Classic Inka Trail to Machu Picchu 4Days / 3Nights
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is ranked as the best trek in all of South America. It is dotted with Inca ruins that you will visit on every day of your trekking, breathtaking mountain scenery that changes from the high Andes to lush cloud-forest and then to pristine sub tropical jungle. As you make your way through these various microclimates, you will likely encounter hummingbirds, condors, waterfowl, and the majestic Andean condor. If you are lucky you may get to appreciate the rare spectacled bear. There are also 345 species of orchids. The Inca Trail is 28 m / 45 km long usually takes about 4days to arrive to Machu Picchu entering through Intipunku, or “Sungate”.
The Inca Trail Trekking is suitable for a person that is reasonably fit and it is rated moderate by most standards. This means that most anyone can do this trekking. At an altitude of 13,780 ft / 4,200 m it is important that you have at least 2 days at altitude if coming from sea level before starting the trekking. There are many easy going tours that can be done in and around Cusco like the City Tour, Sacred Valley Tour, Maras and Moray Tour or the South Valley Tour. These tours are an excellent warm up for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and also give great insight into the ingenuity of the Inca so you can fully appreciate the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Skillful months: from March to January
- Departures: Daily
- Prices from: $ 580: 00 USA
In the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu fits within the spectacular framework provided by the lush vegetation of the nearby jungle and the rugged landscape. The Inca Trail is only a small part of the Inca road system that integrated the four regions of the Empire of Tahuantinsuyo. This hike of 43 km, approximately lasts four days ending at the Citadel of Machu Picchu.
What makes this tour so special is the combination of Inca ruins, incredible views, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety.
Inca Trail Availability:
The Inca Trail is subject to availability. You can check the official number of spaces on the Inca Trail for the whole year 2016.
DETAILED ITINERARY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4days and 3nights
We set out early in the morning after breakfast to start this epic Inca Trail adventure. After about a 1.5 hour car ride passing through the lovely Sacred Valley in private transport, we will arrive to the trailhead located at Km 82. Here we will meet up with our porters and do a short briefing before we pass through the first checkpoint and start marching to on the cusp of where the high Andes turn into a semi-tropical valley. The first highlight on day 1 of the Inca Trail is arriving to the impressive ruin site of Patallacta. Getting there is mostly flat and a good warm up for what the Inca Trail has in store. After the visit, we meet up again with our porters who will already have lunch set up. Enjoy sitting in a dining tent with tables, chairs, beverages and first class service. Throughout the day you will see impressive landscapes and the changing flora and fauna as we arrive to our campsite at Ayapata where your tent and gear will be waiting for you. We chose this campsite as it is a little further than the traditional Inca Trail route. This means fewer tourists, peace and quiet in this beautiful place and makes for an easier day 2, the most challenging day of the trek. Shortly after arrival, a hot bowl of water for washing will be served to you. Enjoy tea time before dinner and the company of your fellow trekkers before resting for the night.
Tour Day 2: Ayapata - Chaquicocha
After a hearty breakfast, we will pass through different climatic and ecological zones. We will climb to Dead Woman’s Pass or “Warmiwañusca”. Today is considered by many to be the hardest day of the trek; with 2 high passes (Dead Woman's Pass is the highest at 4200m / 13779ft). The payoff is well worth it. We have incredible views of the Andes and will also visit the two ruin sites of Runkuracay and Sayacmarca. There will also be amazing plant life in the Polylepis forest and the chance to spot a white tailed deer. On this challenging day, your guides and porters will be with you to help and motivate you along. Each step brings us closer to the campsite of Chaquicocha (11,800ft / 3600m) and well deserved dinner and rest. As you hear the waterfall off in the distance you will appreciate the beauty and quiet of this place. Watch as the sun sets over the mountains and take in the spirit of the Inca.
Tour Day 3: Chaquicocha - Winay Wayna
Today is a relaxing day to take in some of the most breathtaking scenery that the Inca Trail has to offer. This part of the trail, known as the Inca Flat has gentle ascents and descents. As we move deeper into the cloud forest you will see a significant change in the landscape and different angles of the mountains.
A relatively short day trekking at lower altitude makes for a great opportunity to take photos and take in the experience. We will visit the sites of Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna.
We will make camp at Winay Wayna (8,792ft / 2680m) fairly early in the afternoon. Once we are settled in to our campsite, we will have an extended tour of the site followed by tea time and dinner.
Tour Day 4: Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu
Get ready for the highlight of the trip. We make this an early morning so we can arrive at the perfect moment to see Machu Picchu. We say goodbye to our porters and head off the original Inca entrance, the Sungate or “Intipunku”, where you will have stunning views of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
As you make your way down a curvy trail to the citadel, you will watch as the views of this place change. You will have a 2 hour guided tour of the most important sites followed by the afternoon free to explore on your own. Please let us know if you would like to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain at the time of booking as permits for these hikes on the grounds of Machu Picchu have to be bought separately from your Inca Trail permits. We will make our down to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo) and you will have some time for lunch before taking the train back to Cusco.
MAP TO TREKKING Classic Inka Trail to Machu Picchu 4Days / 3Nights
- Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
- Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
- Spacious, personal tents
- Sleeping mat
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking). With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
- Accommodations: 3 nights camping.
- Porters for days 1-4 (for equipment )
- Excellent Meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner)
- Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Inka Trail entrance fee
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
What You Need to Bring for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
- Insect repellent
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
- Toiletries (including toilet paper)
- Personal medication
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips for porters
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for Machu Picchu locker rental. You are required to check your backpack into a locker before entering the ruins.
*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Please scan and email us a copy at the time of booking.
If desired, the train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20)
Optional Items to Bring:
- Walking sticks or trekking poles. Trekking poles used are required to have rubber tips.
- Bandages or moleskin
- Entrance fee for hot springs
Optional Services (Not Included):
- Sleeping bag rental, $25.00
- Breakfast on Day 1, lunch on Day 4, dinner on Day 4
- 1 extra porter to carry personal items, $30 per day
- Walking sticks, $8
Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (Lares to Machu Picchu) treks.
In the event of a cancellation we need to be informed in writing. Cancellation charges plus forfeiture of the non-refundable deposit will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by Cusco Native.
Our cancellation table is as follows:
|Days Prior to Start of Trek||Percentage Lost of Total Trek Price|
|29 to 22||60%|
|21 to 9||80%|
|8 to 0||100%|
In the event of partial cancellations, the remaining passenger may have to pay any remaining charges (e.g. single room supplements or double-occupancy).
|Medium - Hard||45 km / 26 mi||4200 m / 13,700 ft|
Season : March - January
Departure Dates: On Request
Prices Start at : $620.00 USD
Prices for 2014:
|Number of People||2||3||4||5||6-10|
|Price per Person ($ USD)||$600||$590||$570||$560||$540|