INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4-DAYS
The World’s Most Famous Trek
The route of the ancient people of Peru
4 Day’s history of ancient Inca Culture
2017 and 2018 dates remain available for permits!
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.
- Hike on the Classic Inca Trail
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Start any day of week
- Deluxe camping at lesser known and quieter sites
- Chef-prepared meals and snacks
- Includes sleeping bag and deluxe air-pad/mattress
- Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate before the crowds
- Small group sizes
- Private tour for groups of 5+
Tour Price: 4-day Inca trail
$695.00 per person (including personal porter)
25 percent deposit required at time of booking
$675.00 per students with green ISIC card.
PLAN AHEAD AND BOOK EARLY
***2017 Permits are still available. Inquire now on your dates***
****BOOKING 2018 Inca Trail Permits NOW****
We are now taking bookings for the 2018 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In 2017, the 4-Day Inca Trail permits sold out for May through August within days of going on sale. Permits will go on sale for 2018 in December 2017. When you pre-book with us, we guarantee our staff will be at the Cusco permit office the day the permits go on sale, insuring you will get your permits for your requested date!
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 To Ollantaytambo To Km 82 To Llactapala To Ayapata
- Lodging: Deluxe Peru Inca Trail Camping
- Meals: Lunch, dinner and snacks
- Maximum altitude: 3300 m
- Distance: 14km
- Time: 7-8 hours/moderate
Following an early morning breakfast, we will leave your hotel and drive to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll have 40 minutes to shop around, enjoy a cup of coffee or pack all those last-minute necessities before we begin the hike. You will then be driven to Km 82 where 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. From Patallacta you will hike for 2 hours of trekking to our lunch stop. After a delicious lunch, we trek nearly 2.5 hours until we arrive at the 1st night campsite at Ayapata, a very quiet campsite. Your chef-prepared dinner will be around 7:00 pm and, following that, our guide will explain the next day’s itinerary.
Day 2: Inca Trail Trek: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha
- Lodging: Deluxe Peru Inca Trail Camping
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks
- Maximum altitude: 4215 m
- Distance: 16km
- Time: 8 hours/difficult
Your day 2 will start with an early morning breakfast & a hot cup of Coca tea or Peruvian coffee. Keep in mind that this is going to be the most difficult & challenging day of the trek. We will start with a 4-hour hike to Warmiwañuska Pass (the Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest elevation of the trail. Before reaching the pass, we will take a break at a local village to enjoy a cold drink. Then you will hike to Pacaymayu Valley. From the peak you have to hike another 1.5 hours 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, and take in the best viewpoint of the gorge. We then descend to Sayacmarca where we’ll relish the best sunset of the tour. Lastly, we’ll have a thirty minute hike to our 2nd campground of Chaquicocha. After a superb dinner & rejuvenating drink you can enjoy a sleep beneath the Milky Way in our luxury camp.
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
Your day-3 will start with an early morning breakfast. We’ll trek for 1.25 hours to leave the other groups of trekkers far behind us. 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 sigh,t 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 Puyupatamarca. 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. We’ll arrive to our campsite at 1:00 pm for an appetizing lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll have ample time to to discover several Inca sites apart from the stunning Wiñayhuayna. Tonight you will enjoy a magnificent dinner presentation and then it will be early to bed as the next morning will be an early start.
Day 4: Inca Trail Trek: Winaywayna To Machu Picchu To Cusco
- Meals: Breakfast, Snack bag
- Maximum altitude: 2700 m
- Distance: 6km
- 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. At 5:30am, 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. At 7:30am we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu City, from where our three hour private guided tour will start through the most important and exceptional parts of the complex. Following the tour you will have ample spare time to tour the citadel on your own 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 4:30 pm train back to Ollantaytambo. As soon as you arrive in Ollantaytambo, our private van will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco City.
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
- The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
- The Inca Trail allows only 500 permits each day (including hikers, porters, cooks, and guides). You should reserve your place as soon as possible. Popular months, May to September normally book 6 months in advance or more.
Suggested Packing List
- Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both)
- Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
- Backpack 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, headlamp and extra batteries
- 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
What’s included in this itinerary:
- 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 Peru 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 fare
- Bus from Machu-Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Travel insurance
- Huayna Picchu Ticket ($75)
- Solo fee – private tent ($35)
- Vistadome train for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo