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  • Large Group Service(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)Start Time: 04:30
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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Mar - Dic
  • Tour type: Adventure

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days - Classic Inca Trail

The classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks in the world due to its exquisite beauty and natural environment. This includes different ecological areas, from high Andean hills to rainforests. Following this ancient Inca Trail Hike, we pass through mysterious archaeological Inca trail houses, Inca trail temples, and royal Inca trail residences covered by vegetation environments, creating the impression of being discovered for the first time to finally reach the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Our adventure is led by expert Inca trail tour guides to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. We work only in small groups, and with the best Inca trail camping equipment, our Inca trail cooks are the best with a great experience preparing the best food for your enjoyment.

The eastern part of the tropical Andes of Peru, where Machu Picchu is located, is considered a privileged place because it houses a high number of endemic species of birds (we understand by endemic; which cannot be found anywhere), Around 400 species of birds in the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, of which 50% can be seen while on the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu, 700 species of butterflies have also been recorded.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (4:30am – 5:00am).

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we go in private transportation that will take us to Km 82, Piscacucho, the start of the Classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu; vía Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, at the checkpoint we will meet our porters, and we will weigh the equipment and control the passports and their tickets, for the classic Inca Trail hike.

We will start our trek at 9:00 am along the Urubamba River until we reach Llactapata, an important archaeological site, at noon, where we will learn a bit about the history and culture of the Incas. At 1:00 pm we will have lunch at the site of Tarayoc, then we continue 2 hours of walking to our first camp of Huayllabamba; this site is the last town that we will see on the route, it is inhabited by farmers who still plant their plots of corn and potatoes. This day you can take advantage to charge your devices with electricity. Our presentation will be with our porters and very nutritious dinner to rest in the afternoon.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

Your porters will wake you up at 5:00 am with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day, and we will start at 6:30 am. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the classic Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). For the first 2 hours, you will walk into the highland forest; the way is steps and uphill.

Then you will get to the place of Llulluchapampa, where we will stop a long time, from this point until the dead woman pass is one hour and a half, the landscape going to change, is a new microclimate, because the altitude is going to be very hard, but not impossible to reach the pass at 12:00 pm, we’ll stop a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayo Valley ). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot; we will end the hike at 2:00 pm. In the afternoon is a free time, to relax, in case you like a cold shower, there is, if not just enjoy the beauty of the landscape, this day we also have tea time and dinner.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna

We begin early again and wake up at 5:30 am to start what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the Classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. We begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass, and along the way, we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).

We’ll stop here for a rest, have a quick tour of the site, and then watch the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s just another 20 minutes until we stop for the lunch place in Chaquicocha at 11:00 am (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After lunch, we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk, we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in Cusco. Towards the end of the Inca flats, we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters), from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River.

We get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain down the valley, but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarca it’s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps, to our last campsite, arrival time is at 4:00 pm. Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Wake-up time is at 4:00 am. Then we will do a line to wait at the checkpoint to be opened. At 5:30 am, once the park rangers do the last checking, we start the walk to the Sun Gate; along the way, we have spectacular views of the mountains and Urubamba river. We will reach the Sun Gate at 6:30 am; over there, you can take the first picture of Machu Picchu with amazing views; after enjoying the sunrise, we will go down to the sacred citadel.

At 8:00 am we will arrive at the gate of Machu Picchu, over there we have to leave all our backpacks, because into the archeological site is not possible to do with rucksacks. As well you can use the toilets and buy some coffee or sodas. At 9:00 am, we start the tour guiding into the complex with your tour guide for 2 hours, then you can explore a little bit more by yourself. You have to go down to Aguas Calientes town and look for a restaurant for your lunch at midday. So the return to Ollantaytambo by train is at 2:55 pm. After 1h 45m, the train arrives at Ollantaytambo train station where we’re going to pick up you our staff, after to have amazing days, you will arrive at your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 pm.

Inclusions

Price Includes for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Pre trek briefing (briefing at the hotel).
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of departure.
  • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the hike by private car.
  • Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo and then KM 82 (The Trailhead).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 80 extra).
  • English / Quechua / Spanish professional guide speak.
  • Second Tour Guide over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Master Chef.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables.
  • Local food service in the campsites (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 snacks).
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Daily tea service (weak up Coca tea and afternoon tea time or happy hour with full of popcorn, chocolate, coffee, and special snacks made by our cooks).
  • Water for Drinking: we will supply filtered and boiled water, and your bottles will be filled at each mealtime. Please bring enough water for the first day only.
  • Single tents upon request with no extra cost.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Porter Service: As detailed in the table authorized by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food)
  • INCA TRAIL PERMITS AND ADMISSION TICKETS: Inca Trail and Machupicchu Permits & entrance fees, as well as all the porters and cooks valid for 4 days as well as an insurance policy of life for all our staff.
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adequate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pants, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment, and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only).
  • Visit Machupicchu on the last day (2 hours guided tour to explore the whole incan sites).
  • Tourist Expeditions Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Price Excludes for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – Day 1.
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 4.
  • Not detailed meals.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Huayna Picchu entrance US$ 80 extra.
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 30 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 20 for the entire trip).
  • Porter to carry your personal stuff
  • Extra Porter (Full Porter 12kg) US$150 – Extra Porter(Half Porter 6kg) US$75 – Extra Porter(To carry Sleeping bag and pad 4kg) US$50
  • Travel and health insurance: (bring copies with you)
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town(US$5)
  • Tips (optional).

Items to bring for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Student Card (if you book as a student) Note: ( you have to bring your student card to Machu Picchu because you are going to be required to show up at the Machupicchu control point
  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanie.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • We recommend bringing water purification tablets in case you pick up water from streams.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you think swimming in the hot springs)
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days private service, includes additional items such as:

  • Extra Porter (to carry your personal stuff 7kg/person)
  • North Face 4 season tents.
  • Entrance to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Bus Ticket ( Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes).
  • Lunch in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • 02 Waking Poles per Person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, self-inflating pad as well as your clothes.
  • Vistadome Train (First Class train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • Tour Guide to explore Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu all day. and of course, we pay a little bit more to our Staff and Guide.

Prices

We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.

We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.

We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.

LARGE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)

USD
720
Per Person

SMALL GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)

USD
760
Per Person

PRIVATE GROUP SERVICE

(Group Size: Upon Request)

USD
1020
Per Person

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FAQs

Can I be picked up from Urubamba (Sacred Valley)?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick-up time.

Why Huaynas Expeditions?
  • High quality services
  • Best price guarantee!
  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Cusco).
  • We Never Pass you onto another operator.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
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