Characterized by rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery, and trails that wind their way through the cloud forest and past ancient archaeological sites, the Inca Trail is perhaps the ultimate of South American experiences.

While other trails in the Sacred Valley area and around Cusco offer the same spectacular scenery, this is the only Inca trail that leads to the awesome gates of Machu Picchu, the ultimate climax to any trekking experience. This world-famous trail is part of the Sanctuario Histórico de Machu Picchu, an area of over 32,000 hectares set aside by the Peruvian state to protect the host of flora and fauna that flourish here.

The single most important factor in planning your Inca Trail experience is making sure you give yourself plenty of time to acclimatize to the high altitude before attempting the physically demanding trail. The best way to do this is to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley area, which is slightly lower in elevation.

There are two options for exploring the Inca Trail – the 4 day trek and the 2 day trek.

The popular 4 day trek will take you along the ancient stone Inca highway, past dozens of archaeological sights, rushing rivers, and eye-captivating cloud forest and mountain scenery. Along this 43 km trek you will tackle three formidable mountain passes and cruise to a maximum altitude of 4,200m. The trek begins at Qorihuayrachina near Ollantaytambo, often referred to as Km 88 of the Cusco railway.

The 2-day version, slightly less intense, is referred to as the Camino Sagrado del Inca, or “Sacred Trail,” and is a good alternative for time-pressed or fitness-deficient individuals. Along this journey you’ll reach a maximum altitude of only 2,750m, and climb less arduous ascents, however still arrive at the wondrous mountain-mecca, Machu Picchu. This mini-trek begins at Km 104, just 14km away from the ruins, however most of the best views and ruins are missed in this trek.

Before attempting either of the treks, it is important to be prepared with the proper equipment. Be sure to pack strong footwear, rain gear, and warm clothing, in addition to food, water and camping equipment.

Gulliver Travel Peru – experience the world’s most amazing trek, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Gulliver Travel. Based in Cusco and with over 20 years of experience leading treks in the Andes, Gulliver is an excellent choice for organizing your trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


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