Sacred Valley + Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
7 Days / 6 Nights

This is the ultimate package meticulously crafted to offer one of the most exceptional experiences when visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu. Exploring the Sacred Valley means immersing yourself in the heart of the Inca civilization, where they established astounding Inca villages that provide a unique opportunity to delve into Inca history.

Before reaching the first Inca site, Pisaq, in the Sacred Valley, you will have the privilege of visiting one of the local villages. Here, you can delve into farming practices and local traditions. In these villages, people proudly adorn themselves in vibrant traditional clothing and converse in the Andean local language, such as Quechua. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe llamas and alpacas, and learn about Inca textiles, witnessing how they utilize natural plants to obtain various colors for painting textiles made from llama or alpaca wool, known as handmade crafts.

Next, your journey will lead you to the Pisaq Inca site, where you’ll explore this incredible Inca village. Following a delightful lunch in Urubamba, you will embark on a drive to Ollantaytambo, where you will visit the renowned Inca site and explore its unique Inca buildings. You’ll also marvel at the second-largest Inca store, which will leave you in awe of how they transported such massive rocks. Be sure not to miss the Temple of the Sun, an exceptional Inca architectural gem, and take some time to leisurely wander around this historic site.

Afterward, you will be transported to your hotel, providing you with the opportunity to spend the night in the last living Inca city. In the evening, you can leisurely stroll through the village’s narrow streets, which retain their original Inca character, and observe the ancient water channels that have stood the test of time. Finally, you can unwind at the hotel and get some rest before your guide meets you the next day at Ollantaytambo to commence the incredible 4-day, 3-night Inca Trail expedition to Machu Picchu.

Tour Price
Sacred Valley + Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Days / 6 Nights

$ 1,095 Per Person
  • Hotel
  • Included

Group Size Up to 16
Activity Level Moderate

Trip Details


  1. Highlights of the Inca Trail

    • THE TRAIL. Built in the 1450s by the powerful Inca Empire, the trail required the use of rocks which were transported from nearby quarries and delicately carved to fit in precision and meticulously.
    • NATURE. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through a wide range of microclimates as a result of varying altitudes. Along this trail, travellers hike from high altitude puna to high brow of jungle.
    • INCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES. The trail takes hikers along valleys and through mountain passes, and grants hikers access to the archaeological sites of Patallacta/Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Inti Pata, Winay Wayna, and Intipunku. The Inca Trail leads directly to Machu Picchu and offers the hike of a lifetime.
    • HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu holds great significance as it is the only hiking trail that grants access to Machu Picchu. After hiking 3 days along valleys and through mountain passes, all hikers reach Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate – and important construction of Machu Picchu citadel.


  2. Highlights of hiking with Alpaca Expeditions

    • LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY. Alpaca Expeditions is an 100% locally owned company in Cusco, Peru. Created by Raul Ccolque, Alpaca Expeditions is the only tour operator and agency founded by a former Inca Trail porter.
    • CAMPING EQUIPMENT. Alpaca Expeditions is considered a leading agent of change due to its implementation of top-quality equipment such as tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and others.
    • FOOD. During your hike with Alpaca Expeditions you are guaranteed to put on some pounds. Our chefs have special yearly training to create unique meals while on the trail. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients, and is served buffet style. Our services includes breakfast, snacks, lunch that will come with soup, main course ad hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon your arrival to each campsite and dinners that include with soup, main course and deserts. We also provide all hikers with potable drinking water while on the trails.
    • SATELLITE PHONES. Alpaca Expeditions is the only company that has satellite phones availble along all its operating trails. Hikers have access to satellite phones to contact their love ones.
    • PORTABLE TOILETS. Alpaca Expeditions provides portable ecological toilets at each of its campsites and for the private use of our clients only.
    • PERSONAL PORTER. All of our hiking services include porter service which allows travellers to take 7KG of personal belongings on the trail. All belongings are carried by our porters.
    • HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE. Alpaca Expeditions offers hotel to hotel service to all of its travellers. All of our services begin with direct pick up from your hotel accommodation in Cusco and end with a direct drop off in Cusco.
    • FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE. Alpaca Expeditions offes free luggage storage for all extra bags and personal belongings.
    • TOP QUALITY SERVICE. We are the only company that has more than 8000 excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR which speaks about our services and explains what kind of tour you will have with us.


  3. Day by Day breakdown of the Inca Trail

    Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

    Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    Free day to acclimatize and explore Cusco’s main square.
    Briefing at 6pm.
    Accommodation: Rumi Punku Hotel (3-star). Meals not included.

    Day 2: Visit to Local Community, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo

    Hotel pick-up at 7am.
    Visit to Cacacollo community, learning about Andean textiles.
    Tour through Pisac, lunch at Parwa, and visit to Ollantaytambo.
    Accommodation: Sol Natura Hotel (3-star) or similar. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Day 3: Inca Trail – Piskacucho Km 82 to Ayapata

    Departure from Ollantaytambo at 6:30am, breakfast at Porter House.
    Trek from Km 82, visit to Patallacta.
    Camp at Ayapata (3300 meters). Distance: 14 km.
    Weather: Warm and windy.

    Day 4: Dead Woman’s Pass and Runcuraccay to Chaquiccocha

    Ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass, descent to Pacaymayu Valley.
    Ascent to the second pass, visit Sayacmarca.
    Camp at Chaquiccocha (3600 meters). Distance: 16 km.
    Weather: Cold and rainy.

    Day 5: Chaquiccocha to Wiñaywayna

    Early start, entering the Cloud Forest.
    Visits to Phuyupatamarka and Intipata ruins.
    Camp near Wiñay Wayna. Distance: 10 km.
    Weather: Warm and humid.

    Day 6: Inti Punku, Machu Picchu, and Return to Cusco

    Walk from Inti Punku to Machu Picchu.
    Guided tour of Machu Picchu, free time.
    Return by train and bus to Cusco.
    Accommodation: Rumi Punku Hotel (3-star). Meals not included.

    Day 7: Journey to Lima

    Time for shopping in Cusco, optional visit to the Weaving Center Museum.
    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima.
    Meals: Breakfast only at the hotel.


  1. Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

    You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport by our friendly representative and transferred to your hotel. Remember, landing at 3,300 meters can be hard on the body. Do not feel concerned if you have shortness of breath or a small headache. This is common and should go away quickly. You can reduce the symptoms by staying hydrated with water and tea. You will have a free day to acclimatize and visit the impressive main square of Cusco. ( Provide us your flight details to pick you up and transfer to your hotel )

    You will have briefing at 6pm at our office. your guide will overview all about the sacred valley and Inca Trail, duffle bags will be given to you as well.

    Accommodations: Rumi Punku ( 3-star hotel )
    Meals: Not Included
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

  2. Day 2: Visit Local Community - Pisac - Ollantaytambo

    We start our day with a pick up from your hotel at 7:30 to 8:00am. We will visit a local community of Cacacollo where Alpaca Expeditions support local Andean Women, Textiles and Agriculture are the daily work of many families and the economic livelihood for them, the enterprising women will show and teach us the elaboration of Andean textiles, we will also have the option to see the agricultural areas where they grow all kinds of vegetables, after that we continue our journey to Pisac Inca site where you will enjoy the beauty of the site and surounding area, Break for lunch at the local restaurant Parwa in Lamay. After lunch, will drive along the sacred Valley to get the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo, where we will visit famous inca site and appreciate how important Ollantaytambo was in the time of the Incas and nowadays. Once the tour is over, the guide will take you to the hotel where you will spend the night.

    Hotel: Sol Natura ( 3-star hotel ) or similar
    Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch
    Entrance Tickets: Included

  3. Day 3: Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata- Ayapata

    Our trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo at 6.30am. We will take you to the Porter House where you enjoy the breakfast prepare by our chef. After that We will then drive to Km 82, we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek. Please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail. The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site. Patallacta is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu.

    From Patallacta it’s another 2-hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch, we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300 meters). On this last stretch, we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drink, snacks, or essential items you may have forgotten such as batteries you can do so here. We’ll arrive at our campsite by 5:00 PM. After settling in for a bit, you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chefs, and guides. By 7:30 PM, your dinner will be ready, and after you can get some well-deserved rest.

    Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)
    Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level
    Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
    Weather: Warm and windy

  4. Day 4: Dead Woman´s Pass – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha

    Your porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. We will have an early start since it will be our longest day. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass, we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot, where you will have a chance to refill your water bottles. After lunch, we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours over the pass where we will stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).

    We’ll stop here to rest and have a quick tour. Afterward, we will be able to watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range.  It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing, and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold!

    Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours)
    Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
    Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)
    Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
    Weather: Cold and rainy

  5. Day 5: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna

    Completing Day 2 and beginning Day 3 certainly deserves a pat on the back! We will start early again, waking up at 6:30 am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk, we will have the opportunity to see Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Inca flats, we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River.  Down the valley, we get our first view of Machu Picchu Mountain, but the site itself is still hidden. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.  During the descent, we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).  We arrive at our campsite around 1:00 PM to have lunch.

    Then we will relax so that you are ready for your final day at Machu Picchu. At around 4:30 PM your guide will give you a short orientation, and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna for an hour and a half there. Your guide will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek. This way you will be fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day. We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs.  It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again. This is to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in the hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu.

    Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours)
    Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
    Considered: Easy day – all downhill!
    Area: High Cloud Forest
    Weather: Warm and very humid

  6. Day 6: Sun Gate - Machu Picchu – The Lost City Of The Incas

    Wake up time is at 3:30 AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00 AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30 AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chefs and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory.  We will reach the Sun Gate by 6:30 am, and then it’s just an hour trek down to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we hike and get closer to Machu Picchu, the views of the city get better! At about 7:40 AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hours private guided tour. After the tour, you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes, and you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the city on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountains – Huaynapicchu (must be arranged ahead of time).

    Your guide will offer to meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant.  This is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will hand out train tickets, so if you choose to skip, please arrange to get these before leaving him at Machu Picchu. Unless you arranged for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or  4:22 p.m. Please make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes ahead of time. This will be a 2-hour train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (based on which train you get), where an Alpaca driver will meet you and drive you back to the city on our bus, then drop you off at your hotel.

    Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30 AM)
    Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
    Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

    Accommodations: Rumi Punku ( 3-star hotel )
    Meals: Not Included
    Entrance Tickets: N/A

  7. Day 7 Journey to Lima

    You will have one last chance for souvenir shopping in Cusco. There will be optional time to visit the Weaving Center Museum on El Sol Avenue. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima. ( Let us know your flight details to schedule the transfer to the airport )

    Meals: Breakfast Only at hotel


  1. Price per person

    • $1095 per person

    ** Single room supplement: $150 Per Person

  2. Student Discount

    • $35 off per person

    Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.

    Please send all to

    More Information about STUDENT CARD


  3. Additional Items

    Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Additional Options section for more details.


  4. Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Even when you will do this hike on your own, your guide will still show you the trail entrance. This trek is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice. 

    Your tickets will be purchased to coincide with when you need to start the trail. Tickets are either for the First Session from 7-8 AM or Second Session from 10-11 AM. We purchase the Second Session for our clients for you to enjoy your tour of Machu Picchu before you begin. This window is only your start time, and you may take your time up and down, so no rush.

    • The ticket is $75 per person.


  5. Machu Picchu mountain

    * Only possible to do if you have an extra day to visit Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. For this trek, it will be an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.

    Tickets for Machu Picchu Mountain are now also within a timeframe of when you can begin – which is between 9-10 AM. Due to this limited time frame, it is not possible to hike the Inca Trail and hike Machu Picchu Mountain. You can, however, schedule a second visit to the citadel on the next day.

    • This ticket is $75 per person.


  6. Vistadome Train

    All our tours include the Expedition Train. This train is usually booked at 4:22 p.m., leaving from Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome Train is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, a train station closer to Cusco. While this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel.

    • This train is $75 per person.


Travel Info


    All briefings are done at our office at 6:00 PM the night before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Alpaca Expeditions office team. Briefings are approximately 30 -45 minutes long, and where you will receive your duffel bags.

    * 2D/1N Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL does not include a briefing. Our office staff will review all the details at your check-in time.



    You will receive your duffel bags at your briefing. Your porters will carry them and have them returned to you at each campsite. They measure 66 cm long X 36 cm wide/2ft long X 1ft wide.

    Every duffel has a maximum weight of 7kg. Remember 4kg will be for your clothes and other personal items. The remaining 3kg will be for your sleeping bag and pad.



    Alpaca Expeditions is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

    Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through. They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off. HOTEL LIST HERE.

    Some treks will allow for pickups in the Sacred Valley, which is outlined below.

    The following chart refers to possible locations we can pick you up from when beginning the tour.

      Trek   Possible Starting Locations
      Inca Trails   Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
      Salkantay Treks   Only Cusco
      Lares Trek   Only Cusco
      Huchuy Qosqo Trek   Only Cusco
      Ausangate and Rainbow Treks   Only Cusco
      Day Tours   Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo



    Leaving Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

    • From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
    • You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.
      * Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours
      * Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours
    • Once you arrive to the train station, look for a gentleman wearing green with an Alpaca Expeditions sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco square, Cusco
      * Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco square is 2 hours
      * Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco square is 30 minutes
    • Once you arrive nearby San Francisco square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and driven back to your hotel.



    Machu Picchu now has two different time windows of when you can visit: either morning or afternoon. Your entrance ticket will be for only one session, morning session, and when your time window is over, the Rangers will ask you to leave.



    ** If you have tickets to hike either Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will have some extra time until 2:30PM.

    If you would like to spend the whole day at Machu Picchu, we can add an afternoon session ticket to your booking for $50 per person.



    Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.

    Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 45 minutes to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM. Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin. 

    Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 1.5 hours to the top and another 1.5 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day and 7 Day Inca Trail Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.

    Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.



    You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

    You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. Alpaca Expeditions will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

    If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

    If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.



    Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are. Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.



    Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date. Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.



    You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.


  11. TIPS

    Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

    Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below. For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card 😉

      Trek  Per Porter  Chef
      Inca Trails (4, 5 and 7 Days)  60 – 80 soles  150 soles
      2D/1N Inca Trail with Camping  50 soles  100 soles
      Salkantay Treks  100-120 soles  200 soles
      Lares Trek  100-120 soles  200 soles
      Huchuy Qosqo Trek  50 soles  100 soles
      Ausangate  100-120 soles  200 soles

    * These numbers refer to what each member of the Green Machine should receive after the group pools their money. This is just a reference guide.



    Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.



    Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

    Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

    It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.



    As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

    With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

    Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

    Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

    Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

    You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Alpaca Expedition guides are trained to help you get through it.



    The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

    The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.


Packing List


    • Passport
    • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
    • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
    • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
    • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
    • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)



    Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

    • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
    • 2-3 hiking pants
    • 4 sets of undergarments.
    • 4 sets of hiking socks
    • 1 Fleece
    • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
    • 1 Rain jacket and pants
    • 1 sun hat
    • 1 wool hat
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
    • Comfortable shoes for camp
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
    • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
    • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
    • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
    • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least



    • Sunscreen
    • Face moisturizer
    • Bug spray
    • Handsanitizer
    • Wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Toiletpaper
    • Personal medication
    • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.



    Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility.

    • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
    • Sunhat
    • Rain gear
    • Fleece
    • Camera
    • Music (IPhone)
    • Handsanitizer
    • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
    • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
    • Earplugs


Sacred Valley & Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7D/6N

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The Alpaca Difference

Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% peruvian, indigenous owned company. Started by Raul Ccolque, a former porter and tour guide, Alpaca Expeditions separates ourselves by our dedication to both our customer and our team. We work very hard to make sure that all our clients needs are taken care of throughout the tour with us. At the same time, we never forget about our brothers and sisters working tirelessly for us to make all of this possible. Responsible and sustainable tourism that gives as much to our community as to our clients.

Meet the AE Trekking Team!

Everyone on the Alpaca Team is from Cusco region, living the traditions and history they share with you while on one of our tours. Our guides are all graduates of university studying tourism, history and english. Our chefs are trained every February by a professional cooking team learning new meals, adding varieties of entrees for all types of eating. And all our porters are from HUARQUI, HUACAHUASI, PATACANCHA, QUISWARANI, CANCHACANCHA, QUEYUPAY, UMACHURCO and CCACCACCOLLO villages, very often working this job on top of maining their farms back at home. Most of our team has been with us for years, as we have the most loyal, hard working, happy employees in Cusco. We know how lucky we are to have the best team trekking and you will immediately fall in love with all the men and women who call Alpaca Expeditions their home.

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Women Porters on the Trail Empowering Women at AE
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Our Cooks

Our Chefs

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What do we do for our porters?

Alpaca Expeditions would not be where we are today without these hardworking men and women. We could not imagine a harder job and our team does it smiling. We do our best to thank them for their hard work and loyalty by doing as much as we can to make their lives and their families lives better. All our porters receive all their equipment for free from warm winter hats to proper hiking boots. They sleep in proper tents and are given warm sleeping bags for night. They enjoy the same food we serve our clients and all leftovers are donated to their families. We visit their villages with doctors and dentists, donate school supplies and sports equipment. And our favorite time of the year is when we bring a group of porters and their families to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins for the first time.

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Women Porters on the Trail Empowering Women at AE

Equality Matters

Alpaca Expeditions aims to promote gender equality and empower women, hiring first Peru Women as Porters opening the door ...

Free Medical Assistance to Porters

Free Medical Assistance to Porters

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Our Porter’s bus

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Our Porter’s House

Our Porter’s House

As we mentioned above, our Porters like many Peruvian people come from distant villages to work our treks…

Proper Equipment for our Porters

Tents and Sleeping bags

Again, this is something unique that Alpaca Expeditions provides, and sad others are not doing. We supply…

Our Porter The Green Machine Alpaca Expeditions

Proper Equipment for our Porters

Every porter of ours receives proper equipment. That includes moisture-wicking long/short sleeve shirts…

Nutritious Meals for our Porters

Nutritious Meals for our Porters

A general comment from trekkers on an Alpaca Expeditions tour is that we serve too much food. Well…

Extra information

Alpaca Expeditions is always ready to make your trip safe and as easy as possible for you. Because these trips are a bit more complicated than your typical tour, we have put together some notes on logistics, storage, and even recommendations on where to stay in Cusco. And of course our team is ready to answer any other question, as we promise to be your partner from the moment you first contact us to our last goodbye in Cusco.

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