Classic Inca Trail Tour 4 days
About this tour
- Start: At 4 in the morning on day 1 at the door of your hotel.
- Duration: 4 days.
- Group. 16 people (maximum).
- Type of transport: Large full-equipment minivan, train, bus.
- Tickets included (no queues): Entrance ticket Machu Picchu Only.
- Tour guide: In English and Spanish (shared service).
- Feeding. Cooks team.
- Luggage: Carried by a team of porters.
- Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
- Immediate confirmation.
- Dare to make one of the best walks in the whole world. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-day, 3-night route along the paths laid out by the Incas hundreds of years ago. During the journey of almost 40 kilometers, the visitor will appreciate mountainous landscapes and jungles with beautiful vegetation. You will also visit the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Runkuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and, at the end, Machu Picchu, entering through the ancient ‘Puerta del Sol’ just as the Incas did. The tour includes everything: transportation, food (cooks), tourist guide, camping equipment, tourist guide, permission to travel the Inca Trail and entrance to Machu Picchu. The tourist should only concentrate on reaching the Inca wonder.
So is the experience
- Enjoy the Classic Inca Trail with the experts. The tour includes absolutely everything you need so you only have to worry about enjoying the hike: pick up from the hotel, transportation to the starting point for the hike, implements for the route, porters service to load luggage, first aid implements, service Tourist guide every day, specialist cooks (breakfast, lunch, dinner), camping equipment for the nights, entrance to Machu Picchu, return by bus and train to Cusco. See why this route is considered one of the best in the world.
- A day before we will meet the group to meet and do a ‘briefing’ of what the Inca Trail will be like.
- On day 1 we will pick you up from the door of your hotel in Cusco. Then we will board our tourist transport to go to the starting point of the trek, near the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Accompanied by the tourist guide, we will advance the first section of the Inca Trail, which is a bit difficult since it is uphill for approximately 13 kilometers. From the highest point we will appreciate the Llactapata archaeological site.
- In our camp we will make a stop to enjoy a delicious lunch. Then we will follow the route until we stop at our first camp where we will have dinner and spend the night. The camps, chosen according to availability, are Ayapata, Wayllabamba, Llaqtapata or Llulluchapampa.
- In the morning we will taste a nutritious breakfast and then continue on the 11-kilometer route winding high mountains. In this section we will cross the Warmiwañusca pass, the highest point of the entire Inca Trail at 4,215 meters above sea level (13,828 ft).
- After an intense walk, in the afternoon we will stop at our camp on duty where we will have lunch.
- Finally, depending on the camp chosen for the second night, we will walk a few more kilometers or we will stop at the same place for lunch. The available camps are: Chaquiccocha, Pacaymayo, Llulluchapampa or Phuyupatamarca.
- On day 3 we will get up early to taste our breakfast and get ready for the walk. Because it will be almost totally downhill (about 16 kilometers approximately), it is one of the easiest days and surrounded by incredible landscapes of abundant vegetation.
- During the route we will visit the Inca archaeological site of Sayacmarca. We can also visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, depending on time availability.
- Then we will continue with the route until we stop for lunch. Then we will continue with the walk until we arrive at our designated camp for that day where dinner will already be served. The camps available for that day are: Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna or the Ruins Bridge.
- On the last day we will get up early to have a nutritious ‘box lunch’ since we must start descending very early. Thus, we will arrive at Machu Picchu through the Puerta del Sol. Hopefully we can see the sunrise in the Inca city, one of the best experiences you can have.
- We will descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu in the company of our tour guide who will explain every detail of the famous citadel.
- After knowing each corner of Machu Picchu we will leave the archaeological site to take one of the buses that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where we will enjoy lunch (not included in the tour) and we will have free time to shop or get to know the place better.
- Finally, at the scheduled time, we will board our tourist train to go to the town of Ollantaytambo and, then, in tourist transport to the city of Cusco where the tour ends.
- Pick up from the hotel.
- Transportation at the beginning of the walk.
- Equipment for hiking.
- Cooks team (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Team of porters (luggage carriers).
- Tourist guide service in English and Spanish.
- Camping equipment.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance ‘Machu Picchu Solo’.
- Bus and train to return to Cusco.
- Breakfast on day 1. Lunch and dinner on day 4.
What to bring
- Passport (or identity document).
- Sleeping bag.
- Hat or cap.
- Comfortable clothes for walks.
- A jacket.
- Poncho for rain.
- Extra snacks and drinks.
- Comfortable trekking shoes.
Where does the tour start and end?
- The tour begins with the pick up of the tourist at the door of their hotel -valid only for hotels in the historic center of the city- (most tourist hotels are there). If your hotel is not there, the transport will pick you up at a central location in the city, such as a square.
- The tour ends at Square Regocijo in the city center (a few steps from most hotels and tourist restaurants).
How to prevent altitude sickness?
- Altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
- To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. Drinking infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option.
Group or private services
- The information described applies to shared services (for a varied group of tourists). If you want a private service (for your own group of family or friends) contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it true that I should book the tour 5 or 6 months in advance?
Yes. The Inca Trail route has limited availability to approximately 200 tourists per day. To get a space it is necessary to book the tour 5 or 6 months before. Otherwise you will not find availability.
Do I have to be an expert mountaineer to do the Inca Trail?
No. Anyone can do the Inca Trail. It is always recommended to be in good physical condition although there are many cases of children (over 8 years old) and older adults (in acceptable physical conditions) who manage to travel the 39 kilometers of the Inca Trail.
What to do if I did not get availability for the Inca Trail?
If you did not get a space for the Inca Trail, you can choose between the other hiking routes to Machu Picchu such as: the Salkantay Trek (5 days of walking), the Lares Trek (4 days of walking), the Huchuy Qosqo Trek (route 3-day trekking) and even the Short Inca Trail (2-day trekking route).
After visiting Machu Picchu, is the return to Cusco on foot?
No. The final goal of the Inca Trail is Machu Picchu, just as the Incas did many years ago. After visiting the Inca city, you return to the city of Cusco through a train and bus trip. All included in the tour. The hike is for the one way trip only.