The Incas built a highly advanced network of nearly 40 thousand km of trails to connect the distant corners
of their vast territory, it was stretched from Cusco city, Capital of the inca empire to the north and south of
south America, their empire reach to the high andes and close to the jungle in the Amazon. Cusco was the
heart of this great empire. All pathways were such great importance for communication, administration and
distribution between important sites, however, there was a sacred trail, well protected, today known as the
Inca trail to Machupicchu, built for a religious purpose, a stone pavement trail of 26 miles over the
mountains of Vilcanota valley.
● DAY 1: Cusco –Km 82 – Ayapata
● DAY 2: Ayapata – Dead woman’s pass – Chaquicocha
● DAY 3: Chaquicicha – Puyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
● DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco.
We will start from Cusco at 4:30 am to drive toward Ollantaytambo, place where we will have our first breakfast, afterward, we continue to Piskacucho village (Km 82) the starting point of our adventure.
At the checkpoint, it’s required to show the passports before we begin the trek, we will start over a short uphill which will lead up the way to the picturesque landscapes of the valley and archaeological sites at the distance, after 2.5 hours trekking, we will reach to Llactapata ruis (8.747ft./2.650m), one of the largest and beautiful sites along the Inca trail. Our trekking guide will give us a brief story about Llactapata, afterward, we will continue on our way following the valley toward Hatunchaka, place where we will get our first lunch. In the afternoon, we will follow the valley uphill for two more hours to get our campsite at Ayapata (10.825ft / 3.300m).
Today we have been hiked about 14 km, but nothing more satisfying than finding our tents and our trekking crew waiting for us.
Our camping spot is further away from the regular camping sites, the trekking team will be waiting to invite us to enjoy the evening tea (The happy hour). Spend the night in a four-season camping tent with pillows and foam mattresses will be provided to you.
• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
• Accommodation: sleeping in four season tents
• Estimated walking time: about 6 – 7 hours
• Walking distance: 83.8 Miles / 13.5km.
• Difficulty: Moderate.
Today is the challenging day of the Inca trail, after a good breakfast, we will begin the trekking uphill with a lot of stone steps for about two hours, we will pass throw a beautiful forest of native trees to reach Llullucha Pampa at 12.450ft./3.795m. “the half way up to dead woman’s pass” we will stop there for a small break and use the toilets, at this spot you can get fresh water from the vendors in case you need, from Llullucha Pampa we will continue up two more hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Warmywañusca “Dead woman’s pass” at 13.725ft./4.215m, from here we will be able to enjoy a spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, after a short break and some pictures, we will continue downhill for 1.5 hrs to Paqaymayu 11.765ft/3.560m, place where we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon it will take us about 3.5 hours to get our camp site Chakicocha at 11.867ft/3.600m. Two hours uphill to the second pass “Runku Raqay pass” (13.050ft./3.985m), then one and half hours descending on a stone paved trail made by the Inca, impressive views from the pass. On the way, we will visit Runku Raqay and Sayaqmarca ruins, from the second one 30 minutes to the camping site, where our porters will receive us clapping our arrival.
Tonight we will have the best sleep ever, as we can see, we trek up and down in the mountains, about 9.3 miles/15.5 km.
• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: staying in tents
• Estimated walking time: 10 hrs. including lunch and breaks
• Walking distance: 9,3miles/15.5km
• Difficulty: challenging
On our third day of the Inca trail, we will take our time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the camp site and hike a small uphill, but suddenly reach to an uneven pavement stone trail, we will enjoy the scenery of the valleys, cloud forest vegetation, Inca stone steps still standing today, and more. It will take about 1.5 hours of astonishing views to reach Phuyu Patamarka “The lookout spot”, at 12.303ft./3.750m, from where we will be able to see the Machu Picchu Mountain far in the distance, after a small break, we will head down to visit Phuyu Patamarka Inca site, we will enjoy the guided tour while we see the views of the valley, after a brief story, we will head downhill to Intipata, the Inca ruins from where we will get to see our lunch place.
Intipata is made up of large terraces facing the direction of the sunrise that is the reason was named Intipata “the sun over the terraces” place where Inca people cultivated their products. 30 minutes from Intipata, is Wiñaywayna 8.747ft./2.650m, our lunch place also the campsite.
As we described, the today is the shortest day on the Inca trail, about 6 hours trekking until our lunch place, in the afternoon there is a chance to visit Wiñaywayna archeological site, the last Inca site before we reach Machu Picchu, our goal.
• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Sleeping in tents
• Estimated walking time: About 6 hours including breaks
• Walking distance: 6.2 Miles/10 Km
• Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
On our last day on the Inca trail the most exciting of our trek, we will wake up very early, to ensure and get to see Machu Picchu when very few people are in the city. After a light breakfast, we will go to the path gate, at 5:30 am, is the last time when Rangers ask for the passports, once we pass the check point, we trek about 1.5 hours to reach Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” (8.977ft./2.720m) from here we will have the first view of Machu Picchu, After a small break, we will continue the last 50 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu “The Lost city of the Inkas” (7.920ft/2.400m).
We will get our guided tour after we store our backpacks and trekking poles. We will have two hours exploring and visiting all the important sectors such as enclosures, temples, shrines, the sun temple, urban area, agricultural sector, etc. After the tour, you will have plenty of time for further exploration.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climbing Wayna Picchu Mt or Machu Picchu Mt, the guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should go there, it takes 1.5 hours back and forth to Wayma Picchu Mt and about 3 hours to Machu Picchu Mt.
The guide will meet us at Aguas Calientes town for lunch, afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, from where our private transportation will drive us back to Cusco.
• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast. Lunch is not included today.
• Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.
• Estimated walking time: 2 hours walk, 2 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu.
• Walking distance: 3,7 Miles/ 6 km
• Difficulty: Moderate
Price and Inclusions
- Pick-up from the hotel
- Private Transportation to Km82
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+
- Trekking Chef
- Extra porter carrying up to 6 kg.
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
- Water (to fill up you bottles along the way)
- Everyday snacks, Breakfast, Lunches, and Dinners
- (Except the last lunch and dinner) if you have dietary
- requests such as vegetarian or any other diet food,
- please let us know.
- 4 man tent for two people
- Sleeping foam mattress
- First aid kit including oxygen bottle for emergency
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train tickets to return
- Private transportation from Ollanta to Cusc
Does not include
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from Kuntur Peru
- US$ 20.oo)
- Inflatable mattress (An additional request $15
- Walking sticks (can be hired from Kuntur Peru
- US$ 15.00)
- Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain (An
- additional request $65 USD)
- Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend
- you take out travel insurance for your trip.
- Tips (tips are recommended aȅer all treks,
- usually given at the last campsite of the trek)
Due to its regulation and In order to protect the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Each day is allowed to
500 people on the Classic Inca Trail, including porters, guides, and other support staff.
It is expected trekkers to carry their own personal gear, however, they should make an honest assessment of
their physical condition. If a personal porter is desired, it is important to request one at the time of booking,
as they are included in the 500 people per day limit.
To secure a permit and entrance ticket to classic Inca trail, Wayna Picchu Mt, and Machu Picchu, consider
Peruvian government regulations require full name and current passport information of all trekkers, permits
are non-transferable, it can’t be sold to others and can be sold out quickly months in advance. It is,
therefore, important to arrange the reservation dates at the earliest opportunity.
Wayna Picchu Mountain is an excellent addition for a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers great views but is a steep
climb that can take about one and a half hours back and forth.
The admission tickets to Wayna Picchu Mountain are limited and only at scheduled times. If you are
considering doing the climb, make sure to book it in advance The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be a challenging hike, there are lots of stone steps and steep
uphills that could make you feel tired at the end.
If you wish to trek to Machu Picchu, but you don’t have the time, either enough energy to do the whole
4-days trek, you must consider our alternate options or the short version “Inca trail 2d / 1n“. These can be
booked at any time in the year, with no advance reservation.