- Hike on the Classic Inca Trail
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Start any day of week
- Deluxe camping at amazing sites
- Chef-prepared meals
- Includes sleeping bag and deluxe air-pad/pillow/blanket
- Hot-shower tent
- Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate before the crowds
- Small group sizes
- Best Guides in Peru
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4-Day Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
If you are looking for the best possible trekking experience in South America, then the 4-day classic Inca Trail Trek is undoubtedly the most recommended and popular option in Peru. At Guiding Peru, we offer 4-days of classic trekking experience along the most magnificent Inca trails in Peru. We believe the Inca trail is suitable for everyone and it should be on top of your list of things to do whenever you are in Peru for a vacation. Here is the full itinerary of our 4-day Classic Inca Trail trek:
DAY 1: INCA TRAIL TREK: CUSCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO TO KM 82 - LLACTAPALA - WAYLLABAMBA
- Lodging: Deluxe Camping
- Meals: Lunch, dinner and snacks
- Maximum altitude: 3300 m
- Distance: 12km
- Time: 5-6 hours/moderate
With an early morning pickup from your Cusco hotel we will begin with a drive to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll have a brief stop to shop for those last minute items required for the trail, enjoy a cup of coffee or re-organize all those last-minute necessities before we begin the hike. You will then be driven to Km 82, the starting point for the Inca Trail. Here you’ll meet our team of professional chefs and porters as they arrange our gear for the upcoming 3-days of hiking on the popular Inca Trail. The initial two hours of trekking are considered easy, as you will see the first Inca site, Patallacta, that was a magnificent regulatory point of the Sacred Valley. Near Patallacta you will enjoy a delicious lunch. We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about 4 hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp. Your chef-prepared dinner will be around 7:00 pm and, following that, our guide will explain the next day’s itinerary and answer questions regarding today’s Inca sites that you visited along the way.
DAY 2: INCA TRAIL TREK: WAYLLABAMBA – DEAD WOMAN’S PASS – CHAQUIRICOCHA
- Lodging: Deluxe Camping
- Maximum altitude: 4215 m
- Distance: 17km
- Time: 8 hours/difficult
Today after an early morning wake-up and tent service of hot tea or coffee, followed by a nourishing breakfast, we begin the most difficult and longest part of the trek, which consists of a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna, a dry and high area with little vegetation. On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), the highest elevation of the trail, we will take a break at a local village to enjoy a cold drink. Then continuing our hike through Pacaymayu Valley. From the peak you hike another 1 hour to our lunch site where our faithful porters will have our dining camp arranged and our expert chef will have an exceptional lunch waiting for you. Following the appetizing lunch we start hiking once more to the 2nd pass of the day, Runcu Raccay, enjoying the best viewpoint of the gorge. Half-way up we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site (3800m/12464ft), consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. We then descend to Sayacmarca where we’ll relish the best sunset of the tour. This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Lastly, we’ll have a short hike to our 2nd campground of Chaquicocha. After a superb dinner & rejuvenating drink you can enjoy a sleep and view the beauty of the Milky Way from the comforts of your tent set high in the Andes of Peru.
DAY 3: INCA TRAIL TREK: CHAQUICCOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA
- Lodging: Deluxe Camping
- Meals: Buffet, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Maximum altitude: 3600 m
- Distance: 10km
- Time: 6 hours/moderate
Following your morning chef-prepared breakfast, we’ll trek for 1.25 hours to the 3rd pass of the Inca Trail. As we hike, you’ll have the chance to witness the sacred and royal Salcantay Mountain, the 2nd highest snow-covered mountain in the province. After observing this fascinating site we’ll reach Phuyupatamarka, the 3rd pass, where you will enjoy the fabulous views of the Urubamba River, Urubamba Mountain range, Machu Picchu Mountain and the archeological site of Phuyupatamarca. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. From above, one can observe the sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations It will be a 3 hour trek from Phuyupatamarka to our final campground of Wiñay Wayna. After Machu Picchu, this is the most exceptional Inca site on the trail. In the afternoon, you’ll have ample time to to discover several Inca sites apart from the stunning Wiñay Wayna. Tonight you will enjoy a magnificent dinner presentation and then it will be early to bed as the next morning will be a very early start, insuring we are at the Sungate to enjoy the views of the Citadel before the crowds arrive later in the day.
DAY 4: INCA TRAIL TREK: WINAYWAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
- Meals: Breakfast, Snack bag
- Maximum altitude: 2700 m
- Distance: 4km
- Time: 2 hours/easy
You will be woken up early today, about 4:00 am, when our porter will serve you a freshly prepared cup of hot coca tea or coffee as you pack your bag for the final day on the beautiful Inca Trail.Shortly after, you’ll get into the final checkpoint & trek to the Sun Gate to enjoy the 1st spectacular sight of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the fortress of Machu Picchu while gazing at the panoramas of this stunning valley. Later in the morning, we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu City, from where our two hour private guided tour will start through the most important and exceptional parts of the complex. Following the tour you will have ample time to self-explore the citadel or perhaps take the option to hike the mountain “Huaynapicchu”. After your time in Machu Picchu, the bus will bring you down to Aguas Calientes town where you will have time to shop or enjoy a snack, before catching the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. As soon as you arrive in Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting in our private van to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Guiding Peru’s Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Trek into Machu Picchu offers you one of the most popular hiking routes in the world. This trek is specially designed for those who wish to arrive into Machu Picchu through the Sun-Gate, using the old Inca route, while visiting many Inca ruins along the way. Following the footpaths of the Inca, to the height of the Andes into Machu Picchu, is truly one of the modern world’s most incredible introductions to an ancient civilization. Trekking with Guiding Peru is the best way to understand the Incas, as we allow you to truly immerse in their history and culture, so you are educated and fully understand the purpose of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu when you arrive.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again.”
SEAN S., DENVER CO
“Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and….the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together….two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We’ll be back!”
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
“One final note – over the four days, one couldn’t help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don’t think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now – go ahead and book with Guiding Peru.”
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CA
On this tour you can expect to hike for 7-8 hours a day at high elevations. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. In order to hike on this historic trail, you must have a government issued permit. The Peru government issues 500 permits for the Inca Trail each day and everyone needs a permit – even our team. We recommend booking this trek at least 6 months in advance to guarantee your tour date. Note: 4-Day Inca Trek daily itinerary is subject to change based on government issued campsites on date of booking.
What’s Included in our 4-Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
• English and Spanish speaking local guide • Pre-trek briefing by our guide a day before hike to Machu Picchu. • Private transportation via our van to & from Cusco hotel • Three nights deluxe Inca trail camping • Large 4-person tent shared by two guests • Dining tents with chairs and tables • Private toilet tents • Personal porter for the Inca trail trek (8kg/person) • Sleeping bag & deluxe foam air-pad mattress with pillow and blanket • Trekking poles • Chef cooked healthy meals • Purified daily drinking water • Hot water daily for washing • First-aid kit • Inca trail hike permit • Machu Picchu entrance ticket • Machu Picchu private guided tour • Expedition train fair • Bus from Machu-Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
• Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both) • Original ISIC international student card if applicable. • Backpack with rain-cover to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles.
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION GUIDE
This tour includes hiking on the Inca Trail! For sustainability purposes the Ministry of Peru limits the number of people that can hike on the Inca Trail each year. Here’s everything you need to know about the Inca Trail including permits and availability!
Travel Insurance Available through World Nomads –
Huayna Picchu Ticket ($75) –
Solo fee – private tent ($35) –
NOTE: Inca Trail Trek requires an Inca Trail permit. Currently, dates through November 8 2018 are sold out of all 500 daily entry permits for the Inca Trail. For sold out dates check out our Alternative Treks into Machu Picchu which depart from Cusco, every day of the week, throughout the year. FYI. No company in Peru is able to acquire Inca permits when dates are sold out.
NOTE: When INCA TRAIL PERMITS are SOLD OUT – GUIDING PERU has access to an exclusive 5-DAY CUSTOM INCA TREK with 2+ DAYS ON THE INCA TRAIL. NEW ROUTE DETAILS!