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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known as one of the most famous and cherished hiking journeys in the world and Peru. 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 4200 m 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 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu involves the hike with your professional guide, chef and porters with high quality camping gear. 

A tour which we can remember because we passing among challenging roads and have accomplishments.



Crew: Professional tour guide, Chef and Porters during the hike and Inca Trail Machu representative will be visiting your hotel for your briefing.

Service Level: Comfortable camping equipment (sleeping bag, hiking poles, air mattress, air pillow, blanket) and private transport.

Sustainable Tourism: All Inca Trail Tours included the Eco-Friendly service during the Inca Trail. and Community project of the porters.

BioSafety & BioSecurity: Before/ After the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and our guide, cook and porters will take the security equipment.

Personal Porters: Our porters will carry your all camping equipment and 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.


Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Km82 - Ayapata

Day 02: Ayapata - Pacaymayu

Day 03: Pacaymayu - Wiñaywayna

Day 04Hiking to Machu Picchu


Important info about your Trek:

  • 4 days 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
  • Personal porter for your personal belongings during the hike

Is this tour for me?

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 OperatorInca Trail Machu Tour Operator


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Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • 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 leafs

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.
  • Local Tour operator since 2007
  • Highly experienced english speaking guide.
  • Eureka Camping tents for 4 season, inflatable mattress and inflatable pillow
  • All Personal equipment 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.

Responsible Travel

Inca Trail Machu Porters

Inca Trail Machu DOES NOT permit this explotation! 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.


Interesting Information

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

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
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 02: Ayapata - 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, 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
Difficulty: Strenuous

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Winaywayna

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
Difficulty: Easy

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
  • A pair of the Hiking poles
  • 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,
  • 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.

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!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Wiñaywayna town
  • Observe the flora and fauna of the area
  • Visit the Sayacmarca ruins

Best moment from the Trek

  • The landing to Machu Picchu citadel after visit the Sun Gate

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.



  • 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 The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Here is everything you need to know about the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of our most impressive routes.


Where is located the Inca Trail?

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.


Altitudes in Inca Trail 

During Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:

  • "Llulluchapampa" at 3,850 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chaquicocha" at 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wiñaywayna" at 3,670 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,700 m.a.s.l.

How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail and how many hours do we walk per day?

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.


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?

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. 


Is it possible to do the Inca Trail 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:

Starting Point & Pick up

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 
Salkantay Trek  Cusco
Lares Trek  Cusco, Pisac
Rainbow Mountain  Cusco
Ausagante Trek  Cusco
Choquequirao trek  Cusco
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu   Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
Inca Quarry Trail  Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara
Day tours  Only Cusco



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