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 Classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu involves 4 days with your professional guide, cook and porters with high quality camping gear.
Day 01: Cusco - Km82 - Llulluchapampa
Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna
Day 04: Hike to Machu Picchu
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: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included).
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
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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.
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
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.)
Begin hike 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.
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!
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
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
If you like to hike in April, October or November: 2-3 months in advance
If you like to hike in May, September: 3-4 months in advance
If you like to hike in June, July or August: 4-5 months in advance
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.
The following personal details are requested to book you onto the hike:
Full name and surname (as it is displayed in a passport)
Date of birth
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
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.
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)
If not, no worries as you can still hike one of so called Alternative Treks! These Treks are the following:
We recommend that you bring a backpack with extra spaces and pockets. This should not weigh more than 45 litres.
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
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.
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
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.