Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT, THE INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHUPICCHU, FAMED FOR ITS DISTINCT BEAUTY, AND INTRIGUINGLY MYSTERIOUS BACKGROUND.
Starting point: Cuzco / Ending point: Cuzco
ADVENTURE ANDES SPIRIT
Make the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights is without a doubt a unique experience that a tourist can have in his life. This experience will touch your being and you will find yourself exploring this route. Sensations of all kinds will experience, sensations that will be recorded in you for life. In fact, it is difficult to find words to describe the sensation that one can experience every day and in all these 4 days.
In the Inca Empire he drew the widest network of roads. Two hundred years later, Alexander Von Humboldt did not hesitate to describe these roads as the greatest work of humanity carried out in the most abrupt area of the world, passing through immense deserts and building roads in impenetrable jungles. There were audacious engineers for their geographical challenge in the most mountainous country in the world
The Inca Trail system was extended from level of the see until 5000 Masl / 16,404 Feet, emphasizing extraordinary staircase, Tunnels, pendulous bridge the largest than are known. The construction of an Empire in the age of cooper and the stone was a miracle, a challenge accomplished with millions of hours of work, this was an Empire made to travel on foot and the roads with inns and posts were sufficiently broad for give a rapid and comfortably travel to the imperial letter and hosts.
The famous Inca Trail (Capac Ñan in Quechua) is one of the most widely known, its 45 km /27 miles travel through Cusichaca Valley, Warmiwañusca gorge, bankrupt of Pacaymayu and goes through archaeological complex of Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka, Wiñaywayna and Intipunku (Sun Door). This zone puts the wayfarer, suddenly in from of Machupicchu with a dream landscape, permitting to appreciate from a watchtower the city, the Valley, the bankrupts, the gorge, hills and the wide Panorama.
Starting point: Cusco.
Point of arrival: Cusco.
Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hike.
Air tickets: Not included.
You can ask for other services such as hotel, accommodation and other tours.
Summary of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days/3 Nights
Day 1: Inca Trail / Cuzco –Km 82 “Piscacucho” – Ayapata
- Inca Trail trek briefing with your trekking guide the night before at you hotel at 6.00 PM
- Early morning picking you up from your hotel
- Transfer service by touristic transport to Km 82, 2720 m / 8923 ft
- Archaeological sites of Cana Marka and Llactapata “nice views from the natural lookout”
- Lunch at Hatun Chaca village (big bridge) at approximately 1:30 PM
- Camping in Ayapata 3300 m / 10829 ft “the best program”
- Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
- Weather: Changes from hot to warm
- Elevation gained: from 2720 m to 3300 m
DAY 2: Inca Trail /Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Runkuracay Pass – Chaquicocha Camp
- Trekkers from the world survive the two highest Andes passes the Warmiwañusca and Runkuracay
- Explore the two Incan sites of Runkuracay and Sayacmarka
- Weather: several different microclimates
- Lunch at Pacaymayo, located between the 2 passes
- Walking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
- We trek routes and campsites to avoid crowds
DAY 3: Inca Trail / Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna Camp
- Today is the easiest day trek into the cloud forest
- Explore 3 Incan sites Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna
- Elevation: we have to descend from 3600 m / 2236 ft to camp 2600 m / 1615 ft last campsite of the Inca Trail located behind Machu Picchu
- Walking distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
- Lunch at Wiñaywayna
- Free afternoon to recover energy to next day, Machu Picchu
DAY 4: Inca Trail / Machu Picchu Tour Experience
- Trek the last trace of the Inca trail towards Inti Punku “Sun Gate”
- Guided tour 2 to 3 hours for exploring Machu Picchu “the 7th new wonder”
- Walking distance: 5 km / 3 miles
- By bus descend to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included)
- PM train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station
- PM or night transfer service from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco city by car
- Distance: 45 Km / 28 Miles
- Duration: 4 Day / 3 Nights
- When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
- Altitude: 2720 m / 8817 ft to 4215 m/ 13818 ft
- Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
- Longest Day: Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
- Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius / 32° Fahrenheit
- Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC / 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit
Note that the Inca Trail is closed on February.
Itinerary of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days
Day 1: THE KM 82 TO AYAPATA
Cuzco to Ayapata
Hiking gently up the first Incan site called Llactapata 2900 m / 9,514 ft (natural look out of Patallacta, with impressive landscapes of the Andes. ), this formidable place has been used primarily for agricultural production, and has a terracing system, also some temples, and Incan houses. Them we get Cusichaca Valley for ascending to a semi-tropical Andean valley, our base camp is at Ayapata 3300 m / 10 829 ft; our chef and porters will reward you by having your tents set up, and your afternoon tea ready waiting for you.
Please note: That Ayapata camp is one hour further, along the Inca road, than most groups go; as we are camping further up the trail; the next day’s hike up, to the Warmiwañusca pass is a little easier for us, also there are, only a fewer groups at the campsite, in that form, we can enjoy the green nature of the green place and the sun setting over the Andes mountains.
Day 2: AYAPATA TO CHAQUICOCHA
Early in the morning we will wake up you, with a cup of Coca tea in your tents; today hikers is considered by many to be the hardest day of the trek, with 2 high passes (the dead woman’s pass 4200 m / 13,779 ft, and the Runkuracay pass 3, 945 m /12, 942 ft, to cross and nearly 16 km / 9.9 miles to walk, today really tests your adventure spirit. But thanks the different ecological zones of the area and the guides, porters; for sure we can make it.
Already on Warmiwañusca pass we descent towards Pacaymayo valley (lunch place); from Pacaymayo we climb steeply up, to the opposite side of the valley wall towards Runkuracay pass. About halfway up, lies a small round roofless stone building called also Runkuracay, a building thought to have been an astrological site, and a sort of checkpoint for couriers (Chaskis) following the trail to Machupicchu. On the far side of the Pass, the trail descends towards a valley and a shallow lagoon; at this point, the trail changes from a wide trail to a narrow stone roadway, containing the exact stones, that were in place, when the Incas walked the Inca road. The trail after Runkuracay pass, leads to a second larger Incan temple called Sayacmarka. The temple was built on a rock overlooking the trail, and is accessible only via a narrow stone staircase. The site is roofless and slightly overgrown, but the walls still stand strong and the shape of the fortress can easily be seen. We will also see a stone aqueduct, which once carried water to the farmlands. After Sayacmarka we will descend to the valley floor of Chaquicocha campsite 3600 m / 11,800 ft.
Day 3: CHAQUICOCHA TO WIÑAYWAYNA
The stretch of the Inca trail is well-kept paved stone, and still in great condition, after many centuries. Your lungs Hikers will appreciate the fact, that today’s hike is much more down, than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s. The first trace trail is relatively gentle ascents and descents to Phuyupatamarka, with a tunnel, which it is eight meters long and wide enough to allow humans and animals to pass through.
Today, we visit two Inca sites “Phuyupatamarka and Wiñaywayna”, optional Intipata. After visiting Phuyupatamarka, we have to descend for about 2,500 stone steps to Wiñaywayna camp “use trekking poles are recommendable”.
There is an additional short trek to Intipata (the Sun place) that has a terracing system and excellent view of the sacred valley, and river of the Incas, we get to our camp site around 1:00 pm to have lunch, and then time for relaxing the entire afternoon (that’s way this program, it is the best), before it gets dark, we walk for 5 minutes to have an spectacular views and a tour around Wiñaywayna, that it is the most well preserved, and biggest Inca site, among the other Incan sites on Inca trail. After all this experience; Hikers be ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu temple.
Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU
Machu Picchu is the highlight of the trek, waking up very early at 3:30 am, and as soon as possible, Hikers come to the dinning tent, to our last breakfast prepared by our professional chef, then right away, we head straight to the checkpoint, and once the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna opens at 5:30 am, to enter to Machu Picchu we start the trek (that means we have to wait, there for about one hour, rules of Machupicchu, and it is mandatory for our safety, waking in the dark, no good idea, and way we are waking up so early, because all the Porters have the first train that it is early in the morning at 5:20 am they have to carry all the mountain equipment to river side, the Porter train service it is very shipper, supported by Peru Rail, some day, when they will change their schedule we do not have to wake up so early).
Positives Hikers, we are in the sacred land of the Incas, and near Machupicchu Temple, after the check point, we can carry on; to the Sun Gate “Inti Punku”, the road get by a spread path, almost plane being alternated, from time to time, with steps carved in the rock or with stairways, that seems to go to the sky. The presence of the nature is overwhelming by the abundance of dense vegetation, and the wooden bridges with those, that unfathomable abysses are conquered. The Vilcanota River, that you see in the bottom like a thin creek increases our emotion to be in Machu Picchu.
Already at Inti Punku, we are overlooking Machu Picchu, for the first rays of the sunrise, and sight the Inca city, in its entire splendor. From here it is observed the imposing city of Machupicchu, and their backdrop, also the mountain of Waynapicchu (this has the form of a hidden puma; the guard for the city). Everything is surrounded by the sacred river, and their wide bend, which is a jealous guardian of the city.
The final easy 50 minutes downhill of the Inca trail goes directly to the Guardian houses, place where, it is taken the best picture of Machu Picchu!
Then we must walk straight down to the main gate of Machu Picchu (backpacks storage for 5 Soles available at the gate, if it is more than 20 liters), a few minutes later, we will continue on to explore the site, the guided tour takes two hours visiting the Sun Temple, the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Condor Temple, and various burial grounds, after all the explanation, you have a free time to stroll around some Inca places at your leisure, or to just collapse under a tree in some of the places.
After the tour, our trek guide gives you, your bus tickets to Machupicchu pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes village (half an hour of ride); and at about 1:00 pm, the last meeting at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch together (not included) then the guide also gives your train tickets to return to Cuzco city; the train service goes to Ollantaytambo, and then transfer to the Hotel at Cuzco City (1 hour and forty minutes by train & 1 hour and forty minutes by transport).
Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu Includes
- The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.
- Hike briefing with your Guide.
- Professional Native Guide (On Hike).
- Second tour guide for groups of 9+.
- Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike – km 82).
- All entrance tickets and permits for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Park.
- Indigenous Porters to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container,
- cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
- Extra porter to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. personal items (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Village.
- Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs) and extra time for you.
- 1 train ticket from Machupicchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo village (Expedition Tourist Train).
- 1 bus ticket from Machu Picchu Park to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
- 3 nights camping.
- Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
- We provide a duffle bag for personal items.
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking during hike)
- One Chef and assistant Cook.
- Excellent Meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners).
- Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn).
- Wake up coca tea in your tent.
- Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
- Oxygen Tank & First aid kit.
- All local taxes.
Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu Does Not Include
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters
- Water on Day 1
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Day 4
- In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail we encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles
For the Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu Bring
- A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” it is applicable).
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support).
- 2 pairs of Trekking pants “not jeans”, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough, please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The second night the temperature can be as – 5 degrees Celsius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are in dry season!).
- 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 3 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) it is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well, the weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
- 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts.
- 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel back.
- Water (only on first day hike, then we will provide you throughout the hike).
- Camera and film.
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries.
- Bandages or moleskin.
- Flip flips to change into at night – your toes will thank you!.
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/conditioner, Brush/comb, Vaseline (for feet great for potential blisters), Feminine hygiene products, Deodorant, Nail clippers/file/tweezers, Spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, or contact lenses and supplies, Hand sanitizer etc.–which you need, but pack light.
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach, some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.), etc.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes.
- Something to read in the evenings.
- Extra money for drinks, tips in soles (porters, cooks, guides. (USD$30-40).
- Emergency money at least 200-350 extra soles (USD$ 120).
- Bolsa de dormir Pluma de ganso hasta -10 °C (USD 30 por todo el tour, recomendado).
- Baston con punta de goma (USD 20 x par, por todo el tour, recomendado).
- Porteador extra, máximo de carga 12 kilos. USD 150
Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days – Group Service Price
Price per person: US$ 625
Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days – Private Service Prices:
2 people: US$ 870 per person
3 people: US$ 780 per person
4 people: US$ 695 per person
5 people: US$ 655 per person
6 people: US$ 635 per person
7+ people: US$ 620 per person
Student Discount: US$ 35 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee +S$ 65 (book in advance this extra option)
- Vistadome Train (One Way): +$65 per person.
- Sleeping Bag US$25. Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters/6´4″ tall then you won’t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended that you bring your own.
- Walking pole US$20
- Inflatable mattress US$25
- Single tent supplement US$75
- Personal porter to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$75
NEED A PERMIT: In order to book your Inca Trail treks to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian authorities cap the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 people per day; everyone who enters the trail needs a permit including the trekker, guide, porters and other support staff. Permits often sell out several months in advance (5 to 8 months in advance), so you must book well ahead to secure your place. When you fill in our booking form you must fill in alternative start dates that are possible for you to begin the trek and these have to valid. If your preferred date is sold out we will use one of these alternative dates for your permit. Once we purchase your permit from the National Park office (INC & UGM), you are 100% confirmed to start this day. This date cannot be changed. Permits are completely non-refundable or transferable, so please make sure the date you booked is a good date to start this adventure. Your permit is linked to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail trek permit or you plan to travel with a different passport, you MUST also bring the passport you used to book your permit, or you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people can climb this mountain, so it needs to be booked in advance, and the price is $65 per person. It is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu at 10-11 AM time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. It is recommended to have this booked about 2 to 3 months in advance in order to secure your permit.
EXTRA NIGHT: If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes village), then you can book an extra night at the village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night so we organize your return train and transport for the next day to Cusco. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will have to buy a new entrance fee to Machu Picchu and the bus tickets for around $70 (book in advance)
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