The Lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, with no doubt the symbol of the Inca civilization. The royal path that carried pilgrims and authorized officers of the empire to the sacred city was “The Inca Trail” as we know it now.
The way along this Andean path is a fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Inca Trail is paved with blocks of stone and has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges and paths across rivers, streams, beautiful valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands. All this vision makes the visitor meditate about the intellectual and grandeur of the Andean man whose highest achievement was the Inca civilization.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of an Inca roads system of more than 30,000 kilometers that integrated the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyo from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through the cities of Quito, Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga, and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia; Salta and Tucuman in Argentina. There roads ran mainly along the coast and mountain regions and in some cases they also reached the tropical mountains in the Amazon forest as is he case with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
- Tour Package: 4day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
- Type of Tour: Traditional Inca Trail
- Group Size: Tour starting with 2 people
- Departures Day: Close on February, this tour must be booked 5 to 6 months in advance.
- Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.
NOTE 01: Day 3: The Peruvian National Institute of Culture has established that some groups stay overnight in Wiñayhuayna. Usually the groups that get to stay overnight in Wiñayhuayna are those who made their registration in advance for that date. Once the camp at Wiñayhuayna is full groups must spend the night in Phuyupatamarca which is located a few hours before Wiñayhuayna. There is no way to choose this. We advise to book your tour as far in advance as possible.
NOTE 02: Day 4: The Huaynapicchu a mountain is located behind Machu Picchu. From the top of Huaynapicchu you will get a great aerial view of the Inca citadel. There is a checkpoint at Machu Picchu to climb Huaynapicchu. Entrances to climb up Huaynapicchu must now be reserved with a new entrance ticket to Machu Picchu because the entrance ticket for the Inca Trail does include only Machu Picchu and not Huaynapicchu. This is the time you must enter and climb up Huaynapicchu. The tour guide will provide information on where the entrance to climb up Huaynapicchu is located inside of Machu Picchu.
4Day Inca Trail Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Wayllabamba
Between 04.00-04.30am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacucho (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp. All along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley. L, D
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo
We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast; we begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking.B, L, D
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so rich in Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. This campsite hosts a trekker lodge, a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp. B, L, D
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain (entrance ticket not included), where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall. (Some people prefer to stay one night in a hotel of Aguas Calientes and enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes; we can provide the train ticket for the next day). B.
- Transportation to the 82 Km.
- English/Spanish speaker professional guide during all Inca Trail
- Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + wake; up tea)
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Personal pad (double foam)
- 3-4Person Tents only for 2Person in each tent
- Local porters (service to carry the food and camping equipment only)
- Dinning tent, portable chairs and table
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the trail.
- Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
- Vegetarian food available, with no extra charge
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- First day breakfast
- Last day lunch
- Sleeping bag
- Personal equipment
- Personal Porter
- Entrance to the Hot spring in Aguas Calientes
Original Passport, Backpack, sleeping bag, rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals. One complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera.
The Inca Trail Price is 540.00USD per person, if you wish to have a private porter the total price will be 640.00USD per person, please remember that porters can carry only 7Kg or 14 pounds.
While getting physically and mentally prepared for the Inca Trail we will recommend you to stay in Cusco at least two days before the tour starts and if you are and active person we would recommend you to do with us a City or Sacred Valley Tour. The City Tour is a half day tour and the Sacred Valley is a full day tour, the tours are mostly by bus but the do also include some short walks.
Didn’t bring a sleeping bag? Don’t worry, you can rent it from us, below are the list of the trek gear you can rent from us.
Sleeping Bag: 20.00USD
Walking Pole: 8.00USD
Extra Tent (in case you want a private one) 30.00USD
Need a Personal Porter? 100.00USD is the price for the whole tour, please consider that personal porters can carry only 7kg (15pounds). The full payment will be handled to your personal porter and if you need prove of it we will be very happy to give you a receive photocopy signed by your porter (you can also talk to him in person about it).
Discounts! We do give a 35.00USD of discount for all students with a valid ISIC student card, in order to apply for the student discount you will need to send us a photocopy of you ISIC card together with your booking information. Please do not forget to bring with you your original ISIC card as well as your original passports for the tour.
Child Discount! Children under 16 years old also do receive a discount of 35.00USD, in order to apply for this discount you have to send us a photocopy of your passport.
Inca Trail tour map:
4Day Inca Trail Map
4Day Inca Trail Map4Day Inca Trail tour road: Day 1: Cusco – Wayllabamba, Day2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo, Day3: Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna, Day4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu.