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Explore what was once the center of the Incan Empire before trekking this legendary trail. Traverse high mountain passes, visit archaeological sites, and step through the Sun Gate at dawn to see Machu Picchu.

 

Price: Starting from $1,620

Duration: 7 days (April-october)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

 
 

PRICE FROM: $1,620

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Cusco
Day 2: Day trip to village of Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins
Day 3: Hit the trail and trek to Wayllabamba
Day 4: Trek over over the Warmihuañusca pass to Pacaymayu
Day 5: Cross Runkurakay Pass and visit Sayacmarca archaeological site
Day 6: Complete trek, explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 7: International departures

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Peru. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

 

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

Private expeditions are available for this itinerary. Pricing for private expeditions based on group size. Inca Trail permits book up fast. Call us today to secure your spot on the trail.

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

Group SizePrice
1 Person$2650 per person
2 Person$1990 per person
3 Person$1820 per person
4 Person$1760 per person
5 Person$1630 per person
6 Person$1620 per person
7 Person$1620 per person
8 Person$1620 per person
9 Person$1620 per person
10+ Person$1620 per person

inclusions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
  • 3 nights camping on the trail
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation to/from trail

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items such as laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek 
  • beverages outside of designated meals

itinerary

Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft / 3400m). Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your guide at 5:00pm for a trip briefing.

Inclusions: Airport transfer, orientation talk and accommodations (based on double-occupancy)

Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft / 3400m). In order to acclimate to the altitude, head to the Sacred Valley. Get a chance to visit the village of Pisac, where you will stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour. Check out the Ollantaytambo ruins, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. Arrive back to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 3: Cusco to Wayllabamba (9,879ft / 3011m). After breakfast, head out to the starting point of the Inca Trail known as kilometer 82. This first day is relatively easy and smooth. Along the way, visit ruins such as the city of Patallacta. We will continue on the trail through the Wayllabamba Valley and along the the Cusichaca River observing the Inca terraces. Tonight we will stay at the campsite in Wayllabamba.

Total hiking distance: 7.5 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: full board (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).

Day 4: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu (11,700ft / 3,580m). Today we will get an early start. The morning will be a physically intense but very much worth it for the spectacular views that you will have. You will trek through dense forests, walk past Unca trees that are unique to this area, and up and over the Warmihuañusca pass (13,829ft), the highest point on the Inca Trail. After trekking over the pass, you will begin your descent to the next campsite at Pacaymayu.

Total hiking distance: 7 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: full board (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy)

Day 5: Pacaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (8,694ft / 2,650m). Today we cross the Runkurakay Pass (12,959 ft), the second pass and the second highest point on the Inca Trail. After crossing this pass we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca. We will continue down the beautifully paved road to Chaquicocha where we will have lunch. After Lunch, we continue on toward Phuyupatamarca and enter the high Andean cloud forest. The trail continues along a narrow ridge to Phuyupatamarka where you will enjoy spectacular views of the area including the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as a glimpse of Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite.

Total hiking distance: 9.5 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy)

Day 6 : Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft / 3,400m). Get an early start and head out for the last day of the Inca Trail. You will arrive and enter Machu Picchu through Inti Punku, the ‘Sun Gate’. After reaching the site, you will be lead on a 2 hour tour of the ruins and then will have free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will board the train back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Total hiking distance: 3 miles. Approximately 2 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast, Machu Picchu entrance permits, guided tour, train transport, accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 7: Cusco (11,155ft / 3400m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast; airport shuttle.

End of Services.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions for the Inca Trail here. 

See current weather conditions in Cusco, Peru here. 

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. A duffle bag will be provided for your carried bag up.

Carried bag weight limit: 11lbs / 5kg

Rentals Available: 

  • Sleeping Bag - $42 USD
  • Trekking Poles - $21 USD
  • Must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to expedition start date - rent gear here!

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months upon arrival (to be carried with you at all times!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Synthetic hiking pants (zip-away shorts are a great option)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof Pant
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the camp in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Duffle bag to be carried by porters (provided by OneSeed)
  • Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag -15º C 5º F
  • Casual clothes for city
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Collapsible hiking poles (recommended – may be rented in Cusco)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

The Peruvian winter (June to September), late autumn (April to May), and early spring (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside so lush. The rainy season in Peru begins in December and lasts through March and averages 4-6 inches/month. The dry season typically gets less than an inch of rain/month.

Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level and like any high altitude trek, the sun is very powerful during the day and the evenings cool down a great deal. Layers are essential in this climate because it keeps you prepared for the quickly changing weather. 

Machu Picchu Weather

ESSENTIAL INCA TRAIL Reviews

OneSeed made my dream of visiting the Sacred Valley one of the best experiences of my life! Our guide, Domingo, was welcoming, knowledgeable, approachable and had a great sense of humor! He effortlessly made our expedition feel like we were safe and well taken care of at all times.
I wouldn’t hesitate to book a trip with One Seed again and would definitely recommend your tours to friends and family! Keep up the good work bringing people together for such quality experiences.
I loved my experience!! I didn’t have any expectation but this exceeded them. My boyfriend and I had a fantastic trip and, I would highly recommend this trip to all my friends. This was the perfect combination of strenuous activity plus interest activities/sightseeing and Machu Picchu.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.