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Machu Picchu Trek

Location: Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Autumn, Spring
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Region: South America
  • Type: Trekking
Spaces left: Available
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Autumn, Spring
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Region: South America
  • Type: Trekking
About The Machu Picchu Trek

Our 16 day journey in the Peruvian Andes takes in Machu Picchu and it’s lesser known sister city Choquequirao, giving you the ultimate Inca experience. We start our adventure with a stunning trek around Cusco taking in all the major sites while adjusting to the altitude. 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 because of its remoteness receives a small fraction of the trekkers that visit Machu Picchu. From Choquequirao, we trek along a stunning route for several days to reach Machu Picchu; crossing rivers, climbing over two high passes (4,150m & 4,668m) and walking through thick jungle teeming with flora and fauna. At several locations on the trek, we are treated with 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 get to bathe in hot springs which works 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.

Why Trek to Machu Picchu with Earth's Edge

What our clients say...

"We had a great trip from start to finish, anything that went wrong was out of every bodies hands, first 3 days very hard trekking, but scenery and the craic made up for that. Trekking in the morning and afternoon free was great, the hot springs came at the right time for relaxing aching muscles. The whole crew on the trip were great fun and up for a laugh, food was great and hotels were as good as could be expected in such locations. Scenery breath taking and walking over make shift bridges thrilling. A great trip overall with a smashing bunch of people. I miss them already lol" - Pat Cunningham, Co.Tipperary 2015.

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100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s first fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

All our Machu Picchu Treks are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of a pre-departure weekend in Glendalough, Wicklow, flights from Dublin,  in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, Machu Picchu entry fee, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge bandana.

Our 16 day itinerary includes 10 days of trekking, a guided tour of Machu Picchu, an optional visit to Rainbow Mountain and plenty of time to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and porters. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly while we trek to Machu Picchu.

Pre-Departure Weekend – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Machu Picchu trekkers two months before departure. Our pre-departure weekend consists of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it. 

Our Machu Picchu Trek Itinerary & Costs

Day 1: Dublin to Lima.
Depart Dublin for Lima. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Lima to Cusco (3,400m).
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Acclimatisation & sightseeing day. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Acclimatisation Day in Cusco (3,700m), 5 hrs trekking.
Guided hike around Cusco to take in the sights. Overnight hotel.

Day 4: Cusco to Cachora to Chiquisca (1,800m), 6 hrs trekking.
Drive from Cusco to the trail head at Cachora and then trek to Chiquisca. We get our first distant views of Choquequirao today. Overnight camp.

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. Overnight camp.

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 priests house, Ushno (ceremonial platform) and the vast network of irrigation channels. In the afternoon we continue our trek to Pinchiunuyocc. Overnight camp.

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. Overnight camp.

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). Overnight camp.

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. Overnight camp.

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! Overnight camp.

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 thick forest. Overnight hotel.

Day 12: Machu Picchu Day, 5-7 hrs trekking.
Visit Machu Picchu very early in the morning, 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. Overnight hotel.

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. Overnight 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. Overnight hotel.

Day 15: Cusco to Lima.
Fly Cusco to Lima. Depart Lima in the evening for Dublin. Overnight flight.

Day 16: Lima to Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin in the evening. Expedition ends.


Machu Picchu


€399 deposit at the time of booking & €3,500 balance payment at least two months prior to departure – Total €3,899. Read our best price guarantee.

*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.

Costs include a pre-departure weekend in Glendalough, Wicklow, international flights to Lima, domestic flights to Cusco, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Peru, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping, local support team & an Earth’s Edge bandanna.

*Prices were set on October 10th, 2018.

Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu

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.

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

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

There is wildlife thriving within the Machu Picchu estate. Some of which are on the brink of extinction including; The Long-tailed weasel, Pampas cat, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Peruvian Dwarf Brocket, Neotropical Otter, Spectacle Bear and the Andean Condor.

One of the most striking features that is evident throughout this naturally beautiful place is its architecture. Sixty percent of the total land mass of Machu Picchu is dedicated to the construction of terraces that were built on steep slopes of the mountain.

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.

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.

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


How To Book

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If you would like to sign up to this expedition but need some time before you can confirm your commitment, we can hold a space for you. We will hold your space for 48 hours after which time you will need to complete the booking form & pay your deposit.

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