One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.
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Arrive early and spend some time exploring the city. Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman's Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
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This tour offers a great glimpse into the once mighty Inca empire. Highlighted by the spectacular trek through cloud and elf forests into Machu Pichu.Overall Rating
Amazing - great mix of fun, adventure and cultural learning.Overall Rating
My overall impression of the Lares Trek Tour was FANTASTIC!!! My main reason for travelling is to "live" the culture of the place that I'm travelling to. This trek through the Andes and its small villages was very humbling to me. This trek put me in the Inca descendants shoes.Overall Rating
The tour was fantastic! Well organised; great tour leader; good hotel and tent accommodation; great food; the porters did a fabulous job. Loved it!Overall Rating
Aly is the best guide ever!!! He was funny, considerate as well as patient to the needs of the group. He knew how to handle the group as well as the porters with a firm hand while also being respectful.Overall Rating
Very well run and excellent customer service throughout the booking process. I did the Inca Trail because it was highly recommended, and I will also highly recommend it.Overall Rating
The Inca Trail was an incredible experience, in so many ways. The scenery was stunning and the journey was truly rewarding. Granted, the altitude made the trek difficult at times, but it was worth every step. We earned every metre of altitude and each km forward. The G Adventures team took fantastic care of us along the way. We're frankly amazed at the level of service.Overall Rating
The tour was excellent. The best part was the unexpectedly fantastic professionalism demonstrated by the Tour Leader Aly Amant, his Assistant Victor, and the various porters.Overall Rating
A really well rounded tour thoughtfully put together with excellent guides who took pride in their country and culture which really shone through. The challenges of the trek were made easier by such a great ground crew who were the silent heroes of the tour and ensured we had all the comforts we needed after a hard day of hiking.Overall Rating
The trip is one of the best things that i have done in my life. The experience will stay with me forever!Overall Rating
Trip Name: The Inca Trail
Duration: 7 Days
From Price: $1,479
Supplier Tour ID: SPIT.D/201371
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