Hiking the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is South America's greatest trekking adventure and is ranked as one of the three best treks of the world! The trail starts at an altitude of about 2,800 meters from Km 82 / Piscacucho and traverses the Andes, crossing exciting sites like Dead Woman's Pass which, at 4,200 meters high, is the peak point of the trek.
A few other impressive Inca sites are waiting for you such as Wiñayhuayna or "Forever Young" before descending towards the always fascinating Machu Picchu (2,450 m).
It takes four days to reach the legendary Inca city and, with the exception of the Dead Woman's Pass, this trek is not too demanding. The Inca Trail is rightly famous for its spectacular Andean scenery, full of snow-capped mountains between June and October, as well as the captivating Inca ruins you could meet along the way.
The history of Peru is brought to life by our professional tour guides as we walk in the footsteps of the Incas in the company of their modern day descendants, our porters from the Sacred Valley.
Our agency offers you different trekking options on the Inka Trail, so you can combine this adventure along some other highlights from this fantastic country.
And as always, all the different travelling ingredients on this tour have been precociously selected by specialists of voyaging so you just have to enjoy the wonderful landscapes during this tour.
6:30 am Bus till Km 82 / Piscacucho 10 am to 4:30 pm
Hiking to machu picchu
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Machu Picchu Hike Tour: Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayu
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Hiking to machu picchu Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca – Winayhuayna
4:30 am to 8:00 am Winayhuayna – Machu Picchu
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Machu Picchu Tour: Guided tour Free Afternoon
Return by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
Optional: visit of the Hot Springs in Machupicchu Pueblo
At 6:30 am our guide goes pick you all up from your hotel so you can be transported by bus to Km 82 where we arrive at approximately 10 am. Here we are happy to present you the team that is going to accompany us during this hike to Machu Picchu, such as the insanely strong porters, the camp assistants, or even the various and talented cooks. We can begin our hike. This first day is pretty easy for the first kilometers; we could enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Veronica and trek along the river Vilcanota until the Patallacta's archaeological site. After lunch we continue until Huayllabamba where we set up our camp for the night.
Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After an energetic breakfast, we start our second day of hike, perhaps the most difficult of this 4 day hike to Machu Picchu as we have to climb to the pass of Warmihuañusca, at 4,200 meters high. In this place, the highest in the Inka Trail, we enjoy a spectacular view of the whole Andes range.
After lunch we start the descent towards the valley of Pacaymayo, where we prepare our new camp.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
Quite early morning after our delicious breakfast we return to the path. We head off towards Runkuracay to visit its archaeological remains, and then continue hiking to the 3,900 meters mountain pass of the same name, where we begin our descent to the ruins of Sayacmarca. After lunch, our hike takes us to WiñayWayna, which is our last night in camp.
Optional: we can use the showers of the restaurant we have lunch at, always a good option to remember warm water.
Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After breakfast we continue the hiking to reach Intipunku ('Door of the Sun'), where we have a spectacular panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu. We descend to the city of Machu Picchu and start a hike tour (of approximately 2 hours) alongside your guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. You also have the option to visit to the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes where the entrance fee at the door is US$4.
You later meet your guide in Aguas Calientes, to take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.
Note for the Machu Picchu Trek 4D/3N:
The itinerary and campsites provided by the INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail) are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.
Transfers In / Out
Transportation from Cusco till Km 82/Piscacucho where we start trek
Professional bilingual tour guide
Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
Entrance fee for the Inka Trail and Machu Picchu
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day; the first breakfast and every meals after the breakfast on day 4 are not included
Professional cook: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving and we provide only boiled, filtered or iodized water for drinking. Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip
Drinking water along the Inca Trail only on meals' times
Dining tent with tables and chairs
1st aid kit
1 oxygen tank
Porters (to carry the tents, food and cooking equipment)
Touristic bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking. We will then offer a $40 discount per student
For children younger than 16, we offer a $40 discount (you also need to scan and email us a copy of the passports)
For children younger than 7, we offer a $80 discount (same here: you need to scan and email the passports)
To rent a sleeping bag: US$25 for the entire trip
To rent some metal walk sticks: US$15 for the entire trip
Hiring the services of an additional porter to transport your personal belongings that cannot fit in your daily pack: US$130 for 4 days
Supplement single tent: US$35
Tourist train Vistadome (1st Class train with panoramic windows) : US$50 per person
Hotels in Cusco: no matter what the standard you would like (Standard, Economy, First Class, or Luxury) you should ask us to book your room as we know all the different rates for every hotel in Cusco and might secure you a pretty sweet deal
Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Warm jacket, hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
Water, water purification tablets or money to buy water along the way
Torch with batteries
Walking stick (with rubber tip)
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the entrance fee at the door is US$4
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