Additional Expenses you will Incur for Inca Trail Treks

Trekking the Inca Trail is an incredible journey to reach the city of Machu Picchu. The trek can be done a number of ways and over number of days! Our favorite itinerary is our Classic 5 Day trek to Machu Picchu. We also have the Traditional 4 Day trek as well as a 6 Day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. If you have a group of four or more people, we can also cater to any itinerary you choose! GET IN TOUCH today for more information on any of our Inca Trail trips.

The additional expenses you will incur on the Inca Trail will depend on a number of factors. It will vary greatly on your itinerary, inclusions and exclusions in your specific trip. However, for our Ian Taylor Trekking trips, these are some additional expenses you may incur while in Cusco and on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu.

Additional Expenses

Visa Entry to Peru: NONE
Meals and water in Cusco/ Aguas Calientes: $100 – $200 Depending on restaurants
Tips given at the end of the trek: $150 Recommended for 4 or 5 day treks
Water on the trail: $20 If you choose to purchase this – not necessary however
Internet: NONE (Not Available)
Battery Charging: NONE (Not Available)
Boiled water for your hot water bottle: No charge for this
Souvenirs: At your own discretion
Specialty drinks along the trail: $2 to $5 – not necessary however

Water on the Inca Trail

If you are on an Inca Trail trek with Ian Taylor Trekking, you will not have to purchase any water during the trek. We recommend that you have water purification tablets with you on the trek to purify all water you drink. In the mornings, at lunch and in the evening, our staff will be able to fill your bottles or water bladders. Each time you are given cold water, however, you will need to treat that water with your purification tablets. We recommend that you are drinking 4 – 5 liters of water a day on the trail. There are also a couple of places that you can purchase water or soft drinks from people on the trail, if you choose. We do remind our clients to LEAVE NO TRACE on the Inca Trail and we do not recommend purchasing plastic bottles that likely will not be recycled.

Trek the Inca trail to Machu Picchu


Cusco is a beautiful and historic city that is filled with different things to do!  From the museums, historic sites, markets and shops, to the restaurants and bars, there is plenty to see and do in this wonderful city.  Likewise, there is a wide range of restaurants you can choose to eat at.  All of the Ian Taylor Trekking trips include three nights in a 4 start hotel in Cusco.  These nights are all on a bed and breakfast basis.  Therefore, you will have some extra meals to purchase on your own in Cusco.  Eating in Cusco will be a highlight of your trip!  It is a wonderful culinary city with a range of options for all budgets.  You can enjoy small, local eateries for less than $5 a meal or you can eat at one of the delicious five star restaurants for $30 a meal!

The Beautiful City of Cusco Peru

Aguas Calientes

If you are on one of our Classic 5 Day Inca Trail trips to Machu Picchu, then you will be spending one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. This very unique and beautiful town will provide you with a hot shower, bed to sleep in and fun evening on the town. We provide the evening meal for our teams in Aguas Calientes, however you may also choose to buy other items in town. There is a wonderful market that you may visit with local artisans selling their goods. There are also bars, restaurants, shops and galleries through the town that you also will have an option to purchase things at. How much you spend here will depend on your personal choices!

Get in Touch for More Information

We have a wide range of trips on the Inca Trail yearly. Check out our UPCOMING TRIPS and read some REVIEWS from our trips. Then GET IN TOUCH and let us know if you need further information.

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