The Inca Trail is one of the world’s ‘great treks’. The standard route is 43 kilometres long and takes four days to complete. There's plenty to capture your attention along the way such as permanent settlements, native South American wildlife and some seriously steep sections. Sounds like you might need some hike companions and maybe a ringleader to guide you through? Luckily, here at Flight Centre we have a range of Inca Trail tours to ensure you get the most out of your trek and end up at your destination: Machu Picchu.
Don't miss these Inca Trail attractions
- The five-day Salkantay Trek
- Inca Quarry Trail hiking treks
- Machu Picchu
- Guided Inca Trail tours
Machu Picchu or bust
Most Inca Trail tours include a knowledgeable guide who explains the context around the various ruins along the way and a chef responsible for making the meals to give you the energy to complete the hike. The path climbs high into the Andes Mountains, passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna before arriving at the famed Machu Picchu in time for sunrise.
As well as plenty of ruins to discover, the Inca Trail also takes you past changing landscapes of Polylepis trees, expansive valleys, lakes and dramatic cliff drop-offs. You'll also encounter multiple rural communes with local residents.
How will you choose to trek?
Some travellers prefer to hire a personal porter to carry their pack; this way they’re free to enjoy the magnificent scenery. While others opt for carrying it themselves for the experience.
After exploring Machu Picchu, travellers generally have the opportunity of returning to where most tours start out in Cusco, or spending the night in the Machu Picchu village of Aguas Calientes before heading back historical Cusco. Shorter treks of two days are also available starting from halfway along the route. This is a great option for travellers with limited time.