Trace the living legacy of the Incan Empire as you journey to the spectacular ruins at Machu Picchu and visit one of the last Incan Rope Bridges. In Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, delve into the enduring Inca influences on modern Peruvian culture. You’ll soar above the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the desert, feel the morning mist as you walk the Inca Trail, and get to know local artisans during a weaving workshop. Along the way, you'll taste the bright flavors of Peru’s distinctive cuisine paired with local wines and pisco.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. Internal flight costs are charged at a supplemental cost of $285 per person.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,560 per person. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
*For our May 30-Jun 8, 2023 departure, the Private Room supplemental cost will be $1,580.
Four to six miles of walking each day, with lots of time spent moving around and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs. Our trip will gradually go up in elevation, starting in the Sacred Valley, which sits at an elevation of approximately 8,000ft (2,440m). We then make our way to Machu Picchu, which sits at an elevation of 7,874ft (2,430 m) and end in Cusco at the highest elevation on the tour at 11,152 feet (3,399 m).
The short Inca trail trek included in the program is approximately 8 miles (13km) and 5-6 hours in duration. This is a moderate to difficult hike due to its exposed, rocky terrain and high altitude. The first leg of the hike will be approximately 3 hours and a steady climb to reach Wiñay Wayna. From here, the trail continues through woodlands and includes a river/stream crossing before it begins its final ascent to the Sun Gate or entrance to Machu Picchu. There will be porters to assist along the way.
Our trip begins in Lima. Since most international flights arrive into Lima very late in the evening/early morning, Atlas Obscura has included and pre-booked the night before your trip at your Lima hotel. You are welcome to book a flight that arrives in the early morning of Day 1 (before 8am) or the day before. An airport transfer will be included. We will meet as a group on Day 1 of the trip for a welcome brunch at approximately 10 AM.
Our trip concludes on Day 10 in Cusco, where we will transfer you to the airport. You are welcome to book your outbound flight at any time.
As part of the trip, we will have a domestic flight on Day 4 from Lima to Cusco. The flight is approximately 1 hour & 20 mins in duration. Atlas Obscura will book this domestic flight on your behalf, but the cost is charged in addition to your trip price. Please refer to the Pricing section for more information.
Your domestic flight from Lima to Cusco has a luggage limit of one piece of checked luggage not exceeding 23kg / 50 pounds.
For your Inca trail hike, you are asked to bring a day bag including a change of clothes and toiletries for your overnight in Aguas Calientes. We will have porters to assist in carrying your belongings along the trek. Your primary luggage will be transferred from the Sacred Valley to Cusco and securely stored at our hotel.
The Inca Trail is one of the world's most popular adventure travel experiences. To help protect the trail from its over-popularity a permit system was introduced to limit the number of people on the trail to 500 a day. To secure your Inca trail permit on the trip, we require a color copy of your passport at time of booking.
Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.
You will also be supporting Alpaca Expeditions, who is our partner on the ground and one of the biggest advocates for ethical and responsible treatment of Porters. By providing gear, including warm, down jackets, proper hiking boots, backpacks, hats, headlamps, sleeping bags and pads and tents while on treks, they are dedicated to providing porters with improved working conditions which can often be overlooked. They are also dedicated to providing access to medical needs for them and their families and committed to supporting social projects in their communities.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Peru, but this may vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Peru and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.