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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Mar - Dic
  • Tour type: Adventure

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days - Classic Inca Trail

Hiking the 4-day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a strenuous and awe-inspiring adventure. We will push ourselves to our physical limits, resting each night under the stunning Andean night sky. On our final day, as the mist lifts to reveal the emerald peaks and terraced ruins of the mystical ancient city, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

Our exciting itinerary offers four days of trekking along the original Inca pathways, passing an array of Inca ruins along the way. The trail is located high in the Peruvian Andes, climbing gradually from the valley floor (2,700 m/8,856 ft) to the most spectacular mountain passes (as high as 4,215 m/13,825 ft). At every turn, the surrounding scenery will take your breath away!

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:30am – 5:00am).

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Trailhead at KM 82 – Ayapata

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 a.m. to drive to the trailhead at Kilometer 82. The most beautiful drive rewards the early start through the Sacred Valley, with dawn breaking around us.

Along the way, we stop at the Raqchi lookout to take photos (weather conditions permitting). This gorgeous location overlooks the valley of Urubamba with the Chicon glacier visible in the background and Mount Veronica and the Urubamba River.

Our drive then continues to the market town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stop briefly to take advantage of more photo opportunities.

We then arrive at the trailhead at Kilometer 82, also known as Piscacucho, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Our porters and chef will meet us here with a nutritious breakfast! After breakfast, we go through the Inca trail checkpoint, and our adventure on the Inca Trail begins.

The trek starts easily with 2.5 hours of relatively flat terrain to reach the Wilkaraqay Inca site. Here we will have spectacular views of the Llactapata ruins, a checkpoint on the Inca trail approach to Machu Picchu. Your guide will talk about the history of the site and provide an overview of the history of the Inca trail.

Back on the trail, we hike for two more hours to Hatunchaca (2,598 m/8,525 ft) where we will have a delicious lunch.

We will hike for another 2.5 hours in the afternoon until we reach our campsite at Ayapata. This campsite is a little further along the Inca Trail than the traditional night-one campsite at Wayllabamba. We chose this deliberately because it is more isolated and quieter, allowing us to truly enjoy the spectacular display of stars visible in this part of the Andes.

Our chef will prepare a sumptuous dinner for us all to enjoy together before we retire for a well-earned night’s rest in our comfortable tents.

Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha

After breakfast, we begin our hike to the famous Dead Woman’s Pass! We will be in the cloud forest for the first two hours, passing through various bio-zones, including the low sierra and the high Puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife, and if we are lucky, we may also spot White-Tailed Deer roaming wildly.

After this two-hour hike, we reach Lluchapampa (3,800 m/12,460 ft). This is a small camp, and it is the last location on the trail to buy supplies. After a 15-minute break, we will continue on the path.

The portion of the trail leading to Warmiwañusca “Dead Woman’s Pass” at (4,215 m/13,825 ft) takes around two hours through the most beautiful mountain scenery and the grasslands of the high Andes. We will pause at the top of the pass to admire the majesty of the highest point of the Inca trail (and take photos of course!)

We then descend to the Pacaymayu camp for lunch. After lunch, we will climb approximately 45 minutes to the Inca site of Runcuraccay. Your guide will provide a tour of the ruin before we continue uphill for an additional hour to the Runcuraccay pass (3,950 m/12,959 ft).

After a 90-minute descent, we arrive at the Inca site of Sayacmarca (3,657 m/12,000 ft). Here we will have the chance to see one of the most amazing sunsets across the Aobamba valley!

From here, it is just 25 minutes to our campsite for the night at Chaquicocha (3,600 m/11,800 ft).

Once again, we have selected a quieter, more isolated campsite to enhance our experience on the trail.

Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna

Day 3 of the Classic Inca Trail starts with a 2-hour hike to the Inca ruins at Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/12,073 ft). From here, we will enjoy spectacular views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu mountain before getting a guided tour of the ruins.

Now it is time to head into the rainforest! We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach our camp. During this stretch of the trail, we will visit Inti Pata. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail can be taken from here. Leaving Inti Pata, it is just 40 minutes to our campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m/8,792 ft).

Arriving at the campsite, we will have lunch and enjoy a relaxing time before visiting the archeological site that bears the same name as the camp. Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most beautiful archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua. We are one of the few companies that provide a guided tour of Wiñay Wayna.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We rise very early on our final day to complete the last few kilometers of the Inca Trail. Leaving after breakfast, the trekking here is pretty easy going for around an hour and brings us directly to Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate.” This is the old entrance of the sacred city and gives us our first incredible views of Machu Picchu and (weather permitting) the spectacular sunrise over the Andes.

Our trek ends with one final 45-minute downhill hike to the city’s entrance gates. We will go to the classic photo spot for pictures as soon as we arrive. Then there will be a short break before starting our 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. All of our guides are experts in the history and mythology of the site and bring the visit to life!

After the tour, we travel to Aguas Calientes by bus and then take the train to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket but will be in the evening where your adventure on the Classic Inca Trail has come to an end.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo and then KM 82 (The Trailhead).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 80 extra).
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Master Chef.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Local food service in the campsites (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Daily tea service (weak up Coca tea and afternoon tea time or happy hour with full of popcorn, chocolate, coffee, and special snacks made by our cooks).
  • Water for Drinking: we will supply filtered and boiled water, and your bottles will be filled at each mealtime. Please bring enough water for the first day only.
  • Single tents upon request with no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Porter Service: As detailed in the table authorized by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food)
  • INCA TRAIL PERMITS AND ADMISSION TICKETS: Inca Trail and Machupicchu Permits & entrance fees, as well as all the porters and cooks valid for 4 days as well as an insurance policy of life for all our staff.
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adequate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pants, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment, and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only).
  • Visit Machupicchu on the last day (2 hours guided tour to explore the whole incan sites).
  • Tourist Expeditions Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Price Excludes for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – Day 1.
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 4.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Huayna Picchu entrance US$ 40 extra.
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Porter to carry your personal stuff
  • Extra Porter (Full Porter 12kg) US$150 – Extra Porter(Half Porter 6kg) US$75 – Extra Porter(To carry Sleeping bag and pad 4kg) US$50
  • Travel and health insurance: (bring copies with you)
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town(US$5)
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student) Note: ( you have to bring your student card to Machu Picchu because you are going to be required to show up at the Machupicchu control point
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanie.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets in case you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you think swimming in the hot springs)
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Porter (to carry your personal stuff 7kg/person)
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Entrance to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Bus Ticket ( Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes).
  • Lunch in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • 02 Waking Poles per Person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as your clothes.
  • Vistadome Train (First Class train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • Tour Guide to explore Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu all day. and of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
720
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
760
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
1020
Per Person

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FAQs

Can I be picked up from Urubamba (Sacred Valley)?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time.

Why travel with Choquequirao Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We never pass you on to another operator or third party.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
  • TripAdvisor recommended!
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