City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Inca Trail trekking tour //
Why you'll love this experience:
Hike in a beautiful scenery with changing terrain (ruins, jungle, mountains).
A gastronomic highlight - our chefs will make you speechless!
Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate with a breathtaking view normal visitors don't get.
If you are looking for a great trekking tour, there is no better place than Cusco. The Inca Trail towards the mythical citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in the entire world.
You will cross the emblematic path that was used by the powerful Inca Pachacutec to arrive at its fortress hidden in the forest! The experience of walking the 4-day Inca Trail will not only allow you to observe the ruins of the place and the endemic nature that surrounds it, but you will also get in contact with local communities and experience their way of life.
The following days you will have a spectacular time trekking and discovering natural monuments, such as the Wayllabamba Valley, the Warmiwañuska Pass, the Pacaymayu Gorge, the Wiñaywaya Citadels and, of course, the Historic World Heritage Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (since 1983). In total, the 4-day Inca Trail is 45 km long and you walk around 6-7 hours per day. Put on your hiking boots, some comfortable clothes and get ready for the highlight of your trip to Peru!
ONE DAY BEFORE THE START OF THE INCA TRAIL
Briefing in Cusco at 6:00 pm on the day before the start of the trek.
- Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Campsite Altitude: 3000 m (9843 ft.)
- Meals included: Lunch, afternoon snack and dinner
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00 am and head to Ollantaytambo where you will have time for breakfast. Afterwards, you'll continue to Piscacucho (2700 m), located at kilometre 82, where you will pass by the first control of the Inca trail. Having met all the staff members here, the 2-hour hike with an easy ascent to our lunch spot begins.
After lunch, we'll have a short rest and then continue our hike for another 4 hours until reaching Wayllabamba (3000 m) which is the only inhabited village on the trail. Here, we will have time for a well-deserved rest and an afternoon snack, followed by dinner before going to bed.
- Distance: 13 km (8 miles)
- Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
- Campsite Altitude: 3800 m (12467 ft.)
- Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner
The second day will be your most challenging day of hiking, but filled with memorable views. You will start with an energetic breakfast at 5:30 am and straight and after that start to hike for around 5 hours to get to “Dead Woman’s Pass” (Warmiwañusca, 4215 m), the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here, we will have an amazing view of the landscape which is perfect for taking pictures.
A nice descent of around 1 hour takes us to our lunch spot before we continue to the campsite of Pacaymayo (3800 m). After this hike, you will be proud of yourself for having completed the hardest section of the Inca Trail.
- Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Campsite Altitude: 2650 m (8694 ft.)
- Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner
After having enjoyed breakfast and a warm coca tea in the morning, we will continue walking until reaching Sayaqmarca, another archaeological site to be visited. Afterwards, we will head on until reaching our lunch spot. From here, we will descent to the camping site at Wiñayhuayna, where you will have tea and dinner. This will be a special one as it will be the final dinner with the porters that won't join you on the final day.
- Distance: 6 km (3.7 miles)
- Meals included: Breakfast
On the fourth and last day, we will visit the long-awaited Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. For that, you will wake up at 3:30 am, have breakfast and descend through the forest to the control point where you will wait a little more than an hour until the gates open. Once you have passed them, you will hike about 2 hours to Sun Gate Inti Punku. From here, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular view of the majestic Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu while the sun rises. This is an excellent opportunity to take panoramic pictures. Shortly after, we will descend for 1 hour all the way to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
At Machu Picchu, you have a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins so that you will get to know the must visit places and learn the most important historic facts and stories. After this tour, you will have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, but make sure to book your entrance tickets for these hikes weeks in advance as they tend to sell out very fast. From here, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus to have lunch and to visit the thermal baths (optional). Finally, you will head to the train station in order to return to Ollantaytambo and then take a private bus back to Cusco.
- Briefing one day before the Inca trail at 6:00 pm
- Camping for 3 nights
- Professional and experienced tour guide fluent in English, specialized in hiking the Inca Trail and trained in first aid and rescue (will be with you from the first to the last day)
- 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Professionally trained chefs and assistants (the chefs graduated from culinary schools with many years of experience cooking in the mountains; they join at km 82)
- Boiled water from the 2nd day onwards
- Sleeping bag and hiking poles
- Porters carrying camping equipment, tents, table, stools, cooking gear and 5 kg (11 lbs.) of personal belongings (incl. sleeping bag) you can put in a duffle bag we will give you before the start of the trail.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and to Machu Picchu
- Emergency equipment, first-aid kit and oxygen bottles
Pickup from your hotel in Cusco and transport to kilometre 82
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon
- Pick up from the train station in Ollantaytambo and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco
- 2 people per tent in spacious 4-person tent, waterproof and thermal high-mountain tent
- Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bag (-10 degrees) and pillow
- Dining tent, kitchen tent, camping tables and chairs
- Daily wake-up coca tea in your tent
- Dishes rich in calories, vitamins and proteins that will provide all the energy that you need for the trek (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks). Please let us know in advance if you have any special diet requests (vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, allergies etc.).
- Tea and hot drinks every afternoon
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 4 in Aguas Calientes
- Water on the first day
- Single tent supplement
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
- Tips for guide and porters
*Please note that the estimated time to start your guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel is between 8:15 am - 9:00 am. However, this might be delayed due to the pace of the group and weather issues.
- The tour starts at 6:00 am on the first day and normally ends around 8:00 pm on the last day (depends on return train to Cusco).
- Original passport with more than 6 months from expiration
- Important: If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be given entrance to the trail.
- If you booked the trail with discounts for students with ISIC card please bring your passport as well and also your university ID (no copy or expired version, it must be the original document. If you do not bring your card you will be denied entry into the Inca Trail as the permits won’t be valid without your card).
- If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
- Arrive 2-3 days before your trek to avoid the altitude sickness and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
- Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold.
What to pack for the trek:
Take only whatever is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.
- A hiking backpack for your personal belongings (your personal porter will carry a duffle bag)
- Trekking clothing: Light trekking boots with good ankle support, Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp, warm clothes (fleece and layers for different temperatures, especially at night), rain gear/waterproof clothes, thermal underwear to be warm in the sleeping bag, t-shirts and trekking pants, gloves/mittens, scarf, 3 pairs of wool socks, wool hat for cold nights
- 3 plastic bags to separate your clothes: clean, wet, dirty
- Swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Flashlight, head lamp and camera (with extra batteries)
- Small binoculars and sunglasses
- Sun block SPF 30+, lip balm and insect repellent (lotion better than spray)
- Swiss army knife
- Toiletries, toilet paper and personal hygiene items (towel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, wet wipes, hand sanitiser)
- Personal medicine, medicine for altitude sickness (such as Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamida) and anti blister gel
- Refillable water bottle and plastic bags (ziploc)
- Extra money to buy some beverages during the trek (optional)
Terms of Reservation:
- Minimum 2 people
How many days do I have to reserve the 4-day Inca trail in advance?
- It is necessary to book this trek in advance, as it has a limited capacity of 500 people per day divided into 2 seperate times. The first group starts the trek at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you. Please let us know in advance when you would like to do the tour so we can check availability.
- After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.
Terms of Cancelation:
- Due to the strict regulations established by Machu Picchu Park, once you have made your booking, it will not be possible to receive any refunds as all the purchases will be made right away. It is also impossible to transfer the permit to someone else under a different name, nor can the date of your permit be modified.
- In the event that you decide to withdraw from the trekking once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as: food and transport that might occur because of the modification of your itinerary. However, you can join the group again for the visit to Machu Picchu citadel and the use of the same services from that point onwards.
- In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem, the above cancelation policies will be applied as the company had already had administrative and logistic expenses for your tour.