Machu Picchu Trek

Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru


Machu Picchu Trek

Trekking to Machu Picchu, either on the Inca Trail or via one of the alternative trails, is an unforgettable experience. The most popular trek to Machu Picchu is the Classic Inca Trail, along the Inca roads that originally started in the Sacred Valley. The trail is limited to 500 trekkers a day (300 of which are earmarked for porters and guides). Early booking is recommended, especially during the busiest trekking period in the dry season (May-September).

The Inca emperor Pachacuti built a mighty royal highway to link his capital Cusco to his secluded sacred centre at Machu Picchu, taking an awe-inspiring route over high mountain passes. He followed the way of the Apus, the snow peaks sacred to the Incas which dominate the scenery, vanishing and re-appearing around curves and over ridges as we follow this most astounding of treks. Along the way Pachacuti built small, exquisite settlements, now our staging camps.

And, experience the most famous trek in all of South America.

What We Love
  • Trek to the ruins at Llactapata and cross the Warmiwanusqa Pass into tropical vegetation of Paqaymayo River Valley. 
  • Trail through an Inca tunnel to the ruins at Phuyupatamarca then Huinayhuayna. 
  • Explore the fabled, Inca lost city of Machu Picchu and other, less know sacred sites.
  • Visit the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • You may be in small group during the hike and some tours.
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Machu Picchu Trek Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Miraflores Park Hotel.

Day 02 – Transfer & Private Touring
Sacred Valley Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. You are met outside baggage claim by your local guide for transfer to the ‘The Sacred Valley of the Incas.’ Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Indian market in Pisac before continuing to your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full day tour in the Sacred Valley. This morning, visit Chincheros, a town of Inca origins, and its colourful, well-attended fair, that draws country folk once a week from all corners and heights of the valley to exchange their products. Continue on to the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces reaching the top of a high peak, was the valley’s main defence against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Return to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llaqtapata Starts Mondays. A spectacular drive through the Sacred Valley brings you to Chillca, the start point for the trek. Today's trail is through a dry cactus zone beneath soaring views of snow covered Mt. Vernica, and the turbulent Urubamba River below. From our trail, we will be able to see giant sculpted terraces of Inca Llaqtapata and explore the outlying areas of this massive ancient farming complex.
Overnight: Llaqtapata Camp (B,L,D)  

Day 05 – Machu Picchu Trek
Llulluchapamba The trail winds slowly uphill through a small forest to reach the site of Patallacta. After a short visit you continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass, where you will camp. This camp has a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay.
Overnight: Llulluchapampa Camp (B,L,D)  

Day 06 – Machu Picchu Trek
Phuyupatamarca Early wake-up to continue through cloud forests along mountain streams and old Inca trails. Today we cross the Warmiwanusca Pass, or ‘Dead Woman's Pass’ the highest point of the trek (13,776 ft) The trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. You finally reach camp at Phuyupatamarca, meaning ‘the town at the edge of the clouds’ in Quechua. To avoid high-altitude effect, we suggest you take this day very slowly.
Overnight: Phuyupatamarca Camp (B,L,D)  

Day 07 – Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Very early wake-up in order to negotiate an Incan stone tunnel and follow a buttress along a ridge top to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds). The trail winds sharply down a series of Incan steps and flagstone paths through thickening cloud forest to the well-restored Inca ruins of Winay Wayna. After a two hour walk through cloud forest, you reach the Intipunku, or Gate of the Sun, the main entrance to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 8,000 ft/2,450 m (much lower than nearby Cuzco) has the most spectacular setting of any ruin in the world - even those who aren't normally excited by archaeology will be impressed. This ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is a place everyone must see at least once. In the afternoon, take the shuttle down to Machu Picchu village and short walk to your hotel.
Overnight: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)  

Day 08 – Depart
Cusco Machu Picchu is said to be a place of spirituality, and the greatest spiritual moment of the day happens at sunrise. This morning, there is an option to rise early, take the bus back to the top of the mountain and view the world’s most famous ruins at sunrise. This afternoon, board the Vista dome train to Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Novotel Hotel (B)

Machu Picchu Trek Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights from London to Peru but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM and take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours. The principal international airlines for Peru are Lan and Avianca.

When to go The best time to visit Peru is May to September, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. The Inca Trail has limited spaces hence travellers should book at least six to nine months in advance. From October to December, the dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. 

January to April is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek.