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Inca Trail

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is regarded as the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the top 5 treks in the world. The trek can be tough and tiring, but the end reward – a glimpse of Machu Picchu framed by the needle peaks of the Andes as you enter through the Sun Gate – is hugely gratifying. 

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Inca Trail

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with a Local Private Guide

The Inca Trail is regarded as the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be one of the top 5 treks in the world. The trek can be tough and tiring, but the end reward – a glimpse of Machu Picchu framed by the needle peaks of the Andes as you enter through the Sun Gate – is hugely gratifying. 

There are 2 different trek options for anyone considering the Inca Trail; you have a 2-day Inca Trail and the standard 4-day Inca Trail. The 2-Day program is perfect for those who are relatively fit but don’t want to commit to the longer treks out there.  as it is relatively easy (not quite!), plus you will have a comfortable hotel bed at the end of the walk rather than camping out in tents. 

The four-day Inca Trail hike is more demanding and is undoubtedly the most rewarding way to see the lost city, though permit limits mean you’ll have to book a spot far in advance. This path is the classic route and ranks up there among the most famous hiking routes in the world. But it’s not for the fainthearted. The trek here is tough and tiring, but the end reward – a glimpse of Machu Picchu framed by the needle peaks of the Andes as you enter through the Sun Gate – is hugely gratifying.

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Best Inca Trail Tours 

The Inca Trail is a 500-year old pathway that brings you directly to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu for a rewarding journey filled with scenic moments you’ll never forget. Browse the top Inca Trail Hiking Tours to Machu Picchu.

Ollanta Train Station - Km 104 - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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Embark on a Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu - This is a perfect Experience for those willing to explore the bes
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$ 525
Cusco - Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Machu Picchu
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Inca Trail 5 days Trek to Machu Picchu This Inca trail to Machu Picchu is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and history. Trek Peru's most famous trek, also
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  • Camping
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5 days from
$ 1200
Inca Trail - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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Embark on a 2-Day Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - This is a perfect Experience for those willing to explore the best of the
  • Hiking
  • Archaeology
  • Wildlife
  • Train journeys
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$ 450

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frequently asked questions

The 4-day Inca Trail and the 2-day Inca Trail are open every day except February. In February, the rainiest month of the year, the route is cleaned.

Only 500 people are allowed per day. Of this number, 200 are tourists and the rest are visitor support staff such as cooks, porters, cooks, guides and more.

The 2-day Short Inca Trail offers 120 free spaces each day. Since this route is not as sought after as the 4-day Inca Trail, it is possible to get availability with only a few days notice.

The two hundred free spaces per day are reserved well in advance. Therefore, it is recommended to reserve a space for the Inca Trail 6 months in advance or even more.

The 2-day Inca Trail, on the other hand, can be booked two or three days in advance. And you can even get a reservation the same day.

In case you do not find availability of the 4-day Inca Trail, definitely the best option is to do other similar trekking routes, such as the 5-day Salkantay trek.

This trekking route is recognized as the second best trekking route in Cusco, after the 4-day Inca Trail. The Salkantay trek can be booked 2 or 3 weeks in advance without any problems. The route is a bit more challenging than the Inca Trail.

Other good options are: the 4-day Lares trek, the 3-day Huchuy Qosqo trek or the 4-day Inca Jungle tour.


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The availability of the 4-day Inca Trail 2021 is valid from 2020. The same applies to the 2-day Inca Trail.

No, anyone can do the Inca Trail, both in its 4-day and 2-day versions. However, both adventures are not recommended for children under 8 years old and adults over 65 years old.

Yes, the availability shown here is the same as on other websites. It is the official availability calendar.

No. The 4-day Inca Trail cannot be purchased in Cusco. However, the 2-day Inca Trail can be purchased once in Cusco, just a few days in advance.

Yes, the 4-day Inca Trail, due to the high demand of spaces, can only be booked online. The 2-day Inca Trail, on the other hand, can be purchased in person.

Yes, the 4-day Inca Trail will be available for purchase by 2022. You will be able to make your reservation from the end of 2021.

This route is considered the best in Cusco. Tourists from all over the world make reservations well in advance. This is the only way to find availability.

High tourist season is the time of the year when most visitors come to Cusco. It starts in May and ends in September. Therefore, in those months there are more tourists who do the Inca Trail. To get availability for that day you should make your reservation 6 or 7 months in advance.

The low tourist season is the time of the year when fewer visitors come to Cusco. It starts in October and ends in April. Therefore, in those months there are more opportunities to get availability. Reservations should be made 4 or 5 months in advance.

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