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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). During the excursion, except for breakfast on the first day as well as lunch and dinner on the last day of the trek. Remember that when you get to Machu Picchu you can find many restaurants in the town of Aguas Calientes. The tour includes food options for vegetarians and vegans. Learn more.

Food on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Food on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is already included. Thus, the visitor will not have to carry a luggage full of kitchen implements. The route lasts 4 days and 3 nights. All services include: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. It does not include breakfast on day 1. Nor does it include lunch and dinner on day 4.

Meals are prepared by professional chefs specialized in this type of hiking trail. The ingredients and utensils are transferred by the porters to each camp. So when visitors arrive there they have their meals already hot and served.

The meals are made from light foods including fruits, vegetables and meats.

The foods that are provided have a high energy value necessary for you to complete the walk.

You are reminded that one day before starting your adventure on the Inca Trail it is necessary to have a light diet because at the height of the city of Cusco (3,400 meters above sea level). This usually has an effect on organisms that are not used to altitude, generating the discomfort known as altitude sickness (also called mountain sickness).

If you have any type of allergy to any type of food, please notify us before starting the walk.

How is the breakfast?

The Inca Trail includes breakfast on day 2, day 3 and day 4. It does not include the first day since it leaves very early from the city of Cusco.

All breakfasts are served very early before starting the day’s arduous hike. These are made up of a buffet of: fruit salad, scrambled eggs, toast, bread, cheese, cake, omelettes, porridge, cereals, orange juice, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, butter and jam.

What is lunch like?

The Inca Trail includes lunch on day 1, day 2 and day 3. It does not include lunch on day 4. There visitors can have lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes.

All lunches are served between noon and one in the afternoon (as tourists arrive from the walk). Entries often consist of: stuffed avocado, sausage, french fries, vegetable salad and cooked potatoes. In addition, to combat the cold, asparagus cream, corn soup and mushroom soup are served.

The main dishes are usually: spaghetti bolognese, chicken with rice, ceviche, beans and fried fish.

Food on the Inca Trail

Food on the Inca Trail

How is dinner?

The Inca Trail includes dinner on day 1, day 2 and day 3. It does not include dinner on day 4 since by then the visitors will already be in the city of Cusco.

Dinner is served between 5 and 6 in the afternoon (by then the visitors are already in their camps). Dinner is usually: stuffed chicken, vegetable tortillas, pizza, spaghetti, pork chop, sautéed vegetables and salad.

At dinner on day 3, some tourism agencies include a cake to celebrate the farewell of the porters and cooks. In some cases, a toast is also made with Peruvian cocktails.

Drinks and snackss

The Inca Trail includes drinks and snacks. These are served in the camps. They offer mineral water and rehydrating drinks. Also fruits and cookies.

However, the amount of water and snacks included are often not enough for the physical exhaustion of tourists. For this reason, it is advisable to carry 1 liter of water a day with you. In addition, it is always advisable to have fruits, chocolates, cookies or whatever the visitor deems necessary.

Vegetarian and vegan optiona

The Inca Trail also includes vegetarian and vegan options. These food options must be requested during the purchase of the Inca Trail tour (6 or 7 months in advance).

The Inca Trail is a suitable hiking route for all people. The little ones must like this type of adventure. The meals are nutritious and tasty.


By Inca Trail Machu Picchu - Last updated, 10-12-2021

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