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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
The route to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in the world, this road is full of beautiful landscapes, trails surrounded by mountains, cloud forests, and so on.
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The Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu keeps a deep essence of the sacred and mysterious, which harmonizes with the natural landscape

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days trek

Taking a tour along the Inca Trail of 4 days and 3 nights is undoubtedly a unique experience that will address your whole being, sensations that will remain engraved for life in your mind and can be treasured throughout your life, remembering this wonderful path. It is difficult to find words that describe the emotion you will experience in these 4 days.

The tourist must be aware that operating the Inca Trail requires the hiring of Porters of the Inca Trail, who will be in charge of making your journey unique and for this you must know and know some details of the journey. The tour is handled exclusively by the company, never delegated to another agency compliance.

Before we proceed with the itinerary:

Due to the restrictions issued by the Peruvian government on the number of people admitted per day for the Inca Trail, we advise you to reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months in advance for the months of May to September, because it is considered to be the time of greatest demand) and thus ensure the journey to the Inca Trail.

Itinerary Details

  • Duration 4
  • The availability is every day of the year except February (subject to availability).
  • Cost is $/699.00 (dollars) all
  • An advance for the reserve of $150.00 (dollars).
  • Starting point:
  • Difficulty Required physical preparation.
  • Porters for the

Itinerary of the Inca Trail

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 in the morning. We will meet at the Plaza Regocijo where it will be the starting point, at 5:30 in the morning to transport us in our private bus. Make sure to bring your original passport or document with which you reserve, ISIC international student card if applicable. The trip from Cusco to Km 82 (Piscacucho) will take approximately 3 hours.

The Sacred Valley has beautiful views such as: The Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. In this segment, we will stop to rest and enjoy a small breakfast and make use of the toilets before continuing to Piscacucho, where our journey to the Inca Trail begins.

We will meet our camping and meet the team, carriers and helpers who will transport the necessary camping material (two-person tents, eating tent and kitchen, equipment and fresh food for the 4 days of stay in the mountain, those who request carriers to carry their belongings will be able to count on them during our excursion (35 miles – 43 km). Arriving at Km 82, with passports in hand, we will pass the official verification of the Inca Trail, we will cross the bridge on (Urubamba River), we will start the hike in a moderate way and a progressive ascent.

On this light road you will be able to appreciate a cactus forest and native shrubs. In Miskay we will take the trail to the left, gradually ascending towards Willkaraccay, well above the mouth of the Cusichaca River through the Inca town of Llactapata (Town of Terraces).

Our panoramic point will be a flat cliff, which was like a fortress built to protect the entrance of the Cusichaca Valley. In the times of the Incas they used the system of terraces for the culture of corn, quinoa and other cereals, these cultures are typical of the high lands that are characterized for being of dry climate and for this reason they need of irrigation.

After a short rest, we continue with lunch at the Inca site of Tayaroc. From there forward the road is adorned with native flowers, lichens and bromeliads growing on rocks along the way and with stately views of the mountains and the two valleys. The walking time are approximate, conditioned to the time and skill of the group, others. After lunch, after 3 to 4 hours we will arrive at the small town of Wayllabamba. Upon arrival at the camp you will be compensated with a hot drink, the well-known “Te Macho” and a delicious dinner. The guides will present the excursion plans for the next day.

  • Starting point: Km 82
  • Place of arrival: Wayllabamba
  • Total hiking distance: 13 km
  • Total duration of the hike: 6 h
  • Maximum altitude: 3100 m
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Feeding included: Lunch, dinner

The camp is not known in advance because the Ministry of Culture assigns it at the time of booking the Trek.

After a delicious breakfast, around 8:00 in the morning, we will start our hike towards the Ayapata Valley. It will take us 1 hour to reach this place known to have a high Andean valley microclimate, followed by a gradual climb along the stream forests and shrubs with a unique charm.

Today will be the day in which we will have our biggest challenge that is to make summit (4,200 m.a.s.l. /13,776 fasl), we will have a lot of time to enjoy it and to delight ourselves of this wonderful landscape.

It will be arduous because we will have to climb 1,200 meters in elevation, carried out in 2 phases. We will be rewarded with spectacular views as we climb the mountain, part of this includes an Inca staircase made of stone and surrounded by impressive snow- covered peaks (Huayanay Mountain).

There will be a 2 to 3-hour hike with several stops to stabilize your breathing and tiredness and reach our place for lunch to the Llulluchapampa Valley with spectacular views all the way. We will ascend uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where we will be able to appreciate some species of birds.

With a little luck, we will see hummingbirds, falcons, torso-black buzzards, eagles, and only perhaps we could see the king of the heights, the Condor, highly revered and respected in the Andean peoples. Very soon we will enter a beautiful cloud forest, or the Polylepis Forest (with small Qeuñas and Chachacomas) and the Puna region with a meadow without trees, populated by deer -tarucas and pumas.

From there you will be able to see the highest summit named after the Warmiwañusca Pass (The Passage of the Dead Woman).

In Llulluchapampa, the field team will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch typical of Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, there will be time to rest and even take a short nap. Then we will continue our excursion for 2 to 3 hours more, with an ascent of 600 meters above this mountain, Warmiwañusca located at (4,200 m.a.s.l. /13,776, fasl).

At this point you may perceive some problems when perceiving the lack of oxygen. You will climb some long stairs, some of them are traced all over again in order to protect the mountain from erosion. They can walk at their own pace, stopping whenever they want to catch their breath.

This last journey is hard before reaching the Warmiwañusca Pass. When all our group has reached the summit, we will all take a brief rest before starting our descent to the Pacaymayo Valley with an approximate of 2 to 3 hours all the way down to reach the camp at night.

The place has an incredible view over the valley, with a beautiful waterfall and snow- covered peaks. The path will be smoother and we will perceive that our energy returns little by little.

The camp will be ready for a pleasant rest, and time to enjoy a tea with rum, and have a delicious and healthy buffet dinner.

 

You will have time to walk freely. although the camp is popular there are no showers, but we can provide you with hot water so you can do your personal grooming. Deserved rest.

 

  • Place of departure: Wayllabamba
  • Place of arrival: Paqaymayu
  • Total hiking distance: 11 km
  • Total duration of the hike: 7 h
  • Maximum altitude: 4224 a.s.l.
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Feeding included: Breakfast, lunch,

 

The camp is not known in advance because the Ministry of Culture assigns it at the time of booking the Trek.

After an exquisite breakfast, at 7:00 am, this road is difficult from Pacaymayo camp with a cobblestone road and well preserved from here the Inca Trail will last us 1 hour to reach the ruins of Runcuracay, this is a circular structure that has external rectangular buildings located at the end of the valley, is an old Inca Tambo, here the chaskis were provided with food and other materials. There is a guard post, a lookout point, and a ritual building, their buildings head east. From this place you have a better view when you continue the stairway.

The second pass (3,950 m.a.s.l /12,956 fasl), known as the Abra de Runcuracay, is an hour’s walk away, beyond that we will find a series of false summits, above a series of abrupt stairs. Just before arriving, there are two small lagoons where Andean gulls meet infrequently.

The second step has a wide platform, has unique views, if the weather allows you can see again the area of Warmiwañusca and will have an amazing view of the snowy and the road traveled. In front of this mountain – summit Pumasillo (La Garra de la Puma) at 6000 meters of height. From this place, most of the way the views are breathtaking downhill s.

After descending a small tunnel, the path begins with a series of narrow, zigzagging narrow staircases, descending to a small lookout From this point the descent is smoother the path follows circular shapes surrounding the slopes the descent is more gradual and the path winds and coils through the slopes.

Continuing with the pass there is a lake covered with algae, in front is the imposing Inca town of Sayacmarca. It’s time to explore and get to know the interesting explanations

 

of our guides. Then we descend this road will take us to Chakicocha (3,400 m.s.n.m

/11,000 fasl), we will find a quiet camp so we can rest and have a nice lunch. Hygiene facilities are available. After all, the excursion will turn into extraordinary beauty by the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, then we will descend to Wiñaywayna and Intipata, to have spectacular views of the Aobamba Valley.

This extension of the road of many centuries paved with granite stone is still in good condition. it will have more oxygenation because the height will be lower than the previous one and the excursion will be shorter. To get to Phuyupatamarca (El Pueblo de las Nubes), we will pass through two short natural tunnels located in the mountains. After visiting this place, we will descend about 2,000 cobblestone stairs to reach the citadel of Wiñaywayna.

We recommend that if you have injuries to your knees, hire a carrier to carry your things from the beginning. Use trekking poles to support your legs.

Afterwards there will be an additional short excursion to the Intipata complex, and to the important site of the Incan agricultural terraces, this will be before arriving campsite at night. At approximately 5 p.m., we will arrive at our camp at Wiñaywayna (2,700

m.a.s.l. / 8,856 fasl).

They will put their things in the tents, before the night starts, we will go on a 20 minute excursion to enjoy the magnificent views of this place. On the Inca Trail we will be able to see the largest and most preserved Inca complex of the other Inca sites.

There are many hikers in this camp, with the final excursion to Machu Picchu available in the morning.

Therefore, we recommend that you take great care of your belongings in this place. Do not leave anything outside your tent at night (backpacks, etc.).

It’s time for tea and a delicious buffet dinner.

  • Starting point: Paqaymayu
  • Arrival point: Puyupatamarca or Wiñayhuayna
  • Total hiking distance: 16 km
  • Total duration of the tour hike: 10 h
  • Maximum altitude: 3725 a.s.l.
  • Accommodation: Camp site
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch,

The camp is not known in advance because the Ministry of Culture assigns it at the time of booking the walk. It is Wiñayhuayna or Puyupatamarca.

We must wake up early around 4:00 in the morning to go to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate), from where we can observe the majesty of Machupicchu and observe the first rays of the sun over the Inca Sanctuary.

 

It will be the last walk that will be around 1 to 2 hours, and additionally you can do other activities. Carry a headlamp because you’ll be walking in the dark for an hour. In this section of the road we must be careful and follow carefully the instructions of the guide.

From Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol), we will have a comfortable descent for approximately

50 minutes to the citadel, first visit the upper sector of southern Machupicchu (Guardian’s houses). When we make the downhill, we will be able to observe a series of terraces of classic views of the whole citadel.

After appreciating these panoramic views, we will have to walk to the lower part of the Machu Picchu entrance to check in. After a few minutes with explanations from the expert guides, we will continue to explore this site. Formally the tour will end at noon, you will have more time to explore the place independently if you wish.

Optional activities: If you still have energy after the four-day tour you can climb the Huaynapicchu mountain, however, special permits are required and issued in limited quantities.

If you are interested in climbing Huaynapicchu, you reserve and pay in advance for the ticket and request for the second shift by 11:00 a.m., you will have options to make an excursion to the Inca Bridge and the roads around Machupicchu. In the afternoon we will take the bus to the town of “Machupicchu Pueblo”, where we will gather for the final lunch that will be provided at the Hotel.

Here you can shower and/or explore the town, before boarding the train back to Cusco. Arrival time to Cusco will be at 9 pm. (Plaza Regocijo).

  • Starting point: Puyupatamarca or Wiñayhuayna
  • Place of arrival: Machu
  • Total hiking distance: 5 km
  • Total duration of the day hike: 2 h
  • Maximum altitude: 2650 a.s.l.
  • Accommodation: Campsite
  • Meals included: Breakfast,

 

The camp is not known in advance because the Ministry of Culture assigns it at the time of booking the Trek.

Included

  • Personalized service (per group up to 8 people maximum).
  • Briefing in your hotel one day before the
  • The camp will be for 3
  • A professional guide with English proficiency, specialized in hiking and trained in first aid and rescue.
  • Guided tours to the 7 archaeological sites on the Inca
  • Professional chefs and kitchen
  • Permanent boiled water from the second
  • Luggage porters loading camping
  • Entrance ticket for the Inca Trail and Machu
  • Emergency equipment and first aid
  • Radio communication.
  • Pick up and return to your hotel in Cusco and transport to kilometer
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas
  • Peru Rail Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to the hotel in
  • Camping
  • 2 people per tent in a tent for 4 people, waterproof tent and high mountain thermal.
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping (supporting up to -10 degrees) and pillows
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent, camping tables and
  • Biodegradable bathing
  • Coca tea daily in your
  • Meals rich in vitamins, calories and proteins for the walk (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).
  • Let us know if you have any special diets (vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, allergies, etc.).
  • Maca, tea and hot

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch on the last
  • Sleeping bag ($15 for 4 days) walking
  • Drinking water on the first day.
  • Tent for personal use
  • Entrance to Huayna
  • Additional porter to carry personal items ($100 for 4 days, can carry up to 14 kg)
  • You should keep in mind that the estimated time to start your guided tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu is between (8:15 am – 9:00 am). Due to climatic problems there is a chance that we will have to take a shorter road to Huayna Picchu.

Timetable:

  • The tour leaves at 5:30 a.m. on the first

Recommendations

  • Passport: Original passport with an expiry date of more than 6
  • Important: If you do not bring your passport, you will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail 
  • If you booked the tour with discounts for students with ISIC card, please bring your passport and also your university ID (not a copy or an expired version, it must be the original document. If you do not bring your card you will be denied entry to the Inca Trail as permits will not be valid without your card).
  • Health: If you have medical restrictions on some or all of the activities listed in the itinerary, contact your doctor and find out about the risks involved in those activities.
  • Arrival 2 to 3 days before the start of the Inca Trail to avoid altitude sickness (soroche) the pain caused in the stomach will be by slow.
  • Some of the symptoms of soroche are headache and nausea. There are some over-the-counter medications (pills) that help reduce the symptoms of this problem. For these situations, the operator has the necessary equipment and personnel to assist.
  • To avoid stomach pain drink 3-4 liters of water per day to keep your body hydrated. Do not drink alcohol 
  • Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep and don’t get too much exercise. Keep your body in good temperature by wearing warm clothing to protect yourself from the

What you should bring for the Inca Trail:

Take only what is necessary for the hike.

A hiking backpack for your personal items and canes with rubber tips (can be rented from the operator).

Clothes for the four-day Inca Trail: trekking shoes, sneakers for when you are at camp, waterproof clothing (pants, shorts, raincoat), polo shirts, light sweater and clothes to rest once at camp. Sleeping clothes, socks, sandals, hat, sunglasses and underwear. Clothing for resting at camp should be cotton so that it can warm up, at least for the first two nights. Also, a thicker sweater for the night, 3 plastic bags to separate your clothes: clean, wet and dirty –

  • Bathroom linen and towels (Aguas Calientes).
  • Flashlight, headlamp and camera (with extra batteries).
  • Small binoculars and
  • Sun block SPF 50, blister and
  • Swiss Army
  • Toilet paper, personal hygiene
  • Personal medicine, medicine for altitude sickness (such as Coramina, Aspirin, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide).
  • Flexible plastic water bottle and zip lock plastic
  • Extra money to buy some drinks during the walk (optional).

If you decide to stay one night in Aguas Calientes, you will have to have cash (soles) since there are no ATMs.

PRICES FOR 2020:

Group Service:

$ 700.00 per person

Private Service
  • 1 Person $ 900.00 
  • 2 People $ 699.00
  • 3 – 20 People $ 649.00

Please Note Inca Trail deposit fee is included in the Price.

Discounts:

Under 18’s Discount: US$40

Additional/Extras NOT Included (Need to book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 85.00 
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 85.00
  • Vistadome/Panoramico 360° Train upgrade: FROM USD50.00 (Please check).
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.

Optional Extras:

  • Personal Porter (half) to carry 8kg of personal items US$ 95.00
  • Full Porter to carry 16kg of personal items US$190.00 (can be share by two people)
  • Sleeping Bag US$ 30
  • Walking Pole US$ 8
  • Inflatable Mattress US$ 25
  • Single Tent Supplement US$ 35

The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is considered an intermediate level hike since the route does not involve rock climbing or snow trails, so no previous experience is required.

The most difficult part of the trip is the second day that you have to climb some stairs starting from 2000 m. above sea level until 4217 m. above sea level walking through a narrow space. Then the road is smoother downhill.

The Inca Trail is a total of 43 kilometers long, which are distributed between 10 to 13 kilometers that is walked per day, and has an approximate between 6 to 9 hours each day, except for the last day which is only two hours. If you suffer from cardiac, respiratory, arterial or pressure disorders, etc. It is important to communicate them before booking the Inca Trail in order to evaluate your participation; if possible, consult your family doctor.

The quotas for the Inca Trail are issued by the Peruvian government through DRC (Regional Direction of Culture), remember that there are only 500 quotas per day for all travel agencies of it approximately 180 are for tourists the others are support staff as guides, cooks and porters, so we recommend booking many months in advance.

If there are no places available you can choose our alternative Inca Trail hike of 2 days and 1 is very likely that there are still places and we have daily departures, in addition you can check the large number of roads and trails that keep exciting adventures that you can experience.

Christina John
Cardiologist

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