The Inca Trail has always been a wonder, part of a network of 30.000 km. of trails going from Mendoza in Argentina to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, and an essential piece of the road system of the Inca's Empire. Vibrant with some of the most incredible nature you could encounter on a trek due to the subtropical forest situation, full of valleys, snow-capped mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals, crossing archaeological sites and traditional living culture of the Sacred Valley of the Incas while using its cautiously preserved stairs and tunnels and ending at the legendary Machu Picchu.
Hiking the Inca Trail with Inca Trail Expeditions will be one of those experiences that you will remember forever as this is quite the essential Peruvian travel adventure, a perfect mix of cosmopolitan and traditional Andean life. For this Machu Picchu Hiking Tour you could immerse yourself in that gigantic and preserved Inca culture listening to the locals proudly defending their traditions while learning one or two Quechua words on the way, plunge in those fantastic sceneries true living paintings of Mother Nature and redefine the way you are travelling while everything else is taken care of.
Like every Inca Trail Expeditions Tour, the Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu is a journey tailored by travelling specialists so you can enjoy every minute without wasting any money.
We pick you up by bus from your hotel at 5:40am (depending on the train time) and take you to the train station. We travel by train on a very picturesque route for 2 and a half hours until we reach the kilometer 104 – Chachabamba, where we begin our exciting adventure: Hiking the Inca Trail . From here, we have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft).
We then continue on to Inti Punku ('Sun gate') (2730m/8957ft) from where you have your first view over the Majestic Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). We walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we have a short rest and then descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Pueblo using the tourist bus. We arrive at around 4:30pm, and transfer to our hotel where we overnight.
Meals: Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After a rich and tasty breakfast we take the bus at approximately 6am up to Macchu Pichu so we can enjoy the beautiful sun rise. A hiking tour of around 2 hours is given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. When you feel you are full with the mystical vibes of that legendary place we return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. You should back to your hotel at 10:30pm. And here ends your Machu Picchu hiking adventure. Meals: Breakfast
The itinerary and campsites provided by the INC (Institution that runs the Inca Trail) are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.