The Inca Trail 4 days has been created for all adventurers who would like to gain a new experience on this popular Machu Picchu trek. This is an authentic track of the Incas, which differ from other Inca paths, this is the most famous of which connected the sacred valley with Machu Picchu, the city in the clouds.
Although it is undoubtedly a very nice hike, the 4 day Inca Trail is only one of a multitude of paths across remote areas of the Andes. During the hike past archaeological sites, snow-capped peaks, over streams and rivers. We walk further and further into the deep jungle via stairs cut into rocks and finally come across the sun gate. All hardships and drops of sweat are forgotten because the fabulous treasure at the end of the road is the Lost Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail tour in a group starts in the Piscacucho, at kilometer 82 of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and it takes 4 days of intensified hiking. This path involves an ambitious array of altitudes, climates, and ecosystems varying from so-called "Puna" (high Andean tundra) to cloud forests. A hiker passes through two high passes (the highest is Warmiwañuska at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level) and ends the ascent with a charming entrance to Machu Picchu through Inti Punku - the Sun Gate.
One of the main highlights along the Inca Trail is its ancient system of settlements made in granite rock by the Incas, such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyu Patamarca, immersed in irresistible natural surroundings. A variety of orchid species, multicolored birds, and dreamlike countryside provide the perfect scene for a path that all trekking fans would love to experience!
Cancellation policy: This activity is non-refundable
Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities. We created a job opportunity for our local people with the reforestation of native plants.
"If you book this trek, you will have the opportunity to donate and sponsor the planting of a native plant in the Patacancha community in Cusco, Peru."
Service Level: Group Trek.
Physical Activity: 3-Demanding (accessible to most healthy participants).
Age Requirements: 4+ (Participants under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult!).
Crew: A professional bilingual tour guide, a trekking chef, and Porters.
Personal Porters: Our porters will carry personal belongings up to 7 kg per person!
Accommodation: 3 campsites.
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea.
Transportation: a private vehicle, a train.
Camping equipment: Tent and sleeping roll mattress
If you want to check the availability for the Inca Trail 4 Days hike, please click on the month
Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 (the Inca Trail trailhead) - Wayllabamba campsite
Day 02: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañuska Pass - Chaquicocha campsite
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Phuyu Patamarca or Wiñay Wayna campsite
Day 04: Hike to Machu Picchu - Cusco
Why is this price for the Inca Trail tours?
Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator
Others Tour Operator
All-inclusive camping equipment (Double tent and roll mattress).
Not Included: You need to pay extra or rent by yourself. A sleeping bag (U$ 25), an air mattress (U$ 25), A pair of hiking poles (U$ 20), and others or you should bring it.
Our tents are of the brand Eureka and designated for 4 seasons, These are 4-person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use them!
Usually, the others tour operator will provide basic tents and it is only for two people capacity
Personal Super Porters: Our porter will carry your personal belongings during the Inca Trail (7 kg)
Not Included: You will carry your personal belongings and if you want a extra porters, you will pay U$ 90 dollars for half porter and U$ 180 a porter.
Sustainable operator: Not plastic in the Inca Trail, natural food without chemicals, vegetable "farm to the pot", all personal equipment for our porters like backpacks, jackets, t-shirts, pants, caps and others, and also our porters have a health and life insurance
The other tour operators do not provide insurance for their porters
Inca Trail Machu donates 5% of the cost to the foundation Responsible People and every year we reforest in the local communities native trees. The next planting is on September 01, 2023.
Our porters have a remuneration according the Peruvian goverment. Visit the New porters law´s
Hiking the Inca Trail Site
|Cusco||Sacred Valley||Inca Trail Peru|
|Chaquicocha||Phuyu Patamarca||Wiñay Wayna|
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If you want to do the 4 day Machu Picchu hike. Book now online the Inca Trail tours 2023. , we recommend you to prepare your plan in advance, because this year the Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights was full in the first week of March. April, May, April and June were sold out quickly.
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|Mon, 25 December - 28 December||U$ 680|
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|Wed, 30 December - 02 January 2024||U$ 680|
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|Sat, 27 January - 30 January||U$ 730|
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Our journey to Machu Picchu through the classic Inca track begins at your hotel, where you are picked up after breakfast between 6.00 and 6.30 am to set out a 2-hour ride to the trail's starting point, at so-called 'Km 82'. There, every trekker needs to present their Inca Trail permit along with their own original passport and ISIC card (if applicable) at the checkpoint. After passing the check, the Inca Trail begins with a 2-hour flat and beautiful walk while enjoying the incredible surrounding flora and landscape till we reach Miskay, a place where we are going to have a nice lunch.
After lunch, we keep hiking for another two hours to Wayllabamba (3,000 m) and then walk for 60 minutes until our campsite at Ayapata where we arrive at around 6 pm. At 6:30 pm, our professional chef prepares us a tasty dinner. Afterwards, we settle down in our tents and spend the night very well covered by a feather sleeping bag and a blanket.
Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 14 km
Max. elevation: 3, 250 m
Min. elevation: 2, 600 m
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
This is the most difficult and at the same time most rewarding day of this 4 day hike to Machu Picchu! We find spectacular Andean landscapes and vegetation all around us. We begin the day at 5 am and after a good breakfast, we start the ascent for 4 hours to the highest point of the trail - Abra de Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman Pass) reaching 4,200 metres. During the ascent, we can appreciate varied vegetation consisting of native plants and trees such as Polilepys or Q'euña, which grow in cloud forests at an altitude of 3,650 m. After this climb, we celebrate together having reached the highest point.
We have a short break there to get rest before descending for an hour and a half until the second point Pacamayo (3,550 m) where we have lunch. Afterwards, there is another 2-hour climb towards the Runkuraqay Pass at an altitude of 3,900 m. Once at the pass, we have a rest to be able to continue, this time just a descend awaits us so after 1 hour and a half we reach Cachicocha, our second campsite (3,600 m).
Estimated trekking time: 10 hours
Trekking distance: 16 Km
Max. elevation: 4, 200 m
Min. elevation: 3, 250 m
We get up at 6 am. Breakfast is served by the chef at 6.30 am. At 7 am, we start hiking. The third day takes us for only a 5-hour hike. Our first stop is at Phuyu Patamarca, the third-highest point on the way located at 3,680 m. The views from there of the mountains, canyons and the surroundings simply spectacular! After a short break, our guide shows us around the near archaeological site of Phuyu Patamarca which means "City of the Clouds". Then, we continue walking through a cloud forest until we get to the impressive Inca agricultural site of Intipata.
From this point, we have an easy 2-hour descend to Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m) that stands for "Forever Young" to receive a guided visit of this Inca archaeological site with lots of stepped terraces. We set a camp just 10 minutes away from the site and our chef prepares us a nice buffet dinner. Then, we go to sleep to be fresh for the last day.
Estimated trekking time: 4 - 5 hours
Trekking distance: 10 Km
Max. elevation: 3, 680 m
Min. elevation: 2, 700 m
On the last day, we get up very early at 3.30 am to eat breakfast at 4 am. Then we say good-bye to the chef and porters and begin hiking to be the first at the next checkpoint (5:30 am). After being checked, we have one hour of hiking to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) offering impressive views of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains! Here, we have 20 minutes to rest. Then, we climb down for 10 minutes to reach the Lost City of the Incas. The Inca Trail ends there and we enter the wonder of Machu Picchu! Before that, we have to pass the second checkpoint to leave our bags there (we need to pay 3 soles for every back to be store). You also need to show your passport, Machu Picchu ticket, and ISIC card if you have one.
Afterwards, your guide gives you a guided visit of Machu Picchu and shows you various important sites, ruins and temples (between 8 to 10 am). Once the tour is over, you have some time to explore the citadel, its many roads and beautiful surroundings on your own. When you have enjoyed the magnificent Inca city, you can use a bus ticket to get down to Aguas Calientes, a town just below Machu Picchu. There, you can have a later lunch or visit its thermal baths (hot springs) to refresh yourself. Later on, we get on a train to get back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. The train of “Expedition Class” leaves at 6:30 pm arriving at Ollantaytambo after 2 hours of the ride. There is our bus waiting for you at Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco. At 10:30 pm, the journey is over. We tell you 'good night' at the entrance of your hotel and you go for your well-deserved rest experiencing the awesome feeling of beating the Inca Trail and seeing the overwhelming Inca city of Machu Picchu!
It is a special t-shirt to remember your experience and survival of the hike;
Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the "Solo Traveler" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights, but you will need to pay an extra US$ 50.
Personal Extra Porter: If you want to carry up to 7 kg more, we recommend you rent an extra porter (U$ 180);
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek’s price! If you need to fly from Lima to Cusco, contact us!! and our info department will help you to get it.
All Inca Trail Machu travel groups are accompanied by their Inca Trail Machu tour guides, a representative or our personal staff. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take the hassle out of traditional trips and have the best trip experience as is possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also work with local Tour Guides in the tours where we think that more specific knowledge could help to add more enjoyment to the visited places.
Our guide will take the oxygen tank, first-aid kit, and portable communication radios. These portable radios are to contact the trekking chef and porters. We use these radios to coordinate your food, campsite, and any emergency during the hike. Also, these radios are programmed with the Sernanp and Ministry signs.
The 4-day trekking on the Inca Trail requires a good level of fitness and stamina for walking times of 5 - 8 hours and a maximum of 1,400 m in ascent and a maximum of 1,280 m in descent. We cross two passes at 4,200 m and 4,480 m. Although the tour is designed in such a way that we can acclimatize well, the risk of altitude sickness should not be underestimated. Your heart and circulation should be healthy. For acclimatization, we recommend you stay in Cusco 2 days before the trek.
An accompanying team sets up and takes down the tents and takes care of our physical well-being. Our porters will transport all the luggage and camping equipment so that we only carry the essentials (pullover/fleece, drinking bottle, photo equipment, etc.) in our hiking backpack.
Although this Inca Trail in group service is best to experience the Machu Picchu hike, it does not mean that we at Inca Trail Machu provide our customers with poor camping equipment. To the contrary! Our tents are of the top brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons! We give our trekkers 3-person capacity tents; however, just 2 persons use it! Like this, we provide you with more space and comfort. If you are a solo traveler, then we give you a 2-person capacity tent. After our Cheap Inca Trail tours, we always very carefully check the tents, clean them with an antibacterial agent as well as fix them if necessary. Inca Trail Machu also supplies a warm and clean sleeping bag, an inflatable pillow, and a blanket.
The Inca Trail is considered the dream destination among hiking enthusiasts and should therefore be booked as early as possible. The number of visitors has been limited to 500 permits per day since 2004 to protect nature and culture. Of course, if you travel with Inca Trail Machu, you don't have to worry about anything; however, we also have to reserve early. Around six months before the travel date, we have to decide whether the trip will actually take place. A trip to the Inca Trail, therefore, requires some advance planning in your planning.
We have developed a special timing for the trek: We walk 3-4 hours with the group and often have the path to ourselves.
Because Peru is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to ours, but less pronounced due to its proximity to the equator. The months of June, July and August record the lowest temperatures, particularly in the Andes, when visibility is at its clearest (bright blue skies during the day) and the least to no precipitation is expected. Due to the strong solar radiation, it can get warmer than 20 degrees on sunny days, but at night it cools down to minus 15 degrees in the highlands. There may be snowfall on the passes. In the months before and after, temperatures are more moderate and there are fewer travelers on the Inca Trail, which can be an advantage. In April and May it is already harvesting time, in October spring begins. In May, September and October/November it is still the dry season in the Peruvian highlands, i.e. little precipitation is to be expected.
Here is everything you need to know about Inca Trail Group service to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is located in southern Peru, belonging to the department of Cusco. Machu Picchu lies on 112.5 kilometer northeast of Cusco City, reaching an altitude of 2,350 m.a.s.l.
During our Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu, we will get over the following altitudes:
The name came from the native language of Quechua and it means 'Old Mountain'. The Inca Citadel was known to local people but it was never revealed to Spanish conquistadors since native people had a bad experience with them because they destroyed all Inca monuments and temples. In this way, the New Wonder of the Wonder has been preserved for our generation. When you visit it yourself, you will understand it would be an irreversible pity for this world to lose this gem.
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate difficulty trek. Some difficulty, however, might be added by carrying your personal belongings. Although there is no rock climbing, you need to get ready for the altitude of over 4,000 metres! If you get acclimatized in Cusco prior to the trek, then you do not need to have any previous experience.
NO, it is NOT possible! Peruvian government regulations do not allow this. Since 2001, hiking on the Inca Trail has been banned!
The regulations stipulate that every tourist must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. Each travel company must meet certain requirements in order to obtain an annual licence to operate this route. An updated list of authorized agencies and guides is available on the official website www.machupicchu.gob.pe.
Yes, indeed. Whatever is your reason to not be able to hike the 4-day trail, you can still hike one of our cheapest 2 day Inca Trail!
Oh, yeah! Excepting our Cheap Inca Trail tours, there are also many other so-called Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu!
Moreover, you can do some alternatives that do not lead to the famous Inca citadel but take you to not less interesting places such as the 5-day Choquequirao Trek showing you the real lost city of the Incas and so-called "Sister of Machu Picchu"!