The Inca Trail (Classic Route)

Cusco to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail (Classic Route)

5-day trek to Machu Picchu via the classic Inca Trail, camping en route. The tour begins in Cusco and includes a full day of sightseeing in and around the Sacred Valley region.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cusco

    On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by your private guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in the city centre (Los Portales, or similar).

  2. Day 2: Full day excursion to Awanacancha, Pisac & Ollantaytambo Fortress

    En route to the Urubamba Valley, visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile centre. Here you will learn about Peruvian textiles, and the traditional dyeing techniques used to produce them.

  3. Day 3: Cusco - Km. 82 - Huayllabamba

    Meet with your driver after breakfast and depart Cusco for the trailhead at Km. 82, in the Urubamba Valley, the starting point for today’s trek. Here you will meet with the porters and, after the supplies have been checked, set off into the hills on foot.

  4. Day 4: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

    The day starts with a trek to the top of Warmihuañusca Pass (4,200m). It is a short but steep climb to the top of the pass, but your efforts will be well-rewarded with wonderful views of the valley below.

  5. Day 5: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca

    Depart Pacaymayo after a hearty breakfast and follow a meandering path up to the Runkurakay circular ruins. There is little sign of human life at this high altitude, only great forests and abrupt hills.

  6. Day 6: Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu

    Descend from Phuyupatamarca to the WiñayWayna ruins (2,650m), with fabulous views of the Urubamba Valley and river en route.

  7. Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cusco

    This morning you travel by bus on a winding course that leads all the way up to Machu Picchu. On arrival, there will be a guided tour of the citadel – taking in the Main Plaza, Circular Tower, Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds – as well as lots of time for independent exploration and photographs.

  8. Day 8: Departure

    At leisure until your scheduled transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking. For group rates, please contact us.

8 days from £1490pp


8 days from £1490pp

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We would particularly like to thank our fantastic guide and team who helped make this such a memorable trip.

Phil & Patti