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Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Trips

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, lies to the west of the Sacred Valley, hidden away high among the peaks of the Andes. Our Machu Picchu trips are the absolute highlight for every Peru traveller. You’ll probably only see Machu Picchu once in a lifetime, so you’d better make it something unforgettable.

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail route leading to it are under threat from their own popularity which is why the government and UNESCO have taken drastic measures to protect the ruins and the surrounding environment. For our Machu Picchu tours, we work exclusively with reliable partners that work actively to preserve the environment, the trail, the ruins and the local population (mainly porters). 

Prices below are based on two people travelling and exclude international flights. Prices for peak departures beyond this date and for international flights are available on request.

Inca Trail holidays and Machu Picchu Treks

These Machu Picchu holidays are suitable for anyone in good physical health looking for a challenging trek with several nights camping on route. Due to increased government regulations to protect the Inca Trail and the ruins, the number of trekkers on the Inca Trail has been limited to 500 per day. The Inca Trail is the most popular and therefore busiest trek, especially in the summer months from June – September. Booking your Inca Trail holiday far in advance (minimum 4-6 months) is essential as permits are limited. The Lares and Salkantay trek are quieter options for your Inca Trail holiday, but still give you a good taste of Inca history and rural Andean life. They offer an an excellent alternative to the hugely popular Inca Trail.

Beautiful building in Cusco

2 night Cusco accommodation package Easy Going Cusco

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: £78 per person - based on 2 people
Departs: Daily from Cusco
Route: Cusco
Cusco is the ideal starting point for excursions and treks to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Around 500 years ago, Cusco was the centre of the Inca empire, which at its height stretched across Ecuador, Bolivia and parts of Argentina and Chile. Today Cusco is a modern city with beautiful architectural relics from the Spanish colonial period. It has a special atmosphere which is a fusion of Inca, colonial and now international cultural influences. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and museums. This starter pack includes an airport transfer on arrival and two nights in cosy posada in the artistic district of San Blas.

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4 day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu In the Footsteps of the Incas

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: £585 per person (incl. Trail entrance fee) - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily, except February
Route: Cusco - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco
This is the Classic Inca Trail itinerary, a 4 day trek with 3 nights camping on route. The Inca Trail is the most famous and by far the most popular trek in Southern America. Providing you’re relatively fit, the Trail is the best way to reach the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. After a night in Cusco, your Machu Picchu trip begins as you set off on the 41km trail along the ancient trading route of the Incas that leads to Machu Picchu, hidden away high in a remote, almost inaccessible spot high in the Andes.

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Woman hiking the Inca Trail
Woman meeting young Peruvian girl

3 day Lares trail with Machu Picchu Mountain Lakes and Andean Alpacas

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: £665 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily
Route: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
The Lares Trail is a 3 day trek with 2 nights camping on route. This trek is an excellent alternative to the classic Inca Trail holiday. You’ll spend three days trekking through the spectacular scenery of mountain ranges, rugged rock formations and clear mountain lakes, passing authentic rural villages and herds of fluffy alpacas. If you’re in good physical condition and would like to experience the culture of the Andes as part of your Machu Picchu tour, this moderate trek is a fantastic opportunity.

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3 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu White Peaks, Green Valleys

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: £525 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily
Route: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
Due to the huge popularity and limited space on the Inca Trail we went in search of some other treks that offer a similar Inca Trail tour experience. The 3 day Salkantay trek is one of the most popular alternatives, as the trek also ends in Aguas Calientes. The main difference with the Inca Trail is that you won’t pass many ruins on the way and you don’t reach Machu Picchu on foot. However, you will get spectacular scenery and, as this trail is less well known, you’ll be able to enjoy it without the crowds of other trekkers. If you’re in good shape and prefer to steer off the beaten Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu then this is a perfect choice. At 6291m, Salkantay is the second highest peak in the Cusco area which means the trek is one of the more challenging options of our Machu Picchu tours.

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Travellers on the Inca Trail, Peru

Alternative Trekking Trips to Machu Picchu, without camping

If you’re looking to experience Peru’s trekking opportunuties without sacrificing your home comforts, or are simply looking for the chance to trek through local villages and meet the local people, then these treks are for you!

Couple enjoying the view at Machu Picchu

2 day Inca Trail trek plus Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trails and Valleys

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From £548 per person (including admission to Trail) - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily, except February
Route: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
Ardent trekkers will follow the four-day 33km Inca Trail up through the Andes to the lost city of Machu Picchu but there’s also this shorter, two-day alternative. On this Inca Trail tour, you’ll skip the highest passes and only cover the less steep part of the Trail. That way you still get that real Andes trekking experience and spend the other two days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas at your own pace. The villages in the valley have a very relaxed atmosphere and the temperatures are very mild. There’s no set itinerary for your two days in the Sacred Valley, so you decide what you want to see and do for this section of your Machu Picchu tour.

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Short trek to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Ollanta Trek with Machu Picchu

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: £458 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily from April - October
Route: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco vv
The Ollanta Trek offers a short but fascinating insight into the Sacred Valley. You’ll go on a day trek in the countryside around Ollantaytambo and then visit Machu Picchu independently. A short alternative to the busy and more expensive Inca Trail without skipping the highlight.

On this Machu Picchu tour, you'll travel from Cusco to Ollantaytambo to explore the Sacred Valley on foot. The next day you’ll take the train to Machu Picchu where you can spend the day wandering among the ancient ruins of the Lost City. After a night in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes you’ll travel back to Cusco where your Machu Picchu tour comes to an end.

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Mother and daughter at the Sacred Valley, Peru

See the Sacred Valley in a comfortable and relaxed way with the following private trip:

Sacred Valley, Peru

Short trip to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley by private car Sacred Valley Drive

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: £455 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departure: Daily
Route: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco
In this Sacred Valley option you’ll be able to tour the valley by private car with driver. You can set your own pace on this Inca Trail holiday and you can stop off at places that tourists rarely see. It’s a comfortable way to explore the area and you'll still visit Machu Picchu from Urubamba. You can also choose between rafting down the Urubamba river or off-road mountain biking. Unlike our other Machu Picchu tours, you’ll stay in one location. We’ve selected some unique accommodation here, in a previous monastery or a traditional hacienda. If you’d like to add a special touch to your stay here, then check out the Sacred Valley eco lodge. This Machu Picchu tour is ideal if you’re looking for a base from which to explore the Sacred Valley at your own pace.

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Relaxed Sightseeing Tour to Machu Picchu and Pisac Market

The below module is for those looking for a laid back cultural sightseeing tour to the stunning site of Macchu Picchu

Short trip to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Markets and Mañana Machu Picchu

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From £375 per person - based on 2 people sharing
Departs: Daily
Route: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco (or vice versa)
If trekking up the mountains with a heavy backpack isn’t really your cup of tea but you still want to see Machu Picchu, this Inca Trail tour is a good alternative to our treks. You’ll cover part of the route with a small group with guide and you can spend the other days as you please. From Cusco you’ll visit the small market village of Pisac, the fort at Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes in the Sacred Valley and you'll visit Machu Picchu independently. The focus of this Machu Picchu tour is local culture and plenty of time to relax. A varied Inca Trail holiday and Machu Picchu tour with a bit of everything at a relaxed pace.

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Elderly lady on the Inca Trail
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