Inca Trail Tours – 4 Days Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

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    Machu PicchuThe Lost City of the Inca Empire
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Tour Information
Why the Classic Inca Trail Hike is the perfect way to visit Machu Picchu

All Inca Trail Tours take visitors through the dense jungles of Cusco to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Our 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is designed to provide you with the most thrilling travel experience.

The Inca trek to Machu Picchu was part of the extensive net of roads that connected the old Inca Empire. After the Spanish Conquest, this net of roads disappeared into oblivion. However, after the discovery of ancient Inca cities, some parts of the Inca trail have been restored to their former glory. One of them is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This road constitutes one way to reach the lost city of Machu Picchu. The other option is to take the train to Machu Picchu.

Nonetheless, hiking the classic Inca Trail offers a unique experience. The classic Inca Trail is a 4 days – 3 nights hiking trip which has an extension of around 40 km (25 miles). The trip starts at the town of Ollantaytambo and it ends at the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. Most of the trail is steep and narrow and goes through the high altitudes of the Andean mountains. The main attractions of the Inca trail are the lush cloud forests of South America combined with the ancient remains of Inca sites. During the hike, local guides and porters will help you.

The Inca trail goes through a region with diverse climate and wildlife. Around 400 species of native plants can be observed along the way. Also, some exotic bird species can be spotted during the hike, like the Cock of the Rock, the Green Jay and the Pava de Monte.

Every adventurer who walks on the Inca Trail encounters many archaeological sites. The first one of them is Patallacta, which can be spotted the first day of the trip. Another one is Runkurakay, which stands out because of its semicircular design. However, the most impressive building is the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, located at the end of the Inca Trail. Every person who finishes the Inca Trail can see the sun rising through the Inti Punku at the end of their journey.

We recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before embarking on the Inca Trail to acclimate your body and avoid altitude sickness during the trek. At the end of each trekking day we will take rest at the campgrounds located along the Inca Trail. These campsites provide spaces for lunch and toilet tents.

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Includes

  • Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to Piscacucho (km 82 of the railway to Machu Picchu)
  • Camping tents
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and Kitchen Tent for the group
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
  • A cook to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings)
  • Meals and hot drinks
  • Water for your canteens (taken from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Includes

  • International airfares and domestic flights
  • Taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, soft drinks or snacks
  • Insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance
  • Additional meals not mentioned
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tips for the guide, cooks and porters
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco- Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba

Our staff will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we will go by car to the town of Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley. There you will meet our trekking team. Afterwards, we will go by bus to Piscacucho, located at km 82 of the railway to Machu Picchu. Our Inca trail trek starts there.

Before going into the Inca trail some government officials will check our documents and trail permits. Then, our tour group will cross a bridge that spans the Urubamba River. Every bag and backpack needs to be weighed before starting our trip. The whole checking operation takes no more than 45 minutes. During this time, our tour operator will give you additional information about the trip. If you need, porters will carry your bags during the hike. However, this service has an additional cost.

Then we will start hiking the Inca Trail. On the first day we will cover a distance of around 12 km (7.5 miles). We’ll be trekking for about 4 to 6 hours. The Inca Trail’s initial section is relatively flat and ends in the village of Miskay. After that, the terrain changes and becomes steeper until we reach the Patallacta archaeological site. We’ll enjoy a warm lunch there before heading to Wayllambamba, our first campsite. We will rest there and wait for the next day.

Day 2Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

On our second day trek  we will travel around 16 km (10 miles). We’ll be trekking for about 7 to 8 hours. After leaving Wayllabamba we will be heading towards Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass. This pass is located at a height of 4215 m (3828 ft) above sea level. This segment of the Inca Trail is considered the most challenging because of the steep terrain. However, it’s one of the most beautiful because of the cloud forest that surrounds the road.

Before arriving at Dead Woman’s Pass, there is a campsite called Llulluchapampa. It’s located in a small plain surrounded by two mountain streams. There we will drink coca tea to alleviate the effects of hiking at high altitudes. It’s the perfect place for resting before the final part of the ascent.

After getting to Dead Woman’s Pass, we will begin the descent until we arrive at our campsite. There we will have dinner and rest for the next day.

Day 3Pacaymayo - Wiñay Wayna

The third day we will travel around 16 km (10 miles). We will be walking between 8 to 10 hours. After leaving our campsite, we will head towards the Runkurakay pass located at 3900 m above sea level (12 467 ft). Then we will visit the ruins of Runkurakay, which stands out because of its semicircular design.

At the end of the day, we will arrive at Wiñay Wayna or ‘Forever Young’. Wiñay Wayna consists of numerous ruins of agricultural warehouses and terraces. There we will camp for the final night before arriving at Machu Picchu. It’s customary to set up a tip jar for the guide, cooks, and porters who participated in the trip.

Day 4Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

On our final day hike we will travel around 6km (3.7 miles). We will be walking between 8 to 10 hours. The final segment of the Inca Trail consists of a wide, flat path that ends at Inti Punku in Machu Picchu. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu, you will be free to explore the ruins of this archaeological site. Be delighted by the ancient Inca buildings and their surrounding areas.

If you want to enhance your trekking experience, it’s possible to climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains. However, the entrance tickets are sold separately and have to be reserved with months in advance.

Our tour ends here. Nonetheless, you can customize this guided tour if you want to spend more time in Machu Picchu or the adjacent town of Aguas Calientes.

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Mateo

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The best trekking to Machu Picchu!

June 8, 2022