Inca Trail 4 days–Live a fascinating hiking experience to Machu Picchu sacred city teeming with bewitching legends and history on a fully supported trek and a private guide at your side.
This ancient 4 days Inca trail in Cusco has always lured travelers so it is by far the most famous and iconic trek in South America and it is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. Filled with stone temples and surrounded by verdant vistas, 100% bucket list worthy.
In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests, overshadowed by the fame of its ancient Incan temples and the Inca trail heading to the sacred cities in the jungle. The entire trail has a “mystical Inca” type of feel to it, especially when you reach the top of Deadwoman pass through the stairs and conquer the mysterious Machupicchu Incan city on an exciting adventure, where there’s such a warm, spiritual vibe here and you can witness it–Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, Join Us!
We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and take two and a half-hour drive through the Sacred Valley to the beginning of the trail which is Piskacucho KM 82 ( 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft). On the half drive in Ollantaytambo, in the heart of the Sacred Valley we’ll stop to have breakfast (this first breakfast is not included in your package tour), after that, we keep driving for one-hour to get the beginning of the Inca trail; in which, we’ll stop at the main checkpoint for the registration of our documents, for this, you must bring your original passport. Once we pass the main checkpoint we’ll walk about three-hour to lunch spot of Tarayoc. On this section of the trail, we’ll see the first Incan site known as Kanabamba, in the further distance the majestic Veronica mountain (Waqaywillka).
Today our most fascinating site is Llaqtapata (Incan site which is comprised of temples, palaces, terraces), that was used as the nexus point between the cities from the jungle side and the cities from the highlands during the Incan empire, where our Trek Leader will deliver a great history about this site. At the place called Tarayoc we’ll have our lunch by 1:00 pm. We will then walk up the valley for two more hours to reach the first campsite, called Wayllabamba located at an altitude of 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
In the evening we’ll have our tea time where we’ll enjoy delicious local tea, local empanada, popcorn, etc, accompanied by hot chocolate, organic coffee from the jungle of Cusco. Eventually, we are finishing the day having a great Novo-Andean dinner.
Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles.
Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
Lowest elevation: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft.
Highest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
Physical rating: Moderate
Highlight: Inca ruins.
The second day is the most challenging one, today a great nutritious breakfast makes us ready for the hike, the path is uphill until getting the Dead-woman pass ( 4,215 m / 13,825 ft ) which is the highest point on the Inca trail, as we hike to this pass, we’ll get in different ecotones ( a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), before crowning the top we’ll have lunch at Llulluchapampa 3,800 m / 12,464 ft, After having lunch, we’ll hike up to reach the Dead-woman pass for two more hours, upon our arrival we’ll take a very well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we walk downhill for 3 hours to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu. This evening we’ll have tea time and dinner.
Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
Lowest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
Highest elevation: 4,215 m / 13,825 ft.
Physical rating: Demanding.
Highlight: Highest point on the trail, Scenic views.
Early in the morning we’ll take our breakfast, we will then reach the second pass called Runkuraqay 3,950 m / 12,956 ft m, today is quite different than the other previous days, because you’ll enjoy several Incan ruins along the trail (Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna) where you’ll get a rich history of each Incan temple. Most part of the trail goes through the cloud forest where is possible to see beautiful orchids and birds, and most part of the trail is still original as the Incans left behind centuries ago. As well as, today we’ll treat us with dramatic views of the Urubamba range and Vilcabamba range, both located in the Andes. About mid-day we’ll enjoy our just prepared fresh meal at a lookout point with stunning vistas around. After lunch, we’ll hike downhill to Wiñaywayna, translated to “Forever Young,” ( 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.) the last camp site. In the evening we’ll enjoy our tea time and dinner.
Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles.
Hiking time: 8 – 10 hours.
Lowest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
Highest elevation: 3,950 m / 12,956 ft.
Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.
Highlight: Incan ruins, original section of Inca Trail, dramatic views.
The most important day–Machu Picchu, there is no way how to describe the feelings of the first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the astonishing Incan city appears in front of you. this morning, all sores, and other uneasiness of the trek are transformed in happiness, because we’ll be illuminated by the energy, that way we’ll be entering in the wonder, underneath the sunrise. Eventually, we’ll reach this impressive place, where the masterpiece is combined in one element with thousands of elements crafted carefully to have a brilliant combination and perfection. In which, all our dreams will come reality. The morning is dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Machu Picchu with your Trek Leader. After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.
Hiking distance: 5 km / 3.11 miles.
Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours.
Lowest elevation: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft.
Highest elevation: 2700 m / 8,856 ft.
Physical rating: Moderate.
Highlight: Conquering Machu Picchu through the gate of the sun, guided tour at Machu Picchu.
Our Inca Trail 4 day Hike departs with a minimum of 2 participants, we limit the number of participants to 8 in a group. See below, the price according to the number of participants you are booking with.