Best Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu

best inca trail tours to Machu Picchu

List of the 10 Best Inca Trail Tours To Machu Picchu

If you plan to hike the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you are in the right place. You will find all the information about the best Inca Trail Tours to the great citadel of Machu Picchu on this page. The list below only contains tours that include the Inca Trails. Find information about other Alternative Treks.

The Inca Trails to Machu Picchu are divided into 2; the Classic Long Inca Trail and the Shorter Version. You can book these tours from March to January every year. February is closed for maintenance.

The Classic Long Inca Trails usually sell out fast, and you need to book far in advance; the Short Version sells slower and is a great alternative if the first one is sold out. Both of these options allow you to Arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate or Intipunku. See the list of the Best Inca Trail tours divided between the Long Version and the Short Version.

Classic Long Inca Trail Tours To Machu Picchu

The long Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at Kilometer 82 on the railroad from Cusco to Machu Picchu. During these tours, you will be camping in the mountain, and the Inca Trail Porters must carry all the food and equipment. The best long Inca trail tours are:

Classic Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights: 

The Classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most popular itinerary. To be able to participate in this tour, you must book your tour far in advance. The Treks starts with pick up In Cusco city or the Sacred Valley and bus drive until Kilometer 82 in the village of Piskacucho, where the main checkpoint of the Inca Trail is located.

You can hike the Inca Trail only with a Licensed Inca Trail tour operator like TreXperience; you can not hike on your own; you must always travel with a tour guide, chef, and porters.

Tour details:
Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights
Depart: Km 82 – Piscacucho
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu
Hiking Distance: 43 km – 26 miles

Itinerary of Inca Trail 4 days
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Llactapata – Ayapata – “ The Training Day”
Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Women’s Pass – Chaquicocha “The Challenge”
Day 3: Chaquicocha – Intipata – Wiñaywayna ” The easy day”
Day 4: Discover Machu Picchu

Pros:
The 4 days Inca Trail will allow you to arrive at the Sungate or Intipunku early in the morning of day 4 and have a unique opportunity to see the sunrise from this spectacular place.

Cons:
This is the most popular itinerary, and campsites can be crowded. TreXperience Itineraries are designed in a way that you will always be hiking ahead of the crowds.

Slow Version Inca Trail Tour 5 days 4 nights

The 5-day Inca Trail tour follows the same route as the Classic 4 days, but you will spend more time at each Inca Site. The Inca Trail slow version will allow you to spend more time exploring the Inca Sites, hike at your own pace, and camp in the less crowded campsites.

The Treks starts at Kilometer 82, hike the Inca Trail with 3 nights of camping plus one night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Tour details:
Duration: 5 days 4 nights
Depart: Km 82
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Every day, except February
Destination: Lost city of Machu Picchu
Total Distance: 43 km / 26 miles

Itinerary of Inca Trail 5 days:
Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Wayllabamba
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runcu Raccay – Phuyupatamarca
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Sungate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of The Incas) – Cusco

Pros:
The 5 days tour allows you to hike the Inca Trail at a slower pace and enjoy each archaeological site more; your will be camping at exclusive campsites.

This tour allows you to arrive twice to Machu Picchu; one in the afternoon of day 4 to enjoy the sunset at Machu Picchu and one in the morning of day 5 to enjoy the sunrise.

Cons:
Fewer people are hiking this itinerary; therefore, few group tours available. Group tour departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 travelers. If you are a solo traveler, contact us to join other travelers.

Salkantay Inca Trail 7 days and 6 nights

The most remote and challenging of the Inca Trail tours. The Salkantay Inca Trail trek combines the 2 most epic hikes in SouthAmerica. Salkantay Trek + Inca Trail

This trek starts with a pick-up in Cusco city, then drive to Mollepata to start the trek, visit Humantay Lake, hike around Salkantay Mounatin, and join the Classic Inca Trail to arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate.

Tour details:
Duration: 7 days
Depart: Challacancha
Difficulty: Challenging
Season: All year round, except in February
Destination: Machu Picchu
Total Distance: 86 km / 53 miles

Itinerary of Salkantay Inca Trail Expedition:
Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa – Pampa Japonesa
Day 3: Pampa Japonesa – Sisaypampa – Canal Inca
Day 4: Canal Inca – Wayllabamba – Ayapata.
Day 5: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chaquicocha
Day 6: Chaquicocha – Phuyu – Intipata – Wiñaywayna
Day 7: Discover Machu Picchu – return to Cusco.

Pros:
Combine the 2 most popular hikes in Peru and arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate in the morning of day 7.

Cons:
This trek is a combination of the 2 most challenging hikes to Machu Picchu. You need to be in good physical conditions to complete the trek. Minimum 2 people to start the trek; solo travelers need to contact us to see available group tours.

Sacred Valley + Classic Inca Trail 7 days 6 nights

When you arrive in a new city, it’s important to plan a perfect itinerary that can help you explore the best of the city and surroundings and adapt properly to the altitude, especially if you are going to hike the Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail 7 days and 6 nights combine all must-see places before hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explore the city of Cusco, Sacred Valley, and hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trip details:
Duration: 7 days
Depart: Cusco
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: All year round, except in February
Destination: Machu Picchu Citadel
Total hiking distance: 43 km – 26 miles

Itinerary of the Inca Trail 7 days:
Day 1: Cusco City Tour: Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman
Day 2: Sacred Valley: Pisac, Moray, Salineras, and Ollantaytambo
Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Km 82 – Llactapata- Ayapata
Day 4: Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Runcuraccay – Chaquicocha
Day 5: Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
Day 7: Depart Cusco

Pros:
Explore the best of Cusco city, visit the most famous places in the Sacred Valley, and hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  In only 7 days, you experience the best of Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Cons:
The itinerary might be too tight if you are planning to spend more than 7 days in Cusco. Contact us to customize a tour according to your preferences.

Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days 4 nights

The Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu follows the same route as the other tours but with luxury equipment, gourmet food, massage, and drinks available.

Explore the Inca trail in comfort, visit the Inca sites at exclusive hours, and board the Luxury Hiram Bingham train on the way back to Cusco.

Tour details:
Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights
Depart: Km 82 – Piscacucho
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu
Hiking Distance: 43 km – 26 miles

Itinerary of the Luxury Inca Trail 4 days:
Day 1:Cusco – Kilometer 82 – Huayllabamba
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu –Hiram Bingham train to Cusco.

Pros:
Hike the Inca trail with an exclusive team of porters, chefs, and guides. Enjoy our luxury equipment, gourmet food, massage, last lunch in Machu Picchu, and come back to Cusco in the Hiram Bingham Train.

Cons:
Only available in private tours with a minimum of 2 people.

Short Version Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu

The Short Version of the Inca Trail starts at Km 104 – Chachabamba, in the railroad from Cusco to Machu Picchu. To arrive at this point and hike the Inca Trail, you must take the early trains from Ollantaytambo.

The Short Inca Trail Tours allows you to Arrive in Machu Picchu twice. One on the first day, you will arrive through the Sungate in the afternoon and enjoy the sunset, then, the next day, you will visit Machu Picchu very early to enjoy the sunrise.

To hike the Inca Trail Short Version, you need to book your tour with a licensed Tour Operator like TreXperience and always travel with a tour guide. It’s not possible to hike on your own or without a guide. See below the list of the best Short Inca Trail tours to Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night

The Inca Trail Short Version 2 days and 1 night starts with pick up in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, drive to Ollantaytambo to take the Train to Km 104, and hike the 16 kilometers of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu through the Sungate.

During the first day, you will be able to visit the Inca sites of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sungate, Machu Picchu, and spend the night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

During the second day, you will be able to visit Machu Picchu Citadel, Inca Bridge or participate in extra hikes such as the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Tour details:
Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Considered: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu

Itinerary Inca Trail 2 days:
Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 2: Explore – Machu Picchu!

Pros:
Explore the best Inca Sites on Inca Trail and Arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate. You will be able to visit teh great city of Machu Picchu twice; one to enjoy the sunset on the first day and one for sunrise and the second day.

Cons:
We have available tours only with the hotel option, so camping is possible near Aguas Calientes next to the city; however, we do not recommend this option due to the noise.

Alternative Inca Trail (Huchuy Qosqo + Short Inca Trail) 4 days 3 nights

When the Classic Inca Trail 4D is sold out, we usually recommend alternative treks such as the Salkantay Trek or the Lares Trek; however, these treks are quite different from the Inca Trail Tours as they don’t arrive through the Sungate to Machu Picchu.

The Alternative Inca Trail is designed so that the experience is the closest possible to the Classic Inca Trail. In this tour, we combine Huchuy Trek + Short Inca Trail in 4 days.

The Alternative Inca Trail Starts in Cusco City and takes you hiking for 2 days into the Sacred Valley. You will visit the impressive Huchuy Qosqo Site and hike the Short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu.

Tour details:
Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights
Distance: 37 km / 22 miles
Depart: Cusco
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu

Itinerary Alternative Inca Trail 4 days:
Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Qenko
Day 2 Qenko – Huchuy Qosco – Lamay –Ollantaytambo
Day 3: Ollantaytambo– Km104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Lost City Of The Incas)

Pros:
You will be able to explore the surrounding mountain of Cusco, hike along with llamas and alpacas, visit Local villages, explore Huchuy Qosqo, hike the Short Inca Trail, and arrive at Machu Picchu twice.

Cons:
This tour only offers 1-night camping plus 2 nights of hotel in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (3-star hotels).

Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights

Explore the remote villages of Lares, visiting Andean lakes, local schools, and finish the Tour at Machu Picchu, arriving through the Sungate.

Tour details:
Duration: 4 Days / 4 nights
Distance: 37 km / 22 miles
Depart: Cusco
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu

Itinerary Lares trek + Inca Trail 2 days:
Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Qenko
Day 2 Qenko – Huchuy Qosco – Lamay –Ollantaytambo
Day 3: Ollantaytambo– Km104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Lost City Of The Incas)

Pros:
Explore the remote mountains of Lares and hike the Short Inca Trail Tour.

Cons:
This trip is a more cultural experience.

Salkantay + Short Inca Trail 5 days 4 nights

Combine the Classic Salkantay Trek with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Tour details:
Duration: 5 Days / 4 nights
Distance: 58 km / 36 miles
Depart: Cusco
Difficulty: Challenging
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu

Itinerary Salkantay + Inca Trail 2 days:
Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – Salkantaypampa
Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Incachiriaska – Pampacahuana
Day 3 : Pampacahuana – Llaqtapata – Piscacucho
Day 4: Piscacucho – Ollantaytambo – 104KM – Machu Picchu Pueblo
Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu

Pros:
Explore the Humantay lake, Salkantay Mountain, hike the first part of the Classic Inca Trail, and arrive at Machu Picchu through the Short Inca trail and Sungate.

Cons:
This trek is only available on a Private tour and is considered difficult to Challenging. Travelers must be in good physical conditions to complete the trek.

Quarry Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights

Quarry Trail Trek is one of the newest tours we have to Machu Picchu. You will be able to visit isolated archeological sites, a beautiful waterfall, and the largest Inca Quarry located in Ollantaytambo. The Quarry trek offers incredible views of the Sacred Valley. You will be able to combine this trek with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Tour details:
Duration: 5 Days /4 nights
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Depart: Cusco
Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March to January
Destination: Machu Picchu

Itinerary of Quarry Trek + Inca Trail 2 days:
Day 1: Cusco – Racca – Soqma – Korimarca
Day 2: Korimarca – Inti Punku – Choquetacarpo
Day 3: Choquetacarpo – Cachiccata Quarry – Ollantaytambo
Day 4: Ollantaytambo – KM104 – Machu Picchu Pueblo
Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu

Pros:
The Quarry treks offer amazing views of the Sacred Valley. You will be able to visit Archeological sites, the Sungate in Ollantaytambo, The Inca Quarry, and finish this trek arriving at Machu Picchu arriving at the other Sungate located in the Cloud Forest.

Cons:
Lesser-known off the Beaten Track, you might be hiking alone in these beautiful mountains.

 

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