If you are in excellent physical condition and ready for a challenge this trip is for you! The 5-day Inca Trail hike involves significant elevation gain and loss at altitude. Steps are featured prominently. The payoff is the beauty of the cloud forest and the ruins you pass through on this pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. Read our tips for surviving the Inca Trail.
Day 9: Explore Machu Picchu and see the salt pans of Maras
Day 10: Tour historic Lima and learn to make ceviche
Best Time to Go
April through October
Depart on a Wednesday and fly home on a Friday night. This ensures all sites are open during your vacation. And, you have an entire weekend to unpack so that you can return to work refreshed on Monday.