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Inca Trail tours

If Peru's enchanting Lost City of the Incas, otherwise known as Machu Picchu, isn't on your bucket list, it should be. The ancient Inca Trail leading towards this kingdom in the clouds combines jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloudforest, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins. As well as multi-day Inca Trail treks towards Machu Picchu, we offer a variety of other tour options, all providing incredible experiences high up in the Peruvian Andes. Browse now to find out how you can walk in the footsteps of the Incas...

Our Machu Picchu treks

While Machu Pichu treks are multi-day and therefore physically demanding, most routes remain within the reach of most reasonably fit travellers. The end of most treks is appropriately nicknamed the “Sun Gate”, where mist-shrouded views of Machu Picchu prove to all who make it that the climb was definitely worth it.
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Machu Picchu small group adventure tours

These tours are longer in length, allowing time for you not only to complete your Inca Trail trek, but also immerse yourself in Peruvian culture before or after your adventure to Machu Picchu. You'll travel with groups of twelve or less likeminded travellers.
The Classic Inca Trail | 7 days
The seven-day classic Inca Trail tour will reward you with a stunning combination of the region's ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, stroll the colonial streets of Cusco, camp under the stars and watch dawn break over Machu Picchu. 
From £729
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Inca Trail Discovery and Rainbow Mountain | 7 days
Embark on an epic tour through Peru’s highlands on this action-packed adventure! Rev your engines on a 4x4 quadbike adventure, hike the Inca Trail to one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, and spend the night under the stars on an overnight trek to the sacred Rainbow Mountain!
Now from £855
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Inca Journey with the Amazon | 10 days
Start your trip in Lima, before embracing cultures past and present in Cusco. You'll travel to the iconic Machu Picchu by rail. With no hiking, you'll have lots of time to explore ruins, museums and local markets. Following your visit to the Andes, travel deep into the Amazon to explore the jungle.
Now from £1,599
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Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking | 12 days
The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes its way between the most incredible Inca sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the fortress of Choquequirao, before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor to Machu Picchu, which you'll later explore.
Now from £1062
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Short treks to Machu Picchu

Take the path less trodden with the Salakantay Trek, passing over lofty peaks and past beautiful lakes, opt for the iconic Inca Trek over the ancient, steep hand-built footpath, or bike through dense jungle. There are ample routes you can take on your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu; here are our four favourites...
The Inca Trail Express | 4 days
This is THE classic Inca Trail trek! Follow the iconic Inca Trail; a hand-built stone footpath that retraces the footsteps of Inca royalty. Experience the steep incline to Dead Woman's Pass, catch the sunrise at Inti-Punku - the Sun Gate - before being mesmerised by the incredible views of Machu Picchu, complete with full tour. 
Now from £561
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The Lares Trek | 4 days
Spend four days trekking through sprawling countryside with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and villages on this alternative hike to Machu Picchu. Hike through the Peruvian highlands and pass charming thatched stone houses, surrounded by llamas, alpacas and snow-capped mountains.
From £729 ​
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The Salakantay Trek | 5 days
Avoid the tourist crowds and take the road less travelled on the Andes mountain range - you'll never look back! On this alternative route to Machu Picchu, see majestic Inca sights, lush river valleys and overgrown, leafy jungles, breathe in that fresh mountain air, and unwind in steamy hot springs.
Now from £526
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Where is the Inca Trail located?

The Inca trail is located in the heart of Peru, South America. Regarded as one of the greatest hikes in the world, the Trail meanders through an area where the snowy Andes Mountain range meets the Amazon jungle.

When is the best time to trek the Inca Trail?

The warm and dry conditions of August and September are generally regarded as peak times for holidaymakers and travellers. We recommend trekking the Inca Trail in July or October when it’s less busy but still fairly warm.

How do I get an Inca Trail permit?

The Peruvian government issues up to 500 permits to hikers who want to access the Inca Trail per day. Luckily for you, these permits are included in every trek, or tour that encompasses a trek, that we sell (subject to availability). 2018 permits have been released already, (much earlier than in previous years!), so if you'd like to make the pilgrimage next year, you should get your planning hat on sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. You can lock in all of your Peru and South America tours online with a deposit, starting from £60. 

How hard is the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail hikes are regarded as moderate, so if you’re relatively fit you should have no problems whatsoever. However, as the trek reaches altitudes of more than 13,000 feet we’d recommend arriving in the village start-point a day or two before your tour to acclimatise in order to avoid altitude sickness. Some parts are steep, especially the three high passes – the Inca Trail itself, plus the Choquequirao and Salkantay routes, the latter of which reaches an elevation of 4,600m (15,091 ft)! We offer a number of Inca Trail tours for all levels of ability and budgets. Speak to an Travel Expert for more advice... and get squatting!

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