Discover this Classic Inca Trail hike in style! Our Luxury Inca Trail Hike follows the same 4-day route as the famous Classic Inca Trail, but with added comfort.
This hike to Machu Picchu includes Comfort Camping on nights 1 and 2 and accommodation at a 4-star luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3. Enjoy a leisurely morning on Day 4 before heading to Machu Picchu for an afternoon tour of this incredible Inca citadel – an exclusive Machu Picchu experience that lets you enjoy the site without the big morning crowds.
Our Luxury Inca Trail Hike follows an ever-changing landscape that starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the Andean jungle. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in comfort, what is sure to be an unforgettable time. Read more about what makes the classic Inca trail hike so awesome in our blog!
Did you know? Only a special few actually get to hike the Inca Trail every year. Peru’s permit system allows just 500 people 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 6-8 months in advance! Once permits have been purchased, NO OPERATOR CAN OFFER YOU ONE. All permits are personal and non-transferable meaning that if someone cancels, their spot cannot be taken by someone new. And there is no waitlist!
Note: The Inca Trail hike is closed in February for maintenance.
The Luxury Inca Trail hike follows an Inca road, which features a combination of ground trails and stone-paved paths. Some sections are very steep, and require sustained uphill climbing. 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 neighboring mountain ranges. The Luxury Inca Trail hike also includes the chance to visit several impressive Inca ruins. And of course, the Comfort Camping and luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes are what make this Luxury Inca Trail hike so special!
We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.
General Information About Trekking with Apus Peru
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Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike
Crossing the Urubamba River, we begin our trek through typical dry forest growing prickly pear and other cactus, and the tara tree. We will walk around 3 hours (6kms) to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey. From there, another 4 km of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Huayllabamba. Then, leaving pastoral villages and farmlands behind, we will continue to Ayapata (3300mt /10,826ft), our campsite for the night.
Total Walking Distance – 14kms
Total Walking Time – 6 – 7hs
Minimum Altitude – 2,700m / 8858 ft / Maximum Altitude – 3,300m /10,826ft
Altitude of camp – 3,300m /10,826ft
Approx. night temperature: -3˚C
We will continue walking to the beautiful Inca site of Runkurakay, one of the checkpoints and the beginning of the original Royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu, known as Qhapaq Ñan. We continue on to Sayakmarka, one of the most beautiful Inca remains on our Luxury Inca trail hike and after 3hs we will reach the campsite at Chaquicocha (3600mt /11,811ft).
Total Walking Distance – 12kms
Total Walking Time – 8hs
Minimum Altitude – 3300m / 10,826ft / Maximum Altitude – 3600mt /11,811ft
Altitude of Camp – 3600mt /11,811ft
Approx night temperature: -5˚C
After feasting our eyes for a moment, we continue downhill through the forest for about 3 hours until we reach Wiñay Wayna (‘forever young’), where we will have lunch. Steps away is the Inca site of the same name, the most impressive on the trail. No matter how tired you are, talk to your guide and don’t miss out on seeing this wonder!
After our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Inti Punku, The Sun Gate (2700m / 8858ft). This will take an hour of hiking through highland jungle, along a trail of flat stones that line the cliff edge. From this fabulous spot, we may enjoy spectacular views over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu, weather permitting. From Inti Punku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Before reaching the entrance, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, as we will save Machu Picchu for tomorrow. We take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we’ll check into your hotel, before enjoying a celebratory dinner. Then it’s off to bed as we’ll have an early start tomorrow!
Total Walking Distance – 14km
Total Walking Time – 8h
Minimum Altitude – 2040m / 6692ft / Maximum Altitude – 3680m /12,073ft
If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes. For more tips on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.
And if you don’t plan on doing one of these extensions, we suggest enjoying your Machu Picchu visit in the afternoon, after the morning crowds have all but completely cleared out.
We return to Aguas Calientes by bus and then start our journey back to Cusco in the afternoon by Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. There, our driver will meet us and transfer you directly back to your hotel in Cusco. Total travel time is about 4 hours from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.