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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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The 4 day Inca Trail journey to Machu Picchu, also known as the Classic Inca Trail, provides an authentic experience. You’ll be following along the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists.

National Geographic Travel magazine has named the twenty-six-mile Inca route walk to Machu Picchu one of the top twenty-five hikes in the world. Local officials have limited access to the route to 500 persons per day in order to maintain it. This includes porters, guides, and cooks, resulting in a maximum of 200 trekkers per day.

Inca trek permits are frequently sold out six months in advance. We strongly advise you to make a reservation as soon as possible.

Depending on your physical state, the Inca Trail may be difficult for you. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend spending 3-4 days in Cusco and acclimating before starting the hike.


Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco hotel transfer
  • Transport to the trail head
  • English / Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Inca Trail permit
  • All camping equipments
  • Cook
  • Porters
  • Tea/Coffee and snacks in the evening
  • All meals during the trail (Except 1st morning's breakfast and last lunch)
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket back to Cusco

Price Excludes

  • Hike to Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Meals except what is mentioned
  • Any Private Expenses

Day 1Cusco - KM.82 - Wayllabamba

We will take you up at 6:00 a.m. from your Cusco hotel. Then we’ll drive you to Ollantaytambo railway station in our private transportation via the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tourist train will take you to KM 82, the trailhead, from where you will board.

Our guide will assist you in clearing the security checkpoint once you get at the trailhead. The authorities will require you to provide your original passport as well as your Inca Trail permit. Then we’ll begin a gradual walk to Miskay. We’ll stop at various archaeological sites along the way.

We’ll take a break for lunch in Miskay. We’ll continue on the trail to our campsite after lunch. We will also go to the Llactapata archaeological complex.

Day 2Wayllabamba - Warmi Wanusca - Pacaymayo

We’ll start our full-day trip to Pacaymayo early in the morning, after enjoying a traditional breakfast. Warmi Wanusca, or the Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4200 meters, is the highest point on the Inca Trail (13780 feet).

We’ll continue trekking down to Pacaymayo for our second night’s camping after lunch.

Day 3Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Wiñay Wayna

We’ll start the trip after breakfast with a hike up to the trail’s second highest pass, at 3850 meters (12631 feet). We’ll be stopping at a number of ancient sites, including the ruins of Runcuracay.

After that, we’ll go to the Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarka complexes. We’ll hike to the Wiay Wayna ruins after lunch. It literally means “forever young” in Quechua. We’ll be camping in a location that’s closer to the facility.

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The Inca Trail’s most intriguing day. We’ll be leaving early in the morning from the campsite. We’ll hike to Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate. From here, you’ll receive your first glimpse of Machu Picchu citadel, the Incas’ lost metropolis.

This morning view is only available to Inca Trail hikers. Then we’ll descend the slope to the citadel. Our local expert will take you on a tour of the fortress here. You will have some free time following the tour.

Our guide will direct you to the entrance if you have reserved a climb on Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Hiking Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain requires advanced reservations. The temple of the moon is also found at Huayna Picchu.

We’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town after the full day adventure. It takes 30 minutes to complete.

You’ll board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo from here. Our agent will pick you up from the train station and drive you back to your Cusco hotel.

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The trek was expertly organized, allowing us ample time to marvel at the natural wonders and cultural heritage along the way. For those seeking an unforgettable and awe-inspiring journey to Machu Picchu, I highly recommend this remarkable tour.

January 15, 2023