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Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Enjoy the iconic Inca trail and relax in comfortable luxury hotels. As well as hiking the traditional trail you will get a tour of the Sacred Valley and benefit from high-quality accommodation. This tour offers a more inclusive range of meals as well as a higher luggage weight limit. The highlight of this 8 day tour is without a doubt the Machu Picchu ruins, at which we will arrive early to avoid the usual crowds. (Alternative remote Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail Permits have sold out).

What not to miss

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu ruins
  • Visit the Sacred Valley, including Pisac and Ollantaytambo
  • Museums and churches of the ancient Inca capital, Cuzco
  • Alternative Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Transfers (bus, train)
  • 5 nights premium hotels, 3 nights full-service camping
  • Sleeping bag hire
  • Inflatable sleeping mat
  • Airport transfers
Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Cuzco.

Located near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range, the city of Cuzco (3,400m) is the historic capital of the Inca Empire which lasted from the 13th century to the invasion of the Spanish in the 16th century. Its mixed culture and heritage makes this city a beautiful and fascinating place to start this Inca trail tour.

You will meet up with the group in the evening. If time allows, we recommend that you take a tour of this stunning city before heading to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take in the relaxed life-style by taking a break at one of the many cafes and enjoy a coca-tea.

Day 2

From Cuzco to Ollantaytambo (2800m).

On your first full day in Peru, you will visit the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Pisac ruins. The Sacred Valley is a true icon of Incan life and culture; you will spot old towns and villages that date back to pre-Columbian time and still have a strong Incan culture. The Pisac ruins also offer insight into what life was like in the past as you can visit the Citadel, which also has breathtaking views over the valley. After the visit, we will make our way to Ollantaytambo, where you will spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Ollantaytambo to Huayllabamba | Distance 7 miles (11km).

You will leave the hotel this morning and drive to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, also called Km82. You will walk along the Vilcanota River with impressive views of the snowcapped Nevado Veronica, until you reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where you continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.

For those doing the Moonstone trek, please refer to one of our Activities Experts for more information.

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

From Huayllabamba to Pacaymayu | Distance 6 miles (10km).

Today’s hike is the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding. After leaving the camp, you will wander through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Dead Woman's Pass (4,215m). You will then descend the beautiful valley to finally arrive at the Pacamayo River (3,600m).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

From Pacaymayu to Phuyupatamarca | Distance 8 miles (12km).

Your day will begin with a tranquil walk past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3,930m). Following the Pass, the trail becomes more clearly defined and takes you past the Sayajmarca ruins and through the rainforest. You will then camp on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3,680m), from where you will witness beautiful views of the sunset and sunrise.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

From Phuyupatamarca to Aguas Calientes | Distance 6 miles (9km).

After breakfast, you will set off on the infamous Inca steps: a two-kilometre stone staircase. The breathtaking views are worth the effort as you make your way down with panoramas spanning from the mountains above to the river below. After visiting the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, you will have a pleasant walk through cloud forest to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here you will get your first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind. As we will arrive quite late in the day the ruins shouldn’t be too busy. We will then descend to Aguas Calientes for comfortable bed for the night. If time allows, there will also be the option to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7

From Aguas Calientes to Cuzco.

Machu Picchu is the final destination of the Inca Trail which is 28,000 miles long. It was built in the 15th century but abandoned merely 100 years later after the Spanish conquest. It’s architectural and engineering qualities are absolutely incredible. The surrounding mountains make it all the more impressive. We will set off the earliest possible to try to beat the queues to get to Machu Picchu (which, in high season, can be hours long). After a visit of the ruins, you will catch a public train to Ollantaytambo and then by private bus to Cuzco (2hrs 30 mins).

 Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Free Day Cuzco.

On your penultimate day, you will have the day to do whatever you fancy. If you wish to go on an additional walk, your tour leader can advise you on different options. You could alternatively choose to mountain bike in the Sacred Valley or try paddle boarding on Lake Piuray near the town of Chinchero. You could, of course, simply relax in Cuzco or wander the city.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

End in Cuzco.

If you have booked a flight inclusive holiday, the tour will end after the transfer to the airport; for the others it will end after breakfast. If you have the time and would like to see more of Peru, we also offer an extension to Lake Titicaca.

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Full-service Camping

The Inca Trail (and Moonstone trek) is on a full-service camping basis with full porterage, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your daypack. There is a separate dining tent for meal times, as well as a toilet tent for use both in camp and during lunch stops. On the Inca Trail we stay in organised campsites which are administered by the Regional Cultural Directorate, whilst on the Moonstone Trek we use wild campsites.

Hotel Casa Andina, Aguas Calientes

3-star

Rooms are fitted with a flat screen TV and en suite bathrooms. It offers a bar and a restaurant and is ideally located close to the train station.

Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

3-star

This hotel offers a restaurant, bar and shared lounge/TV area. The surrounding area is beautiful.

Hotel San Augustin Plaza, Cuzco

4-star

Ideally located in front of The Temple of the Sun, the hotel offers a contemporary style design and features a restaurant offering delicious food and a bar offering traditional cocktails.

Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
04 April – 14 April 10 £2,349 Enquire now
18 April – 28 April 10 £2,449 Enquire now
30 May – 09 June 10 £2,399 Enquire now
13 June – 23 June 10 £2,499 Enquire now
27 June – 07 July 10 £2,399 Enquire now
11 July – 21 July 10 £2,549 Enquire now
25 July – 04 August 10 £2,849 Enquire now
08 August – 18 August 10 £2,699 Enquire now
22 August – 01 September 10 £2,549 Enquire now
05 September – 15 September 10 £2,399 Enquire now
19 September – 29 September 10 £2,399 Enquire now
03 October – 13 October 10 £2,349 Enquire now
17 October – 27 October 10 £2,349 Enquire now
31 October – 10 November 10 £2,349 Enquire now
14 November – 24 November 10 £2,349 Enquire now
28 November – 08 December 10 £2,349 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
05 April – 13 April 8 £1,499 Enquire now
19 April – 27 April 8 £1,499 Enquire now
03 May – 11 May 8 £1,499 Enquire now
17 May – 25 May 8 £1,499 Enquire now
31 May – 08 June 8 £1,499 Enquire now
14 June – 22 June 8 £1,499 Enquire now
28 June – 06 July 8 £1,499 Enquire now
12 July – 20 July 8 £1,499 Enquire now
26 July – 03 August 8 £1,499 Enquire now
09 August – 17 August 8 £1,499 Enquire now
23 August – 31 August 8 £1,499 Enquire now
06 September – 14 September 8 £1,499 Enquire now
20 September – 28 September 8 £1,499 Enquire now
04 October – 12 October 8 £1,499 Enquire now
18 October – 26 October 8 £1,499 Enquire now
01 November – 09 November 8 £1,499 Enquire now
15 November – 23 November 8 £1,499 Enquire now
29 November – 07 December 8 £1,499 Enquire now

Package Prices 2020 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2020 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
02 April – 12 April 10 £2,499 Enquire now
16 April – 26 April 10 £2,399 Enquire now
14 May – 24 May 10 £2,479 Enquire now
28 May – 07 June 10 £2,479 Enquire now
11 June – 21 June 10 £2,479 Enquire now
25 June – 05 July 10 £2,479 Enquire now
09 July - 19 July 10 £2,599 Enquire now
23 July - 02 August 10 £2,869 Enquire now
06 August - 16 August 10 £2,799 Enquire now
20 August - 30 August 10 £2,599 Enquire now
03 September - 13 September 10 £2,479 Enquire now
17 September - 27 September 10 £2,479 Enquire now
01 October - 11 October 10 £2,439 Enquire now
29 October - 08 November 10 £2,439 Enquire now

Tour Only Prices 2020

2020 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
03 April – 11 April 8 £1,499 Enquire now
17 April – 25 April 8 £1,499 Enquire now
15 May – 23 May 8 £1,529 Enquire now
29 May – 06 June 8 £1,529 Enquire now
12 June – 20 June 8 £1,529 Enquire now
26 June – 04 July 8 £1,529 Enquire now
10 July - 18 July 8 £1,529 Enquire now
24 July - 01 August 8 £1,529 Enquire now
07 August - 15 August 8 £1,529 Enquire now
21 August - 29 August 8 £1,529 Enquire now
04 September - 12 September 8 £1,529 Enquire now
18 September - 26 September 8 £1,529 Enquire now
02 October - 10 October 8 £1,499 Enquire now
30 October - 07 November 8 £1,499 Enquire now

Extras

Single room supplement: from £355 (limited)

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your walking holiday in Peru

The Inca Trail in Comfort | Guided Group

Suitability

This is a Moderate grade trek. There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,215m, average 3,050m. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman's Pass) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner's trek to anyone with no previous trekking experience. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand. The trek is also not particularly suitable for those with bad knees due to the number of steep and uneven steps, particularly on the third and fourth days of the trek.

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to one of our Activities Experts for information on altitude. We spend one day in Cuzco (3,400m) and one in Ollantaytambo (2,800m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

Protest action/strikes are not uncommon in Peru, and whilst these are generally peaceful, they can involve roadblocks and cause disruption to travel. Occasionally your leader may have to adapt your itinerary in response to this. 

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