEW 5-day Inca Trail trek) takes you over amazing peruvian paths of large stones with carefully made stairs in the steeper parts, passing through impressive tunnels, valleys and high passes. It finally crosses the mountain at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, for your first glimpse of the magic and splendor of the Machu Picchu citadel below. We invite you to escape your life for just 4 days to experience the bliss of wandering along the famous Inca Trail in the footsteps of the ancient ones.
The Inca Trail is one of the most popular & amazing hikes in Peru. In order to protect and preserve the heritage of the trail, access to the trail is regulated by the Peruvian government, the INC (National Institute of Culture) and the INRENA (National Institute of Natural Resources). There is a limit of 500 people per day allowed on the trail, including 300 porters and guides. Foreign visitors total no more than 200 per day. If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail, we recommend booking several weeks or months in advance. Click here contact us any time regarding availability.
We intentionally organize the logistics for our hiking groups to limit exposure to other hikers. This ensures a quality hiking experience. For most, this is a once in a lifetime experience and worth the extra attention it takes. It's possible to have a moment when you think you are the only hiker on the Inca Trail! There are stories all over the internet about bad experiences on Inca Trail hikes due to lack of attention to group dynamics, poorly prepared meals or inexperienced guides.
Adios Adventure Travel hikes are not bare bones hikes. ALL the hikes we offer have superior "comfort upgrades" including: air mattresses, 2 porters per person, cook, high quality meals & well-trained guides. This is not special treatment. This is our minimum standard for all hikes. It is certain that you can find cheaper hikes, but you will not find "better" hikes.
Our groups are limited to 8 people & because we organize everything ourselves, we control the factors that make your hike enjoyable. We do not sub-contract. We pay our porters and guides living wages. We attract & retain exceptional guides & porters. Our cooks prepare meals using high quality ingredients. (Contact us if you have a large group, we can structure the hike to make it enjoyable even for large groups)
The process for applying for Inca Trail permits is best if arranged in advance. It is advisable to book at least 4-6 months before your planned travel dates and 1 year in advance for a large group. CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW FOR 2014
The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.
We offer private Inca Trail hikes for 5-days/4 nights - includes 1 night hotel on Day 4 and full day in Machu Picchu on Day 5
Cost: $850 USD pp for private hike - minimum 2 (offer available through the end of January 2014 - we don't guarantee offer available in 2014 until confirmed by National Park service when the office reopens for the 2014 season)
Hotel in Cusco - Wayllabamba / Max altitude - 3000 m/9900 ft Distance - 10 km/6 mi
Our team will arrive at 6:00 am to pick you up for your departure from Cusco to Km 82 in Piskacucho, with a brief stop in Ollaytaytambo, where you can buy last minute gear and personal items. We arrive in Piskacucho where the hike begins on a strolling, flat path along the Urubamba River and then shifts upward until our lunch stop. Along the way, we will get a close-up view of the archaeological ruins of Llactapata before we arrive at our campsite for the night.
Wayllabamba - Warmiwanusca - Paqaymayu / Max altitude - 4270m/14,000 ft Distance - 12 Km/7.5 mi
We'll start the day early with a healthy breakfast prepared by our chef and then hike up to the highest point of the Inka Trail (Dead Woman's Pass). We may notice several ecological zones and be able to discern between the different microclimates. The chef will have lunch ready and waiting at midday prior to passing the highest point, Warmiwañusca Pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. Our descent will eventually take us to the campsite Pacaymayo, where will enjoy our dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Paqaymayu - Chaq 'icocha - Winaywayna / Max altitude - 3600 m/11,800 ft Distance - 15 km/9.3 mi
Our day begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45 minute hike up to the second pass on the Inka Trail (3950 meters/12,959 feet above sea level). Along the way we are able to visit Inka ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, and Puyupatamarka. Your guide readily provides additional information about the history and signaficance of ruins, wildlife and plants throughout the hike. After lunch we hike to the Wiñaywayna Camp site, for our last night on the Trail.
Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco / Max altitude 2440 m/8000 ft Distance - 12 km/7.5 mi
After an early breakfast, we begin the final trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. We cross over the top of the mountain at Inti Punku “ the Sun Gate”, where we get our first inspiring and panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Then we descend to Machu Picchu where we will register at the check point and enjoy our private, guided tour of the ancient Inka ruins. After the tour you can choose to rest or explore the ruins on your own before we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco.
Please note that Inca Trail permits cannot be refunded, transferred or cancelled.