Double Occupancy: $895 per person
Single Occupany: $955 per person
Duration: Four Days
Minimum No. of Travelers: 2
The Classic Four-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu gives you a full immersion into the Andes trekking Mecca, archaeological sites, local people and high mountain passes. You will trek through the Andean cloud forests and sleep in very comfortable campsites. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known adventure travel experiences in Peru, and with dramatic scenery, captivating history and the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, it is totally worth the effort.
Day 1: Start of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Before 7 AM in the morning you meet your guide and transportation at your selected hotel in Cusco for a 2-hour drive through Chinchero towards Ollantaytambo. In this charming town you meet the trek porters before ongoing by bus to Piscacucho (Km. 82 of railway) for start of the hike (8690’).
You walk on even terrain until you reach a small village called Misqay, a small settlement of Quechuan people. Then, you continue hiking on a challenging patch of trail that reaches a plateau that leads you to the Inca ruins of Patallacta. Patallacta is an interesting archaeological site that is near the river Cusicancha, and above the river Urubamba. After lunch, you continue hiking for another two hours until you reach the first campsite of Wayllabamba. (camp 9887’).
- Overnight in tents
- Meals Provided: Lunch, Dinner
- Trekking distance: 7.45 miles
- Approximate time: 5 to 6 hours
- Gradient: Easy – Moderate
DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayu
After a good breakfast, you have the challenge of hiking to the highest pass of the Inca Trail. The march is demanding, but the scenery and views are rewarding along the steep climb to the pass called Warmi-wañusca 13615’.
You are able to appreciate the scenery variations within the 1.8-2 mile walk. The natural landscape varies from humid rain forest to Puna highlands, colder and parched zones of icchu (puna grass).
- Overnight in tents
- Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Today you will be camping at Pacaymayu. (camp 11765’)
- Trekking distance: 6.85 miles.
- Approximate time: 6 to 7 hours
- Gradient: Difficult
DAY 3: Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Winaywayna
After an early breakfast, the trek begins along a paved path leading to several archaeological sites. The first climb of the morning takes you to the Runkurakay Pass. Halfway along the trail you encounter the ruins of Runkurakay, a circular Incan tambo, with views of the Pacaymayo valley and the river below. Another steep climb up to the next pass Runkurakay 12933’ offers astounding views of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
You continue the trek towards the second Inca site, Sayacmarca, located on an overhang with a panoramic view of the Aobamba valley and snow-covered peak of Pumasillo. This construction comprises a labyrinth of very narrow corridors, some with exits and others without. The only access to the ruins is by a steep, but solid, stone staircase carved into the side of the mountain.
Continuing the hike, you pass Conchamarca, a small, flat archaeological complex. Then, the trail ascends again, and you come to a 65 foot (20 meter) long tunnel with steps carved out of the rock. Continuing the ascent, you reach the third and final mountain pass of the trek at Abra de Phuyupatamarca. The trail then heads downhill to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” This is undoubtedly one of the most unique towns on the Inca Trail. It is almost always covered in the mist rising from the cloud forest, and is located on the side of a ravine looking down into the Urubamba Valley. The site is surrounded by terraced fields and offers beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley as well as the adjacent snowy peaks.
Day 4: Trek to Machu Picchu and Guided Tour of the Ancient City
After an early breakfast at 5:00 AM, you start on the final leg of the trail by 6 AM in order to reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu, by sunrise. While weather conditions may vary, the view is always awe-inspiring, and you can only imagine the pilgrimage the Incas had experienced in their time. From here, you descend to the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. You are able to appreciate the intricate stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. The giant stones were hauled by hand to the top of the mountain centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain! You have the chance to explore the old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, and the Principal Bath are only a little example of the impressive sights that you get to see.
After your tour, you have the option to explore more of the site on your own and capture some final photos.
You take the afternoon train (around 4 PM) back to Ollantaytambo, where a minibus picks you up and takes you back to Cusco to your hotel.
- Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch
- Trekking distance to Machu Picchu: 1.86 miles.
- Approximate time: About one hour of hiking
- Gradient: Easy - Moderate
The meals we provide while in the Inca Trail are shown below:
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- 3 nights camping on the trail
- Transfer to start of trek and train back from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- All necessary camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Private guides and transportation
- Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
A porter will carry your personal belongings up to a limit of 18 pounds/ 9kg per person. All meals and some snacks are provided for the hike. If you want other snacks during the trail these can be bought in Cusco. Boiled drinking water is provided after the meals. The meals provided on the Inca Trail are healthy and abundant with 3 courses, and the porters put up a communal tent to eat in for all meals, including lunch. There are no hot showers along the trail except at the final campsite, but every morning and night you are provided with a bowl of hot water to wash with. There are also many basic toilets along the Inca Trail provided by the National Institute of Culture. The guides carry basic first aid supplies, but as you will be in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available.
- Sleeping bag (can be rented in our offices in Cusco for $25)
- Flights to Cusco
- Hotel in Cusco, Ollantaytambo nor Aguas Calientes
- Medical or Life Insurance
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
- Any other expense due to delays of the train, natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
It is customary for trekkers to contribute to a tip pool, which will then be distributed amongst the team (guide, cook, and porters). A good tip amount ranges $20-$50 USD per hiker. These tips are voluntary, so feel free to tip according to the service you received.
- A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
- Small daypack
- Walking shoes or boots
- Rain jacket & pants
- Gloves & wool hat
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
- Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
- Mosquito repellent
- Personal items & medication
- Torch, binoculars
- Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
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