The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (also known as Camino Inca) is located in the Andes mountain range in Southern Peru. This epic trek, widely recognized as one of the top 10 in the world, passes through clouds forests and alpine tundras with spectacular scenery. Hikers will have an opportunity to see Incan ruins and settlements. The trail terminates at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, a sacred citadel for the Inca civilization. This World Heritage site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Hiking & Trekking


14km / 8 miles

Permit required

2,720 m / 8,900ft

2 Days


This trip introduces you to the best aspects of the Inca Trail, moving at a fairly brisk pace so you can enjoy it all. As you hike, moving through tropical forest to cloud forest, you will see flora including orchids, Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree) and a variety of animals. You will also learn about the history of the Incan people from our expert guides. Four days later, you will have walked 26 miles (45 km) and crossed passes as high as 4,200m. The highlight, of course, is when you reach the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Day 1

Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

This unforgettable 4 day adventure trip to Macchu Picchu begins with pick up from your Hotel at 7:00 am. From there we head towards the sacred valley of the Incas; along the way enjoying spectacular scenery and picturesque villages. After a short break in Ollantaytambo we will continue driving for approximately 1 hour. We will arrive at the Abra Malaga mountain, the starting point of the downhill biking. After safety tips and preparations by our professional tour guides we will descend for 3 hrs., passing through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams, stopping briefly in the town Huamanmarca (Inca ruins) and continuing on to our final destination of the day (Santa Maria) where we will have a delicious lunch. After lunch we will take a short rest and then prepare for an exciting rafting excursion down the Vilcanota river. The rapid level varies depending on the time of year, but never exceeds Level IV nor drops below Level II (No previous experience required).After our return, you can rest and recuperate or explore the beautiful town of Santa Maria. We will have dinner as a group and then be spending the night in hostel accommodations.
Day 2

Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

We will begin early in the morning after a hearty breakfast, climbing up the jungle Mountains (Not high Altitude); this also will include a section of the authentic Inca trail. This climb provides beautiful landscapes, local culture, animals, coffee and coca plantations, various native fruits such as: bananas, avocados, pineapples & passion fruit. We will stop for lunch in the town of Quellomayo where we will also have time to relax in a lovely garden area with hammocks. We will continue on in our journey crossing the Urubamba river and winding our day down once we reach the town of Santa Teresa for some much needed rest and relaxation after our nearly 16 km day trek. Here you can take an optional trip to the hot springs (additional 5 soles). We will have dinner as a group and then retire to our hostel accommodations for the night.
Day 3

Santa Terea - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will take a thrilling adventure flying through the air, 150 meters above the ground. This adventure includes 5 zip-lines on some of the highest, fastest and safest zip lines out there! Adventurers are securely harnessed and attached by pulley to the double cable anchored in 2 different mountains and canyon. You will zip line from one mountain to the other fast enough to feel like you are flying. There are 2,500 meters of cable in five sections. The longest section is 600m long and the highest is 180m high. The maximum speed reachable is 70km/h. You can chose to fly them straight or show off the dare devil within by diving head first or upside down…be creative! After our thrilling morning, we will drive to Hydroelectric, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will continue our journey, walking near the train rail to get to Machupiccu town (Aguas Calientes). We will have dinner and stay our last night in a hostel, at the foot of the great Machupicchu.
Day 4

Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave at 4:30 am to hike to Machu Picchu (one and a half hours) in order to arrive in time to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. Your guide will provide a two and a half hour walking tour of this lost city; shedding light issues pertaining to the design of their housing and family living situations. After your guided walking tour you have the choice to continue exploring, or chose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (additional $10 USD) to gain an even better panoramic view of the entire area (this is an extra 45 minute walk and with limited availability, please arrange this when you book the tour with the office). We will return back by foot to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the train to Ollantaytambo and then be picked up and bussed back to Cusco.


At the agreed time we will visit  to your Hotel.  Your briefing is usually programmed one day before your program and usually in the evening. However  If your program starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.


All of our guides have studied English and Tourism at Cusco National University. They have all grown up in the region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip with us.










Every SPE guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single SPE tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. Every guide is also equipted with a sateliette phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect anywhere in the world in case of an emergency. For an extra cost, these can be used for personal calls as well.


During your trek, all transportation is included. This includes a pick up from your hotel to the trail head to begin your hike. The train to and from Aguas Calientes, the town located below Machu Picchu, is also included. Our train tickets are expedition class, but upon request can be upgraded to the Vistadome train car for $75 extra per person. Also part of your transportation is a round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. After you take the train back from Aguas Calientes, our private bus will bring you back to where it all began, Cusco.

Price per person (minimum 2 people)



















Group Services:

You’ll be joining a group of other trekkers like you coming from different parts of the world, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends. Our Group Services have set departure dates. We apply the 4 –10 range price when we open a group We need 4 persons to open one group In case you are less number of persons and there is no any group open we will apply the price according to the number of persons. Please ask for group price.

Private Services: 

These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.



Southern Peru Explorers operate all our own treks! Often times other companies, especially those offering daily departures, are just an intermediary. They instead send you on your trek with a 3rd party company. We take pride in operating all the treks we sell ourselves, allowing us to uphold the high tour standards we promise, minimize miscommunications, and give you personalized attention you deserve.

Southern Peru Explorers treat our staff like family! Peruvian Porter Law and Regulation dictates minimum standards and wages for porters. We give not only porters but all our staff a wage that exceeds the minimum wage and the average wages paid by most tour companies. Our porters, chefs, wranglers, and guides are all given supplies for the treks including ample food, sleeping bags, all weather clothing, boots, and back support. We also guarantee that our staff have a minimum number of treks per month and that their wage does not change throughout the year, providing them with stable income which helps relieve some of the uncertainties that can arise when working with other tour agencies during low season.

Southern Peru Explorers has great guides! We have a core team of guides that are specifically chosen for each group we book. They are trained, are able to speak English, and are very charismatic. We are constantly receiving feedback from our previous guests to make sure our guide team stays strong and providing quality service to our clientele. For every 12 people on a trek, we provide one guide, ensuring that each guest receives personal treatment and you don’t feel lost in the crowd. While other guides may take 16+ people, we limit our groups to 12 people to make sure your experience is unique to you. Upon request we also have guides that speak a multitude of languages including French, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Furthermore, we have guides that specialize in specific knowledge including ornithology, history, archaeology, and other plants and animals.

Southern Peru Explorers prides ourselves on our equipment! We choose quality brands for our tents, sleeping pads, and water filters. This equipment is checked for quality before each trek and renewed yearly making sure every trekker is comfortable and safe.

Southern Peru Explorers cooks up delicious meals! On our treks we provide not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also snacks and a break for tea. These are customizable around allergies or other special diets including vegetarian, vegan, Atkins, Gluten-free, etc. at no extra cost. Each of our meals is cooked by our chefs from quality natural ingredients from the area. We do not bring pre-packaged junk food nor do we serve generic bland dishes. Our chefs, trained with HACCP hygiene practices, will bring you safe, healthy, and delicious meals throughout your trek.

Southern Peru Explorers cares about the environment. On our all treks throughout the region we strive to be little to no impact. We train our staff to uphold our environmental expectations and our leave only footprints policy.

Southern Peru Explorers operates lawfully. There are many tour operators who do not declare all of their sales or alter their earnings to avoid paying certain taxes. However, here at Southern Peru Explorers we pay our 19% IGV, consumption tax, as well as the 30% tax due from all income.

Southern Peru Explorers has satisfied customers. From our testimonials and reviews you can see that our clients leave content and with wonderful memories. We have been operating for years proving our consistence and reliability in the services we provide.

While other tour companies over deep discounts for the same trek, this does not mean that they offer the same service as us. While price is always a deciding factor in one’s decision, please take into account the vast amount of differences between our agencies and others. By supporting responsible tour companies, you are promoting the preservation of the land you are touring and helping rather than hurting local communities and business.



Availability for all alternative treks is directly associated with spaces available through us, Southern Peru Explorers and the tickets for the attractions you wish to visit. All you need to do is make inquire or a booking with you information and the experience you which tour or trek you which to experience.

How to make an Inquiry

Simply click on the ‘Contact’ tab on our website. This will lead you to an inquiry form. If you are wanting more information or are unsure about something all you have to do is input your name and contact and send us a message. We usually reply within 48hours and will be happy to help you.

How to make a Booking

Once you have decided on your adventure then head over to ‘Book Now’ tab. This will provide you with a booking form, you will be asked for your details and information. This will directly alert us to your booking and after payment/deposit reserve your spaces on the trek or tour you wish to attend. After receiving this we will send you an email with your next steps so we can obtain details about all the members of the party, book any tickets required on your behalf and sent you all the information you will need for you trek. Please note we can only reserve you places with our trek and not of that of other sites and attractions until we have all personal information. After this it is in our hands and you can sit back and relax. The dates entered on the booking form are the ones you which to attend the trek. If these dates are flexible or unsure please just note that in the additional comments. You must also make sure you are here at the very least a day before your trek to both become accustomed to the altitude and to attend our briefing.

Note: We do not conduct briefings over the weekend so if your trek is commencing on a Monday then you would need to be here on Friday for your briefing.

Personal details needed to make a booking

  • Contact Email of lead participant
  • Name of lead participant
  • Passport number of lead participant
  • -Country of nationality (If mixed within the group, please you nationality of lead participant)
  • Numbers attending (Adults and Children)
  • How you wish to pay (This will not automatically create payment)

How to pay

After submitting your booking form, you will receive an email correspondence with all information attached. This will include information on how to pay depending on your preference. We either require the full amount to be paid or a 50% deposit. We must have at least your deposit before booking other attraction tickets such as Machu Picchu. The balance must be paid at least 48 hours before the trek start date.

The difference between a private and a group booking

Opting for a private tour or trek lets us know you wish for no others to attend on the same trip as you. Although, there is a minimum of people required for each trek. This is a great option if the experience if a gift, for a special occasion or you want a personal guide. Opting for a group trek means you will have other travellers come along the experience with you. This is great if you are a solo traveller, like meeting others or would like to keep the cost down. No matter what we are still a luxury and private tour company which keeps small group numbers for a personable and intimate experience.

Machu Picchu Entrance tickets

If Machu Picchu is included in your tour or you have requested and organised this with us prior, then we will handle the booking and obtaining of your tickets. You shall be presented with these at the briefing. However, we do need accurate personal information for each person wishing to attend in order to book this. The ticket encompasses to Machu Picchu

Note: There may be an extra charge if this is a special request and not originally included in your tour.

Alternative tours that include Machu Picchu

Salkantay 5D

Ausangate 5D

Inka Jungle 4D

Rainbow Mountain 2D

Choquequirao 5D

Choquequirao 7D

Lares Trek 5D

Manu Park (All)

Tambopata (All)

Additional requests or experiences

Southern Peru Explorers want you to have the best experience you can have and as such are willing to tailor the treks to add in additional requests or experiences. Some of these need to be booked ahead of time more than than others. Detailed information on all these options can be found within our ‘Tour info’ tab. After finding your preference please send us an inquiry form to ask about availability within different treks. Options include:


Machu Picchu__________________________________Use of our glamping tents

Huayna Picchu_________________________________Alcoholic drinks

Machu Picchu Mountain__________________________Photography tours

Expedition or vistadome train______________________Upgrading hotels

Note: If these are not already included within your tour they will incur an extra fee.

Bus tickets & Transportation

If Machu Picchu is something that you are visiting and Southern Peru has organised that for you, it will also include your bus. All treks arrive to cloud forest in different places and times so this will determine whether your bus ticket is one or two ways. Information can be found at ‘Info Machu Picchu’.

Changes and cancelation to bookings


With regards to chanaces with alternative treks we will do our best to modify your booking with regards to numbers, dates etc. If you request a minor change that does not greatly affect the travel itinerary, we will not charge you an additional fee. However, if there have been external tickets booked such as, peru rail trains, entrance tickets, these will not be able to be reimbursed or changed.


Your 50% deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

If you have already paid us in full for your trip and have alerted us to your cancellation via email within 30 days we will refund you 50% of the total of the balance minus any incursions we have sustained due to booking additional tickets.

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Booking Procedures

After placing your reservation, please read the terms and conditions below so you are informed of the state of your booking. Once your reservation has been confirmed by Southern Peru Explorers in writing and a deposit has been received, a contract has been entered with the following conditions:

Payment / Deposit

Once you have placed your reservation the applied deposit per person is required to hold your space. This money cannot be refunded in the case of client cancellations. The remaining balance of your chosen trip must be prior to the date given to you by your booking agent. 

Cancellation by Southern Peru Explorers

We, Southern Peru Explorers, maintain our right to cancel any trip due to any of the following events: 

Payment not received from client prior to the deadline given by the booking agent. If this occurs, the client does not have the right to request for a deposit refund. 

Inability to operate tour due to extenuating circumstances including but not limited to: extreme weather, technical issues, over-booking or closing of accommodations, protests, government or tourism bodies’ decisions. When these situations occur, Southern Peru Explorers will try to their best ability to conserve the original travel plans. Yet if these cannot be upheld, Southern Peru Explorers will be required to alter the amount of time spent in a destination or omit part of the travel package to maintain safety of our passengers. In these circumstances, no refunds will be given including visa costs, medical costs, airplane tickets, etc. However, Southern Peru Explorers will propose alternatives to the original travel arrangements with all additional costs being paid by the clients. 

Alterations by the Client

The price of alternations depends on the scope of the alternation requested. For minor changes that do not alter the travel itinerary greatly, no additional fees will be charged. Large requests that require significant communication, new or additional tickets or entrance fees, or cancelations will solicit additional charges at the client’s expense. If these alternations have been requested after the start date of the tour, Southern Peru Explorers will work to our best ability to grant these changes, however there is no guarantee that these alternations can be implemented. 

Cancellation by the Client

If our clients choose to cancel a tour, they must submit their cancelation in writing to Southern Peru Explorers. With the cancelation of any of our tours, the deposit will not be refunded. Additionally, Southern Peru Explorers is not liable to refund any money lost for food, accommodation, or tours not used or any cancelation fees. However, if you state the reason for your cancellation, your personal insurance policy may cover some or your expenses. 

For Cancellation by Client of Custom Programs

For clients who have booked a customized tour, if the cancelation is received in writing over 60 days before your departure date, the client will receive 50% money back received in writing 30 – 20 days before the departure date, clients will be required to pay  80 % of the program price. If the written cancelation is received less than 30 days from the departure date, clients are obligated to pay 100% of their program price. 

Acceptance of Risk

Southern Peru Explorers strives to put clients in authentic environments to show them the true landscape of the country. Therefore, there is an element of risk or exposure to hazards innate in some of our itineraries. The client is responsible that by booking a tour they encounter the possibility of physical or emotional injuries, paralysis, death, or damage to their property.  The client is responsible to understand that these risks cannot be avoided without completely altering the authenticity of the tour, therefore accepting them as part of the tour they have booked. The client is also responsible to be aware of their physical and emotional health and assess their ability to take on these risks before booking their tour with Southern Peru Explorers.  As a result of the clauses listed above, Southern Peru Explorers is absolved of all responsibility or costs linked to accidents or injuries that affect client’s health during their trip. 

Authority During the Tour

Throughout the duration of the tour, the guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers will have the final say on all issues that pose the risk of endangering the health or safety of any or all members of the tour group. Furthermore, the client must adhere to the laws, drug regulations, and customs of Peru. If the client refuses to comply with any of the following conditions or poses a threat themselves to the safety and well-being of the group as a whole, the guide or representation of Southern Peru Explorers has the right to remove the offending client from the tour without the possibility of a refund.  

Travel Documents

Each individual traveler is responsible for securing proper identification during before departing. Proper identification for trips operated by Southern Peru Explorers is a legal passport with more than 6-month validity and authorized visa to travel in the country. While Southern Peru Explorers may make suggestions or advise on visas, vaccinations, packing requirements, etc. These suggestions and advice are given in good faith and are not the responsibility of the company. 

Third Party Outlets and Outside Circumstances

Southern Peru explorers is not responsible for any damages or losses if the contract has been broken by the client, a third party outside of those booked by the company, or from extenuating and unforeseeable circumstances outside of the company’s ability to control. While the company will work to minimize any effects of actions outside of their control, Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for these matters which can include but are not limited to visa refusal, closed boarders, political issues (strikes, war, government mandates etc), extreme weather, delayed flights, or mechanical failures. As a result of these unforeseeable circumstances, the client assumes extra costs required to rebook, avoid, or ensure client safety. 

While Southern Peru Explorers operates a majority of the services booked in the tours, ourselves, we also book flight tickets, accommodations, and certain experiences through outside companies. Southern Peru Explorers vets these organizations to maintain our high standards, yet we these companies are independent of our organization and we cannot accept responsibility for any negligence of these outside companies. Furthermore, Southern Peru Explorers cannot be held liable for any damages/ loses of property or injuries/ death to clients due to airline companies, transportation companies, accommodations, or any other third party booked by the company. Additionally, any cancelations, delays, inconvenience, distress or frustrations both physical and emotional due to these outside companies are not the responsibility of Southern Peru Explorers. In the event of the cancelation by a third party organization of a service sold to our company, Southern Peru Explorers will refund money paid by the participant for that service, but accepts no liability beyond this. While traveling with the airline booked, conditions and rules of this airline apply and Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for any money lost or additional consequences as a result of delays, cancelations, missed connections, etc. 

Claims and Complaints

Any complaints regarding the company or tour must be addressed first to the tour guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers to allow ample time to try to fix the issues. If the issues have not been addressed, clients are responsible to give complaints in writing to Southern Peru Explorers within seven days of the final day of your tour. Complaints will be exclusively addressed in Cusco, Peru under the jurisdiction of Peruvian Law. 

Damage claims against Southern Peru Explorers are limited to the value of the item and are not to exceed the price of the tour booked. However, Southern Peru Explorers does not accept liability for any accidental or inadvertent losses including loss of profits. 

While Southern Peru Explorers takes responsibility for representations the company makes, these do not include 

Representations made by others including but not limited to employees of the company or travel agents acting independently of the company. 

Booking and payment for reservations on any Southern Peru Explorers tours or excursions includes implied consent to all of the above Terms & Conditions, creating a binding agreement between Southern Peru Explorers and clients.

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