The Inca Trail
is South America’s most iconic trek, following in the footsteps of the ancient civilisation that created Machu Picchu, from the old Inca capital of Cuzco through the Sacred Valley to the ‘lost city’ itself. Arriving at the citadel from the Inca Trail is one of the world’s best travel experiences, and there’s nothing quite like watching the mist lift over Machu Picchu as you pass through the Sun Gate, revealing the ruined terraces below.
Our three-night Inca Trail trek stays in quieter campsites away from the crowds, supporting local communities by employing porters from surrounding villages who have grown up walking the trails and tending the farms that surround the area. Using privileged local knowledge and the highest standards of safety our trek is one of the best in the business, but if you need more convincing take a look at our six reasons to trek the Inca Trail with Explore
1. Local knowledge
The porters on our Inca Trail trek come from the village of Misminay, located just an hour from Cusco, so they know the area like the back of their hand. We’ve been trekking the Inca Trail since 1983 and we know the best campsites to use and how to avoid the crowds, so you get the best experience from your trek.
2. Safety comes first
Our Explore Leaders receive yearly training on safety procedures and mountain first aid to keep you safe on the trek, as well as training on how to care for the environment. Our trips are designed so that you can gradually adjust to the altitude, and our guides carry satellite phones in case of an emergency.
3. Quality of operation
We work with experienced local operators who provide the best equipment in the business, including comfortable tents to keep you warm and dry whatever the weather. Our Inca Trail porters are experienced and capable, and are on hand to erect tents and cook amazing meals while you take in the scenery.
4. Delicious camp cooking
Just because you’re trekking doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Each day your cooks will prepare three delicious meals using locally-farmed vegetables, plus snacks and hot drinks, which will provide you with the energy you need for your trek.
5. Supporting the local community
We work with the community to support the families of Misminay and Anccoto villages, including vaccination campaigns and a nursery school; we also purchase the vegetables that they farm, offering them an additional source of revenue and allowing you the chance to taste locally produced food. We abide by the strict Inca Trail guidelines that regulate their working conditions, the care of the Trail and the surrounding communities.
6. Included permit
Only 200 people per day are granted access to the Inca Trail with issued permits. Our Inca Trail trek includes your permit, which is purchased for you at the time of booking so you don’t need to worry about obtaining one. Book your trip before Wednesday 27th September 2017 and you’ll receive a FREE PERMIT, saving you £125 off the cost of your trip. But hurry – permits sell out fast.