Trekking the Inca Trail can be hard work, but boy is it worth it. All your aches and pains will dissipate as the mist lifts to reveal emerald peaks and the mystical ancient ruins of this 'Lost City of the Incas'.
This specially designed 9-day itinerary acclimatizes you to the altitude before your trek, allowing for more time viewing the beauty of the Andes, and less time gasping for breath while clutching your hiking pole!
Please note that the itinerary below is the 'classic' version of the Inca Trail. Want to do a different version or a different trek altogether? No problem! Want to stay in different hotels? No problem! All our land tour extensions are fully customisable and can be perfectly tailored to your needs and budget. All you have to do is ask!
DAY 1: ARRIVAL, SACRED VALLEY & OLLANTAYTAMBO
Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you are transferred to the Sacred Valley for an inspiring visit to the market of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, refuelling with lunch whilst watching a horse show at Wayra Restaurant. The Inca utilized the Sacred Valley for farming, but it also held important spiritual and religious significance, as many important structures grace the area. (Meals - B, L).
DAY 2: MARAS & MORAY
At Moray you will find pre-Inca and Inca ruins, such as circular platforms used as agricultural terraces with a complex system of micro climates and irrigation. From there, we will head towards Maras where we visit the "Salinas", saltpansset on overhanging cliffs that command spectacular views of the Andes. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure before you to take on the demands of the Inca Trail tomorrow. (Meals - B)
DAY 3: FIRST DAY INCA TRAIL
Today is the first day of your trek. You are escorted to the entrance point by your guide, where your tickets are collected. You cross the Vilcanota River and begin your climb into the Andes. You arrive at the Wallabamba campsite for the night, where you enjoy your first evening under an Andean sky. (Meals - B, L, D)
DAY 4: SECOND DAY INCA TRAIL
Today is the most difficult day on the Inca Trail. You climb 1,200 meters to Dead Woman's Pass, which is situated at nearly 4,200 meters above sea level. From there you descend to your campsite for a much needed rest. Enjoy a dinner recounting the day's achievements with friends and family. (Meals - B, L, D)
DAY 5: THIRD DAY INCA TRAIL
You will notice that today's hike presents a change in scenery. As you leave the higher altitudes and descend toward Machu Picchu, the flora becomes more tropical. Today's hike allows for visitation of several archeological sites and for many is one of the most enjoyable. Make sure to pack a poncho to stay dry, in case of rain. (Meals - B, L, D)
DAY 6: THROUGH THE SUN GATE TO MACHU PICCHU
Today you arrive at the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this incredible structure after four days of physical exertion. You enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, and in the afternoon take the train back to the Sacred Valley where you can rest and recuperate in your comfortable hotel. (Meals B)
DAY 7: MORE MACHU PICCHU ANYONE?
Today you have a day to your own devices. Many decide on a second visit to Machu Picchu so you can explore those bits you missed at your own pace. Please make your own arrangements for permits and transport to get to the citadel. In the afternoon take in the rich scenery on your the train back to Cusco and are transferred to your selected hotel for the night. Enjoy your evening in this beautiful Incan city steeped in heritage. (Meals - B)
DAY 8: EXPLORING CUSCO'S RICH HISTORY
After a leisurely start, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the principal Inca and Spanish historical and archeological sights of Cusco and surrounds, including the cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. This evening why not enjoy one of the many fine restaurants in Cusco's historical center. (Meals - B)
DAY 9: RETURN HOME
After an exciting visit to the Andes, it is time to return home. You can enjoy some free time in the morning before transferring to the airport for your flight home. Rainforest Cruises hopes that your Inca Trail hike has been a success! We would like to express our deepest appreciation for traveling with us! (Meals - B)