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Luxury Inca Trail

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5 Days

Tour Type

Customized Package

Group Size

16 people




Journey in style on a once in a lifetime trek. Reward yourself each night with oversized tents with beds, portable toilets and hot showers and gourmet chef-prepared meals with champagne.

The Luxury Inca Trail hike follows an Inca road, which features a combination of ground trails and stone paths. You may see a variety of flora and fauna, such as cacti, orchids, birds and possibly a vizcacha (Andean chinchilla) or two, as you hike from alpine tundra to lush cloud forest. At high passes, you will be treated to majestic views of neighboring mountain ranges. The Luxury Inca Trail hike also includes the chance to visit several impressive Inca ruins which may be overlooked during the Classic Inca Trail.

We will hike at a more relaxed pace, spending more time to appreciate the natural beauty of the environment and explore Inca ruins. The Luxury Inca Trail overnights in some of the less popular campsites, offering a little more peace and relaxation on the trail, as well as allowing for our larger-sized glamping tents.

Our luxury hike to Machu Picchu includes comfort camping on the trail, and accommodation at the only 5-star luxury hotel Belmond Sanctuary located adjacent to Machu Picchu Citadel. Last but not least, the Luxury Inca Trail experience includes two opportunities to visit Machu Picchu! You’ll have the chance to take the iconic shot of Machu Picchu at two different times of day, and also see some features of the site that not everyone gets to see on just one visit!


Day 1: Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Llactapata

Day 2: Llactapata – Llulluchapampa

Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Warmihuanusca – Phuyupatamarca

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco


Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary:

* Stopover in the cultural Cusco and stay at some of the beautiful boutique hotels we have to offer.  Ask us about our 3 night Pre and Post Cusco Package which includes a comprehensive Cusco City Tour and more

* Choose from our range of deluxe to luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands

* Extend your stay in Peru and explore some of its other highlights including Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca

* Add in a 3 or 4 day trip to an Amazon lodge or upgrade to an Amazon Luxury Cruise

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Day 1: Cusco or Sacred Valley - Llactapata
Day 1:  Cusco or Sacred Valley - Llactapata

You will be picked up from your hotel and transported to the end of the road, 88Km, where you will meet the support team of porters for the Inca trail.

This first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as you hike along the sacred Urubamba River. Camp tonight beyond the ruins of Llactapata Ruins. Whilst walking all you need to carry is your daypack. Your support team of traditional porters carries all camping equipment and performs all camp chores; all food is prepared by the cook.

Begin your luxury experience camping in Bedouin-style tents with beds, comfortable chairs to recline in while you recount your days treks or are waiting for your complimentary massage! Your gourmet meals are served with crystal glasses and silverware.

Total Distance: 6km (3,72 miles)
Walking time approximated: 4 - 5 hours
Maximum altitude: 2,700m (8,848 ft.)

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Llactapata - Llulluchupampa
Day 2: Llactapata - Llulluchupampa

Trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. Your camp is the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchupampa with its outstanding views down the valley.

Total Distance: 8km (4,97 miles)
Walking time approximated: 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,750m (12,303 ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Llulluchupampa - Warmiwanusca - Phuyupatamarca
Day 3: Llulluchupampa - Warmiwanusca - Phuyupatamarca

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, you'll rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass) at 4200-metres. Descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and then climb again passing the Inca ruins Rucuracay.

The second pass of the day will give you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba Range. Walking on incredibly well-preserved Inca pathways, pass the Sayacmarca Ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. Continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views, where a slight ascent brings you to the Phuyupatamarca Ruins and your camp.

Total Distance: 11km (6,83 miles)
Walking time approximated: 9 hours
Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,780 ft.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu

Your final day's hiking brings you down into the Cloud Forest on a seemingly endless Inca Stairway to Winay-Winay, another impressive ruin. On to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun, for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment, pass through the ruins before taking an organised tour of them.

After soaking up what is arguably one of the most famous set of ruins in the world, walk all of 20 meters from the site to your hotel Belmond Sanctuary where you will enjoy dinner in the evening shadows of Machu Picchu.

Total Distance: 10km (6,21 miles)
Walking time approximated: 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,680m (12,073 ft.)

Hotel Category:
Luxury: Belmond Sanctuary

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Returning first thing in the morning, you will have Machu Picchu virtually to yourself for another chance to experience these magical ruins with time afterwards to climb Huayna Picchu or just wander around soaking up the amazing atmosphere.

After lunch at the hotel, catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer from here back to Cusco for your onward travels.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


  • Transport to and from Inca Trail
  • All camping and cooking equipment including Thermarests, oversizes tent with beds, dining, cook and toilet tent
  • An emergency first-aid kit and oxygen
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides trained in first-aid and C.P.R.
  • All porters, mules, and a cook team
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins
  • Entrance to Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in Belmond Sanctuary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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How prices are based?
Prices are "from" per person based on twin beds or double share bedroom in a Luxury Hotel Category.
Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply.
Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.
Rates for solo traveler, triple share or more travellers are available on request - please inquire.
Booking, daily permits and general information
Only a special few actually get to hike the Inca Trail every year. Peru’s permit system means that just 500 people are allowed on the trail every day – approximately 200 visitors and 300 trekking staff. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and are in very high demand: they can sell out as much as 6 to 8 months in advance! Once spaces have been booked, NO OPERATOR CAN OFFER YOU A SPACE. All spaces are personal and non-transferable, and there is no waiting list, so if someone cancels, their spot cannot be taken by someone new. Also note that the Classic Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.
Is the Inca Trail dangerous?
By mountain hiking standards, the Inca trail is not dangerous. The terrain is moderate, and the trail well maintained. There is no need for special ropes, harnesses or technical training. But – You do need to be fit to hike the Inca Trail!

There are of course risks associated with any high altitude activity, as we’ve mentioned early, the hike does reach 13,828 feet (4,215 meters).

The rainy season in Peru brings risks to all mountain routes, due to landslides and rocks falling above. There have been few deaths on the Inca trail which occurred during extremely wet conditions in January. This is the reason why the Inca trail is closed in February.
How difficult is the Inca Trail?
For most people, of average fitness, the Inca trail is a moderately difficulty hike. As we have covered above in our facts about the Inca trail, the Classic Inca Trail path is a moderate 43km/ 26 mile hike. The hike typically takes 4 days to complete while reaching a maximum elevation of 13,828 feet (4,215 meters). The trek is challenging, but with a good fitness routine prior to the hike most hikers complete the trek. In our opinion the most difficult thing about the Inca Trail is the stairs.
How cold can it get on the Inca Trail?
As high altitude temperatures can change quickly and radically. It can get pretty cold during the nights during the Inca trail trek. In winter (May-September) temperature may drop below 0°C/32°F, while it’s slightly warmer (and wetter) during the rest of the year.
Where we sleep?
During the trek you will be sleeping oversized tents with beds.
We provide you with oversizes tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort.
What should I bring?
Hiking boots – very comfortable, worn-in if possible, waterproof.
Luggage: daypack designed for hiking, adjustable hip and shoulder straps. Main luggage should be easy to carry
Wind and rainproof jacket
Fleece pullover (layering lighter garments is better than one heavy fleece).
Thermals – long johns and vest (it gets extremely cold at night)
Hat and gloves (fleece or other)
Sun hat – with visor or brim, sunglasses
Clothing should be comfortable, light and fast drying (jeans not recommended). Cotton hiking, trousers cotton long and short sleeve.
Shirts, hiking shorts, plenty of socks, bandana.
Pair of trainers, sandals or other comfortable shoes.
Water bottle canteen or Nalgene bottle
Headlamp / torch and batteries
Toiletries – including sun block and high factor sun cream, insect repellent, lip balm, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
Blister treatment
Knife (Swiss model)
Medicines (in case you have a special requirement)
Snacks (if you prefer one special)
Departure dates?
The Inca Trail is not open in February.
Minimum participants?
A minimum of 2 walkers.
What's the group size?
Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers.
Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors.
If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.
Can children hike the Inca Trail?
Yes, children can hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu! There is no official minimum age for trekking the Inca Trail, but we recommend an age of 10-12 years, and more importantly that the children have certain attributes. This would include resilience; experience not only doing long distance multi day hiking, but camping out at night. Like with adults, the Inca Trail is not something that should be taken lightly, and our general advice for kids is – the older and more experienced you are, the easier it should be!
Other notes?
A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking a Luxury Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations which require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked a Luxury Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
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