Classic Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu trek tours – Shared Tour
Summary of the Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.
- FIRST DAY: Cusco – Km 82 – Huayllabamba.
- SECOND DAY: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
- THIRD DAY: Pacaymayo – Puyupatamarka – Wiñayhuayna
- FOURTH DAY: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Map of the Inca Trail Hike Classic 4 days
Famous Inca Trail Hike Itinerary
DAY 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba
At 6:00 am. Begin your trip in Cusco, traveling in a minibus until kilometer 82 of the railway, get to know the rest of the group and the expedition team that will escort you during your trip: local porters, cook, and the multilingual guide. Then, show your passport and the ticket at the checkpoint. Continue your expedition on a gentle trail until Wayllabamba camp, which is located at 3,050 meters / 10,006 feet. On the way, visit the archaeological site of Patallaqta and enjoy the splendid landscapes of the Urubamba River valley, as well as the incredible views of the Veronica Mountain. At 6:30 p.m., in the camp, enjoy a nutritious dinner.
- Altitude Km 82 – 2710 meters / 8,891
- Altitude of the campsite – 3,050 meters / 10,006 feet
- Length – 13 km / 8 miles
- Walking time – 6 hours
- Difficulty – Easy
Food: lunch and dinner
DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusqa – Pacaymayo
Today is the most challenging day of the Classic Inca Trail Hike because you will cross the highest point of the hike.
Take your breakfast at 6:00 a.m. Then start the 5-hour hike until you reach the highest point commonly called Warmiwañusca (dead woman), which is at an altitude of 4200 meters / 13779 feet. Therefore, you will have incredible views of the eastern cordillera of the Andes. Then, continue your journey along a beautiful stone path to the Pacaymayo camp. After lunch, take a relaxing break. After the healthy dinner, spend your second night camping next to a small stream.
- Camp – 3,640 meters / 11942
- Length – 11 km / 6.8 miles
- Walking time – 7 hours
- Difficulty – Difficult
Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
DAY 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñayhuayna
After an energy breakfast, start the day with a climb from the Pacaymayo valley to the Runkuracay pass (3970 meters / 13,024 feet). On this trip, let yourself be fascinated by the charm of nature, deep valleys, steep mountains covered with vegetation and other covered with snow. Descend gradually to the lunch spot, visiting the small archaeological sites. After a short rest, continue downhill for 2 hours until Wiñayhuayna, place of the last night of camping and in the afternoon, explore the archaeological complex.
- Highest point (Runkuracay) – 3,970 meters / 12,696 feet
- Camp – 2,700 meters / 8,858 feet
- Length – 15 km / 9.3 miles
- Walking time – 9 hours
- Difficulty – Moderate
Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
DAY 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
It is the final and most awaited stretch of the walk. Because you will visit one of the wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
Begin your last day of hiking before sunrise with the delicious breakfast at 4:00 a.m. and say goodbye to the porters and the chef. Then, immediately, start walking with your leader at 4:30 a.m. follow a path that crosses a humid forest full of flora and fauna to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From where you can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Inca city of Machupicchu. Then, descend to the town and explore for 2 hours together with your expert tour guide.
After all, take the bus to the city of Aguas Calientes. Lunch at any restaurant on your own. Then head to the Aguas Calientes train station to board your return train to Poroy station (train departure at 3:20 p.m.), where our staff will be waiting for you to escort you to the city of Cusco – Hotel.
NOTE. To climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, make an additional reservation and discover the construction of crazy Inca engineers.
- Highest point (Sun Gate) – 2,720 meters / 8,924 feet
- Machupicchu – 2,450 meters / 8,038 feet
- Length – 5 km / 3.1 miles
- Walking time – 2 hours
- Difficulty – Easy
- The camps are assigned by the Ministry of Culture (institution of the Peruvian state that administers and regulates the Inca Trail Hike). They may also vary depending on the weather and the health status of the travelers.
- The train that is included is EXPEDITION. The train schedule is only confirmed the day before the start of the trip; if you joined a group day before the start of the journey, we could not guarantee that you travel on the same train as the rest of the group.
What is included in the Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.
- Transportation from Cusco to Km. 82 Piscacucho (Start of the Walk).
- 1 well-trained bilingual guide on the Inca trail
- Assistant guide for groups of 9 or more people
- Professional chef
- Porter service to carry all the luggage and camping equipment
- Tickets to the Inka Trail Hike and Machu Picchu
- 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts (optional vegetarian at no additional cost)
- 1 tent of 4 stations shared between 2 people and a mattress
- A large dining tent for a comfortable breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- A kitchen tent, so that our cook can prepare the food with total hygiene
- Chairs and dining table
- First aid kit and oxygen
- Bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes – Poroy Cusco train station
- Mobility from the train station of Poroy to Cusco – Hotel
What does not include
- Sleeping bag
- Personal stuff
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch and dinner on the last day
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
- Travel insurance. Please, we ask you to take out travel insurance.
- Tips (optional)
Recommendation to make the Inca Trail Hike
- Before booking this 4-Day Classic Inca Trail Hike, ask us about availability for the dates you want. In general, reservations must be made at least 6 months in advance, depending on the season.
- Be in Cusco at least 2 days before the excursion
- Drink infusion of coca leaves to avoid altitude sickness and
- Take short hikes in Cusco to acclimatize or you can also hire short tours around Cusco.
- Here you have the alternatives: Cusco Combined Tour (duration 5 hours), Tour Chinchero – Maras Salt mines – Moray (duration 6 hours), Valle Sur Cusco Tour (duration 6 hours) and Tour to Sacred Valleys of the Incas (full day). If you want to hire any of these tours, you must book separately.
We will provide you with a duffel bag where you can take everything detailed below, and you must also bring a small personal backpack so you can take your document, Water, Snacks, Cameras, and others. Because the canvas bag will be transported by the porters.
- Sleeping bag
- Passport or other documents
- Thick sweater or jacket
- Hiking shoes
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Two poles
- Long and short pants
- Personal articles
- Water bottles
- Plastic bag
- Camera with an extra battery
- Mosquito repellent
- Toilet paper
- Water purifying tablets
- Sandals to relax the feet in the camp
- Cap or hat
- Personal medications
- Extra money (PEN).
4-Day Inca Trail Hike Price (2020 through January 31, 2021)
The whole tour will be in group service (shared). The travel company Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours. It gives you this option so that you can join the already formed group. The group will be formed with travelers of different nationalities, ages, languages, etc.
In the price shown below, we include the Expedition train ticket, which is a cheap service and if you want to return by Vistadome train, you must add a supplement.
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Price per person
We offer discounts
- US$ 30 off. For university students under 25 who have a university card in PVC material. The card must have the following requirements: information of the university, personal information and the photograph of the student and expiration date valid only for one year, must coincide with the year in which the student makes the hike.
- US$ 35 off. For children under 12 years old.
- Special discounts for children under 11 and groups of travel companies.
Note: To receive the discount benefit, we need you to send us the photo or the high-quality scan of the card. We also need to see the high-quality picture or scan of the passports of students under 17 and children under 12 years.
All these optional services are not included in the package price; if you wish, you must add it at the time of booking.
- Sleeping bag – US$ 25 for 3 nights
- 2 canes – US$ 15 for 4 days
- One individual tent – US$ 30 for 3 nights
- Additional porter for 18 Kg – US$ 120 for four days, one porter can be rented between 2 or 3 travelers.
- To climb to Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machupicchu – US$ 70 per person