Activity level: Moderate
Cusco is the most visited department in Peru. The Sacred Valley of the Incas and the citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World are part of this city. This is the classic 4 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to 8 hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step along the way. On the last morning we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train.
The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days
The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco (3 days is better) prior to commencing the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and give you sufficient opportunity to visit the city of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins:
Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, as well as spending a day or two exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting the tradition market town of Pisac and the fascinating Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
For Inca Trail oversold dates we recommend:
- Salkantay trek
- Choquequirao trek
- Lares Trek
► DAY 01: Cusco – Wayllabamba Details
Our transport will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piska Cucho, a community located on the 82nd kilometer on the route to Machu Picchu, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore: then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of llactapata. We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusicacha River, gradually climbing about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba, where we set our first camp.
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude: 3000 meters
Meals included: lunch and dinner
► DAY 02: Wayllabamba – PacaymayoDetails
After breakfast we begin our most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that streches for 9 km. We go the steep-sided llullucha valley up and past a rushing stream and trough enchanted native polylepis woodland. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmi Wañusca. Here we take the trail to the level of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp.
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4.200 meters
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
► DAY 03: Wayllabamba – PacaymayoDetails
This is the longest but most impressive day because of the archeological sites and the rich Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo we go to the second pass ¨Abra Runkurakay¨. When we arrive to Sayacmarca, we will find a beautiful semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels. We go through a natural tunnel to arrive later to Phuyupatamarca. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is located on the highest top of a mountain. Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. We continue our trek down to Wiñay Wayna, campsite. This is an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector and also this is the place where we will make camp.
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 3.900 meters
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
► DAY 04: Wayllabamba – PacaymayoDetails
We get up very early in order to leave Wiñay Wayna and then arrive to the Sun Gate. From Inti Punku, we can see Machu Picchu and later begins a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will takes us approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then you will have free time to explore this mysterious city yourself. In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes in order to catch the train back to Cusco. Arriving back in Olllantaytambo or Poroy train station, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel.
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 3.900 meters
Meals included: breakfast
-Trek from tall mountains to deep hidden valleys.
-Discover small villages and Inca ruins along the trek.
-Camping under the stars in the moorlands of the Peruvian cordillera.
-The sacred valley of Wayllabamba, an adventurous trek.
All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
Entrance fees to visited sites.
24/ assistance when on tour.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDES
International and domestic flights in Peru.
Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
Other services not specified in the program.
Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.
Inca Trail important notes about our service
- We have our own office in Cusco with the legal licenses, autorizations and permits to operate the Inca Trail.
- We have our own permanent chef and biogradable toilet (we don´t use public bathrooms during the trek)
- Our guides are archeologists
- Our food is breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and water (not just a box lunch)
- Our porters are well paid, they have their own place to sleep, they carry maximum 20 kg each with the appropiate gear and we provide them life insurance and good food
- Departure and arrival times are approximate
- Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the Inca Trail, as well as our tour guide criteria and the group process
- If the reservation was made with an old passport, you have to bring the new AND the old one for the Inca Trail
- The maximum allowed group size is 16 people with 22 porters. Our average group size is about 10 people but there are times that we leave with even 2, 3 or 4 people
- Tips for chef and porters are not included and it is up to you wheter to tip or not to tip (the recommended amount is 60 soles given by each tourist for the whole porter´s group – chef and guide are tipped independently)
Difficulty of the Inca Trail:
Moderate to Challenging
Inca Trail bookings:
- Minimum 60-90 days in advanced.
- Peru Government guarantee spaces when you provide to us:
- Full names
- Passport numbers
- Date of Birth
- Having paid the full amount
**We exclude any responsability for a NO entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.
Therefore the spaces booked provided will be guaranteed only if:
- The booking has been first confirmed by our reservations department by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available for the Inca Trail on the requested date at the moment of booking.
- The full passenger data have been provided and the required has been paid for
Since Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passenger and agency staff) we strongly recommend making your bookings as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. We have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer you.
- Original passport
- Travel insurance for accidents
- Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent it for $20)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container
- Water (only for the first 4 hours of the trek, then we will provide you with drinking – previously boiled water)
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Personal Medication
Optional items to take:
- Walking sticks (with rubber tip)
- Plaster and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
We recommend an inlay for the use of your sleeping bags. You can´t buy inlays in Peru. The sleeping bags are washed after every use, but using the inlay we can guaranty a higher hygiene and we can keep the sleeping bags in good condition. Thank you for your comprehension.
During this 4 days and 3 nights Inca Trail you will make camp. We recommend an inlay for the use of your sleeping bags. You can´t buy inlays in Peru. The sleeping bags are washed after every use, but using the inlay we can garantuee a higher hygiene and we can keep the sleeping bags in good condition. The tents are for 2 persons if you would like to stay in a single tent, please let us know in advanced by booking.
All departures and prices are subject to availability. Please Contact Us to confirm preferred departure