Inca Trail Trek
The Inca Trail Trek is an 8-day Full Itinerary that begins and ends in Cusco, Peru, the capital of the Inca Empire. Begin with 2 days acclimatizing to Cusco’s 9,160-foot elevation, touring Pisac in Peru’s Sacred Valley and visiting the Ollantaytambo ruins. Spend the next 4 days hiking from Piscacucho to Machu Picchu, reaching elevations as high as 13,692 feet (Warmiwanusqa Pass) along the way. At Machu Picchu, take a guided 3-hour tour through the different sectors, bringing alive the history and stories of these ancient and iconic ruins.
Throughout the entire tour, hike alongside highly trained guides intimately familiar with the web of classic and lesser-known ancient Inca footpaths. Walk through breathtaking high alpine passes, humbling valleys, dense cloud forests, rushing rivers and past ancient Inca ruins and remote Andean settlements.
Unlike other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tours that only spend 2 nights camping on the trail and depart the train at Kilometer 82, this Inca Trail Trek adventure begins downstream at Kilometer 88 and spends 3 nights camping on the trail. These slight yet distinguishing factors set this Inca Trail Trek apart. Spending 3 nights camping on the Inca trail creates space away from the crowds, alleviates the need to rush and offers a tranquil, accommodating schedule that makes hiking easier on the legs, knees and lungs. Spend the right amount of time taking in the incredible scenery, history and culture of the Inca Trail in private campsites that disconnect from the busy world and fully immerse in Peruvian adventure.
A team of porters and skilled cooks await at each campsite with a delicious hot meal and a comfortable place to rest each night, all the while leaving next to no impact on the land, communities and environment en route. The 4 days of hiking range from 5 to 9 miles, with estimated times of 5 to 8 hours. On the final day at Machu Picchu, a guided tour of the citadel brings to life the impressive ruins and lifestyle of its former inhabitants, offering newfound knowledge and unforgettable memories.
If experiencing the Inca Trail is on your list, then this Inca Trail Trek specializes in getting farther from the beaten paths, utilizing the best equipment, minimizing impacts on the environment and creating an unforgettable experience.
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