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Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca Trail

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Trip code: 
TPT
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

An iconic trek, following in the footsteps of the Peruvian Incas

Offering an unrivalled combination of history and dramatic scenery, the ancient Inca Trail winds its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, passing several crumbling fortresses before reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu. This fabled trail is specifically designed to maximise the time spent at Machu Picchu with an early morning tour of the ruins, quieter at that hour before the crowds of day trippers and other trekkers arrive. (Alternative remote Moonstone trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out).

Highlights

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of Machu Picchu
  • Climb Inca steps to the top of Dead Woman's Pass (4,200m)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive
  • Discover Cuzco with its distinct Inca-Colonial fusion architecture
  • Alternative remote Moonstone Trek available when Inca Trail permits have sold out

Key information

  • 5 nights hotels in en suite rooms, 3 nights full-service camping with dining and toilet tents
  • 4 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4200m, average 3050m
  • 7kg personal weight limit on Inca Trail
  • Travel by private bus and by train

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 5 nights en suite hotels and 3 nights full-service camping
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag (UK and Eire addresses)
  • Inflatible sleeping mat while camping

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire locally from US$20)
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Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; good paths, lots of steps

Day by day breakdown
Day 311.0km/6.0miles
Day 48.0km/4.0miles
Day 57.0km/4.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company.

On this trip, we operate a zero‐impact policy on the Inca Trail, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. Using a toilet tent at our lunch stops and in camp removes the need to dig holes at campsites, and alleviates the waste problems caused by the fixed toilet blocks. Our camp staff are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food during the trek. They are also trained and encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities. The porters we work with are not directly employed by our local partner but we work with the same communities each year; we supply uniforms, walking shoes and provide safe transport and community support for them. Our trek manager is a leading figure and consultant for the Porters' Federation, which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters in the region.

In Cuzco and Aguas Calientes there are opportunities to visit the markets and purchase local handicraft products or to sample Peruvian street food; try the Mercado San Pedro in Cuzco for local produce and the artesan market in Aguas Calientes for textiles. This helps to spread the income from tourism to the wider community. Although Machu Picchu is the highlight, Cuzco itself is awash with magnificent Spanish churches and Inca Museums ‐ your entrace fees to these historic and archaeological treasures (and the cost of your Inca Trail permit) contribute towards their preservation.

The build up of used plastic bottles is an issue the world over, particularly in countries where they cannot yet be readily recycled. Whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital not to add to the waste problem. We ask that you try not to buy bottled mineral water and use a re‐fillable bottle instead; boiled and filtered water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will purchase large water containers for you to refill your bottle from for a nominal charge.

For full details of our Responsible Tourism Policy please visit: www.exodus.co.uk/responsible‐travel

Itinerary

Cuzco
to
Cuzco
  • Day 1

    Start Cuzco (3400m); free time to explore the Inca capital.

    Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the Imperial City of the Incas, Cuzco (3,400) was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles.

    The group flights usually arrive in the mid-afternoon, giving time to wander the cobbled streets admiring the old houses, visiting its interesting museums, churches and pre-Columbian buildings, or to sit in a café and sample a coca-tea.

    It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m).

    There will be a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby this evening.

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur / Emperador (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Free day; optional Sacred Valley excursion.

    Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and Qorikancha - the Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.

    Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. Cuzco is also the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and should you wish to visit the sites, your leader can help organise an excursion, including Pisac Market (optional).

    If you fancy something more active then there are an array of other optional activities available from Cuzco, although you may wish to leave these until your return to Cuzco after the Inca Trail trek, by which time you will be fully acclimatised. These include paddle-boarding on a lake, mountain biking, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.

    In the evening you will need to pack and weigh your duffel bag ready for the Inca Trail tomorrow - remember to keep your passport somewhere accessible for the Inca Trail checkpoint.

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur / Emperador (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Start Inca Trail trek from km82; walk along Urubamba River, climb to Huayllabamba.

    Those who are doing the Moonstone Trek will join a separate transfer to the trailhead - please refer to the TPM Trip Notes (https://new.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/tpm.pdf) for your trek itinerary.

    The Classic Inca Trail is a tangential branch part of a 45,000km road network linking the whole empire to Cuzco. It was built in the 15th Century to reach Machu Picchu but was abandoned soon after the Spanish conquest. American adventurer, Hiram Bingham travelled along the trail when he came across Machu Picchu in 1911. The trail opened to the public in 1970.

    We leave Cuzco early and drive for roughly two hours to Ollantaytambo; our last chance to buy any items needed for the trek. From here we veer off the road and follow a track beside the river (45 minutes) to the start of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, commonly known as Km82. After greeting our trekking crew we show our passports at the checkpoint and begin the Inca Trail trek. The trail runs alongside the Vilcanota River beneath the impressive snowcapped Nevado Veronica, passing through cactus gardens and fields of corn until we reach the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, where we continue up a side valley to camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba.

    Full-service Camping - Huayllabamba Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4200m), then descend to Pacaymayu.

    This is the longest and most strenuous day of the trek. A long climb takes us first through an area of cloud forest to the meadows of Llulluchapampa, then over the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's) Pass, at 4215m the highest point on the trek. After quite a long, steep descent we camp in the scenic valley of the Pacamayo River (3600m).

    Full-service Camping - Pacamayo Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Over Runcuray Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.

    We start the day with an easier climb which takes us past the ruins of Runquracay and over the Runquracay Pass (3930m). From now on the Inca Trail becomes a clearly defined path made of flat boulders. We pass the ruins of Sayajmarca and suddenly enter rainforest; at one point the trail passes through an Inca tunnel. We camp at a spectacular campsite on the ridge above the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca (3680m) to benefit from the views of sunset and sunrise.

    Full-service Camping - Phuyupatamarca Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Walk down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.

    From the ridge we embark on the infamous Inca steps: a two kilometre stone staircase taking us rapidly downhill amid a panorama of overwhelming immensity, with the peaks of the Vilcabamba range above, and the river thousands of metres below. After visiting the attractive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, we have an undulating walk through cloud forest high above the river to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. From here we get our first full sight of Machu Picchu itself, with Huayna Picchu rising behind.

    Traditionally busy with groups of trekkers clamouring for photos, we plan our arrival at Inti Punku later in the day so we can enjoy unobstructed views of the magnificent ruins. Passing around the edge of the ruins, we exit the site and descend to Aguas Calientes for a well-earned rest, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night. Our trekking permits allow us one entry into the site, which we use for our tour tomorrow, but anyone wishing to visit the citadel on both days can purchase an additional entry ticket today for PEN152 (approx. US$48) - your tour leader will assist with this.

    There is usually time for an optional visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result. We will be reunited with those who have been on the Moonstone Trek at the hotel this afternoon.

    Hotel Inti Punku El Tambo (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Guided tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore further; return to Cuzco by train and road.

    In order to beat the day-trippers coming from Cuzco, we wake early this morning and catch the bus (approx. thirty minutes) up the winding road to the greatest ruin in the world; Machu Picchu. The well-preserved Inca architecture, combined with its spectacular location on a mountain spur high above the Urubamba River, makes Machu Picchu one of the world's most impressive ruins. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge.

    Once you’ve had your fill, return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train which winds its way through the beautiful Urubamba River Valley back to Ollantaytambo (approx. one and a half hours), and continue by road to Cuzco (approx. two hours).

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur / Emperador (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free day in Cuzco; optional activities available.

    Today has been left free to relax after the trek or explore Cuzco further. Again, your leader can help to arrange optional excursions and activities for you.

    Hotel Warari / Koyllur / Emperador (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Cuzco.

    For land only travellers, the trip ends in Cuzco after breakfast today. Those who are travelling on the group flights will be taken to Cuzco airport this morning to catch your overnight flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Extend Your Trip

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Cuzco)

Code: XPC

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests.The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Lake Titicaca extension

Code: XPT

Journey across the spectacular high altiplano to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable fresh water lake (3,800m). Explore its waters by boat and visit the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands, and are also known for producing fine textiles. Back on the mainland we visit the pre‐ Incan site of Sillustani, comprised of burial towers with fantastic views over the region. The Titicaca Extension is only available after your main tour as we do not recommend arriving straight into Puno due to the altitude. 

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the price of the tour. 

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink; boiled and filtered drinking water is provided on the trek and elsewhere your leader will buy large water containers for you to refill your bottle from for a nomimal charge.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably we can not guarantee that wheat/gluten free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food.

Where lunch and dinner is not included in Cuzco/Aguas Calientes we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

During the Inca Trail (or Moonstone Trek) hearty breakfasts are served and good quality cooked lunches and dinners are provided, and usually consist of soup or a starter, a main course with meat/fish and some form of carbohydrates, followed by a dessert. Some snacks between meals are also provided. Bed tea/coffee is brought to your tent each morning and juice or hot drinks are provided with all meals during the trek.

 

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate.

The coastal desert including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. The exception is January to March when the skies are clear and the temperatures rise.

In Cuzco and the Andes, April to November is the dry season; during these months the sky is generally bright and clear with strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud rolling up from the Amazon basin, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! During the dry season temperatures at night can dip to around the freezing mark (and sometimes below!).

Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the Cloud Forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged. Mist can form overnight but usually lifts as the sun rises.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco, Peru

Is this trip for you?

This is a Moderate grade trek (level 3). There are four days point-to-point walking with full porterage, reaching a maximum altitude of 4215m, average 3050m. Though not without its difficulties (in particular the ascent and descent of the first pass, known as Dead Woman's Pass!) this trek is certainly possible for anyone in a good state of health and fitness, but we would not recommend it as a beginner's trek to anyone who is totally unused to walking. If you are not a regular walker you should put in some physical preparation beforehand. The trek is also not particularly suitable for those with bad knees due to the number of steep and uneven steps, particularly on the third and fourth days of the trek. The use of trekking poles will help to reduce strain on the knees.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend two days in Cuzco (3400m) acclimatising before starting the trek.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Inca Trail Regulations

There are a number of important regulations regarding the Inca Trail that we would like to make you aware of:

  1. Spaces on the Inca Trail are on a first come, first served basis and we urge you to book as early as possible. 
  2. If you cancel your booking more than 8 weeks before departure and wish to transfer your deposit to another departure or another trip the transfer fee is £150 as we will lose the permit we have purchased. This is an amendment to our Booking Conditions. No transfers are possible within 8 weeks of departure. 
  3. Bookings can only be made if we are supplied with your full name, passport details, date of birth and nationality, exactly as per the passport you will be using to travel to Peru (this information is used to purchase your Inca Trail permit). If your passport details do not match those on your permit you will be refused entry to the Inca Trail by the local authorities. 
  4. Should the passport used to purchase your permit be lost, stolen or expire before your Inca Trail start date, you must purchase a new passport and notify Exodus immediately as we will need to apply to amend your Inca Trail permit. To do so, you must supply copies of both your old and new passports to Exodus in advance of travel and pay an administration fee of £25. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you make a copy of your passport at the time of booking and keep it somewhere safe.
  5. Please be aware that these regulations may change at any time, and Exodus is not responsible for the decisions made by Peruvian authorities.
  6. There is a possibility that the Peruvian authorities may increase the entrance fees to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and other major sights at any time. If they do so, we will inform you of this increase and the extra amount will need to be paid locally in cash in Peru.

Please Note: Whilst your departure date may be 'Guaranteed', your Inca Trail permit itself will initially be 'On Request'. If travelling within the current year we will try to purchase your permit immediately upon receiving your booking. If travelling next year, we will apply for your permit as soon as they are released for sale. In either case, in the event that we are unable to get your permit we will contact you to discuss your options. *2018 Inca Trail permits will go on sale in early October 2017 - early booking essential.*

Alternative Moonstone Trek

Once Inca Trail permits have sold out for a given date, we can no longer accept bookings for the classic Inca Trail trek. However, we can offer an equally spectacular alternative trek (not requiring a permit) in its place. The remote high altitude Moonstone Trek takes in a number of recently discovered Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites and there are practically no other tourists along the route.

If selected, the Moonstone Trek will replace days 3 to 6 of the standard land only itinerary. The maximum altitude on the Moonstone Trek is 4625m (higher than that of the classic Inca Trail) and the route is slightly more strenuous. Therefore we class it as a Moderate/Challenging trek (level 4).

Day 3 Trek past ruins and hamlets to the village of Chillipawa.
Day 4 Up the Accoccosa Pass and onto the high pampas.
Day 5 Continue along a narrow canyon and Incan aqueduct before crossing over to the Inca quarry of Canchiqata.
Day 6 Descend to Ollantaytambo where the trek ends; catch train to Aguas Calientes and re-join the rest of the group.

Please request our special Moonstone Trek trip notes (code TPM) for more details: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/tripnotes/tpm.pdf

Depending on the split of the group between the Inca Trail and Moonstone Trek, you may find small group sizes on the Moonstone Trek. Please ask your Sales Consultant if you would like to know how many people are booked on each.

Whilst the Moonstone Trek can also be booked preferentially while Inca Trail permitts are still available, a small group supplement may apply. 

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. All of our Cuzco hotels are small and locally-owned with en suite bathrooms and breakfast facilities. All are located within walking distance of the central Plaza de Armas. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, the trains might be heard from some rooms.

The Inca Trail (and Moonstone trek) is on a full-service camping basis with full porterage, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your day pack. There is a separate dining tent for meal times, as well as a toilet tent for use both in camp and during lunch stops. On the Inca Trail we stay in organised campsites which are administered by the Regional Cultural Directorate, whilst on the Moonstone Trek we use wild campsites.

 We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation (including tents) can be arranged for a supplement from £225, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2017
    Sarah Skinner

    Inca trek, a must for anyone who enjoys trekking.

    A seasoned Exodus traveller, this holiday was the best so far! The trek was brilliantly organised, walking over 4 days, we arrived to see an almost empty Machiu Picchu. Our guide Reny was fabulous, and had a great knowledge of the trek and the Inca history. The group had a fantastic atmosphere. I would highly recommend this trek to all it was hard work but really really worth it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the Sun gate after 4 days walking and the monkey steps!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Reny was fantastic, he ensured a group atmosphere. As someone who had done the trek a few hundred times he really knew the way, and was so supportative when the it was tough. As well he had a fantastic knowledge of the Inca history.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sign up and do it, it is really worth it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Smile for sun!
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Mark Booty

    Machu Picchu

    A fantasic trip with some great sites of historic interest and great views.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Machu Picchu from the Sun gate.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was helpful and knew a lot about the area and its history.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Altiude sickness and a lot of walking involved.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Daisy Teoh

    Experience of a Lifetime

    The Inca Trail tour was the perfect organized group. We had 6 people in our group and 1 guide. It was the perfect number. Not too many, not too few. I originally picked the trip because of the itinerary; I liked that you had 2 opportunities to see Machu Picchu. That's a definite advantage. The first afternoon, when we arrived, it was cloudy and became more and more cloudy. But the 2nd day when we went back, it was a perfect blue sky day. The weather is always changing. The Trip Notes are accurate that you just have to dress in layers and be prepared to constantly remove and add layers. The hike is not easy. If anything, I might rate it a little more difficult. It's also hard to prepare for, especially if you live at sea level. The hike is a challenge for someone who exercises regularly, but our guide was very accommodating and gave us breaks as much as we needed. Still, we were always on schedule with where we needed to be. The altitude and lack of oxygen was probably the most difficult part. But it was all so worth it. And it feels great to accomplish something that you know you worked hard for.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't pick just one moment. Every moment was special. Every moment you looked up (from focusing on the stones in the path), it was awe-inspiring.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The best par of the experience was our guide. Frank went above and beyond to not just take care of us show us a good time, but he really took interest in each of us individually. He genuinely enjoyed taking us on an adventure. It wasn't just a job for him. He took us into his life, his background, his culture of the Sacred Valley. He took us back to what it was like in the time of the Inca's. He didn't just lecture us on history, he relived their beliefs and ways of living, and he used the trail, the ruins, the flora, the fauna, the landscape to take us to another world. And then, he was just plain fun. He sang and danced, he was always full of energy. He simply knew how to have a good time, and his enthusiasm was infectious. He ensured we each had an experience of a lifetime.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be open to new experiences. Eat whatever is put in front of you. Bring lots of layers. Be prepared to take them off and on constantly. Drink lots of water. Sun screen and bug spray. Just keep applying, over and over.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Peter Rogers

    Fantastic Inca Trail

    This is a fantastic trip, it was well organised from start to finish, some of us were a day late arriving in Cuzco due a disruptive passenger having to be taking off the flight in an unscheduled stop, but the staff in London were really good at rearranging flights and keeping up to date with what was going on by email. Julio, the guide, was on hand at the hotel when we arrived to give us a tour of Cuzco in his own time, as we missed it the previous day. what made this trip really special was the other people on the trip, they were very friendly, and gave me lots of encouragement when walking up dead woman's pass, I found the walks very hard, but with help and lot of encouragement from Julio i made it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the trip was inspirational, the views were great, especial walking the cloud forest. but the highlight was arriving at the sun gate to over look Machu Picchu in the brilliant sunshine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Julio was a great leader, this was my 7th trip with exodus, and all my guides have been good, but Julio was a cut above the rest, he was friendly, easy going and nothing was to much trouble for him, and I don't think I would of finished the trek without his help and encouragement. His knowledge of the Incas and the Inca trail was excellent, I would also like to thank him for the football match that was played between the trekkers and staff, that was played at 3900m, it was great entertainment and every body enjoyed it. I would also like to thanks Rosa, the assistant guide, as I was slower than the rest of the group, i was normally at the back, it was nice to have Rosa to keep me company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it !!! its a great week, but be prepared, I found it very hard with the heat and the altitude, but saying that I really enjoyed the trip

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would like to say a big thank you to the porters and the chief, The porters did a great job carrying all the equipment, they were always cheerful and very friendly, without all their hard work this trip would not be possible, I would also like to thank the chief and assistant chief for the fantastic food the produced with such basic cooking equipment.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Linda Joyce

    The Inca Trail - Amazing.

    I did The Inca Trail trip as a solo traveller and cannot recommend it enough! Our group, expertly managed by our Tour Leader Dennis and his second in command Javier, enjoyed everything this trip had to offer. From sightseeing and sampling wonderful local cuisine around Cusco to following the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it was awe-inspiring each step of the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's a tough question as there are jaw dropping sights at every turn. For me, the first nights' camping. Coming out of my tent and looking up to a stargazers paradise. Ink black sky with millions of stars. Breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dennis was amazing. 10/10. He is a magician with multiple hats: tour guide to doctor, food enthusiast to mentor, photographer to comedian.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it now. Do your research and bring proper attire. You will be walking 6-7 hours per day so make sure you have comfy and durable boots that you have worn it. I travelled in August and it was cold at night so layer up. Bring a full change of clothes for going out for dinner (if you can fit in your bag) for the night in Machu Picchu town.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just book it.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Allison Legge

    Wonderful and magical adventure with Exodus

    We did the Inca Trail trip with the optional Amazon extension. The whole trip start to finish was professionally managed by insightful and knowledgeable guides - the excellent Julio and Shandy. The rest of our group were lovely and we enjoyed their company on the trip immensely. The trail is reasonably hard for an experienced hiker because of the altitude but we were all encouraged by the guides to walk at our own pace which really made the trek up dead woman's pass a fun and enjoyable experience with a guide always behind us as a back marker never hurrying us. All the guidance received about the day ahead and advise on the trek from both guides was spot on they made our trip trouble free and a real adventure. The chef and porters were amazing hard working people and made the trip feel like luxury. Anyone wondering about whether to book this trip should just go ahead and book it! You won't regret it! You need to be 'half fit' for the hike to enjoy it and make the most of it. I cycled 15km 3 times a week and a longer ride once a week of about 50km and found that enough to make the hiking enjoyable and not too hard. The Amazon extension was very good and we enjoyed it. Coming from South Africa and being people who have been on safari several times meant that we were slightly under whelmed by the wildlife but all the same enjoyed the experience of being in the jungle.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day 2 hike up Dead woman's pace with my partner and friend was wonderful. Walking at our own pace, stopping to enjoy the view and each other's company was special and made possible by Julio and Shandy who quietly walked behind us never hurrying us. A wonderful day in a fantastic trip. Thank you!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Julio and Shandy were superb. Real professionals that dealt with all manner of issues quietly and professionally.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book this trip!! Peru is fantastic and an unexpected delight. We loved Lima too it's well worth 2 or 3 days before you arrive in Cusco to see the sights and enjoy the fab restaurants.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Many thanks for an adventure of a lifetime would do it all again at the drop of a hat!!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Jennifer Alexander

    Book This Trip Now!

    What an amazing trip! I cannot thank the Exodus team enough. This really exceeded my expectations every Inca step of the way. The tour guide was amazing, the porter team could not have looked after us better, and the whole experience was fantastic. The trek is tough, but so rewarding. Getting to the top of dead woman's pass on day two made me feel like Superwoman! The country of Peru is so beautiful that the views brought tears to my eyes. I cannot recommend this trip enough - just book it and see!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing up the steps to the Sun Gate to see the first view of Machu Picchu made us all cry in awe.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dennis was outstanding! He was supportive, knowledgable, and felt like an old friend- I can't thank him enough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the notes! Walking at high altitude is tough so you need to prepare properly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would do this again in an instant! It was amazing.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Aled Wright

    Inca Trail

    The whole experience from beginning to the end was amazing. The experience was also made all the better having a guide like Mike Gamarra. His knowledge and passion for the Inca Trail and its history was unquestionable. He also brought us all closer as a group, and also made us all, including the chaskis, feel like a family. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking through the rain to finally reach the sun gate for the sun to come out just as we had our first sight of Machu Pichu

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mike Gamarra was a perfect guide. Made us all feel like a family. His knowledge and passion rubbed off on us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it, you won't regret it.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Bryony Cork

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    My first trek and first Exodus holiday and it couldn't have been better!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping above the cloud forest

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant! Tomas had so much knowledge of the area and history of the Inkas. He made everyday something different and couldn't do enough to help
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Judith Irwin

    Inca Trail and Amazon extension

    We did the 4 day Inca Trail and then the Amazon extension. Everything was very well organised and the trip was well explained. It was an amazing adventure from start to finish, and a real insight into the culture and history of Peru.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Actually completing the Inca Trail, I found it so hard in places, and should of been fitter. But if I can do it, anyone can, and the encouragement from our guide just kept me going, It isn,t about reaching Macchu Picchu, but the journey. The feeling you get when you reach the Sun Gate is so emotional. As for the Amazon trip, its completely different, back to nature with a lot of wonderful trips to do through the day and in the dark.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide was Wilbert Ramos, he was inspirational, passionate and a true gentleman. He encouraged me so much on the trail, I was the slowest, but it did not matter. Wilbert walked with me , sometimes only managing a few steps at a time, but I did it!!! Wilbert is so spiritual and takes mother earth very seriously, we should all take a leaf out of his book. He also arranged lovely meals out for our group, and told us so many interesting things about the Incas. Our other guide was Abel, he was truly amazing to, being only 28 , he was so passionate about his surroundings and protecting their history and traditions, It was very emotional saying goodbye to them both. Also the porters, never stop!!! almost running the trail to put up your tents, and the cooks, I have no idea how they do it, but I have never had such delicious food, 5 star restaurant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just to book and do it, you will have an amazing time and meet lovely people and have fantastic memories. I could not fault exodus and would definitely book with them again.You are so well looked after.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    JUST A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!!!! I would like to nominate our guide Wilbert Ramos as best guide. they are all heros.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Inca Trail Permits: An Inca Trail permit is required to walk the Inca Trail. These are strictly limited and are highly sought after, therefore we strongly recommend booking at least 6-8 months in advance to avoid disappointment. 2018 Inca Trail permits are now on sale so don’t delay! On dates where Inca Trail permits have sold out we can offer the spectacular remote Moonstone Trek in its place – please enquire for details.

 

Inca Trail Permit Status: Whilst your departure date may be 'Guaranteed', your Inca Trail permit itself will initially be 'On Request'. Inca Trail permits are strictly limited and are only released one year at a time. We cannot reserve or pre-purchase them. If travelling within the current year we will try to purchase your permit immediately upon receiving your booking. If travelling next year, we will apply for your permit as soon as they are released for sale. In either case, in the event that we are unable to get your permit, we will contact you to discuss your options.

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