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4-Day Classic Inca Trail Adventure

Embark on the time-honored Inca Trail, walking in the footsteps of royalty to arrive at Machu Picchu.


Cusco, Peru


4 Days




March – January

Tour type



4-Day Classic Inca Trail Adventure Overview

Journey into a world where history and nature intertwine seamlessly, as you embark on our 4-Day Classic Inca Trail Adventure. This iconic trek, traversed by Incan royalty centuries ago, invites you to experience the untouched beauty of the Andes, uncovering archaeological wonders and witnessing breathtaking landscapes.

Every step on this trail is a step back in time, revealing tales of an ancient civilization and their harmonious relationship with nature. As you ascend the heights of the Dead Woman’s Pass and meander beside the tranquil Urubamba River, the anticipation builds. And then, amidst the morning mists, the majestic Machu Picchu unveils itself, a testament to human ingenuity and a tribute to the spirits of the mountains. Join us, and let the magic of this adventure etch memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Llactapata archaeological site, Wayllabamba, Llulluchapampa, Dead Woman’s Pass, Runcu Raccay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna terraced ruins, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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4-Day Classic Inca Trail Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: From Cusco’s Heart to the Depths of Wayllabamba

The journey of a lifetime begins in the heart of Cusco. Our team will greet you at your hotel lobby at the break of dawn, 5:00 am. As you settle into our private transportation, watch the landscape shift from the enchanting streets of Cusco to the breathtaking terrains of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo, leading you to Km 82, Piscacucho.

By 9:00 am, with the sun casting its golden hue on the Urubamba River, you’ll set foot on the legendary Inca Trail. Midday brings an insightful halt at Llactapata, a treasure trove of Inca history waiting to be unraveled. Post a rejuvenating lunch at the scenic Tarayoc spot, the trail leads you to the Huayllabamba campsite by evening. Here, at the last inhabited frontier of the trail, interact with local farmers, witness traditional farming methods, and as nightfall approaches, join our dedicated porters for an interactive session followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 11 km

As dawn paints the sky in hues of oranges and blues, our diligent porters will serve you a revitalizing cup of coca tea at 5:00 am. Today promises both challenges and unparalleled views. Starting at 6:30 am, the trail beckons you towards the highest pass – the Dead Woman’s Pass, elevated at 4215 meters. The initial segment, enveloped by a highland forest, is a steady uphill, culminating at Llulluchapampa. A brief respite here prepares you for the next ascent, an hour and a half of winding paths leading to the pass’s pinnacle by noon.

The descent from here is equally thrilling, as the trail snakes down to the verdant Pacaymayo Valley. By 2:00 pm, as you settle at our campsite, the afternoon sprawls ahead, offering you leisure time. Whether you wish to rejuvenate with a cold shower, or simply lose yourself in the valley’s beauty, the choice is yours. Evening tea sessions and a delectable dinner await as stars twinkle above.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8 hours, 12 km

Daybreak at 5:30 am marks the onset of what many deem the most enchanting segment of the Inca Trail. As the morning progresses, you’ll traverse the second pass of the trek, with occasional stops at Inca relics like Runcu Raccay. Witness nature’s grandeur as waterfalls cascade and the Vilcabamba mountain range stands tall. The trail then leads to the secluded Inca village of Sayacmarca, offering both history and panoramic vistas.

Post a hearty lunch at Chaquicocha, the “Inca flat” paths beckon, introducing you to the cloud forest’s mystique. The day’s trek is a tapestry of varying terrains, from the peaks of Phuyupatamarca to the lushness of Wiñay Wayna, your campsite for the night. As you settle in by 4:00 pm, realize that this site, a stone’s throw away from Machu Picchu, is a precursor to the grand finale.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 10 hours, 15 km

The final day begins even before the sun graces the horizon. At 4:00 am, with a mix of excitement and anticipation, you’ll line up at the checkpoint. The walk to the Sun Gate commences at 5:30 am, and as you tread the path, the Urubamba river gleams below, and the mountains stand as silent spectators. By 6:30 am, the Sun Gate reveals the first glimpses of Machu Picchu, bathed in the soft morning light.

At 8:00 am, the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu stands before you. Post a brief pause at the entrance, our guides will take you on a two-hour exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Post the guided tour, wander through the ruins at your pace, absorbing its magic. As midday approaches, you’ll have free time to explore Aguas Calientes or relax before your journey back. The return commences with a 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. As the landscapes whizz by, reminisce about the journey, and by 6:30 pm, find yourself back in the comforts of your Cusco hotel, memories richer.

Accommodation: Not Included (Returning to Cusco hotel)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 4 hours, 5 km

Tour Highlights

4-Day Classic Inca Trail Adventure Highlights

  • Historic Beginnings: Start at the famous Km 82, Piscacucho, and experience the energy of the trail’s entrance.
  • Serene Urubamba River: Trek alongside this iconic river, which carries tales from the time of the Incas.
  • Llactapata Archaeological Site: Discover the significance of this ancient Incan treasure, beautifully preserved through time.
  • The Challenge of Dead Woman’s Pass: Conquer the highest pass of the trail, standing proudly at 4215 meters.
  • Mystical Cloud Forest: Wander through the enchanting cloud forest, where the air carries whispers of ancient legends.
  • Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca: Dive deep into history as you explore these isolated Incan villages, untouched by time.
  • Wiñay Wayna Campsite: Experience the thrill of camping just a stone’s throw away from the legendary Machu Picchu.
  • Sunrise at Sun Gate: Witness the magical moment when the first rays of the sun unveil the majesty of Machu Picchu.
  • Exploration of Machu Picchu: Delve into the mysteries of this UNESCO World Heritage site, guided by our expert team.
  • Scenic Train Ride Back: As you journey back to Cusco, relive the adventure through the panoramic vistas from your train window.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation: Cusco to trailhead and return (private car).
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Filtered and boiled drinking water (from the second day).
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Porter services for carrying camping equipment and food.
  • Meals during the trek: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 tea times, and 3 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Required permits and entrance fees for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Camping equipment for porters, including sleeping gear and clothing.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition-class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent; carried by trekkers unless opting for porter service).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 4 lunch and dinner.
  • Personal Porter Service: Additional charges based on requirements: Full Porter for personal gear (12kg): US$150, Half Porter for personal gear (6kg): US$75, Extra Porter for sleeping gear (4kg): US$50.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Porter for Personal Belongings: An additional porter dedicated to carrying your personal belongings (up to 7kg per person)
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Layering: Ensure you have clothing that can be layered effortlessly to adjust to the changing weather conditions on the trail.
  • Space: Maximize backpack space with packing cubes or zip-lock bags; they help in organization and easy item retrieval.
  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to minimize discomfort and blisters.
  • Dry Gear: Use dry bags or garbage bags as an added protection layer, even if your daypack is water-resistant.
  • Essentials: Keep vital items like passport, cash, and personal medication secure and easily accessible.
  • Sleeping Bag: If you opted out of the porter service, you’ll need to carry your own sleeping bag.
  • Lightweight: Aim to pack light, especially if no porter service is chosen. Consider the trek’s demands and your stamina.
  • Deluxe Package Reminder: For Deluxe Package opt-ins, ensure personal items adhere to the porter service’s weight limits.

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