Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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- New Trip Offering
- Most Iconic Trek to Machu Picchu
- Premier Camping Accommodations
- Fantastic Peruvian Cuisine
- Tremendously Diverse Ecosystems
- Tour of Machu Picchu
- Top Elevation of Nearly 14,000 Feet
This classic Peruvian trek to Machu Picchu combines snow-capped mountains, lush cloud forests, subtropical jungle, and a magnificent mix of Inca ruins to justify its status as one of the world’s most famous adventures! Wildland Trekking’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek gives you the ability to enjoy our premier camping accommodations; to hike with light day packs as porters transport the bulk of gear and food; to enjoy wonderful Peruvian cuisine prepared by a professional outdoor chef; to access safe drinking water for the duration of the trip; and most importantly to fully maximize your Peruvian adventure.
This trip does not include pre-trek and post-trek amenities, airport pick-up and drop-off, and acclimatization activities. If these additions interest you, we recommend our Inca Trail Extended Package.
Inca Trail Early Registration Discount
Peru begins offering permits for the Inca Trail (does not include the Short Inca Trail Lodge-based Tour) at different times each year, but normally between October 1 and December 15 for the following year. We secure Inca Trail permits for our guests the first day they become available, and cannot guarantee specific dates until they are secured.
To secure spots on a permit we must have verified, registered guests, so we strongly recommending registering before October 1 of the year prior to your intended trip, and we offer a 5% early registration discount for doing so. We have a very good success rate with securing permits, but if unsuccessful we offer a full transfer or refund of your deposit.
Feel free to call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions about the Inca Trail permit process.
Required Acclimatization Days
For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (13,828′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,200′) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek. If your looking for acclimatization activities, check out our Cusco and Sacred Valley Acclimatization Day Tours.
$60 Single Supplement
The single supplement on this trip applies to 1 night of lodging at Tierra Viva Machu Picchu before our day at Machu Picchu. If traveling solo, you will have a tent to yourself the other nights.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip requires significant elevation gains and losses on dirt and rock trails, and tops out at nearly 14,000 feet. The higher elevations make the trekking more difficult and necessitate training for most guests to be well prepared.
Up to 8 mi
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 4,000 ft
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
- Hiking at elevations of 13,800 feet
- Hiking with occasional, light heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 2
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Peru hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking.
For guest safety, due to the high elevations of this trek (13,779′), it is required that you acclimatize (at 10,000 feet or greater) for a minimum of 2 nights prior to the trip start date. This can be accomplished simply by arriving in Cusco (11,200′) 2 days prior. Acclimatizing, being well rested, staying hydrated, and eating well are important steps to helping your body adjust to the higher elevations of this trip. Being well adjusted will give you the best opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable trek.
Flights to and from Cusco are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Cusco, and nearly all connect through Lima. You can reach Lima from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The duration of nonstop flights to Lima is 5-9 hours. The duration of flights from Lima to Cusco is 80 minutes.
We do not recommend planning departure flights on the final day of this tour due to time constraints and the inability to guarantee when we will arrive back to Cusco.
Make the most of your time in Peru with an add-on day hike around Cusco! Explore a stunning alpine lake with amazing turquoise water (Lake Humantay); or one of the most unique and breathtaking mountains in the world with rainbow-colored soils that make for spectacular photography (Rainbow Mountain).
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 2
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
- 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply