Inca Trail Trek - Machu Picchu

Technical skills

Very low

Fitness level


Trip length
8 days
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Price starting from
per person, excluding flights


Spend 8 days trekking though the Perivian Andes along the Inca Trail as you make your way the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. ...
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Spend 8 days trekking though the Perivian Andes along the Inca Trail as you make your way the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.
We start this fascinating journey in Cusco, the former capital city of the Inca Empire. Our explorations continue through Andean villages and into the Sacred Valley with its important Inca ruins. After studying the interesting architecture of Cusco, the spectacular landscapes of the Sacred Valley and beginning to understand the myths and legends surrounding the Incas, we begin our trek on the Inca Trail to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Our walk along this ancient path involves a series of ups and downs. We enjoy incredible views and explore ancient ruins during our four day walk.
In Cusco you stay in the luxurious Hotel Monastario. After exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu participants enjoy the comforts and lush sub-tropical environment surrounding the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel located next to the interesting village of Aguas Caliente. The trip ends on one of the world’s classic train rides from Aguas Caliente to Cusco where we enjoy a celebration dinner.

Trip highlights

  • Learning about Inca culture
  • A challenging trek from subtropical forests to high mountain passes
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable upscale accommodations and fine Peruvian cuisine
  • Bartering for souvenirs from sweaters to exquisite silver jewelry
  • Chewing coca leaves, mate de coca tea, and Pisco sours


Custom Adventure
Custom adventures are a great way to push your limits, pick your own route, and design a special itinerary
8 days
From $4,495/day/person


A Mountain Madness representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The afternoon will be free for shopping for local Quechuan Indian handicrafts and getting familiar with Cusco’s fine restaurants, cobblestone streets, and relaxing courtyards. We will also tour the city, visiting old cathedrals and Inca temples, and explore the famous Sacsayhuaman ruins.
Today we will visit the beautiful Vilcanota/Urubamba river valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. Our explorations will take us through Andean villages, local markets and the very important ruins of Pisac and/or Ollantaytambo. Return to Cusco for overnight in Hotel Monasterio. Dinner this evening is not included to allow you to explore Cusco and sample the variety of culinary options available. 
We depart early for the Inca Trail. After driving along the high, barren puna, we descend into the twisted Urubamba Valley and drive to our trailhead where we distribute loads among porters. We then hike to the small village of Huayllabamba where the local people still practice subsistence farming.
After hiking over the Warmiwanusga Pass we descend several thousand feet before hiking up to the ruins of Runquracay where we camp. This is a difficult day with about 4,000 feet of elevation gain.
We will be passing numerous ruins and walking through lush cloud forests and along cobblestone pathways made by the Incas. We will make camp at the ancient ruins of Winay Wayna. This is a fabulous day with good walking, interesting ruins, and great views of the Veronica Range, the massive peak of Salcantay, and the wild rapids of the Urubamba River.
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Questions & Answers

You should have previous backpacking experience. This trip is rated as moderately difficult and we cannot overemphasize the importance of physical conditioning before this trip.
Hiker should be should be in excellent physical condition.
We strongly recommend the purchase of an insurance plan to protect you from the unexpected.
Not included in cost:Airfare
Personal equipment
Staff/guide gratuities
Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.)
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical rescue insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Included in Cost:
Scheduled hotel nights, including three nights in the Monastario and one in the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Scheduled restaurant meals
Park and museum entrance fees
Porters and pack animals
Food while on the trek
Group tents and cooking gear
Airport transfers to and from Cusco International Airport
$350 non-refundable permit fee upon reservation
Trip length
8 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
per person, excluding flights

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