- Easy bookingBook safely and easily, directly with local operators.
- Duration of the tourThe tour lasts 4 days and 3 nights: 3 days of trekking and the last day in Machu Picchu.
- Max alttitudeThe maximum altitude we will reach on this hike is 4,214 meters above sea level.
- DifficultyThe level of difficulty is medium to challenging, day 2 is the most tiring, the other days are of medium difficulty.
- Best timeThe best time of the year to visit is from April to October, and if you like the rains, the ideal months are from November to March.
Day 1: Cusco - Piscacucho Km 82 - Wayllabamba
Early in the morning your private transportation will pick you up at your hotel for the 3-hour drive to the beginning of the Inca Trail (known as km 82). On the way we will stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo, which is a small town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Here you will be able to buy different things for your trek if necessary, such as coca leaves, sunscreen, plastic rain ponchos, etc. When we arrive at KM 82 we show our original permits and passports (make sure you have the same passport number as the reservation) at the checkpoint.
We then hike 3 1/2 hours for lunch and another 2 1/2 hours to reach our first campsite Wayllabamba (3,000 m/9,843 ft). On the way we have the opportunity to see the third highest snow-capped mountain in the Cusco region, called Wacaywillca or Veronica (5,800 m/19,028 ft).
The walking distance is approximately 10 km (6 hours).
Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
Very early in the morning, we will get ready to continue hiking the Sacred Trail. Today we climb the Dead Womans Pass, the highest pass of the trek, at 4,215 m/13,828 ft. It will take us approximately 5 hours to reach the top of the pass. The views from Dead Womans Pass are spectacular and you can see glaciers, valleys and endless mountains.
After the pass we continue down for 2 hours to our second camp called Pacaymayu 3,600 m/11,810 ft. At the camp we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon free until happy hour and dinner.
Walking distance is approximately 14 km/8.6 miles (7 hours trekking).
Day 3: Pacaymayu - Wiñaywayna
Early wake up calls again to climb two steps today (Runkurakay and Phuyupatamarca). We will hike along a semi steep trail for 1.5 hours to reach the first pass of Runkurakay 3,950 m/12,959 ft. On the way we will visit the archaeological site called Runkurakay.
After the first pass we continue downhill for 1 1/2 hours to our lunch spot Chakicocha (3,500 m/11,482 ft) visiting another archaeological site, Sayacmarca, along the way. After lunch we hike for 1 1/2 hours to the Phuyupatamarca pass (3,650 m/11,975 ft).
This trail is particularly beautiful and from the pass we will see the Machu Picchu mountain, the Vilcabamba mountain range and the Urubamba River. After the second pass we will continue descending for 2 more hours to our third camp Wiñaywayna (2,700 m/8,858 ft).
The walking distance is approximately 16 km (7 hours).
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
This day we start very early, at 4:00 a.m., to arrive at the entrance of Machu Picchu at dawn. After breakfast we go to the checkpoint to show our permits and entrance fees again.
Then we walk 1 1/2 hours to the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail and then another 1/2 hour to reach the agricultural area south of Machu Picchu town (where the most famous photos of the site are taken). Your guide will provide you with your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Please have your passport because without it you will not be able to enter the park.
If you are a student you must bring your ISIC card at the entrance or you will not be allowed to enter. You will show your entrance ticket and your passport/ISIC card, and continue back to Machu Picchu to begin the tour, where your guide will reveal the mysteries of this magical place. After the tour you will have free time to explore the city on your own. After you have finished exploring the ruins site you will take the bus (25 minutes) to Aguas Calientes.
There are many restaurants to choose from and your guide can also help you find a good place for lunch. After lunch you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where your private transportation will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
NOTE: There are no restrooms at the ruins site. There are toilets just outside the entrance, they cost 1 sol per ticket, and provide some toilet paper.
What are we going to do?
- You will walk the Inca Trail.
- You will enjoy wonderful days in the middle of the Andes.
- You will visit archaeological sites that cannot be visited without doing the Inca Trail.
- You will reach Machu Picchu in an expedition that you will never forget.
- Know Machu Picchu from another point of view.
What is included?
- Pre-trek briefing the night before the hike to go over the itinerary.
- Pick up at your hotel in the morning or at our starting point (at your choice) Plaza Regocijo.
- Transportation by private bus to the starting point of the trek.
- Personal porter up to 8 kg to carry your equipment for the night.
- A dry bag to put your gear in at night so it doesnt get wet or dusty on the trail.
- 3-person, 3-season tents (2 people in a large, comfortable.
- Mountain Hardwear tent).
- One inch thick foam mattress to put under your sleeping bag.
- Professional English-speaking guide.
- Full meals during the trek (3 meals a day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks.
- Dietary needs: able to meet any dietary preference/needs.
- First aid kit includes an emergency oxygen tank.
- Dining tent with tables and stools
- Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing up
- Boiled water to fill the water bottle every morning and evening.
- Permit for the Inca Trail.
- One entrance to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (from 6 to 11 hours).
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
- The bus that goes from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transportation back to your hotel in Cusco.
- Hotel before/after the trip.
- Lunch and dinner on the last day.
- Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have an intact rubber bottom).
- Additional hikes inside Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
- Extra time in Machu Picchu, entrance tickets have specific entrance times.
- Personal items and souvenirs.
- Travel insurance and medical/evacuation insurance (mandatory).
- Tips for the guide and support staff are optional, but highly recommended if enjoyed.
What to bring to the tour?
- Sleeping bags and poles (poles must have an intact rubber bottom).
- I recommend a sleeping bag with a 32F/0C rating.
- Mattress pad.
- Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco.
- Sun hat.
- Lip balm.
- Hiking shoes/boots with a good grip.
- Hiking pants (or shorts) and shirts (layers).
- Layers - long underwear and/or warm sleeping pants for cold nights.
- Hand warmers if desired.
- Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks.
- Backpack and rain cover.
- Rain gear - rain jacket and pants and rain poncho.
- Cash for tips for porters (in dollars or Peruvian soles), cooks.
- Bathing suit, flip flops, towel for any hot springs you may visit.
- Torch, flashlight, headlamp (and batteries)
- Insect repellent - essential for this trip
- Extra snacks if desired (beyond the snacks provided by us)
- For example, if you have a favorite protein bar, as Cusco does not sell items like this.
- First aid kit, including blister protection (although your guide will have one,
- Personal medications and toiletries you may want/need.
- Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and solar panel/power bank
- Water bottle or water bladder for refills
- Passport (must be valid 6 months beyond the final travel dates for most countries)
- Passport copies (keep copies separate, give to travel friends for safekeeping,
- Plug adapter.
- Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information.
- Small quick-drying towels and/or compostable wipes for quick cleanup.
- Making campfire
- Walking or climbing the Inca walls
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Book many months in advance, tickets to the Inca Trail are limited and sell out very quickly.
- In February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance and cleaning.