Classic Inca Trail
“Trekking the Inca trail is a spectacular journey. You’re hiking on history!”
The Inca trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most fantastic hikes globally; it is 43km – 27 miles away.
The Inca Trail takes four days to complete, passing through an extraordinary combination of Inca ruins, lush cloud forest, mountain views, and vibrant sub-tropical rainforest. Along the trail were found over 250 orchid species. Those wishing to climb the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu must possess a particular fitness level. To complete the Inca trail, allow two to three days for acclimatization.
- NThe ultimate trekking adventure to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail.
- NHike the Inca Trail to the ancient ruins and then to Machu Picchu.
- NCamp along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for extra pleasure.
- NEnter Machu Picchu via the magnificent Sun Gate.
Day 1 – Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba
Pick up from the hotel at 05:00 am and transfer to the head of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, Km 82 (2,850m/9,350ft), where we meet the porters.
Three hours drive to Piscacucho, and our car typically stops for an hour at Ollantaytambo for breakfast.
We begin our trip on the Inca Trail by crossing the Urubamba River on a bridge. Then we trek down the Urubamba River’s left bank towards the Sacred Valley. We follow a level path to Miskay. Enjoy an airborne panoramic picture of the fantastic Inca City of Llactapata as we continue on our way.
Continue our hike through the Kusichaca Valley for about five hours until we reach Huayllabamba town (3,000m/9,840ft) and camp for the night.
Throughout the hike, we marvel at the magnificent Vilcanota ridge on the other side of the Urubamba River. The Veronica peak towers above us at 5,832m (19,134ft).
The first day of the Inca Trail is easy and prepares for the days ahead.
Overnight in camp.
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.
Distance estimate: 12 km (7,47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Day 2 - From Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu (Crossing the highest point)
This day is the most challenging and high-altitude day on the Inca Trail, with an 11 km steep rise. Pack the day bag with lots of chocolates or candy to maintain blood sugar levels and prevent altitude sickness.
After breakfast, we begin our demanding day with a sharp climb to the Warmi wañusca Pass, the Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m/13,776ft). Along this path, the surroundings transform into a mountainous terrain where we may see local alpacas and llamas grazing on the Ichu grass.
We walk downwards on a meandering trail that skirts around the valley next to our next campground. Additionally, we pass through a region known as the cloud forest, home to various species, including sparrows, hummingbirds, and the Andean bear, also known as the spectacled bear.
After 6 hours of trekking, we descend into the valley of Paqaymayu (3,500m/11,480ft), where we find our campsite. Enjoy a wonderful meal and rest after an exhausting day.
Overnight in camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Distance estimate: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Day 3 – Paqaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (Descending into the Cloud Forest)
We continue down the Inca Trail’s longest and most spectacular route following breakfast. Numerous ancient monuments, lush cloud forests, and thriving wildlife and flora of the Andes. We go from Paqaymayu to Abra Runkurakay (3,955m/12,975ft), the second pass.
About halfway up the Inca route, we will come across the ruins of Runkurakay, a semi-circular Inca dwelling with a view of the Paqaymayu valley. After a brief stay, we continue into the Cloud Forest to the Sayacmarca Archaeological Site.
Continuing the walk, we reach Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft) and descend to Phuyupatamarca, commonly known as “the town in the clouds,” where we may explore this incredible Inca remnant.
We descend a long stone stairway to Wiñayhuayna (2,700m/8,858ft), an impressive Inca town with a vibrant agricultural complex, urban sector, and religious center near our camp.
It is the final official camp before Machu Picchu. Get enough sleep to see the magnificent sunrise at Machu Picchu.
Overnight in camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Distance estimate: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Day 4 – Hike Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
At around 04:00 am, we have breakfast and continue on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the last part of the journey, so we arrive at the Sun Gate by 06:00 am.
After 40 minutes of walking, we arrive at Machu Picchu (2,430m/7,972ft) via the “House of the Guardians.” Machu Picchu (2,430m/7,972ft) was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Around 08:30 am, the guided tour begins; the guide expertly directs through the astounding ruins and its main streets. Then wander around the town squares and climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
The guided tour takes around two hours and 30 minutes.
From 12:30 pm to 13:30, take the bus to Aguas Calientes.
From 13:30 to 15:00, take lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
Return to Cusco: Later in the day, board the train to return to Cusco. Arrive at Poroy station and then be picked up and transported to the Cusco hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Expedition train — Aguas Calientes (15:20) – Cusco (19:05)
Distance estimate: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
* The camping places may vary; the Ministry of Culture assigns these according to availability.
** We attempt to book tickets on this train. However, we may need to book an alternative service if the timetable changes or the trains are unavailable.
- NThe clients will receive a briefing the night before the trek.
- NPick up from the hotel and transfer to Km. 82 (starting point of the trail).
- NEntrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (but not Huayna Picchu Mountain).
- NPersonal tents accommodate two people for greater comfort and security. Our tents are 4-season and well-maintained for field performance.
- NEach individual should bring an inflatable sleeping mat.
- NDining tent with tables and chairs. Kitchen tent.
- NToilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities.
- NEnglish-speaking tour leader plus an assistant guide for groups of over eight trekkers
- NChef and cooking equipment.
- NPorters (to carry tents, food, and cooking equipment)
- NPersonal porter for personal equipment 7kg (15lbs).
- NMeals (3 breakfast, 3-lunches, 3-dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except for last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
- NLunch on the last day after visiting Machu Picchu.
- NA cloth bag for everyday snacks saves plastic bags and decreases waste.
- NWe will provide boiled water from lunchtime on the first day.
- NBio-degradable personal hand soaps.
- NOur kitchen staff uses bio-degradable dishwashing detergents.
- NHot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in the water bottle every morning and night, and at lunchtime.
- NWe bring a first-aid kit, including an emergency oxygen bottle.
- NBus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
- NTrain ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Expedition train or similar) according to availability - we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
- NTransfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to Cusco Hotel.
- N24-hour support by our local staff.
- KThe price does not cover domestic or international flights. Consult a travel agency if necessary.
- KVISA procedures, travel insurance, pre, and post-tour accommodation.
- KAdditional personal costs (alcoholic beverages, laundry).
- KThe price does not cover gratuities for tour guides, drivers, and support staff.
- KGuidance in another language (Germany, French, others), in case you request them, please ask your travel agent.
- KAdditional items are not included explicitly in the itinerary description.
- KEntrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
- KBreakfast on the first day.
- KEntrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
- KSleeping bag.
Private tourInca Trail
- 1 person = US$ 1,600 | 2 people = US$ 1.100 | 3 people = US$ 990 | 4 people = US$ 890 | 5 to 6 people = US$ 850 | 7 to 8 people = US$ 790 | More than nine people = US$ 770
- * Prices per person in US dollars.
- * Additional charge for single travelers: $150
- * Prices are based on 2 to 3 people traveling together.
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