The Inca Trail
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- Explore Cuzco in full detail
- Follow the Inca Trail
- Visit the breathtaking Machu Picchu
- Camp under Peru's starry night sky
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- CharleneWritten on August 9, 20184.5 - ExcellentThe level of patience and motivation Marcia showed everyone during the tour was amazing. The horsemen and the chef and spud chef prepared unbelievable meals throughout.Show detailed ratings
- AnonymousWritten on November 13, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn excellently run trip with lots of time to acclimatise. Be under no illusions day 2 climbing up the steps to the top of Dead Womans pass is a killer, but so worth it when you get a glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun GateWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many.Â the group waiting for me to finally get to the top of Dead Womans pass before us all taking the final step together.Â The first glimps of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.Â Sitting quietly imagining what it would have been like all that time.Â Camping on what felt like the top of the world.What did you think of your group leader?He was great, very knowledgeable and helpfulDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Â Take walking poles, they are invaluable and can be picked up fairly inexpensively.Â A saviour for tired legs and really helpful for all the down hill walking.Is there anything else you would like to add?Without a doubt, the hardest but best experiences of my life.Â
- AnonymousWritten on October 23, 20135.0 - ExcellentWhen you look at the fantastic views that can take your breath away , then you walk round a corner and there is one even better ;) time after time corner after corner .What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Meeting the Sherpas , getting to know them by their smiles , they are warm hearted exceptional people with a super human strength and stamina .What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader , Holger or Olly as we came to know him by. Is a very kind and understanding person, that understood each individual Trekkers needs , he has a methodical walking pace to suit all abilities. Thank you for all your help Olly .Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Best buy was a Poncho, buy one there then pass on to a SherpaIs there anything else you would like to add?Olly even sorted out a birthday cake to be made for me on the trail, this was a "UNFORGETTABLE "moment for me , thank you for making this happen.
- AnonymousWritten on October 10, 20135.0 - ExcellentQuite simply the best holiday I’ve ever been on. Being a solo first time exodus traveller I was nervous before I left, but that feeling quickly disappeared on arrival at Cusco. The group were fantastic and we bonded together quickly. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The journey along the trail was amazing.Â I havenâ€™t got the words to begin to describe the views....you need to book NOW and see for yourself! The second day up to dead womans pass was hard, but I loved every minute of it.Â Felt such a sence of achievement when I got to the top.Â Of course the emotional arrival at the sungate....we were all smelly, dirty and must have looked a sight standing next to the day trippers in their flip flops and white shirts....but we earnt that view!What did you think of your group leader?Rene was fabulous, extremely knowledgeable and very proud of his country.Â He always had a smile on his face and would make sure we did too!Â Carols was also fantastic and supportive.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take wet wipes for the trek.Â I didnâ€™t need them myself but I would recommend blister plasters. Â Take warm clothes for the night on the mountain including wooly hat! Take full advantage of your time in Cusco, explore the old town and have a few Pisco sours! Â Take a good camera with lots of spare batteries.Â I took quite a few movies which capture so much more than a photo and have been great to watch back.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?The whole trip was fantastic, I wouldnâ€™t have changed anything! The smile that started and the friends I made on arrival at Cusco will stay with me forever.You can do this trek.....Slow and steady wins the race!!Â
- AnonymousWritten on October 10, 20135.0 - ExcellentQuite simply the best holiday I
- AnonymousWritten on October 7, 20135.0 - ExcellentA well rounded trek needing an average fitness. Breaks where well spaced out and the pace can be to your own time. Spectacular scenery, and very interesting ruins.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Sun Gate, brought tears to my eyes.What did you think of your group leader?Absolutley fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable, sense of humour, aproachable. Her vocabulary was good.Kept us informed all the time of what would happen next.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?I would do it all again tomorrow.
- AnonymousWritten on September 30, 20135.0 - ExcellentEasy to write, but probably the best trip I have ever done. A great travelling adventure, combining the culture of Cusco, the Inca Trail and Macchu Picchu, the trekking and camping in the cloud forest and rain forest, with the sociability of the group.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?More than a few. Â Flying over the Andes from Lima to Cusco and seeing the mountains and the snow. Experiencing the Inca civilization in its different forms along the trial. Â Travelling up river by boat through the Amazon and hearing the sounds of the rain forest.What did you think of your group leader?Rene, our group leader, was very knowledgeable and organised. Â Being from the Inca tradition, he knew the history of the culture and what purpose the Inca builings were created for. Â He understood the spiritual nature of the journey on the trail (the Inca oneness with the mountains). He also co-ordinated the logistical exercise of organising the camp and the porters along the way very competently.Equally, I really appreciated Erik's understanding of the rainforest, his uncaany ability to spot the wildlife and know how the plants could be used as traditional medicines.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To get to Cusco and then the rain forest, be prepared for quite a lot of travelling, but it is worth it.Read the trip notes, as there are weight allowances on the Inca Trail and to break items down again in going to the rain forest to a light day pack.Take a spare set of clothes to change into at the rain forest lodge, ever if you are encouraged to travel light.Have the recommended vaccinations and anti malarial tablets.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?I would love to go back to Peru. Â There is a lot more Inca trail, other than the famous route. Â It would be great to go to Cusco again, but take a different route.
- AnonymousWritten on September 19, 20135.0 - ExcellentAmazing experience taking every ounce of energy and determination. The porters and support staff were inspiring. A real sense of achievement when reaching the Sun Gate and the view over Machupicchu unforgetable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the ancient Inca paths through the Andes and reaching Machupicchu was magical.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Rene Huaman was fantastic, knowledgeable, supportive andÂ with a heart of gold. Also Carlos the assistant leader was amazing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take comfortable walking boots and a good camera.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hardest thing I have ever done but the greatest sense of achievement. Would recommend it to all.
- AnonymousWritten on September 4, 20135.0 - ExcellentI was quite nervous in the days leading up to the trip as it was a complete change in holiday experience for me. The organisation of the holiday and the support given by Exodus certainly helped as did reading comments from others going on the same trip in the Departure Lounge forum on the Exodus site.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Once we arrived in Cusco at the start of our trip we were very well looked after and the Trek itself was amazing ,two of the highlights being climbing to theÂ highest point of our mountain ridge campsite at dawn to watch the sunrise and coming through the Sun gate at the top of Machu Picchu to behold the amazing Inca settlementWhat did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Fabrizzio was a lovely guy , nothing was too much trouble ,his English was amazing and he was so good to one of our party who was too ill to do the trek.The assistant guides were also lovely with a great sense of humour and some of the girls in our group wanted to bring Edwin home with us. His knowledge of flora and fauna was great as this part of the trek interested us a lot.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My best tip is to buy a plastic poncho in the sacred valley at the start of the trek as we used ours a lot and took great 'rainbow' photos with all of our group in rainbow order of colours.It was very cold at night so thermals were invaluable and a 3/4 seasons sleeping bag.Is there anything else you would like to add?Bonding with your group is very important especially as quite a few of our group were solo travellers and we had a great time enjoying many a laugh after a hard day's trek
- AnonymousWritten on September 4, 20134.0 - GoodI loved this trip and so did my family - I travelled with my husband and two sons aged 17 and 19. We all enjoy walking and are pretty fit but still found oursleves huffing on the uphills so felt like we had really achieved something special. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting up ridiculously early to see a sunrise that didn't seem like it wanted to appear, then suddenly did so. The mountain tops peeked through the mist and cloud and set us up for a great final day of the trek.Having pretty much exclusive access to many deserted Inca sites on the way that Machu Picchu could almost have been a disappointment. It wasn't of course!What did you think of your group leader?Fabricio seemed very laid back - almost too relaxed at first - but actually had everything under control and was very knowledgable about the Incas and the natural features, especially the plants of the cloud forest. He was joined by Edwin as assistant leader on the trek and he was brilliant - setting a really good pace for the group and always having an extra bit of information up his sleeve.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The weather can change within minutes and it rained a lot - even in the supposed dry season - so buying one of the cheap coloured ponchos was essential (we made a rainbow group). Lots of warm clothes for the evening and a good hat.Is there anything else you would like to add?Try not to worry about the toilets!
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- Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the Inca capital.
- Day 2: Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion.
- Day 3: The Classic Inca Trail: Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.
- Day 4: The Classic Inca Trail: Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m), then descend to Pacaymayu.
- Day 5: The Classic Inca Trail: Over Runquracay Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.
- Day 6: The Classic Inca Trail: Walk down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
- Day 7: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore further; return to Cuzco by train and road.
- Day 8: Free day in Cuzco; optional activities available.
- Day 9: End Cuzco.
AccommodationRated Average by past passengers
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
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- Start and end in Cuzco.
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Covering a total distance of approx 256 km.
- Cuzco (Peru)
- 13 km
- Pisac (Peru)
- 65 km
- Llactapata (Peru)
- 41 km
- Huayllabamba (Peru)
- 45 km
- Llulluchapampa (Peru)
- 9 km
- Winay Wayna (Peru)
- 4 km
- Aguas Calientes (Peru)
- 8 km
- Machu Picchu (Peru)
- 26 km
- Ollantaytambo (Peru)
- 44 km
- Cuzco (Peru)
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