Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 4 Days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of a system of more than 45,000 kilometers of roads that made up the vast network of Tahuantinsuyo, from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through Quito, Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huánuco, Jauja, Huamanga and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia to Salta and Tucuman in Argentina. These pathways running mostly along the coast and the mountains and in some cases reached the Amazon rainforest such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The landscapes change throughout the trek. Without doubt The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking routes in the South America; making this trek you will have an unforgettable experience, because you will see almost all the most important Peruvian mountain range in few days, many lakes and rivers;  feel near to the mountains when you have crossed dead woman pass at 4,200m, see the Andean vegetation and its fauna in special the birds and hummingbirds.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Ayapata camp

Early pick up from your hotel and head to the starting point at Pisqhakucho or km 82; then, we’ll trek for 6-7 hours. Today, we cover a distance of 14 km.

Day 2: Dead woma’s pass

We’ll start the trek at 07:00 a.m. Head toward the Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl) and decent to Pacaymayu Valley for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll cross over the second pass (4,000 masl).

Day 3:  Winaywayna camp

Have a day trek through the cloud forest and visiting the Inca ruins along the trail.

Day 4:  Machu Picchu

Two-hour trek very early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Full-day can be dedicated to explore the stunning Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, we will take the train to return to Cusco.

Four-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile; and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It’s 45km (26 miles) of trekking over the mountains and the cloud forest; with 3 high passes to be crossed. One of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 masl (13,776 ft). It is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes several small Inca ruins; the first of which is Llactapata. Second day ascends the long steep path to Warmiwañusqha or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl or 13,776 ft) above sea level; this pass is the highest point of the trek. The second pass of the trek is at 4,000 masl where on clear days; we enjoy superb views of the snow-capped mountain range of Vilcabamba.

Our standard four-day group service trek is the most popular of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that we offer. With this service you join one of our groups so you will find yourself trekking with a variety of like-minded people from all over the world. This service is perfect for individuals, couples and small groups of friends.

Day 1
Cusco – Pisqhak'ucho – Ayapata

The four-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins once we pick you from your hotel at 05:00 a.m and travel in our private bus to Pisqhakucho or km 82 (the starting point of the trek). Our journey from Cusco to Pisqhakucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, small towns, and the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo where we will meet our porters who will carry our belongings during the 26 mile-trek to Machu Picchu.

In Ollantaytambo, you can use the bathroom enjoy breakfast and purchase some items for the trek; then, we’ll continue one more hour by bus to Pisqhakucho. After we pass the control point, we’ll cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River and start the Inca Trail with a gentle climb for 5 minutes, then we’ll have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of snow Mountain of “La Veronica” (5,750 masl).

We’ll arrive to the Inca ruins of Llactapata (up town). Which consist in urban Inca built surrounded by many Inca terraces and Inca aqueducts used for irrigation system; from here, we’ll continue through Cusichaca Valley until the community of Wayllabamba (the valley of the pasture 3,000 masl) here our lunch will be served and after a deserved rest, we’ll continue the climb to Ayapata camp (3,300 masl).

Meals included: L – D.

Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.

Maximum Altitude: 3,300 masl.

Minimum Altitude: 2,750 masl.

Distance Travelled: 13 kilometers.

Approximate walking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Day 2
Ayapata – Dead Woman's Pass – Chakiccocha

After breakfast, we’ll depart from the camp of Ayapata at 07:00 a.m. This is our longest day, but one can be rewarded with spectacular views: down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. The path climbs for 1:30 hour to Llulluchapampa by a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like.

Along the way, you can see several species of birds. With luck we’ll see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead; two more hours trekking by many steps brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl), the first of two that we will cross today.

After we take a good rest, we’ll start steps down to the Paqhaymayo Valley here lunch will be served. In the afternoon we’ll continue to the second ascent toward the the Runcuracay Pass (4,000 masl). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. From here, most of the trail is downhill to Chakiccocha camp (3,600 masl). The trek will last for 8 hours approximately.

Meals included: B – L – D.

Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.

Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl.

Minimum Altitude: 3,300 masl.

Distance Travelled: 15 kilometers.

Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours

Day 3
Chakiccocha – Phuyupatamarka - Winaywayna

We’ll start the trek at 07:00 a.m; today the trek is short and wonderful. From Chakiccocha camp, the trek takes about 1 and 1/2 hour through an easy path to Phuyupatamarka (3,600 masl) the most impressive Inca ruins with stunning views; the name means town over the Clouds; This part of the Inca Trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries, from here, we’ll descend through the cloud forest with impressive views of the Urubamba river along which we will observe flowers and different varieties of orchids also great varieties of birds and hummingbirds.

The end of the day will be at Wiñayhuayna camp where we will explore exceptional Inca ruins which contains Inka houses, water baths, and terraces.

Meals included: B – L – D.

Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.

Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl.

Minimum Altitude: 2,600 masl.

Distance Travelled: 10 kilometers.

Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours.

Day 4
Wiñayhuayna – Machupicchu - "Aguas Calientes" - Cusco

We’ll get up at 04:00 a.m and start the trek at 05:00 a.m. We’ll trek 1 hour and 1/2 until Inti Punku or Sun Gate to overlook Machu Picchu for the sunrise; then half-hour down to Machu Picchu and we’ll take the pictures before we start with the guided tour for about two hours across this stunning and historical Inca monument.

We will visit the principal remains and monuments, such as the Main Square, Temple of Three Windows, Intiwatana , The Quarter of the Mortars, The Temple of the Condor, the cemeteries and enclosures, sacred sources, urban and agricultural sector and others. Then, we will have free time to continue admiring this Inca site. Among the activities suggested for this day you can conquer Wayna Picchu Mountain and enjoy the landscape. After you finish with Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus and head to the town of “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy the lunch. In the afternoon, we will take the train and return to Cusco.

Meals included: B

Maximum Altitude: 2,700 masl.

Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl.

Distance Travelled: 5 kilometers.

Approximate walking time: 2 hours.

The Trip Cost includes

  • All necessary things for this tour:
  • Transportation Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek. Bus down from Machu Picchu to the town of "Aguas Calientes" Tourist train expedition class from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo. Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fee: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners and delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people).
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Other Items: First-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

The price Not Includes

  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we'll stop at Ollantaytambo town on the way to the starting point of the trek where you can have breakfast and buy some items that you need for the trek.
  • Meals : Lunch in the town of "Aguas Calientes" on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in "Aguas Calientes" (optional) US$ 3.00
  • Extra Porter: To carry your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide US$ 50.00 for the entire trek.
  • Sleeping Bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Others: The optional night in the town of "Aguas Calientes", we will assist you on this but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
  • Tips for the staff.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD 680 USD $ 620/person
620
Total $ 620 USD

Trip Facts

  • Bus, Trekkig and Train
  • min: 2 - Max: 16
  • Max: 4,200masl
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Daily
  • 45 km
  • Cusco hotel
  • Moderate to challenge
  • Camping

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