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Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

4 Days - 3 Nights | Starting from $ 749 USD per person
Trip Length
Trip Length
4 Days - 3 Nights
Group Size
Group Size
Min 2 ppl
Physical Level
Physical Level
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Pick up hotel cusco
Hiking Distance
4200MASL/13779 FTS
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Overview: Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Embark on a condensed four-day journey to Machu Picchu along the iconic Inca Trail. This immersive trek offers unparalleled views, ancient ruins, and a profound connection with nature. Led by experienced guides and supported by porters, you’ll witness breathtaking landscapes and culminate your adventure with a mesmerizing sunrise over Machu Picchu. Book now for an unforgettable exploration of one of the world’s most renowned treks.

Trip Details: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

  • Location/Terrain: Inca sites, Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation: Beautiful campsites
  • Acclimatization: We recommend spending 2 days in Cusco before starting the trek due to the high altitude.
  • Adventure Rating: Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking, Camping
  • Altitude: 4200m/14,139ft
  • Departures: Available every day with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba

  • Departure from Cusco to the trailhead.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes to the first campsite.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

  • Ascend to the highest point of the trek.
  • Explore ancient Inca ruins and breathtaking vistas.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna

  • Descend into the jungle, passing through diverse ecosystems.
  • Enjoy optional activities like hot springs relaxation.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco

  • Continue trekking to Machu Picchu, arriving at the Sun Gate.
  • Explore the iconic citadel with a guided tour.
  • Witness the sunrise over Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco.


Highlights of the Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Ancient Ruins: Explore ancient Inca ruins along the trail, including the famed Sun Gate.
  2. Breathtaking Landscapes: Marvel at stunning vistas of mountains, forests, and rivers throughout the journey.
  3. Immersive Experience: Connect with nature and history on a profound level with expert guides leading the way.
  4. Machu Picchu Sunrise: Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise over Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
  5. Cultural Richness: Experience the richness of Inca culture and history as you trek through sacred valleys and archaeological sites.
  6. Expert Support: Benefit from the support of experienced porters and guides, ensuring a safe and memorable adventure.


Day 1: Inca Trail Tour Beginnings

  • Departure Preparation: Ensure timely arrival and departure to facilitate seamless travel logistics. Your journey kicks off with a prompt hotel pick-up at 5:00 a.m.
  • Transfer to Kilometer 82: Embark on a scenic drive to “Kilometer 82,” the starting point of our Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-day trek. Revel in the picturesque vistas along the route.
  • Trail Initiation: Commence your trekking odyssey upon passing the control checkpoint. Embark on a thrilling 3-hour hike to reach the remarkable “Llaqtapata” archaeological complex, encountering the raw beauty of nature along the rugged mountain paths.
  • Midday Break: Take a well-deserved break for lunch amid the enchanting surroundings, refueling your energy for the journey ahead.
  • Afternoon Ascent: Resume your trek towards the elevated Andean community of “Huayllabamba,” traversing diverse terrain and soaking in panoramic vistas of valleys and peaks.
  • Campsite Setup: Arrive at the designated campsite and set up tents for a cozy night’s stay under the starry sky. Relish in delectable meals provided by our guides, tantalizing your taste buds with authentic flavors amidst breathtaking mountain scenery.


  • Hiking Distance:          10 km/6.2 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:    6 hour
  • Cusco’s Altitude:        3, 350 m/11,988 ft above sea level
  • Huayllabamba Altitude:     3,000 m/9.840 ft

Day 2: Ascend to WARMIWAÑUSCA and Pacaymayo Valley Exploration

  • Morning Fuel: Start your day with a hearty breakfast meticulously prepared by our expert chef, ensuring you’re energized for the day ahead.
  • Trail Challenge: Embark on the second leg of the Inca Trail trek, brimming with excitement and adventure. Be prepared for a substantial walking distance as you delve deeper into the heart of the Andean wilderness.
  • Ascend to WARMIWAÑUSCA: Ascend for approximately 4 hours to reach the pinnacle of our journey, the majestic “WARMIWAÑUSCA” (Dead Woman’s Pass). Marvel at the awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the sprawling valleys below, a testament to your determination and resilience.
  • Scenic Break: Take a well-deserved break to soak in the breathtaking scenery before beginning the descent. Cherish the sense of accomplishment as you conquer the mountain peaks adorned with natural splendor.
  • Lunch Amidst Nature: Enjoy a delightful lunch amidst the lush greenery of the high forest around 2:00 p.m. Relish in the diverse flora and fauna surrounding you, enriching your trekking experience with fascinating encounters.
  • Downhill Descent: Continue your trek with a scenic downhill hike towards the enchanting Pacaymayo Valley, a journey spanning approximately 3 hours. Traverse small streams, creeks, and stone tunnels adorned with ancient steps, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of the Andean landscape.
  • Campsite Arrival: Arrive at our campsite nestled near the tranquil river, where you’ll spend the night under the captivating canopy of stars. Embrace the serene ambiance and optimize your sleeping schedule to ensure you’re well-rested for the adventures that lie ahead. Your physical and mental resilience will be your greatest assets, empowering you to savor every moment of this extraordinary journey.


  • Hiking Distance:        7 kms/4  miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:    6  hours
  • Highest Altitude:        4, 200 m/ 1,776 ft. above sea level
  • Lowest altitude:          3,600 m/ 11,808 ft.

Day 3: Exploration of Archaeological Marvels

  • Morning Nourishment: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, replenishing your energy levels for the day ahead.
  • Archaeological Discoveries: Embark on a 45-minute hike to reach the intriguing archaeological complexes of “Runkurakay” and “Sayacmarka”. Immerse yourself in exploration and capture memorable photographs amidst these ancient ruins. Our bilingual and knowledgeable guides will accompany you, ensuring an enriching experience.
  • Cultural Encounters: Delve into the historical significance of the ruins, marveling at the architectural marvels that stand as testaments to a bygone era. Navigate through the crowds of fellow adventurers, guided by our experienced team to uncover hidden gems along the way.
  • Scenic Lunch Spot: Journey onwards to “Pjuyupatamarca”, a quaint Inca village, where a delectable lunch awaits. Take a moment to relish the flavors amidst the breathtaking natural surroundings.
  • Trail to Wiñaywayna: Resume your trek with a 2-hour hike towards the majestic archaeological complex of “Wiñaywayna”, situated atop steep mountain slopes overlooking the Umbala River. Witness the remnants of ancient civilization, including the intricate infrastructure, worship sites, and agricultural terraces, which offer profound insights into the Inca heritage.
  • Campsite Preparation: Arrive at our campsite near Wiñaywayna, where comfort and relaxation await. Indulge in a refreshing tea and perhaps enjoy the optional sauna facilities available at select campsites. Take a well-deserved shower to rejuvenate before indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our expert chefs. As the day draws to a close, bask in the tranquility of the Andean landscape, reflecting on the day’s adventures amidst the company of fellow trekkers.


  • Hiking Distance:          11kms/7.8 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:    8 hours
  • Highest Altitude:        3,800 m/12,460 ft. (Runkuracay) above sea level
  • Lowest Altitude:         2,700 m/8,856 ft. (Wiñaywayna)

Day 4: Unveiling the Wonders of Machu Picchu

  • Early Morning Preparation: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at 5:00 a.m., fueling up for the exhilarating adventure that lies ahead.
  • Journey to Inti Punku: Embark on a scenic hike through the high forest, lasting approximately one hour, to reach the “Inti Punku” (Sun Gate). Here, you’ll be greeted by a panoramic and awe-inspiring view of the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, bathed in the morning light. It’s a moment of pure magic and anticipation as you catch your first glimpse of this ancient marvel.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Descend from Inti Punku to Machu Picchu, where a comprehensive two-hour guided tour awaits. Explore the fascinating architectural wonders and historical landmarks of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, guided by our knowledgeable experts. From the intricately crafted stone structures to the mystical allure of the Temple of the Sun, every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered.
  • Personal Exploration: After the guided tour, you’ll have the freedom to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace. Wander through the labyrinthine pathways, soak in the serene ambiance, and engage with the local inhabitants to gain deeper insights into their rich heritage and culture. Don’t miss the opportunity to ascend to the Sun Gate, offering unparalleled vistas of the surrounding landscape and the majestic ruins below.
  • Optional Hike to Huaynapicchu: For those who have reserved tickets for Huaynapicchu, embark on a thrilling hike between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (additional fee applies). Coordinate with our Trek Leader for the designated time slot and enjoy panoramic views from this iconic peak.
  • Return Journey to Cusco: In the afternoon, board the train from Machu Picchu to the enchanting city of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, transportation will be waiting to escort you back to your hotel in Cusco, offering ample opportunities to savor the scenic beauty of the Sacred Valley along the way. Reflect on the memories created and the wonders explored throughout this remarkable journey.
  • Additional Options: Extend your adventure with an extra night in Aguas Calientes, where you can explore the vibrant local culture and unwind amidst the natural splendor. Our team can assist in arranging accommodations, train tickets, and other logistical details for your extended stay. Additionally, consider exploring other tours such as the Sacred Valley, Huchuy Qosqo Trek, or Ausangate Full-Day Trip to further enrich your Peruvian experience.
  • Important Reminders: Rangers enforce strict regulations within Machu Picchu, limiting bag sizes to 25 liters and prohibiting trekking poles within the citadel. Our guides will provide comprehensive guidance on essential items and transportation logistics throughout your journey, ensuring a seamless and memorable experience. As you savor the final moments of your Machu Picchu adventure, remember to pack snacks and water to keep you energized and hydrated throughout the day.


  • Meals:                              Breakfast
  • Hiking Distance:            6 Km / 6.9 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      2 hrs.
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,040 m / 6.691 ft.
  • Highest Altitude:          2,440 m / 8,052 ft. above sea level

Inclusions Tour

What’s Included in the Inca Trail Trips:

  • Airport Transfers: Hassle-free transfer from the airport to your hotel ensures a smooth start to your journey.
  • Well-Organized Trips: Our trips are meticulously planned and guaranteed to be punctual and well-organized.
  • Bus Tickets: Seamless transition from the train to the bus station with pre-arranged tickets.
  • Accommodation Gear:
    • Sleeping Bag: Your own sleeping bag and blanket are provided for added comfort during the trip.
    • Blanket: Additional blankets are available for your personal use.
  • Transportation Services:
    • Hotel Transfers: Convenient transfer from your hotel back to the airport at the end of your trip.
    • Porter Services: Wranglers and horses assist in transporting equipment, ensuring a hassle-free trekking experience.
    • Duffle Bag: A durable duffle bag is provided, and porters will assist in carrying it throughout the journey.
  • Catering Services:
    • Chef: Enjoy delicious meals prepared by our skilled chef, with a variety of options including vegetarian, vegan, or special dietary meals upon request.
    • Excellent Meals: Indulge in a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes, including pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruits, and more.
    • Tea Time: Before dinner, relax with tea, coffee, cocoa, biscuits, and popcorn.
    • Hydration: Stay hydrated with boiled water provided from the second day onward, along with coca tea available each morning.
  • Safety and Health:
    • Emergency Supplies: Oxygen tank, first aid kit, and emergency oxygen bottle ensure your safety throughout the journey.
    • Hygiene Facilities: Enjoy the convenience of buckets of hot water for washing in your tent, along with biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Guidance and Support:
    • Experienced Staff: Knowledgeable guides and porters are available to assist you and provide guidance throughout the trip.
    • Child Advisory: Adults are advised to consider the suitability of the trip for children before making arrangements.

What’s Not Included:

  • Tips: Gratuity for guides, cooks, and porters is not included in the tour price.
  • Day 1 Water: Water on the first day of the trek is not provided; guests are advised to bring their own water or purchase it separately.
  • First Breakfast to Last Lunch: Meals from the first breakfast to the last lunch are not included in the tour package.
  • Transport of Personal Luggage: While porters may use horses or donkeys to transport luggage, the cost of this service is not covered in the tour price.
  • Guidance and Support: Assistance from helpers or porters for any issues or problems is not included beyond the standard services provided during the trek.


Recommendations for hiking the Inca Trail:

  1. Acclimatization:
    • Spend at least two days in Cusco before starting the trek to acclimatize to the altitude. This will help prevent altitude sickness and allow you to enjoy the experience more.
  2. Physical Conditions:
    • Ensure you are in good physical condition before embarking on the Inca Trail. The trek involves long walks, uneven terrain, and high altitudes, so it’s important to be physically prepared.
  3. Advance Reservations:
    • Make your reservations in advance, especially during the high season. Permits for the Inca Trail are limited and sell out quickly, so book at least six months in advance to secure your spot.
  4. Best Time:
    • The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During these months, there are fewer rains and clear skies, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.
  5. Light Packing:
    • Bring only the essentials in your backpack. Opt for lightweight, quick-drying clothing, layers for temperature variations, a raincoat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle.
  6. Personal Safety:
    • Always carry your passport, cash, and important documents in a waterproof bag. Also, bring a basic first aid kit with altitude sickness medication, bandages, and pain relievers.
  7. Respect for the Environment:
    • Respect nature and cultural heritage throughout the journey. Leave no trash, do not damage archaeological structures, and follow your guide’s instructions at all times.
  8. Hydration and Nutrition:
    • Stay hydrated during the trek by drinking enough water and consuming energizing, nutritious foods. Follow your guide’s instructions on scheduled meals and breaks.
  9. Safety on the Trail:
    • Follow your guide’s instructions at all times and stay on the designated trail. Do not wander off alone and maintain a walking pace that allows you to enjoy the scenery without overexerting yourself.
  10. Enjoy the Moment:
    • Make the most of every moment of the trek and enjoy the landscapes, culture, and history you encounter along the way. Maintain a positive attitude and be open to new experiences.

Price Notes

Prices for Inca Trail Trek 4 Days – Season 2024:

  • Trail Service: $650 USD per person
  • Student Discount: $20 USD off
    • Under 15 years old: $20 USD
    • Under 7 years old: $35 USD

Important Notes:

  • Price includes up to 7 kilos of personal belongings carried by mules, eliminating the need for extra Porter hire.
  • Adults should consider children when calculating costs.

How to Apply for the Student Price:

  • The student price applies to all students worldwide, meeting Peruvian government requirements for Machu Picchu tickets.

Optional Extras (Advance Booking Required):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain Climbing: $75.00 USD
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Climbing: $75.00 USD

Packing List

Packing List for Inca Trail 4 Days:

  1. Clothing:
    • Moisture-wicking T-shirts (2-3)
    • Long-sleeve shirts (2)
    • Fleece or down jacket
    • Waterproof jacket or poncho
    • Hiking pants (2)
    • Shorts
    • Thermal underwear
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves
    • Hiking socks (4-5 pairs)
    • Comfortable hiking boots
    • Sandals or flip-flops (for camp)
  2. Gear:
    • Backpack (30-40 liters)
    • Daypack
    • Sleeping bag (3-season)
    • Sleeping pad or mat
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Trekking poles
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Waterproof cover for backpack
  3. Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
    • Lip balm with SPF
    • Personal hygiene items
  4. Miscellaneous:
    • Water bottles or hydration system (2-3 liters capacity)
    • Snacks (trail mix, energy bars, dried fruit)
    • Personal first aid kit
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera or smartphone with waterproof cover
    • Power bank for charging devices
    • Lightweight binoculars
    • Lightweight daypack for exploring Machu Picchu

What to Bring

What to Bring for Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days:

  1. Essentials:
    • Original passport for adults (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
    • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required) for adults
  2. Medical Supplies:
    • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness
    • Bandages or moleskin
    • Medication for upset stomach and aches/pains
    • Re-usable plastic or metal water container
  3. Optional:
    • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes
    • Sleeping bag (Rab down recommended)
    • Hydration pack or water bottle (only needed for the first day)
    • Extra money for drinks

Frequently Asked Questions Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Inca Trail 4 Days

1. How difficult is the Inca Trail 4-Day Trek?

The Inca Trail 4-Day Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and long hiking days. Proper physical fitness and acclimatization are essential.

2. What is the best time of year to do the Inca Trail?

The best time to do the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, you’ll encounter fewer rain showers and clearer skies, making for a more enjoyable trekking experience.

3. Do I need to book the Inca Trail in advance?

Yes, you need to book the Inca Trail well in advance, as permits are limited and sell out quickly, especially during the peak season. It’s recommended to book your trek at least six months in advance to secure your spot.

4. What is the altitude of the Inca Trail?

The highest point of the Inca Trail is Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass, which sits at approximately 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level. Proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness.

5. Are there age restrictions for the Inca Trail?

While there are no strict age restrictions for the Inca Trail, it is recommended for individuals in good physical condition. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the trek due to the challenging terrain and altitude.

6. What should I pack for the Inca Trail?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, layers for variable temperatures, a rain jacket, a day pack, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle. A detailed packing list will be provided by your tour operator.

7. Is altitude sickness common on the Inca Trail?

Altitude sickness can affect trekkers on the Inca Trail, especially as you ascend to higher elevations. It’s essential to acclimatize properly in Cusco before starting the trek and stay hydrated throughout the journey. Your guide will provide guidance on managing altitude sickness symptoms.

8. Are permits included in the tour price?

Yes, permits for the Inca Trail are included in the tour price. However, it’s essential to book with a reputable tour operator who will secure the permits on your behalf.

9. Can I climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain during the trek?

Climbing permits for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are not included in the standard Inca Trail tour. If you wish to climb either peak, you must book permits in advance and coordinate with your tour operator.

10. What happens in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances?

In case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, your tour operator will provide guidance and make necessary arrangements to ensure your safety and comfort. This may include itinerary adjustments or alternative routes. It’s essential to follow your guide’s instructions at all times.


Travel Guide

Inca Trail 4-Day Travel Guide

Overview: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most iconic treks, offering adventurers a chance to experience breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and diverse ecosystems. This 4-day trek takes you through stunning Andean scenery, past Inca ruins, and finally to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco to Huayllabamba

  • Start your journey with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Drive to Kilometer 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail.
  • Begin your trek with a 3-hour hike to the Llaqtapata archaeological complex.
  • Enjoy lunch along the trail before continuing to Huayllabamba.
  • Set up camp and spend the night surrounded by the beauty of the Andes.

Day 2: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

  • After breakfast, embark on a challenging ascent to Warmiwañusca, the highest point of the trek.
  • Take in panoramic views of the Andean valleys before descending to Pacaymayo.
  • Along the way, pass through diverse ecosystems and encounter fascinating flora and fauna.
  • Settle into your campsite in Pacaymayo and rest up for the next day’s adventure.

Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna

  • Start the day with a hearty breakfast before hiking to the archaeological sites of Runkurakay and Sayacmarka.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch en route to Pjuyupatamarca, another Inca village.
  • Continue hiking to Wiñay Wayna, passing through stunning mountain scenery.
  • Arrive at Wiñay Wayna in the afternoon and set up camp for the night.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu

  • Rise early for breakfast before embarking on the final leg of the trek.
  • Hike to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, and enjoy panoramic views of Machu Picchu.
  • Descend into Machu Picchu and begin a guided tour of the ancient citadel.
  • After the tour, explore Machu Picchu at your own pace or climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (optional, with advance booking).
  • In the afternoon, take the bus to Aguas Calientes and board the train back to Ollantaytambo.
  • From Ollantaytambo, transfer back to Cusco and conclude your unforgettable journey.

Tips for the Trek:

  1. Ensure you are well acclimatized to the altitude before starting the trek.
  2. Pack light but adequately, including essential items like sturdy hiking boots, layers for variable temperatures, and a rain jacket.
  3. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the trek.
  4. Take breaks as needed and listen to your body’s signals.
  5. Respect the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles.
  6. Engage with your guide and fellow trekkers to enhance your experience.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Inca Trail 4-Day Trek, immersing yourself in the beauty and history of Peru’s Andean landscape.

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