The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days

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The 4-days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail is one of the top 10 trekking routes in South America and the number 1 in Peru. It served as a communication system for the Incas, allowing runners to travel from one place to another across the vast Inca Empire, which extended from southern Colombia to northern Argentina. There are different Inca trails to hike, but this is the most famous one, taking you from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, through beautiful landscapes and various Inca archaeological sites.

Our departure dates for the Inca Trail range from March to January. Our recommended period being April to October due to the rainy season. The Inca Trail has a strict limit on the number of people alowed (500), with three hundred of them are the guides, porters and chefs. Therefore we will recommend booking your trip as early as possible, ideally around 6 months in advance.

The real Inca Trail covers more than 32,952 hectares, various networks of Inca roads, dozens of archaeological sites, ten ecological zones, over 450 bird species, and 200 species of orchids, in addition to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

  • Day 01: Cusco | Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho, Km 82 – Llactapata view – Wayllabamaba
  • Day 02: Wayllabamaba – Warmiwañusca "Dead Woman's pass" – Pacaymayu
  • Day 03: Pacaymayo – Runkurakay - Phuyupatamarca – Inti Pata – Wiñayhuayna
  • Day 04: Wiñayhuayna – Inti Punku "Sun Gate" – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 1 | Inca Trail

Cusco| Piscacucho Km 82 – Wayllabamba

km 82, Inca Trail 1st day

Our journey to Machu Picchu begins with the pick-up from your hotel at around 5:00 a.m. by your guide. We will arrive in Ollantaytambo around 6:30 a.m. with a 40-minute break for breakfast and the opportunity to buy souvenirs. Subsequently, we will head towards Piscacucho, known as kilometer 82, where our incredible Inca Trail trek commences. (Breakfast is not included). Around 9:30 a.m., we will reach kilometer 82, the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail, where we need to show our Inca Trail permit, original passports, and student ID (if applicable for a student discount).

At the beginning of the trail (2720 m / 8923 ft), we will cross the Vilcanota River, walking for about 2 hours until we reach Miskay (2690 m / 8825 ft), where we'll enjoy a delicious lunch.

The first day is relatively easy, serving as a warm-up along the flat Inca terrain. There are excellent views of the Inca Fortress 'Willca Raccay' (2750 m / 9022 ft), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata (officially called 'Patallacta'), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'Wakay Willca' (5860 m / 19225 ft), known as Veronica. Our first camp is at Wayllabamba (3000 m / 9842 ft). We'll arrive there by 5:00 p.m., enjoying a pleasant dinner prepared by our personal professional chef at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, we'll settle in for the night. Nighttime temperatures hover around 5°C, depending on the month.

  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
  • Total distance: 11 km / 6.8 mi
  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours
  • Start elevation: 2,720 m. / 8,924 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 3,000 m. / 9,842 ft.
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities

Day 2 | Inca Trail

Trekking Wayllabamba – Warmiwañuska "Dead woman's pass" – Pacaymayu.

Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail 2nd day

Sunrise Trek: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at 5:30 am to fuel your body for the challenging climb ahead.

Conquering Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass): We will embark on a steep ascent towards Abra de Warmiwañusca, also known as the "Dead Woman's Pass." At 4215 m / 13829 ft, this will be the highest point of the trek. Reaching the summit will be an achievement that fills you with pride!

After a well-deserved rest and lunch at Pacaymayo 3,600 m / 11,811 ft, during the descend, delight your senses with the diversity of the flora and fauna in the area. Observe colorful species of hummingbirds and other birds, and admire the impressive variety of native plants, including the majestic Q'ueuña trees that thrive in the beautiful cloud forest.

Camping at Pacaymayo: Around 6:30 p.m., ready to cozy up under the stars. Be prepared for chilly nights, as temperatures here typically dip to around 4°C.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge
  • Total distance: 10 km / 6.2 mi
  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4,215 m. / 13,829 ft. (Dead Woman's pass)
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities

Day 3 | Inca Trail

Trekking Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Phuyupatamarka - Intipata - Wayllabamba.

Intipata views of Inka Trail 3rd day

Wake up to a hearty breakfast at 6:00 am and fuel up for a day of scenic hikes and historical discoveries. Today, we embark on a special journey, passing through three majestic Inca ruins amidst breathtaking landscapes.

7:00 am: Ascent to Runkuraqay and Runkurakay Pass. Our first challenge is a one-hour uphill climb to reach Runkuraqay, a stunning Inca ruin situated at 3,750 meters. From here, we continue ascending for another hour to conquer the second high point of the day, Runkurakay Pass, standing at 3,950 meters. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys – a reward for your efforts!

Sayacmarka and Chakiccocha: Descend and Delight. After conquering the two peaks, enjoy a comfortable 45-minute downhill walk to Sayacmarka, a charming Inca citadel perched at 3,650 meters. Explore its fascinating architecture and soak in the panoramic vistas. Continue the journey with a 25-minute hike to Chakiccocha, where a delicious lunch awaits us amidst idyllic natural surroundings.

Phuyupatamarca: Refueled and rejuvenated, we embark on the final Inca Trail hike of the day – a one-hour climb to Phuyupatamarca, another impressive Inca construction set at 3,600 meters. Immerse yourself in the history and marvel at the panoramic views.

Descent to Wiñay Huayna and Camp. Around 3:00 pm, descend for two leisurely hours down a gentle path to Wiñay Huayna, our final campsite located at 2,680 meters. Relax and bask in the beauty of the surroundings, knowing you've conquered the magnificent Inca Trail.

About 6:30 pm: Farewell Buffet and Optional Exploration. Our incredible chefs prepare a sumptuous buffet dinner. Feeling energetic? Seize the opportunity to visit the captivating archaeological site of Wiñay Huayna, just 5 minutes from camp. Witness its numerous terraces and ruins, bathed in the golden hues of sunset.

Unforgettable Memories and a Night in Wiñay Huayna. Remember, today's achievements pave the way for tomorrow's final ascent to Machu Picchu. Sleep soundly in our Wiñay Huayna campsite, knowing you've experienced one of the most impressive days of the Inca Trail. Overnight temperatures hover around 12°C.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge
  • Total distance: 16 km / 9.5 mi
  • Estimated walking time: 10 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 3,950 m. / 12,975 ft. (Runkurakay pass)
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities

Day 4 | Inca Trail

Wayllabamba – Inti Punku "Sun Gate" – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco.

Machu Picchu site, Inca Trail last day

On this final day, start your day early with a hearty breakfast before heading towards the first checkpoint, opening at 5:30 am. A thrilling one-hour ascent awaits, leading you to the Sun Gate, where you'll be greeted by breathtaking Machu Picchu views and the majestic Andes mountains.

Prepare to be awestruck. Take a well-deserved 20-minute rest at the Sun Gate, soaking in the panorama, before a final 10-minute descent into the legendary lost city of the Incas. The Inca Trail culminates here, leaving you standing at the threshold of wonder.

Entering Machu Picchu: Pass through the second checkpoint and leave your backpacks (3 soles per bag) as you step into the marvel of this ancient city. Be sure to have your passport, entrance ticket, and student card (if applicable) on hand.

Unlocking Machu Picchu's Secrets: Between 8:00 and 10:00 am, your guide will lead you through Machu Picchu's captivating surroundings, unearthing the stories and significance of its temples, ruins, and hidden corners.

Climbing for Panoramic Glory: For adventure seekers, the optional ascent of Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3 hours round trip) offers stunning aerial views of the entire city. Tickets are required and sell out quickly, so plan accordingly.

Additionally, you'll have free time to engage in the following activities on your own (not included in the price):

  • Climb up to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain* for breathtaking views from above.
  • Discover Aguas Calientes: Explore the charming town at the foot of Machu Picchu, visit the new local museum, or unwind in the natural hot springs.
  • Immerse yourself in local culture: Sample delicious Peruvian cuisine, browse for unique souvenirs, or simply bask in the vibrant atmosphere.

Descent and Return to Cusco: As your Machu Picchu experience draws to a close, use your included bus ticket to descend to Aguas Calientes. Board the "Expedition Train" at 6:30 pm for a comfortable journey back to Ollantaytambo (2 hours), followed by a connecting bus ride to Cusco, arriving around 10:30 pm.

Flexibility at your fingertips: If you prefer, you can adjust the train schedule to arrive in Cusco earlier or later, allowing you to explore Aguas Calientes further or simply relax after your trek.

  • Meals: box Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total distance: 8.9 km / 5.5 mi
  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m. / 8,924 ft. (Sun Gate)

*Note: "Machu Picchu mountain" refers to the peak opposite the main Machu Picchu ruins.

This final day on the Inka Trail promises a culmination of your journey, filled with awe-inspiring views, ancient mysteries, and unforgettable experiences. Embrace the magic of Machu Picchu and create memories that will last a lifetime!

CLASSIC SERVICE

What's Included?

  • Pre-tour information: You will meet your Inca Trail guide at our offices (or another agreed-upon location) around 18:00 hours for an informative session about the tour.
  • Tourist transportation "Cusco - Ollantaytambo" (round trip).
  • "Expeditions" tourist train to Km 82, Chachabamba.
  • "Expeditions" tourist train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Consettur bus to the return the Machu Picchu archaeological site.
  • Highly qualified professional English and Spanish-speaking guide on the Inka Trail.
  • Highly qualified professional English and Spanish-speaking guide at Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the legendary Inca Trail.
    • 1st night: Camping at Wayllabamba.
    • 2nd night: Camping at Pacaymayo.
    • 3rd night: Camping at Wiñay Wayna.
    Note: Campsite availability is subject to the availability determined by the Ministry of Culture.
  • Entrance ticket to the Archeological site of Machu Picchu.
  • Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and kitchen equipment carried by our team (the porters).
  • A specialized chef for trail cuisine and an assistant who will prepare all meals during the trail.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, luten-free at no additional cost).
  • Supply of boiled, filtered, and cooled water from the first lunch to the last breakfast. It is recommended to bring your own water bottles (approximately 3L).
  • Wake-up with Coca Tea, every morning at the camp, a cup of coca tea is provided in the tent before starting the day.
  • Tea Time, every day during the hike.
  • The team will carry a first aid kit, including an emergency oxygen bottle.
  • 24-Hour Customer Service: We offer a 24-hour telephone service to facilitate communication with our agents before your trek.
  • Free Luggage Storage: We provide complimentary luggage storage at our offices in Cusco. You can leave your luggage before starting your tour (exclusive to our passengers).

What's Not Included?

  • Trekking poles are not included but is highly recommend for the hike. You can bring your our or rent from us.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Additional entrances (Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain).
  • The first breakfast and the last lunch are not included.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control, such as natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to passenger health issues (suffering from an illness or health problems), pandemic, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

Note: If you prefer, you can rent trekking poles, sleeping bag, additional entrance fees and lunch can be arranged on-site.

*Note: "Machu Picchu mountain" refers to the peak opposite the main Machu Picchu ruins.

Additional Services

  • Trekking poles. ($15.00 USD)
  • Sleeping bags. ($25.00 USD) - 3kg
  • Economical Lunch in Machu Picchu town. ($15.00 USD)
  • Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. ($45.00 USD)
  • Extra Porter for 6kg. ($80.00 USD)
  • Extra Porter for 14kg. ($160.00 USD)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain entrance, subject to availability and time slots: 7:00 am / 8:00 am / 9:00 am / 10:00 am ($75.00 USD)
  • Machu Picchu mountain* entrance, subject to availability and time slots: 7:00 am / 8:00 am ($75.00 USD)
  • Guided tour for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain*. ($75.00 USD per group)
  • Upgrade to the Vistadome train. ($50.00 USD)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Observatory train Return. ($75.00 USD)
  • Simgle Tent at the campsites. ($50.00 USD)
  • We can assist you in booking hotels (standard and luxury) throughout Peru.

*Note: "Machu Picchu mountain" refers to the peak opposite the main Machu Picchu ruins.

Note 2: If you choose the option of Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, depending on availability, you may need to add an additional cost for a private guide in the city of Machu Picchu.

Prices

  CLASSIC
Inka Trail to Machu Picchu 4D - 2024 $ 659.00 USD

Discounts

  • 18 - 24 years old: We offer a $20 discount per student. To qualify as a student, you must have a valid student identity card and be under 25 years of age at the time of your trip. Scan and email us the copy at the time of booking.
  • Under 18 years old: We offer a $20 discount per child. (you will need to scan and email us a copy of the passports).

What to Bring on the Classic Inca Trail?

  • Original passport (and valid student ID if applicable).
  • Hiking boots/shoes.
  • Hiking Socks.
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
  • Warm clothing, hat, and gloves.
  • Casual mountains wear for evenings
  • Short or long-sleeved shirts.
  • Comfortable pants.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen (recommended SPF 35).
  • Reusable plastic or metal bottles, or a camelback.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal hygiene items or day Pack.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera and camcorder.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.

Extra Items to Bring

  • Shorts.
  • Trekking poles (with rubber tips).
  • Bandages and bandages.
  • Sandals.
  • Baiting suit for the hot springs.
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips (recommend 200 Peruvian nuevos soles for extra expenses).

Questions and Answers / 4-days Inka Trail

Important Information

  • The itinerary may change based on the Peruvian government, weather conditions, and the health status of the trekkers.
  • The train schedule may vary depending on the availability of the train company.
  • We provide the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo: if someone books a train ticket last minute, it's not guaranteed they can be on the same train as the rest of the group.
  • If you wish to change the schedule or tickets for your train, you will need to pay an additional fee for transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and for the train price difference.

How long does the 4-day Inca Trail take?

The traditional 4-day Inca Trail hike starts early in the morning on the first day, reaches Machu Picchu on the morning of the fourth day, and concludes in Cusco around 10:00 pm.

When is the best time to do the route to Machu Picchu?

The best time to do the Classic Inca Trail is usually from April to October, during the dry season in the Cusco region.

Do I need to be in good physical shape for the Inca Trail?

It is advisable to be in good physical shape as there are some long walks and steep ascents.

How much does it cost to do the Inka Trail?

The cost can vary but generally includes Inca Trail entrance, guide, porters, meals, and transportation. It can range from $550 to $1000 USD.

Do I need to bring my own camping equipment?

No, agencies provide all camping equipment.

What should I pack for the Inka Trek?

Pack comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal hygiene items, and your original passport, among other necessary items.

Can I buy tickets for Huayna Picchu on the way?

No, necessary. but if you choose camping option, equipment is provided.

Can trekking poles be rented?

Availability is very limited, especially in busy months; it is recommended to buy tickets well in advance.

How is the altitude along the route?

It varies but can reach altitudes over 4000 meters. It's important to acclimate in the Cusco region before starting the hike.

Is photography allowed at Machu Picchu?

Yes, photography and videos are allowed, but the use of tripods or selfie sticks is restricted.

Can I cancel or change the date of my reservation?

Cancellation policies by the Ministry of Culture of Peru do not allow changes and/or cancellations on their platforms. Except for exceptions.

What types of meals are offered during the hike?

Varied meals are offered, including vegetarian and vegan options. Menus are usually energy-packed for the hike.

How is the return from Machu Picchu to Cusco?

The return is usually by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

Are upgrade options available, such as the Vistadome train or luxury hotel accommodation?

Yes, upgrade options are available but must be arranged in advance.

Are there options for food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Yes, agencies can usually accommodate dietary restrictions if informed in advance.

How is the weather along the route?

The weather can vary, but generally, it is cool during the day and cold at night. Be prepared for different conditions.

Is it necessary to carry cash during the hike?

It is advisable to carry some cash for tips and additional expenses, but most things are included in the total cost.

Can I buy souvenirs along the trek?

Yes, there are opportunities to buy local souvenirs during the hike.

Are there places to charge electronic devices?

Some campsites may have outlets, but it's advisable to bring portable batteries.

How is the terrain along the trek?

The terrain varies from paved paths to more natural and steep trails.

What is the weight limit for porters?

The limit is usually around 7-8 kg for the personal gear of hikers.

Is it necessary to carry water during the hike?

Although boiled water is provided, it is recommended to bring your own reusable bottle.

Can I hire transportation from Cusco?

The service includes round-trip transportation from Cusco.

Are there bathrooms available during the hike?

Yes, most campsites have basic bathroom facilities.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance for the our treks?

It's not mandatory, but it is recommended to have travel insurance covering medical emergencies and cancellations.

What should I do if I have health issues during the hike?

Immediately communicate any health issues to your guide. Agencies usually have emergency protocols in place.


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