Peru Inca Trail

Cuzco & the Sacred Valley, Peru

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Peru Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and rated as one of the top 5 treks in the world. The 43km trek is undertaken in 4 or 5 days, reaching an altitude of 4,200m on the third day. Cusco serves as base for 2-day acclimatisation with visits to nearby archaeological sites and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The high season runs from June to August, when the trail can be fully booked, unless reserved in advance. Machu Picchu is closed in February, for maintenance. 

Undoubtedly the most famous trek in all of South America, the beautiful but fragile Inca Trail is walked by thousands of travellers each year. In order to preserve the future of the Inca Trail, it is no longer possible to complete the trek independently - all visits must be accompanied by a professional guide, who is licensed to escort the group. We recommend booking early to secure your place, as the overall daily number of trekkers allowed is restricted. 

And, experience unforgettable views of Machu Picchu & the Urubamba valley.

What We Love
  • Trek to the ruins at Llactapata and cross the Warmiwanusqa Pass into tropical vegetation of Paqaymayo River Valley.
  • Trail through an Inca tunnel to the ruins at Phuyupatamarca then Huinayhuayna.
  • Explore the fabled, Inca lost city of Machu Picchu and other, less know sacred sites.
  • Visit the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and include trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.


The Inca emperor Pachacuti built a mighty royal highway to link his capital Cusco to his secluded sacred centre at Machu Picchu, taking an awe-inspiring route over high mountain passes. He followed the way of the Apus, the snow peaks sacred to the Incas which dominate the scenery, vanishing and re-appearing around curves and over ridges as we follow this most astounding of treks. At points along the way Pachacuti built small, exquisite settlements clustered upon jagged outcrops, always with sweeping views of the stunning landscape.

Amazingly, all of this survived the Spanish conquest and the hundreds of years of abandonment and neglect that followed. Today the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a Peruvian government protected reserve of immense archaeological and environmental importance. For this spectacular route is both a journey through Inca history and a dazzling sample of Peru’s incredible biodiversity.

Take this challenging trek across high, treeless passes up to 4,200m (13,776ft), and down through multi-layered zones of cloud-forest, culminating at the threshold of the Sun Gate where we face the final unforgettable view down to Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River.

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.

Peru Inca Trail Cuzco & the Sacred Valley, Peru

Peru - Inca Trail

Cusco & Machu Picchu
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Upon arrival in Lima, you are met for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. Lima is a city of rare fascination and unexpected pleasures. The city has decaying colonial splendour and the teeming vitality of an oriental bazaar; melancholy cloudy winters and warm breezy summers; impoverished urban sprawl and quiet elegant corners among ancient buildings where the night air is scented with jasmine.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores.

Day 02 – Transfer & Private Touring
Cusco Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you are met for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.

This afternoon, enjoy a private half-day tour of Cusco with your local guide.
Visit the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, La Compania (a beautiful church of fine carving and gold leaf taking nearly 100 years to complete) - as well as a variety of old-colonial style buildings.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

Day 03 – Optional Excursions
Cusco Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cusco. Optional excursions to the Sacred Valley (rafting, mountain biking, and visits to markets, villages or ruins) can be arranged.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

Day 04 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today takes you on a spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes to Chillca, the trailhead. Crossing a footbridge, take an undulating trek through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views to the snows of Mt. Verónica with the turbulent Urubamba River on the right. Pause on a bluff high above the Cusichaca Valley for a view of the imposing sculpted terraces of Llaqtapata, a massive Inca farming complex. Then turn south and follow this side valley upstream to the village of Huayllabamba, where you make camp.
Overnight: Huayllabamba Camp (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today’s travel is from Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo. From Huayllabamba begin a steeper ascent, climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream that rushes through enchanted native unca woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, you abruptly find yourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). From Warmiwañusca, look back to the spectacular snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif and ahead to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. Descending a stepped stone trail you come to the campsite in a clearing of the forested Pacamayo valley.
Overnight: Pacaymayo Camp (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Machu Picchu Trek
Inca Trail Today’s travel is from Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca. Pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As you reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. Descend again to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley.

The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
Overnight: Phuyupatamarca Camp (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca and then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

In the afternoon, follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly you cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry – a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

After a full experience of this glorious monument of the Inca’s achievements, return to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Private Guided Tour
Cusco Return to Machu Picchu by bus and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the best-known features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Some will want to take the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.

After a full on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, return by shuttle/walk to Aguas Calientes train station to board your return train to Cusco. You are met for transfer to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (B)

Day 09 – Depart
Cusco Transfer to the Cusco airport for your departure (B).


Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
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