• Dates: Oct 22 - 22 2017
  • Trip Length: 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Guides: Santiago

Other Info: $82 for Huayna Picchu hike (see below)
See Special Notes below

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

Sorry, this trip has sold out, but we have space on our regular October trek. Additionally, you can book your own private trek with as few as two people.


Pick your date, gather your friends and hike the Inca Trail on a private trek! For groups of two or more.Make It Private


Hike the amazing Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on this incredible eight-day Peru Adventure.  Peru offers great civilizations, vast landscapes, and a people rich and alive in their culture and history. Peru is one of the hot spots of adventure travel, primarily because it is home to both Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. 

On this Classic Inca Trail trek, we will be walking on the exact stones that were laid down by thousands of workers, more than 500 years ago. The Classic Inca Trail is used by most trekkers in Peru and has been immortalized as a phenomenal adventure travel destination. It is a remarkable four-day hike that crosses Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters or 13,860 feet in elevation), offers stunning views of the surrounding cloud forest and peaks of the Andes Mountains, visits several isolated Incan ruins en route, and ends at the Sun Gate overlooking Machu Picchu.
The local staff, who will carry your equipment, cook your meals, and cater to your every need are amazing and help make each expedition a success. While trekking the Inca Trail, we have a staff to hiker ratio of about 1.5 to 1, with all the staff from the same village, Cachiccata, in the Sacred Valley. We sleep in tents for our three nights on the Inca Trail but our trek includes what we call luxury camping: porters carry most of your gear, your tent will be set up for you, tea, coffee and hot water will be delivered to your tent door each morning, all meals will be cooked for you, and you have use of the all-important toilet tent. This trip includes airport-to-airport service, acclimatization hikes in the Sacred Valley, a scenic train ride through the Andes, and a post-trek day in Cusco.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: We will meet you at the Cusco airport at 11 AM, or our downtown Cusco hotel at noon and head for a wonderful introductory lunch. Our destination today is the quaint village of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco, which is at 2750 meters (over 9000 feet) above sea level. We’ll spend our afternoon acclimatizing to the altitude while we hike around town for several hours and visit the archaeological remains. Ollantaytambo was an important fortified city, built to control the roads to the jungle and, according to many historians, to allow the great Incan capital to protect its people from their enemies, the Antis.  From there, we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner and perhaps our first wonderful sips of coca tea.

DAY 2: After breakfast, we shuttle to the Moray agricultural laboratory, also located in the Sacred Valley. This impressive off-the-beaten-path site…SEE FULL ITINERARY


Real People, Real Experiences – What To Expect On This Trip

As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip. Check out What To Expect On This Trip .


Special Notes

  • Because we must provide a deposit to our local outfitters, the 500 deposit for this trip is not refundable or transferable to another trip, starting seven days after you receive your tour confirmation email and we have either sent your your pre-departure documents or purchased trail passes for you.  Please strongly consider trip insurance!
  • Optional sleeping bag rental of 75 is not included.
  • You can optionally pay an additional 82 to climb up Huayna Picchu, the mountain the looms another 1000+ feet above Machu Picchu, when we are visiting the ruins. (The Peruvian government charges an extra fee for this climb.) You will climb with one of our guides and although no technical skills are necessary, the hike is only suitable for those with plenty of endurance, good balance, and no fear of heights.
  • Inca Trail passes are limited to 500 travelers and local staff each day. Passes always sell out! Please book as early as possible.

For More Information

  • See Frequently Asked Questions for this specific trip.
  • Visit our entire Inca Trail Hiking website.
  • See our special page on Machu Picchu.
  • See this Classic Inca Trail map for an overview of the hike.
  • See our General FAQs page for general tour questions.
  • INTERESTED IN JOINING US? Call us at 888.758.8687 or email us to check availability, or to ask any questions you may have regarding this trip or any other travel ideas you may be considering.
  • TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE: You can book online or by calling us at 888.758.8687. Zephyr Adventures requires a 500 deposit (payable by check or credit card) at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable by check or credit card no later than 60 days prior to the start of the trip.

  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? We will send you a confirmation email after we receive your booking, as well as a link to detailed printer-friendly pre-departure documents: arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, a packing list, an invoice, information about your trip location and guides. It will also include a link to an information form and liability waiver. We will also provide you with a link to information about travel insurance. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance because it protects you if you have an unexpected change in travel plans.  Please do not purchase airfare until you have received your pre-departure documents.

“It was a most wonderful adventure and, for me, a supreme test of physical endurance and determination. Our guide, Santiago, was a treasure.” – Jim W.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS


  • Hiking in the footsteps of an ancient culture on the Inca Trail
  • Visiting Machu Picchu, the astonishing remnant of a past civilization
  • Joining local guides and porters for a rich and diverse cultural experience

  • ACCOMMODATIONS


    Nights 1 & 2 >> Hotel Pakaritampu / Ollantaytambo

    Located 56 miles from Cusco, in the heart of the Inca’s Sacred Valley, the Pakaritampu is in an ideal location for acclimating for our trek. We love the spectacular gardens here, as well as the friendly staff that makes sure we always have plenty of warm coca tea.

    Night 6 >> El MaPi Hotel / Aguas Calientes

    The contemporary El MaPi Hotel is a comfortable landing spot after three nights on the trail, especially when you are handed a refreshing lemongrass lemonade upon arrival. It is located in the center of “Machup Picchu town” and provides a perfect base for exploring.

    Night 7 >> Costa del Sol Picoaga Hotel / Cusco

    This four-star luxury hotel was originally a mansion of the Spanish nobility. Located only two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco, it is a wonderful retreat in which to pamper ourselves after our nights on the trail!

  • Nights 3, 4 & 5 will be on the Inca Trail
  • Note: Our hotels are subject to change based on availability, but this doesn't happen very often. If it does, we always substitute a hotel of equal or better quality and will inform you of any changes prior to the trip.

  • TRAVEL DETAILS


    We will meet you at the Cusco, Peru airport (airport code CUZ) at 11 AM on the first day of the trip. If you arrive a day early, we can meet you at our Cusco hotel instead. Your return flight from Cusco should be late in the afternoon of the last day of the trip. We will provide further travel details upon booking.

    WHAT'S INCLUDED?


  • Our Peru-based guide will accompany your group the entire trip; we will also send an American-based trip leader with larger groups (over 10 people). Porters, cooks, and camp staff will accompany us on the trek itself, as well as an assistant guide if numbers warrant this.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All meals (including gratuities) from lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8 are included.
  • All ground transportation is included, including pickup at the Cusco airport if you arrive in Peru the day the trip begins.
  • All group camping equipment, including tents and sleeping pads, is included, as are permits and entry fees to hike on the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu and other ruins.
  • NOT INCLUDED Flight to and from Cusco, airport departure taxes (usually included in your flight cost), optional sleeping bag rental ($75), beverages when dining out, gratuities for your guides and trekking staff, and personal expenses.