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From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

Activity provider: Peru Andes Top

From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

Activity provider: Peru Andes Top

From US$ 534 per person

Discover the iconic Inca Trail, an amazing ancient trekking route that connected the Inca Empires. Finish the adventure at the impressive Machu Picchu and explore the archaeological site. Choose between the short or classic tour options.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 2 - 4 days
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel in Cusco. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 16 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the ecosystems, micro-climates, and history of the Inca Trail
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Andes which merges into the cloudy forest
  • Arrive at the magnificent Machu Picchu complex on a green plateau
  • See where the architectural remains lie in perfect harmony with nature
Full description

Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, considered to be one of the best walks in the world and perfect for visitors to Peru who are in search of a good adventure. Follow the ancient path that was traced by the Incas used to connect different cities and temples of the Inca Empire. Classic Option (4 Days, 3 Nights) Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning and take a bus to the town of Chilca. Begin your hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After approximately 3 hours of walking arrive at a beautiful Inca building known as Llactapata in the base of the mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Enjoy dinner at the camp.  Day 2: Wake up in the early morning. After breakfast, begin the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail. Take in the panoramic views and observe different types of microclimates at 4,250 meters. After a 5 hour walk, reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass. Then, continue your walk down to Pacaymayo to each lunch and spend the night at the campsite. Day 3: After breakfast, hike towards the second pass of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way, enjoy the archaeological complex of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca. Stop for lunch at Phuyupatamarca (also known as the Cloud-Level Town).

Descend down to one of the most beautiful Inca sites along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (which means Forever Young). Stay overnight nearby and enjoy a small party with the trekking crew at camp.  Day 4: After breakfast, get up early to watch the sunrise at Inti Punku. After 1.5-hours of walking through the cloud forest, reach the Gate of the Sun, for the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu.

Arrive at the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour around the magnificent complex, and then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there, catch a train back, where your adventure will end. Short Option (2 days, 1 night) Day 1: First, depart from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Board the train that will take you to the starting point of the hike. Walk for approximately 3 hours until you reach the archaeological complex of Wiñay Wayna. 

After lunch, explore the houses and terraces, then visit the Inti Punku, the Inca Gate of the Sun. Admire your first views of Machu Picchu, then take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, get picked up by your guide at the hotel. Visit Machu Picchu and spend a full day exploring the site. After this incredible visit, return to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and take the train bound for the Ollantaytambo.

Upon arrival, hop into a car and transfer back to the main square in Cusco where your tour concludes.

Includes
  • Classic Option - (4 Days, 3 Nights)
  • Information prior to departure
  • Personal porter 6kg
  • Hotel pick up
  • Transfer to the starting point of the trek
  • Tent accommodation (2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to allow greater comfort)
  • Official guide (2 guides for groups of more than 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking team
  • Duffel bag
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Daily snack and daily tea service (except for on the last day)
  • First aid kit
  • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Train ticket (Expedition Service)
  • Bus ticket Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer to train station Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Short Option (2 Days, 1 Night)
  • Information prior to departure
  • Transfers between Cusco and Ollantaytambo
  • 3-star hotel accommodation
  • Official guide
  • 1 lunch box (on the first day)
  • Dinner
  • First aid kit
  • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Round-trip bus ticket (on the second day)
  • Train ticket (Expedition Service)
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (please check availability)
  • Tips
  • Additional features
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 8 years

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What to bring

  • Travel insurance
  • Toiletries
  • Daypack
  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The government can only change passport numbers if they have a copy of the new and old passports; make sure that your passport does not expire 6 months or less after your trip
  • Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can obtain permits from the government; once your permit is secured, the name and start date can not be changed, under any circumstance; the only information the government permits us to change is the passport numbers
  • Climbing Machupicchu involves a steep climb that can last about 3 hours
  • Entrance to Machupicchu Mountain is limited and at scheduled times; visitors should request a place in advance if they want to consider climbing
  •  Duffel bag takes a maximum of 6 kg per person
  • Vegetarian food is available at no additional cost
Customer reviews

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The walk is totally spectacular. It lasts approximately 7 hours, much of it uphill, but the guide gives you plenty of time to rest and enjoy the scenery. The height was not an issue, unlike some other hikes we did. Getting to Puerta del Sol at the end of the road is super gratifying and is twice as enjoyable as going by direct train. The guide was excellent. He gave us an initial talk one day before starting and accompanied us at all times. Above all, the information he provides along the way is very complete. Always with a good vibes and helping us with everything we needed, thanks Lenin! I highly recommend the walk and if you feel confident, go for the 4-day one, we have a pending trip for a future trip.

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November 6, 2022

Super activité, on en a prit plein les yeux. Première journée, sur le chemin des inkas avec le guide, le train s'arrête en pleine voix pour nous laisser descendre kilomètre 104 direction le Machu Pucchu partie haute. Deuxième journée, après une bonne nuit et un diner dans de bon établissement, nous avons visité avec le guide le Machu Picchu partie basse. Le trek n'est pas difficile et ouvert à toute personne ayant une petite forme physique. Le guide nous explique la faune, la flore et l'histoire. EN: Great activity. First day, on the way to the inkas with the guide, the train stops in the rail to let us descend towards the Machu Pucchu. Second day, after a good night and a dinner in a good establishment, we visited the lower part of Machu Picchu with the guide. The trek is not difficult and open to anyone with a small physical trainning. The guide explains the fauna, flora and history to us.

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October 18, 2022

It was an amazing hike through the Andes. Going solo with a guide made the experience rich.

December 1, 2022

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