Inca Trail

The 4-day Inca Trail trek is one of the most popular trails in the world and often sells out 6 months or more in advance. The trek over Inca cobblestoned paths is challenging, with the altitude taking a toll on most people, so training and acclimatisation before the trek is necessary. You will be well looked after with amazing food prepared by the trekking cook, camp set up by the porters and fascinating stories told by your knowledgeable guide. The dramatic scenery of tropical valleys and Andean peaks as well as Incan archaeological sites along the way, give a fantastic build up to the majestic Machu Picchu!

If you really want to do the 4-day trail in the months of May to August, please plan and book early (September-October of the year before) to avoid disappointment. 

For those who want to experience the Inca Trail but are short on time, the 2-day trail is a wonderful alternative.

 

The 4 Day Trail

The impressive Incan ruins are well preserved, sitting dramatically high up over the river valley below. During the 4-day trek, you will see a variety of native plants and animals with and scale the highest point of the Dead Woman's Pass (4,200m / 13,780ft). On the last day of the trek, you will reach the Sungate and get your first glimpse of the archaeological site, before the final descent to enjoy a two hour guided tour.

Day 1

After an early morning start, we drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo where we will have a short stop for breakfast, before continuing on to km 82, where we start our trek. The first day of the Inca Trail is relatively easy (assuming you have acclimatised to the altitude for a minimum of 2 nights before). After passing the Inca Trail checkpoint, we cross the Urubamba River towards the village of Miskay. From here, the trail turns west towards the ruins of Huillcaraccay. Today, we will cover 12km with a gentle climb up the Kusichaca Valley; you will enjoy views of Veronica, a snow-capped peak (5,900m / 19,000ft), as well as cloud forest flora and fauna. Our campsite for the night is Wayllabamba (3,100m / 10,170ft).

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 12 km
  • Estimated time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2

The second day of trekking will be the toughest as we are going to over the Warmihuañusca (translated as Dead Woman’s) pass, the highest mountain pass on the trek. We leave Wayllabamba early and start the ascent up to Llulluchayoc. From Llulluchayoc we will walk uphill from the cloud forest to the Llulluchapampa viewpoint (3850m) where we will have a fantastic view of the valley behind us.

Take a moment to appreciate the view before pushing on to an intense climb to the Warmihuañusca pass, there is a possibility to spot a White Tailed Deer amongst the dwarf forest. The view from the Warmihuañusca pass in an altitude of 4200m (13,780ft) is impressive. Before we reach our campsite, we need to complete a significant descent to the bottom of the valley at the Pacaymayo River.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 13 km
  • Estimated time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Day 3 

Our third day will be the longest day of the trek as there is much to see and because of this we also spend time exploring sites and taking in the natural beauty, we are surrounded by. From our campsite, we ascend to the ruins of Runkurakay (3,800m) with a view over the Pacaymayo Valley; a large part of the trail in this section is original Inca road. We pass the Abra de Runkurakay (4000m), and then the trail takes us past amazing Andean peaks, deep gorges and through a beautifully designed staircase to Sayacmarca (3,725m). The name of the site means ‘inaccessible city’ and with good reason, as the ruins are protected by steep cliffs on most sides.

From here, we will see orchids, hanging moss and tree ferns, and pass through an Inca tunnel up to the third mountain pass at 3,700m, where we take in picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. As we continue on the trail, we come to the ‘city in the clouds’, Phuyupatamarca, which can only be reached by a long set of steps, on. To get to our last campsite, Wiñay Wayna, meaning “forever young” in Quechua, we have to walk down hundreds of steps. Close to the campsite lies the beautiful ruins of Wiñay Wayna and you may also see a pink orchid that grows in the surrounding area, of the same name. It is thought that Wiñay Wayna was a place for ritual bathing before entering Machu Picchu, as there are many Inca baths located in the area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 15 km
  • Estimated time: 9 horas
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Day 4

Today is the highlight of the trek. Waking up early, you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens can carry on to the Sun Gate where you will get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu. We will take some pictures before dropping your backpack at the main Machu Picchu entrance and then reenter the site for your guided tour.

You will have a 2 hour guided tour during which you will learn about the history of the Incas and visit the key areas of interest of the Machu Picchu. After your guided tour, you will have free time to explore more on your own. Option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, at an additional charge and subject to availability.

In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on in private transport back to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Total distance: 6 km
  • Estimated time: 2.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

That this is a typical itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group and availability of camping spaces. Alternative campsites may be used.

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation by bus from Cusco to the trail head, and Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Noted meals during the trekking (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) and some snacks
  • Camping equipment: Sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, and cooking equipment
  • Professional and experienced trekking cook
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing
  • We provide boiled water to fill your water bottle
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Porters to carry food and camping equipment
  • Porters to carry 5kg of your personal belongings
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast day 1, Lunch and Dinner day 4
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for $5 USD per day)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented for $3 USD per day) 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Day backpack
  • Sleeping bag (suitable for temperatures down to at least -5C)
  • Walking sticks / poles (rubber covers required).
  • Sweater, jacket (something warm)
  • Camera, batteries, film and extras
  • Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water provided)
  • Flashlight, extra batteries as well
  • Caps or hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and toilet paper, and a small towel
  • A selection of snacks e.g. chocolate, nuts, cookies, energy bars
  • Cash in soles and/or U.S. dollars (you can buy snacks and energy drinks along the way, and for tips if you want to)
  • Original passport

Prices for the Inca Trail 4 Day Tour from: (Per person)

2 People - $690 USD
3 People - $680 USD
4 People - $670 USD
5 People - $660 USD
6 People - $655 USD

*Groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

Please note that these prices are subject to variation dependent on train and Machu Picchu entrance availability. You can add on Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes for an additional $20 USD per person.

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The 2 Day Trail

The 2 day Inca Trail is perfect for families with children and those on a tight schedule. We will pick up from your hotel early and travel to Ollantaytambo, where we take the train to Km 104. We start our 10km (6.3 miles) hike with a four hour climb, before visiting the beautiful Wiñay Wayna site. We continue for another hour before arriving at the Sun gate where you get a look over Machu Picchu. After an hour walk down the mountain we then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will stay overnight in a 2 star hotel.

The next morning we wake early, have a quick breakfast and then take the bus up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 2 hour guided tour and then free time to explore before heading back down to Aguas Calientes in the bus. You will have lunch (not included) before returning by train to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cusco in private transport.

The Inca Trail is available all year round except for February wen the trail is closed for maintenance. The permits are limited so booking in advance.

Prices for the Inca Trail 2 Day Tour from: (Per person)
2 People - $545 USD
3 People - $460 USD
4 People - $420 USD
5 People - $405 USD
6 People - $390 USD

*Groups of other sizes, please contact us for a free no strings attached quote.

Please note that these prices are subject to variation dependent on train and Machu Picchu entrance availability. You can add on Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes on the second day for an additional $67 USD per person (an additional Machu Picchu entrance is required on the second day in order to secure the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain hike permit). Please note that guides cannot hike on these additional hikes with you.

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