Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and spend 4 glorious days trekking the famous Inca Trail to the spectacular sacred site of Machu Picchu. Scale mountains that rise above the clouds and visit the ancient ruins of the Incas on this remarkable tour.
What to Expect
Spend 4 glorious days and 3 nights trekking along the breathtaking Inca trail, climbing the ancient stone steps of the trail, weaving between the switchbacks of the staggering mountains, and rising above the clouds themselves, to arrive at the unforgettable Machu Picchu.
Day 1: From Cusco to Yuncachimpa
Depart from Cusco as the sun breaks at 05:30 and board the bus for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a short break for breakfast in Ollantaytambo, cross the beautiful Rio Urubamba to begin the legendary Inca Trail. Enjoy the leisurely pace of the first day's hike and stop for lunch at a small river bank by the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Continue the hike to Wayllabamba, ascending to Yuncachimpa and its spectacular view of the mysterious Nevado de Veronica, where you will camp for the night.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: Approximately 7 miles
Day 2: From Yuncachimpa to Chaquicocha
The second day of the hike is slightly more grueling, but the pace is yours to set. Climb the stony steps of the trail at your own pace, meeting back up with your friends and fellow hikers during the short breaks interspersed through the day. Follow the trails leading through the Valley of Llulluchapampa in the morning, enjoying the humid woodland and the sounds of water surrounding you, until you crest the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca (or Dead Woman Pass), measuring at a staggering height altitude of 11,3780 feet. After a short break at the summit, continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayu (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass until you reach the Chaquicocha campsite where you can rest and enjoy the amazing view over the mountains.
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Total distance: Approximately 9 miles
Day 3: From Chaquicocha to Wiñayhuayna
The third day is the most beautiful one. Notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna and enjoy the gentle climb through the beautiful cloud forest and the spectacular view over the stunning Rio Urubamba Valley. Stop in at the Phuyupatamarca settlement, often called the "town above the clouds" and learn about the fascinating techniques of ancient Incan engineering. Pass through a series of Incan tunnels before arriving at the ruins of Wiñaywayna and your nearby campsite for the night.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: Approximately 6 miles
Day 4: From Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu
Wake before sunrise and, equipped with flashlights, embark on the final stretch of the trail to the Into Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over the ancient Incan site and the stunning Wayna Picchu mountain beside. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins before separating off from the group for your own archeological adventure in the sacred site. For example, you may choose to go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings, or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panoramic picture. After a thorough exploration, a bus will take you down to Aguas Calientes, where you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs and slowly return to Cusco.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Total distance: Approximately 4 miles
- Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Transportation from hotel in Cusco to 82 km
- Bus downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco
- Camping equipment, including: professional 2-person tents; sleeping mats; sleeping bags; dining tent equipped with a table and chair; a sanitary tent; air mattresses; and blankets
- Porter will carry up to 7 kilos of your belongings
- Services of a professional cook for 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice – all food is rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking
- Hot beverages
- Portable toilets available
What's Not Included
- International flights to Peru and airport taxes (32 USD per person)
- Breakfast on the first day
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Additional expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, etc.
- Personal travel Insurance
- Gratuities (optional)
This activity is non-refundable
Know Before You Go
Please bring the following:
• Backpack with rain shelter
• Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one)
• Clothing for warm and cold climates (waterproof jacket, rain pants and lightweight pants, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals for showers and hot springs, woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved shirts, rain poncho, hat, bathing suit)
• Insect repellent
• Disinfecting alcohol and gel
• Water bottle and sterilizing tablets
• Toiletries and toilet paper
• Camera (wrapped in plastic bag)
• Flashlight and batteries
• Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
• Original passport
• Original ISIC student card and extra money in soles
Tickets cannot be modified, exchanged or refunded once confirmed.