Inca Trail 4 Days 3 Nights The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is Peru’s number one hike and one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the world. Offering 4 days of hiking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca archeological sites, and the stunning scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the classic Inca Trail is one of those things that everybody should do once in their life.
DAY 1:: CUSCO – PISCACUCHO (KM 82) – WAYLLABAMBA
We start the adventure of your lifetime by picking you up from your hotel between 6:00 to 6:30 am to start the trip by car to Ollantaytambo town.
Two hours car ride where you have the chance to have breakfast. After we continue driving one more hour by the same car to the trailhead Km 82 / Piscacucho.
While we are driving to the beginning of the Inca trail 4 Days, you have the chance enjoy to see plenty of corn plantations, potato crops because the valley that we take to rich to km 82 is the sacred valley where most of the local people are dedicated to the farming activities. Once in the trailhead, we get ready to pass the first control point of the whole 4-Day Inca trail.
After we got an Inca Trail Hike 4 Days stamp on our passport, we will hike for 2 hours to reach Mesccay where we take a break also you have the chance to enjoy the local corn beer called Chicha. Then we continue hiking to the viewpoint of Llactapata ruins to explore and also to list the explanation from the guide.
We hike for 30 more minutes to make it to the lunch spot to enjoy our delicious energy lunch. After lunch 2.5 more hours hiking to the campsite located in Huayllapampa where our crew of porters and cooks set up your camp. Time to enjoy hot tea time and dinner at the camp. The camp is located at 3000 m.
DAY 2:: HUAYLLABAMBA – INCA TRAIL HIGHEST POINT – PACAYMAYO
The cooks will wake you up with hot coca tea early in the morning to complete the hardest day of the whole Inca trail successfully.
After a nutritious breakfast, We get ready to start the trek up to the highest point of the entire Inca Trail 4212m/13818ft. 4 hours uphill hiking 9km/5ml.
The trail begins at 3000 m to 4212 m through a beautiful path made of stones combined with nice Inka stairs which takes you to the pass of the Inca trail called – WARMICWAÑUSCAN. (dead woman’s pass).
If we get nice weather, we have the chance to enjoy the overlooking views of the mountains that surround Machu Picchu and the sacred valley of the Incas.
After a while, at the pass. We start descending to the lunch spot 2 hours downhill trekking on the Inca steps we reach to the lunch place Pacaymayo where we have lunch also is the campsite, in the afternoon we provide you tea time then dinner to sleep at the camp call Pacaymayo — located at 3700 m.
DAY 3:: PACAYMAYO – PHUYUPATAMARKA – WIÑAYWAYNA
Today is the most beautiful day of the Inca trail 4 Days because you get the opportunity to see how the landscape changes from the Andean cloud forest to the jungle área.
Hiking on a beautiful well maintained original Inca trails and also we are going to visit. Phuyupatamarca (the town in the clouds). In the distance, you enjoy the view of the majestic Salkantay mountain and Wakaywillka mountain and of course the first views of Machu Picchu montaña and Huaynapicchu mountain.
After a delicious breakfast around 5:30 am we leave from the camp toward Phuyupatamarca 2 hours uphill hiking then two more hours downhill on the Inca flat trail.
Once in Puyupatamarca, you have time to enjoy the views, and also we explore the beautiful archeological site of Puyupatamarca.
After that we hike down on the curved Inca stairs to Intipata after 2 hours of the trek we reach Intipata to explore the farming terraces and enjoying the magnificent views of the Urubamba River and its valleys then we go to the lunch spot at wiñayhuayna campsite to eat a delicious lunch.
After we got time for a siesta we go to explore Wiñaywayna Inka ruins. Then we go back to the camp to enjoy tea time and the last supper made by the camping chefs.
DAY 4:: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today you will experience the magical moment to see Machupicchu after 4-day Hike Machu Picchu. Early in the morning Wake up with hot coca tea served to your tent by the chefs to enjoy a delicious breakfast to be the first ones passing the last Inca trail checkpoint.
Trekking to the sun gate through the amazing Trails built on the cliffside of the steep rocky mountains covers on dense vegetations.
Once we make it to INTIPUNKU (the door of the sun), We have time to enjoy the magnificent view of the Inca cathedral MACHUPICCHU to your eyes to enjoy it.
Enjoy incredible views of a town made of stone built by ancient civilizations of the Peruvian Andes after we continue our trek to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu through the enclosures that used to function as access controls and ritual enclosures that the Incas used to use before arriving at Machu Picchu itself.
Once at Machu Picchu we get time for the classic and panoramic pictures. Once in Machupicchu, we get into the ruins to have the guided tour for 2.5 hours approx.
Afterward, the guide will let you go by yourselves to explore the vast Inca city such as the Inca bridge, Huaynapicchu mountain, or Machu Picchu mountain you book it in advance. After 6 – 7 hours in Machupicchu, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town where we have time for lunch.
Then you take a train at 18:20 for 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo train station where our transfer will wait to transfer you to Cusco for two more hours by car. You will be back in Cusco around 10 pm.
At Ausangate Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Classic Inca Trail permission
- Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by the tour guides at 6:00 pm at the office a day before
- English/Spanish speaker professional guide.
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
- Transportation to the trailhead of Inca Trail.
- 3-night camping
- 03 breakfast
- 03 lunches
- 03 dinners
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
- Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo – Expedition 18:20 or Similar
- Transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cusco after the train.
- Personal sleeping pad
- Cooks and cooking equipment.
- Vegetarian food is available on request with no extra charge.
- First Aid equipment.
- Oxygen bottle for emergencies.
- Day 01 breakfast. You can go after, if not we stop in Ollantaytambo to buy (12 – 18 SOLES)
- Day 04 lunch. You stay in Aguas Calientes After Machu Picchu Which is the base town. Touristic town. meal (15 – 40 soles)
- Sleeping Bags, If you do not have one, You can rent from us.
- Portering service. You need to carry all your personal belongings including the sleeping bag, If you want to hire a porter service is 70 dollars for 7 kilos for the four days
- Extra expenses, Tips, and gratitude
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Ausangate Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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WHAT TO BRING
- Cash, preferably in small denominations 10, 20, 50, 100 soles.
- Camera and video camera
- Backpack cover
- Windproof waterproof jacket.
- Small towel and bathing suit
- 4 shirts / t-shirts
- Sun hat
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 pairs of long pants
- Hiking boots / strong and comfortable shoes
- Sport sandals
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Bottle of water
- First aid kit.
Briefing or Informative Meeting
All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Ausangate Trekking office.
Can I store my luggage at your office?
Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Pick up of guests
Ausangate Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes and demonstrations
Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
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