Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a Bucket List dream for many, but with so many different tours to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start.
While the common or garden 3-Day Inca Trail Tours remain the most affordable choice, they are often over-crowded, under staffed, and the food provided leaves a lot to be desired, and so they are not suitable for everyone, particularly well-travelled individuals who are looking for a little more comfort.
The extended 5-Day Inca Trail Tour is best-suited to those who are looking for a more personalised experience, and they are suitable for singles, couples and those travelling as part of a group. While slightly more expensive than the 3-day versions, these high-end tours are specifically designed to be out of sync with other departures, so you have the trails to yourself, uninterrupted views of the various Inca sites along the way, and endless ‘people free’ photo opportunities.
You also get the opportunity to overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), which is an experience in itself, and you get to visit the famous site not once, but twice! The first time you see Machu Picchu is how it was meant to be viewed from the Sun Gate above (tissues essential!), the second time you’ll see it is on an early morning tour, before the bus loads of day trippers arrive.
Weekly departures are available for 5-Day Inca Trail Tours, but you need to secure your permits as early as possible. They sell out for months in advance, and no changes or substitutions are allowed.
Finally, if you want a truly tailor-made experience, you should consider booking a Private Inca Trail Tour. Available for groups of every size, even single travellers, these bespoke tours can start on any day you choose, they can be upgraded with larger tents, sleeping cots, and even portable showers for those who simply cannot bear the thought of baby wipe baths.
They include a professional team of guides and porters who will do everything within their power to make sure your journey to the Lost City of the Incas is every bit as enjoyable as you hoped it would be, delicious homecooked foods, and the best camping spots in all Peru.
Trekking the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience, so do it in style with a Private Inca Trail Tour!