Two hikers walk up steps to a stone ruin in the Andes.

©Timothy Malone/Shutterstock

The Inca Trail

The most famous hike in South America, the four-day Inca Trail is walked by thousands every year. Although the total distance is only about 24 miles (39km), the ancient trail laid by the Incas from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu winds its way up and down and around the mountains, snaking over three high Andean passes en route, which have collectively led to the route being dubbed ‘the Inca Trail.’ The views of snowy mountain peaks, distant rivers and ranges, and cloud forests flush with orchids are stupendous – and walking from one cliff-hugging pre-Columbian ruin to the next is a mystical and unforgettable experience.


Must-see attractions

Plan with a local


Latest stories from The Inca Trail

Filter by interest:

Writer, Emily Pennington, and her Mom hiked the Inca trail for her 30th birthday.

How hiking the Inca Trail with my mom revamped our entire relationship

May 6, 2022 • 10 min read


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of The Inca Trail with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.