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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

The most important hike in the world, the Inca Trail to Machupicchu is one of the attractions which brings together people from all over the world is noted for its vast ecological diversity and well preserved archaeological sites. Its importance is due to the cultural and natural variety that it presents; the Inca Trail will show us beautiful archaeological sites full of history, amazing landscapes surrounded by flora and fauna that make it even more impressive, and after three days of hiking our reward will be to appreciate one of the wonders of the world in all its splendor «MachuPicchu». Is important to check the availability and book your Inca Trail spot in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Inca Trail 2022

But if you did not get a space for the date you wanted to do the long Inca Trail or you do not have enough time or have a low budget, we gladly offer you the Short Inca Trail 2Days 1 Nhoght, which also includes a day hike, making the visit of the wonder of the world on the second day.  We are sure you will choose the best option for you and as always we will be there to provide you with the best experiences with our guides, chefs and our support staff (Porters), with the sole purpose of making your trip unforgettable.

At a Glance:

  • Trek in a high Andean scenery.
  • Travel with us, we have traveled this route hundreds of times.
  • Inca Trail Private Guide, porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by our Chef.
  • You will explore the archaeological sites that only Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights hikers have access to.
  • Traveling the Inca Trail through these routes worked in stone by our Inca ancestors.
  • After three days of walking get a first glimpse of the sunrise from the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu in all it’s magnificent.
  • Enjoy your last day in the lost city of the Incas, accompanied by our private guide.

Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo –  km 82 – Wayllabamba

Our first day starts very early, we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am to go to Km 82, where the adventure begins. During the 2 hours drive we will cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a valley very famous for being the main producer of Corn (Maize) in the Cusco region, as well as for housing imposing palaces and constructions from the Inca period. On the way, we will stop for 20 minutes in the village of Ollantaytambo, where we will meet the rest of the team (porters).

Once we arrive at Km. 82, we will get things ready to start the Inca Trail hike, as this is the final point where we will be accompanied by the transport. After presenting the necessary permits (the Classic Inca Trail entrance to Machupicchu) and your original passports, we will begin the trek to Machupicchu. During the first 3 hours of hiking, we will observe the classic Andean landscape of a variety of flora and fauna until we reach the archaeological complex of Llactapata, where we will have an informative explanation about the function of the complex in Inca times for approximately 1 hour,  after that we will have lunch and then continue another 2 hours of hiking until Wayllabamba our first campsite (16:00/tents).

  • Altitude at the beginning:  2250 masl / 9,022 ft
  • Altitude at the ending: 3000 masl / 9,842 ft
  • Walking time and distance:  5-6 hours / 12 km.
  • Campsite: Wayllabamba

Day 02: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

The second day of the Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights, will be the hardest and most exhausting, but at the same time will be a magnificent journey as we will observe towering snowy peaks and unique landscapes of the Peruvian Andean. We will wake up at 6:00 am and after a healthy and high-protein breakfast, we will begin the trek. The first 4 hours are spent climbing to the Abra of Warmiwañusca or the «Death Woman Pass» (4215 m or 14,000 ft). Here we will have enough time to rest and get wonderful pictures of the different mountains and surroundings. The last 2 hours of trekking will be downhill on a stone way Inca trail until we reach Pacaymayo, our second campsite.

  • Altitude at the beginning:  3,000 masl / 9,842 ft
  • Altitude at the ending: 3,800 masl / 12,467 ft
  • Walking time and distance:  7 – 8 hours / 13 km – 8 miles approx.
  • Campsite: Pacaymayo

Day 03: Pacaymayo – Sayacmarca –  Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna

This day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will be truly magnificent as you will have the opportunity to see 4 Inca constructions that will simply leave you in awe and all this while walking surrounded by a beautiful and magical landscape. We wake up at 6:00 a.m. to continue our hike along the Inca Trail, after a healthy and energetic breakfast, we will begin the adventure. The first 2 hours will be uphill to the archaeological site of Runcuracay, located at 3700 masl – 12,139 feet. After a guided tour we will continue walking for about 2 more hours until we reach the archaeological site of Sayacmarca, then we will continue for 15 minutes more until Chaquiicocha, where we will have lunch and rest. We will keep going until we reach Phuyupatamarca where we will have a guided tour and then continue walking to our last camping place called Wiñayhuayna for the last night on the Inca Trail. On this last day in the afternoon/evening, we are going to say goodbye to the whole team (porters and cooks) where we will thank them for their services since they will not be able to accompany us at the end of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu. Wiñaywayna (2650 masl – 8,694 ft).

  • Altitude at the beginning:  3,800 masl / 12,467 ft
  • Altitude at the ending: 2,650 masl / 8,694 ft
  • Walking time and distance: 10 hours / 15 km – 9.32 miles approx.
  • Campsite: Wiñayhuayna

Day 04: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu Citadel – Cusco

The last day of the Inca Trail will undoubtedly be the most fascinating for you as you will be able to see Machu Picchu in all its splendor from the Sun Gate. We will wake up at 3:00 a.m. to begin our journey along the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu, and after breakfast, begin the hike to the Sun Gate, this hike will be uphill for about 2 hours until we reach Intipunku (the Sun Gate) from where you will appreciate Machu Picchu as it is illuminated by the first rays of the sun. At the Sun Gate, we will stay about 1 hour and then continue downhill to Machupicchu.

In Machupicchu, we will have a guided tour of approximately by  2 – 3 hours, we will visit the highlights of the complex such 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, we descend by bus or walk to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon we board the train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station, from where you will be transported by tourist bus for an hour and a half to Cusco as agreed upon in our Inca Trail reservation.

  • Altitude at the beginning:  2,600 masl / 8,694 ft
  • Altitude at the ending: 2,400 masl / 7,874 ft
  • Walking time and distance: 2 – 3 hours / 6 km – 3.72 miles approx.
  • Return: To Cusco by train.

Included in the Hike

  • Transfer In: On the day of your arrival at Cusco we will be waiting for you at the airport and then take you to your hotel.
  • Briefing: Before your hike, the guide will go to your hotel and will give you all the necessary information about the Inca Trail and will also be able to answer any questions you may have before the start of the hike.
  • Bus from Cusco to 82 KM Piscacucho: Private transportation from Cusco to Km 82 is the starting point of the hike.
  • Excellent and experienced tour guide:  Our guides are specialists in adventure tourism (trekking) and are trained in first aid, fluent in English and Spanish. For groups of up to 8 people, we include an extra guide.
  • Full meals:  (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan options, gluten, no wheat, or special diets for your response).
  • Experts Chefs: Our chefs are specialists in Novo Andean food, they are trained to meet all the requirements and demands of our hikers, including special diets like vegetarian, vegan, etc.
  • Permits for the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu: we provide you with both entrance tickets.
  • Porters «Sinchis»: they are local people who live in the Andean communities of Cusco, they carry our camping gear, tents, tables, stools, and kitchen equipment.
  • Camping Gear: Kitchen and eating tent, camp tables, and stools.
  • Wake up Tea: each morning before breakfast we will bring you a hot tea to your tent.
  • Tea Time: or Happy hour with hot drinks, coffee, bread, cookies, popcorn, butter, jam every afternoon in our camp.
  • Boiled water: provided on the third day.
  • Tents: quadruple for 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.

OPTIONAL

  • 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.

Machupicchu Inca Hike

Machupicchu Inca Hike

Prices in Shared Service (With other travelers)

  • Price per person: US $ 589.00

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

DISCOUNTS

  • 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.

RENTAL OF THE INCA TRAIL ROUTE

  • 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 info@andeanperutreks.com 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.

CANCELLATION:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
  4. If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
  5. If you cancel one or two days before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
  6. 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 take into account some details about the Inca Trail 4 Days tour, such as: what to take, how much luggage to take, changes in the reservation.

What to take to the Inca Trail: It is necessary to take only what is indispensable for the hike since you will be the one who will carry your luggage during the tour.

The Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu is part of an ancient road network of more than 30,000 kilometers that connected the entire Inca Empire.

This vast network of ancient Inca roads linked the territories of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and, mainly, Peru.

Today, the network is not fully preserved; however, it is still possible to travel the 42 kilometers that separate the city of Cusco from Machu Picchu, which is known as the Inca Trail route.

Traveling these 42 kilometers takes approximately 3 days and anyone can do it, however, there are some recommendations that should be taken into account so that this trip is completely satisfactory and runs smoothly.

Plan your trip to the Inca Trail in advance:

The Inca Trail trek is one of the busiest adventures in the world, and places are limited to 500 people per day, of which only 200 are for tourists and the remaining 300 for people accompanying the travelers (guides, cooks, porters, etc.).

It is very important to plan this Inca Trail tour a few months in advance (between 3 and 6 months in advance). Also keep in mind that during the month of February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance work.

Pack your backpack well with what you need for the Inca Trail route.

You can choose the length of your Inca Trail adventure, it can be 2 or 4 days of trekking, so every gram counts.

Take only what is strictly necessary and make sure that the backpack you carry is adequate for this type of excursion because as you advance it gets more complicated the difficult Inca Trail.

Take the right footwear for the trail

The difficulty of the Inca Trail is of different levels, that is why it is necessary to wear appropriate and resistant footwear for the high-difficulty trail.

It is not advisable to wear new shoes, as these cause blisters on the feet. It is also advisable to wear a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.

Get used to the high altitude of the Andes on the Inca Trail.

The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of 3250 meters above sea level, and the altitude of 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. It is preferable to stay in the city of Cusco 2 or 3 days before starting any Inca Trail route either 2 or 4 days.

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 adventure of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail route is traveled in groups by trekking enthusiasts and with their cargo companions and cooks.

The best Andean route of Peru is the Inca Trail and do not miss the opportunity to take pictures of everything you see around you from the beginning to the end of the trail.

If you have 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 about this great tour of Peru.

What is the Inca Trail in Peru

The Inca Trail route that leads to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco is one of the most popular and well known treks in Peru.

The hike starting at kilometer 43 brings together a series of amazingly preserved Inca archaeological remains, Along the route, the natural scenery is breathtaking, with incredible views of snow-capped mountains and cloud forests where the Incas built their road.

Visitors from all over the world flock to Peru, not only to see Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, but also to hike the famous Inca Trail route.

Reservations for the Inca Trail are highly sought after, due to the limited number of entrances per day.

Often these permits are difficult to obtain, as availability decreases as the high season approaches between the months of June and August, which is not surprising, as this route is one of Peru’s best trekking routes.

Where the Inca Trail starts

The beginning of the Inca Trail route starts at a point in the Sacred Valley, called «Kilometer 88».

Description of the Inca Trail trek

To start the hike, you have to cross a narrow bridge at Kusicancha, and then head to the left side of a eucalyptus forest.

This hike is not suitable for people with heart problems as you will pass over 4600 meters above sea level.

The trail climbs up, down and around the mountains on ancient carved stone stairs, and then follows three high Andean mountain passes, one of them with a spooky name, «Paso de la Mujer Muerta» (Dead Woman’s Pass).

Once at the top, when you can catch your breath, you are sure to be amazed again by the truly spectacular views of the snow capped mountains of the Vilcanota range.

Along the way, visitors will be able to experience a range of microclimates and observe the changing flora and fauna typical of the high Andes and cloud forest, as well as the enormous biological diversity of the Amazon.

Four days of hiking on the Inca Trail, all hikers will arrive at the magnificent city of Machu Picchu, discovered more than 100 years ago by an American professor named Hiram Bingham.

Arriving at Machu Picchu in the morning and watching the sunrise is a sight to behold and completing the Inca Trail is one of the best feelings in the world.

Once you arrive at Machu Picchu, you can 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.