Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights To Machu Picchu

Overview

To do the Inca Trail Tour 4 days 3 nights is without a doubt a unique experience that a tourist can have in his life.  This experience will touch your being and you will meet yourself as you explore this route. Sensations of all kinds you will experience, sensations that will remain etched in you for life. It is actually difficult to find words to describe the feeling one can experience every day and in all these 4 days.

However, every tourist should be aware that operating this Inca Trail requires the hiring of people we call Porters of the Inca Trail, who are the ones who will make your experience unique, and should know and know some details of this excursion to the Inca Trail and above all collaborate with the fulfillment that the excursion you are making is being operated supporting Responsible Tourism.

Due to the restrictions issued by the Peruvian government on the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail per day, we recommend that you book at least 4 months in advance (6 months for the months of May to September which is the high season) to ensure that you will be able to complete the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail Details

  • Duration 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Starting point: Cusco.
  • Arrival point: Cusco.
  • Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Walking.
  • Airline tickets: Not included.
  • Route: Closed in February
  • Altitude: 6725 – 13780 f.a.s.l. / 2270 – 2650 m.a.s.l.
  • High Season June-July-August
  • Difficulty level Challenging
  • You can ask us for other services such as hotel, accommodation and other tours.
  • Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Place to visit: Famous Inca Trail & Machupicchu
  • Type of Tour: Walk & Cultural
  • Distance: 43 km / 26.8 miles
  • High Point: Warmiwañuska
  • Temperature Min: 5°C
  • Recommended: May to Sunny October
  • Physical preparation: Good conditions

(D) = desayuno / (A) = almuerzo / (C) = cena

Due to the general interest in the opening of the Inca Trail, the spaces are quickly exhausted. Make your enquiry about the available spaces and make your reservation in advance.

Attractive

Archaeological Site of Patallacta, Huayllabamba, Abra Warmiwañusca, Pacaymayu River Valley, Runkurakay Archaeological Complex, Sayacmarca Archaeological Complex, Phuyupatamarca Archaeological Complex, Wiñaywayna Archaeological Complex, Intipunku Archaeological Site, Machupicchu Hot Springs Village, Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, Raqchi Archaeological Center

Itinerary Overview

PROGRAM (INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS):

Day 1

  • 1 6:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • Transfer (Cusco) Hotel- Ollantaytambo-Km82
  • Start of the trek in Piscacucho. KM 82 (To Machu picchu)
  • PISCACUCHO-WAYLLABAMBA

Day 2

  • 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • Hiking or trekking along the Inca Trail
  • WAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA
  • LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PACAYMAYU

Day 3

  • 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
  • Walking or trekking
  • PACAYMAYU -PHUYUPATAMARCA
  • PHUYUPATAMARCA-WIÑAYHUAYNA

Day 4

  • Hiking or trekking
  • 4:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
  • WIÑAYHUAYNA -MACHU PICCHU
  • 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
  • INKA CITY guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Free afternoon Machu picchu
  • Optional: Machu Picchu Village, visit “Hot Springs”.
  • Afternoon, return to Cusco.
  • Train Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.

ITINERARY

Our mobility will pick you up from your different hotels at 06:00 and then we will go to kilometer 82 which is located at (2,800 m./9,200 ft), the official walking and entrance control point to the Inca Trail for tourists, guides and porters. The walk begins with a gentle climb. These first 3 hours we will be in relatively flat land observing magnificent views of the summit and the snow-capped Wakay Willka known as the Veronica, where we can delight ourselves with an extraordinary Andean landscape and an Inca building known as the patallacta, located at 2,750 m. / 9,030 ft., in this place we can see some terraces of cultivation that served to feed travelers from different places that took this route to reach Machu Picchu.

Then we will continue walking through an area full of vegetation where it is very likely to observe the most popular giant hummingbird, after having walked for about 2 hours we will arrive at our first campsite located in the Huayllabamba area at 3,000 m. / 9,900 ft. Huayllabamba is a small town surrounded by corn fields, potato fields and other products, here we will have our first camp.

  • Distance to travel: 14 km
  • Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours including rest and lunch break
  • Height of the camp: 3,300 meters above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Temperature: Temperate and windy in the afternoon

This day our cook will prepare us a hot drink of muña or coca, today we will have a great challenge, the one to ascend to the highest point of the “Abra de Warmi Huañusca”, before undertaking our way we will have an exquisite and comfortable breakfast. In this stretch we can already see the wide path with cobblestone on the outer edge and in risk areas we can see retaining walls to control the slope of the road, the climb becomes heavier until we reach the Ayapata sector, an area conditioned for the camps; the ascent along the Salkantay river ravine becomes heavier, the road becomes steeper and the legs already take their toll due to the effort made in the midst of the mist and constant drizzle that hovers over the landscape, a last effort allows us to reach 4332 meters above sea level where the Warmiwañuska pass is located…, a gap that opens between the mountain range that surrounds Machu Picchu, from here there is a wonderful natural landscape that makes visitors feel as if they were face to face with the Apus tutelares, the Taita Inti, the Mama Killa, the Olympus of the Andean Gods at a step from the Hanaq Pacha. The natural landscape has changed notoriously, from the lush vegetation of the inter-Andean valleys to the icy mountains where wild straw abounds in the midst of the silence that is quietly cut by the discreet winds that comb the mountain.

A network of easy trails for all visitors allows us to take a break for lunch and replenish our energy.

The way down to Pacaymayu Alto is fully integrated and dates back to the time of the Incas, is wide and slides through shallow streams and noisy streams that the mountains are giving birth, on the way we find shiny roads and suitable camping areas for our visitors where we can dine and camp.

  • Distance covered: 16 km
  • Walking Time: 9 to 1 hours including rest and lunch break
  • Height of the camp: 3,600 meters above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Temperature: Cold and windy in the afternoon

This day will be the longest of the Inca Trail but with a beautiful landscape and full of vegetation. This day we will get up at 06:00 am. To enjoy an exquisite breakfast with your trekking companions, most of this tour is an original Inca trail.

We begin the third day of hiking by starting the ascent towards the archaeological site of Runkurakay, the stretch begins with a path that soon begins to turn into a steep stone staircase that climbs in a winding way towards the Runkurakay pass. In the brief half-hill break we turn our eyes to see the Paqaymayu Alto checkpoint where the camping areas and the crystalline waters that come down from the snow-capped Soqtacochayoc stand out.  The ascent road has an original stone roadway that dates back to the Inca period and it is incredible that despite the passage of centuries the pressure of visitors and the inclement weather this pre-Hispanic construction is maintained in the same condition.  After ascending all the way up we arrive at the archaeological site of Runkurakay located in the middle of a semicircular mountain formed by two enclosures that complement each other and a central space of similar shape with medium-sized windows, a religious enclosure whose windows face the mountain of Warmiwañuska and by the semicircular shape is considered to be dedicated to the Killa breast.

Continuing the ascent we reach a small lagoon that is a few meters from the chasm, a fountain where the deer, foxes and other animals of the area drink water, the impressive landscape that surrounds it generates spectacular images that embellish the context even more, the ascent ends in the Runkurakay pass where we find resting points because after overcoming the hard slope a rest is opportune. After appreciating the scenery, we start the descent to Sayaqmarka along the same cobblestone road that the Incas traveled on this purification pilgrimage to Machupicchu. The road has emotional moments, such as when you go through a small tunnel carved into a huge rock that sawed through the path. Along the way it is frequent to see wide spaces that work as viewpoints, in this case the viewpoint allows us to appreciate the way down and another small lagoon of dark waters while in the distance we can already see part of the archaeological site of Sayaqmarka where the traveler will find a grandstand that has an almost vertical position with approximately 97 stone stairs; the perfection of this construction surprises by the size of the lithic pieces and their adaptation to the topography of the area. In Sayaqmarka, visitors can appreciate water fountains of domestic ceremonial use, enclosures for housing, narrow streets delimited by sturdy stone walls that remain unscathed over time, double jamb covers and a sacred huaca where the carved profile of a human figure with arms outstretched on a black background is recognized. Like all the archaeological monuments that are located along the Inca Trail, this one was also destined for Andean religious rituals.

The stony constructions of the Inca Trail and the trail itself raise a series of questions about its construction: How long did it take the Incas to build this whole monumental complex? What tools did they use, how many people worked on this wonderful work, how did they feed, where did they sleep, what method of work did they use, what rituals and ceremonies did they perform, why were so many sacred places, was their faith in their deities so deep to justify such colossal works?  The questions are endless to try to understand the extraordinary human effort made by the Incas to build this road network in the middle of the intricate geography of the Peruvian Andes.

We continue the road towards the control of Chaquicocha and as soon as we start the march we visualize the archaeological site of Conchamarca located in the lower part of Sayaqmarka on the banks of a stream that descends from the heights, constituted by 3 enclosures located on a platform with five platforms and destined for religious activities in pre-Hispanic times, the descent road is formed by wooden bridges that cross the abundant streams. The landscape changes gradually as we meet again with the lush vegetation of the gorges in the journey until we reach Chaquicococha campsite where we will rest and have lunch. Resuming the tour our steps lead us to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka which at the moment hides behind the hills with a dense blanket of fog, the Inca trail in this stretch is impressive because the ancient Inca engineers adapted the line to the existing geography thus.., we cross this section where there is a curve built on a rocky outcrop that could not prevent the genius of the builders, advancing in the middle of ravines and curves we arrive at a formidable passage as a tunnel dug in the mother rock both the roof and the floor are made of stone and despite the interior humidity is still in use. A few meters further down you can see five fountains of water carved in stone that carries the vital liquid from one fountain to another in a sequential way that flows all year round formed by five circular towers in an ascending way connected by a cobbled ascent that is suitable for all the constructions of religious use and residence of Andean priests.

We immediately return to the Inca Trail and the route does not cease to amaze us because in some sections there are incredible works such as this sequence of 35 stairs carved in living rock followed by the exquisite paving that characterises the entire roadway. The hike also takes us to a tunnel smaller than the previous ones, but of the same admirable construction that surprises the visitors, a few meters below a lookout point allows us to appreciate at a distance in the lower part of the archaeological site of Inti a system of platforms for agricultural use, the exquisiteness of the Inca engineering allowed these terraces adapted to the morphology of the land to work perfectly with their water channels for more than 500 years;

After the guided tour of the archaeological complex of Puyupatamarca which was another important monument we will have a break and lunch.

From a brief rest continuing with the hike until we arrive at the last camp Wiñay Huayna (Always Young) where we will have a guided visit to the impressive archaeological complex. Ceremonial set that presents terraces in the upper and lower part, constructions of ceremonial Inca enclosures divided in two parts. Surrounded by a wall of seven large windows symmetrically arranged with Inca duality expression.

After the visit we will return to our campsite where we will camp for the last time and share the last meal saying goodbye to our porters and cooks.

  • Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours (including rest, no more walking after lunch)
  • Height of the camp: 2,600 meters above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Temperature: Temperate

This day we will get up very early at around 04:00 am to enjoy our breakfast and follow our final route of the Inca Trail, we will advance almost in a straight line towards the north towards Inti Punku, the trail is surrounded by lush vegetation that provides the shade needed to cover the solar radiation that increases with the passage of time, On the way there are attractive stretches that show stone roads, wooden gates, and some viewpoints that allow you to appreciate the valley bottom with the river Vilcanota a few meters before reaching the Intipunku where there are half-built stone buildings probably abandoned by the Incas after the invasion of the Spanish.

A whim of the road can be seen when arriving at Intipunku where a small but steep slope forces us to spend the last energies arriving. The visitor feels glimpsed with the impressive view of the wonderful Inca llaqta of Machu Picchu and part of the Hiram Bingham wagon that communicates with the district capital of Machu Picchu.

Intipunku is a small set of stone forms that evidently served as a checkpoint and administration of people and goods that move along this route here we can enjoy Machu Picchu, from another angle with the wide panorama that opens up with the mountains, valleys and ravines that can be seen from this point.

After arriving in Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world, synthesis and summary of the colossal architecture of our ancestors, summit of the Andean civilization, pride of the Peruvians and sign of cultural identity of all the Cusqueños, teaches us how high degree of development the Andean civilization reached by the hand of the Incas always accompanied by our experienced guide that allows us to tour this religious site par excellence; “Machupicchu Maravilla del Mundo” with an altitude of 2,437 meters above sea level / 7,995 ft, we understand its superior knowledge reached in the astronomical and astrological that puts in our knowledge the hydrological cycles of rains and droughts by means of the solstices for the development of the agricultural activity, having free time to take photos and to walk on our own; At the terminal, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a refreshing tourist menu, taking into account the train’s return to Ollantaytambo station, where our transportation will wait for you to return to Cusco and its subsequent transfer to your reference hotel.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:

  • Pre-departure orientation the night before the tour starts
  • Professional guides and tourism certificates,
  • Pick up from your hotel/hostel and transfer to km 82(Start of the tour)
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • Professional tents with capacity for 4 people, but to provide more comfort will only be used by
  • 2 people along the entire Inca Trail.
  • Personal inflatable mats,
  • Professional cooks and porters
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs and camping tables.
  • Varied food, we offer the vegetarian option and all kinds of special food according to your requirements at the time of booking.
  • During your Inca Trail you will be able to serve yourself a variety of teas and mates before each dinner at each campsite,
  • We will also provide you with a container with hot water so that you can do your own personal hygiene once in the camp.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the 4th day
  • Train ticket (Expedition class) return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on the 4th day
  • Return transportation from Ollantaytambo to your hotel/hostel in Cusco

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:

  • Breakfast on the first day of the tour. If you did not have breakfast at your hotel/hostel we will make a stop in Ollantaytambo for you to have breakfast.
  • Lunch on the last day after visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag, walking sticks (These can be rented in our office. All our sleeping bags are washed after each use)
  • Tips for guides and porters

SPECIAL NOTES

What You Need To Take For The Inca Trail 4 Days

Although the rules of the Expeditions to the Inca Trail, the most recommendable thing is to make the reservation well in advance, the average in high season indicates that 90 days before the departure there is no more space, this because only 500 people per day can go to this route of the Inca Trail, only then can it be preserved from erosion and pollution of the road network and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. It is therefore necessary to pay in advance for the permits.

  • We recommend that you take only what is necessary to enjoy your tour and leave the rest of your things at the hotel in Cusco.
  • The original passport or document with which you booked the tour,
  • A small 50-litre backpack that allows you to carry all your things with you
  • A sleeping bag preferably 5 to 10 degrees below zero, this can be synthetic or feather, if you do not have one you can rent it from our office.
  • Clothes suitable for walking waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long pants, dry fit sports shirts, rain jacket or raincoat.
  • Warm clothing to be worn at camp (We recommend cotton clothes that are very comfortable for sleeping, a hat and gloves for the cold. Walking socks, sandals to wear when you arrive at the campsite, you should also carry plastic bags so that you can separate things in your backpack (clean, wet, dirty and other clothes).
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the walk. From the second day onwards you will be provided with cold filtered boiled water for your canteens.
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two articles are very important.
  • Personal medications, this list also includes muscle relaxants, pain and blessed scratches, blisters on the feet that can occur after several hours of walking.
  • Items to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes, a sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or hats and a mosquito repellent.
  • Headlamp with batteries, extra battery for the camera (to be used every night in the camps, especially on the last day, because we will wake up around 3:30am.
  • Extra cash for your personal expenses such as first breakfast, lunch on the last day, the porters’ own, cook, guide, and other eventualities.

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Prices for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights

499.99. dollars per person through march 31, 2019

Discounts:

  • For students with university card $20
  • For children under 18 $20
  • For children 7 years old $50

How do I get the student discount?

The ISIC Card is no longer VALID to buy the Ticket to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail with discount for students.

Students will now be able to access this benefit with the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD of the university where they study, this document being the only valid document for this purpose.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN MACHU PICCHU

  • Climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain $65
  • Climbing the mountain Machu Picchu $65
  • One extra night in Aguas Calientes $30

Rent camping equipment with you?

Yes, in case you don’t have the right equipment to do the Walk then we can offer it for rent:

  • Sleeping bags :15 dollars per person
  • Canes: 10 dollars for a pair
  • Matras (air mattresses) 15 dollars per person
  • Additional tents: 25 dollars per person

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