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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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  • May 19th, 2019, an unforgettable day when I got my feet on long dreamed Inca Trail. Our tour guide Andrew and his team provided our group of 4 a wonderful support, we are still grateful these days...  more »
  • My family and i hiked the Inca Trail 4 days with Local Trekkers Peru, the last december. we planned this trip, about a year ago, and doing our calculations, the only date we could do it was in...  more »
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