Classic Inca Trail Tour 4 days
About this tour
- Start: At 4 in the morning of day 1 at the door of your hotel.
- Duration: 4 days.
- Group. 16 persons (maximum).
- Type of transport: Large fully equipped minivan, train, bus.
- Tickets included (no queues): Entrance ticket Machu Picchu Only.
- Tour guide: In English and Spanish (shared service).
- Feeding. Cook team.
- Baggage: Carried by team of porters.
- Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
- Immediate confirmation.
- Dare to do one of the best walks in the world. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-day, 3-night route along the paths traced by the Incas hundreds of years ago. During the journey of almost 40 kilometers, the visitor will appreciate mountainous landscapes and jungles of beautiful vegetation. You will also tour the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Runkuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and, finally, Machu Picchu, entering through the ancient “Puerta del Sol” just as the Incas did. The tour includes everything: transportation, food (cooks), tour guide, camping equipment, tour guide, permission to walk the Inca Trail and entrance to Machu Picchu. The tourist should only concentrate on reaching the Inca wonder.
This is the experience
- Enjoy the Classic Inca Trail with the experts. The tour includes absolutely everything you need so that you only worry about enjoying the walk: pick up from the hotel, transportation to the starting point for the walk, implements for the route, porter 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.
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|INCA TRAIL 4D/3N||695 USD||755 USD|
- The day before we will gather the group to get to know each other 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 tour guide, we will advance the first section of the Inca Trail, which is a bit difficult since it is ascending for approximately 13 kilometers. From the top we will appreciate the archaeological site of Llactapata.
- In our camp we will make a stop to taste 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 enjoy a nutritious breakfast and then continue along 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 shift camp where we will have lunch.
- Finally, depending on the camp chosen for the second night, we will walk a few more kilometers or stop at the same place for lunch. The camps available are: Chaquiccocha, Pacaymayo, Llulluchapampa or Phuyupatamarca.
- On day 3 we will get up early to enjoy our breakfast and get ready for the walk. Because it will be almost totally downhill (approximately 16 kilometers), 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 Puente Ruinas.
- 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. With luck we will be able to 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 getting to know every 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 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, later, in tourist transport to the city of Cusco where the tour ends.
- Pick up from the hotel.
- Transportation at the beginning of the walk.
- Hiking equipment.
- Team of cooks (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Team of porters (luggage carriers).
- Tour guide service in English and Spanish.
- Equipment for camping.
- First aid kit.
- Ticket ‘Machu Picchu Only’.
- Bus and train to return to Cusco.
- Sleeping bag (necessary to bring).
- Trekking poles (recommended to bring).
- Breakfast on day 1. Lunch and dinner on day 4.
The porters are in charge of carrying with them all the necessary utensils for the tourist to carry out the Inca Trail comfortably: tents, food, kitchen utensils, etc. The porters do not carry the tourist’s travel backpack (do not carry the travel backpack, nor the sleeping bag). It is recommended that the tourist carry a travel backpack of approximately 5 kilos (including the sleeping bag).
What to bring?
- Passport (or identity document).
- Hat or cap.
- Comfortable clothes for walks.
- A coat.
- Snacks and extra drinks.
- Comfortable shoes for trekking.
Where does the tour start and end?
- The tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up 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 some central place in the city, such as a square.
- The tour ends in Plaza Regocijo in the center of the city (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 your visit.
- To reduce the symptoms, try to acclimatize one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. Drinking coca leaf infusions (a 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 email@example.com.
Is it true that I have to 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 condition) 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 among the other trekking routes to Machu Picchu such as: the Salkantay Trek (5 days of trekking), the Lares Trek (4 days of trekking), the Huchuy Qosqo Trek (route of 3 days of walking) and even the Short Inca Trail (route of 2 days of walking).
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 by train and bus. All included in the tour. The hike is for the one-way trip only.