Experience the history and culture of the Inca Trail as you trek to Macchu Pichu, soaking in incredible natural vistas and storied historical sites along the way. Our seven day trek will give you a window into the soul of Peru.
With our seven day Inca Trail Machu Picchu Trek you will enjoy exciting physical challenges, stunning views, unique experiences and the incredible history of Peru. This journey through Cusco, the Salkantay region and along the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the purity of this rarely explored, but much dreamed about, region.
This tour combines the best of the region – starting from Cusco, following the Salkantay Trek and then along the historic Inca Trail you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, ancient archeological sites, great food and friendly guides, all the while making memories of a lifetime.
7 Days/6 Days
CUSCO – MOLLEPATA/CRUZPATA – SORAYPAMPA
Day one of our Inca Trail Macchu Pichu trek begins bright and early — we will collect you form your hotel at 4:30 am and then via private bus head to Mollepata. Along the way we will pass through the Izcuchaca and Limatambo communities. Once in Mollepata we will stop for a delicious breakfast and then begin our ascent to Cruzpata (3100m) on foot. Along the way we will appreciate native plants, indigenous birds, the Apurimac River (the deepest in Peru) and an impressive irrigation canal made for local communities. We will arrive to our first campsite, Soraypampa (3900m) after six hours of walking. We will dine and camp overlooking the majestic Apu Salkantay.
SORAYPAMPA – PASO DE SALKANTAY – INCA CHIRIASCA
Following our delicious breakfast we will head towards the Abra de Salkantay. Along the way we will climb through many different climates enjoying sights of small groups of local houses, native flora, small wild birds and incredible views of the Humantay peak (5902m), covered in snow. Our second campsite, Inca Chiriasca (3980m) will be reached after about six hours of walking. Our campsite for the evening will enjoy incredible views of the amazing Salkantay (6271m).
INCA CHIRIASCA – SISAY PAMPA – CANAL INCA
After a well deserved night’s rest and then a delicious breakfast to start our third day, we will begin our steep four hour climb to the Inca Sisay Pampa pass (4850m). From the apex of our climb we will have absolutely breathtaking views of the snowy Salkantay peak. After soaking in the views, we will descend to our lunch site, Sisay Pampa. This flat area has great views of the neighboring Salkantay valleys and frequent condor sightings. Once we’ve finished lunch and appreciating the vies we will descend to the Pampachahuana community to visit an original Incan canal and to set up our campsite for the evening.
CANAL INCA – INCA RAKAY – HUAYLLABAMBA (INCA TRAIL)
Today will be our most challenging day of the Inca Trail Machu Picchu journey! Following a 7:00 am wake-up call and a hearty breakfast we will walk 9km along a precipitous and narrow path. Along the way we will climb through various landscapes, including sierras and punas, an arid and high area with little vegetation. We will visit the Wayllabamba (3000m) community and take time to appreciate the archaeological complex of Inca Racay, the Paucar court. This area is composed of many different types of buildings such as walls, plazas and various rectangular terraces. After exploring we will have lunch. As the next portion of our journey is the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and pack animals are not allowed, we will bid farewell to our horsemen and horses and meet our porters who will take over loading our camping equipment and food for the duration of the journey. We will overnight in Wayllamamba.
WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
Day five starts with breakfast and then a picturesque walk through Tres Piedras and Llulluchapampa , eventually reaching the highest peak of the Inca Trail – Warmiwañusca, aka Dead Woman (4200m). After enjoying the incredible views we will begin our descent to our campsite for the evening, Pacaymayo (3500m). We will dine and rest here for the evening.
PACAYMAYU – RUNKURAKAY – SAYACMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
Following breakfast we will start our sixth day trekking to the ruins of Runkurakay and Sayacmarca. After a tour we will have lunch and then continue along the road to Puyupatamarca (Cloud City), an archaeological site of great importance. Following our visit to the site we will take a short walk to our final campsite in Wiñayhuayna (Forever Young). Here we will visit the resort, have dinner and then camp for the evening.
WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO
Our final day of our Inca Trail Machu Picchu trek begins before the sun rises. After an early breakfast and we will begin our short hike to Inti Punku (Puerto del Sol) to enjoy the incredible sunrise views of Machu Picchu. Now at our destination of Machu Picchu we will have a two hour tour, seeing and learning about the most important places of the Inca citadel. You will then have ample time to climb to Huaynapicchu before heading to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch your train to Ollantaytambo and finally your bus back to Cusco.
2 person minimum
Departures Day: Closed in February, the Inca Trail Machu Picchu trek must be booked 5 to 6 months in advance.
Degree of Difficulty: Challenging due to the high altitude. We recommend an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.