Embark on the best Luxury Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu, following the route as the Classic Inca Trail but with an exclusive luxury service, finest camping equipment, gourmet Peruvian food, drinks, and massage sessions at each campsite.

Trek details

Duration
4 days 3 nights
Activities
Glamping - Hiking - Adventure
Difficulty
Challenging
Maximum Altitude
4,200m - 13,779ft
Destination
Machu Picchu
Group Size
16
Overview

The Luxury Inca trail is the finest trek we have in Peru. Travel to the most amazing places for four days with the finest equipment, top qualified Tour Guides, best Chefs, massage on the mountains, hot showers, porters, and all the necessary equipment to offer you the best experience on this spectacular trek to Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Luxury Camping Equipment (Comfortable tents, cots, hot water showers)
  • Inca massage sessions and hot showers at every campsite
  • Enjoy the best of Peruvian Cuisine prepared by our trekking chefs
  • Board the exclusive panoramic Trains to return
  • Travel with a private elite trekking team
  • Support our Social projects while traveling

Luxury Inca Trail at a Glance

Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Huayllabamba:

Depart from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. and drive to Km 82, the Inca Trail's beginning. The first day is considered the training day, hiking 12 kilometers in 6 hours until Huayllabamba (3000 m / 9842 ft). Drinks, massage sessions, and hot showers are available.

Day 2: Huayllabamba - Dead Women's Pass - Pacaymayo

 Wake up at 6:00 a.m. and prepare for the most demanding and challenging day. After breakfast, ascend 6 hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or Dead Womanss Pass (4,200m/13,779ft). Then, descend for 2 hours to the second campsite located at Pacaymayo (3,600m/11,811ft)

Day 3: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca

After breakfast, start another 8-hour hike to the last campsite at Phuyupatamarca (the city in the clouds). You'll conquer the mountain of Runquraqay pass (3,950m / 13,113 ft) and visit several Inca Sites (Runquraqay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarca, Phuyupatamarca)

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Wake up early, and hike the last stretch of the Inca Trail for 4 hours to Sun Gate. Explore the best of Machu Picchu, have lunch in Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, and board the Panoramic Vistadome Train and private van back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel at 8:30 p.m.

Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Huayllabamba

We'll start from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 a.m., travel to Ollantaytambo, where we will enjoy breakfast, and drive to Km 82, the beginning of the Inca Trail. After meeting the team of porters, chefs, and guides, you'll begin with a gentle 4-hour hike to the Inca ruins of Llactapata (2,600m/8,531ft), a beautiful Inca site on the Urubamba's left side. Lunch prepared by the chef, using local organic products, carefully choose to provide an Inca Trail with a food tour. After lunch, you'll hike for another 2 hours following the Cusichaca River until Huayllabamba. In this small farming village, you will spend the first night in your comfortable tents with air mattresses, comfortable sleeping bags, and hot showers available.

  • Full-service camping
  • Meals: snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Distance: (12 km - 6h)
Day 2: Huayllabamba - Dead Women's Pass - Pacaymayo

Wake up in your tent with a cup of coffee and start packing for the most challenging day. After breakfast, you'll begin to ascend through the dense vegetation of the cloud forest for 4-hours up to the lunch spot at Llullucchapampa at 3008m (12467ft). Fed and reenergized, you'll start the part of the climbing for 2-more hours up to Warmiwañusta or Dead Woman's Pass (4,200m/13,779ft) and then another 2 hours downhill to the second campsite located at Pacaymayo (3,600m/11,811ft).

  • Full-service camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Distance: (10 km - 8h)
Day 3: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna

After Breakfast, you'll start hiking the second mountain pass, Runquraqay, at 3,950m (13,113 ft). Along the way, you'll visit a beautiful archeological site with, after some time, enjoying the view of the mountain. You'll start descending into the Cloud forest. Lunch is located on a beautiful mountain top called  Phuyupatamarca, the "city above the clouds." 3,650m (11,972 ft), from this point, you'll be able to see Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) and several archeological sites located in the last part of the Inca Trail. The Campsite is Wiñaywayna (2,644m/8,675ft), located just 2 -hours from Machu Picchu.

  • Full-service camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Distance: (16 km - 8h)
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Sungate - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Wake up early in your tent and start packing for the final stretch of the Inca Trail. After breakfast at the campsite, you'll hike the final stretch to the Inca to Machu Picchu. Along the way, you will pass through the sun gate, where you will get the first glimpse of this incredible Incan Citadel. After exploring the citadel, you will have lunch in Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge and take the bus down to Aguas Calientes; later in the afternoon, you'll take the Vistadome exclusive Panoramic train back to your hotel. Drop off at your hotel at 9:30 pm, where the Luxury Inca Trail ends.

  • Full-service camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch
  • Distance: (6 km - 2h)

Included:

  • Orientation meeting the day before the tour day
  • Pick up from your hotel and private transportation to km 82
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Peruvian gourmet food prepared by your trekking chef
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (wine, pisco, champagne, and beer)
  • Towels, bath, pillows, amenities
  • Comfortable camping equipment (tents, cots, private toilets)
  • Portable ecological solar showers
  • Warm massage tent
  • Inca Massage session every night
  • Comfortable sleeping bags
  • Trekking chef and sous chef
  • Porters to carry food and equipment
  • Personal porter to carry up to 20 kilos of your stuff
  • Entrance tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Duffle bag for your stuff, souvenir t-shirt
  • Drinkable water, warm water to wash
  • Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Vistadome Panoramic Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank, satellite phones, short wave radios

Not Included

  • International or domestic flights
  • First Breakfast, last day dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
FAQs

What is the Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an upscale version of the classic Inca Trail trek in Peru. It offers a more comfortable and exclusive experience for travelers, with amenities such as high-quality accommodations, gourmet meals, professional guides, and additional services to ensure a memorable journey to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

How long is the Luxury Inca Trail trek?

The Luxury Inca Trail trek typically takes 4 to 5 days, covering approximately 26 miles (42 km) of the ancient Inca pathway. The exact duration and distance may vary depending on the specific itinerary and the trekking company you choose.

What accommodations are available on the Luxury Inca Trail?

 On the Luxury Inca Trail, trekkers can expect high-quality accommodations, ranging from luxury lodges and eco-camps to upscale glamping tents. These accommodations often feature comfortable beds, private bathrooms, hot showers, and gourmet meals prepared by professional chefs.

What is the best time of year to hike the Luxury Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the Luxury Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During this period, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and warmer temperatures. However, the busiest months are June, July, and August, so if you prefer a less crowded experience, consider trekking during the shoulder months of April, May, September, and early October.

How difficult is the Luxury Inca Trail trek?

The Luxury Inca Trail trek is considered moderately difficult due to its high altitude, steep ascents and descents, and the varying terrain. However, the luxury version of the trek may feel easier compared to the classic Inca Trail, as the upscale amenities and services provide additional comfort and support for trekkers.

Do I need a permit for the Luxury Inca Trail?

 Yes, a permit is required for all trekkers on the Inca Trail, including the luxury version. The Peruvian government limits the number of permits issued per day to help protect the trail and its surroundings. It is essential to book your trek well in advance, as permits can sell out months ahead of time, especially during the peak season.

What should I pack for the Luxury Inca Trail trek?

While packing for the Luxury Inca Trail trek, consider bringing the following items:

  • Sturdy hiking boots}
  • Comfortable and moisture-wicking clothing (layers for varying temperatures)
  • A warm jacket and rain gear
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • A reusable water bottle and water purification tablets or a filter
  • Personal medications and a small first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Camera and extra batteries or a power bank
  • A daypack to carry your essentials