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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail is known as one of the most famous and cherished hiking journeys in the world. It consists of a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. The attraction of this hike is the beautiful combination of Inca ruins, glorious mountains, exotic vegetation and amazing ecological diversity. The trail goes over high passes with memorable vistas, through cloud forest, and finally down into semi tropical vegetation. The Machu Picchu sanctuary is host to over 250 species of orchids and many varieties of rare birds, animals, reptiles, as well as some species that are on the brink of extinction. The highest point above sea level is 4200m so we advise anyone coming from the coast to spend 2 days in Cusco prior to your trip, to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore and discover one of Peru's most pristine landscapes and experience an Andean journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu involves 4 days with your professional guide, cook and porters with high quality camping gear. 

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Km82 - Llulluchapampa

Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

Day 04: Hiking to Machu Picchu


Included Highlights of the Inca Trail

  • 4 day hiking to Inca Trail with professional guide, cook and porters
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • View the beautiful Incas ruins
  • Enjoy the flora and fauna
  • Taste the food of the trail
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Watch everyday the sunrise on the trail
  • Oberve the landscapes of the mountains
  • Survival of the Warmiwañusca high pass (4220 m)
  • Explored the Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu citadel

Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations - Superior service, extra porters and private transport.

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: Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and 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: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).

Camping equipment: Included the double tent, thermarest mattress and Sleeping bag, click here for more information

Group Available: Min: 2 and Max 8 Trekkers

 

Cheap Inca Trail

If you want to best price, choose the Cheap Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour.

 

Inca Trail Advisor

Why to book with Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator

  • A licensed tour guide for 8 trekkers, two licensed tour guides from 9 up to 16 trekkers.
  • Specialist operators for international tour companies.
  • Tour operator since 2007
  • Highly experienced english speaking guide.
  • Eureka Camping tents for 4 season, inflatable mattress and inflatable pillow
  • All Inclusive (sleeping bag, mattress, Walking step, etc) 
  • Nutritious, well-balanced, hearty and healthy buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness.
  • Drinking water since the second day to fill up your water container for the day hike
  • Daily afternoon tea and wake up coca tea, coffee, chocolate, etc
  • We catter for any food restriction
  • Private bus to head trail
  • Inflatable sleeping foam roll matts
  • Inca Trail Machu hires peruvian professional staff like guides, assistant guides, chefs, and porters and pay them with good wages far lots better than other tour companies do.

 

Resposinble Travel

Inca Trail Machu Porters

IncaTM DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation.

 

Día 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa

We pick you up from your hotel and transfer you by bus to the trailhead at km 82. Briefing at the trailhead (2350 m.), cross and hike along the Urubamba River visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca Ruins of Llactapata. Continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, particularly, VERONICA Mountain (5850 m), lunch in Chamana, continue along the trail and the Cusichaka river observing, several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point we will start the ascent in different levels, where we will appreciate different Eco-systems along the way, in LLULLUCHAPAMPA we will set up our camp site (3700 m.), in afternoon Tea and Dinner.

Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Wake up, We start up the trail toward the first pass WARMIWANUSCA (4200m) passing though the cloud forest of Yunkachimpa and the Corralpunku with an excellent view of snowcapped peaks. From the pass we descend to the Pacamayo valley (3300m). Lunch in PACASMAYO, continueto Hike through the Pacasmayo Valley to the Inka ruins of RUNKURACAY. We climb up and cross the second pass (3860m) and follow the Royal Inkas Highway down to the Inka Ruins of SAYACMARCA passing Lake YANACOCHA., Camp in CHAQUICOCHA

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

We start up the trail, and pass through beautiful sup- tropical vegetation en route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA. Lunch at PHUYUPATAMARCA (3600 m.), Begin the steep descent through the cloud forest with opportunities to see beautiful orchids and different varieties of birds on the way to our camp site at WIÑAYWAYNA (2700 m.), guided tour of Wiñaywayna archeological site, camping in Wiñaywayna (2700 m.)

Day 04: Hiking to Machu Picchu - Cusco

Hiking to Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba River to the sun Gate or INTIPUNKU to see the sunrise on Machu Picchu. We enter the site early in the morning for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the Ruins. Meeting for those interested in visiting Aguas Calientes for lunch or to visit the hot springs otherwise, free time in Machu Picchu, in the afternoonReturn to Cusco by tourist train from Aguas Calientes (actual town of Machu Picchu) to Cusco.

What is included in this trek?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment and and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Classic Inca Trail Map;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • A shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town ($ 12 one way, $24 - a round trip);
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included.
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.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Inca Trail Advisory

4 Day Inca Trail Itinerary


Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 (2,750 mt) (9,000 feet) – Llulluchapampa (3,800 mt) (12,467 feet)

05:00 am. We pick you up from your hotel, and transferred on a private tourism bus to the headtrail at km 82.  

07:00 am. Breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo

09:00 am. Briefing at the trailhead (2,350 mt), starting the Inca Trail, cross and hike along the Urubamba River visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca Ruins of Llactapata. Continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, particularly, VERONICA Mountain (5,850 mt).

13:00 pm. Lunch in Wayllabamba

14:00 pm. Continue along the trail and the Cusichaka river observing, several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point we will start the ascent in different levels, where we will appreciate different Eco-systems along the way passing through the cloud forest of Yuncachimpa and Corralpunku with an excellent view of the snow-capped peaks.

16:30 pm. In LLUCHAPAMPA we will set up our camp site (3,700 mt) This is the one of the highest campsites compared to the 2nd and 3rd ones And the temperature can drop down to 7 or 8. From the sunrise to the sunset is warm, and it gets gradually cold as the sun comes down.

17:30 pm. Afternoon Tea and Dinner.


Day 2: Llulluchapampa (3,700 mt) (12,139 feet) – Chaquicocha (3,450 mt) (11,318 feet)

05:30 am. Wake up

06:30 am. Breakfast

07:00 am. Challenging day up the trail toward the first and highest pass WARMIWANUSCA (death- woman pass) (4,200 mt) (13,779 feet) From the pass we descend to the Pacamayo valley (3,300 mt) (10,826 feet)

13:00 am. Lunch in PACASMAYO

14:00 pm. through the Pacasmayo Valley up to the Inka ruins of RUNKURACAY. We climb up and cross the second pass (3,860 mt) (12,664 feet) and follow the Royal Inkas Highway down to the Inca Ruins of SAYACMARCA passing Lake YANACOCHA.

16:30 pm. Camp in CHAQUICOCHA

17:30 pm. Tea time

18:30 pm. Dinner

 

Day 3: Chaquicocha (3,450 mt ) (11,318 feet) - Wiñaywana (2,644 mt) (8,674 feet)

06:30 am. Wake up

07:00 am. Breakfast

08:00 am. We start up the trail, and pass through beautiful sup- tropical vegetation en route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA

12:00 pm. Lunch at PHUYUPATAMARCA (3,600 mt) (11,811 feet)

13:00 pm. Begin the steep descent through the cloud forest with opportunities to see beautiful orchids and different varieties of birds on the way to our camp site at WIÑAYWAYNA (2,700 mt) (8,858 feet)

15:30 pm. Guided tour of Wiñaywayna archeological site

16:00 pm. Camping in Wiñaywayna (2,700 mt) (8,858 feet)

17:30 pm. Tea time

19:00 pm. Dinner time

 

Day 4: Cusco: Wiñaywayna (6,264 mt) (8,6974 feet) – Machupicchu (2,400 mt)

04:00 am. Wake up

04:30 am. Breakfast

05:00 am. Begin hike overlooking the Urubamba River to the sun Gate or INTIPUNKU to see the sunrise on Machu Picchu. We enter the site early in the morning for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the Ruins.

13:30 pm. Meeting for those interested in visiting Aguas Calientes for lunch or to visit the hot springs otherwise, free time in Machu Picchu.

18:30 pm. Return to Cusco by tourist train from Aguas Calientes (actual town of Machu Picchu) to Cusco

How to Book Inca Trail?

It is very important to book Inca Trail trek a good time in advance!!! As there are only 500 permits (Tour Guides, Porters and Cooks including) issued per day for the trek


A general recommendation on how long time in advance to book is:

If you like to hike in December, January or March: 4-6 weeks in advance, low season

If you like to hike in April, September, October or November: 2-3 months in advance, high season

If you like to hike in May: 6 months in advance, High tourist season

If you like to hike in June, July or August: 4-5 months in advance, High tourist season

 

Book the Inca Trail

Your booking is firstly confirmed by email by our Booking Department. This means that spaces of Inca Trail are still available for the requested date at the moment of the booking.

You will be asked for your personal details and a deposit payment.

 

What information we needed to book the Inca Trail?

The following personal details are requested to book you onto the hike:

 

Full name and surname (as it is displayed in a passport)

Nationality

Passport number

Date of birth

Sex

Please, it is very much important to fill out in the blanks on the attached booking form we email you with a true and updated information so we can make your bookings with the right and appropriate information, as in case of a missing passport or wrong numbers, or name misspelling, we are not able to make any corrections on the official government documents, so you then are not able to get into the park

 

Visas

You may be required to obtain a travel visa, also all countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

 

Inca Trail Alternative treks

Departure dates

Daily departures are available all year round, except the month of Februabry when maintances are realized. If the trail is not available, you can still join one of our groups of the alternative treks to Machu Picchu (please see below)

 

Alternative treks

If not, no worries as you can still hike one of so called Alternative Treks! These Treks are the following:

Inca Trail Packing List

Backpack

We recommend that you bring a backpack with extra spaces and pockets. This should not weigh more than 45 litres.

 

Private groups

You will be provided with a duffel bag that will be carried by our porters. Porters are regulated to 5 kg per hiker and will not be permitted carry more. If you belongings are heavier than 7 kg you must pay USD 130 extra for the extra porter.

Duffle bags - Upon your return to Cusco, please leave the duffle bag at reception

 

Suitable clothes

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, layered by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, warm coats can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. Check our “What we recommend that you bring” list for further information.

 

Checklist of what to take to Inca Trail

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Extra Money (emergency)
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Fair sized daypack
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Hiking pants/track pants
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses (Optional)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Torch/flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication

Best time to hike the Inca Trail

Climate: The highland Andes region of Cusco has two distinct seasons. Rainy season and non rainy season. Non rainy season is between May to October. Winter is between June-August and is very sunny and warm in the day time but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from October to May, though it does not rain all day. It is advised that even in the dry season all belongings should be packed in plastic bags as the climate in the Andes can be unpredictable!

 

All people who undertake the trail must be in a fit physical condition, althought the distances are not great the altitude and the cold nights make this a challenging trek.

Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20ºC during the day, to 05-10ºC during the day or 0-05ºC at night in the first 2 campsites. Wiñaywayna and Machupicchu has a lower altitude, so, temperatures are usually warmer though layering is still recommended at night.

If you are ill or have been ill in the past few days you SHOULD NOT undertake the trail

 

Responsible Travel

Inca Trail Machu has been responsible for offering low-impact tours that benefit the traveller andthe host alike. We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.

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