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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 popular hiking trails not only in Peru but also worldwide. It consists of a four-day trek to Machu Picchu. The main attraction of this tour is a beautiful combination of Inca ruins, majestic mountains, exotic vegetation and amazing ecological diversity. The trail leads through high passes with unforgettable views, a cloud forest, and finally down into semi-tropical vegetation.

 

The Machu Picchu sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of orchids and many species of rare birds, animals, reptiles, as well as some species that are on the verge of extinction

 

The highest point above sea level is 4,200 m, so everyone who comes from the coast is advised to spend 2 days in Cusco before traveling to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore and discover one of the most unspoiled landscapes in Peru and experience an Andean journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

 

The 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu includes a hike with a professional Guide, Cook and Porters carrying high-quality camping equipment. A tour that you will remember because we will go through challenging roads and we will successfully overcome them!  

 

Crew: Professional Tour Guide, Cook and Porters during the hike, and an Inca Trail Machu representative who visits you at your hotel to briefs you about the trail.

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

Sustainable Tourism: All Inca Trail Tours include eco-friendly service during the Inca Trail and help to a community project of the porters.

BioSafety & BioSecurity: Before/ After the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our Guide, Cook and Porters will provide safety equipment.

Personal Porters: Our porters will carry all your camping equipment and personal belongings up to 7 kg per person!

Accommodation: 3x campsite.

Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private vehicle, 1x train (standard class).

Camping equipment: A double tent, therm-A-Rest mattress and a sleeping bag; For more information click here.

Group Size: Min 2 and Max. 8 trekkers.

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

Day 02: Ayapata - Pacaymayu

Day 03: Pacaymayu - Wiñaywayna

Day 04Hiking to Machu Picchu

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • 4 days of hiking on the Inca Trail with a professional guide, cook and porters.
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • View of many remote Incas remains.
  • Enjoyment of local flora and fauna.
  • Typical meals tasting once on the trail.
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu.
  • Everyday sunrise watching.l
  • Observation of the magnificent mountain landscapes.
  • Survival of the highest pass Warmiwañusca situated at 4,220 m.a.s.l.
  • Exploration of Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu.
  • Personal porter for your personal belongings during the hike.

Is this tour for me?

Difficulty: 3 - Demanding, it means some high-altitude climbing or more strenuous activities, but manageable by most healthy participants.

Age Requirements: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Local Tour OperatorInca Trail Machu since 2007

 

Inca Trail Backpacker

If you want to best price and service backpacker, choose the Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Tour. Usually the all tour operator offer this service, but the price is more.

 

Why Booking with the Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator

  • Local tour operator since 2007.
  • Specialist tour operator for international tour companies.
  • A licenced tour guide for 8 trekkers.
  • Highly experienced English speaking guides.
  • Eureka brand camping tents for 4 seasons, inflatable mattresses and inflatable pillows.
  • All personal equipment Inclusive (i.e. a sleeping bag, mattress, hiking poles, etc.).
  • Nutritious, well-balanced, hearty and healthy buffet meals with fresh, high-quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid sickness.
  • Drinking water since the second day to fill up your water container for the upcoming day hike.
  • Daily afternoon tea and wake-up natural coca leaf tea, coffee, chocolate, etc.
  • We cater to any food restriction.
  • Private bus to the trailhead.
  • Inca Trail Machu hires Peruvian professional staff such as guides, assistant guides, chefs and porters, and pays them much better wages than other tourism companies.

Inca Trail Advisor:

Responsible Travel

Inca Trail Machu Porters

Inca Trail Machu DOES NOT permit any exploitation of Porters! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! We provide them with adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation. Please check this during our tours!

 

Interesting Information

 

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Ayapata

We pick you up from your hotel and transport you by bus to the trailhead at km 82. There a briefing takes place at 2,350 metres. them we pass a checkpoint and hike along the Urubamba river visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca ruins of Llactapata. We later continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon offering some magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, particularly, VERONICA Mountain (5,850 m). We have lunch in Chamana, to continue afterwards following the trail and the Cusichaka river observing several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Then, we visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point, we start ascending while appreciating different eco-systems along the way. In AYAPATA, we set up the first campsite (3,700 m) and have afternoon tea and finally dinner before we go to sleep.

 

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

After wake-up and breakfast, we start hiking up the trail toward the first pass WARMIWANUSCA (4,200 m) passing through the cloud forest of Yunkachimpa and Corralpunku enjoying excellent views of snowcapped peaks. From the pass, we descend to the PACASMAYO Valley (3,300 m) to have lunch there. We continue hiking through the valley to reach the Inka ruins of RUNKURACAY where we have another guided visit. Afterwards, we climb up to get over the second pass (3,860 m) and follow the "Royal Inca Highway" down to see the Inca site of SAYACMARCA. Then, we pass the YANACOCHA lake and 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 climbing up the trail and pass through beautiful subtropical vegetation on the route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA. There we have lunch at an altitude of 3,600 metres to later steeply descent through a cloud forest having opportunities to see stunning orchids and different varieties of birds before we reach the wonderful Inca remains of WIÑAY WAYNA (2,700 m) where our guide shows us around. We spend the third night near the ruins.

 

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

Early morning, we begin hiking to Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba river on the way to Sun Gate or INTI PUNKU to see the sunrise above 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 citadel. Those interested in having lunch in Aguas Calientes (a town below the Inca citadel) can meet up later (optional) or can visit the hot springs of the town. Otherwise, you can just enjoy your free time in Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo to later continue by private vehicle to Cusco.

 

What Is Included in This Trek?

  • The pre-trek briefing (our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek to brief you about the trek);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the 4 Day 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 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 of up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a group of over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment as well as up to 7 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents (3-person tent which allows for greater comfort and for storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-A-Rest brand); 
  • Sleeping bag (for up to -16°C);
  • A blanket per person;
  • Inflatable pillow;
  • A pair of hiking poles;
  • Day-pack rain covers;
  • Daypack (in case you need it);
  • 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 gas bottle;
  • Rain poncho;
  • 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;
  • 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 (USD 80);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belongings (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note that although it is not obligatory, it is a custom to give tips in Peru);
  • Other extras not mentioned.
  • Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

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.

 

Highlights of the 4 Day Inca Trail

  • Exploration of the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Visiting the Wiñay Wayna ancient town.
  • Observation of the flora and fauna of the area.
  • Seeing the hidden archaeological sites such as Sayacmarca.

Best Moment of the Trek

  • The arrival at Machu Picchu citadel after passing through Sun Gate!

Camping Equipment

The Inca Trail Machu tour operator provides trek participants with a tent. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We use 3-person capacity tents; however, just 2 participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In the case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2-person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents, clean them and fix them if necessary.

 

Inca Trail Machu also provides a clean and warm sleeping bag, inflatable pillow, mat, and blanket which our porters place inside your tent, so you find your all camping equipment once at a campsite.

 

Extras

  • There are emergency porters available for rent along the trail in case you are unsure if you are able to complete it. It is for an additional price of USD 80.

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 pick-ups.

If your hotel is outside Cusco City centre, we can arrange a pick-up depending on where your hotel is located. Your guide will inform you about the pick-up time during the briefing.

 

Please check the below table to find a starting point & pick-up place:

 

Trip/ Hike 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
Daily tours  Only Cusco

 

 

Doubts and FAQ

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

 

Where Is the Inca Trail Located?

The Inca Trail is situated in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco (the 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.

 

4 Day Inca Trail Altitudes 

During the Classic Inca Trail, there are the following altitudes:

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

How Long Is the Classic Inca Trail and How Many Hours a Day Do We Hike?

The Inca Trail measures 43 kilometers or 26.12 miles. There are camping sites assigned by the Ministry of Culture that are between 10 and 13 kilometers away from each other, so the daily hiking 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 daily hiking and the distance covered may vary according to the physical condition of each participant.

 

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 "A Must-See".

 

What Is the Weather on the Inca Trail?

Mid-December - early March: This is the peak of the rainy season, so it is better to not climb it at this time.

Daily average temperature: 18-19°C

Night average temperature: 7-8°C

 

Mid-March - May: It is the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season, so it is partly cloudy and it rains a little bit sometimes. It is ok to hike the Inca Trail 4 days.

Daily average temperature: 19°C
Night average temperature: 8-4°C

 

June - September: This is the dry season and so the best months to trek!
Daily average temperature: 19-20°C
Night average temperature: 0-6°C

 

October - mid-December: It is the beginning of the rainy season, it rains sometimes, but it is still possible to hike the Classic Inca Trail.
Daily average temperature: 19-20°C
Night average temperature: 5-7°C

 

How Difficult Is the Inca Trail 4 Days?

The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate difficulty level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing or hiking on snow, a previous experience is not required. The most difficult part comes the second day when a number of steps are climbed and moreover, the start point lies at 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) while the highest climbing point is at 4,200 meters (13,123 feet). There also is only a small space to climb; however, the hike becomes later easier as the road continues downhill. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, and others 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 trekker, you may want to go hiking on the Classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a porter, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible!

The Peruvian government regulations do not allow it! It has been prohibited since 2001! The regulations state that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that controls tour companies to fulfill certain requirements to operate this route and they need to obtain a license to be allowed to do so. A licence must be renewed annually. The list of all authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe.

What Do You Need to Take on the Inca Trail?

The Most Important:

  • Original Passport!!!
  • ISIC card (if you booked as a student).

Suggested Items:

    • Daypack (12-litre capacity);
    • High-quality trekking shoes (comfortable and useable for every terrain);
    • Rain jacket/rain poncho;
    • Waterproof gear is highly recommended, especially in the rainy season;
    • Hat or cap
    • Cash in soles (local currency);
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, sweater, or fleece;
    • 3x T-shirt;
    • 2x hiking pants;
    • 1x sports shorts,
    • 1x a pair of gloves (you can buy cheap and warm alpaca gloves in Cusco);
    • Sandals (when in a campsite);
    • Water bottle (2 or 3 litres);
    • Extra battery (You will connect only with the natural and you)
    • Camera or smartphone with a good camera (remember, it is the first time on the 4 day Inca Trail and the landscapes is astonishing!);
    • Large plastic bag (you can protect your clothes like this);
    • Toilet paper;
    • Paper issues;
    • Sunscreen to avoid ultraviolet rays;
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream;
    • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET (for the last day);
    • Small towel;
    • Swimsuit (if you like to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes);
    • Coca natural leaf tea;
    • Snacks such as chocolate, biscuits, energy bars, raw fruits, and others.
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