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Inca Trail Food

  • Inca Trail Specialist
  • Updated: April 16, 2022
inca trail food

Inca Trail Food

The food on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is already included. So the traveler will not have to carry luggage full of kitchen utensils. The route has a duration of 4 days and 3 nights. All services include 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. Breakfast on day 1 is not included. Lunch and dinner on day 4 are not included.

Meals are prepared by professional cooks specialized in this type of trekking route. The ingredients and utensils are transported by porters to each camp. Thus, when the visitors arrive there, the meals are already hot and served.

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

The food provided has a high energetic value necessary to complete the trek.

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

In case you have any kind of allergy to any type of food, please inform us before the trek.


The Inca Trail includes breakfast on days 2, 3, and 4. Breakfast on the first day is not included as we will be leaving Cusco very early in the morning.

All breakfasts are served very early before starting the arduous trek of the day. They consist of a buffet of fruit salad, scrambled eggs, toast, bread, cheese, cake, tortillas, porridge, cereals, orange juice, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, butter, and jam, an organic breakfast that your body needs for this kind of trek.


The Inca Trail includes lunch on day 1, day 2, and day 3. On the last day, lunch is not included. Their visitors can have lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes.

All lunches are served between noon and one o’clock in the afternoon (when tourists arrive from the trek). Main dishes usually consist of stuffed avocado, sausages, french fries, vegetable salad, and boiled potatoes. In addition, to combat the cold, cream of asparagus, corn soup, and mushroom soup are served.

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


The Inca Trail includes dinner on days 1, 2, and 3.

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

On the third day dinner, some travel agencies include a cake to celebrate the farewell of the porters and cooks. In some cases, there is also a toast with Peruvian cocktails.

Drinks and snacks

The Inca Trail includes drinks and snacks. They are served at the campsites. They offer mineral water and rehydrating drinks. Also fruits and cookies.

However, the amount of water and snacks included is usually not enough for the physical exhaustion of the tourists. Therefore, it is advisable to carry 1 liter of water per day. In addition, it is always advisable to have fruits, chocolates, cookies, or whatever the visitor considers necessary.