Inca Trail "Classic"
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days
The Inca Trail got used as a communication system for the Incas to run from one place to another in the humongous Inca Empire which stretched from south Colombia to north of Argentina. There are different Inca trails to hike, but this one is the most famous Inca trail and it will take you from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, through beautiful landscapes and different archaeological Inca sites.
Availability for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
Our departure dates for the Inca Trail are from March to January. Our recommended dates are from April to October, because of the rain season. The Inca trail has a strict limit on how many people can use the Inca trail (500) three hundred of them are the guides, porters and chefs. Therefore we will recommend you to book your trip as soon as possible around 6 months in advance.
Day 1: Cusco – Huayllabamba
Our journey to Machu Picchu through the classical Inca trail begins at your hotel, from where you will be picked up after the breakfast (optional) around 6.00 – 6.30. From your hotel you will have a transfer 2 – 2.5 hours with your guide to our starting point which is called km 82. At the starting point you need to show your Inca trail permission card, your original passport, and your ISIC card if you have one.Here the Inca Trail begins and we will start hiking for 2 hours to Miskayl, where we are going to enjoy a nice lunch. The hike to Miskayl is a flat and a beautiful walk, where we can enjoy the incredible flora of the landscape around us.
After the lunch we are going to have another two hours hike to Wayllabamba (3.000 m.) which will be our camping spot. We will arrive there at 5. Pm in the afternoon, and we will enjoy a nice dinner from our personal professional chef at 6.30 pm. After the dinner we will settle down for the night.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo
At the second day the guides wakes us up at 5.30 with warm tee, so we can get a good start of the day at the Inca trail and we will eat breakfast at 6.00. Our first hike of this day begins at 6.30 and it will take around 5 hours (7 km) to get from our camp to the high spot which is called dead woman pass (4.600 m), where you can experience the female spirit, a woman that lives on the side of the mountain.
From this place we have a 2 hour hike down to our second camping spot (Pacamayu 3,600 m), where we finally will have our lunch after 7 hours of hiking in total on the Inca trail. At the camp we will rest and around 6.30 we will have dinner. Later we will get comfortable under our blankets, so we can stay warm for the cold night.
Day 3: Paqaymayo – Phuyupatamarka
We get up at 6.00 am and breakfast will be served by the chef at 6.30. At 7.00 we will start hiking. This day is a very special and beautiful day where we will pass 3 Inca ruins along the Inca trail. To get to the first Inca ruin Runkqurakay (3.800 m.), we have to hike one hour up; thereafter we have another hour of walking to the second high spot, Runku Pass (4.00 m.). After the second Inca ruin it will get easier, from there we will walk down for 45 m. to Sayacrmarka (3580 m.).
After the visit we will have 25 min. to chakicoccha (3.600 m) where we will enjoy our lunch in natural surroundings and incredible landscape. After the lunch we have a one hour hiking to Phuyupatamarka (3.60 m), which is the last hike on the Inca trail of this day. On this place we can find the last Inca construction for today.
From this point we will have an easy two hour walk down to Wiñnahuayna (2.600 m), where we will settle our camp and our chef will make a nice buffet to everyone so we can say goodbye to the chefs and the porters in a very nice way at 6.30. If you still have energy left after the hike, you can visit the archaeological site of wiñahuayna, only 5 minutes from our camp spot, a really delightful site on the Inbca trail with a lot of terraces and ruins.
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
On the last day we get up very early 3.30 and eat breakfast at 4.00. After the breakfast we begin hiking to the first checkpoint which opens at 5.30. After the checkpoint we have one hour of hiking to the Sun gate, from where we will have great views of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains. Here we will have 20 min. to rest. Thereafter we have 10 min. down to the lost city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. Here the Inca trail ends and we will enter the wonder of Machu Picchu. At the city, we have to pass the second checkpoint for leaving our bags and it will cost you 3 soles for every back, which is necessary.
There you will also need to show your passport, the ticket and the ISIC card if you have one. Thereafter your guide will show you around the Machu Picchu and the different important sites, ruins and temples of the site from 8.00 to 10.00. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the city, its many different roads and its beautiful surroundings. After you have enjoyed the magnificent city of the Incas you have to use your bus ticket to get down to Aguas Calientes and then take the train back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. The “expedition train” leaves at 6.30 in the evening and arrives at Ollantaytambo after 2 hours. At Ollantaytambo there will be a bus waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. Here your journey will end at 10.30 in the night.
- Briefing one or two days before the tour.
- Transfer from their hotel until km. 82.
- Entrances tickets to Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- English and Spanish speaking Professional Guide.
- Camping equipment, (2 person tents, mattresses, Cooking equipment, tables and chairs).
- Porters carrying your camping and cooking equipment.
- Professional cook.
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners – Vegetarian food, or other diet requirements can be arranged with no further charge.
- First aid kid and oxygen bottles.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- First breakfast before the transfer on the first day – lunch at the last day at Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bags.
- Extra porter for personal items.
- Tips are not included but it is optional.
Extras for your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Walking sticks (10 $ for a pair of sticks)
- Extra porter for personal items (60$ for 7 Kilos – max. 7 Kilos)
- Upgrade to Single room in Aguas Calientes (35$)
- Upgrade to Vistadome train (80$ )
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu (65$) – There is only a limited space at Huayna Picchu (400 persons per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.
- We can help you to book hotels (standard and luxury) in whole Peru.
What You Need on your inca trail Hiking to Machu Picchu:
- You should bring your original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
- Water for the first day, but on the way it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families.
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
Optional items to bring:
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Baiting suit for the hot springs
- Extra money for personal expensive, tips and entrance fees for hot springs (entrance fee for the hot spring is: 4 US $ / 10 Soles), (recommended 200 Peruvian nuevos soles for extra money)
Discounts: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 3 Days 2 Nights
- With an ISIC card you can get a discount (20$) of the Inca Trail; you need to scan and send it to us at the time of your booking.
- If you are under 17 years old, you can get a discount (20 $) of the Inca trail; you have to scan and send you passport to us at the time of your booking.
- The Itinerary can change according to the Peruvian government, climate and health status of the trekkers.
- The train schedule can change according to availability of the train company.
- The train that we provide is the expedition train to Ollantaytambo – if someone books a train ticket in the last minute it is not sure that they can come in the same train as the other group.
- If you would like to change your train schedule or tickets, you have to pay more for the transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and for the price change of the train.