Classic Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

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5 Based on 16 Reviews
  • duration 4 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 8-70 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4215 meters
  • Trek difficulty Medium
  • Tour Code BM-35476
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  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • +8
  • Hike the ancient Inca Trail with ALPACA EXPEDITIONS, Peru's #1 Tour Operator!
  • Enjoy this multi-day 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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  • 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 (Inca Trail & Machu Picchu)
  • 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 16 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Brazil
  • On Jan 16 2024
5 - Excellent
Inka trail review
The hiking was awesome, lots of beautiful and different landscapes along the way. On a clear sky at night one can see the Milky Way, it’s incredible. The special views from Macchu Pichu that only can be seen by hikers made ... Read more
  • James Wayt
  • On Nov 30 2023
5 - Excellent
Very impressed
Was very impressed with this tour company. My group did our trek November 11-14, 2023. As a first time traveler to Peru and the Andes mountains, I could not think of a better introduction to see the Incan Trail and Machu Picchu.... Read more
  • Kevin Ng
  • On Oct 31 2023
5 - Excellent
Highly recommend
I highly recommend this tour operator for the Inca trail! Our guides, Fletcher and Wilber, were amazing! Their personality and knowledge of the Inca trail and history made for a memorable experience. The food was amazing. They... Read more
  • Carolyn Guercio-Wisler
  • On Oct 21 2023
5 - Excellent
Highly recommended!
In our group we had 3 vegans, 2 gluten free, 1 dairy free, 1 fish free which is a lot!!! Every meal was beyond delicious and our chef Jose really worked hard to help us enjoy every meal and be well fueled for the long, strenuous... 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.


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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.

Permits to the Inca Trail are subject to availability. Kindly note that in case such permits are not available for your preferred date, you may need to choose a different date for your trip.

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