The 4 days and 3 nights trek of the Inca Trail is the most popular to go to Machu Picchu. It passes through the original Inca steps and ends at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the entrance to the city of Machu Picchu.

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Inca Trail, Machu Picchu


2,400m | 7,874ft to 4,214m | 13,828ft


Trekking, touristy trail, crowded


4 Days / 3 nights


Moderate, high altitude


Rain, Sun

The Inca Trail 4D/3N has 7 archaeological sites along the way, has a variety of flora and fauna, and the area is rich in history. The 4 day hike is 42 km/26 miles and reaches 4,215 m/13,828 ft and is classified as a moderate hike. If you like the idea of doing the classic trek to Machu Picchu and don’t mind the crowded trails and camping, then the Inca Trail is the right one for you.

This trail requires a permit and a limited number of people can walk it per day. These places fill up quickly, so it is essential to book well in advance (at least 7 months recommended). The minimum number of passengers needed for the trekking trip: 2 people (1 person or private or personalized walks possible for an extra charge). Maximum number of walkers per group: 10 people (special, private groups may exceed the maximum)

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For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.

You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.

But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.

This hike is classified as intermediate to advanced considering the high altitudes, the number/length of stone steps up and down, the multiple steps and the length of the hike. It is recommended that you acclimatize in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the hike.

For the Inca Trail you have to buy tickets well in advance, it is advisable to buy them together with the Machu Picchu Trail. But, don’t worry, this tour includes all the tickets, you just have to book it well in advance.

The availability of the Inca Trail is all year round except in February. The best time for trekking is from March to November. The Inca Trail is closed in February for repair/cleaning.

If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.

All our private tours include our Travel & Join program, you can take this option and get to know the other non-tourist side of Cusco.


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