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Enshrouded in clouds and perched surreally among the verdant slopes of the Andes, the grand temples and terraces of Machu Picchu in Peru are one of the most awe-inspiring sights on Earth. Widely considered as the most spectacular legacy of the Inca Empire, no trip to Peru is complete without a visit and for many the only way to experience it is by arriving on foot.

Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and amazingly it appears much like it did when Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911 thanks to carefully managed conservation programs.

Following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas, visiting the impressive ancient Inca sites along the way, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has been coined by many as ‘the best short trek in the world”. While the trek to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail is only four days it should not be underestimated. You will be walking over hilly and rugged terrain with lots of stairs and the altitude should also be considered. The highest point of the trail is 4200m.

Hiking the Inca Trail is not the only way to get to Machu Picchu on foot. Treks along the Salcantay Trail provide an alternate route for trekkers looking to avoid the hassle of a permit and to walk away from the crowds. The Salcantay Trail is no less remarkable than the Inca Trail with an array of breathtaking scenery – from snow-capped mountains to cloud forests – that will make you feel closer to nature.

World Expeditions has specialised in high quality treks along the Inca Trail and to Machu Picchu for over three decades. Join us on one of our amazing walking and trekking trips to Machu Picchu.


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Two visits to Machu Picchu

The majority of our walks that include Machu Picchu include a visit on the afternoon you arrive as well as a visit the next morning, so you can see Machu Picchu in different moods

Experienced local guides

Our local bi-lingual Peruvian guides are very experienced, well trained and have a wealth of local knowledge. They undergo regular training including wilderness first aid training.

Our all inclusive approach

Our trips offer exceptional value for money featuring good quality, centrally located hotels and private transportation. We aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as gear hire on treks, entrance and permit fees, transfers and most meals.

World firsts

We proudly pioneered the first commercial Inca Rivers Trek in Peru in 2004, showcasing a remote trail to the north of Machu Picchu. As a result, our knowledge of the region and logistics is second to none, ensuring your adventure is unforgettable.

Quality equipment on trek

Our wilderness camps are a step up in comfort. We provide comfortable inflatable mattresses, not just a thin foam mat, and sleeping bag, as well as private toilet tents.

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program that we offer on our treks to Machu Picchu. When you book one of our Inca Trail or Salcantay walking adventures you're supporting true sustainability in the protection of local communities, natural environments and wildlife.

Amazing food on trek

Just check out our feedback, the food on the trip might just be the best you'll eat in Peru, all prepared by your locally trained cooks.


Whether you trek the Inca Trail or the Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu you will enjoy our fully supported camping in quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.


In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.

A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.

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