Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

BACKGROUND

The Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (also known as Camino Inca) is located in the Andes mountain range in Southern Peru. This epic trek, widely recognized as one of the top 10 in the world, passes through clouds forests and alpine tundras with spectacular scenery. Hikers will have an opportunity to see Incan ruins and settlements. The trail terminates at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, a sacred citadel for the Inca civilization. This World Heritage site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

This trip introduces you to the best aspects of the Inca Trail, moving at a fairly brisk pace so you can enjoy it all. As you hike, moving through tropical forest to cloud forest, you will see flora including orchids, Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree) and a variety of animals. You will also learn about the history of the Incan people from our expert guides. Four days later, you will have walked 26 miles (45 km) and crossed passes as high as 4,200m. The highlight, of course, is when you reach the magnificent Machu Picchu.

TRIP OVERVIEW

  • Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
  • Total Distance: 43KM/26 Miles
  • Good For: Those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate level of fitness
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Considerations: Permit required

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES

  • 1 person: $1315
  • 2 persons: $980
  • 3 persons: $950
  • 4 persons: $890
  • 5+ persons: $850

SHARED TOUR PRICE

$680/person

AVAILABILITIES

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MAPS

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco - Piscacucho Km 82 - Huayllabamba

  • Early morning pickup from your Cusco hotel in our private van.
  • At Km 82, the start of the Inca trail, we meet our team that will accompany us (porters and cooks).
  • We begin our trek at the lowest elevation as we walk to Huayllabamba, an ancient Inca citadel.
  • Camping will be close to Huayllabamba or a similar location.
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Day 2: Huayllabamba - Pacamayo-Chaquicoccha

  • After breakfast we begin to climb the first pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200 m) also known as Dead Woman’s Pass, where there is a spectacular view of the valley below. Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trek, is one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail.
  • We will be having lunch in Pacamayo (Quechua for “sunrise”) or a similar location.
  • Our hike will continue to Chaquicoccha, part of the Urupampa mountain range.
  • Dinner will be at our campsite, at Chaquicoccha.
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Day 3: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna

  • After breakfast, we leave Chaquicoccha and begin our hike up towards the Runku Rakay Inca ruins.
  • We will then descend to Sayamarca, an important archaeological complex, where we will have lunch.
  • Dinner will be at our campsite, Wiñayhuayna, built on a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba river. It is also known as “City Above the Clouds.”
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Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • We will rise very early to watch sunrise from Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and have our first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu.
  • We will spend one to two hours in Machu Picchu, where the guide will explain the significance of important sites within the Lost City of the Incas. You will have free time to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu (optional: we can help you book it in advance), the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with Inca structures at the top.
  • The bus will return to the Aguas Calientes where you can have your choice of many restaurants for lunch (not included).
  • In the afternoon, we take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo to meet our van that will take us back to Cusco.
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INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

For Your Transport:

  • Pick-up and return to your hotel in Cusco by private van
  • Private transport to Km 82 – Piscacucho (trek starting point)
  • Round-trip train to and from Ollantaytambo
  • Round-trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu

For Your Safety:

  • Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
  • Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
  • First-aid kit
  • Oxygen cannisters (for emergency use)
  • Boiled water (starting the 2nd day)

For Your Sustenance:

  • Daily wake-up coca tea in your tent
  • Delicious meals for the entire tour (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (Please note: special diets accommodated if requested in advance)
  • Professionally trained cooks and assistants
  • Happy hour with maca tea and hot drinks every afternoon

For Your Comfort and Well-Being:

  • Permits for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Personal porter to carry 6 Kg of personal items including sleeping bag
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
  • Guided tours of seven Inca archaeological sites en route
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Two people per tent in spacious 4-person size tents
  • Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bag (-10 degrees) pillows
  • Biodegradable toilet tent system
  • Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu with extra time for yourself
  • Extra time to go to the Aguas Calientes hot springs or shop around the village

NOT INCLUDED

  • Trekking poles – rental option US$25 for entire trek
  • Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu
  • Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters
  • Single Tent Supplement (US$80)
  • Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 dinner, Day 5 lunch and dinner
  • Water on the first day

WHAT TO BRING

  • Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration).
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for your personal porter).
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp.
  • Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night).
  • Thermal underwear to be worn in the sleeping bag in cold conditions.
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights.
  • T-shirts and trekking pants.
  • Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Small size binoculars.
  • Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear: rain jacket or poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
  • Small towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water.)
  • Bathing suit if you want to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Any medications you need from home
  • Plastic bags (Ziploc)
  • Trekking poles with plastic tips (metal tips are not allowed on the trail)

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