Machu Picchu, Cusco region, Peru

Machu Picchu Trekking

from USD2,390

Duration:
8+ days
Difficulty:
Tough
Group Size:
4-8
Adventure:
Trek

The iconic Inca Trail is a challenging multiday trek in the Andes that starts in the mediaeval city of Cusco and ends at the most famous ruins of the Inca civilisation known as Machu Picchu. En route you hike through beautiful cloud rainforest and alpine grassland, and visit several incredible Inca ruins!

Our itineraries

At present we're just offering the classic Inca Trail. We do, however, include two full days before the start of the trek to help you acclimatise properly. But there's plenty of exciting things to do and see during this time!

Country info and facts

Here's what you need to know to plan a trip to Peru. Please take careful note of the visa and entry procedure, as it's a little different from most other countries.

Languages
Languages

Spanish and Quechua

Currency
Currency

Nuevo soles

Airports
Airports

The main international airport is Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). The other airport to know about for trekking to Machu Picchu is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), which is outside of Cusco, the gateway to the Machu Picchu trekking trails.

 

Seasons
Seasons

Peru is just south of the Equator and so doesn't have extreme seasonal variations. The best months for trekking to Machu Picchu are April through to early October. This is the dry (or at least, drier) season. Peak months are June and July. In the wet season, the trails can get washed out. And in February the Inca Trail is closed altogether for maintenance.

You can find more detail in When is the best time to trek the Inca Trail?

Visa and Immigration
Visa and Immigration

Citizens of many countries are allowed into Peru without a tourist visa. That said, whether you're entering Peru with or without a visa, note that you'll also need to present the following to obtain entry:

  • Proof of onward travel (like a plane or bus ticket).
  • Documents showing you can enter your onward destination if you're not returning home afterwards.
  • Bank statements showing you have sufficient funds to cover your trip expenses.
  • A passport that's valid for at least six months from your date of entry.

Learn more here.

Health and Safety
Health and Safety

There are no especial concerns for travelling to Peru like malaria or yellow fever.

That said, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends you have the following vaccinations before visiting: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

If you're going to be trekking to Machu Picchu, you should speak with your doctor about the dangers of altitude sickness. You might helpfully be prescribed altitude meds to help mitigate the negative side effects of high altitude.

Finally, you might like to read 7 important safety tips for hiking the Inca Trail.

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All you need to know to plan a trek to the famous Inca city!

Local leaders

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Mario Trebeño

Machu Picchu trek guide

Mario lives in the town of Ollantaytambo in the beautiful Sacred Valley, which is where the Inca Trail begins. He's been leading treks in the Andes since 1998, and his favourite trails are the Choquequirao and Vilcabamba. He says the best things about being a guide are explaining the cultural significance of various sites to visitors, getting to see so many beautiful birds, and also just leading an active lifestyle. When he's not working, Mario loves to listen to music and read books.

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Sarah Confer

Cusco local leader

Sarah has been travelling within Peru since 2006, when she first became enamoured with the cultures, the people and the landscape. Originally a textile conservator by trade, she's lectured widely on Peruvian textiles in Canada, Peru and Mexico, and has also taught textile-based workshops and courses. She now splits her time between Canada and Cusco, and spends her days dreaming up adventurous Peruvian itineraries and helping others to create memories they’ll cherish for a lifetime!

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