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 (B, L, D)

    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 (B, L, D)

    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 down 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

    Set off for the Sanctuary early in the morning in order to allow a full day to explore.

  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 £2275pp


8 days from £2275pp


Saw 172 cats, 20 cheetah, 3 leopard, 2 serval and 147 lion. Took 1300 photos-they will take some sorting out!