Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- 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
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 10-15 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 6-8 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- ~3000 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- ~4000 feet
- Quality of Trails:
- The trails on this trip are well maintained and well-trodden
- 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.
- be active and healthy
- regularly exercise vigorously
- be comfortable hiking, biking, running, or swimming for several hours without many breaks
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 (13,828′), 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.
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).
Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.
Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.5
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.3
- 6-7 People: Rate x 1.2
- 8-10 People: Rate x 1.1
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply