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Discover  Peru’s Incredible, land of the legendary Incas, has retained much of its mythical feel. The cultural capital of Cuzco provides a glimpse into the country’s proud history, as the center of the Sacred Valley and the explorer’s base for the lost city of Machu Picchu. The Quechua and Aymara, descendants of the Incas, weave threads of their culture with Spanish influences to create a rich Peruvian culture of art, architecture and music. A Peruvian traveler has the opportunity to see watch the sun set on the Pacific, climb the highest peak in the snow-capped Andes, and catch a glimpse of the pink river dolphin in the Amazon River.


Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most iconic sights. The Inca citadel, hidden for hundreds of years, is also an important archaeological site and a visit should be on everybody’s travel bucket list and by far the best way to arrive at this stunning UNESCO-listed refuge is on foot. The Inca Trail is without a doubt one of the classic walks of the world, and the trail offers a unique combination of mountain scenery, colourful flora and fauna, Inca history and local Peruvian culture. The finale, as you arrive at Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate, is absolutely spectacular and this trek should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Want to Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known trails in Peru, if not the world—and rightfully so. This ancient trekking trail winds through lush jungles, past terraced ruins, and up high passes into the cloud-capped mountains. Hikers will gasp for breath at the stunning Dead Woman’s Pass (13,828 feet) and stare in awe at Winay Huayna, an archaeological site only three miles away from Machu Picchu. These ruins sit on a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. As the Inca Trail culminates at the Sun Gate, trekkers catch their first sight of this ancient citadel below, nestled in a notch in the ridge amidst the vast Andes mountain range.

However, the Classic Inca Trail route is a 3 to 5 day hike, and on average, it takes 4 days and 3 nights to reach Machu Picchu. For those short on time, there is a shorter route to Machu Picchu. This trek starts at Kilometer 104 on the Trail and only takes one day to hike to Machu Picchu.

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day

The 4-day Classic Inca Trail is a hiking route that runs through part of the ‘qhapac ñan’, ancient Inca trails that were built by the Incas. A part of this route was the one that communicated Cusco with Machu Picchu. Today there are 39 kilometers of these roads enabled by the Peruvian State for the famous route of the ‘Inca Trail’, from km 89 of the railway to Aguas Calientes to Intipunku, the ancient gateway to Machu Picchu used by the Incas. The route can only be done with an authorized tour which includes camping, porters equipment, cook equipment, tour guide, entrance fees and more….

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days

The 2-day Short Inca Trail is a hiking route that runs through the last kilometers of the famous Classic Inca Trail route. The walk begins at kilometer 104 of the railroad that leads to the town of Aguas Calientes. After approximately 12 kilometers of walking, the archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna is crossed to finally arrive at Machu Picchu (which will be visited the next day more calmly). The route can only be done with an authorized tour which includes accommodation, porters’ equipment, food, tour guide, entrance fees and more….


Such is the popularity of the classic Inca Trail the numbers of trekkers is controlled by the Peruvian government and permits are limited to 500 people per day. Of these 500 permits approximately 200 are allocated to tourists and 300 to porters, cooks and guides. Permits go on sale in January each year and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Each year we see the permits sell out more quickly than the year before with popular dates selling out immediately. For this reason we strongly recommend that you book one year in advance to be sure of a place.

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Ruins of Incas empire, dramatic landscapes, beaches, and nightlife, Peru has got it all. You’ll always find something to keep you entertained no matter what kind of traveler you are. In fact, there are so many great places to visit in Peru that you’ll have to plan your itinerary carefully. Which is where we come in for help! Check out this list of places to visit in Peru recommended by us!