4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
IMPORTANT: Due to restrictions issued by the Peruvian government about the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail per day, we recommend that you book at least 4 months in advance (6 months for the May to September high season), thus making sure to do the Inca Trail. However, you can ask us by email about permit availability.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS ITINERARY: (*)
Starting point: Cusco
Arrival point: Cusco
Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Treks.
Airfare: Not included.
Feel free to ask about other services such as hotels, accommodation and other tours.
(B) = breakfast / (L) = lunch / (D) = dinner
DAY 1: CUSCO -WAYLLABAMBA (L) (D) :
Very early in the morning we pick you up at your hotel by bus that will take us to kilometer 82, arriving at about 11:00 a.m. to meet the entire team of professionals who will make your trip a success. Then we will begin our trek. This first day is beautiful and the first few miles are easy to walk. We will have the beautiful sight of the snow-capped Veronica peak and will also be walking near the Vilcanota River until arriving at the Llactapata archaeological complex, where we will have lunch and later continue up to our first camp at Wayllabamba where will overnight after a restorative dinner.
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO (B) (L) (D) :
After having breakfast starts the most difficult, but not impossible, part of the trek towards the highest part of the Inca Trail, where you will have an amazing panoramic view of the whole area, where you will be able to observe the different types of micro-climates existing in the area. After a 3-hour trek, we will pass the clearing called Warmiwañiusca or dead woman, at about 4.200 m ASL. Here you will have the enormous satisfaction of reaching the highest point of the entire Inca Trail. After this fabulous experience, we will have lunch to then continue descending to Pacaymayo, where we will have dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – PUYUPATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA (B) (L) (D): (**)
After breakfast, we will start trekking up to the second most important Inca Trail pass at 3.850 m ASL, until arriving at the Runkurakay archaeological site where we will have a guided tour throughout the complex as well as the Sayacmarca citadel. After the guided tour, we will continue our trek up to another important monument, the Puyupatamarka archaeological site, where we will have lunch. After a short break, we will continue on our trek until getting to the last Wiñay Huayna (forever young) camp, where we will have a guided tour of this impressive archaeological site. After the tour, we will have dinner and our last overnight.
DAY 4: WIÑAY HUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B) :
After breakfast, we will continue our trek very early so as to be on time to see the sunrise at Machupicchu. After a one-hour trek, we will pass through Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, also known as the entrance gate to Machupicchu, where you will have an amazing panoramic view of the entire citadel. After this experience, we will visit the Inca citadel surroundings for about 3 hours, visiting the main sites such as precincts, plazas, Sacred fountains, Temples, the farming and urban sector. After our guided tour, you will have free time to take photos, etc. We will later reunite with the rest of the group to take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we will return to Cusco by train. End of our services.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
Transportation to kilometer 82 at the trek start.
Bus tickets down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machupicchu.
Tourist train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Tent or tents (quad tent for two people), mattresses or mats
Porters (only for tents, lunch and camping equipment)
First aid kit; oxygen tank
Veggie option (no extra charge)
Meals: 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners.
First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
Last lunch (fourth day) at the end of the tour.
Huayna Picchu entrance ticket USD 79
Synthetic up to – 5°C 15 USD for the whole trek
Down sleeping bag up to -10 °C – 30 USD for the whole trek (Recommended)
During the trek you will have to carry your personal items, as well as a small mat included and your sleeping bag (not included). If you wish, you can hire an extra porter at a cost of 150 USD for the whole tour shared by 2 hikers. This way you will only have to carry A small day pack with your items needed for each day, while we will provide you with a large backpack for the porter to carry. Porters may only carry a load of 12 kilos (24 pounds) maximum as required by the Porters Law. (***)
IMPORTANT: The permits for the Inca Trail will be issued by the Peruvian government through the Regional Direction of Culture (DRC). Remember there are only 500 permits per day for all the travel agencies, of which approximately 180 are tourists, while the rest is for support staff, such as guides, cooks and porters, for which we recommend that you book many months in advance.
(*) There could be changes in the itinerary without prior notice in this Web page and during the trip the guide can modify the itinerary as needed, to which you have accepted and agreed before booking the tour.
(**) We cannot ensure that we will camp at Wiñaywayna because this is determined by the Regional Direction of Culture (DRC), government entity that controls the Inca Trail network. But we’ll let you know about that if that happen you’ll spend the 3rd night at puyupatamarka and the next day will continue to wiñayhuayna and then to machupicchu (4 hours aprox.)
(***) By hiring an extra porter, you are contributing directly to the porter’s economy.