Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days.- World Top rated hike, this is Peru’s most sought-after trek for its breathtaking panoramas, vast ecological diversity, and well-preserved archeological sites. It is trekking 4 days along the original ancient stone Inca path, we traverse high mountain passes and trek through ecological areas ranging from high desert puna to an Andean cloud forest and subtropical jungle.
Inca Trail 4 days Overview
- START: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco between 6:00 to 6:30 am. If you are close to the office in Cusco you may meet us there at 6:30 am.
- END: Drop off in Cusco at the “Plaza de Armas” around 10:30 pm. We can drop you at your hotel.
- DEPARTURE: Check Availability—tickets sell fast, so check well in advance!
- TOTAL HIKING DISTANCE: 45 kilometers / 28 miles
- MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4,212 m / 13,818 ft
- ACCOMMODATIONS: 3 nights camping
- MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 tea times and wake up teas
- IN MACHU PICCHU: Entrance ticket to Machupicchu included
Day 1: Cusco – Piscacucho km 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
- Pickup from your hotel
- Transfer to km 82 (2,720m/8,923ft), beginning of the trek
- Hiking the Inca Trail Archaeological site of Kanabamba, Llactapata (Quechua names)
- Lunch at Miskay village
- Camping in Wayllabamba (3,100m/10,829ft)
- Walking distance 11 km
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañuska – Pacaymayu
- Survive the highest mountains and enjoy magnificent panoramic views
- Walking distance: 12 km
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna
- The longer day, we will visit the archeological places of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñayhuayna.
- Nice views of Machu Picchu mountain
- Walking distance: 16km
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Hiking to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (optional – booking in advanced required)
- Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch
- Hiking distance 5 km
- Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy
- Transfer from the train station to Cusco hotel
- Train times at 6:20 pm or depending on availability at Peru Rail.
- End of the service
Inca Trail 4 Days.- Our professional Inca Trail guides will show you the native flora and fauna and explain important facts and legends about the magnificent Inca Empire. The fourth day, we will arrive at Machu Picchu through the Intipunku, or Sun Gate, from where we catch our first exhilarating glimpse of one of the seven wonders of the world. At Machu Picchu, after the explanation, we will have free time to continue discovering these spectacular archeological remains before returning to Cusco by train.
Inca Trail 4 Days Highlights:
- Trek in a high Andean scenery. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents.
- Travel with us who have traveled this route hundreds of times.
- Inca Trail Private Guide, porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail 4 days hikers have access to.
- Travel the Inca Trail through these routes paved in stone by our Inca ancestors.
- Take a first look at Machupicchu through the Puerta del Sol.
- Trek every day fully supported; carry only day backpacks.
- Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping services, the best on the trail!
- Enjoy your last day in the lost city of the Incas, accompanied by our private guide.
DAY 01: CUSCO-KM82-WAYLLABAMBA:
The first day starts very early, we pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am to head for Km 82, where the adventure begins. During the 2 hours trip we will cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a valley very famous for being the main producer of vegetables in the Cusco region, besides housing imposing palaces and Inca period buildings. During the trip, we will make a 20-minute stop in the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have breakfast and meet the rest of the team (porters).
Once we reach Km 82, we will get things ready to start the walk, because this is the endpoint where the transport will accompany us. After submitting the necessary permits (tickets to the Inca Trail –Machupicchu ) by the agency and their original passports, we will begin the trek.
During the first 3 hours of hiking, you will observe the classic Andean landscape of varied flora and fauna until arriving at the archaeological complex of Llactapata, place where we will have an informative talk about the function of the complex in Inca time for about 1 hour, Where we will have lunch and then continue another 2 hours walking until arriving at our first camp Wayllabamba (16:00 pm/shops).
- Pickup from your hotel.
- Transfer to km 82 (2,720m/8,923ft), beginning of the trek – breakfast with Inca trail views.
- Hiking the Inca Trail Archaeological site of Kanabamba, Llactapata (Quechua names).
- Lunch at Tarachayoq village at approximately 1:30 pm.
- Camping in Wayllabamba (3,100m/10,829ft).
- Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours.
- Food: Almuerzo y Cena.
- Trekking Distance: Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km.
- Duration: 6 hours approx.
DAY 02: HUAYLLABAMBA-WARMIWAÑUSCA-PACAYMAYU:
Inca Trail 4 Days.- This day will be the hardest and exhausting, but at the same time, it will be a magnificent tour since we will observe imposing snow-capped and unique landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. We will get up at 6:00 am and after a healthy breakfast and high in proteins, we will begin the trek. The first 4 hours are on the way up to Warmiwañusca (4215 m or 13,828 ft). Place where we will have enough time to take a rest and get wonderful pictures of the different mountains and around. The last 2 hours of trekking will be in descending by Inca paved road until arriving at Pacaymayo, our second camp. Lunch and dinner.
- Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours.
- Distancia: Huayllabamba-Pacaymayo – 7km.
- Duración: 7 horas aproximadamente.
DAY 03: PACAYMAYU- SAYACMARKA-WIÑAYWAYNA:
Inca Trail 4 Days.- This day will be truly magnificent since you will have the opportunity to know 4 Incan constructions that will simply leave you marveling and all this while making the walk surrounded by a beautiful and magical landscape.
We will get up at 6 am and after a healthy and energetic breakfast, we will begin the adventure. The first 2 hours will be in ascending until the archaeological complex of Runcuracay, located at 3700 masl. After a guided tour we will continue walking for about 2 more hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Sayacmarca, then we continue for 15 more minutes until Chaquiicocha, where we will have lunch and rest. We will continue our trek until we reach Puyupatamarca where we will have a brief guided tour to continue walking until our last place of camping called Wiñayhuayna.
This last day in the afternoon/evening we will have a small party with the whole team (porters and cooks) where we thank them for their services, as they will not be able to accompany us to Machupicchu. Wiñaywayna (2690 masl).
- Approximate walking time: 10 hours
- The longest day, we will get to visit different archeological places such as Runkuray, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and Wiñay Wayna.
- Nice views of Machu Picchu mountain.
- Distance: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca 10 km.
- Distance: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna: 4 Km.
DAY 04: WIÑAYWAYNA-MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO:
This day will undoubtedly be the most fascinating for you since you will observe Machupicchu in all its splendor from the sun gate.
We will get up at 3 o’clock in the morning, and after breakfast, we will begin the walk towards the sun gate, this walk will be in ascension for about 2 hours until arriving at Intipunku (the sun gate) from where we will observe Machupicchu while it is illuminated By the first rays of the sun. In the sun gate, we will be for about 1 hour and after beginning the descent to Machupicchu. In Machupicchu we will have a guided tour for about 2 hours, with the guide will visit the most outstanding places of the complex as the temple of the sun, the temple of the three windows, the Intihuatana, the temple of the condor and also the house of the Inca. After that, you will have free time to visit Machupicchu again or in any case descend to the village of Aguas Calientes. (Lunch not included) in the afternoon we will board the return train from Aguas Calientes to the train station of Ollantaytambo, the place from where it will be transported by tourist bus for 02 hours to Cusco.
- Hiking to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (advanced booking required)
- Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch
- Walking distance 5 km
- Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo/Poroy
- Transfer from the train station to Cusco hotel
- Train times at 2:55 pm, 4:45 pm, or 6:45 pm depending on availability at Peru Rail.
- End of the service
- Distance: Winaywayna – Machu Picchu: 5 km
- Duration: 4 hours approximately
- Distance: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu: 9 km
- Duration: 7 hours approximately.
Included in the Trip
- Transfer in from the airport to your hotel the day of your arrival to Cusco (Courtesy of the Travel Agency).
- Briefing a night before your tour in your hotel.
- We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am or in the Sacred Valley at 7:20 a.m.
- Private bus to the Piscacucho village – 82 kilometers.
- Full meal for the whole tour (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan options, gluten, no wheat, or special diets for your response).
- Experts Chefs in mountain cuisine.
- Permits for the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Porters to carry camping gear, tents, tables, stools, and kitchen equipment.
- Excellent and experienced tour guides (9-16 people / 6-8 with 1 tour guide).
- Kitchen and eating tent, camp tables, and stools.
- Happy hour with “macho teas” and hot drinks every afternoon in our camp.
- Boiled water provided from the second day.
- A quiet start to the day with coca tea to wake you up in your tent.
- 2 people per tent (clean, new, spacious)
- Sleeping mattress.
- Hot water buckets to wash in your tent every day.
- First aid equipment and oxygen assistance.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Expedition train returns to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station and there is a bus that returns to Cusco.
- Transfer out from your hotel to the airport the day you will leave from Cusco (Courtesy of the Travel Agency).
Not Included in the Trip
- Sleeping bag (for temperatures of 8 ° C menus) $ 25 for 3 nights
- “Porteador” personal for 15 kg US $ 150.00
- Trekking sticks $ US20 per pair
- Hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
- Energy snacks, chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Tips for the trekking team, guides, cooks, porters. It is a tradition but it is not obligatory.
- Ticket to enter at Huayna Picchu Mountain US $ 70.00 (Advance reservation required).
- Hotel in Cusco before and after your tour.
- Travel insurance – Check if your current insurance covers you for the trekking and consider medical assistance in the locality
Inca Trail 4 Days Bucket List
- Original passport.
- Backpack of 10 to 15 liters (the backpack has a belt for chest and one for waist this will help to distribute the weight and one that has side pockets for small objects).
- Waterproof backpack cover.
- Loose and preferably long trousers.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Gloves and caps.
- Plastic bags (protect cameras and throw garbage)
- Purifying water pills.
- Trekking poles.
- A pair of shorts.
- Several pairs of socks.
- Rain poncho.
- Sneakers or sandals to rest your feet in the camp.
- A hat or cap.
- Personal medicines.
- Sunglasses with UV Protection
- Extra money for guide tips and extra expenses
- Pocket flashlight with a spare battery.
- An extra porter (up to 15 kilos) for personal equipment of passengers $ 150.00 dollars.
- Rental of a $ 25.00 Sleeping Bag all the way.
- Return on Vistadome plus an additional $ 35.00 dollars per person.
IMPORTANT: During the trip, you will have to carry your personal belongings as well as a small mat that we will include and your sleeping bag which is not included, if you wish you can hire an extra porter who has the cost of USD 150 for the whole tour and can be shared between 2, so you only have to take a small backpack with your necessary things for each day, while we will provide a large backpack to load the porter who can only load 15 kilos maximum as decreed by the Law of the carrier.
Prices in Shared Service (With other travelers)
- Price per person: US $ 620.00
Prices in Private Service
|Number of people||Price per person|
|1 Person||US $1150.00|
|2 People||US $780.00|
|3 People||US $740.00|
|4 People||US $680.00|
|5 People||US $640.00|
- Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $ 30
- Discount for children under 17: $ 30
- Discount for children under 7 years: $ 40
To receive the discount for children, you must send us a copy of the child’s passport.
- Porter: Depending on your level of physical fitness, the hike can be strenuous. If you would like to reduce the load you have to carry, you can hire an Extra Porter to carry your belongings. You can hire a Porter to carry 8 kg (18 lb) for $80 USD, or 15 kg (33 lb) for $150 USD. Included in this service are the porter’s salary, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, and his food. If you decide to use this service, the Porter will carry your packs until we reach Aguas Calientes. You must reserve your extra Porter at the same time you reserve the trip because the extra porter is counted as part of the 500-person limit on the trail.
- Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $70 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, so please let us know when booking whether you would like to hike Huayna Picchu, and we will reserve it for you.
- Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: After hiking for 4 days, some people prefer to spend the 4th night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning to Cusco right away. This can give you more time to enjoy the ruins of Machu Picchu, relax in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, and in general not have to worry about the time. This option is also good for those who want to climb Huayna Picchu but want to have some time to rest after the hike, so you can return to Machu Picchu the next day to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about options and prices.
- Sleeping Bags: If you would like to rent a sleeping bag from us, the price is $25 USD per person in total for this 4-day hike.
- Trekking Poles: We recommend taking trekking poles on the hike especially when hiking downhill. If you would like to rent a pair for the whole hike, the price is $15 USD per person.
- Vistadome Train: Our price includes a return train ticket in the Expedition train, however, if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $35 USD per person.
- Because of the strict regulations of the Machu Picchu, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation. If you are unable to come on the date you have reserved, we cannot reimburse you.
- The $200 deposit is non-refundable. We cannot reimburse the entrance fee to the Inca Trail because the permits are non-refundable and ANDEAN PERU TREKS purchases the tickets from Machu Picchu Park when you reserve your spot.
- If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
- If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
- If you cancel one or two days before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
- In the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, you must pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You may join the group in Machu Picchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward.
It is important to consider some details about the Inca Trail 4 Days, such as: what to take, how much luggage to take, changes in the reserve?
Inca Trail: It is necessary to take only what is indispensable for the trek since you will be the one who takes your luggage during the route.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of an ancient network of roads of more than 30,000 kilometers that communicated the entire Inca Empire. This vast network of roads linked the territories of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and mainly Peru.
Currently, the network is not fully preserved; however, it is still possible to travel 42 kilometers from Cusco to Machu Picchu, which is known as the Inca Trail.
Hiking these 42 kilometers takes approximately 3 days and anyone can do it, however, there are some recommendations to take into account so that this journey is completely satisfactory and run smoothly.
The Inca Trail is one of the busiest adventure trails in the world, and places are limited to 500 people per day of which only 200 are for tourists and the remaining 300 are for people who accompany travelers (guides, cooks, porters, etc.), so it is very important to plan this tour a few months in advance (between 3 and 6 months in advance). It should also be taken into account that during the month of February the Inca Trail is closed due to maintenance work carried out there.
Pack your backpack well with what you need for the Inca Trail.
Depending on the path you choose, it can be 2 or 4 days of walking, so every gram counts. Take only what is strictly necessary and make sure that the backpack you carry is suitable for this type of excursion because as you progress everything becomes heavier.
Wear the right footwear
For the Inca Trail, or similar walks it is recommended to wear walking shoes that have a good grip or mountain boots, it is not advisable to wear new footwear, as these cause blisters on the feet. It is also advisable to bring a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.
Get used to the height of the Inca Trail
The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of 3250 meters above sea level, and the altitude on the Inca Trail reaches 4200 meters above sea level. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude before making this excursion to avoid possible discomfort along the way. Preferably stay in the city of Cusco 2 or 3 days before the excursion.
Be careful with the weather on the Inca Trail
If you go in the rainy season, it is important that you take precautions regarding humidity, as this can even reach your clothes change. We recommend that you take your clothes in plastic bags inside your backpack, also take waterproof ponchos that help protect you from the rain.
Have fun and enjoy the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Finally, have fun with the rest of the group, enjoy the wonderful landscapes that this tour offers, and do not miss the opportunity to take pictures of everything you see around you from the beginning to the last moment of the tour.
If you found these tips useful and are looking for more information about the Inca Trail, you can see more on the blog or you can also contact us if you have any questions.
What is the Inca Trail
The Inka Trail that leads to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco is one of the most popular and well-known tours in Peru. The trek from Kilometro 43 groups a series of amazingly preserved Inca archaeological remains. Along the route, the natural landscape is breathtaking, with incredible views of snow-covered mountains and cloud forest.
Visitors from all over the world come to Peru, not only to see Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World but also to make the Inca Trail. Permits for the Inca Trail are highly demanded, due to the limited number of entries per day. Many times these permits are difficult to obtain since availability is decreasing as the high season (June-August) approaches, which is not surprising since this route is one of the best of its kind.
The Inca Trail starts from a point in the Sacred Valley, called “Kilómetro 88”. To start the journey, cross a narrow bridge in Kusicancha, and then head to the left side of a forest of eucalyptus trees. This trip is not suitable for people with a heart as it gets to pass above 4600msnm. The road winds up, down and around the mountains on the old carved stone stairs, and then follows three steps of high Andean mountains, one of them with a disturbing name, “Passage of the Dead Woman.” Once at the top, when you can catch your breath, you will surely be amazed again by the truly spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. Along the way, visitors will be able to experience a series of microclimates and observe the flora and fauna changes, typical of the high Andes and cloud forest as well as the enormous biological diversity of the Amazon.
Four days later, hikers will arrive at the magnificent city of Machu Picchu, discovered more than 100 years ago by an American professor named Hiram Bingham. Getting to Machu Picchu in the morning and seeing the sunrise is a worthy spectacle to be appreciated and completing the Inca Trail is one of the best sensations in the world! Once in Machu Picchu, you will climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for an incomparable view of the Historic Sanctuary, the neighboring town of Aguas Calientes, and the Urubamba Valley.