Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

4 days 3 nights

Difficulty: Demanding

Customizable tour? Yes

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and hike the complete world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The classic 4 day / 3-night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu follows a magical route surrounded by spectacular Andean scenery and dotted with fascinating archaeological sites. This 25-mile (40-kilometer) trek through a variety of landscapes is famous as one of the world’s great hiking routes. After walking for three days on the morning of the fourth day, from high above the site hikers can enjoy their first view of magnificent Machu Picchu.

Included
Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead
Return Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu
4-person tents for every two participants, Single tents (upon request)
Air mattresses
Kitchen utensils, complete tableware, chairs, and tables
Dining tent and kitchen tent
Latrine tent
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
Duffle bag
English-speaking tour guide
Cook
Porters to carry camping equipment, food and up to 7 kilograms of each participant’s personal gear
Delicious meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Drinking water to fill your water bottle regularly (from natural sources, filtered and boiled)
Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruit, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, candy)
Hot drinks such as tea and coffee
Not included
Sleeping bags (we offer sleeping bags for hire at an additional cost)
Entrance fee to visit Huayna Picchu (subject to availability)
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal items, including personal medical supplies
Tips to guides and to the staff.
Note: Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory.
What to bring
Passport
Daypack
Day pack for personal items (to be carried personally)
Warm clothing (for the Andean sections of the trek)
Rain jacket
Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
Shorts for walking (optional)
Cap and sunglasses
Sunblock
Camera
Binoculars (for birdwatching enthusiasts)
Hiking boots
Walking poles (Make sure they are not metal tipped, to protect the Inca Trail’s original stone steps)
Flashlight
Trekking Rates and Group Sizes

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  • Price for 2 travelers USD 1555 (per person)
  • Price for 3 – 4 travelers USD 1115 (per person)
  • Price for 5 – 6 travelers USD 1075 (per person)
  • Price for 7 – 10 travelers USD 1005 (per person)

Minimum 2 people for this trek.

Whether you’re trekking alone, in a group, or seeking a custom adventure, we’ve got you covered. Let’s create your perfect journey – just drop us an email!

Tour plan

Day 1
Cusco – Piscacucho (Km. 82) – Huayllabamba

We will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning for the journey by private vehicle to Piscacucho, a community at Km 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad. After crossing the Urubamba River, we will begin our trek. Along the way, you will be met by fine views of snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,850 meters / 19,193 feet). After hiking along the riverbank, we will arrive at the beautiful Inca ruins of Llactapata, from where our route continues to the village of Huayllabamba and our first campsite.

Traveling time:

Cusco – Piscacucho: 91 kilometers / 56.5 miles (paved: 77 kilometers / 47.4 miles; dirt road: 14 kilometers / 8.7 miles); 3 hours

Trekking distance:

11 kilometers / 6.8 miles (5-6 hours)

Altitude:

  • Cusco 3,400 meters / 11,159 feet.
  • Piscacucho (Km 82): 2,650 meters / 8,692 feet.
  • Llactapata: 2,610 meters / 8,563 feet.
  • Huayllabamba: 2,968 meters / 9,737 feet

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2
Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

After a good breakfast, we will begin the day by hiking up to −  Warmiwañusca Pass (4205 meters / 13795 feet), the highest part on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Along the way, the landscape will change as we move into the sparse vegetation of the high plains. It is possible to spot alpacas and llamas on this section of the Inca Trail. Arriving at the pass, we will have time to rest and enjoy the fine views, before descending to our second campsite at Pacaymayo in time our evening meal.

Trekking distance:

7.6 kilometers / 4.7 miles (6-7 hours)

Altitude:

  • Huayllabamba: 2,968 meters / 9,737 feet.
  • Llulluchapampa: 3,767 meters / 12,359 feet.
  • Warmiwañusca Pass: 4,205 meters / 13,795 feet.
  • Pacaymayo: 3,604 meters / 11,821 feet

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3
Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

This is the longest day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, offering the best views and most interesting archaeological sites on the entire route. We begin this day by hiking up to the second pass (3,950 meters / 12,959 feet). At the ruins of Runkuraqay, our knowledgeable guide will explain the significance of the site. We will then descend as far as the Sayacmarca archaeological site, before continuing to the third pass at Phuyupatamarca (3,640 meters / 11,942 feet), where the best-preserved archaeological site on the Inca Trail is located. At the end of this wonderful day, we will descend to the picturesque ruins of Wiñay Wayna, where we will make our final camp.

Trekking distance:

11.1 kilometers / 6.9 miles (7 hours)

Altitude:

  • Runkuraqay Pass: 3,950 meters / 12,956 feet.
  • Sayacmarca: 3,611 meters / 11,844 feet.
  • Phuyupatamarca: 3,640 meters / 11,942 feet.
  • Wiñay Wayna: 2,665 meters / 8,743 feet

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4
Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

At the beginning of this much-anticipated day, we will leave Wiñay Wayna very early, and after two hours we will arrive at the Sun Gate, from where there is a wonderful view of Machu Picchu. After descending to the lost city of the Incas, there will be plenty of time to enjoy an in-depth tour in the company of our expert guide. Leaving the ruins in the afternoon, we will descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes for the return train trip to Cusco.

Trekking distance:

4.6 kilometers / 2.9 miles (3 hours)

Traveling time:

Machu Picchu – Poroy Train station (train): 99 kilometers / 61.5 miles (3.30 minutes)

Poroy Train station – Cusco (private vehicle): 13 kilometers / 8 miles (30 minutes)

Altitude:

  • Wiñay Wayna: 2,665 meters / 8,743 feet.
  • Sun Gate: 2,693 meters / 8,833 feet.
  • Machu Picchu: 2,460 meters / 8,071 feet.
  • Aguas Calientes: 2,070 meters / 6,791 feet.

Meals: Breakfast

FAQ

What do I need to carry?

You will need to carry your daypack with all the personal items you need during the day. The rest of your luggage will be transported by us (van / porters). Porters are only permitted to carry 8 kilos for each person (including sleeping bag). As a company, Andean Adventures Peru is committed to the well-being of its porters during treks, ensuring that they are properly paid, well fed, and comfortable at our campsites.

I would like to do the trek with my friends, can I book now and my friends book later?

That depends on the availability of places on the Inca Trail. We cannot guarantee that once you have booked, your friends will also be able to do so. On certain dates during the high season, we recommend that groups of travelers who want to hike the Inca Trail should do so under a single booking. Refunds are not given for the Inca Trail, and so if your friends don’t manage to get a place on the same date, or if those who succeed in booking decide to cancel the trip, there will be no possibility of a refund.

Is there a minimum or maximum age limit for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

There is no official restriction on the age limit for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or other treks in Peru. However, as a responsible trekking and hiking company we recommend that children under 9 years of age should not hike Inca Trail. 12 years is a better age to do the Inca Trail. Also, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

What is the maximum group size? Is there a maximum?

The maximum group size is 16 persons. For more than 16 persons, a second group must be organized. A single guide travels with 8 participants. For larger groups, an assistant guide will also accompany the participants.

If I am traveling alone can I have my own tent / hotel room?

If you are traveling alone and are willing to share a tent, with a member of the same sex or partner, family member or friend, then there is no additional cost. If, however, you would like your own private tent an additional supplement will be payable. Please contact us in advance, because this option will depend on the availability of spaces at the campsites designated by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

Can I wait until Cusco to hire an extra porter?

If you want to hire the services of an extra porter to carry your personal gear, then you must let us know at the time you make your booking for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. By letting us know in advance, you ensure we will be able to organize the services of an extra porter for each day of the trek. If you make this request in Cusco just days before the start of your trek, the extra porter will only be able to accompany you during the first two days of the Inca Trail.

What is the Inca Trail level of difficulty and do I need to be in good physical condition?

The Inca Trail is a 43-kilometer (25-mile) trek through a mountainous region, involving hiking for 5-7 hours a day at high altitude and over rough terrain. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You should be fit and exercise regularly before your trek. It is also important to be well acclimated before starting the trek. We recommend spending 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3400 meters / 11,154 feet above sea level) prior to starting the trek. If you do not take regular exercise or have a heart, respiratory, knee or back problem, do not consider doing the trek.

What is the weather like on the trek?

Both in Cusco and on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, days tend to be warm and nights cold. On the Inca Trail, from April through October, which is the dry season, the weather during the day is warm. During June, July and August nights can be cold, and a good four season sleeping bag is recommended. The rainy season runs from November through March. In February, which is the rainiest month of the year, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.

What do we do for water along the Inca Trail?

Use of plastic bottles on the network of Inca Trails to Machu Picchu is not permitted. Other treks do not have this restriction but we always recommend and encourage our travelers to use reusable canteens or second use plastic water bottles. Our cook will provide you with boiled water to refill your bottle at all the campsites.

What food safety processes do you have in place?

All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness, and they are correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety. We use cloth bags when making our purchases, rather than plastic. The produce is fresh and bought directly from local farmers. Also, we pack the produce in cloth bags and hermetic multiuse containers, avoiding the use of plastic in order to make our operations as green as possible.

Is there a minimum group size and what happens if Andean Adventures Peru does not meet the minimum size?

The minimum number of participants for each group is 2. In the event that we do not reach the minimum number of persons required for a selected date, we will try to offer you an alternative trek date or refund your trek deposit in full. Andean Adventures Peru can operate with a single participant on a private tour basis (many of our clients choose to travel individually).

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4 days 3 nights

Difficulty: Demanding

Customizable tour? Yes

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Excellent and very patient when setting up the trip. Our guide was also superb with genuine enthusiasm for Inca culture and history. He also gave us our own space to do things we wanted and this made the whole tour very enjoyable.

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Phenomenal trip to Peru that included Machu Picchu, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Rainbow Mountain! Andean Adventures Peru custom tailored everything based on my timeline, including drivers in Lima. All current COVID measures were used. I highly recommend them!

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