inca trail tours from ireland Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

16 Days / Peru
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Overview

Our 16-day itinerary includes 9 days of trekking through the Peruvian Andes. We want to give you the ultimate Inca experience, trekking to Machu Picchu and taking in its lesser known sister city Choquequirao.

Our adventure begins with a stunning trek around Cusco taking in all the major sites while taking the time to adjust to the altitude. From Cusco we drive deep into the Andes and begin our trek – our first port of call is Choquequirao. which is twice the size of Machu Picchu and because of its remote location it receives a small fraction of the trekkers that visit Machu Picchu. Choquequirao receives the same number of visitors annually as Machu Picchu receives every day!

From Choquequirao, we trek along a stunning undulating trail for several days to reach Machu Picchu; we cross rivers, trekking up and over two high passes (4,150m & 4,668m) and following meandering trails through lush jungle bursting with exotic flora and fauna. At several natural viewing points along the trek, we are treated with awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5,700 m) and Salkantay (6,271 m).

We frequently come across traditional villages along the trail taking the opportunity to interact with the wonderful native people and experiencing life in the mountains. We take time to visit a coffee farm; picking the coffee cherries and learning about traditional coffee growing traditions. We roast the coffee over an open fire, grind the beans, brew the freshest cup of Java you will ever experience and sit back to enjoy the electrifying caffeine jolt! We spend an evening at natural hot spring soaking our tired legs under the stars.

On the day we visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu we rise early and take the first bus to begin our fully guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the two-hour hike around the site we take the steep trail up Machu Picchu Mountain. It takes a further two hours to reach the summit but the views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape are worth all the effort! After climbing the mountain, you are free to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure until the last bus departs to Aguas Calientes.

This itinerary is perfect for anyone looking for a challenging trek and who wants to completely immerse themselves in ancient Incan and modern Peruvian culture. At the end of the trek we have a free day which you can spend relaxing in Cusco or you can opt for an incredible day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) which is a very special experience.

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Machu Picchu expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Machu Picchu treks allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

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

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Lima.

    Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Peru.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Cusco (3,400m)

    Arrive in Cusco. Acclimatisation & sightseeing day.

    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 Playa Rosalina (1,640m), 6 hrs trekking.

    We depart Cusco in the early morning and drive to reach our trailhead at Cachora (2850m). We trek to our campsite at Playa Rosalina, sitting on the banks of the roaring Apurimac River.

    breakfast
    transfer
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Playa Rosalina to Choquequirao (3,000m), 10 hrs trekking.

    In the morning we have a tough climb from the Apurimac River to reach Marampata, which offers stunning views of Choquequirao. From there we follow an undulating trail cut into the mountain side to reach our campsite below Choquequirao.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

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

    We climb for less than an hour to reach 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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 (3,850m), 9 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 (3,500m), 10 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
    transfer
    dinner
    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
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    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.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    relax
    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.

    breakfast
    train
    transfer
    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.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 15

    Depart Cusco

    Free morning before departing Cusco.

    breakfast
    depart
    plane
  • Day 16

    Lima to Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the evening. Expedition ends.

    arrive

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

  • July 9th, 2021 - Jul 24th, 2021
    Good availability
  • 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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  • July 8th, 2022 - Jul 23rd, 2022
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  • Aug 12th, 2022 - Aug 27th, 2022
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  • Sep 9th, 2022 - Sep 24th, 2022
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  • Oct 14th, 2022 - Oct 29th, 2022
    Good availability
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What Our Clients Say

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!

Maria Neil. Cavan

 

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.

Eileen Farrell. Tipperary

Travelling to Machu Picchu was a lifetime ambition and it was the experience of a lifetime thanks to the professionalism and foresight of Earth's Edge!

Therese Newman. Douglas, Cork

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