The 4 day Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu was created for the adventuers of the hike, who would like to discover the new experience on the trail. This is original Inca Trail, only different is the campsites and services, you will need to carry your sleeping mattress, sleeping bag and personal belonging and our porter will carry only the food and equipment.
Although indisputably a very fine hike, the 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is just one of a multitude of paths across remote areas of the Andes. What is does offer, thought, and makes it so popular, is a fabulous treasure at the end - lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu at a good price.
The Inca Trail hike starts in the village of Pisqacucho, at kilometer 82 of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and takes 4 days of intensified hiking. This path involves an ambitious array of altitudes, climates and ecosystems varying from Puna to cloud forest. The hiker will traverse across two high passes (the highest being Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m ASL), ending the hike with a bewitching entry to Machu Picchu via Inti Punku, the “Sun Gate”.
One of the main highlights along the trail is the ancient system of settlements made in granite rock by the Incas, like Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca, immersed in irresisitible natural surroundings. Scores of orchid species, multicolored birds, and dreamlike countryside provide the perfect scene for a path that all trekking fans should experience.
Day 01: Cusco - Starts Inca Trail to Km82 (Head trail)- Wayllabamba Campsite
Day 02: Wayllabamba - Chaquicocha campsite
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna campsite
Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Service Level: Inca Trail Travel Budget or Backpacker.
Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Inca Trail Tour Operator: Local Tour Operator Cusco
Crew: A professional bilingual tour guide, a cook and porters for your personal belonging
Accommodation: 3x campsite.
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea.
Transportation: Tourist Transportation, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Group Available: Min: 8 and Max 25 Trekkers
Our journey to Machu Picchu through the classical Inca trail begins at your hotel, from where you will be picked up after the breakfast (optional) around 6.00 – 6.30. From your hotel you will have a transfer 2 – 2.5 hours with your guide to our starting point which is called km 82. At the starting point you need to show your Inca Trail permission card, your original passport, and your ISIC card if you have one.Here the Inca Trail begins and we will start hiking for 2 hours to Miskayl, where we are going to enjoy a nice lunch. The hike to Miskayl is a flat and a beautiful walk, where we can enjoy the incredible flora of the landscape around us.
After the lunch we are going to have another two hours hike to Wayllabamba (3.000 m.) which will be our camping spot. We will arrive there at 5. Pm in the afternoon, and we will enjoy a nice dinner from our personal professional chef at 6.30 pm. After the dinner we will settle down for the night.
Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 12 Km
Max. elevation: 3, 000 m
Min. elevation: 2, 670 m
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
At the second day the guides wakes us up at 5.30 with warm tee, so we can get a good start of the day at the Inca trail and we will eat breakfast at 6.00. Our first hike of this day begins at 6.30 and it will take around 5 hours (7 km) to get from our camp to the high spot which is called dead woman pass (4.600 m), where you can experience the female spirit, a woman that lives on the side of the mountain.
From this place we have a 2 hour hike down to our second camping spot (Pacamayu 3,600 m), where we finally will have our lunch after 7 hours of hiking in total on the Inca trail. At the camp we will rest and around 6.30 we will have dinner. Later we will get comfortable under our blankets, so we can stay warm for the cold night.
Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 15 Km
Max. elevation: 4, 600 m
Min. elevation: 3, 000 m
We get up at 6.00 am and breakfast will be served by the chef at 6.30. At 7.00 we will start hiking. This day is a very special and beautiful day where we will pass 3 Inca ruins along the Inca trail. To get to the first Inca ruin Runkqurakay (3.900 m.), we have to hike one hour up; thereafter we have another hour of walking to the second high spot, Runku Pass (4.00 m.). After the second Inca ruin it will get easier, from there we will walk down for 45 m. to Sayacrmarka (3580 m.).
After the visit we will have 25 min. to chakicoccha (3.600 m) where we will enjoy our lunch in natural surroundings and incredible landscape. After the lunch we have a one hour hiking to Phuyupatamarka (3.60 m), which is the last hike on the Inca trail of this day. On this place we can find the last Inca construction for today.
From this point we will have an easy two hour walk down to Wiñnahuayna (2.600 m), where we will settle our camp and our chef will make a nice buffet to everyone so we can say goodbye to the chefs and the porters in a very nice way at 6.30. If you still have energy left after the hike, you can visit the archaeological site of wiñahuayna, only 5 minutes from our camp spot, a really delightful site on the Inbca trail with a lot of terraces and ruins.
Estimated trekking time: 8 - 10 hours
Trekking distance: 15 Km
Max. elevation: 3, 900 m
Min. elevation: 2, 650 m
On the last day we get up very early 3.30 and eat breakfast at 4.00. After the breakfast we begin hiking to the first checkpoint which opens at 5.30. After the checkpoint we have one hour of hiking to the Sun gate, from where we will have great views of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains. Here we will have 20 min. to rest. Thereafter we have 10 min. down to the lost city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. Here the Inca trail ends and we will enter the wonder of Machu Picchu. At the city, we have to pass the second checkpoint for leaving our bags and it will cost you 3 soles for every back, which is necessary.
There you will also need to show your passport, the ticket and the ISIC card if you have one. Thereafter your guide will show you around the Machu Picchu and the different important sites, ruins and temples of the site from 8.00 to 10.00. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the city, its many different roads and its beautiful surroundings. After you have enjoyed the magnificent city of the Incas you have to use your bus ticket to get down to Aguas Calientes and then take the train back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. The “expedition train” leaves at 6.30 in the evening and arrives at Ollantaytambo after 2 hours. At Ollantaytambo there will be a bus waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. Here your journey will end at 10.30 in the night.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights, but you will need to pay U$ 40.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek’s price!