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Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

The 4 day Inca Trail Cheap 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.


Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Starts Inca Trail to Km82 (Head trail)- Ayapata Campsite

Day 02: Ayapata - Chaquicocha campsite

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna campsite

Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco


Highlights of the Cheap Inca Trail:

  • 4 day Inca Trail hike with professional guide, cook and porters,
  • Explore and enjoy the Inca ruins,
  • Enjoying the most beautiful landscapes of the world,
  • Discover the lost trail of the Incas,
  • See beautiful sacred mountain such Salkantay,
  • Guided tour during the 4 day Inca Trail,
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu,
  • Best price for the Inca Trail classic,

Service Level: Cheap Inca Trail 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


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca Leaf

Hiking the Inca Trail site

Cusco | Sacred Valley of the Incas | Inca Trail | Llactapata | Wayllabamba | Pacaymayu | Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca |  Wiñaywayna | Machu Picchu.


Interesting Information:

Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 - Ayapata

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.), and then walk for another 60 minutes until our campsite: Ayapata. We will arrive there at 6 p.m. 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:  7  hours
Trekking distance:  14 Km
Max. elevation: 3, 250  m
Min. elevation: 2, 600  m
Difficulty:  Easy to moderate


Day 02: Ayapata - Chaquicocha

This will be the most difficult and at the same time most rewarding day of the Inca Trail, we will find spectacular Andean landscapes and vegetation of the place. We will start the day at 5:00 a.m. and after a good breakfast, we will start the ascent for 4 hours to the highest point of the road, the Abra de Huarmihuañusca or "Paso de la Mujer Muerta" with a height of 4.200m. During this tour we can appreciate that the vegetation is varied with native plants and trees such as Polilepys or Q'ueuña, which grow in the cloud forest at a height of 3,650m. After touring the 4 hour climb we will celebrate together having reached the highest point.  


After a short break we will start the descent for an hour and a half until the second point where we will have lunch (Pacamayo at 3,550m). After lunch we will start with the last part of the climb for 2 hours towards the Runkuraqay pass at an altitude of 3900m. Once in the pass and after a break we will continue the descent for 1 hour and a half until we reach our Cachicocha camp (3600m).


Estimated trekking time: 10 hours
Trekking distance: 16  Km
Max. elevation: 4, 200  m
Min. elevation: 3, 250  m
Difficulty:  Challenging

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca or Wi´┐Żaywayna campsite

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. The third day we will only have 5 hours of walking approx. we will arrive at Wiñay Wayna which means: "Forever Young" to an Inca archaeological site that bears the same name as the camps; this archaeological site is 10 minutes from the third camp. 


This day we will start with a gentle moderate walk until we reach Phuyupatamarca which will be the third highest point on the way to a height of 3,680m. The views of the mountains, canyons and surroundings from this point are simply spectacular. After a short break we will visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means "City of the Clouds". The Inca Phuyupatamarca site is just a few minutes walk from the third step. After visiting this site, we will continue walking through the cloud forest until we reach the impressive Inca agricultural site of Intipata, then we will arrive at our Wiñay Wayna camp, at 2,680m.


From this point we will have an easy two hour walk down to Wiñayhuayna (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: 4 - 5  hours

Trekking distance: 10  Km
Max. elevation: 3, 680  m
Min. elevation: 2, 700  m
Difficulty:  Challenging


Day 04: Wi˝aywayna - Machu Picchu

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.


What is included?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by Tourist transportation 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 and cooking equipment ;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents;
  • Sleeping Mattress;
  • Water every day (excluding the first day 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;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included

  • First breakfast
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Sleeping bag (U$ 20)
  • Thermarest mattress (inflatable mattress for more comfort in the trail)
  • Extra porter for carry your personal beloging (U$ 130)
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (U$ 80 per person)
  • Tips and extra expenses to souvenir.

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!

Highlights from Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit Wiñaywayna ruins
  • Cherish the amazing views on the road


Best moment from the Trek

  • Explore and listen the histories about Inca ruins


Encampment Equipment

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Here is everything you need to know about Inca Trail Cheap to Machu Picchu.

Where is located Machu Picchu?
"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

Altitudes in Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
During Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Wayllabamba" at 3,000 m.a.s.l.
  • "Dead woman pass" at 4,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Pacamayu" at 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Runkqurakay" at 3,900 m.a.s.l.
  • "Runku Pass" at 4,000 m.a.s.l.
  • "Sayacrmarka" at 3,580 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chakicoccha" at 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Phuyupatamarka" at 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wiñnahuayna" at 2,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail Trek Hike to Machu Picchu and how many hours do we walk per day?
  • Km 82 to Wayllabamba: 12 km (Trekking Time: 5 hours)
  • Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu: 15 km (Trekking Time: 7 hours)
  • Pacaymayu to Phuyupatamarca: 15 km (Trekking Time: 8 - 10 hours)
What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Inca Trail Trek Hike to Machu Picchu?
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 

Is it possible to do the Inca Trail Trek Hike to Machu Picchu on my own?
If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.
Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website:
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