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.