The world’s most famous walking route to Machu Picchu itself

Hiking the Inca Trail is one thing, walking our Luxury Inca Trail route is something else altogether. On this unique tour, you’ll not only get to experience the magic of the this, the most iconic trekking route in the world, but will do so in comfort and style thanks to deluxe tents and beds, gourmet food and even hot showers, yoga and massages each day. It makes for one of the ultimate ways to get to – and see – Machu Picchu, befitting of the stunning Sacred Valley surrounds that you’ll walk through. With boutique hotels, 5-star experiences like the Hiram Bingham Train and private tours to look forward to, our Luxury Inca Trail is unmatched.

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  • Experience the Inca Trail in luxury and comfort.
  • Look forward to added extras and private experiences throughout the trail.
  • Admire Kuelap Fortress, one of the largest ancient sites in the Americas.
  • Witness spellbinding ancient ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
  • Kayak on Piuray Lagoon.
  • Explore Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Qorikancha Temple, and the atmospheric streets of Cusco in your free time.
  • Hike the ancient steps of the Inca Trail with comfortable tents and gourmet food each evening.
  • Enjoy Machu Picchu your own way with a private early morning tour.
  • Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley aboard the 5-star Hiram Bingham train.
  • Lima
  • The Sacred Valley
  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cusco
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The Route


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Detailed Itinerary

1 Park of Love View, Miraflores District, Lima City - Atelier South America

Day 1 | Lima

Upon arrival at Lima International Airport you’ll be met by an Atelier concierge who will help with your bags, give you a snapshot of life in Lima, and assist with check-in at your hotel in Miraflores.


Day 2 | Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley

Your first full day of this Inca Trail tour takes you to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, for some of the most iconic wonders in South America. You’ll fly to Cusco from Lima, where a driver will be waiting to take you to your boutique hotel in the Sacred Valley for check-in. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for some optional activities or simply take a stroll around this stunning part of Peru.

3 Farmer of the Salt Pans of Maras - Atelier South America

Day 3 | Sacred Valley

Today it’s time to delve deeper into the Sacred Valley and be transported to the age of the Inca, as you discover the superbly preserved archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray, and Ollantaytambo. These magnificent ancient wonders – with their terraces, solid walls and water channels – are worth the trip to Peru alone, so be sure to soak up their majesty at your own pace. Lunch comes courtesy of a local hacienda, known for its freshly farmed produce and sweeping Sacred Valley views while you dine. The perfect setting. You can also enjoy a thrilling ATV experience while here and visit the hypnotic ancient salt pools of Maras, which are still used by locals for salt extraction to this day. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares Trek, Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 4 | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Your exclusive Inca Trail tour starts on day 4, as you travel through the Sacred Valley to the trailhead and have luxury glamping accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. The early stages of the Inca Trail are relatively easy, meaning more time to enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery as you go. You’ll cover 11 km of forest tracks and riverbank pathways, gradually climbing through the Cusichaca Valley. Along the way, pass the Inca site of Llactapata before arriving at your deluxe accommodation near the village of Wayllabamba, and an evening of rest. Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Path of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares Trek, Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 5 | Inca Trail

Today is a more physical day of hiking, though all effort is amply rewarded with heavenly views of the Pacaymayo Valley, Andean forests, and conquering the highest mountain pass on the trail. Your 9km route leads you past crystal-clear streams and lush valleys, before entering a gorgeous Polylepis woodland reserve. Traversing steep ravines and grasslands you’ll then reach Warmihuañusca, ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, at 4,200m/13,776ft above sea level for views of the snow-capped peaks and the onward trail – visibility permitting. A downhill hike past small ruins and wilderness takes you to Pacaymayo and your next camp, to watch the sunset over the mountains.

Sayacmarca - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Atelier South America

Day 6 | Inca Trail

Day 3 of your luxury Inca Trail is the longest but also the most impressive, thanks to numerous archaeological sites you’ll pass along the way. These include the stunning ruins of Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca, intricate labyrinths of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba Valley. The landscape as you hike opens onto spectacular new views to the snow-capped peaks of the Pumasillo Range as you walk, as well as entering cloud forest trails rich in colorful orchids, bromeliads. Descend towards your deluxe camp near your Phuyupatamarca for a final, unforgettable night under the stars – with gourmet food to match.

Arrival through Inti Punku - Inca Trail - Atelier South America

Day 7 | Inca Trail/ Machu Picchu/Cusco

Today starts early, beginning with a 3-hour trek to the well-preserved Inca compound of Wiñaywayna and onwards to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Into Punku is widely considered the ultimate Machu Picchu viewing point, perfectly elevated to admire the pristine lawns of the Citadel, a true wonder of the ancient world. In your own time, descend to the site itself for a private guided tour and an afternoon at leisure around the Lost City. Having explored and digested this legendary place, hop to the town of Aguas Calientes and board the 5-star Hiram Bigham Train towards Cusco, through the Sacred Valley on one of the most scenic and exclusive train journeys in South America.

Cusco City - Atelier South America

Day 8 | Cusco

This day is left completely at leisure to enjoy the fine restaurants, boutiques, and many cultural highlights of Cusco your own way. You may wish to explore Sacsayhuaman Fortress, visit the Qorikancha Temple (the most important of its kind in the Inca Empire), or lose yourself around the atmospheric – and historic – streets of Downtown Cusco around the Cathedral.

Cusco Cathedral, Cusco City - Atelier South America

Day 9 | Cusco/Lima

As your trip draws to a close, you may have time for one final walk around the area before your onward flight to Lima from Cusco and home, full of priceless memories of Peru.

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