Perú is one of the most unique countries in the world. Aside from being home to 30 of the world’s 32 distinct climates, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating to long before the famous Inca Empire.
We take you on the Inca trail, Perú’s best-known hike visited by thousands of travelers every year. The classic 26.5 mile trek leading to the Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna.
We’ll reach Machu Picchu - one of the Seven New Wonders of the world - at sunrise on the fourth day of the trek.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 11:00 AM
Finish: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart Day 7 after 9:00 AM
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions
-7 days / 6 nights with Under30Experiences
-3 nights boutique hotel stay in double accommodations
-3 nights camping along the Inca Trail (2 person tent)
-Pickup at Cusco (CUZ) Airport
-Train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
-Inca Trail Permits, booked 6 months in advance
-6 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
-Guides, porters, and cooks along the Inca Trail
-Tents and camping equipment set up by professional guides
-Under30Experiences adventure travel guides
-The chance to meet kick-ass people!
Attendees are responsible for their own airfare
-Amazing views of the historic city of Cusco
-One of a kind cultural exchange with an indigenous community in the Andes at our very own U30X Community Project
-The Sacred 4 day / 3 night trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
-Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas” and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
-World renowned Peruvian gastronomy
-Llamas and Alpacas
If you're up for a challenging adventure that will take you out of your comfort zone through some of the most amazing mountains and valleys our planet has to offer, this experience is for you!
Our Inca Trail hike is designed for the outdoor and adventure lover who wants a once in a life time experience through one of the most famous pilgrimages on the planet.
Previous trekking or hiking experience is not necessary since our porters, cooks, and local guides will do all the cooking, planning, and setting up for you. However, an active lifestyle is highly recommended since this is a challenging trek through high altitudes over many hours.
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Physical rating: High physical activity. This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.
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Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Lunch Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions
Mix of private and public transportation:
Shuttle or Taxi to and from the Airport.
Private shuttle to our Community project and Ollantaytambo.
Private shuttle from Ollantaytambo to km 82 - the start of the Inca Trail.
Public Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Public train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes.
Private shuttle from train station back to Cusco.
Boutique Hotels for 3 nights with roommate(s)
Shared two-person tent for 3 nights
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender
Laundry available at the hotel. Please ask the front desk for details
*Private room options are available upon request and subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.
When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.
The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
The Inca Trail is only open during the dry season as trail conditions are unsafe during the rainy season.
Between April and September, the average highs are around 70 Fahrenheit while average lows can drop to the upper 30s Fahrenheit at night. There’s a big temperature swing so make sure to have plenty of layers.
The end of the trail and Machu Picchu itself are located in the cloud forest. Even in the dry season, don’t be surprised to encounter clouds and maybe some rain toward the end of the journey.
Peruvians are some of the kindest people in South America. One kiss on the cheek or a good hug is a common greeting.
Peruvians love to eat Ceviche, Chicharron(deep-fried pork), Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese food), Anticuchos(Beef heart skewers), Guinea pig is a delicacy for the Andes area like
Peruvians love to drink Inca Kola (Peruvian soft drink), beer, Chicha, and Pisco Sours.
Altitude Sickness is common for travelers coming to Peru, especially Cusco. Coca Tea, rehydration, and good acclimatization always help. Symptoms can be similar to those of a bad hangover.
Coca leaves are legal in Peru and you can find coca crackers, toffees and sweets, but do not attempt to take them out of the country.
Peruvians love Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton and when they are listening to music as a family they opt for local music like Huaynos and Huaylas.
If you extend your visit in Peru, one of our staff members can suggest to some optional activities and help arrange them for you.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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Check out the Rainbow Mountain outside of Cusco
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