- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Hiking /Adventure /History
- Max. Elevation: 3300 msm
Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu 4D/3N
Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu 4D/3N
On the Classic Inca trail hike; the surrounding nature is wonderful. It has breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, amazon rainforest, imposing Inca sites, Mini Machu Picchu and the lost city of the Incas. All this makes this; 4 day Machu Picchu hike one the top fifth around the world. The Inca empire created a huge Inca Trail network; of more than 45 000 kilometers to connect every hamlet, town and city within their huge empire. This trekking tour to Machu Picchu is considered; the best and most memorable one in South America.
Highlights of our 4 days Inca Trail
- We wish to give you the best experience on this Classic Inca Trail by. That is why we planned a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of this trip.
- Our campsites, are off the beaten path; Thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured.
- We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
- We have new, high quality and spacious, camping equipment.
- We treat our porters as if they were our tourists; come see for yourself.
- Be part of our social and environmental projects.
- In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.
Classic Inca Trail Trip Overview
- Trek Type: Hiking on an inca trail; paved 500 years ago, scenic beauty, history, archaeology and informative
- Good for: Those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Season: From March 1st to January 31th
- Consideration: Inca Trail permits required
Day 1. Cusco – Piscacucho – Llactapata – Ayapata
- Hiking distance: 8.8 miles/14 km (7 to 8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3300 meters above sea level
- Considered: Moderate
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Area: Highlands
- Weather: Warm and dusty
We collect you at 4:30 am. from your accommodation to be driven for two hours to Piscacucho; which is the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After a delicious breakfast we’ll hike for three hours to a huge and pretty Inca settlement; along the path will glimpse interesting and useful plants. Then we hike 40 minutes to our lunch spot; where our support staff will wait us with a varied and yummy meal.
We´ll hike three hours to our first campsite; within this stretch will observe rugged mountains, a snow-capped peak and dwarf trees that hosts colorful bromeliads. Upon arrival to our first campsite our tents are already set up to you´ll take a rest; also our team will provide you with a bucket of warm water, a small towel and a soap for you to wash. After a nap let’s introduce you one by one all our support team; then we delight a tea time that includes popcorn, cracker, wonton, hot chocolate, milk and a delicious buffet dinner.
** This 4 day trek to Machu Picchu will open its bowels to show you all its beauty.
Day 2. Ayapata – Dead Woma´s Pass – Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha
- Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (9 to 10 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3600 meters above sea level
- Considered: Challenging
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Area: Highlands and beginning of the amazon jungle
- Weather: Cold and windy
Roosters come to your tent at 4:30 am. with hot coffee mug and a bucket of warm water, for you to wash. After a delicious breakfast we’ll hike uphill for four hours to the highest point of our Classic Inca Trail; along the way will observe dozens of dwarf trees, steppe, a small waterfall, some llamas and hummingbirds. Once at Dead Woman’s Pass, will make a gratitude offering to the andean deities; let’s take our photos and celebrate our conquest. Then we hike for two hours to lunch spot; upon our arrival our support staff, will provide us a lemonade and a yummy and varied buffet lunch.
After a rest, will hike for two hours to the second mountain pass. In half of the way will stop to visit Runkurakay; which is an Inca building. According archaeologists this place, may have been a trail lodge for runner messengers. From the second mountain pass top, it takes one hour to arrive to Sayacmarca; which is a Inca settlement built on the top of a hill. Also from here will have an amazing sunset over the beginning of the amazon jungle. Following we´ll hike 30 more minutes to reach our second campsite; Upon our arrival our INCAS PATH team will provide you a bucket of lukewarm water, a small towel and a soap for you to wash up, get comfortable and rest under your already pitched tent. At night let’s enjoy a typical happy hour and a buffet dinner.
** Wonderful day, in the Classic Inca Trail Hike; to stargaze and Inca constellations at night.
Day 3. Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
- Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (5.5-6 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2.650 meters above sea level
- Considered: ¡Easy day – almost all is downhill!
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Area: Cloud Forest
- Weather: Warm and very humid
The Inca Trail hike will surprise us today; after a yummy buffet breakfast we’ll start hiking uphill for two hours. This ascend is the easiest in comparison with the ones you going to hike the second day; along the trail you’ll be astonished by the magnificent upper jungle and snowy peaks landscape. We arrive to a pretty Inca place known as: Phuyupatamarca. From here we’ll have great views of the Machu Picchu mountain and the back part of Salkantay mount. Your guide will tell you interesting historical and archaeological information, to then you continue; hiking downhill for three hours to Intipata. Along the path, we can see a huge range of colorful birds such us: the cock of the rock, grey toucan, t andean motmot, masked trogon, andean guan and tanagers. According previous Inca Trail hikers, Intipata has the best scenic landscape of the whole 4-day Machu Picchu hike.
We hike 40 more minutes to reach our lunch spot; colorful, varied and nutritious dishes are waiting for us. Let’s take a take a nap and even a shower if you want; yes¡ there is showers on the last campsite: however they are of cold water coming from the mountains. In the afternoon we’ll hike 10 minutes to Mini Machu Picchu, a beautiful Inca site perched of the side of a mountain. Here at Wiñaywayna we´ll gratitude to our support porters, will take pictures with them and also INCAS PATH will provide you a special Inca Trail Hike souvenir.
** Last fantastic stretch, of our Machu Picchu hike adventure.
Day 4. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Considered: We’ll have an early wake up; to get on time to the cherry on the cake
- Area: Cloud and Subtropical Forest
- Meals: Only Breakfast
- Weather: Hot and humid
Today we’ll wake up at 4:00 am. after we get ready and a nutritious breakfast; we’ll hike for one hour and a half to the sungate. This is the spot from where we have the first glimpse of Machu Picchu citadel, the Huayna Picchu mountain and a dramatical bunch of peaks around the lost city of the Incas.
Then we hike 30 minutes to arrive to the main Machu Picchu overlooks; from where we take our lovely postcard photos. We get out only for 20 minutes the Inca citadel; to use the hygienic services, store our daypacks and recharge energies with a coffee mug. Then we have a guided tour for two hours; our guide will teach every single detail of Machu Picchu. After the guiding tour we´ll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes: Unless you have booked the Huayna Picchu mountain tickets, then you must hike up there; and at 13:00 pm. you have to leave Huayna Picchu and do your way down by bus to Aguas Calientes. Unless you requested for an upgraded train; we will book the expedition class train, that departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:20pm or 4:22 p.m. to Ollantaytambo or Poroy depending on availability. Then we transfer you back to Cusco, where you’ll arrive between 7:30 to 8:00 pm.
** Our Classic Inca Trail hike service; is door to door.
Included on the Classic Inca Trail
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our short inca trail
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the 4 day Inca trail that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the classic Inca Trail. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this inca trail 4 days. You will be picked up from your hotel bewteen 4-4:30 am, (unless you are staying in the sacred valley ) and brought to KM 82 to begin your classic Inca Trail. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition included is your bus ticket to go down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Food: Our Inca Trail trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know . Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the dead woman´s pass on your 4 day Inca Trail trek or from the Salkantay Trek mountain pass or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Inca Trail, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the classic Inca Trail
Rentals: Due there We are hiking the Classic Inca Trail , each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
Vistadome Train Our 4 day Inca Trail includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.
Extra day at Machu Picchu
You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
- The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.
We would love to tour the 4 day Inca trail with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January while Inca Trail permits are still available in the Inca Trail government booking system.
Group Price (2020):
- $690 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2020):
Priced per person
- Two trekkers: $1250 per person
- Three trekkers: $1200
- Four trekkers: $1100
- Five trekkers: $950
- Six trekkers: $775
- Seven trekkers: $725
- Eight, or more, trekkers: $690
– $ 35 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the Inca Trail of the government.
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This classic Inca Trail includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the Inca Trail. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the Inca trail and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the classic Inca Trail hike is entirely made of stones
- For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the classic Inca Trail!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the 4 day Inca Trail trek?
Pick up will be from your hotel bewteen 4:00 to 4:30 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for classic Inca trail?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the short Inca trail hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your 4 day Inca Trail .
Reserve for the classic Inca Trail?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the classic Inca trail permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the classic Inca Trail trek?
Only tour operators licensed by the Inca Trail, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Inca Trail permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
The second most convenient place to stay after Cusco will be Ollantaytambo. When you stay in Ollantaytambo, you will have the chance to sleep for longer because we will pick you up at 5:30 am from your hotel.
Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?
Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.
Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.
During the trip, how challenging is the classic Inca trail?
Remember that this classic Inca trail, it is challenging because you will climb two very high mountain passes, if rains the stone steps could be a little slipery ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also on the last two day the inca trail is a bit humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at to the sungate from where you will observe Machu Picchu for the first time and then once you arrive to Machu Picchu itself you will enjoy of the place in all its splendor where you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the mos interesting details about Machu Picchu.
Will I need extra money on the 4 day Inca trail?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 200 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card.
How many people will be in my group on the 4 day Inca trail?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the classic Inca trail. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the classic Inca Trail?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 4 day Inca trail can become a bit slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the 4 day Inca trail?
For the classic Inca trail We recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the stone steps made by the Incas 500 years ago. the park rangers of the Inca trail and Machu Picchu only allow the use of hiking sticks with rubber tips so as not to damage the paved stone section many years ago.
Are there any toilets along the classic Inca Trail?
Along the classic inca trail there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the classic Inca Trail ?
Due to New goverment regulations for the Inca Trail it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the Inca Trail and in the Machu Picchu citadel.
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Inca trail we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the 4 day Inca trail?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the classic Inca trail and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the 4 day Inca trail. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machupicchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output. UU. And also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my 4 day Inca trail?
There is no possibility to cancel the classic Inca trail. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the Inca Trail; We will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to Machu Picchu in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machupicchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance tickets to the 4 day Inca trail, Machu Picchu, train and bus tickets have already been purchased.