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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Peru — 9 Day Inca Trail Pilgrimage to Machu Picchu

Hiking Peru's Inca Trail from the Sacred Valley, through the Andes, to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu is an adventure of a lifetime, a timeless and spiritual journey like no other.

Often called a must-do, life-changing experience, the Inca Trail, a sacred journey over the mist-covered peaks of the Andes, is undoubtedly the most famous hike in South America, and perhaps the world.

To hike the Inca Trail is more like a pilgrimage, as you develop and strengthen relationships with fellow travelers, each sharing a common destination, the majestic and awe-inspiring Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Prior to your trek, guided tours to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley will allow for acclimatization and an introduction to the history and beauty of this, the Incan heartland. The trek itself will then take place over four days, taking passengers along a portion of the Qhapaq Ñan, an ancient road system built by pre-Columbian cultures to strengthen trade and connect distant ancient kingdoms of the Andes.

Over your 43km journey keep your eyes peeled for the diverse flora and fauna of the region, including the bobcat, the puma and the endangered spectacled bear, more than 700 species of butterflies, around 415 species of birds and more than 190 species of orchids. 

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas themselves as you traverse beautiful mountain peaks, highland passes (puna), lush tropical cloud forests and subtropical jungle, visiting various Incan ruins before passing through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) at sunrise, with Machu Picchu revealing itself in all its majesty and wonder.

Afterwards, unwind and discover the rich history and culinary delights of Cusco before heading home. 

Note: This tour can be organized either before or after your Amazon riverboat cruise

Inca Trail permits are limited daily and sell out 4 months in advance on average, going on sale at the start of the year, so be sure to book early! The best time to visit is the dry season, May through September (the Inca Trail is closed in February). We advise participants to be in reasonable physical shape prior to arriving in Peru as the trek is of moderate difficulty, and recommend our itinerary which has been specially designed to reduce the effects of altitude sickness.
— Rainforest Cruises' Inca Trail Top Tips

What people are saying about this land tour

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu review
The trek was amazing - the guide was great and we were blown away by the quality of food on the trail, it was like luxury backpacking! The experiences of the Inca Trail and the Amazon together made this our best vacation yet.
— Tricia Henry, Hayward, CA
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour review
Everything was top shelf without any hitch - guide, accommodation, driver - this tour of Machu Picchu was orchestrated the way every vacation would be in an ideal world. I cannot praise the choice of personnel or lodging well enough.
— Jim Lonergan, Woodstock, NY

About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.


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