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 Tours 4 day hike to Machu Picchu involves 4 days with your professional guide, cook and porters with high quality camping gear.
A tour which we can remember because we passing among challenging roads and have accomplishments.
Day 01: Cusco - Km82 - Ayapata
Day 02: Ayapata - Pacaymayu
Day 03: Pacaymayu - Wiñaywayna
Day 04: Hiking to Machu Picchu
Service Level: Comfortable camping equipment (Sleeping bag, hiking poles, Air mattress, Air pillow, Blanket) 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.
Tour Operator: Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator
Crew: Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco, Professional bilingual tour guide, Cook and Porters
Porters: Personal porter for your personal belongings 7kg per person
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
If you want to best price, choose the Cheap Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour.
Inca Train Machu 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.
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 AYAPATA we will set up our camp site (3700 m.), in afternoon Tea and Dinner.
Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 14 Km
Max. elevation: 3,250 m
Min. elevation: 2,600 m
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, continue to 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.
Estimated trekking time: 8 - 10 hours
Trekking distance: 16 Km
Max. elevation: 4,200 m
Min. elevation: 3,300 m
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.)
Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking distance: 10 km
Max. elevation: 3,680 m
Min. elevation: 2,700 m
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.
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 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.
Here is everything you need to know about the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of our most impressive routes.
The Inca Trail is located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco, Capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and the citadel of Machu Picchu. The alternation of mountains and valleys along the walk offers incredible and diversified landscapes.
During Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:
The Inca Trail is 43 kilometers long or 26.12 miles long. There are camping sites assigned by the Ministry of Culture that are between 10 and 13 kilometers away from each other, so the daily walking time can vary between 5 to 8 hours per day for the first three days and approximately 2 hours for the last day. The hours of walking and the distance covered may vary according to the physical condition of each person.
"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.
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. The most difficult part comes the second day, when we climb a number of stairs and start from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to climb to more than 4000 meters (13,123 feet) walking through a small space, later things become more easy as the road continues downhill. 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.
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: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
INCA TRAIL Machu is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. Pick up times may vary 30 - 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.
If your hotel is outside of the center of Cusco city, we can coordinate this pickup based on the place where your hotel is located. Your guide will give the time for pick-up time during the information session.
Please check the table about the Starting Point & Pick up:
|Trip/ Hiking||Starting point & pick up|
|Inca Trail||Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Lares Trek||Cusco, Pisac|
|Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu||Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo|
|Inca Quarry Trail||Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara|
|Day tours||Only Cusco|
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