Inca Trail and Festival of the Sun
Cusco, Peru 8 nights from £1,999

Inca Trail and Festival of the Sun

Experience the Festival of the Sun with grandstand tickets at the famous lost city of Machu Picchu, after trekking the Inca Trail - the original pilgrimage route to this UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • 4 days trekking

Highlights

Festival of the Sun

Festival of the Sun

Experience the incredible Festival of the Sun in Cuzco.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Take a guided tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

Breaktaking mountainscapes

Breaktaking mountainscapes

Enjoy the sublime views of the High Andes.

Overview

The most well-known of all the trekking routes to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is the original pilgrimage route to this most sacred temple and is by far the most popular route.

The trip begins in Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incan empire. As well as having the opportunity to soak up the local culture, these first two days will also help your body to acclimatise before you begin the trek itself.

Starting at the Kilometre 82 gate (so called because it is 82km from Cuzco by train) the trek to Machu Picchu provides the ultimate combination of mountain scenery and archaeological sites. Trekking through diverse environments including cloud forest, jungle and alpine tundra, there is also the opportunity to visit many Inca ruins along the way, including Runcuracay, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna.

Trek for four days, crossing Dead Woman's Pass at 4200 metres on the second day, before arriving at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate early on the final day.

This Festival Of The Sun departure includes an extra nights accommodation in Cuzco after your trek, transport and guide for the festival and grandstand tickets so you don't miss a thing!

Route Highlights

  • Festival of the Sun

    A fitting end to an incredible trek, experience the vibrant Festival of the Sun in Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital.

  • Machu Picchu

    Take a guided tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu.

  • High altitude hiking

    Navigate high altitude mountain passes, on an unforgettable journey through the high Andes.

  • Mountain
  • Newcomers
  • Forest
  • Average fitness
  • Solo
  • Groups
  • Couples

Degree of Difficulty

  • Considered a difficult challenge, the Salkantay trek offers a greater degree of difficulty than the Inca Trail.
  • A good level of fitness is required to complete the long days of trekking on consecutive days.
  • Altitude plays a significant part in the difficulty of this challenge, reaching heights as high as 4650m above sea level. 

Accommodation on the trek

  • Accommodation in Cuzco is in a comfortable hotel in the city. 
  • During the trek, accommodation will be in the form of camping using high altitude mountain tents. 
  • Meals are taken in a separate mess tent, which can be used as a communal area in the evenings. 

Eating and drinking

  • Special menus have been designed to ensure that the demands of trekking at altitude are covered by appealing, healthy meals with ample provision for energy.
  • Breakfast is a hearty affair, with ample offerings and tea and coffee.
  • A hot lunch is prepared freshly each day.
  • Following each day of trekking, an afternoon tea is served with snacks and hot drinks to replenish calories.
  • Evening meals consist of three courses, offering hearty starters and a main course with fresh vegetables and carbs such as rice, pasta or potatoes. 
  • Water is boiled and filtered each morning to fill bottles for hiking. It's a good idea to bring purification tablets, but this isn't essential.
  • Coca tea is available on the trek, which is commonly drunk to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness. 

Season

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

  • Transfers

Meeting point

Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
Av. Velasco Astete
Cusco
08006
Peru

Getting to Cuzco

  • Fly to Cuzco International Airport in Peru (CUZ)
  • It is usual that flights from Europe will need to connect through Lima. Lima is serviced by KLM, BA and Iberia from UK Airports, with connections in Amsterdam with KLM or Madrid with Iberia. 
  • From Lima, domestic flights to Cuzco are provided by LATAM, Avianca, Star Peru or Peruvian Air. LATAM are the preferred option due to the capability of their planes to land in foggy conditions. 

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Bus
  • Minibus

Festival of the Sun Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival in Cuzco

    Fly to Cuzco to meet with a representative before taking a taxi to the hotel.

  • Day 2 | Acclimatisation Day

    Spend the day in Cuzco to assist with acclimatisation. Take a half day walking tour of the city in the morning with the afternoon free to relax or explore independently. Pre-trek briefing in the evening. 

  • Day 3 | Cuzco to Salkantaypampa

    Take a transfer to the start point of the trek, passing through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta on the way. The trek beings in Soraypampa, meeting with the arrieros. Hike to Humantay Lake at the base of the Humantay Glacier, before ascending to the campsite at Salkantaypampa.

  • Day 4 | Salkantaypampa to Collpapampa

    Climb to the highest point of the trek at the Salkantay Pass at 4600m to enjoy sensational views. Further hiking through spectacular scenery before arriving at the lunch site at Huayraqmachay. A long afternoon descent to the campsite at Collpapampa.

  • Day 5 | Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

    Follow the trail downhill for up to six hours, passing through the jungle at Ceja de Selva where there are coffee, coca and fruit plantations. Reach the campsite at Lucmabamba  for lunch. The campsite is within a coffee plantation, so there is time to explore the facilities and taste some of the local coffee in the afternoon, with an optional trip to the hot springs in Cocalmayo.

  • Day 6 | Lucmabamba to Agua Calientes

    A morning hike to the archelogical site of Llactapata, offering views of Machu Picchu, before a two hour hike to take lunch by the hydro-electric station. Further walking after lunch to Agua Calientes and the hotel.

  • Day 7 | Machu Picchu

    Take the bus to Machu Picchu to take a guided tour around the site. Optional climb of Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind Machu Picchu. Afternoon bus to Agua Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo, to take a final transfer to the hotel in Cuzco.

  • Day 8 | Inti Raymi Festival

    The festivities begin at Koricancha, the square in front of the Santo Domingo church that was built over the ancient Temple of the Sun. With the arrival of representatives from the four suyos of the Inca Empire (Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu y Chinchaysuyu), the Sapa Inca opens the festivities with invoking praise to the sun god – Inti. Sapa Inca is carried in procession with his Queen through Cuzco, accompanied by musicians, dancers, high priests, officials of the court. From there, it's onwards to the Plaza de Armas where a ceremonial reading of the sacred coca leaf takes place. While the royal entourage proceeds on foot to the archaeological site Sacsayhuman, travel by private vehicle, arriving in plenty of time to take reserved seats in the grandstand before the main ceremony continues. The highlight of the Inti Raymi is in the oration given by the Sapa Inca and the high priest in the original language of the Incas, Quechua. After the festival, take a transfer to the hotel in Cuzco. The festivities continue into the evening, with live concerts staged in the Plaza de Armas.

  • Day 9 | Departure

    Transfer to the airport to start the journey home.

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Meals
  • Transfers

Included

  • Hotel accommodation before and after the trek
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfer to and from the trek start point
  • Inca Trail permit, Machu Picchu entry and camping fees
  • A fully supported trek
  • All meals and drinking water on the trek
  • A private portable toilet
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable insulated sleeping mat
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Guide and transport for the Festival of the Sun
  • Grandstand tickets for the Festival of the Sun

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips for guides and crew
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (must be insured specifically for treks up to 4500m)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Snacks on the trek
  • Meals and drinks not on the trek
  • Additional hotel nights before or after your adventure

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic bottle free

This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.

Central to this is

  • Caring for the crew
  • Caring for the local environment
  • Caring for the local communities

All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.

This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.

Key values of this trip

  • Leave nothing behind
  • We’re the visitors, let’s be respectful at all times
  • Deliver a breathtaking experience
  • Let’s benefit local communities and environments

Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.

Porters and crew

All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.

Friends of Conservation

Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

Travellers Against Plastic

This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL

Access to this route is restricted by permits to 500 people per day, which includes all the guides and porters. All permits go on sale in October and dates in the high season sell out on the first day. The earlier you can book your trek, the better chance we have of securing your permit.

Costs

Deposit

£399.80

Price per person (inc deposit)

£1999.00

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was my second adventure with this company. Felipe was a wonderful guide. His love for the mountains is evident and his knowledge of the area and all the sites is second to none. The food was amazing and chef Francisco made sure that my food allergies were considered at all times. | Kristi

They thought of everything. I felt well taken care of before, during and after the trek. Our guide Elio was superb and seemed to know what each individual on the trek needed at every point. Our chef Tani and his assistant Nacalio were absolutely amazing. Their meals were jaw-dropping in taste and presentation. I can't imagine how they made it all happen in a makeshift tent kitchen. The porters are truly angels on earth and the most hard-working people I have ever met. If this is on your bucket list - just go! | Tina

Enquiries & bookings

If you have any questions or would like to check availability or make a booking, please provide a few details about you, your group size and any preferred dates. A member of the team will then get back to you or you can go ahead and book online.