The Inca trail is one of the most popular treks in South America and is hiked by thousands each year. This trail was used as a communication system for the Incas to run from one place to another during the reign of the Inca Empire. This unique hike is full of stunning scenery, snowy mountain peaks, distant rivers and mountain ranges, cloud forests and Inca ruins. You will hike a total distance of approximately 43km over the duration of the trek and end at the world-famous Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Huayllabamba
One of our representatives will pick you up from your accommodation and we will transport you to Km 82 (82 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) where the journey to Machu Picchu will begin. You will be taken high up into the mountains passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, (where there will be a stop for lunch). This first part of the hike will take approximately 6 hours until you reach the Huayllabamba camp. You will spend the night at the Inca trail camp.
Total Distance: 12km (7.47 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Maximun Altitude Point: 3000m (9840ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3000m (9840ft)
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu
In this part of the journey, you will face your biggest challenge, to walk 11 kilometres uphill. You will hike through two particularly high points, the highest being Warmiwañusca, located at 4200m altitude. The panoramic landscapes, snowcapped mountains, beautiful semi-tropical valleys and Pacaymayo will astound you. You will spend the night at the Inca trail camp.
Total Distance: 11 Km (6.83 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Maximun Altitude Point: 4200m (13779ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3500m (11.482ft)
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñay Wayna
This is the easiest part of the journey, a 10km walk where most of the path is flat and occasionally downhill. You will see how the natural surroundings change as you walk, from mountainous and dry, to green and semi-tropical jungle. During the hike you will visit Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca archaeological complexes. Your next stop will be the beautiful Wiñay Wayna ruins, the final overnight camp location where you will spend the night.
Total Distance: 16 Km (9.94 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 8 hours
Maximun Altitude Point: 3900m (12792ft)
Campsite Altitude: 2650m (8692ft)
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Inca trail & Excursion to Machu Picchu: The day will start early in the morning and your first stop will be Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) which is the old entrance to the stunning Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a 2 hour guided tour. Afterwards, you will have time to explore the Wonder of the World and ensure you get the perfect photos!
After exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to eat lunch and visit the colourful Machu Picchu Pueblo craft market. When you are ready, you will be taken to the train station to head back to Cusco where one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the station to take you to your accommodation where you will spend the night.
Total Distance: 4km (2.49 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 2 hours
Maximun Altitude Point: 2700m (8829ft)
Campsite Altitude: 2400m (7.872ft)
Departure and arrival times are approximate. Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria.
If you wish to upgrade, we offer the following return train services:
- 4 day Inca trail with PeruRail Vistadome train: $729
- 4 day Inca trail with with luxury PeruRail Hiram Bingham train: $1079
- 24 hour support provided by Into Peru
- Transportation from the airport to your hotel in Cusco once you arrive
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer by private bus to km 82 (starting point of the trail)
- Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee (valid for all 4 days)
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person-capacity tent, to allow for enhanced comfort and safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, 2017-new and highly maintained to ensure quality.
- One foamy sleeping pad per person
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets)
- Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
- A chef and cooking equipment
- Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Accommodation for our guides, cook and porters
- Meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches,3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except on the last day)
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing & boiled water to fill your water bottle with every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the town of Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Transportation from train station back to your hotel in Cusco
What’s not included:
- Breakfast during the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day. After the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner is not included on this day.
- Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes if desired
- An extra porter to carry your personal items: US$ 140.00/4 days. A porter can carry up to 15 kg, which should be enough for 2 people.
- An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose. Please beware that if you wish to visit Machu Picchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included.
- Improved PeruRail Vistadome or Luxury PeruRail Hiram Bingham train service instead of the PeruRail Expedition service which is included
- Sleeping Bag: US$9.00 dollars per day, our sleeping bags are -20ºC comfort and mummy form. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking sticks or poles US$ 05.00 dollars per day (rubber covers are included in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
- Therm-a-rest inflatable mattress US$ 25.00 dollars.
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INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TOUR REVIEW
PHIL – INCA TRAIL
“Into Peru organised an amazing adventure for me. From the moment I landed until the last trip to the airport, I felt I was among family and friends. They looked after me, taking me out and showing me the sights. The tour from Cusco and the accommodation were highlights of my life! I could not have planned it better, even with months of preparation. Thank you to all at Into Peru for an amazing experience. I’ll be back again!”