Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloud forest, stunning waterfalls and ancient ruins? Inca Trail? Don’t mind if I do. 

Constructed by the Incas more than 500 years ago, the Inca road system stretches a whopping 40,000km. But no, that’s not the length of this 4-day trek we’re offering. While those old roads stretch through Chile and Ecuador too, you’ll be focusing your efforts on one short section in Peru. 

And if you’re dreaming of mist-shrouded views of an ancient feat of civil engineering from the famous Sun Gate, trekking the Inca Trail is the only way you’re going to do it. 

On this adventure, you’ll journey through the majestic Peruvian Andes on your trek to magical Machu Picchu and do it like the Incas did (only with more waterproof clothing and porters to help you). 

With more than 12,000 lagoons and some of the deepest canyons on earth, you’ll encounter some truly incredible sights on the Inca Trail. Ready to make a dent in your Bucket List?

What is it like?

The Inca Trail gets listed in the world’s top ten trails year after year, and it’s hardly surprising why. 

Pristine ruins, cloud forest and staggering valley views are laid out like breadcrumbs all the way along your 4-day trek of the Inca Trail. As if you need anything more enticing to keep your legs moving along the 25-mile route, the promise of magical Machu Picchu awaits you. 

This iconic trek is one of the most popular in the world, and with good reason. Thankfully, the numbers on the trail are limited to 200 trekkers a day all year round, which means you shouldn’t bump into too many people you know on your adventure.  

You’ll be too busy concentrating on the views to notice anyway, since the ancient paved pathway winds through incredible Andean landscapes with stunning vistas of mountains and lagoons.

Averaging 10km of walking a day for 4 consecutive days, those views will reward your efforts every step of the way. But the real sense of achievement and awe comes the moment you spot Machu Picchu peeping out of the mist from Sun Gate. 

There really is nothing like it. 

You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to manage the walking, but a decent level of fitness ahead of the trek won’t do you any harm. And if Machu Picchu can’t motivate you to get out on some long practice walks? Maybe nothing will. 

Altitude sickness shouldn’t be a problem either, thanks to two days’ exploring up in Cusco, ahead of your trek. There, your body will get used to the thinner air while you get to enjoy huge stone ramparts, ancient amphitheatres and intricate water temples. 

If that’s not what you call a win-win situation? We don’t know what is!

Day 1

TRAVELLING FROM THE UK TO LIMA

We begin our adventure by travelling from the UK to Lima, Peru.

Day 2

FREE DAY IN LIMA

Explore the ancient streets of Plaza Major, visit old museums or even look around the curiosities in Casa di Aliaga, South America’s oldest house. From meeting street vendors to sampling delicious Peruvian dishes, there’s plenty to experience in Lima.

Day 3

TRANSER TO CUSCO AND GUIDED TOUR

Transfer to Cusco and spend the day relaxing and acclimatising.A guided tour around Cusco is provided in the afternoon. On this tour, we will discover Sacsayhuaman where huge stone ramparts surround a grass amphitheatre and Tambo Machay water temple which features intricately carved water channels thought to have been used for ritual cleansing and water worship. Back in Cusco we stop at the Plaza de Armas to see its impressive cathedral and Qoricancha Temple, which was once home to life sized gold statues. Time permitting, we will visit one of the town’s bustling markets and experience a taste of Peruvian life.

Day 4

SACRED VALLEY EXCURSION

Today we have a free day in Cusco to explore the old plazas and historic sites. As an optional extra, tours can be taken to travel to the Sacred Valley. The day will be spent sightseeing and visiting Inca sites, including the artisan market at Pisca and the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. There will be a local guide with us for the entire day

Day 5

START OF THE INCA TRAIL, PISCACUCHO TO LLACTAPATA

Transfer 82km to Piscacucho where the trek of the Inca Trail will begin. The first night of camping will take place once we have reached Llactapata.

Day 6

TREKKING ALONG HUAYLLABAMBA TO LLULLUCHAPAMPA

Today you will get great views of Huananay as we contour above Huayllabamba and climb the Inca Trail to Llulluchapampa to the campsite at 3650m.

Day 7

TREK THROUGH THE FOREST TO PHUYUPATAMARCA

Trek to Huarmiwanusca Pass at 4200m, then Runccuracay Pass at 3985m, then through the forest to Phuyupatamarca 3650m to camp.

Day 8

TRAVEL THROUGH THE SUN GATE TO MACHU PICCHU!

This is the last day of the Inca Trail, we will travel through Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to Machu Picchu at 2400m. At the end of the day we will travel back to Cusco.

Day 9

Free day in Cusco to relax, explore and a chance for last minute shopping! Whether you choose to wander around the plazas, visit a salsa bar, get a massage or just drink some fantastic coffee, today is a chance to recharge before returning to the UK. Or you can visit the Rainbow Mountain (Additional Cost $80) We will pick you up from your hotel around 05h30 – 06h00. We’ll head to the community of Cusipata, which will take about 2 hours. Then we continue some 30 minutes more, to the Town of Chillihuani, where we will pass through picturesque places like Tintinko and Rio Tigre and the Mountain of Surina in Llacto, where you will also could enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural habitat. (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, etc.). 20 minutes later we will reach the starting point of our walk to the Rainbow Mountain. This walk will last about 1 hour and a half and we’ll enjoy panoramic views such as the Red Valley and Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons just before arriving to the spot where we can see the whole colourful mountain. Our guide will explain to you the science behind the colours and we’ll have some hot tea and something to eat. Then we will begin to descend back down to our starting point. Our vehicle will be waiting for us there to return us to our hotel in Cusco, arriving back around 6:00 p.m.

Day 10

Back to the UK

Travel from Cusco back to Lima. Travel back to the UK

Day 11

Arrive in UK

Arrive back in the UK and head home.

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  • 11/05/2022 2 Spaces available
    £2100.00
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  • 03/08/2022 6 Spaces available
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  • 07/06/2023 10 Spaces available
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  • 20/05/2024 15 Spaces available
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    From an extra £400
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  • 13/09/2024 16 Spaces available
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Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:

“I just nicely got back from Peru with The Bucket List Company. It was an absolutely incredible trip – I booked it and went on my own, met some lovely people and had the experience of a lifetime. 

I also had the opportunity to go on trips outside of the main trek, which just added to the whole experience. I would highly recommend The Bucket List Company to anyone, and can’t wait to book my next trip!”

Laura Trimble Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I still can’t quite find the right word to describe my experience with The Bucket List Company. Had the most incredible time, met some amazing people, and experienced things I never thought I would. I’d recommend both Peru, Machu Picchu and The Bucket List Company to anyone – you honestly will not be disappointed. Thank you so much for a life changing 10 days.”

Matt Hemmings Lares Trek to Machu Picchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Having recently returned from visiting Machu Picchu with The Bucket List Company, I cannot recommend them highly enough! What a life-changing experience! The trip was exceptionally organised and Keith is the best expedition leader out there.

Even when I was struggling with the altitude, my health was closely monitored by the group and I was really well looked after. This will definitely not be my last Bucket List trip. Thank you so much Keith!”

Hannah Chalkley Inca Trail trek to Machu PIcchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Thanks to The Bucket List Company, we’ve been paying a just £160 each a month for our upcoming adventure trip to Peru.

We don’t even notice the money disappearing from our accounts, and for the first time ever, we have actually looked forward to getting an invoice because it means our dream trip of trekking the Inca Trail is one less month away.”

Martin and Jacki Norbury Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Rocking up to the airport ready to meet the other “bucket listers” who signed up to the same adventure; I felt nervous of what was ahead and who would I be spending the next 10 days with.

My nerves were put at rest instantly. I now have 10 new awesome friends!

We were welcomed by Keith at the airport and from then on in, everything was wonderfully organised. So much so that Keith even helped us find a TV to watch the Arsenal game during the trek when were in the middle of Lares. Totally going above and beyond!

The knowledge and passion to travel really shone through and made the entire experience a true dream. The Bucket List Company are smaller than other companies in this market; however don’t let that put you off, this is a strength! 

They are a super knowledgeable company, led by people who have a real passion for what they do. It was all about my bucket list of activities and ticking them off – this was their main objective. They were also happy to tweak plans to fit others needs; this level of flexibility (including the payment plans/options) is not so welcoming in larger companies. 

I would encourage everyone to jump onto the adventures The Bucket List Company offer – go on do it now! 

I am already signing up to my next adventure with the Bucket List Company!”

Michelle Newton Lares Trek to Machu Picchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I’ve just arrived back after a trip with The Bucket List Company to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Everything went very smoothly and we were well looked after. The hotel accomodation and travel were both good.

The trek itself was really well organised, and the quality of the food provided by Chef Freddie was first class. The extra tours on the trip were well worth it. We always felt part of the group and the experience was worth every penny. Thanks Keith!”

Kenneth Bease Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu The Bucket List Company Reviews

If you’ve been considering taking a trip to Machu Picchu then you probably already know there’s more than one way to get to it. Salkantay, Lares or the Inca Trail?

To find out more information about the different routes CLICK HERE and read our full article, ‘Which Route To Machu Picchu?’

Essentially, your Machu Picchu trip cost is going to depend on a few different factors, from how much you want to do and which route you want to take to where you want to stay.

In our article, ‘How Much Does It Cost To Reach Machu Picchu?’, we break things down for you. CLICK HERE to find out more!

It’s a tough choice! Each way has different qualities and highlights that are worth considering when deciding which trek to Machu Picchu to choose.

To help you decide we wrote an article laying out the similarities and differences between the two routes to help you work out which trip is right for you. CLICK HERE to find out more!

It’s a tough choice! Each way has different qualities and highlights that are worth considering when deciding which trek to Machu Picchu to choose.

To help you decide we wrote an article laying out the similarities and differences between the two routes to help you work out which trip is right for you. CLICK HERE to find out more!

Trekking to Machu Picchu is no simple stroll in the park. Whilst it’s far from the most strenuous trek we offer, the hike still takes a few long days of mountain walking at altitude. 

To help you get the best out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we’ve written an article with our ‘Top Tips for Trekking to Machu Picchu’

Think no more, book it!! Rainbow Mountain’s mineralogical composition results in, well, a rainbow-striped effect along the ridge, and it’s quite the sight to behold. 

To read our full article, ‘Guide to the Rainbow Mountain in Peru’, CLICK HERE!

Cusco is one of the most famous cities in South America, and for good reason. Besides being the ‘base camp’ for any trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco is a fascinating destination in its own right.

To find out more CLICK HERE and read our full article, ‘Cusco: what to do, see and eat’

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