What to expect on an Inca Trail trek
The Inca Trail is one of the most scenic and well-known treks in the world. It's a challenging walk at times but our porters will help carry the load and will cook you delicious food each evening of the hike. Hike the trail with us and you'll be in a small group with other like-minded travellers who will share the exhilarating experiences and take in the breathtaking views with you.
The rush of adrenaline you get as you near the Sun Gate on the last day will make the hike completely worth it. Then, when all the hard work is done, you descend down and the majestic Machu Picchu starts to appear through a layer of clouds - a truly magical experience.
Our Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tours are small group tours, with average group sizes of 10-16. No matter if you're travelling solo or with a friend or partner you'll have other like-minded travellers in your group to share the experience with. You'll also have an Explore leader with expert local knowledge plus a team of porters and cooks to aid you on your hike. The porters will carry your main luggage so you only need to carry a daysack while you walk, and they will set up the campsites and cook your meals.
Where is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is in Peru, South America. Most travellers fly into Cusco, a city towards the south of Peru. Cusco sits at 3,400 metres above sea level so is a good place to spend some time to acclimatise.
What is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is the ruins of a citadel (a fortified town or city) set high in the Andes Mountains. It was built by the Incas in the 15th century and later abandoned, possibly due to the Spanish colonisation of other Inca cities in Peru. It's believed that the huge stones and rocks used to build the site were pushed up the steep mountain side by hundreds of men. The city was largely forgotten to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911.