85-mile trek to Machu Picchu

May to



29h 15m

FKT (Huayhuash)

about the trek

What to Expect

Imagine waking up after 4 days of hiking through the Andes and seeing the sunrise over the ruins of an ancient civilization. With mist rising up from the valley and the first trainload of tourists not arriving for hours, you’re likely to experience one of the magical moments that have made the Inca Trail one of the world’s most iconic hikes. It mixes jungles and mountains with historic mysteries, an adventure unlike any other.

"In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the world which can compare with it."

-Hiram Bingham

With the Inca Trail being so popular and permits being extremely limited, you’ll need to make a booking around 3 months in advance. Otherwise, there are several multi-day hiking routes in the region that some consider even better than the Inca Trail, like the Salcantay Route (5 to 8 days), Lares Route (3 to 5 days), Vilcabamba Traverse Route (7 to 13 days), and the Lodge Trek (7 to 11 days). For each of these routes, it’s easy to access Machu Picchu after, either by train or on foot.

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Inca Trail

May – Sept | 136 km | 4 Days | FKT: 29h 15m (Cordillera Huayhuash) | Peru