Inca Trail - Machu Picchu
Cusco - Peru
Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
Price Per Person
This trek requier $200 USD of deposit to guarenty your permit
Inca Trail Hike Trip Details
The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is 26 miles long, divided over 4 days/3 nights. It’s also possible to do the trek over 5 days/4 nights, visiting the same cultural and natural attractions, with shorter distances traveled per day and some different campsites.
It is possible to join up with the Inca Trail from other alternate treks, doing interesting itineraries of more than 4 days such as The:
- Lares Trek – Inca Trail – 8 days / 7 Nights
- Lares Trek – Inca Trail 6 days / 7 Nights
- Salkantay Trek – Inca Trail 6 Days / 7 Nights
This famous trek to Machu Picchu is home to some of the unique attractions and cultural heritage of Peru, and as a result is recognized and protected by the government of Peru as a world heritage site, requiring a permit to enter any portion of the trail.
Day 1 Inca Trail – 6.2mi/10km.
Hike start: Kilometer 82, Piscacucho (8,766ft / 2,672m). Hike end: Wayllabamba village (9,691ft / 2,954m).
Early in the morning Inca Trail Trekking Company transportation will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 5:30 and 6:00am. On your way to the Inca Trail you will stop in Ollantaytambo, where you will have 40 minutes to have breakfast, shop, or walk around. Also, you will meet the rest of your team, The Inca Trail Porters who will transport the camping equipment. After this short break, you will continue by car for another 1.5-2 hours toward Km 82, the official Inca Trail trailhead.
After taking pictures with your group at Km 82, a few minutes’ walk from the trailhead will be the first checkpoint where you will be required to show your personal documentation (passport/student card/trail permit) to enter the official Inca Trail (your guide will hold onto all permits). Once everyone has been checked in, you will finally start the trek of your dreams. The Inca path will extend through the Sacred Valley of the Incas next to the Urubamba river for an hour and a half through a beautiful valley surrounded by enormous mountains, Inca archaeological sites, and unique vegetation before hitting the lunch spot in Meskay.
The trail after lunch will take you to a beautiful lookout surrounded by Inca storehouses and a unique view of the Inca town of Llactapata. Heading into the Kusichaca valley, little by little you will be surrounded by bromeliads, Inca terraces, local crops, and mud bricks houses, on a walk that will last 3 hours before the arrival to the first campsite at Wayllabamba around dinner. The rest of the afternoon will be for you to relax, eat a delicious dinner prepared by your chef, and rest up for Day 2 on the Inca Trail.
- Walking time: 6 – 7 hours
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Inca Attraction: Qanabamba, Llactapata
- Campsite: Wayllabamba village
- Maximum Elevation: Wayllabamba village (9,691ft / 2,954m)
- Hiking level: Moderate (adjusting to the elevation, geography, environment & backpack)
Zone: Mountain Zone
Day 2 Inca Trail – 6.8mi/11km.
Hike start: Wayllabamba (9,691ft / 2,954m). Hikes ends: Pacaymayu (11,833ft / 3,607m).
Day 2 is considered the most difficult day of the classic Inca Trail. The porters will wake you very early (5:30 am) with a cup of hot tea. Check that your day pack has all the essentials – water, snacks, rain poncho, sunscreen, hat, toilet paper – then join your group for breakfast in the dining tent.
The hike will begin between 6:40 and 7:00am. A few minutes’ climb will bring you to the second checkpoint along the trail, so be sure to always keep your passport with you. From this checkpoint the next 5 hours will be a steady climb up to the peak of the trail called Warmihuañusca, which is Quechua for “Dead Woman’s Pass” (13,828ft / 4,215m). Don’t let the name scare you. This name was given due to the shape of the mountain, not due to the fate of the tourist.
On Day 2 of the Inca trail, the landscape and nature around the trail will change drastically from green vegetation to a yellow dwarf forest of Andean grass. The sweeping views from the top will take away what little breath you have left as you enjoy the sense of accomplishment looking down at the mountains you just climbed to arrive here. After a short break, you will descend for two hours into the Pacaymayu Valley. Arriving at camp in the early afternoon, you will find the porters at your fully setup campsite with Inca Trail camping equipment and a hot lunch waiting for you. Get ready for an afternoon of relaxing in the beautiful Andes and rest up for tomorrow’s hike. Due to the high altitude, this campsite is the coldest along the hike and on a clear night offers an amazing opportunity to observe the milky way.
- Walking time: 7 – 8 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Inca attraction: Inca roads (the Inca Trail)
- Campsite: Pacaymayu
- Maximum Elevation: Dead woman’s Pass (13,828ft / 4,215m)
- Goal: Dead woman’s pass
- Hiking level: Challenging
- Zone: High Mountains, Cloud Forest
Day 3 Inca Trail – 9.9mi /16km
Hike start: Pacaymayu campground (11,833 ft/3,607m). Hikes ends: Wiñaywayna Campground (8,229ft / 2,700m).
Day 3 on the Inca Trail is the longest day and considered the most beautiful day on the Inca Trail. After breakfast, you will start the hour and a half climb toward the archaeological Inca site known as Runkurakay. After a short break to explore this Inca site, the hike will continue uphill for another hour and a half before arriving to the second highest point of the Inca Trail, known as the “Runquracay Pass” (13,000ft / 3,950m).
From the pass, enjoy a stunning view of miles of snowcapped mountain ranges. Take in the view and a few pictures, then you will begin the hour and a half descent toward the archaeological site Sayacmarca. This Inca village built on a giant rock offers an amazing view of the Aobamba valley which is home to Machu Picchu and Salkantay mountain. Enjoy the beautiful dense vegetation of the cloud forest as you continue another 30 minutes to Chaquiccocha for lunch.
Another 2 hour hike through prehistoric ferns and colorful mosses will bring you to the Inca site called Phuyupatamarca (12,040ft / 3,670m). After exploring this “town in the clouds” you will descend into the valley for 3 hours toward the last campsite of Wiñayhuayna.
Tonight after dinner, following Inca Trail tradition, your group can show your appreciation to the guide, cook, and porters, for all of the excellent work they have done taking care of you along the trail. This will also be your last night to enjoy the food on the Inca Trail, prepared by your excellent chef. Once you have finished dinner and meeting with the staff, you will have an briefing with your guide who will provide you important details for your visit to Machu Picchu.
- Walking time: 8 – 9 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Inca attraction: Runkuracay – Sayacmarca – Conchamarca – Puyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñaywayna
- Campsite: Wiñayhuayna
- Maximum Elevation: Runquracay Pass (13,000ft / 3,950m).
- Hiking level: Challenging
- Zone: High Mountains, Cloud Forest
Day 4 Inca Trail, Machu Picchu – 3.7mi / 6km
Hike start: Wiñayhuayna (8,229ft / 2,700m). Hike ends: Machu Picchu (7,927ft / 2,430m).
Today is the long-awaited day, when you will complete the classic Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu. Breakfast will be ready at 4:00am. The entire campground will be packing up and heading to the checkpoint for the last stretch of the Inca Trail, which opens at 5:30am. The hike will continue for an hour and a half through subtropical forest. From the Sun Gate you will get your first view of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu mountain, Putucusi mountain, Machu Picchu mountain, and the surrounding valley.
A 45-minute downhill walk will bring you at last to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. You will arrive to Machu Picchu around 7:40am and need to enter the site by the main entrance with tickets held by your guide. Your 2-hour guided tour of the most important sites will explain the history and legends of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
After your tour of Machu Picchu, you will be given your bus ticket to head down to Aguas Calientes town where you will meet your guide to have lunch (not included), explore the town, visit the hot springs (if time allows), and then take the train between 6:30 to 7:00pm to Ollantaytambo. Make sure to arrive to the train station 30 minutes before your train departure. The train to Ollantaytambo station takes 1:40 from Aguas Calientes. A car will be waiting to drive you back to Cusco (2 hours), arriving to Cusco city around 10:30pm. Once in Cusco, you will be dropped off in front of your hotel.
Before leaving Cusco, please be sure to leave the duffel bag at the reception desk of your hotel, under the name of Inca Trail Trekking Company, to be picked up by one of our staff.
- Walking time: 2 – 3 hours
- Meals: Breakfast
- Inca attraction: Sun Gate, Machu Picchu
- Maximum Elevation: Sun Gate (8,980ft / 2,737m)
- Machu Picchu elevation: 7,972ft / 2,430m
- Hiking level: Moderate
- Zone: Subtropical Forest
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transportation from Cusco to km 82 (the start of the Inca Trail)
- Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu
- Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort)
- Sleeping mats
- Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request)
- A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs)
- First aid kit and oxygen on hand
- Bus tickets: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only)
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
What’s NOT Included:
- First breakfast and last lunch
- Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits)
- Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $20 for the trip)
- Bottled drinks (sodas, beers, etc.)
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu
- Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
- Tips for guide, cook, porters
Inca Trail Trekking Company, recommends a tip of approximately $40-$50 (U.S.) per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
What to Pack – Inca Trail Hike
- Passport (Important)
- Student Card (Inca Trail)
- Sleeping Bag (warm and comfortable / Inca Trail)
- Shoes (waterproof, comfortable)
- Sandals (Flip flops /thongs, Inca Trail)
- Socks (Warm and Cushioned)
- Swim Wear
- Thermal underwear/Long Johns
- Hiking Pants (Light, Zip Off Legs)
- Shirts/long sleeve shirts (Warm clothing for night time
- Vest (Warm light clothing)
- Jacket (Waterproof, Clothing, micro polar, smooth, warm)
- Flashlight (important item)
- Sun Hat (sun protection)
- Warm Hat/Gloves (small garments)
- Sun Glasses
- Backpack (comfortable, safe and dry)
- Camel bag/Water Bottle
- Hiking Poles (support for walking)
- Cameras (electronic devices)
- Rain poncho (waterproof rain cover)
- Insect Repellent
- Disinfectant (Antiseptic hand gel, hand wipes)
- Toilet paper.
- Pocketknife / Lighter / Whistle
- Personal First Aid Kit and Medication,