Inca Trail

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Inca Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nathan H
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One of the Best Hikes of our lives.
Sep 2021
Me and my family were planning this hike for a long time, but due to the pandemic we had to postpone it. After things improved, we decided to do it this year 2021, after all we will never know if next year we will continue on this earth. The company we used was Local Trekkers Peru and we are happy we did. Alberto the manager, took care of everything, responded very quickly to our messages and organized the best adventure for us while we were in Peru. our guide was Raul, and let me tell you that Raul is a very kind person very knowledgeable about the Peruvian Andes and the Inca culture. Without him, this hike would certainly not have been possible. Our cook Timoteo and our porters they couldn't have been better. the meals of each breakfast, lunch and dinner were the best we had during our staying in Cusco. Thanks to Raul, Timoteo, our porters and a big thanks to Alberto for making this hike the best of our lives. And of course I recommend Local Trekkers Peru for those who are looking for a reliable operator of the Inca trail to MachuPicchu.
Written October 14, 2021
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Natalie D
Alpine, UT6 contributions
Perfect hiking experience!
Jun 2021 • Couples
My husband and I hiked the two day Inka trail and it was amazing! Our guide, Charly, through Trexperience had great knowledge of the history and landscape! This is the ONLY way to truly appreciate the history and Incan resiliency and rich heritage.
Written June 11, 2021
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DenisM
San Diego, CA3 contributions
Great Trek To Machu Picchu
Apr 2021
I just hiked the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Action Peru Treks and I had an amazing hiking experience from start to finish. The Inca Trail is the only way to experience the culture and the Incan history.
Written April 23, 2021
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Chelsie
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American Inka Trail leading the best Machu Picchu Trek Experience!
Dec 2020 • Couples
The Inca Trail to Sun Gate and Machu Picchu (the trek) was extraordinary and well worth the effort! American Inka Trail made it easy, fun, and enjoyable while hiking the bends and curves and stairs with a grand view of the valley the whole way. Alex was our guide, and we ended up making the best memories, especially when we reached the top of the steps to Winaywayna!
Written January 14, 2021
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Carlos
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
1 day Inca trail through the WINAYWAYNA RUINS / SUN GATE
Mar 2020
We have booked a private trek with VV Tour, it was the best decision, we had plenty of time for everything, especially for exploring Winaywayna Inca City, our guide David was the best with all his information about the Inca history.
Highlight: No matter when you arrive, the Sun Gate is a spectacular entrance to this amazing site; Machu Picchu. Then we explored Machu Picchu for ver 2 hours with our guide in the late afternoon (less crowded).
*** We do highly recommend being in shape because the hike it's challenging, especially when you HIKE the 1-day option.
Written June 3, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,384 contributions
Famous Trek
Apr 2019 • Friends
The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek. It manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud forest, sub tropical jungle and stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels.
Written March 25, 2020
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Isa F
Clayton, NC5 contributions
Worth every penny!
Mar 2020 • Couples
I absolutely LOVE Inca Rail! It has more availability in late departures and the panoramic view cart is a MUST! I would highly recommend Inca Rail over Peru Rail if you are trying to visit Machu Picchu within a day. It’s a challenging trip but so worth it!
Written March 19, 2020
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Brittany Saunders
Denver, CO4 contributions
Highly recommend the Classic 4-day Inca Trail BUT it is really hard so train and do NOT go in January
Jan 2020
We booked the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Group Hike January 22-25, 2020 with Llama Path. Please see my review of Llama Path on their page but in short, they were amazing, especially or tour guide Jose Luis "Pepe" and would highly recommend them as your tour company.

Let me begin by saying we did not have the typical Inca Trail experience. Unfortunately after summitting Dead Women's Pass on the 2nd day, a massive rock slide occurred immediately in front of us at the Pacaymayo Alto camp hitting a group of porters from another tour company, killing a man and severely injuring 2 others. After our guide and others helped the injured, we ended up hiking over the 2nd pass to the next campsite. That night a decision was made to hike to Aguas Calientes the next day via a porter trail because of more rock slides near the Sun Gate (we learned later, the trail was closed entirely due to the slides). We spent the night at a hotel on our 3rd night and saw Machu Picchu on our 4th day via bus.

All of this being said, I still would recommend doing this once in a lifetime experience. The trail and Machu Picchu were breathtaking. The people of Peru and Cusco were beautiful. However...

* I would NOT go in the rainy season, especially not in January. There are plenty of other times to go throughout the year when you do not have to hike in the rain and do not have the fear of rock slides along the trail. Yes, our hiking group was on the smaller side (7), but the threat of extreme weather and conditions is not worth it in my opinion. Really the Peruvian government should shut down the trail in January, not just February. However, according to everyone we talked to, that's not happening any time soon. I wish we would've gone in June for the Summer Solstice.

* I would train for 6 to 12 months before the hike! I was not in good shape when we booked the trip and began working out every day from October 1 through January. It still was not enough. The trail is hard. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It is a lot of up. It is a lot of down (more down actually). And all on rocks. I was the slowest in my group which luckily was ok because we were all in our early 40's but who knows who will be in your group. Try doing the "Everest" workout on a treadmill in your hiking boots (I bought the Oboz Women's Bridgers) if you can't make it out on actual hikes.

* Go 3-4 days in advance of the hike to acclimate. We are from Colorado and I could still feel the altitude the minute we landed in Cusco. We only stayed 3 nights/2 days before the hike and wish we had more. I also wish we had booked a couple days in Cusco on the backside of the hike too because (1) it was the Peruvian elections 01/25-01/26 and they were not serving alcohol (this sucked, make sure to check dates of the election when you book!) and (2) Cusco is a lovely, foodie, safe little town.

* A few other recommendations:
- Don't bring a pee funnel, you don't need it but be forewarned at least on the 2nd night our camp only had a hole for a toilet.
- Try packing cubes to help get all of your stuff into the porter bags (I also used a dry sack to stuff the packing cubes into so they didn't get wet).
- Rent or buy hiking poles, you will need them especially on the down hill (gloves also help with blistering due to the poles).
- I personally liked the blow up mattress add-on that went on top of the sleeping bad, it made for a better night's sleep.

Again, we did not have the "normal" trip but I would recommend going on the trail if you have the time to train and can go in the dry season (their winter).
Written February 7, 2020
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Jdfboston
Boston, MA145 contributions
A trip to remember
Jun 2019
Magical, breathtaking, and spiritual. You can’t doubt the existence of God, when you first see the Andes.
Written December 31, 2019
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Tom
Cusco, Peru3 contributions
Get the train if you have asthma and probably even if you don’t
Dec 2019 • Friends
I’m reviewing the 4 day, 3 night inca trail which we did in 3 days during the beginning of rainy season.

I cannot write this review without thinking about the hobbits from Fellowship of the Ring. Those little hobbits were courageous and never gave up while trekking through Middle Earth in what was a very worthy cause to save the world. However if there was a direct train to Mordor then they would be silly not to use it. Especially when time was such an issue.

This is how stupid I felt at the end of the first day of the inca trail. If you are traveling to Machu Picchu then don’t feel ashamed for getting the train. You are not cheating, you will see the exact same Machu Picchu as I did but without the hassle.

The trail itself after the first few pleasant hours either goes directly up or directly down. Both of which are not nice for different reasons. Going up gave me bad asthma due to wet weather and altitude. Going down kills your knees and the wet rocks can cause you to slip and potentially hurt yourself badly at any moment. The scenary is quite nice but you will rarely see it as you will be looking at your boots for 90% of the time so not to fall over and the last 2 days we did not see anything because of the rain clouds. The bottom line is, its not fun or certainly not my kind of fun.

This is made worse by the fact that when you do arrive at Machu Picchu mentally and physically drained you are confronted with hundreds of tourists all fresh faced with clean jeans and relaxed smiles enjoying the sites having just got off the train. They have no idea what you have been through and spoil any picture of the ancient city you try to take with their brightly coloured rain coats walking through the centre of the city.

This review would be different if trekking was the only way to visit Machu Picchu but its not. There is a comfortable train that takes you on a beautiful route in-between the mountains alongside the river. The hobbits had to do it. You don’t!

Some people have told me that I should be proud of completing the inca trail with asthma and altitude sickness. Many people probably would be but me, I just feel stupid for not getting the train and spending more time in the magical city of Cusco.

Written December 20, 2019
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