The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is the most famous trek in South America and rated as the worlds most spectacular.
If you have the chance to take part, don’t miss out. You will follow the ancient paved route, trodden by the Incas centuries ago, through subtropical jungle and lush cloud forest. Ancient Inca outposts and ruins are dotted along the route, a new wonder awaits at each turn…
Many people have a lifelong dream of completing the trek and watching the sunrise over the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. Will you follow your dream to the Lost City of the Incas ?
Treks to Machu Picchu
There are two main routes to machu picchu. The classic 4 day inca trail trek, this can become booked up in the high season between June and August so you are advised to book early. The alternative is a slightly more arduous via Salkantay, a marvellous snow capped mountain. See our overview of inca trail tours for more information.
Where is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is high in the Peruvian Andes. The city of Cusco serves as the base for tours and trips to Machu Picchu. There are short flights to Cusco from Lima, Arequipa, Iquitos and Puno. There are also bus services from Arequipa (10 hours), Nazca (14 hours), Puno (8 hours) and Lima (20 hours).
How long is the Inca Trail trek?
The classic Inca Trail Trek is 25 miles and takes four days. The distance is not that great but the altitude can cause problems and you will need several days to acclimatise. The trail has a minimum altitude of 2650m at the ruins of Llactapata on day 1. The maximum altitude of the trail is 4200m at “dead woman’s pass” on day 2. If you have a a reasonable level of fitness you will be able to complete the trail.
Which is the best month to trek the Inca Trail?
The best months for trekking the inca trail are from May to September when the weather is drier and sunny. During the months of June, July and August there is a high demand and permits for the trail can sell out months in advance. Our featured tour operator can reserve your space on the trail. During February the trail is closed for conservation work. Check our Machu Picchu Weather Guide
Do I need a visa for Peru?
Citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA do not need to arrange a Visa before travelling to Peru. At Peruvian immigration control you will be issued with a visa valid for between 30 and 183 days provided that you have a valid passport and a return ticket or ticket for onward travel. Other nationalities should check with the Peruvian embassy.
How much are flights to Peru from the UK
Flights to Peru can cost as little as £550, provided you book more than 4 weeks in advance and are flexible on your route and dates. During peak times you may need to book further in advance for the cheapest fares. Most flights will involve a connection in either Madrid (Iberia), Sao Paolo (Tam Brazil), Amsterdam (KLM), or the USA (Continental and American Airlines). The most direct route is via Madrid to Lima with Iberia airlines. When travelling throughout Peru it’s good to have an idea of bus and air routes. It’s useful to have a guide book like the lonely planet to help plan your itinerary. Or download the electronic edition for your kindle, ipad, tablet or smartphone
More Inca Trail Information
For more Inca Trail information, including alternative routes and walking holiday options see the Inca Trail Tours page.