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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is one of the best outdoor experiences in South America. Andean Great Treks offers you the 4 Day Classic Inca Trail in small groups wit the best travel services. This route offers you the best experience, from the first day you will make your tour you will witness the best natural and best preserved archaeological wonder of the powerful empire of the Incas. Andean Great Treks has been working on the Inca Trail Trek Machu Picchu for more than 15 years.
The great Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a civil engineering work of the Incas that is still in use. One of the best tours of the Inca Trail is the 5-day Inca Trail, since during this excursion you will definitely enjoy the greatest archaeological attractions very calmly.
If your greatest desire is to do the 4-day Classic Inca Trail, it is recommended that you make a reservation at least a year in advance, since these tickets tend to sell out very quickly. An alternative option is the short Inca trail of 2 days, with this tour you will visit the most fabulous ruins of Wiñaywayna, considered one of the most beautiful in Peru.
The most famous and visited tours are the Inca Trail of 4 days, and the short Inca Trail of 2 days. Our company works with the best Inca Trail guides, many of them have worked since they were very young, either as cooks or as porters. Andean Great Treks is a 100% local operator from Cusco, our guides and support staff have a unique passion to promote adventure tourism on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
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INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

From $ 820 US $ 780 USD

The 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a trek that will show you the best landscapes and Inca ruins. This option is recommended for lovers of culture and a more leisurely pace of walking.

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SHORT INCA TRAIL HIKE  TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS
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SHORT INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU 2 DAYS

From $ 580 US $ 550 USD

The 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, is the shortest version of the Inca trail circuits to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. Andean Great Treks organize this trek with the best local guides and hotels in Machu Picchu. We work only in small groups, the premium service for your delight in Cusco.

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INCA TRAIL FAQs

WHAT IS THE ALTITUDE OF THE INCA TRAIL HIKE ?

Along the trek, you will walk through different terrains, and experience diverse microclimates and altitudes. All of these factors contribute to the great biodiversity that is unique to this area.

  • Lowest altitude is 2050 m / 6561 ft – Aguas Calientes town (last day)
  • Highest altitude is 4200 m / 13779 ft – Warmiwañusca Pass or Dead Woman’s Pass (second day)

DOES THE 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT INCA TRAIL HIKE INLCUDE THE ENTRANCE TICKET TO MACHU PICCHU?

The permits or entrance ticket for the Inca Trail Hike includes the entrance to Machu Picchu citadel, but it does not include the entrance to the extra hikes to the mountains from where you can see the citadel from above.

For example, Huayna Picchu mountain costs $80 USD per person. In case, you want to hike it you have to buy the entrance ticket to the mountain in advance.

RESTRICTION ON THE AGE LIMIT FOR THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

Actually, there is no government restriction on the age limit for the inca trail to machu picchu. However, because of the challenging trek, we consider it to be best for visitors above 15 years old to 55-year-old adults. Of course, they must be in good physical condition. Certainly, In case a child travels with you, you may need to hire the service of a personal porter who will assist your child along the hike and carry his backpack.

Above all, Adults over 55 years old, should have hiking experience and be in good health condition. This way, they will be able to arrive in Machu Picchu safely.

INCA TRAIL HIKE TRAINING (PHYSICAL CONDITION)

Most importantly, Training in advance is the key to succeed on hiking the Inca Trail to machu picchu. Without it, you may not be able to complete the circuit since the inca trail 4 days presents different types of terrain which go from easy to challenging levels to finally arriving in Machu picchu.

So, performing some activities at home or at the gym will make the difference. You can do activities that make the legs, arms, heart and back work. Consequently, when you start the Inca Trail, your body won’t struggle at the difficult parts; instead, you will be better prepared and, as a result, enjoy the view more. It is recommendable to start training at least 3 or months before your travel date.

Likewise, breathing exercises can strengthen chest muscles and make breathing easier during the inca trail to machu picchu. This way, high altitude won’t be a problem for you, not even the 4200 m.a.s.l., which is the highest point of the inca trail 4 days you will be at.

HOW HARD IS TO COMPLETE THE INCA TRAIL?

From 1 to 5 it’s 3, moderately difficult. The Inca stairways to walk up and down in different temperatures and high altitude all that makes this level of difficulty. You can rent walking poles before you start your hike. Those will help you in many ways, we would recommend you get ones if you have some issues with knees or ankles, poles would absorb some pressure from those parts and also help to keep your balance! We recommend you to have a look how to prepare yourself for the Inca Trail.

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Why travel with Andean Great Treks?

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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