inca trail tours from ireland Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

16 Days / Peru
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Overview

Our 16-day journey in the Peruvian Andes takes in Machu Picchu and it’s lesser known sister city Choquequirao. This trip aims to give you the ultimate Inca experience. Our adventure starts with a trek around Cusco taking in the sites while adjusting to the altitude.

Our itinerary goes a lot further off the beaten path than the standard Inca trail tours from Ireland. See the trip itinerary below, or read our blog post about the new route.

From Cusco, we drive into the depths of the Andes and begin our trek to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. Choquequirao is twice the size of Machu Picchu and receives a fraction of the visitors that Machu Picchu does. From Choquequirao, we trek along a stunning route for several days to reach Machu Picchu. We cross rivers, climb over two high passes (4,150m & 4,668m) and walk through jungle teeming with flora and fauna. Along the trek, we have epic views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5,700 m) and Salkantay (6,271 m). We pass through a number of traditional villages, visit a coffee farm to brew coffee, and bathe in hot springs which work wonders for tired legs!

This itinerary is ideal for those who enjoy a challenging trek and want to immerse themselves in Inca and Peruvian culture. We have included an optional day trip to Rainbow Mountain and four nights in Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. The vivid sights and smells coupled with the interesting fusion of Spanish and Inca architecture make it a fantastic place to explore and enjoy some retail therapy.

If you want to listen to our guide Louise talk about this trek, you can watch this video to see what it’s like day-by-day!

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Lima.

    Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Peru. Fly via Madrid.

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    hotel
  • Day 2

    Lima to Cusco (3,400m).

    Fly from Lima to Cusco. Acclimatisation & sightseeing day.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Acclimatisation Day in Cusco (3,700m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Guided hike around Cusco to take in the sights.

    breakfast
    trek
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Cusco to Cachora to Chiquisca (1,800m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Drive from Cusco to the trailhead at Cachora and then trek to Chiquisca. We get our first distant views of Choquequirao today.

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    transfer
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Chiquisca to Choquequirao (3,000m), 7 hrs trekking.

    In the morning we have a tough climb from the Apurimac River to reach the stunning site of Choquequirao. We have a relaxed afternoon and enjoy a stunning sunset in the evening.

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    trek
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    camping
  • Day 6

    Choquequirao to Pinchiunuyocc (2,400m), 4 hrs trekking.

    We spend the morning exploring Choquequirao taking in Hauqaypata (main plaza), Urin (upper square), the priest's house, Ushno (ceremonial platform) and the vast network of irrigation channels. In the afternoon we continue our trek to Pinchiunuyocc.

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  • Day 7

    Pinchiunuyocc to Maizal (3,000m), 7 hrs trekking.

    We first descend to the Rio Blanco and then have another tough climb through cloud forest to reach Maizal.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Maizal to Yanama (3,600m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Today’s trail takes us over Victoria Pass (4,150m) which offers stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5,700m) and Salkantay (6,271m).

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Yanama to Totora (3,630m), 8 hrs trekking.

    Another stunning day as we reach the highest point on our journey, the Yanama Pass (4,668m) where we might be lucky enough to spot some condor.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Totora to Santa Teresa (1,550m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Today is a special day on our adventure as we visit a coffee farm and bathe in hot springs in the evening!

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    relax
    camping
  • Day 11

    Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (2,040m), 4 hrs trekking.

    After driving to Hydroelectric station we enjoy a beautiful walk alongside the train tracks through the thick forest.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 12

    Machu Picchu Day, 5-7 hrs trekking.

    Visit Machu Picchu very early in the morning and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins followed by a hike up the steep steps of Machu Picchu Mountain. Take some time to explore by yourself before we head back to Aguas Calientes.

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    trek
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    relax
    dinner
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  • Day 13

    Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

    Take the train back to Cusco in the morning. Time to do some last minute shopping in the Cusco markets before a celebratory dinner in the evening.

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    train
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 14

    Free day in Cusco or Rainbow Mountain day tour.

    Enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore at your leisure or take a day trip to Rainbow Mountain.

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    relax
    hotel
  • Day 15

    Cusco to Lima.

    Fly Cusco to Lima. Depart Lima in the evening for Dublin.

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  • Day 16

    Lima to Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the evening. Expedition ends.

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Facts

Hailed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is truly spectacular. This pre-Colombian city was once inhabited by the Ancient Incas in Peru and is now known as one of the most unique archaeological gems of South America.

Wildlife is thriving within the Machu Picchu estate. However, some are on the brink of extinction including; The Long-tailed weasel, Pampas cat, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Peruvian Dwarf Brocket, Neotropical Otter, Spectacled Bear and the Andean Condor.

The first Westerner credited with unveiling Machu Picchu to the outside world was Hiram Bingham, a notable historian of Yale University in 1911. While journeying through the treacherous trails beyond the city of Cusco, he met with several native Quechuans who pointed him towards a trail to a city high above the mountain which he duly followed.

Unlike Inca cities and fortresses that were located in lower grounds, only the city of Machu Picchu was left uncovered during the Spanish invasion in the 16th century. Upon close scrutiny, Machu Picchu was found to have no trace or proof that it was invaded by Spaniards. The strategic location of Machu Picchu was advantageous in that outsiders never gained access into this one-of-a-kind fortress.

Traditions and things to know

Machu Picchu is a direct translation of the phrase, the Old Mountain or Old Peak.

At the ruins themselves, there are rules of admittance. One of the lesser-known is that you may not enter dressed in the traditional costume of another country!

Local porters & guides traditionally take a shiny metal object or mirror with them on the trail as this protects them against ancient spirits who may still be residing in Machu Picchu.

Sixty per cent of the total land mass of Machu Picchu is dedicated to the construction of terraces that were built on steep slopes of the mountain.

Best time to visit Machu Picchu

Despite the high altitude, it doesn't snow in Machu Picchu. It does, however, experience two seasons; dry and rainy!

We visit Machu Picchu during the dry season, which is usually between May and October. Our tours generally operate between July and October.

It is warmer during the rainy season, but the chances of seeing the city unobstructed by the clouds is during the dry season.

Available Dates

  • Sep 3rd, 2019 - Sep 18th, 2019
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  • Sep 18th, 2019 - Oct 3rd, 2019
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  • Oct 6th, 2019 - Oct 21st, 2019
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  • Oct 20th, 2019 - Nov 4th, 2019
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  • July 3rd, 2020 - Jul 18th, 2020
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  • Aug 1st, 2020 - Aug 16th, 2020
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  • Sep 14th, 2020 - Sep 29th, 2020
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  • Sep 30th, 2020 - Oct 15th, 2020
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  • July 9th, 2021 - Jul 24th, 2021
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  • Aug 6th, 2021 - Aug 21st, 2021
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  • Sep 10th, 2021 - Sep 25th, 2021
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  • Oct 8th, 2021 - Oct 23rd, 2021
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Before I booked any trek adventure I wanted to be sure I was travelling with a safe and trusting company, I researched Earth's Edge who have many excellent reviews, I'm so happy I booked my trek to Machu Picchu with them, it was everything I hoped for and more, brilliant memories and laughs I'll remember forever. Thank you Earth's Edge!

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Up until this trip I have only experienced Earth's Edge travel through other members of my family, from their amazing photographs and stories. I so looked forward to my own first-hand experience and I couldn't have been more impressed. We were so well looked after with a varied and interesting itinerary. It gave me a platform to really absorb and delight in the Peruvian culture both modern and ancient during this tour. The local guides and providers all gave so much of themselves, making us feel welcome in their country as individuals and as a group. I was also impressed with how many, in my Machu Picchu group, had travelled before with Earth's Edge. This, in itself, is a testimonial to how the company is run. Every day on tour was a delight. Many thanks to all who made it so.

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