Day 1: CUSCO – HUAYLLABAMBA
Highlight of the day: VERONICA PEAK - LLAQTAPATA INCA SITE .
classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, Our adventure starts with a pick-up at your hotel (5:00 a.m.) where we’ll drive to “Kilometer 82”. Once we pass the control, our trekking of the Inca Trail begins. Our first hike is approximately 3 hours to reach the “Llaqtapata” archaeological complex. Afterward, lunch will be served.
Following lunch, you’ll continue hiking towards a high Andean community “Huayllabamba”. In the afternoon, you’ll pitch a tent to spend the first night of the expedition.
- Hiking Distance: 10 km/6.2 miles
- Approx. Hike Time: 6 hour
- Cusco’s Altitude: 3, 350 m/11,988 ft.
- Huayllabamba Alt: 3,000 m/9.840 ft.
Day 2: HUAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
Highlight of the day: Enjoy the beauty of the ancient Incan sites along the trail.
Our morning begins with a nutritious breakfast prepared by our specialized chef. Then we’re off to continue our expedition of the famous Inca Trail.
During this part of the trek we’ll ascend (4 hrs. approx.) to the highest point of our tour “WARMIWAÑUSCA”. Here you’ll appreciate your efforts to indulge upon the excellent panoramic view of the valleys below. After a short break, we’ll descend to the high forest where we will have lunch (around 2:00 p.m.).
After lunch, we’ll continue our downhill hike to the Pacaymayo Valley (3 hours), where we will cross small streams, creeks, and tunnels with stone steps to reach our camp near the river.
- Hiking Distance: 7 kms/4 miles
- Approx. Hike Time: 6 hours
- Highest Altitude: 4, 200 m/ 1,776 ft.
- Lowest altitude: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft.
Day 3:PACAYMAYO – PUYAPATAMARKA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
Highlight of the day: DISCOVER THE DIFFERENT INCA SITE ALONG THE ORIGINAL INCA TRAIL .
Of course, good hearty breakfast to regenerate from yesterday’s hike. We’ll start off with a 45-minute hike until reaching two archaeological complexes “Runkurakay” and “Sayacmarka”. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and take photographs.
Later we will head towards “Pjuyupatamarca”, another small Inca village, to have a delectable lunch. After a short break, we’ll continue hiking for 2 hours until we reach the archaeological complex of “Wiñaywayna”, where our camp will also ready.
- Hiking Distance: 11kms/7.8 miles
- Approx. Hike Time: 8 hours
- Highest Altitude: 3,800 m/12,460 ft. (Runkuracay)
- Lowest Altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft. (Wiñaywayna)
Day 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA-MACHU PICCHU -CUSCO
Highlight of the day: DISCOVER THE ENIGMATIC INCA SITE OF MACHU PICCHU .
This fourth day is the whole reason you came to Peru. You’ll need to start off right with an energetic breakfast (5:00 a.m.) where we will hike up for about an hour between the high forest to reach the “Inti Punku” (Puerta del Sol – Sun Door), from here you’ll get a panoramic breathtaking view of the Lost City of the Incas Machu Picchu. Then we descend to reach your final destination Machu Picchu where you’ll have a two hour guided tour. Following, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own
Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).
- If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.
In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
- 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.
Note: If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day
Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu
No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
Snacks and water are allowed – in bags
Included of classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
- TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
- HIKING POOLS
- SLEEPING BAG
- TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
- Four-person tent for every 2 people.
- Excellent meals:
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods that are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, biscuits, popcorn).
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
- Wake up to coca tea in your tent
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
- Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- porter to transport 7 kg of your gear
- Duffle bag for your gear
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
- Tips: Guide, Cook, porters.
- Water on Day 1
- First breakfast-last lunch
Recommendations for classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
1. Best time to do the Classic Inca Trail
We tell you that Peru has a diversity of geographies and therefore different climates, determining an ideal time to travel is very difficult. But if we focus on this classic Inca Trail of 4 days we consider that the best time to travel the Inca Trail is from April to October, a season without rain, this time is the most pleasant with sunny and cold days in days where the rain is persistent.
Also, you should know that in the month of February, this route is closed for maintenance work, but if we only talk about the entrance to Machu Picchu this is open every month of the year.
2. Make your reservation in advance for the Classic Inca Trail
If you decide to do this trek it is advisable to make your reservation many months in advance, from 6 to 10 months in the high season (May to September) and from 2 to 4 months in the low season (later months), because there is a limit of spaces per day, the Peruvian government only allows access to 500 people of which 300 will be used by the campaign teams, cooks, porters, and guides.
3. Contract it with Machupicchu Reservations
It is said that this hike is free to access, but the truth is that it can only be done with an authorized travel agency, our company is authorized to do this hike.
4. Conditions of the classic Inca Trail
You should have a brief idea of what the trek will be like.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered the best hike in South America and perhaps the world, thousands of tourists compete to do it because it is the route that the ancient Incas took to reach Machu Picchu.
The Classic tour has a duration of 4 days, 40 kilometers of travel approximately reaching the lost city of the Incas “Machu Picchu”, along the way you will experience fatigue and low temperatures, as well as you can appreciate Inca constructions, fabulous landscapes, and lots of vegetation.
It is very important to acclimatize before this trek, at least 1 to 2 days, and to rest as much as possible, eat lightly, and drink plenty of water, preferably coca tea. This trek will take you to altitudes over 4000 masl, so to avoid altitude sickness follow our advice.
6. Enjoy the trek
Enjoy the hike to the fullest, it is not a competition to reach Machu Picchu, but take your time and live it to the fullest, because on the hike you will appreciate beautiful landscapes, adrenaline, and a lot of fun; besides visiting archaeological sites and new experiences; something that other hikes will not give you.
Inca Trail 4 day Price
Prices: Inca Trail trek 4 Days – SEASON 2023
Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD
- group service: $650 per person
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
- Student Discount 20$ dollars
- Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:
The student price applies to all students from over the world. You just need to meet the requirements that the Peruvian government has for students since we get a discount when we buy Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.
Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
Trip Details Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
Trip Details of Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Tour Name: classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Tour/Trek Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Location/Terrain: inca sites , machu picchu
- Accommodation: beautiful campsites
- Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2 days in Cusco before embarking on our classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
- Adventure Rating Strenuous trek
- Activities: Trekking/ Camping
- Altitude: 4200m/14,139ft
- Departures: every day with 2 or more people
- Customizable: Yes!
What to Pack
Packing List Inca trail 4 Days
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
- A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports
- If you confirm your reservation as a student. Do not forget to take your student ID in physical to the trip. It will be so important to be able to prove that you are a student, at the checkpoint of Machu Picchu
What To Bring
What to bring of Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days
- A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
- 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
- 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
- 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
- Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
- Bandages or moleskin
- Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings
- Extra money for drinks,
- Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)
Frequently Asked Questions The classic Inca trail 4 days Faqs
faqs about INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU All-inclusive Door to Door service
When is the best time to do the Inca Trail 4 Days?
It is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a variety of conditions. The best time is the dry season runs from May to November, and this is typically the time that we recommended. But the trail is open for 11 months. March, April, May, June, july, August, September, October, November, December.
February closed for maintaining reason.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes. We require a non-refundable deposit of 250 dollars per person for The Inca trail. The money of the deposit we use to purchase the Machu Picchu entrance tickets and the train tickets Permission for the Inca trail