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Book your 2020 Inca Trail tour while permits are still available! On all Southern Crossings tours airport transfers, domestic flights and entrances to sites are included.

Next date with permits available: 4 day Inca trail - March 2nd 2020. 2 day Inca Trail options available almost every day 2020

Next open date with full moon: March 9th, 2020


Active Inca Trail

7 days, 4 trekking: US$2150 per person
All entrances, camping gear and porters included

It’s the classic Inca Trail experience with an extra day in the Cuzco area to acclimate and participate in your choice of an outdoor activity: biking, whitewater rafting or horseback riding. Why hike the Inca Trail with us? Our guides are the best in the business, with an excellent knowledge of the trail, the Incas, the flora and fauna, and excellent English to go along with it. The cooks we use are also top-notch, serving up delicious food the entire way. All you’ve got to do is hike the trail and enjoy the incredible sights and vistas unfolding before you.

Day 1: Arrive into Cusco. Included city and ruins tour today.

Day 2: Choose your own multisport activity! Details below.

Day 3-6: Inca Trail / Machu Picchu.

Day 7: Transfer to Cusco airport or train station.


Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cusco anytime today and private transfer to your hotel from the airport or bus station. After checking into your hotel, we set out to explore the incredible capital of the Inca Empire. We head to the picturesque Plaza de Armas to the fascinating cathedral to see the colonial influence in the city, and we can admire the stunning architecture of the church and also the native influences subtly woven in into the artwork. Onwards to Coricancha church, where the colonial and Incan architectures are on display side-by-side directly contrasted with each other. Afterwards we make our way above the city to the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuaman where we can marvel at the incredible stonework and architecture of the Inca civilization. We head back to Cuzco in the late afternoon.

Day 2

One more day to acclimate before hiking the Inca Trail, and you’ve got your choice of how you’d like to spend it! 1. Mountain biking and off-road excitement, culture and spectacular scenery. On this route, situated less than an hour away from Cuzco, we will visit the impressive terraces of Moray (Inca agricultural experimentation area) and the Maras Salt Pans. Today we’ll not only cycle up and downhill through defined paths, but we will feel the excitement of following very fast and fun downhill single tracks towards the Sacred Valley. 2. Whitewater rafting the Vilcanota River: We will be navigating class III and IV rapids through the Yaucat Canyon on the Vilcanota River, which was the Incas most sacred. Lunch on the banks of the river, then return by car in the early afternoon to Cusco. 3. Horseback ride to the ruins above Cusco: A more relaxed option as we follow old trails to Tambomachay, an Inca water shrine, and Puka Pukara, an Inca fort, in the beautiful countryside above Cusco. This is a half day excursion, leaving you in the main square with time to shop or stroll in the afternoon. 4. If you’d just like a free day, then what you’re looking for is our Classic Inca Trail econo tour.

Day 3

Early this morning we start walking the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu! A morning drive brings us to Piscacucho kilometer 82, start of the world-famous Inca Trail trek. Our first day is an easy one to get acclimated, as we gently climb through Andean valleys to the village of Huayllabamba, making our first camp just above it. Along the entire trek we are well taken care of by our team of porters and cooks, freeing us up to fully enjoy the Inca sites and vistas unfolding before us. Parakeets, bromeliads and the major Inca site of Llactapata are some of today’s highlights. Tonight, we camp at Wayllabamba.

Distance to hike 10 km/6m
Estimated hike time 5-7 hrs.
Min altitude 2,680m/8,790ft
Max altitude 3,000m/10,824ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 4

Up and up to Dead Woman’s Pass (Warmiwañusqa) as we pass through several ecological zones and microclimates to the highest point on the Inca Trail. Near the top of the world at 4200 meters (14,000 ft.) the air is thin, but the view is not to be believed. We then continue on to Pacaymayo, tonight’s campsite. On the way we will see more archaeological sites along the trail.

Distance to hike 10 km/6m
Estimated hike time 5-7 hrs.
Min altitude 3,000m/9,840ft
Max altitude 4,200m/13,880ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 5

Today we continue trekking past three of the most beautiful Inca sites anywhere in Peru: Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñaywayna. We camp at Wiñaywayna or nearby.

Distance to hike 15km/9m.
Estimated hike time 6-8 hrs.
Min altitude 2,700m/8,856ft
Max altitude 3,750m/12,300ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.
Tonight we camp under the Andean sky.

Day 6

A pre-dawn departure brings us to the Gate of the Sun to watch the first rays of sunlight strike the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Known as one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world, this historic sanctuary is considered one of the seven man made wonders of the world. After a guided Machu Picchu tour, take your time and enjoy this magnificent place. During peak visiting hours (10-2), try a hike on one of the surrounding Inca trails on Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the late afternoon we’ll catch a train back to a hot shower and the other comforts of Cusco. Add an extra night and day at Machu Picchu to your itinerary if you wish.

Distance to hike 8 km/5m
plus the distance you hike at Machu Picchu.
Estimated hike time 5-7 hrs.
Min altitude 2,400m/7,872ft
Max altitude 2,700km/8,856ft
Everyone may hike at their own pace.

Day 7

Transfer to the Cusco airport or bus station included anytime today. If you would like to add a Lima city tour or transfer, please let us know.

Is this trip for me?

Active Inca Econoclass tour is a seven-day tour which includes walking around ruins and during city tours. It also includes an Inca Trail trek including moderate hiking at high altitudes. As always, a certain patience is required for the inconsistencies and occasional delays of developing-world travel.

Joining the tour

On all Southern Crossings tours, you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard), who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being swindled by airport taxis.

What’s included in the trip

  • Private airport pickup at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guide
  • All other internal transport (excluding transport to optional restaurants, bars, sights and excursions)
  • Three nights of 2-star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping (while hiking the Inca Trail)
  • Four-day Inca Trail hike – including bilingual guide, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat
  • One of the multisport activities listed on Day 2 of the itinerary above
  • Three breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while on the Inca Trail
  • Breakfasts with every hotel stay
  • The Cuzco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cusco
  • Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, return train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary including Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Group Cusco City Tour
  • 24-hour customer support line while on tour

What’s not included

International flight to/from Lima, domestic flights to/from Cusco, no services in Lima, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips while on optional excursions and other items of a personal nature. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings, cancellation insurance is advisable.

Extra accommodation

We will gladly arrange additional accommodation for you before or after your trip, just ask.

Extra activities

Add extra activities such as river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, zip lining, surfing and free days to your custom itinerary. Ask about these options and we’d be happy to add them to your quote. If you have any special requests or interests like birding, cooking or crafting that you would like to explore please let us know!

Accommodation Upgrades

This tour includes 2-star hotels. We would be happy to give you an upgrade to three-, four- or five-star. We can then work it into your custom itinerary.

Single Person Supplement

A single person supplement will be added to your quote if you plan to travel alone.

Pre-trip planner

Required documents

All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

Required immunizations

No immunizations are required of travelers to these areas of Peru. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. No areas visited on this trip are malaria or yellow fever zones. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

Things to bring

During our trek, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds/7 kilos of personal items which will be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, etc. During the day you’ll be using your daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer for changing weather conditions. Of course, most people also carry a camera.

One should come prepared for outdoor activity. A recommended list of things to bring:

  • Passport and, if necessary, visa
  • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
  • Airline ticket and Travel Insurance Policy
  • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
  • Wearable pouch for documents and money
  • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
  • Smaller, comfortable day pack
  • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Sun hat
  • Hat for cold weather
  • Warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
  • Gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
  • Swimsuit for hot springs
  • Camelbak or Nalgene refillable bottle
  • Flashlight and/or head lamp
  • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
  • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
  • Lip balm
  • Earplugs
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
  • Camera / Camera batteries
  • Reading material
  • Toiletries

It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please make sure to bring used batteries back home to recycle!


Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared for temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

Cuzco: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Cuzco.
Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
Inca Trail: variable depending on altitude, from hot to very cold, with rain always a possibility.
Machu Picchu: lower and warmer than Cuzco, with rain possible all year round.


For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 23 kilos (50 lbs.) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.

Money guide

The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best, but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it unchangeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$4-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30.  Currency Converter

Note: if your passport number changes, it is important to notify us immediately. If you are hiking the Inca Trail, you must bring at least a copy of the passport with which we procured your Inca Trail Permit.