Peru – Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Peru – Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

  • Duration
  • 8 Days
  • Group Size
  • 10-20
  • Location
  • Peru
Adventure-Trip-Difficulty-Rating-Beginner
  • Physicality
  • Beginner

A truly unique 4 day trekking experience to the famous and incredible Machu Picchu. Trekking the Inca Trail we take in beautiful scenery, majestic Inca architecture and also spend some time in the old Inca Capital of Cusco. An 8 day round trip in total that is an iconic must in the world of adventure travel.

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BEGINNER

A reasonable level of fitness, trying on boots for maybe the first time and wanting to build adventure trip confidence and learn more about your capabilities and discover what clothing and equipment works best. Enjoys sharing great experiences with others in the outdoors. 5-6hrs of walking each day.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION             

Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.

All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.

WEAR  

Comfortable Clothing for the flight

DAY 1    Welcome to Peru – Lima.

Evening arrival at Lima’s airport. Transfer to hotel where we rest and unwind from the flight. All local amenities and facilities are available to us so we can relax and organise ourselves for the next few days of travel and the trek to Machu Picchu. (Breakfast)

DAY 2    Lima to Cusco

Early flight departure from Lima to Cusco, the old Inca Capital. The day is your own to either rest or explore the ancient City of Cusco and discover more about how the Incas built their City walls and how over the years the City has changed, but is still central to Peruvian history. In the evening, we meet our Inca Trail guide and have a brief of what to expect over the next few days of trekking. (Breakfast)

DAY 3    Cusco/Km82/Wayllabamba

Early morning pick up from hotel and drive towards Ollantaytambo town (2hrs,) where you can buy some coca leaves and have breakfast. We continue to Piskacucho (2,650m) which is a community located on the Km82 of the Cusco Machu Picchu railroad. At this point all hikers must show their original passport in order to enter the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. From this point, we hike 12km. We cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba river, following the trail along flat terrain, we reach the little community of Miskay (2,800m) where we have a short break. Continuing to walk up a steep path will lead us onto a high plateau, from where all hikers will be rewarded with an amazing view of an Inca building called Patallacta (2,700m.) After a brief explanation of its history, we carry on along a beautiful valley; we will gradually climb up for about 2hrs until we reach a lovely spot where our cook and porters have set up lunch. After lunch, we walk up hill for about 2hrs till we reach our first camp site at Wayllabamba (3,000m.) En route you will enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba river including the Veronia snow covered mountain(5,832m.)  (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 4    Wayllabamba/Pacaymayu

After an early wakeup and after breakfast we will start to climb up along a narrow ravine full of vegetation and fresh streams for 9km. On this section, we will experience an uphill climb on a steep path, full of steps, so we advise you to take it slowly. Later, we will reach Lluluchapampa. At this point we will be starting the climb to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass 4,200m.) It will take about 2 hours to get to the top; and again, we recommend just doing it slowly, without pushing yourself too much. The group will wait for everyone at the top of the Pass. Carry high energy snacks and coca leaves in your day sack, this will help to keep your sugar level high and help to ward off altitude sickness. Once reaching the pass, we will descend winding steps for 4km that cross a narrow valley. The valley is a natural habitat for many kinds of birds such as humming birds and sparrows. The Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus) also lives here. We will have lunch along the way, and afterwards continue to our campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m) where we will have dinner and sleep. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 5    Pacaymayu/Wiñaywayna

Today is the longest day of the trek which will cover 15 km; but also the most impressive and the most interesting day, due to the number of archaeological sites that trekkers can see along the way. We start off following a steep path that will lead us to the Runkurakay pass (3,970m.) Half way up, we will stop to visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3,800m.) After going over the pass, we will walk down to Yanacocha and arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624m.) After Sayacmarca, we enter the cloud-forest which undulates until the last climb up that leads us to the third pass; Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3,650m.) From this point the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. We descend steps, and then will see the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. From above, trekkers can observe a sophisticated complex made up of water fountains. The end of the day lead us to Wiñaywayna, where we will spend the night in the camping zone. This will be the night in which we will say good bye to our porters and cook, as the next day they will leave early to take the local train that will take them back to Cusco. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 6    Wiñaywayna/Machu Picchu

A 4.00 a.m. wakeup today. Breakfast at 4:30 am, and by 5:00 am, we must be on the trail towards Intipunku (Sun Gate). This will take about an hour of hiking along a narrow trail through the cloud forest. At the Sun Gate visitors, will be able to see the Sunrise over Machu Picchu Mountain (This depends on the time of the year and the climate and also depends at witch campsite you sleep the night before). After taking pictures we will descend to Machu Picchu, where our local guide will give us a full explanation about this wonderful Inca Citadel. The tour will last about 2 hours, and then we will have time to take more pictures, explore by yourself around Machu Picchu or you might climb up the WAYNA PICCHU Mountain, the huge mountain that appears in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about an hour to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. (There is also a limit of spaces per day so it is recommended to buy the entrance ticket in advance) after that we take the bus to the town of Aguascalientes. Famous thermal baths are available to visit. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village of Aguas Calientes. After lunch, we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall. Optional group dinner in Cusco. (Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 7    Cusco to Lima

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the old Inca Capital and travel to the airport where we take a flight back to Lima. We then take a connecting flight back to the UK. (Breakfast)

DAY 8    Lima – Home

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (Breakfast)

Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip

Personal first aid kit including any medication needed

Walking boots

Walking socks

Walking poles

Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs

Fleece

Waterproof jacket

Waterproof trousers

Gaiters

Warm and water proof gloves

Warm and water proof hat

Warm jacket for the evening

Trainers/sandals

Sun glasses

Sun protection for skin/head/hands

Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack

4 Season Sleeping Bag & liner

X2 1ltr water containers

X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube

Personal Expenses

You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at international airports whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few. Credit cards are generally not accepted.

Altitude

The altitude of the Inca Trail makes the trip most suitable for the more serious walker with previous experience of hill walking. Extreme cases of Acute Mountain Sickness are rare, but if it becomes necessary for someone to abandon the trek in the interests of safety, the Tour Leaders decision on this is final.

Experience

Bearing the above in mind, we ask for a synopsis of recent walking experience from people intending to go on the trip.

 

Medical Examination

You should visit your GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trek reaches, i.e. 4,200m.

Personal medication

Please note all illness, injuries and medication need to be disclosed to EDGE Travel Worldwide at time of booking – please seek advice from your Doctor to your suitability of participating on this trip.

Park Fees

These will vary throughout the year, but early bookings will avoid a possible change in fee. (These are built into the trip cost.)

Tipping

In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)

Meal Plan

Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.

Optional Excursions

These maybe available, please contact us for further details.

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Tour Leader
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport for itinerary
  • Inca Trail trekking permit
  • Meals where indicated

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Personal drinks
  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal tent (If you don’t want to share.)

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Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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