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Great Inca Trail – Trekking the Royal Road

20 DAYS Starting from $19,900 per person

SA Expeditions invites you on an epic trekking journey along the most pristine – and least-traversed – sections of the Great Inca Trail, the world’s most spectacular pre-industrial road network. This legendary 20-day expedition takes you over high mountain passes and around Andean lagoons, through time-forgotten plains and tiny rural communities, from Incan outpost to Incan outpost, transforming trekkers into ambassadors for trail conservation with each passing step. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by your expert team of local guides, porters, and llamas, shepherding you safely through one of the most invigorating trekking experiences of your life. Join our renowned expeditionary team to trek the Royal Inca Road!


Trip at a Glance


  • Trek for the better part of three weeks along the greatest pre-industrial road system of all time: the Qhapaq Ñan.
  • Relish the company of the only professional team of explorers to have explored the greater Great Inca Trail network throughout the Andes.
  • Become an ambassador for the conservation of a masterfully constructed ancient highway through some of the world’s most rugged and time-forgotten landscapes.
  • Take advantage of rest stops and strategic “no-hike” days to savor your time in this remote Andean region.
  • Spend a day in the high Andean mountain town of Huaraz to acclimate to the altitude before embarking on your trekking pilgrimage.
  • Begin your trek with four days walking the Qhapaq Ñan from Yauya to Huaritambo, stopping for a visit to the all-important Chavin de Huantar site.
  • Continue the second leg of your pilgrimage with four days hiking on the Castillo to Huanuco pampa section of trail
  • Triumphantly complete your Grand Tour of the Andes with a six-day trek along the southern Huanuco Pampa to Huaritambo section of trail.
  • Together with a resident archaeologist and your expert guides, explore the archaeological site of Huanuco Pampa, an extremely important Inca administrative center.
  • Feast on a traditional Pachamanca lunch hosted by a local tourism co-op, featuring meats, potatoes, and local flavors cooked to perfection in an earthen oven.
  • Hike pristine Inca trails alongside the original Andean pack animal: llamas. Witness first-hand a method of transport that has been all but lost to humanity, and delight in carrying just a daypack while your private camelid caravan does the heavy lifting.
  • Enjoy four protein-packed meals each day, expertly prepared by your private chef and camp team, and make use of a private tented restroom.
  • Camp in ultimate comfort and warmth, with high-quality sleeping bags and Therm-a-rest sleeping pads in your spacious two-person tent.

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