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Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour Details
Inca Trail Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour or Classic Inca Trail Peru, as it is popularly known is the most preferred trek to Machu Picchu. Dotted with plenty of untouched Inca Ruins, to Incas, this cobblestoned trail was the most sacred path to reach Machu Picchu.

It was built by the Incas some 500+ years ago as a part of their popular network known as Qhapaq ñan. To most, hiking this 26 miles long trail is a lifetime experience. Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour is recognized as one of the top 25 treks globally, by National Geographic Travel Magazine. 

Due to its overgrowing demand and to maintain the authenticity of the trial, local authorities have imposed restrictions. They just allow 500 people on this trail a day. It includes porters, guides, and chefs. Barely 200 people get to hike this in a day. 

The highest point of the Inca Trail Peru is the infamous dead woman’s pass at 4200 meters above sea level (13780 feet). It is highly recommended that you spend a few days acclimatizing in Cusco before hiking the Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour. 

Inca Trail is the most popular trail in South America. The Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour permit often gets sold out six months in advance. It is highly recommended that you plan and book the trial well before. 

If the four days Inca Trail seems challenging to you, then check out our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days itinerary. We are also a licensed Salkantay Trek operator. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a popular alternative to Inca Trail Peru. 

Hiking Inca Trail Peru with Kuntur Peru:

We are a licensed Inca Trail tour operator and a local tour company based in Cusco. At Kuntur Peru, we have an excellent team of local tour guides. They have years of experience guiding tours on the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour.

We operate the Inca Trail trek both as a small group tour and private tour. Do take a moment to check out our traveler reviews on Tripadvisor

Do check out our new route, Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00 am

Price Includes

  • Cusco hotel transfer
  • Transport to the trail head
  • English / Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Inca Trail permit
  • All camping equipments
  • Cook
  • Porters
  • Tea/Coffee and snacks in the evening
  • All meals during the trail (Except 1st morning's breakfast and last lunch)
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket back to Cusco

Price Excludes

  • Hike to Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Meals except what is mentioned
  • Any Private Expenses

Inca Trail Packing List

  • Original Passport
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Hiking Shoes and Walking Sticks
  • Insect Repellent
  • 4 Pairs of socks and warm clothes
  • Snacks
  • Some Peruvian soles in cash
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Km 82. - Ayapata

Your Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour starts with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at 0500 AM. Then in our private transfer, we will embark on a three hours drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo, the former administrative capital of the Incas.

Here we will have a short break, so if you want to get some last-minute supplies for your 4-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, you may.

We will then continue to the Inca Trail trailhead, km.82., locally known as Piskacucho. The place gets its name after its distance from Cusco en route to Machu Picchu. The authorities here will be verifying your documents and Inca Trail permit. 

Inca Trail Peru:

All set, we will begin hiking along the course of the Urubamba river to the Llactapata archaeological complex. Our local expert will be giving you a detailed guided tour of the complex. Once you have had your fill of this alluring archaeological site, we will be hiking further for another two hours to our Lunch Camp. 

Our chef will be serving you a traditional Peruvian meal. If you do have any special meal requests, do let us know at the time of booking the tour so we can try to honor them. 

After lunch, we will start with our first uphill hike. This is more of a preparation for the following day’s steep hike to the highest point of the trail. We will have plenty of stops along the way. We will be hiking to Ayapata Campsite where we will be resting for the night. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)
  • Duration of hike: 7 hours
  • Highest point: 3300m/10,827 ft.

Day 2Ayapata - Dead Woman’s Pass - Pacaymayu - Runkurakay Pass - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

The second day of the 4-Day Inca Trail trek marks the most challenging yet the most interesting day of the trek. After relishing a typical Andean breakfast, we will begin with a five-hour uphill hike to the highest point of the trail, the Dead Woman’s Pass. 

Dead Woman’s Pass locally known as Warmi Wañusca sits at 4215 meters above sea level (13779 feet). This section of the hike demands a lot of physical strain so it is imperative that you are acclimatized. 

On reaching the top of the pass, we will have a short break for you to soak in the pristine views of the valley. Our guide will share some stories about this pass. 

Pacaymayu:

We will then hike down the hill for two hours to lunch camp in Pacaymayu. This section of the trail will take you through the original Inca steps. 

Our chef will be serving you an exclusive and traditional meal for lunch. You can refill your water bottle during lunch. 

Runkurakay:

After lunch, we will be hiking up the hill for 45 minutes to the Runkurakay archaeological complex. You will have plenty of time to contemplate the views of the complex. It houses two beautiful waterfalls on a mountain slope. 

Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. After the tour, we will be hiking further up for another 45 minutes to Runkurakay Pass. You will be able to relish some final views of Andean peaks from here as we will be descending to the Amazon Cloud forest. 

We will be offering our gratitude to Apus (Sacred Peaks) and Pachamama (Mother Earth). 

Sayacmarca:

As we will start our descent to the campsite, we will have a brief stop at an archaeological site, Sayacmarca. You will discover some hidden Inca secrets here. 

Once you have had your fill, we will be hiking down the hill for another 25 minutes to our campsite. On our way, we will be stopping at different archaeological sites where the tour guide will be giving you a guided tour. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Hiking Distance: 16 km (9.95 miles)
  • Duration of hike: 10 hours
  • Highest point: 4215m/13,829 ft.

Day 3Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

The third day of the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour takes you through some of the interesting archaeological sites. 

Our crew will be waking you up by 0630 AM. We will be serving you a hearty and protein-rich breakfast to start another remarkable day. 

Phuyupatamarca:

After breakfast, we will be hiking through the cloud forest to the last high mountain pass of the trail in Phuyupatamarca (3650m/11975ft.). It offers an extensive view of the highland flora and fauna. 

The name Phuyupatamarca in Quechua means “City in Clouds”. Our tour guide will be sharing some interesting facts and will be giving you an overview of this site. 

After contemplating the jaw-dropping views, we will be hiking down the hill for two and a half hours to another prominent Inca site, Intipata. This was an important farming place to the Incas. 

From here, you will get stunning views of the Urubamba river snaking through the villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

Wiñay Wayna:

We will be hiking for another 30 minutes to our campsite in Wiñay Wayna. We will be reaching there by 0100 PM for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, you will have some time for siesta. 

At around 0400 PM, we will be hiking to the entrance of Wiñay Wayna. The name in Quechua means forever young. This is arguable the most beautiful archeological site on the Inca Trail. 

Our local expert will be giving you an immersive tour of the complex. You will be moving back to Inca times as our expert will share the history. We will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex where you will be introduced to Incas farming techniques and more. 

After witnessing the sunset, we will be returning to the campsite for dinner. This will be the last dinner with our support team. So do consider thanking them for their hard work and for making the whole experience possible. Tipping is appreciated although it is completely up to one’s will.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)
  • Duration of hike: 5 hours
  • Highest point: 3650m/11,975 ft.

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The most remarkable day on the Machu Picchu Inca Trail Tour. We will be handing you over a snack box as we will be leaving the campsite at 0330 AM. Our aim would be to get to the Sungate by 0400 AM to witness the sunrise. 

This is truly an awe-inspiring sight. Witnessing the golden rays of the sun beaming on the Inca walls is truly an experience that only a few get to see. 

From here, it is a short hike down the hill to Machu Picchu. We will be passing another security control where once again your passports will be verified against the Machu Picchu entrance ticket. 

Our tour guide will be giving you a detailed two hours tour of the citadel. On this tour, we will be visiting the main sites of the citadel like the remains of royal quarters, temples, sun clocks, and more. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the respective trailheads. 

Later in the evening, we will be taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will have some free time to explore the town or relish a traditional lunch. 

At 02:55 PM, we will board the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo train station. It is recommended to be at the train station at least 30 minutes before. 

On arrival to Ollantaytambo, our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you to your hotel in Cusco.

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FAQs

How many miles is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail of four days is 26 miles (42 kilometres) long. It takes you through some untouched ancient Inca ruins built along the 500 years old cobblestone path built by the Incas. The longest day of the trail will be around 10 hours hike. 

How many days Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes four days and three nights. However, there are shorter routes offered that cover only a part of the trail and can be done in 2 days. 

Where is the Inca trail?

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the ancient route used by the Incas to reach Machu Picchu in Peru from their capital city, Cusco. It starts from Km.82 (Piscacucho) a few miles away from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and takes you to Machu Picchu.

How long does it take to travel the Inca Trail?

The 26 miles (42 kilometres) Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes four days and three nights. However, there are shorter routes offered that cover only a part of the trail and can be done in 2 days. 

How long is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail of four days is 26 miles (42 kilometres) long. It takes you through some untouched ancient Inca ruins built along the 500 years old cobblestone path built by the Incas. The longest day of the trail will be around 10 hours hike. 

Can you do Inca Trail without a guide?

No, you cannot hike the Inca Trail without a guide. You will need a special permit to hike the trail which is often provided by the operator. Authorities have imposed limitations on only 500 people a day. This includes porters, chefs and guides so barely 200 people get to hike the trail in a day. Often Inca trail permits are sold out six months in advance. 

Is hiking the Inca Trail worth it?

If you are inquisitive to know more about Inca’s history, then yes, it is definitely worth hiking the four days Classic Inca Trail. The trail takes you through the 500 years old path that was used by the Incas. Inca trail is dotted with some unexplored Inca ruins those can be visited only whilst hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

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Nibel

Couple Traveller

Ruben is one of the best guides I have ever seen. He made sure everything was according to our needs and wishes. We had a perfect lunch at Inca Trail while all the others were having sandwiches. He was friendly and funny. He even helped us organize other tours outside of Peru and took care of everything we needed even after we left. He will do anything to make your travels enjoyable

September 13, 2019