Inca people built a vast network of trails connecting important places in the Andes, it is estimated were built more than 40 thousand Kilometers of pathways all linked to Cuzco city, the capital of the Incan empire.
The Inca Trail 4Days / 3Nights is by far the most famous trail in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful scenery such as valleys, mountains, subtropical jungle, and of course, a stunning mix of Inca ruins. This pavement stone trail with its mysterious archaeological sites, cloud-forest ends up in the Sacred Inca City of the Incas. There is nothing impressive to reach Machu Picchu, entering through “Inti Punku” (the Sun Gate) the way the Incas did, a unique experience of a life time.
We will start from Cusco at 4:30 am to drive toward Ollantaytambo, place where we will have our first breakfast, afterward, we continue to Piskacucho village (Km 82) the starting point of our adventure.
At the checkpoint, it’s required to show the passports before we begin the trek, we will start over a short uphill which will lead up the way to the picturesque landscapes of the valley and archaeological sites at the distance, after 2.5 hours trekking, we will reach to Llactapata ruis (8.747ft./2.650m), one of the largest and beautiful sites along the Inca trail. Our trekking guide will give us a brief story about Llactapata, afterward, we will continue on our way following the valley toward Hatunchaka, place where we will get our first lunch. In the afternoon, we will follow the valley uphill for two more hours to get our campsite at Ayapata (10.825ft / 3.300m).
Today we have been hiked about 14 km, but nothing more satisfying than finding our tents and our trekking crew waiting for us.
Our camping spot is further away from the regular camping sites, the trekking team will be waiting to invite us to enjoy the evening tea (The happy hour). Spend the night in a four-season camping tent with pillows and foam mattresses will be provided to you.
Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: sleeping in four season tents
Estimated walking time: about 6 – 7 hours
Walking distance: 83.8 Miles / 13.5km.
Today is the challenging day of the Inca trail, After a good breakfast, we will begin the trekking uphill with a lot of stone steps for about two hours, we will pass throw a beautiful forest of native trees to reach Llullucha Pampa at 12.450ft./3.795m. “the half way up to dead woman’s pass” we will stop there for a small break and use the toilets, at this spot you can get fresh water from the vendors in case you need, from Llullucha Pampa we will continue up two more hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Warmywañusca “Dead woman’s pass” at 13.725ft./4.215m, from here we will be able to enjoy a spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, after a short break and some pictures, we will continue downhill for 1.5 hrs to Paqaymayu 11.765ft/3.560m, place where we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon it will take us about 3,5 hours to get our camp site Chakicocha at 11.867ft/3.600m. Two hours uphill to the second pass “Runku Raqay pass” (13.050ft./3.985m), then one and half hours descending on a stone paved trail made by the Inca, impressive views from the pass. On the way, we will visit Runku Raqay and Sayaqmarca ruins, from the second one 30 minutes to the camping site, where our porters will receive us clapping our arrival.
Tonight we will have the best sleep ever, as we can see, we trek up and down in the mountains, about 9.3 miles/15.5 km.
Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: staying in tents
Estimated walking time: 10 hrs. including lunch and breaks
Walking distance: 9,3miles/15.5km
On our third day of the Inca trail, we will take our time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the camp site and hike a small uphill, but suddenly reach to an uneven pavement stone trail, we will enjoy the scenery of the valleys, cloud forest vegetation, Inca stone steps still standing today, and more. It will take about 1.5 hours of astonishing views to reach Phuyu Patamarka “The lookout spot”, at 12.303ft./3.750m, from where we will be able to see the Machu Picchu Mountain far in the distance, after a small break, we will head down to visit Phuyu Patamarka Inca site, we will enjoy the guided tour while we see the views of the valley, after a brief story, we will head downhill to Intipata, the Inca ruins from where we will get to see our lunch place.
Intipata is made up of large terraces facing the direction of the sunrise that is the reason was named Intipata “the sun over the terraces” place where Inca people cultivated their products. 30 minutes from Intipata, is Wiñaywayna 8.747ft./2.650m, our lunch place also the campsite.
As we described, the today is the shortest day on the Inca trail, about 6 hours trekking until our lunch place, in the afternoon there is a chance to visit Wiñaywayna archeological site, the last Inca site before we reach Machu Picchu, our goal.
Meals: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Sleeping in tents
Estimated walking time: About 6 hours including breaks
Walking distance: 6.2 Miles/10 Km
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
On our last day on the Inca trail the most exciting of our trek, we will wake up very early, to ensure and get to see Machu Picchu when very few people are in the city. After a light breakfast, we will go to the path gate, at 5:30 am, is the last time when Rangers ask for the passports, once we pass the check point, we trek about 1.5 hours to reach Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” (8.977ft./2.720m) from here we will have the first view of Machu Picchu, After a small break, we will continue the last 50 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu “The Lost city of the Inkas” (7.920ft/2.400m).
We will get our guided tour after we store our backpacks and trekking poles. We will have two hours exploring and visiting all the important sectors such as enclosures, temples, shrines, the sun temple, urban area, agricultural sector, etc. After the tour, you will have plenty of time for further exploration.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climbing Wayna Picchu Mt or Machu Picchu Mt, the guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should go there, it takes 1.5 hours back and forth to Wayma Picchu Mt and about 3 hours to Machu Picchu Mt.
The guide will meet us at Aguas Calientes town for lunch, afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, from where our private transportation will drive us back to Cusco.
Meals: Snacks, Breakfast. Lunch is not included today.
Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.
Estimated walking time: 2 hours walk, 2 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu.
Walking distance: 3,7 Miles/ 6 km
- Pick-up from the hotel.
- Transportation by bus to Km82.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+
- Trekking Chef.
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment.
- Water (except the first 4 hours of the trek).
- Everyday snacks, Breakfast, Lunches, and Dinners, if you have a dietary request, please let us know.
- Eureka K-2 xt season tent, for two people.
- Sleeping foam mattress (you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter).
- First aid kit including oxygen bottle for emergency.
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
- Train and bus return transportation to Cusco.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from Kuntur US$ 25.oo).
- Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on last day.
- Walking sticks (can be hired from Kuntur US$ 15.ooUSD).
- Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain (if you request an additional of US$65.00).
- Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend you to take out travel insurance for time of your trip.
- Tips (tips are recommended after all treks, usually given at the last campsite of the trek).
- Passport, the one you are using for booking.
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Warm jacket, cap and gloves.
- Comfortable pants/Trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
- Insect repellant.
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication.
- Camera and extra memory card.
- Headlamp or Torch with spare batteries.
It is expected trekkers to carry their own personal gear. However, everyone should make an honest assessment on their physical condition before you start planning your trip, If a personal porter is desired, it is important to request one at the time of booking, as they are included in the 500 people per day limit.
To secure a permit and entrance ticket to classic Inca trail, Wayna Picchu Mt, and Machu Picchu Mt, consider Peruvian government regulations require full name and current passport information of all trekkers, permits are non-transferable, it can’t be sold to others and can be sold out quickly months in advance. It is, therefore, important to arrange the reservation dates at the earliest opportunity.
Wayna Picchu Mountain is an excellent addition for a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers great views but is a steep climb that can take about two and a half hours back and forth.
The admission tickets to Wayna Picchu Mountain are limited and only at scheduled times. If you are considering doing the climb, make sure to book it in advance. The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be a challenging hike, there are lots of stone steps and steep uphills that could make you feel tired at the end.
If you desire to trek to Machu Picchu, but you don’t have the time, neither enough energy to do the whole 4-days trek, you must consider our alternate options or the short version “Inca Trail 2d / 1n” These can be booked any time in the year, with no advance reservation.
According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time you do the Inca trail trek, tour, or visit Machu Picchu, students 18 and above, need the ISIC card to qualify for the discount. Students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Email us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$ 30.00
- Students from 12 to 17 years, a discount of US$ 40.00
- Children from of 5 to 12 years, a discount of US$ 50.00
*More details will be available if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, such as free tours in Cusco city, free items for camping activities, and personal discounts. contact us at email@example.com
The following prices set in the list, are adjusted to the Inca Trail 4Days/3Nights. However, we consider discounting the price for each item, for more than 10 participants in the group.
- Extra porter carrying up to 7 kg. – US$ 70.oo
- Set of trekking poles – US$15.00
- Sleeping bag – US$25.00
- Single Tent – US$35.00
- Inflatable mattress – US$ 15.00
- Wayna Picchu Mountain – US$ 65.00
- Machu Picchu mountain – US$ 65.00
Usually, all Inca trail trekkers don’t stay an extra night in Machu Picchu. However, we will be happy to help you book hotel accommodations for you to enjoy a night at Aguas Calientes town. Please inquire at the time of booking. Likewise, Expedition train service is part of the Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights price.
- Vista dome Train back to Ollantaytambo (One Way) + US$ 65.00
- 3 stars hotel in Machu Picchu + US$ 120.00 an extra night.
- 4 stars hotel in Machu Picchu + US$ 190.00 an extra night.
Viajes LA provides the best quality of items for our customers, for a better experience during the trekking, we concern about the safety, comfort, and satisfaction in every trekking activity.
- Black Diamond Trekking Poles.
- Four season tent (Eureka K-2 tx) for two people
- We use 3* hotels in Aguas Calientes, if you don’t want to share the twin bedroom, select Single Accommodation when Booking.
- If you are nature and landscapes lover, vista dome train service is the choice, wider windows, and glass ceilings to see the mountains.