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Inca Trail Hike Trip Details


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

What's Included

-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

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 10
-Mix of private and public transportation: Shuttle/Taxis to and from the airport, private bus to community project and Ollantaytambo, public bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, public train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, private shuttle back to Cusco
-Physical rating: 3. 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. 
-Accommodations:Hotels (3 nights) with roommates. Camping in Tents (3 nights) with one roommate.


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Itinerary Disclaimer

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:

  • Fruit, eggs, cereal, yogurt, bread, jam, coffee, tea, juice

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • At the Community Project: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken (all grown in the community)
  • On the trail: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken, trout

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Classic Peruvian dishes, fusion, and comfort foods like pizza
  • On the trail: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken, trout
  • Plenty of opportunity to try guinea pig, alpaca, and other local delicacies

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions


Shuttle or Taxi between Airport to Hotel

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

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

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.

Trip Leader Expectations

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.

Packing List

Essential Guide to Packing Like a Pro

The Wellness Travelers Packing Guide

What to Pack for Peru: Machu Picchu

We recommend using a 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.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Bring a two prong 220 volt power adaptor to charge your electronics.

Do not forget: water bottle, sunscreen, warm layers, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses and a hat!

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • The water in Perú is NOT fit for consumption. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from jugs or large bottles of water. Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and buy as few plastic bottles as possible. Refill your reusable bottle from large bottles you purchase and keep in your hotel room.
  • The restaurants we take you to have safe, clean food, but when you are on your own please be careful with salads and fruits. It’s impossible to know if they used water from the tap to wash it.
  • Altitude Sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS) is common at altitudes above 8,000 ft (2,400m) above sea level. Cusco is 11,150 ft (3,400m) above sea level, and the highest we go on this trip is 13,800 ft (4,200m) at Dead Woman’s Pass. We recommend you to stay hydrated, and take time to acclimate, but if you’re concerned, consult your doctor about preventative medicine options.
  • Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Perú from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you! It will be helpful to have at least $200 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • Please be advised that slightly torn US dollar notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100 USD (or equivalent).
  • Although many places will accept USD, we recommend exchanging into the local currency, the Peruvian Nuevo Sol, for a better exchange rate.
  • In Perú, an 18% charge is added on to almost every meal.
  • Tipping is customary if you’re satisfied with your meal. 10% is the normal tip.
  • Tipping is also customary for the porters, chefs, and crew that accompany you on the Inca Trail. Please include an extra $50-$100 to leave as a tip for the crew.
  • Basic exchange rate varies, but is typically around 3.2 soles to 1 US dollar.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy (or photo) of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel, don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • Leave flashy jewelry at home.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency:
  • Uber works both in Lima and in Cusco and is the safest way to call a taxi without having to negotiate the price. If you have extra time in Perú before or after our trip, we recommend using Uber to get around. Taxis can be organized from reception at the hotel.
  • Although Cusco is generally a safe city, there can be risks to wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time activities, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark.
  • Take the address of the hotel with you in the event that you need to get back and you’re not with a trip leader.


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.

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • No thank you -- No Gracias
  • How are you?    -- Como estás?
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta.
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?

Optional Activities

If you extend your visit in Peru, one of our staff members can suggest to some optional activities and help arrange them for you.


  • Hiking the Rainbow Mountain  (Half Day)
  • Maras Moray Tour (Half Day)
  • Participate in a Peruvian cooking class

General Rules

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.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Check out our city guides for Lima and Cusco

Spend some time in the Amazon in Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado

Check out the Rainbow Mountain outside of Cusco

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