CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
- The Inca Trail is the most famous exciting trek in the world. It is known for alluring mountain scenery, subtropical jungle terrain, lush cloud vegetation, orchids and an awe-inspiring mix of Inca ruins, and paving stones is a mystical and unforgettable experience.
Itinerary at a Glance
|Day 1||Start of the Inca Trail Walking Distance: 12km or 8 miles L, D INCLUDED||Visit the Inca ruins of Llaqtapata (2,600mt/8,531ft)|
|Day 2||Second day of Inca Trail Walking distance: 12km or 8 miles B,L,D INCLUDED||Walk through sub-tropical forest. Spiritual offering ceremony|
|Day 3||Thrid day of Inca Trail Walking distance: 14km or 9 miles B,L,D INCLUDED||Pass at the spectacular Phuyupatamarca (town of clouds) them rest in Wiñay Wayna (forever young) ruins.|
|Day 4||Fourth day finally to Machu Picchu Walking distance: 6km or 4 miles B, BL INCLUDED||Hike the legendary Huayna Picchu (OPTIONAL) and make a tour over the citadel and then enjoy a scenic train ride back to Cusco|
Day 1 Cusco – Piscacucho Km82 – Huayllabamba
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel at 06:30am and drive for about 3 hours from Cusco to Piscacucho Km 82 (2,670m/8,760ft) to start the famous hike. Here we will meet our porters, and camp crew to start the adventure. First we will have our passports ready to check in at the Inca Trail Check Point. Then we will cross the bridge over the Urubamba River to begin our adventure. We will follow the river on leveled terrain while taking in spectacular vistas of Mount Veronica (5.750m/18,865ft) and the beautiful vegetation along the way. On route we will see the Llaqtapata archeological site below and have time for pictures while your guide provides the history behind the complex. Our hike will continue through farmland until we reach our campsite of Huayllabamba (2,925m/9,154ft).
Lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 12Kms or 8 miles
Approximate hiking time – 6-7 hours
Minimum Altitude: 2,680m/8,790 ft.
Maximum Altitude: 3,000m/10,824 ft.
Day 2 Huayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman´s Pass – Pacaymayo
This morning you will have a hearty, energetic breakfast to prepare you for the most challenging day of the trek. We will start the hike early in the morning walking through the sub- tropical forest going up to Llulluchapampa. Then continue climbing up the steep trail for about 4 to 5 hours reaching Abra Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ (4200m/13779ft.) We will stop along the way to catch our breath and enjoy the fantastic vistas ahead of us. Finally, you will feel triumphant to have achieved a tremendous climb uphill. Here you will rest and enjoy the surreal views of the mighty Andes mountains. Thereafter, we will descend for about 3 hours to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,500mt/11.480ft), our next campsite. Enjoy the stunning views of the nearby waterfall and the snow covered peaks.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 12Kms or 8 miles
Approximate hiking time – 7 to 8 hours
Minimum Altitude: 3,000m/ 9,840ft.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200m/13,780ft.
Day 3 Pacaymayo – Sayakmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
After an early breakfast we will start our longest walk of the trek, on a well preserved paved path to the impressive Inca archeological site of Runkurakay which is a peculiar circular Inca building which was supposedly used as a control and lookout point. Then continue our final climb to the Runkurakay Pass (3,670m/12,598ft) and see the striking Vilcanota Mountain range. Thereafter, we start walking downwards to reach the Sayacmarca Inca Ruins (3600m/11,811ft.) to have lunch nearby. These ruins were a small populated village from the Inca times which was used as a Tambo (resting place) for pilgrims that were en route to Machu Picchu. Later we will walk through the heavenly cloud forest admiring colorful birds, orchids etc. until reaching Phuyupatamarca (Town of clouds) (3630m/11,909ft) with wonderful vistas of the Salkantay Mountain. These ruins have remarkable remains of water fountains and canals which were left incomplete. Continue descending about 2,000 Inca stone steps to Wiñay Wayna (“forever young” (2,650m/8,692ft) our next campsite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Walking Distance – 14Kms or 8.7 miles
Approximate hiking time – 8 to 9 hours
Day 4 WiñayWayna – Machu Picchu Tour – Tourist Train to Cusco
Today, is a very early morning starting at 4:00am. We will say goodbye to our porters as they transport the equipment back to Cusco. Start walking through the lovely cloud forest where it becomes denser and greener. Admire some multicolored orchids that beautiful trail along the way. There are great views of the Urubamba River gorge and its mountains. Arriving at Inti Punku (“sun gate” 2700m/8,858ft), weather permitting we will see brilliant first views of Machu Picchu and have time to rest with plenty of time to photograph Machu Picchu below. From Intipunku, it’s a short hike down to Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,874ft) with spectacular vistas along the way. Continue walking downhill for about 50 minutes to the entrance to start a guided walking tour of the magnificent archeological site. Enjoy a historical walking tour with your guide. Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun with exceptionally carved stones, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows, Intihuatana the solar clock which translates to the, Hitching Post of the Sun, Funerary Rock Hut believed to be a place where the Inca nobility were mummified, and the many temples, terraces, and corridors. After a glorious, eye and mind opening visit with your guide exit the park together. Take the bus to the village for lunch (on your own) before boarding the train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Arrive in the station where our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Breakfast and box lunch included
Walking Distance – 6km or 3.76 miles
Approximate hiking time – 3 hours
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- Day by day itinerary improved by you and your Tours&Trekperu travel designer.
- This itinerary is based on 2 people travelling together in double or twin occupancy.
- Professional English speaking guide
- Your trip coordinator is available 24/7 for any assistance and needs that you may require.
- All in-country transfers as scheduled
- Accommodation at your selected hotels.
- All entrance fees for places mentioned in the program.
- Comfortable vehicles + professional drivers.
- Meals according the itinerary. Vegetarian diets accommodated on request (advance notification required). For other diets, consult your travel specialist before making a reservation.
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
- International flights, nor local flights within Peru.
- Tours, meals or other services not listed on the itinerary.
- Alcoholic beverages nor items of a personal nature; such as clothing, equipment, laundry and phone calls.
- Expenses incurred in trip preparation such as, but not limited to, non-refundable airline tickets, travel insurance, and additional expenses resulting from flight delays, schedule changes, cancellations, or missed connections.
- Tips to the local staff.
$1,085Our prices are per person in double occupancy (matrimonial or twin) in US dollars, thus if you want a single room you will need to add a supplement cost.
Occasionally, after coordinating your trip with our travel consultant, there could be slight changes in your itinerary or hotels because you want to spend more time in places that interest you, avoid long distances, have more free time or avoid tourist concentrations. These changes will increase or reduce the final price. It is important to mention that most hotels increase their rates during special holidays but our Travel Consultant will inform you and make other suggestions.
BRIEF OF THE INCA TRAILNow a day’s tourist starts the trekking at km82. Here we will meet our porters, and camp crew to start the adventure. On route we will see the Llaqtapata archeological site below and have time for pictures while your guide provides the history behind the complex. Second day: We will start the hike early in the morning walking through the sub- tropical forest going up to Llulluchapampa. Then continue climbing up the steep trail for about 4 to 5 hours reaching Abra Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ (4200m/13,779 ft). We will stop along the way to catch our breath and enjoy the fantastic vistas ahead of us. Third day: After an early breakfast we will start our longest walk of the trek, on a well preserved paved path to the impressive Inca archeological site of Runkurakay which is a peculiar circular Inca building which was supposedly used as a control and lookout point. Fourth day: Today, is a very early morning starting at 4:00am. We will say goodbye to our porters as they transport the equipment back to Cusco. Start walking through the lovely cloud forest where it becomes denser and greener. Admire some multicolored orchids that beautiful trail along the way. There are great views of the Urubamba River gorge and its mountains. Arriving at Inti Punku (“sun gate” 2700m/8,858ft), weather permitting we will see brilliant first views of Machu Picchu and have time to rest with plenty of time to photograph Machu Picchu below. From Intipunku, it’s a short hike down to Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,874ft) with spectacular vistas along the way.
Why Hike the Inca Trail with ToursTrekperu?We are an expertise Peruvian company, more than 32 years creating unforgettable trips around Peru and South America, are entire team provide you 24/7 assistance before, during and after the hike. We use highly rate equipment, tents such as Eureka, North Face, Titan and Grand Manam, our sleeping bag are marmots, ter-a rest, between others. We are true professionals with a solid commitment we provide frequent capacitation to our chefs and porters, and of course with the environment as well, we carry bio degradable bags and all the trash we send back to Cusco, in this way we are responsible for our waste and to take care of our environment. Top in safety, in all our hikes we use satelital phones, oxygen tanks and first aid kit.
Frequently Asked Questions About the classic Inca TrailThere are persons who want to travel with the sole purpose of reaching a destination, and then there are persons who savor the journey itself. The Inca trail can gratify both preferences. It is one of the most acclaimed and famous treks in Peru and South America in general. It is known for alluring mountain scenery, subtropical jungle terrain, lush cloud vegetation, and an awe-inspiring mix of Inca ruins, and paving stones. The following are some common questions about the Inca Trail that people ask before the hike.
Do we need a tour operator?It is now illegal to hike the Inca Trail without a tour operator and has been like that for over 15 years. In order to hike, you need permits, which only licensed tour operators can get. Other trails in the Andes can be done without a guide, but the Inca Trail can only be done by a guide. In conclusion, the Inca Trail trek is a tough exercise calling for a thorough preparation. To plan your Peru adventure and to ask any questions about the Inca Trail, get in touch with us. ToursTrekperu is a Peruvian operator with a main office in located in Cusco, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.
Is there an age limit?There is no any government regulation on the age limit for the Inca trek, and we at ToursTrekperu do not actually have an age requirement, specifically for children. Our recommendation are kids over 7 years old.
Is the trek arduous? Should we be fit?The Inca Trail is a 27-mile or 43 kilometers trek through mountainous and cloud forest regions and over a rugged terrain. The trek is at a high altitude of up to 4200 Meters above the sea level. This is, therefore, a physically taxing exercise and you will have to be physically fit to undertake it. It is imperative that you acclimatize to the altitude. You can do this by simply spending a couple of days in Cusco at least, which is almost 11000 feet, or 3400 meters above the sea level.
What do I need to carry?ToursTrekperu will provide you with snacks like biscuits, dried fruit and chocolate. We include a personal porter for everyone so they will be responsible for carrying your supplies from place to place, but every passenger must have a day pack that should include everything you need for hiking hours, your duffel bag will only be available in the morning and evening in the camp sites. You will be out for several days, and therefore, you will need several items to make your trek more comfortable: raincoat, backpack, water bottle, sweater and jacket, strong footwear, flashlight, sunblock, antiseptic hand gel, insect repellents, and toiletries and toilet paper among other personal effects.
How do I book this hike?It is always very good to talk to our travel advisors before you get started. When you are ready, simply fill out our booking form found on our website and a deposit of 40% of total amount of the package per person. After that we will send you an email to confirm that you are on our list. Once permits are released from the Peruvian government, our team will confirm you once again that is all is set and your permits are secured for your preferred date.
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