The Classic Inca trail is a 4-day trek on foot that follows the original pathways of the Incas. Trails from this ancient civilisation spur from Cusco and reach out to important sites such as Machu Picchu. The classic Inca trail starts at Ollantaytambo at 82km above sea level and passes several important ruins and settlements, climbing mountains anad disappearing into amazon rainforest before leading through the original entrance (Sun Gate) to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
The sites around the trail, the path itself and the cloud forest region is protected by the state to ensure responsible tourism and conservation of heritage and nature. Due to this you will need a permit which is booked in advance to be able to undertake this trek. Please see Inca Trail Availability to discover more about availability, bookings and requirements.
With an hour hike with little gradient, the trek up to Palcoyo is actually easier and smoother than that to Rainbow Mountain. Making it a good alternative for people that struggle with steep hikes, or suffer from altitude sickness. Another draw is that whilst Rainbow Mountain can attract up to a thousand visitors each day, Palcoyo little known only receives a few ; making for a more personalised experience which makes you really feel like you are in the solitary valleys of Peru. Not to mention you won’t have to photoshop all the people out of your photos just to see the mountains!
$950 GROUP PRICE