Max. Altitude4200 m
Type of ToursTrekking
The four day Inca Trail is the most famous hike in Peru and one of the most well known in the world, taking you to the lost city of the Incas. This Inca path is 45km long and was built by the Inca Empire over 500 years ago to facilitate the conquest of the Peruvian Amazon region. On the Inca Trail you will have the opportunity to visit other smaller archaeological sites, including: Runcuracay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna, and others. You will pass through different altitudes and environments, all full of paved Inca paths and staircases. During the hike you will be amazed by the Inca’s building prowess so high in the mountains and so close to the clouds.
We offer you everything you will need to successfully complete this impressive path to the citadel of Machu Picchu. We employ experienced guides who are trained to safely lead you to the lost city of the Incas. The cooks and porters also play an integral part in the four day hike as they set up camp, prepare meals, and carry the necessary equipment. We offer you the highest quality service for all four days.
- Tour type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, and culture.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Starting Altitude: 2720 m / 8920 ft
- Maximum Altitude: 4200m / 13,780 ft (day 2)
- Distance Traveled: 45 km /28 miles
- Longest day: Day 2, 16 km / 10 miles
- Departures: Subject to availability
Remember there is a student discount available for entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (ask us about this option)
We begin this incredible adventure very early by picking you up from your hotel between 6 and 6:30 am, at which point we will drive to the town of Ollantaytambo (approx. 2 hours of travel) where you will have the opportunity to have breakfast. Then we will continue driving for 1 more hour to Km 82 (Piscacucho), the starting point for this grand adventure. Here we will pass through a control point for the Inca Trail where you can obtain a special stamp in your passport. From this point we walk for 2 hours to Mesccay, where we will take a break and, if you want, you can try some local corn beer called Chicha. From here we continue walking until we reach Llactapata, an archaeological site we can explore with the help of our guide. Then we walk for 45 more minutes to the place where we can share a comforting and delicious meal. After lunch we will head for Wayllabamba (3000 m elevation), our first campsite. This part of the hike takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival at the campsite you will find our porters and cooks have prepared everything for you. As night falls you can enjoy a hot tea and a dinner at the campsite.
(8 KM, 4 HOURS OF HIKING)
Note: For the early morning pickup, you will need to book a hotel in the historical city center, as most AirBnB’s don’t have a name and/or lack addresses that can be found easily, and many of them are located far away from the city center. Otherwise we can arrange a specific meeting point.
After a nutritious breakfast prepared by our cooks, we will begin the most challenging part of this adventure: the hike to the highest point on the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, located at 4212 meters above sea level. This uphill walk takes approximately 5 hours (9 km), with an elevation gain of 1212 meters. This hike takes us up a beautiful Inca staircase to the pass of Warmiwañusca (“Dead Woman’s Pass”). Here you will have the enormous satisfaction of reaching the highest point on the Inca Trail as well as a panoramic view of the whole area. You will be able to see all the different types of microclimates that exist in this region, as well as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterwards we will begin out descent towards the place where our lunch will be waiting for us, 2 hours and 30 minutes of walking down Inca staircases, at Pacaymayo. We will camp here for the night.
(16 KM, APPROX. 8 HOURS OF HIKING)
This will be without a doubt one of the most beautiful days of our adventure, as we will have the opportunity to visit many different archaeological sites along the Inca Trail and see how the scenery changes from cloudy mountain forests to jungle. In this section we will find many well preserved stretches of original Inca paths.
After a delicious breakfast (at approx. 05:30 AM) we will set out for our first destination, the archaeological site of Runcurakay (3750 m), a 45 minute uphill hike from our campsite. Runcurakay is an Inca archaeological complex, consisting of watchtowers and located in a strategic lookout point over the Sacred Valley. From there we will continue to the Runcurakay pass (3900 m), where our guide will give a brief explanation of Inca culture, and then we will descend for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the second archaeological site, Sayacmarka. Sayacmarka is known for its difficult ascent and steep stairs. After 30 more minutes of walking we will reach Chaquicocha, where lunch will be ready for us. After lunch we will hike for another 2 hours and 30 minutes to Puyupatamarca (“The Town in the Clouds”), located at 3750 m, which we will explore before our final walk of the day, descending Inca stairs for 3 hours until we reach our campsite at Wiñayhuayna (“Forever Young”), where we will have tea and a very special dinner (at this point we will bid farewell to our porters).
(15 KM, APPROX. 8 HOURS OF HIKING)
After an arduous 3 day hike, it is now time to visit on of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. We will wake up before dawn (at approx. 03:30 AM) to ready our belongings and have breakfast before we begin the final stretch. We will descend to the final Inca Trail checkpoint and then continue for 2 more hours towrads the Inti Punku (The Sun Gate), walking along incredible paths built into the hillside and next to rocky mountains covered in dense vegetation. Upon arriving at the Sun Gate we will be met by a stunning view of the citadel of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu mountain. For here we will descend 40 minutes past compounds that used to function as access points and ritual stops that the Incas used before entering the citadel. Once in Machu Picchu we will be led on a 2 hour guided tour, during which you will have opportunities to explore the main sites (Intihuatana, The Sacred Plaza, The Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Condor), and learn more about the history of this hidden architectural wonder. At the end of the guided tour you will have a couple more hours to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace and really take in the Inca citadel’s unique atmosphere.
If you were able to purchase an entry to Huayna Picchu of Machu Picchu Mountain you will also have the opportunity to scale one of these mountains (remember that availability is limited by the government and the Ministry of Culture. Climbing Huayna Picchu takes 2 hours, and Machu Picchu Mountain requires 3). The time spent at Machu Picchu depends greatly on whether or not you decide to climb one of these mountains. After our time at the citadel we will need to return to Aguas Calientes, where you can eat lunch at a location of your choosing before we begin our return journey. After lunch we will take the 18:20 train** back to Ollantaytambo (2 hours of travel), and from there go by car back to Cusco (approx. 2 hours) where we will arrive in the evening.
(6 KM, APPROX. 3 HOURS OF HIKING)
**If you desire a specific train time, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Entrance ticket for the Inca Trail
- Informational talk provided by your guide at your hotel, one night before the hike
- Pickup from your hotel and transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
- Professional bilingual guide
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (buffet style)
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- 3 nights camping
- 1 tent for 2 people plus sleeping pads
- Cooks and cooking equipment
- Vegetarian or Vegan food available upon prior request for no additional charge
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo at 18:20 (or earlier)
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Does not include
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day. Can eat out in Aguas Calientes (10-30 soles)
- Sleeping bag ($15 for the duration of the hike)
- Walking sticks, recommended for this route ($15 to rent a pair)
- Travel insurance
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains ($65)
- Misc. costs and tips (optional)
- Porter services. You must carry your own belongings included your sleeping bag if you choose not to rent a porter’s services (If you desire to rent them the cost is $70 for 7kg for 4 days).
- Original passport
- Students: student ID if you wish to obtain the discounted entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Light backpack
- Walking sticks: recommended for those with knee or ankle problems or hikers used to using them. If you don’t have one, you can rent a pair from us for $15 for the whole hike.
- Sleeping bag rated to at least -5 celcius. If you do not have own, you can rent one from us for $15 for the duration of the hike.
- Wool hat/beanie
- Hat for the sun
- 3 – 4 shirts (preferably long sleeved)
- 2 – 3 pairs of long trousers (leggings are also appropriate)
- Walking shoes
- 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
- A rain jacket is important, especially in the rainy season (you can also buy a rain poncho)
- 1 small towel
- Sun glasses
- Sun block
- A water bottle or canteen
- Tooth brush and other personal items
- Toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Sandals or flip flops
- Bathing suit
- If you have thermal clothing, you can bring it (you would use it at least the first night, when at 3000 m).
- Snacks, such as: chocolate, granola bars, sweets, dried fruits, energy bars, etc.
- Extra cash in soles
- The price is based on double occupancy, includes all taxes and fees.
- Individual occupation available at an additional cost.
- Ask us about special discounts for groups if you travel with 3 or more people
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of our reservation.
- This tour begins in Cusco, the hostel / hotel pickup is included for accommodation located in the center of the city of Cusco.
- The tour has no set exits, you can choose your own start date (subject to availability)
- The name, number, expiration and country of the passport are required at the time of reservation for all participants Huayna Picchu /
- Machu Picchu Mountain Hike available at an additional cost.
- $ 20 discount for students with a valid ID card from the university / university You must bring an ID with you on the Inca Trail.
- We take care of all diets, please let us know your diets. Equipment such as trekking poles can be rented at an additional cost.
The Inca Trail is the only tour in Peru that is not reimbursable. Be sure to confirm the correct dates when you make the purchase. As the Inca Trail is regulated by the Ministry of Culture, they do not allow changes in the start date nor give reimbursements, once a permit is acquired, they are not resold.
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