Classic Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights
Visitors from all over the world come to Peru to take part in the great adventure of the Inca Trail. The beauty of the our land and the ruins that surround the trail to the uniqueness of the trail. Check the availability and book your space to attend the Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N for 2017 now. Contact our travel experts!
For those who are traveling on ”time and budget” and still looking to attend the Inca Trail, we have a great Short Inca Trail which takes 2 days and 1 night. You will still explore the ancient Inca road and get to Machu Picchu! Check availability for the Short Inca Trail, and contact us if you have any further questions.
Classic Inca Trail Tour in 4 days and 3 Nights
- 6:00-8:00 a.m. Pick up from your hotel and bus trip to the start of the trail, 82 km. outside of Cusco (Patallacta, Wayllabamba)
- We will camp here tonight.
- Wayllabamba, Warmi Huañusca (4215m), Pacaymayu, Runkuraccay.
- We will camp out at night.
- Runkuruccay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna.
- We will camp out overnight.
- Wiñaywayna to Inti Punku.
- We will have a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
- 6:30-8:20 We will go from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo by train.
- 8:30-10:30 We will go from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus.
- See more Inca Trail Tours or full travel packages with MachuPicchu.
If you have questions about the Inca Trail, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Book the short Inca Trail if places for the Classic Trail in 2017 have sold out.
First day, very early in the morning, we will begin hiking the Inca Trail. Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the starting point of the trail. Here you will register and meet your chef and porters who will accompany you on the trek.
Note: make sure you have your passport with you, and students valid ISIC card all these documents are necessary for the registration.
From Km. 82 (2700m, 8850ft) you will make your way to the Wayllabamba Campsite. The first two hours of the trek are lightly paced until you reach Miskay, a picnic area where your chef and porters will have lunch ready for the day. After lunch, you will have 3-4 hours (depending on pace) of steady uphill climbing.
Along the way you will pass the first Incan ruins of the trail, Patallacta, where you will have a good opportunity to stop and take some photos. Finally, when you arrive at Wayllabamba, because the porters use a different route and will always be 1 hour ahead of you they the chefs and porters will have the tents set up and even dinner waiting for you. You will have the rest of the night to relax.
Total walking time 4:30 / 5:00 hours (12 km.) – Initial altitude 2750 m. Final 3,000 m.
Overnight at Wayllabamba Campsite (Altitude: 3000m, 9850ft)
Day 2 Inca Trail – Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo (Meals:B,L,D)
Early in the morning you will be woken up with a hot coca tea. Then you will have breakfast and continue you hike.
Not to forget to mention, be ready to face different temperatures during the days and nights. Have a better look and know more how to prepare for the Classic Inca Trail!
Today you will start from an altitude of 3000m/9850ft and climb for five hours to reach an altitude of 4200m/13800ft at Warmihuañusca, Dead Woman’s Pass, where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the Andean mountains and their surroundings. Dead Woman’s Pass is the highest point of the Classic Inca Trail. After the toughest part of the Inca Trail you have a one hour descent before reaching the picnic area where your chef and porters will have prepared lunch. After lunch you have another hour of hiking before reaching the Pacaymayo Campsite, where you have the rest of the day to relax. During the evening, you will enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by the chef.
Total walking hours 7:30 / 8:00 hrs (13 km.) – Initial altitude 3,000 m. – Final 3,800 m.
Overnight at Pacaymayo Campsite (Altitude: 3600m, 11800ft)
Day 3 Inca Trail – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna (Meals:B,L,D)
After an early breakfast you will continue trekking the Inca Trail passing by many archeological sites. The first part of today’s trek will take you from Pacaymayo (3600m/11800ft) to the second pass, Runkuracay (3900m/12800ft). After reaching this pass, the rest of the day’s trekking is mostly downhill, passing by Saqaymarca, an inaccessible old Incan town before reaching a nice area for lunch.
After lunch we will continue the trek until we reach the Wiñay Wayna Campsite, where you will have the rest of the day to relax. During the evening the chef will prepare dinner.
Total walking hours 10:00 hrs (15 km.) – Initial altitude 3800 m. – Final 2,650 m.
Overnight at Wiñay Wayna Campsite (Altitude: 3700m/12150ft)
Day 4 Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu (B)
After an early breakfast prepare yourself for the rest of the Inca Trail, we will go from Wiñay Wayna (Quechua for ”young for ever”). After walking for about two hours we will reach the Sun Gate, ‘Inti Punku.’ Once you reach this point, will have officially completed the Classic Inca Trail Adventure and finally will have arrived at Machu Picchu. Here you will be rewarded with a panoramic and breathtaking view of the ‘Lost City of the Incas.’
You will then have a short walk to get to Machu Picchu before enjoying a guided tour of Machu Picchu to learn about the history of this truly fascinating and sacred Inca site. After the guided tour you will have free time to spend it as you like. Keep exploring the ruins, enjoy tranquility of Machu Picchu, or go down back to Aguas Calientes town.
You will have the afternoon free for you to have lunch, visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes or visit the small markets or museum. Finally, you will travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 18.45. After an hour and a half train ride, our staff will pick you up from the station and lead you to our private bus. You will be transferred to Cusco to your hotel at around 22.30.
Total walking hours 2:15hrs (6 km) – Initial altitude 2650 m. Final 2,400 m.
Train back to Ollantaytambo, bus back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.
TIPS AND RECOMENDATIONS
The Inca Trail Package Includes:
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide. Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more)
- All transfers from and to your hotel
- Train from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Bus from Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Entrance tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Lunch on day 4 is not included
- Camping and cooking gear carried by porters
- Oxygen bottle, First Aid kit
- Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost!
The Inca Trail Package Does Not Include:
- International or domestic flights
- Sleeping bags
- Tips or extra expenses
What you need to take for this tour:
- Original Passport, International Student Card (ISIC card) if applicable
- Sleeping bags
- Walking boots, Waterproof jacket, Rain poncho, T-shirts, trousers
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Shorts, Plasters, bandages, Extra money, Bathing suit
- Cameras and headlamps
- Travel Insurance is recommended