Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Highlights

  • Hike through the Iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore Magnificent Inca Ruins
  • Hike through Dead Woman's Pass
  • Enjoy amazing meals cooked by your expert chef and porters
  • Arrive to Machu Picchu on foot through the famous Sun Gate

Overview

Welcome to the Classic Inca Trail, the most famous and most spectacular hiking route in South America! This ancient 45-kilometer trail follows the footsteps of the Inca pilgrims to the gates of the sacred city of Machu Picchu, one the new 7 wonders of the world.

Our exciting itinerary offers 4 days of trekking along the original Inca pathways, passing a spectacular array of Inca ruins along the way. The trail is located high in the Peruvian Andes climbing gradually from the valley floor (2,700m / 8,856 ft) to the most spectacular mountain passes (as high as 4,215m / 13,825ft). At every turn, the surrounding scenery will take your breath away!

Hiking the 4 day Inca Trail is a strenuous and awe-inspiring adventure. For four days we will push ourselves to our physical limits, resting each night under the spectacular Andean night sky. But on our final day, any feelings of pain and exhaustion simply disappear as the mist lifts to reveal the emerald peaks and terraced ruins of the mystical ancient city.

We invite you to awaken your senses through this awe-inspiring trekking experience to Machu Picchu. The trek is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata
Day 2: Ayapata – Chaquicocha
Day 3 – Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna
Day 4 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Distance trekked: 45km/28 miles
Elevation: 2,400 – 4,215 m / 7,872 – 13,825 ft

  • Day 1 - Cusco – Trailhead at Km 82 – Ayapata

    Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4:30am to drive to the trailhead at Kilometer 82. The early start is rewarded by the most beautiful drive through the Sacred Valley with dawn breaking around us.

    Along the way we stop at the Raqchi look-out to take photos (weather conditions permitting). This gorgeous location overlooks the valley of Urubamba with the Chicon glacier clearly visible in the background. We can also see Mount Veronica and the Urubamba river.

    Our drive then continues to the market town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stop briefly to take advantage of some more great photo opportunities.

    Finally, we arrive at the trail head at Kilometer 82, also known as Piscacucho. Our porters and chef will meet us here and a delicious breakfast will be waiting for us! After breakfast we go through the Inca trail checkpoint and our adventure on the Inca Trail begins.

    The trek starts easily with 2.5 hours of relatively flat terrain to reach the Wilkaraqay Inca site. Here we will have spectacular views of the Llactapata ruins, which was a check point on the Inca trail approach to Machu Picchu. Your guide will talk about the history of the site as well as giving an overview of the history of the Inca trail.

    Back on the trail we hike for 2 more hours to Hatunchaca (2,598 m/8,525 ft) where we will have a delicious lunch.

    In the afternoon we will hike for another 2.5 hours until we reach our campsite at Ayapata. This campsite is a little further along the Inca Trail than the traditional night-one camp site at Wayllabamba. We chose this deliberately because it is more isolated and much quieter, allowing us to truly enjoy the spectacular display of stars visible in this part of the Andes.

    Our chef will prepare a sumptuous dinner for us all to enjoy together before we retire for a well-earned nights rest in our comfortable tents.

    Meals: Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodations: Camping
    Maximum altitude: 3300 m/ 10,824 ft
    Minimum altitude: 2,750 m/ 9,020 ft
    Distance to walk: 14 km/ 8.7 miles
    Approximate walking time: 7 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

  • Day 2 - Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha

    After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we begin our hike to the famous Dead Woman’s Pass! For the first two hours we will be in the cloud forest, passing through various biozones including the low sierra and the high Puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we may also spot White Tailed Deer roaming wildly.

    After this two-hour hike we reach Lluchapampa (3,800 m / 12,460 ft). This is a small camp and it is the last location on the trail to buy supplies. After a 15-minute break we will continue on the trail.

    The portion of the trail leading to Warmiwañusca “Dead Woman’s Pass” at (4,215 m/ 13,825 ft) takes around 2 hours and takes us through the most beautiful mountain scenery and the grasslands of the high Andes. We will pause at the top of the pass to admire the majesty of the highest point of the Inca trail (and take photos of course!)

    We then descend to the Pacaymayu camp for lunch. After lunch we climb for around 45 minutes to the Inca site of Runcuraccay. Your guide will provide a tour of the ruin before we continue uphill for an additional hour to the Runcuraccay pass (3,950 m/ 12,959 ft).

    After a descent of 90 minutes we arrive at the Inca site of Sayacmarca (3,657 m /12,000 ft). Here we will have the chance to see one of the most amazing sunsets across the Aobamba valley!

    From here it is just 25 minutes to our campsite for the night at Chaquicocha (3,600 m/11,800 ft).

    Once again, we have selected a quieter, more isolated campsite to really enhance our experience on the trail.

    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodations: Camping
    Maximum altitude: 4215 m/ 13,825 ft
    Minimum altitude: 3,300 m/ 10,824 ft
    Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
    Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
    Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
    Difficulty: Challenging

  • Day 3 - Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna

    Day 3 starts with a 2-hour hike to the Inca ruins at Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/ 12,073 ft). From here we will enjoy spectacular views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu mountain, before getting a guided tour of the ruins.

    Now it is time to head into the rain forest! We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach our camp. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Inti Pata. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail can be taken from here. Leaving Inti Pata it is then just 40 minutes to our campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft).

    Arriving at the campsite we will have lunch and then enjoy some time relaxing before visiting the archeological site that bears the same name as the camp. Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most beautiful archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua, and we are one of the few companies that provide a guided tour of Wiñay Wayna.

    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodations: Camping
    Maximum altitude: 3600 m/ 11,808 ft
    Minimum altitude: 2,680 m/8,792 ft
    Distance to walk: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Approximate walking time: 6 hours
    Area: High Cloud Forest
    Difficulty: Easy

  • Day 4 - Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    We rise very early on our final day to complete the last few kilometers of the Inca Trail. Leaving after breakfast the trekking here is fairly easy going for around an hour, and brings us directly to Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate”. This is the ancient entrance of the sacred city and gives us our first incredible views of Machu Picchu and (weather permitting) the spectacular sunrise over the Andes.

    Our trek ends with one final 45-minute downhill hike to the entrance gates of the city. We will go to the classic photo spot and take those all-important pictures as soon as we arrive. Then there will be a short break before starting our 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. All of our guides are experts in the history and mythology of the site, and really bring the visit to life!

    After the tour we travel to Aguas Calientes by bus and then take the train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket but will be in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Maximum altitude: 2700 m/ 8856 ft
    Minimum altitude: 2,430 m/ 7,972 ft
    Distance to walk: 6 km/ 3.73 miles
    Approximate walking time: 2 hours

  • Professional licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua
  • A personal porter for the Classic Inca Trail (6 Kg/13 pounds)
  • Pre trek briefing 1 to 2 days before the trek
  • Support staff including professional cooks and porters to carry all group gear and 6 kg (13 pounds) per hiker for your own belongings.
  • Three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents and air mattress – Four person tent for every two people
  • Emergency supplies, including first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radios
  • All group fees, including Inca Trail permits and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • All transfers, private van to trailhead at km 82, bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, and private van from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Sleeping Bag – can be rented from us
  • Hiking poles – can be rented from us
  • Huayna Picchu mountain ticket
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Tips for porters, chef, and guide

Important Information

We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek.

Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning or afternoon of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.

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    Jan 09, 2022

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    Jan 07, 2022

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    Jan 06, 2022

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