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Inca Trail Hike

Duration:

7 Days / 6 Nights

Early Signup: $1,595

Regular: $1,795

THE EXPERIENCE

This trip takes you along the 26 mile trek leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. It combines mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery, & lush cloud forests.

Plus, our crew carries your food & locals cook your food on the trail!

We’ll reach Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the world–at sunrise on the fourth day of the trek.

Start

Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
To ensure included transportation: 
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 12:00 pm

Finish

Cusco International Airport (CUZ) 
To ensure included transportation: 
Plan to depart Day 7 after 9:00 pm

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities.  Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.  Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Physical Activity:

High

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.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Cusco, Peru

Arrive in Cusco (CUZ) before 11:00 AM and be driven by the Under30Experiences team to your hotel in the historic center of Cusco.

Begin to acclimate at 11,200 feet and take a warm-up hike through the San Cristobal neighborhood for a great view of the city. See Cusco's famous cathedrals and Plaza de Armas at night and feel like you've gone back in time.

Meet your Certified Inca Trail Guide and small group of fellow hikers during our welcome meeting. Get prepared for this 26 mile hike of a lifetime.

Day 2

Sacred Valley Cultural Day

Drive along the Urubamba River to a small indigenous village outside of Chinchero. This community outreach project is home to one of our top cultural offerings and exclusive to Under30Experiences travelers.

Learn how the Quechua people live sustainably in the Andes Mountains. Understand their spiritual connection to Pachamama or Mother Earth and how they support themselves as subsistence farmers and textile weavers.

Hear their native tongue be translated as they welcome you to their community. Feel how proud your new Peruvian friends are as they show off their traditional dance and dress.

Have the option to try traditional Peruvian delicacies like alpaca, guinea pig, or ceviche for dinner.

Day 3

Begin the Inca Trail Hike

Wake up early and be shuttled to Ollantaytambo to begin the four-day, three-night Inca Trail at the famous kilometer 82 marker.

Meet our team of local porters, cooks, and guides who will be carrying your equipment on the 26 mile hike. Have your tent set up and three gourmet meals cooked for you along the trail.

Your biggest challenge will be carrying your self, along with your snacks and water for the day. Plan to do some exercise to prepare for this hike, but no prior trekking experience is necessary.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Hiram Bingham and settle into your campsite for the night. Not sure what to pack? Check our Inca Trail Packing Guide.

Day 4

Dead Woman's Pass

Begin your second day of hiking early with incredible views of the snow-capped Veronica Mountain.

Ascend to the top of the 13,779 foot Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass. This will be the journey's most challenging stretch of trail.

Sleep soundly in your tent that's set up for you after enjoying a well-cooked Peruvian meal.

Day 5

Inca Ruins & Cloud Forest

Continue along the same trail the Incas used for pilgrimages to Machu Picchu hundreds of years before you.

Today, you will pass the glaciers of the Vilcabamba mountain range and see the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, The Town Above the Clouds.

After a downhill hike from the Winay Wayna Archeological Site, you will find your third and final campground. Relax with your group and take in your accomplishments this far.

Day 6

Arrive at Machu Picchu

Depart camp before daybreak to be one of the first hikers through Intipunku, the famous Sun Gate.

As you arrive the iconic overlook, soak in Machu Picchu and celebrate the journey you've worked so hard to complete.

See history come alive as you wind through the paths of the archeological site. Your guide will explain the history and cultural significance of "The Lost City of the Incas." 

After touring Machu Picchu take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Spend your last night of the trip in Cusco.

Day 7

Relax & Depart Cusco

Enjoy your final breakfast and say goodbye to your new hiking buddies.

As your Under30Experiences trip comes to a close, we hope you keep in touch with our awesome community

Camping not your thing? See our other Machu Picchu trip and arrive by train! You can also see Machu Picchu and the Amazon together.

Day 8

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What's Included

We've got you covered:

-7 days / 6 nights with Under30Experiences
-3 nights boutique hotel stay in double accommodations
-3 nights camping along the Inca Trail (2 person tent)
-Pick-up at Cusco (CUZ) International 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 Trip Leader
-The chance to meet kick-ass people
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from Peru

*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality

*Because this trip requires permits from the Peruvian Government, it is non-transferable

When should I book my flight?
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 12:00 pm and to depart Day 7 after 9:00 pm local time
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details

Duration:

7 Days / 6 Nights

Early Signup: $1,595

Regular: $1,795

OUR travelers LOVE US

Inca Trail Trip Reviews

"I did the Inca Trail Hike with U30X and it was a wonderful experience! It was my first time to South America and I was very pleased with how well this trip was organized and led. I felt less like a tourist and more like I was visiting friends who live in Peru! The under30 staff went out of their way to help me find a way home when my return flight was canceled due to hurricane Irma. I was also fortunate to have had a great group of people on the trail with me. I recommend this company to anyone!" -Melanie H.

"I recently did the Inca trail experience and it was amazing. Whether it was soaking in the surrounding culture or epic rap covers on the ukulele by the one and only, Jonno, it was a truly unforgettable experience. Oh, and you get to experience the amazing Machu Picchu and interact with glorious creatures like llamas and alpacas. So I guess that's cool. But really, if you're looking for a lifechanging experience, book a trip with this company now! You won't regret!!" -Shawn B.

"My Hike the Inca Trail trip was beyond amazing, and I couldn't have asked for anything more from a trip. Our leaders made us all feel instantly comfortable, and the group was fantastic. The trip was well planned and the hike was unforgettable. Memories to last a lifetime." -Audrey B.

our awesome travelers