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Classic Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

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5.0 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 4 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 8+ years old
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4215 meters
  • Trek difficulty Medium
  • Tour Code BM-35476
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  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
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  • Hike the ancient Inca Trail and enter Machu Picchu directly
  • Enjoy this multiday hike at the best campsites and with the best equipment
  • Satellite phones are included to stay connected. Safety first!
  • We work with small groups to guarantee the best experience. Attention to detail is key!
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the best hikes the world has to offer. It is also one of the most approachable, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete it, although fairly good health and fitness will help you get from the trailhead to the end, Machu Picchu.

Compared to other famous hikes, this trail rather short, perfect for those without a lot of time to spare! Despite its length, the route is incredibly varied and interesting: along the way you enjoy a mixture of incredible ruins, snow-capped mountain peaks, beautiful waterfalls, and luscious jungle. At the end of the trail, you will walk through the Sun Gate for your first site of Machu Picchu, where you will see the ruins from above at their most beautiful.

The government has sanctioned a small portion of the thousands of miles of Inca Trail preserved for this hike. This popular classic route is 26 miles and takes 4-days. Travel and book in confidence with the #1 local Inca Trail tour operator in Cusco.

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Thank you for Traveling with ALPACA EXPEDITIONS, Peru's #1 Tour Operator!.
  • Day 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Llactapata- Ayapata
  • Day 2: Dead Woman´s Pass - Runcuraccay Pass - Chaquiccocha
  • Day 3: Chaquiccocha - Wiñaywayna
  • Day 4: Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - The Lost City Of The Incas
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. We cater to all diets.
  • All entrance fees
  • Trekking guides
  • Train ride back to Cusco
  • Personal porter
  • Drinkable water along the trek
  • Camping in 4-man Eureka tents only used for 2 people
  • Door to door service (pick up and drop off)
  • Briefing session
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air Mattress
  • Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Accommodation before and after the trek
  • Travel insurance (advisable)
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Ameth D
  • From USA
  • On Aug 03 2022
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Feb 25 2022
5 - Excellent
Once in a lifetime experience!
The briefing was very informative and they went out of their way to pick me up from my accommodation. The food on the trek was mind blowing. The chef, Sebastian, made sure we all had a culinary experience, incorporating a wide... Read more
  • Joseph Cham
  • From USA
  • On Feb 25 2022
5 - Excellent
The best Machu Picchu trek operator in Cusco -Alpaca Tours.
I had a really great time trekking up the Inca Trail over 4 days and 3 nights starting Dec 29,2021 and summiting on Jan 1,2022. I am so glad I had decided to go with this tour company. They had everything organized to a T!! The... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Jan 16 2022
5 - Excellent
Exceeded my expectatios!
The 4-day 3-night trek was amazing. Completely exceeded my expectations. Pretty sure the chef Walter is a magician, the way he was able to cook full meals (appetizers, main course, sides, all delicious) out of a tent. The porters... Read more
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40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.


A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationWhat’s the Inca Trail? The Inca Trail is a historical path from the Inca time, a network of routes that were used only for chosen people. The path selected for tourism is the only trek in the región that takes directly to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail starts in Km. 82, a checkpoint located 1 hour away from Ollantaytambo city. The Inca Trail needs to be hiked in 3 days and 3 nights, being the 4th day for the Machu Picchu visit. If I don’t have my passport now, What should I do? If you are dealing with this scenario you can book your trek with your ID or license car but remember that this is only temporary, as soon as you have your passport information you need to send it to us. What’s the high season? In Cusco, we have 2 different kinds of weather throughout the year, the wet season and the dry season. The high season covers almost all of the months inside the dry season because the lack of rain benefits the touristic activities and especially trekking activities. This is why from April to August the number of people coming to Cusco is higher than the other months. During these months the Inca Trail permits get sold out faster than the months inside the wet season. Do I need previous experience hiking to do the Inca Trail? It is not mandatory to have previous experience hiking. We have a team of porters and professional guides to help you get through the trail. We do need you to be in good physical condition because it will demand some strength and resistance. Step climbing is the best exercise for this. What kind of gear do I need to bring? This trek will be a multi-day hike which means that you will need trekking gear such as trekking boots, trekking pants, waterproof jackets and hat, trekking socks, walking sticks, base layers, a trekking backpack, etc. We have a full packing list page to recommend exactly what to bring so this experience gets to be more comfortable. Is the Inca Trail inside the Sacred Valley? Yes and no, the Inca Trail starts 1 hour away from Ollantaytambo which is the last city in the Sacred Valley, but the Inca Trail itself is not considered part of the Valley. So, none of the ruins from the Sacred Valley are included in this trek. Is this trek family-friendly? The answer to this question is more on a case-by-case basis, based on the age(s) of the family member. Remember that even though they are vacations, it’s still trekking so it is a physical challenge for everybody. If the children in your family are used to this kind of experience then they will be ok and most importantly, they will have fun. The same for the older members of the family, having a clear idea of their experience on hiking and also their health situation so they can get the best out of the tour. What’s the total distance I’m going to hike? 43 kilometers /26 miles Are there bathrooms on the Inca Trail? Of course. Along the way, there are many opportunities to stop at a facility when nature calls. When you first begin the trek, the bathroom facilities are managed by locals and you need to pay to use them. 1 sol will grant you entry and the bathrooms are generally clean. All the toilets are squatters and you are not allowed to flush any paper – which is fine since they rarely offer you any paper – make sure to have some on you. We also include our environmentally friendly, and porter-approved, private toilet tents on all Inca Trail expeditions. They are set up at every campsite (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all through the night) by our team and used by only our clients. Toilet paper is always provided and they include a western-style seat…no squatting needed. How’s the food on the trek? Food will be provided by our trekking chefs while camping. These will be hot meals cooked in situ and based on the dietary needs of the participants. Our trekking chefs will cook 3 different meals for you: breakfast, lunch and dinner. These meals will be specially made for providing the needed energy for hiking and to recover without losing any of the flavors. The last lunch is not included but your leading guide will recommend options based on your budget. What is the weather on the Trail? Weather along the Inca Trail is based on the season you are traveling to Cusco. If you go during the dry season rains are not expected, sunlight will be at its finest having the only issue of it being too strong due to the lack of humidity and altitude, don’t forget to bring sunscreen. If you go during the wet season you need to be ready for having rains daily and sometimes during the whole day so waterproof gear is needed. Temperatures can drop up to 0°C or 32°F. Will I get water on the Inca Trail? In the morning, you will only need to carry enough water to last you until the first lunch stop. At every meal, you will be provided with new, boiled water to refresh your bottles or hydration packs. How much should I plan to give in tips to my Guides, Porters and Chefs? Tips for the tour guides, cook and porters are not included in the price of the tour. Rather, it is something extra to present to your staff after you experience a special time on the Inca Trail. However, you must be aware that tips are not mandatory. If I rent an extra porter to carry my pack, does the porter walk along with me? You will only have access to your duffel bags at breakfast and dinner, while at the campsite. This is due to the speed of the porters being faster than that of the groups. At what time do we arrive at Machu Picchu on the last day? The final day is the most exciting day for all Inca Trail hikers because we arrive at the Sacred City of the Incas. The group will get up early, and after breakfast, will hike the final two hours together. We will arrive at the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu at 7:30 a.m. Will we get to see the sunrise from the Sun gate? The sun rises at different times throughout the year. Times are as follows: May-September: 7:20 a.m.; October-April: 5:30 or 6 a.m. Therefore, if you choose to book your tour from May to September, it may be possible to see the sunrise. Otherwise, the Sun will be up before the group arrives at the Sun Gate. At what time will we return to Cusco? After catching a bus down to Aguas Calientes, hikers will take a two-hour train ride along the Sacred Valley, and arrive in Ollantaytambo. From here, an Alpaca Expeditions bus will be waiting to take hikers on the two-hour trip back to Cusco. The group will return to Cusco between 7 and 11 p.m., depending on what time the train leaves Aguas Calientes. Where are we going to get dropped off? Our service is always door to door. We will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the same spot. If you are changing hotels you only need to let us know.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.

  • Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?

    Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.

  • How many days do you need in Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

  • Do they speak English in Peru?

    Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.

  • What is considered rude in Peru? What cultural notions should I be aware of?

    Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them. 

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