Hike the Inca Trail in 4 Days and See Machu Picchu
The Inca Trail is great for people with energy and a sense of adventure, and who want to see Machu Picchu. The trail involves a lot of walking, and ends at Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour. You will be able to see some other Inca ruins along the trail, and enjoy beautiful views of the Andes Mountains. This is a 4 day tour, but we also offer shorter versions of the Inca Trail if you do not have that much time or if you want to spend more time in Cuzco or elsewhere.
Day 1 – Km 82 to Wayllabamba:
6:00-8:00 a.m. Pick up from your hotel and bus trip to the start of the trail, 82 km. outside of Cusco (Patallacta, Wayllabamba) We will camp here tonight.
Day 2 – Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo:
Wayllabamba, Warmi Huañusca (4215m), Pacaymayu, Runkuraccay. We will camp out at night.
Day 3 – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna:
Runkuruccay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna. We will camp out overnight.
Day 4 – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna:
Wiñaywayna to Inti Punku. We will have a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
6:30-8:20 We will go from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo by train.
8:30-10:30 We will go from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus.
Day 1 Inca Trail – Km 82 to Wayllabamba (Meals:L,D)
We will pick you up from your hotel to begin the tour and head out to the starting point of the trail. We will be walking for several hours today.
Total walking time 4:30 / 5:00 hours (12 km.) – Initial altitude 2750 m. Final 3,000 m.
Overnight at Wayllabamba Campsite (Altitude: 3000m, 9850ft)
Day 2 Inca Trail – Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo (Meals:B,L,D)
We will begin the day early with a hot coca tea. Today we will climb for about 5 hours. We will then be at an altitude of 4200m/13800ft at Warmihuañusca. There is a great view of the Andean mountains here. Our chef will have lunch ready, and we will then continue walking for another hour, reaching Pacaymayo Campsite, you will have time to rest here and our chef will cock dinner.
Total walking hours 7:30 / 8:00 hrs (13 km.) – Initial altitude 3,000 m. – Final 3,800 m.
Overnight at Pacaymayo Campsite (Altitude: 3600m, 11800ft)
Day 3 Inca Trail – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna (Meals:B,L,D)
You will have breakfast early in the morning and we will continue walking. We will be able to see several Inca ruins along the way. After reaching Runkuracay (3900m/12800ft), we will be going mostly downhill. We will pass by Saqaymarca, and old Inca town, and have lunch. We will continue until we get to the Wiñay Wayna Campsite, where you will have the rest of the day to relax. During the evening the chef will prepare dinner.
Total walking hours 10:00 hrs (15 km.) – Initial altitude 3800 m. – Final 2,650 m.
Overnight at Wiñay Wayna Campsite (Altitude: 3700m/12150ft)
Day 4 Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu (B)
We will eat breakfast early in the morning and continue walking from Wiñay Wayna (Quechua for ”young for ever”). We will be walking for about 2 and a half hours until we get to the Sun Gate, ‘Inti Punku.’ This is the end of the trail. From here you will have a great view of Machu Picchu.
You will have a guided tour of Machu Picchu and learn about this truly fascinating and sacred Inca site. You can then enjoy some free time before going down to Aguas Calientes.
You will have the afternoon free for you to have lunch, visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes or visit the small market or museum. Finally, you will travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
Total walking hours 2:15hrs (6 km) – Initial altitude 2650 m. Final 2,400 m.
Train back to Ollantaytambo, bus back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.
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What you need to take for this tour:
- Original Passport, International Student Card (ISIC card) if applicable
- Sleeping bags
- Walking boots, Waterproof jacket, Rain poncho, T-shirts, trousers
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Shorts, Plasters, bandages, Extra money, Bathing suit
- Cameras and headlamps
- Travel Insurance is recommended
Note: Personal belongings, mattresses and sleeping bags are carried by tourists.
The Inca Trail Package Includes:
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide. Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more)
- All transfers from and to your hotel
- Train from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Bus from Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Entrance tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Lunch on day 4 is not included
- Camping and cooking gear carried by porters
- Oxygen bottle, First Aid kit
- Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost!
The Inca Trail Package Does Not Include:
- International or domestic flights
- Sleeping bags
- Tips or extra expenses
Before Booking: Make sure your preferred departure date and back up date for the Inca Trail are availability.