The Inca Trail Trek – 4 Days – 3 Nights
A unique trek. Only once in a lifetime does one have an experience such as this!
The Inca Trail (to Machu Picchu) was built by the Incas more than half a century ago. It is a world-class, world-famous trek. The Inca Trail tour begins down in the Sacred Valley, and ends in a cloudy, forested, near-mystical region that we know as Machu Picchu. Along the route, the trail traverses a number of climate and vegetation zones as it winds its way upward from the valley floor.
Please note that the Inca Trail Tour Permit is based on availability.
We do strongly invite you to book the Inca Trail trekking tour at least four months in advance. Alternatively, we can organize the Salkantay and Lares Treks which end at Machu Picchu and do not require permits.
To ensure your Inca Trail Tour reservation, a warranty fee of USD $250.00 is required. The fee is non-refundable and neither the date of the tour nor the name of the permit holder can be changed.
The Inca Trail DAY 1. – Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba (Easy)
11 km – 7.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,700 meters – 8,990 feet / Maximum Altitude – 3,100 meters – 10,000 feet.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 5:00–5:30 am (later in case you have just booked for the 4 four day trekking and your hotel is in the Sacred Valley). Private transfer.
The trail will continue to Pisqacucho (also known as Kilometer 82). At Kilometer 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student cards.
Crossing the Urubamba River we begin our adventure by trekking through a classic dry forest area. We will walk approx 6 km to Llactapata, the first archaeological site on our journey.
After lunch, we continue on with another four kilometers, walking uphill through peaceful farmlands to reach our camp in Wayllabamba.
The Inca Trail DAY 2. – Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo (Challenging)
11 km – 7.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 3,100 meters – 10,000 feet/ Maximum Altitude meters 4,220 – 13,780 feet.
Day three is considered to be the most challenging part of the trek, but definitely not the least rewarding.
We wake up early to get a good start. You will continue to be marvelled on this trip, as we travel through small villages and farmland to then enter the sub-tropical forest; where we will stop for a well deserved lunch in Llulluchapampa.
After we´ve had a moment to rest we will begin a steep ascent towards the Highest Dead Woman’s Pass 4,220 meters – 13,779 feet.
Reaching this significant peak, you cannot help but feel a great sense of achievement, but the journey is not over yet. After that, we continue down 600 meters, 1980 feet over 3 km (1.8 miles) through a very humid forest to the evening campsite of Pacaymayo.
The Inca Trail DAY 3. – Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka – (moderate)
16 km – 11.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,670 meters – 8,760 feet / Maximum Altitude 3,950 meters – 12,965 feet.
After breakfast, we start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 meters (12,632 feet).
Our descent will include a guided tour to the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca, where lunch will be served.
We then continue hiking towards Phuyupatamarka (a cloud-level town), which is an important archaeological monument.
After a short break, we continue our hike to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit. This is a remarkable archaeological site from which you can enjoy a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
The Inca Trail DAY 4. – Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
7 km – 5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,400 meters – 7,870 feet / Maximum Altitude 2,720 meters – 8,920 feet.
As we are nearing our destination, we have a very early start in order to arrive in time for an amazing sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the monument.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a two and a half hour guided tour around the citadel. While the clouds clear and the morning sky emerges, your guide will share with you the history and other insights surrounding the Lost City of the Incas.
Those who climb Huayna Picchu, a 45-minute hike, will be rewarded with an amazing overview of Machu Picchu. Though, from this year onwards, a new permit system requires that all visitors need to buy a separate ticket to hike up Huayna Picchu. After the tour, you are free to wander around, taking in all the sights of Machu Picchu. Later, you will meet with the rest of the tour group to drive by bus or go on foot down to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to the Ollantaytambo train station, you will be transferred to your hotel for a comfortable night´s sleep.
Read more about Inca Trail at Wikipedia
IMPORTANT: Government regulations will not allow reservations to be made unless accompanied by full passport customer details and full payment of the entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. This is to comply with the the rule that only allows 500 people a day to trek the Inca Trail.
Therefore, to guarantee your place on the Inca Trail trek or tour you must provide a scanned copy of your passport and a non refundable deposit of USD $250. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands. In case of passport number change this information must be relayed to us or you will lose your booking. Original passport must be carried on the trail.
Price of the inca trail tour (per person):
- USD$ 680*
The Inca Trail Tour Includes
- Pre-trek briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of departure
- Transport from Cusco to km 82 (shared). If you require private transportation please let us know in advance
- Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu)
- Professional guide English/Spanish speaking (assistant guide for groups of over 8 people)
- 4 person tent with 2 occupants
- Basic foam mattress. If you require an inflatable mattress (Thermarest), please let us know so we can arrangements
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Toilet tent
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies
- Porters (for equipment and personal items) carry camping equipment, food and kitchen equipment. If you wish you can hire a porter
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & a Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
- First aid kit
- Oxygen bottle
- Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Optional: English, French or Italian speaking tour leader at your request
- Sleeping Bag
- Lunch on the last day
- Entrance to the thermal springs
- Entry to Huayna Picchu ($60)
- Tips for guide, cook and porters
You should bring:
- A light day rucksack
- Rain gear (jacket and trousers if available) or rain poncho
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/toque. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold weather conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block and after-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent minimum recommended 20% DEET
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams
- Personal medical kit with any special medications that you might require
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend to swim in the hot springs)
- Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
- Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card)
- Walking sticks or poles (we can rent these to you)