8 Day Great Inca Trail Expedition
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the Lima airport you will be greeted by a SA representative before walking across the street to your Lima hotel, Costa del Sol.
Day 2 - Lima to Huaraz
In the morning, you will just need to walk back across the street to check in for your flight to Huaraz, the gateway to the Qhapaq Ñan. Upon arrival in Huaraz, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide and driver and escorted to your Huaraz hotel. After settling in, enjoy an afternoon tour of the city.
Day 3 - The Great Inca Trail – Castillo to Soledad de Tambo
Heading out early from your Huaraz hotel, you will be driven to the small town of Castillo, where you will begin the trek. You will climb three hours along the Inca Trail towards Soledad de Tambo, where you will arrive in time for lunch. This Inca “Tambo” will also be your camp for the evening, allowing you to explore the Inca ruins and speak with the archeologists on site about their exciting new discoveries.
Day 4 - The Great Inca Trail –Soledad de Tambo - Quenuajirca
Departing one Inca Tambo, you will follow a section of the Qhapaq Ñan that reaches fifty feet in width, with stunning views of high Andean peaks. After climbing to the 15,000-foot pass at Wagapunta for most of the morning, you will arrive to camp at Quenuajirca by the afternoon. You will visit the master weaver, Juan Araujo to learn about his work and life on The Great Inca Trail.
Day 5 - The Great Inca Trail – Quenuajirca to Tambo Grande
After descending to the small town of Ayash, you will start your climb to the high Andean puna at Huamanin. The Great Inca Trail then goes along the Taparaco river basin to Tambo Grande. You will camp under a sky that will illuminate the Milky Way and surrounding stars, allowing you to understand how the Inca’s Cosmic vision defined their society and religion.
Day 6 - The Great Inca Trail – Tambo Grande to Isco
Continuing down the Great Inca Trail that runs along the Taparaco river, you will experience one of the most impressive sections of Inca road anywhere in the Empire. It’s a day where nature and Inca engineering turn your walk into a mystical experience that immerses you in an Andean world that very few people ever experience. You will arrive to San Lorenzo de Isco by early afternoon, in time for lunch and afternoon tea.
Day 7 - The Great Inca Trail – Isco to Huanuco Pampa
After arriving at Colpa, where the Taparaco and Vizcarra collide, in the late morning you will climb to Huánuco Pampa. This important Inca administrative center boasts thousands of constructions, an impressive Ushnu and is an excellent example of imperial Inca architecture. After a two-hour tour of the site, you will go by private vehicle back to Huaraz to relax before your departure the following day.
Day 8 - Huaraz to Lima
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Huaraz airport for your flight to Lima.
Walk five days on one of the greatest and most important roads in pre-industrial man, the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road system that connected the entire Inca empire. You will hike through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Andes mountains to see for yourself how this road is alive, evolving, and ready to be discovered.
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail
- Four days of privately guided trekking on The Great Inca Trail in remote Andes
- Personalized support for maximum camping comfort
- Fresh mountain air and stunning landscapes
8 Day Tour from $3,490 per person
- 3 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance
- 4 nights on privately guided Great Inca Trail Trek
- All camping gear and nutritious meals, snacks and water
- Upgraded thermarest sleeping mats & sleeping bags
- Private portable bathroom to supplement camp-site restrooms
- Porter assistance to carry up your personal belongings
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
- All taxes
7 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, 2 nights in Cuzco
Travel along the final portion of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as the Incas did hundreds of years ago. This shorter version of the Inca Trail is a great option for families and those with time constraints.
8 Day Inca Trail Choquechaca to Machu Picchu Trek
1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town
This trek developed by the SA Expeditions takes you through the remote Andes Mountains along old less traveled Inca routes to Machu Picchu. You will experience not only native forests, lost ruins and glacier clad peaks, but you will also learn and understand what life is like for the indigenous cultures of the region, spending an evening with the families of your porters and guides in route.