Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu – A Map of the Inca Trail Trek[Infographic]

Attit Patel May 8, 2012 27

G Adventures’ and the Looptail’s very own Sean Russo did a trek to Machu Picchu. Just before he left, I asked him to count his steps (as any crazed editor would). And so he did. Here is our Inca Trail Map, trekked by Sean, visualized by Attit. Please click the image to enlarge.

Inca Trail Map of Hike to Machu Picchu


  1. Arianwen May 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this. I’m becoming a big fan of infographics! Planning to do either the Inca Trail or an alternative route at the end of this year. It’s a tough decision to make, but I figure either way it will be an incredible experience!

  2. Marsha May 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Awesome! Doing the Inca Trail in November so looking forward to this!

  3. Bianne May 9, 2012 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Planning a trip to Peru in July to mark the big 5-0! Any suggestions are welcomed. Definitely planning on Machu Pichu, Lake Titicaca, Amazon and Colca Canyon.

    • Attit Patel May 9, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Sounds like you need Absolute Peru! It hits every location you just mentioned. When you’re about to book, let me know, and we’ll get you a friends discount! Just keep that between us ;), and the rest of the reader here.

  4. Rose Mullen May 9, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Doing the Inca Trail in June. Feeling a little apprehensive as I am 62 years old and recently widowed. I have never done anything like this before – although my late husband and I did enjoy walking holidays. Pleased to hear one person aged 84 completed the trail!

    • Attit Patel May 9, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Rose, at 62, I think you’ll be just fine! Have fun on the trek. It will be an amazing experience!

      • Dave Haskins March 29, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

        To “Rose at 62″, I did it at that age also. I “trained” by walking 7 miles a day, fast, with poles. Not much use. I should have gone up and down steps , climbed the escarpment near us, as flat walking really can’t touch the effort it takes to reach Dead Woman’s Pass. But they do wait for slower ones, and encourage, and you will make it.

    • Jim Celmer March 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      I did the climb at 61. I did a reasonable amount of training , but I wish I had done more. The hike itself was a bit more difficult than I had ex[pected, but isn’t so bad. The route gets ‘repetitive’, i.e. step after step after step and at times it seems like the hill will never end. Then suddenly…a view that makes it all worth while. Do not try to keep up with the younger/faster hikers. Just go at your own pace and you will be just fine! The reward at the top is worth every minute of the anguish.

    • Linda March 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      My husband and I are 65 and 64 and hiked the Inca Trail last summer. We’re cyclists, more active than most folks our age, and I worked out in a gym all winter to prepare for the trek. We still found the word “grueling” to be an apt description. We were at least 30 yrs older than everyone else in our small group, so lagged a bit, especially down all those miles of steep stone steps, due to concerns about my knees and chance of twisting an ankle and having to be carried back by a porter! But we made it, and it was well-worth doing once in a lifetime, but would I do it again–noooo, not at my age. Glad I didn’t wait even one year longer, though–so DO IT, while you can, Carpe Diem! Get in the best shape you can, before you go, though, and it’s worth the extra cost to have porters carry your sleeping bag and personal gear (other than what you’ll need on the trail each day). We did that only on the hardest day, but would’ve done so for the whole trek had we known how much of a difference it could make, and been given the option by the tour agent we booked through.

  5. Patrick May 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Here I have being worried and been training,
    Now I see , The best man did it in 3 HOURS, If I can’t do that in 4 days, I should Never go to the Pub…It just makes the “An…………ticipation!”, worse!! looking forward to the hike in June/12

  6. Mimi May 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Bianne, I am thinking of doing the Peru Panaroma in July if it goes on sale for the bigger 6-0. Where do you live? I am in USA.

  7. Sue Prior May 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    For my 50th I have just completed the Inca Trail with three friends similar age. Was amazing experience. The support from our guides, Fernando and Jacob, also the other members of our group was brilliant. 14 in total and we all made it. Remember to walk at your own pace and not try to keep up with the youngsters. Altitutde sickness cannot be forseen. Affects some and not others. Walking poles, good boots, headache tablets and glucose energy sweets a must. I did suffer but well worth the pain! Don’t forget your camera

  8. Sean Russo May 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Sue, I had Fernando for my trek as well (I have the ugly mug shot in the infograph). You totally hit the nail on the head about your suggestions – life is a journey, not a race – enjoy it at your own pace and you’ll come out of it with way more experiences and memories.

  9. Javier June 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    Thak you very much for this information.Doing the inca trail (as par of the Absolute Peru trip)this summer with 3 friends.can you tell me what camera you used and also what lenses you took with you or you wold recommend?

  10. Bob October 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    This makes me oddly hopeful. I really want to do the Inca Trail one day but I’m definitely not in shape for it. Like, really. However I wear a pedometer every day and that isn’t a lot of steps. That’s kind of normal for me. I’m just usually on flat land at sea level so I have to figure out how I can conquer those.

  11. Walli Pagniello October 11, 2012 at 8:30 am - Reply

    When I did the tour in 2007 at age 66 the Inka trail had reached its quota so I did the Lares trail, which goes a bit higher. I had no altitude problems and you will be just fine. G tours should should put some “Oldies” in the pictures to give others the courage! I was 69 when I did Kilimanjaro!

  12. Adele March 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    must say this is all very encouraging, I am booked in for September, over 50 and still kicking, a little scary but as you say your own pace…have camera will travel, so looking forward to this :)

  13. Julia March 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Fantastic graphic!
    Is it available for purchase via download or as a print?
    We did the hike 6 years ago and I’d love to hang this next to some of the amazing photos that came from the trip.

  14. Sylvia March 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    So, is it an 8-day hike, there and back?

    • Kevin March 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Sylvia,

      No, because of the number of visitors and crew, the Inca trail can be hiked in one direction only, so usually the trip is 4 or 5 days, unless you take a longer rout from further away (up to 12d for some trips if you start with a trek in to Choquequirao first). The trip out is by train.


  15. Cindy March 29, 2013 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Nicely done. You forgot one statistics: # of beer consumed on the last night of the trek.

  16. pompom March 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I am 53years old and did the trek at 51 and loved it so much I want to do it again at 60,70 and 80. Let age be no barrier to experiencing this incredible journey.

  17. Dyan April 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Contemplating in a trail. What is altitude.? Sea level person and I know what I can take. Comments please.

  18. Pasture Braised April 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    This is awesome Attit! I especially like seeing the diversity or nationalities that tackle the trail. The only graphic missing is the exact size of your step.

  19. Jennifer February 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I want to experience Machu Picchu to celebrate hitting the big 4-0 at the end of April. Any suggestions?

  20. Sacha Mlynek February 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Jennifer – we have a roster of trips to choose from that will get you to Machu Picchu! The question is, how do you want to get there? Would you like to hike the Inca Trail or take the train? Have a look at our trips to Peru as a start:

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