9 Best Inca Trail Tour Companies (Updated 2024)

archeological site of Patallacta/Llactapata
The archeological site of Patallacta/Llactapata, one of the first sites along the 4-Day Inca Trail

Looking for the best Inca Trail tour companies? Kendall and I hiked the full classic Inca Trail and had an incredible experience. Besides choosing the best time to visit Machu Picchu, choosing a tour company is one of the most important considerations and will greatly affect your experience.

I’ve compiled a list of top-rated companies that all offer unforgettable hiking experiences to Machu Picchu. We hope you can use this list to choose the perfect tour company for you and your group.

Things to Consider When Looking at the Best Inca Trail Tour Companies

Sustainable Tourism and Fair Treatment of Porters

Ethical practices are a huge deal to me.  How a tour company treats its porters, the environment, and local communities should be a huge consideration when choosing an Inca trail tour company. 

Be sure to thoroughly read each company’s website.  A reputable company that offers sustainable tour practices and treats porters ethically will discuss this.  Also, look for awards and recognitions, most companies will prominently display these.

Reviews

I always look at company reviews.  That being said, look at overall trends.  Many fantastic companies still get the oddball harsh review from an overly negative or extremely picky person.  TripAdvisor is a great source to read reviews.

Great companies tend to have good equipment and training, which will help you stay safe in Cusco and on the trek.

Cost and Group Size

While cost is an obvious consideration, be sure to take into account the aforementioned ethical practices.  Staff member salaries and environmentally friendly processes are the easiest places for a tour company to cut costs.  Most reputable tour companies will charge between $700-$900 for a 4-day group trek.

Also, when looking at cost, be sure to read the ‘inclusions/exclusions’ section.  Many tour companies don’t include things like a sleeping bag or trekking poles in their upfront price.

Group size is another important factor to consider.  While this wasn’t as important for Kendall and me, many people prefer a smaller group (6-8 members), instead of a larger one (we went with a group of 16).

Time Frame and Route Options

While most tour options offer the ‘classic’ 4-day, 3-night Inca trek, there is a wider range when it comes to shorter/longer treks and alternative routes. 

Some people may prefer to save a day or two and do a shorter version of the hike, especially if considering spending time in the capital of Lima. Others would prefer a slower-paced 5-day version.  Be sure to check which options are available.

The 4-day option was perfect for Kendall and me; it fit well into the rest of our Peru Itinerary. We wanted to have enough time to explore the city of Cusco, visit the Sacred Valley, and still have a full trekking experience.

Meals

While most of the big Inca Trail tour companies offer a wide range of excellent food prepared by chefs (usually a combination of Peruvian dishes and a few international dishes), this is something I still always check.  This would be extra important if you have any kind of dietary restrictions. 

family-style meal with Alpaca Expeditions | Best Inca Trail Tour Companies
Family-style meals with Alpaca Expeditions

Optional Add-ons

If you are interested in doing optional add-on activities such as Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, be sure to check if your tour company offers to coordinate getting these tickets.  This was an important factor for Kendall and me when we completed our Machu Picchu trek as we wanted to Hike Huayna Picchu.

We loved hiking Huayna Picchu and felt that it truly made our trip to Machu Picchu worth it.

Best Inca Trail Tour Companies for 2024

There are over 200 certified tour companies that offer Inca Trail experiences.  I’ve put an enormous amount of research into identifying the very best five.  Each one of these companies has excellent reviews and excellent attention to ethical and sustainable practices. 

For you, selecting the right fit will likely come down to the more minor details.  For that, I’ve compiled the following list with side-by-side comparisons of things like group size, route options, and inclusions/exclusions.

Infographic comparing the best 9 local Inca Trail Tour Companies

Alpaca Expeditions

If you’re looking for the best Inca trail tour companies, look no further than Alpaca Expeditions.  We did our trek with Alpaca and had an incredible experience. They are a long-standing company with an incredible reputation and I can’t recommend them enough.

They were incredibly organized and very detail-oriented. We loved the organized hike briefing before the trek where they explained things like the effects of altitude in Cusco and on the trail and hiking difficulty for each day.

Hiker with trekking poles on stone steps of the Inca Trail
We did our trek with Alpaca Expeditions and had a fantastic experience

Cost for 4D/3N Trek, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 795$ per adult. Alpaca requires a $200 deposit which can be paid online via PayPal (with a 5.5% merchant fee) or wire transfer to Bank of America or Citibank

Group Size

Alpaca groups are up to 16, with one tent per every 2 travelers.

Time Frame/Route Options

We wanted to do the full Inca Trail but didn’t feel that we needed the extra 5th day (we do a ton of hiking near Spokane and in the Wasatch Range in Utah. We had a great experience with the 4-day route, but Alpaca also offers the following Inca Trail options if you are looking for something shorter or longer.

  • 4D/3N group trek ($795/person)
  • 4D/3N private trek ($1,660/person)
  • 2D/1N trek with camping ($590/person)
  • 2D/1N trek with hotel ($550/person)
  • 5D/4N group trek ($950/person)

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Porter that can carry up to 7kg of your personal belongings (remember: 3kg of this will be your sleeping gear)
  • Foam sleeping mat (this is different from the optional air mattress) and small pillow
  • 4-person tent per every 2 people.
  • Hotel pickup service
  • Day pack cover (to protect from rain) and rain poncho
  • Portable private toilet tents

Notable Exclusions

  • Trekking poles ($20 to rent)
  • Sleeping bag ($25 to rent)
  • Air mattress ($20 to rent)
  • Single tent ($30 to rent)
  • Optional lunch with tour group in Aguas Calientes after visiting Machu Picchu

Add-On Options

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike/permit ($75)
  • Vistadome train ($75)
  • Hiram Bingham Luxury Train ($550)

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • A larger company with a great reputation
  • Access to some of the best campsites
  • The first group to enter through the sun gate on the final day of trekking
  • Flexible Hotel pickup from Cusco or Ollantaytambo

Cons

  • Larger group sizes
  • More competitive to book a spot (must book at least six months in advance)
  • More expensive than many other companies

Inkayni Peru Tours

Inkayni Peru Tours is another fantastic tour company that we considered. They’ve got smaller group sizes and have a focus on the spirituality and traditions of the trail.  

Cost for 4D/3N Trek, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 799$ per adult (must have two travelers to book). Inkayni requires a 40% deposit ($320/traveler), which can be paid online via credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or American Express are accepted with no fees), or PayPal.

Group Size

Group sizes with Inkayni are smaller, with 10 travelers maximum

Time Frame/Route Options

  • 2-day group service ($489/person)
  • 2-day private service ($599/person)
  • 4-day private service ($750/person)
  • 5-day private service ($920/person)
map of 4-Day group route with Inkayni
4-Day group route with Inkayni from their official website

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Porters carrying up to 5kg (this includes 2.5kgs of sleeping gear)
  • Inflatable mattresses or mats 
  • Portable private toilets 
  • Hotel pickup from Cusco

Notable Exclusions

  • Sleeping bag ($25 to rent)
  • Trekking poles ($15)
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the fourth day

Optional Add-Ons

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain hike: $85
  • Vistadome Train: $45

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Smaller group sizes 
  • Easier payment options

Cons

  • Bigger initial deposit
  • Must have at least 2 travelers to book

TreXperience

Trexperience is another fantastic tour company.  TreXperience offers more options than many of the other tour companies, such as luxury treks. 

Additionally, the Vistadome train ride is included, something that most other tour companies don’t offer.  Definitely one of the tours we considered and one of the best Inca trail tour companies out there!

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 750$ per adult. TreXperience requires a $200 deposit, which can be paid online via credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or American Express are accepted) or PayPal.

Group Size

Per the company website, group sizes have ‘an average of 12 members’

Timeframe/Route Options

  • 4D group trek ($698/person)
  • 4D private trek ($790/person)
  • 4D Luxury tour ($1700/person)
  • 5D group trek ($998/person)
  • 5D ‘Ultimate’ Inca tour (explore additional Incan sites) ($998/person)
  • 5D Luxury tour ($1800/person)
  • 2D group trek with camping ($540/person)
  • 2D group trek with hotel ($498/person)

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Toilet tents
  • Vistadome panoramic train for return trip
  • Hotel pickup/dropoff and all transportation
  • Porter to carry up to 7kg
  • Pillow, sleeping pad, rain poncho, hand towels

Notable Exclusions

  • Sleeping bag ($25 to rent)
  • Trekking poles ($20)
  • Inflatable mattress ($20)
  • Lunch on the last day

Optional Add-Ons

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain ($75)
  • Private tent ($35) 

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Vistadome train ride included
  • Only 1 traveler needed to book, easy payment options
  • 4D group tour is cheaper than other companies
  • Many tour options

Cons

Fewer porter resources, such as a porter house or dedicated/paid porter trips. 

Inside of the Vistadome train, rows of seats and a glass ceiling
The Vistadome Train is included with TreXperience

Llama Path

Llama Path is another standout tour company and is known for its fantastic support of porters and involvement in community projects. We especially love that they offer a porter house (as does Alpaca) with the second floor dedicated to helping community schoolchildren.

Porter Resources

  • Llama Path Culture house in Cusco for employees to stay before/after treks.  
  • The second floor of Llama Path Culture House is dedicated to helping schoolchildren in the Poroy area.  Read more here. 

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 750$ per adult. Llama Path requires a $300 deposit, which can be paid online with a VISA credit card or via PayPal.

Group Size

Per the company website, group sizes have ‘an average of 8-16 members’

Timeframe/Route Options

  • 4 days/3 nights group ($750)
  • 4 days/3 nights private (price dependent on group size, $945 for 8+ people)
  • 2 days/1 night (price dependent on group size, $480 for a group of 6+)
  • 5 days/4 nights (price dependent on group size, $995/person for a group of 7+ people)
Map of 4-day Inca Trail with Llama Path
Llama Path’s 4-day route map from their official website

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Pick-up from Plaza Regocijo in Cusco
  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Porters to carry sleeping bags and tents (the trekker must carry other personal items including sleeping pads)

Notable Exclusions

  • Sleeping bag ($30 to rent)
  • Trekking poles ($8)
  • Air mattress ($25)
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 4

Optional Add-Ons

  • Huayna Picchu climbing ($85)
  • Machu Picchu climbing ($85)
  • Vistadome train ($50)
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes ($100)
  • Extra porter ($190)

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Slightly cheaper than some other companies
  • Fantastic support of porters and involvement in community projects

Cons

  • Slightly more difficult to find prices for other route options on their website
  • No hotel pickup service

Wayki Trek

Wayki Trek is the best Inca Trail tour company out there if you are looking for an immersive experience with the locals. They offer a unique ‘Wayki Experience’ (included in the cost) that enables trekkers to spend a night with a local porter family. And like some of the other companies, they focus on smaller group sizes.

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 960$ per adult. Wayki requires a 50% deposit, which can be paid online via PayPal or ‘Booking Now’ payment system.

Group Size

Group sizes have between 4-8 people, with a maximum of 8

Timeframe/Route Options

  • 2 Days group ($590/person)
  • 4 Days group ($960/person)
  • 5 Days private service (price dependent on the number of participants, $1056 for groups of 10 or more) 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • ‘Wayki Experience’ (optional): one night staying with a local family in the porter community 2 meals included
  • Transportation from Cusco or the Sacred Valley
  • Porter to carry up to 8kg of personal items
  • Tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Bathroom tents

Notable Exclusions

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Hiking poles ($25 to rent)

Optional Add-Ons

  • Extra porter to carry 8kg ($90) or 15kg ($150), must be requested at the time of booking
  • Private tent ($90)
  • Huayna Picchu ($75)
  • Machu Picchu mountain ($75)
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (price dependent on the category of hotel you choose)

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Immersive experience with porters’ families
  • Smaller group sizes

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Higher deposit (50%), no credit card paying option

Evolution Treks

Evolution Treks is known dedication to sustainable travel and ecotourism. Also, they actively engage in community projects and provide extensive support to Peruvian women.

And finally, they are one of the few tour operators who empower their porters by making them shareholders of the company.  For trekkers looking to support ecotourism, this is the best Inca Trail company we’ve found.

Porter Resources

  • First tour operator where porters became shareholders of the company
  • Participant in programs to help women victims of domestic violence

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is 890$ per adult with a $300 deposit.

Group Size

Evolution Treks has larger group sizes, with a maximum of 16.

Timeframe/Route Options

  • 2 Days group
  • 2 Days private
  • 4 Days group
  • 4 Days private
  • 4 Days women-only tour
  • 5 Days private

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup
  • Foam sleeping pad

Notable Exclusions

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the final day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Inflatable sleeping pads
  • Camping pillows
  • Trekking comfort package (sleeping bag, poles, inflatable sleeping pad, camping pillow): $120

Optional Add-Ons

  • Extra porter 
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Machu Picchu mountain

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Focus on ecotourism and sustainable tourism
  • Offer women-only tours

Cons

  • Do not use portable toilets
  • Unable to see prices for add-ons on their website until after paying the initial deposit

Valencia Travel

Valencia Travel is one of the best Inca Trail tour companies out there, and one that we highly recommend. They are another one of the longer-standing tour companies (>12 years). Also, they prioritize energy reduction in their offices and are heavily involved in supporting the local community of Waca Punki.

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is $730 per adult with their promo code ($1460 otherwise).

Group Size

Group sizes are larger, with a maximum of 16.

Timeframe/Route Options

  • 2 Days short trek
  • 4 Days group
  • 4 Days premium
  • 5 Days
  • 7 Days

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup

Notable Exclusions:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • 12 years in the industry (longer than some)
  • One of the cheaper options

Cons

  • Unable to see add-on options or prices before emailing the company

Sam Travel Peru

And finally (I’ve saved one of my favorites for last), Sam Travel Peru is hands-down one of the best Inca trail tour companies out there.

They’ve got small group sizes (8 members maximum) for a fantastic price ($737/adult). Also, they offer a variety of Inca Trail options to choose from, including 1-day, 2-day, 4-day, and 5-day hikes.

Cost, Deposit, and Payment Options

The Cost for the 4D/3N trek is $737 per adult with a $200 deposit. The deposit can be paid online via PayPal or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).

Group Size

Group sizes have between 4-8 people, with a maximum of 8

Timeframe/Route Options

  • Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N
  • Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
  • Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N group service
  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 1 Day
4 day/3 Night Inca Trail Route with Sam Travel Peru
Sam Travel Peru’s 4-day route map from their official website

Inclusions/Exclusions

Notable Inclusions

  • Foam mattresses and pillow
  • Hotel pickup service
  • Duffel bag
  • Toilet tents

Notable Exclusions

  • Trekking poles ($15)
  • Air mattress ($20)
  • Sleeping Bag ($20)

Optional Add-Ons

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain ($75)
  • Vistadome Train ($67)
  • Personal tent ($30)
  • Additional night in Aguas Calientes (from $60)

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Have 1, 2, 4, or 5-day trek options
  • One of the cheapest companies
  • Have access to some of the better campsites (shower available on the 3rd day)
  • Buffet-style meals

Cons

  • No private service options, although group sizes are small
  • No luxury trekking options

Best Inca Trail Tour Companies Summary

Best Overall: Alpaca Expeditions, Sam Travel Peru

Best Budget Option: AB Expeditions

Best for Small Group Sizes: Wayki Trek, Sam Travel Peru, or AB Expeditions

Best for Luxury Trekking Options: TreXperience

Best for Focus on Ecotourism: Evolution Treks Peru

So there you have it, an updated summary of the best Inca Trail Tour Companies for 2024. We hope you can use this to plan a fantastic trip to this incredible Incan site.

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