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Inca Trail, Cusco

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One of the most famous hikes in the entire world, Inca Trail wends its way up through the jungles and mountains from Cusco to the legendary city of Machu Picchu. Stretching for 43 km (26 mi), the trail takes several days to complete and involves an intense ascent to altitudes of more than 4,200 m (13,800 ft). Trek your way along winding stone paths, some hundreds of years old, through rugged alpine valleys and cloud forests, passing ancient Inca sites along the way. At the end, you'll get to marvel at the terraces and towering peaks of Machu Picchu. However, keep in mind the restrictions placed on the trail; you must go with a registered trekking agency. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers each day and season in order to protect the environment, so be sure to book and obtain your permit far in advance to avoid disappointment, particularly during the high season. Plan your visit to Inca Trail and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cusco road trip planner .
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  • This trip was a good way to dive into the Inca culture. We had a Quechuan guide, Rosi, which made the trip extra special. Be prepared for harsh toilet situation, but please honor the environment and d...  more »
  • The most amazing thing I've ever done! I trained for it and it paid off, yes the hills/stairs were tough but not unbearable. I would do it again in a heart beat. There were even more bathrooms along t...  more »
  • My friends and I went to Peru for three weeks we put side 4 days for us to the challenge by making the classic Inca Trail, we did this great trek in October of this year and it was an absolutely fabulous experience We had the opportunity to do it with the services of Local Trekkers Peru. They were responsible to organize everything properly along the trek. Our guide, Cook and carry they took good care of us, we were treated like royalty, all the people who work for Local Trekkers Peru are very professional and are doing their job. Our guide, Luis, very knowledgeable and very experienced in the market aloft, our chef, Pedro, very professional in the kitchen, prepared delicious food every day and finally we had 10 porters, who were the main actors in this great film without them, none of this would have been possible. I really appreciate the fact that Local Trekkers Peru has made our trip a memory we will always remember, and I will definitely recommend them to all my friends, acquaintances and family.
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