The Inca Trail is without doubt one of the world's greatest treks. Traversing the foothills of Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably dramatic trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Crossing three high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas of South America four centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Our visit to Peru begins in ancient Inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes. Here we have 2 days of sightseeing and acclimatisation including visits to the fortresses at Sacsayhuaman and at Ollantaytambo in the nearby Sacred Valley. We then set off on a picturesque trail around Huayanay Peak, passing through forest to alpine meadows and crossing the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) to reach the Inca Trail. On this memorable 3-day section of trail, we are likely to see few other trekkers. This short introduction also ensures that we are fit, well acclimatised and ready to enjoy one of the world's greatest walks. Once on the main trail, we encounter increasingly impressive Inca ruins such as Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna, before arriving at Machu Picchu, the world-famous lost city of the Incas. With blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds, magnificent Inca settlements and stone-paved trails, there is no other short trek in the world that offers such a variety of experiences.
Acclimatisation in the colourful city of Cusco
Hike the Silque Valley and the Ancascocha Pass (4625m)
Trek into Machu Picchu in the atmospheric early morning via the Sun Gate
Explore Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas