INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
The famous Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days is part of an ancient highway system that connected the Inca Sanctuary to the capital city of Cusco. Today, most hikers walk only a small section of it or better known as the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This complex system spanned about 5200 km (3231,13 miles), from what is now Quito, Ecuador to Tucuman, Argentina. You will delight in the amazing vistas of the Andes, deep valleys, numerous Inca ruins, and the verdant vegetation of the cloud forest.
Your local guide (who usually speaks Spanish, Quechua, and of course, excellent English) will manage your team of cooks and porters for this organized trek. The team of porters will arrive in advance at each campsite to set up your tents and prepare delicious meals for you.
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers a rewarding, challenging, and unique life experience. We recommend arriving in Cusco at least two days before your hike to avoid problems with the high elevations of the trek.
INCA TRAIL TREK ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
DAY 01.- Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Wayllabamba
DAY 02.- Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
DAY 03.- Pacaymayo – Chaquikocha – Wiñayhuayna
DAY 04.- Wiñay Huayna – Sungate – Machu Picchu – Cusco
IMPORTANT.- Camping spots may change depending on booking time and availability.
INCA TRAIL USEFUL INFORMATION
Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
Highest Altitude – Day 2 – 4217m / 13,780ft.
Total Walking Distance – 43km / 26,7 miles.
Toughest Day – Day 2, approximately 13km / 8 miles.
Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º Celsius.
Overall Difficulty – Moderate to Difficult.
Acclimatization is highly Recommended.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TIPS
If you are looking to experience the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we highly recommend you to book well ahead of time, as the number of hikers is limited to 500 per day (including guides and porters). This challenging trail requires a fair amount of physical fitness, particularly given the high elevation in the Andes mountains. Give yourself at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize, and if it doesn’t work take Diamox to prevent major symptoms or try some coca leaves for better results.
THE INCA TRAIL ESSENTIALS
For most travelers to Machu Picchu, trekking the Inca Trail across the Andes Mountains is as much a part of the bucket list experience as seeing the Inca ruins themselves. It normally takes four entire days to cover the distance between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, with overnights at Huayllabamba, Pacamayo, and Winay Huayna campsites. There is another shorter version or two-day Inca Trail for more inexperienced hikers. To walk this ancient trail, you need to join a group of trekkers led by a licensed tour guide unless you want to go on private tour. The Inca Trail permits are limited, with only 500 hikers allowed on the trail at any given dates with specific campsites.
BEST TIME TO HIKE THE INCA TRAIL
The dry season (April to October) brings the best weather and this is also considered the peak tourism season; if you plan to hike during this time, be sure to book months in advance. The wet season starts in November with occasional rainfalls but January and March will receive heavy rainfalls and therefore almost impossible to enjoy the hike. The whole month of February the Inca trail is closed to hikers for maintenance purposes and for nature to recover.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
>The Inca trail is a must-see for adventure travelers.
>Inca Trail tickets are limited, so book in advance before they are sold out.
>A licensed tour guide is in charge to control your whole group.
>Four season clothing is highly recommended, and don’t forget proper hiking shoes.
>Bring a pair of walking sticks, even if you don’t think you’ll need them.
>Prior to your hike, give yourself a couple of days in Cusco to get used to the high altitudes.
>The classic Inca Trail Trek takes hikers past three mountain passes and many Inca ruins.
ALTERNATIVE TREKS TO THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TREK TOUR
Because the limited permits released for the famous Inca Trail Trek, adventure travelers are considering alternative treks to Machu Picchu. These include the Inca Jungle Trail Tour 4 days, Salkantay Trek Tour 4 days and Lares Valley Trek 4 days.They all end up at the world famous and lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. If you missed out the Inca trail no problem, you can still have the adventure of a lifetime with the treks we mentioned above.
> Due to Peru’s Inca Trail permit system, it’s mandatory to register before November of the year prior to the year you’d like to hike with us. For example, if you’d like to hike in 2018, you must register during the month of October 25, 2017.
> Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on the time of booking and campsites provided by INC ( an institution that runs the Inca Trail).
> The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group and the guide can change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
For travelers with a schedule or budget restrictions, we are glad to offer the amazing Short Inca Trail (2 days and 1 night). It includes hiking on day 1 and the great Machu Picchu tour on day 2! Review the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and you can contact our professional staff for more information.
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INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS ITINERARY
DAY 1.- CUSCO – PISCACUCHO – WALLYABAMBA
The first day of the classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days is relatively easy and serve as training for the days to follow. We pick you up at 6:00 am from your hotel in Cusco in a private bus. We normally stop in Ollantaytambo for about one hour for breakfast. Traveling for a total of about 3 hours, you’ll pass through the Sacred Valley to arrive at Kilometer 82, the trailhead for your trek.
The Inca trail begins with a steep ascent after crossing the Sacred Valley River. We’ll pass through a small village. We’ll see the Inca ruins of Huillca Raccay and Patallaqta high above the Cusichaca River. You’ll have great views of the mountains in the Sacred Valley, particularly of beautiful Veronica, a snow-capped peak of 5 860 meters (19,226 feet).
About 7 km (4.3 miles) further, the trail follows the river bank to the village of Wayllabamba (Grassy Plain) at 3000 meters (9 842 feet). We’ll spend the night here depending on our campsite allocation.
Distance: 10 km (6.2 miles).
Accommodation: Camping (2 people per tent).
Meals included: Lunch – Dinner.
DAY 2.- WAYLLABAMBA – DEAD WOMAN’S PASS – PACAYMAYU
The second day of the Inca Trail is considered the toughest because you’ll climb 1200 meters (about 3900 feet) to reach “Dead Woman’s” pass at an altitude of 4 200 meters (13,776 feet).
We’ll ascend for about 1 hour, following the Llulluchayoc River until we arrive at “Tres Piedras” and a small bridge over the Huayruro River. There is a small campsite here with toilet facilities. After another two hours of walking, you’ll see the most spectacular terrain. We’ll arrive at the tree line and a meadow called Llulluchapampa at 3 680 meters (12,000 feet). This is the last place to buy snacks and drinks on the trail.
After ascending another 1.5 hours, we’ll arrive at the first and highest pass of the trail, “Dead Woman’s Pass” (or Abra de Huarmihuañusca). You are exposed to the true elements of the Andes: scorching sun and freezing winds as you ascend. The hikers usually celebrate getting to the top of the most difficult section of the trail! The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail to the valley floor and to the second night’s campsite at Pacaymayu at 3 600 meters (11,808 feet). There are toilet facilities there.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Accommodation: Camping (2 people per tent)
Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
DAY 3.- PACAYMAYU – CHAKICHOCA – WIṄAYWAYNA
Today we have another early start (6:00 am) and a gradual 2-km hike uphill to the second highest pass, Runkurakay at 3,950 meters (12,956 feet). Again, you’ll appreciate excellent views of the glorious Andes. Most of the next 6 km is downhill, and we’ll explore the fascinating ruins of Sayacmarca.
The scenery becomes lusher as we enter the cloud forest with its intricate orchids, hanging moss, and tree ferns. We’ll continue to the third Incan site, Phuyupatamarca. From here we descend about 2.5 hours until we reach the final campsite at Wiṅaywayna at 2600 meters (8,528 feet). Many steps in this descent can be demanding on your legs – particularly if you are still stiff from the climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The camp at Wiṅaywayna will be a welcome sight; you can take a cold shower there if you like.
Distance: 16 km (almost 10 miles)
Accommodation: Camping (2 people per tent)
Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
DAY 4.- WIṄAYWAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today we have an extra early wake-up call at 3:30 am, but the reward will be your first view of Machu Picchu. We’ll have breakfast at 4:00 am and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first groups to enter when the gates are opened at 5:30 am. We’ll say goodbye to our support team here.
At about 6:30 am, we’ll reach the Sun Gate. There you’ll experience a spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its glory. We’ll descend 1 hour to reach Machu Picchu. As we get closer, the views of the ancient city just get better and better. At about 7:40 am, we’ll reach the final
checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2-hour private guided tour of the sanctuary. After this tour, you’ll get your bus tickets to go down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own. You’ll take the 6:30 train to return to Ollantaytambo. A bus will be at the train station to take you back to Cusco.
Distance: 6 km (3.7 miles)
Please Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control such as extreme weather, roadblocks, landslide, trail conditions, bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.
INCA TRAIL TREK INCLUDES
- Pre-departure briefing about the trek.
- Private bus transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at Kilometer 82.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3-afternoon teas.
- Camping equipment: Shared 2-person tents, 2 sleeping mattresses.
- Communal dinner tent and cooking tent.
- Stools and tables for meals.
- Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Porters (for the heavy items like tents, food, tables, etc.).
- A chef.
- Professional English-speaking tour guide.
- Drinking water for Day 2 and 3.
- One-way train ticket, Expedition class service, from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- One-way bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Note: vegetarian meal options are available upon previous request.
- Also, toilet facilities are available at every lunch spot and camping site.
INCA TRAIL TREK DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping bags.
- First breakfast & last lunch.
- Extra personal porter (hired at $140 USD for the entire trip – maximum of 13 kg (28 lbs.)
- Wayna Picchu entrance ticket (please request 3-4 months in advance – $70 USD).
- Snacks and drinks.
- First breakfast & last lunch.
- Tipping the support team on the last day is customary.
WHAT TO BRING
- You must bring your original passport to show at every control point.
- The passport must be the same one used to purchase the Inca Trail tour.
- If you have a different passport for some reason, bring this one too.
- If you are a student, bring your ISIC card.
- Sleeping bag.
- Backpack for your personal items.
- Remember when packing that you will be carrying the backpack for 4 days unless you hire a port at an additional cost.
- Changes of clothes for 4 days.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, and gloves.
- Flashlight or headlight with extra batteries.
- Sunblock, minimum 30 SPF (it’s easy to burn at high elevations).
- Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET recommended).
- Waterproof trekking shoes (rather than sneakers).
- Long & short pants. Rain gear or poncho.
- Slippers or sandals to rest your feet and for the hot springs.
- Cap or hat for both sun and cold. Camera with extra batteries.
- Personal medical kit with prescriptions.
- A roll of toilet paper. Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, etc.
- Sufficient drinking water for day 1 (consider the physical exertion of walking uphill).
- Small towel and wet wipes.
- Bathing suit for the hot springs.
- Cash for tipping support team and buying souvenirs.
PRIVATE INCA TRAIL PRICE $900 USD PER PERSON
This service is perfect for friends, couples, and small families because you select your arrival and departure dates, group size. Most importantly, you set the pace to maximize your experience. This tour price is based on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 hikers.
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE A PRIVATE SERVICE?
This type of service includes food, tour guide and camping spots which will be entirely for you and your family members. In few words, you will enjoy and maximize this adventure experience. The guide will answer every single question you might have. You will not have to rush or slow down during the Inca Trail, just go to your pace. There will be no other people in your photos. You will not wait for others to wake up or finish breakfast.
One of the main advantages of private tours is that you can fully customize them to fit your needs.
SHARED INCA TRAIL PRICE $490 USD PER PERSON
You’ll be sharing this unique experience with other travelers coming from different parts of the world, and have a great opportunity to make new friends and interact during this trip (This tour is based on 12 people max.)
WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE A SHARED SERVICE?
Travelling with a group can be extremely rewarding, and it can save you lots of money.
Being part of our groups can also help you reduce travel expenses since everyone will be sharing the costs of accommodation, transportation, guiding service and food.
You will share your adventures and experiences with travelers like you, making the holiday more fun and more memorable. If you sign up with a group organized by our travel agency, you will get the opportunity to create new friendships and new adventures.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
We require a deposit of 50% to confirm your reservation.
There are additional fees associated with this method of payment, which will be paid by the client.
Receiver’s Name: DAVID
Receiver’s Surname: GUZMAN FLORES
Receiver’s Address: CALLE NUEVA N° 462
Receiver’s City: CUSCO
Receiver’s Country: PERU
Receiver’s ID: 42567695
After sending payment, please send us an e-mail with the following information: Transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN, a ten-digit number).
If you’d like to pay via PayPal or a direct bank deposit, please note that a 10% fee applies. Please add this amount to the tour cost to cover the transaction costs.
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For all methods of payment, please include the following information in your reservation email:
* Scanned passports for each traveler. We cannot make reservations or book tickets until we have scanned copies of all passport(s).
* Start date for your trip.
* Indicate the name of your hotel in Cusco.
Teenagers and Children under 18 years old get a discount of US$ 20.00 passport copy required for all bookings.
OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES
* Sleeping Bag $20 USD
* A pair of walking poles USD 15.00
* Huayna Picchu climbing USD 70.00
*Machu Picchu climbing USD 70.00
*Single tent supplement (USD 35.00)
*Upgrade to Vistadome Train AC – Cusco (USD 50 per person)
*Extra night in Aguas Calientes (USD 85 3* hotel )
*City Tour USD 20.00 (daily 13:00 – 18:30 pm)
*Sacred Valley USD 25.00 (daily 08:00 – 18:30)
**To hire a porter to carry your backpack (maximum of 12 kg or 26 lbs.), the cost is an additional $150 USD per person for the entire trip, in addition to the tour price.
HUAYNAPICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN ASCENTS
The Huayna Picchu peak ascent is limited to only 400 people per day, with one group of 200 at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am. We recommend booking Huayna Picchu entrance tickets 3-4 months in advance. Once tickets are sold out, there is no chance to get them! Instead, you’ll have the option to climb Machu Picchu Mountain for the same cost.
The ticket price to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain after the Inca Trail is $70.00 USD per person, in addition to the tour price.