Discover 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
The classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks in the world due to its exquisite beauty and natural environment. This includes different ecological areas from high Andean hills to rainforests.
Following this ancient Inca Trail Hike, passing through mysterious archaeological inca trail houses, inca trail temples, and royal inca trail residences covered by vegetation environments, creating the impression of being discovered for the first time, to finally reach the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Our adventure is led by expert inca trail hike tour guides who will ensure that your trip safe and enjoyable. We work only in small groups and with the best inca trail camping equipment, our inca trail cooks are the best with a great experience preparing the best food for your enjoyment.
- Follow an ancient Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu with incredible views and unique in the world, many inca temples, houses and sacred places.
- Explore Cusco, see ancient inca trail ruins, and visit traditional Andean towns.
- Learn the history of the Incas with the best inca trail guides in Cusco, all are locals with a lot of experience.
- Connect your energies with nature and the pure air of the mountains.
- Trek 5–7 miles per day, fully supported; carry only day packs.
- Experience outdor activities! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!
- Bird watching on the Inca trail hike is very special, it is something unique. Since, there are very few places in the world that can generate these emotions
- The great variety of colors and shapes that we observe. Certainly, they create experiences that captivate all those who take a break to enjoy the richness of the Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu.
Inclusions of this tour
We will pick up you from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we go in private transportation that will take us to Km 82, Piscacucho, start of the classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu; vía Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, at the checkpoint we will meet our porters, and we will weigh the equipment and control the passports and their tickets, for the classic Inca Trail hike, then we will start our trek at 9:00 am, along the Urubamba River until we reach Llactapata an important archaeological site at 12:00 pm, where we will learn a bit about the history and culture of the Incas, then at 13:00 pm we will have lunch at the site of Tarayoc, then we continue 2 hours of walking to our first camp of Huayllabamba, this site is the last town that we will see on the route, it is inhabited by farmers who still plant their plots of corn and potatoes. This day you can take advantage to charge your devices with electricity. In the afternoon it will be our presentation with our porters, and a very nutritious dinner to rest.
HUAYLLABAMBA - DEAD WOMAN´S PASS - PACAYMAYU
Your porters will wake up you, at 5:00 am with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start at 6:30 am. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the classic inca trail trek to machu picchu, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). The first 2 hours , you will walk into highland forest, the way is steps and uphill. Then you will get the place of Llulluchapampa, where we will stop a long time, from this point until the dead woman pass is one hour and a half , the landscape gonna change , is a new microclimate, because the altitude it gonna be very hard, but not impossible to reach the pass at 12:00 pm, we’ll stop a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayo Valley ). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot, we will end the hike at 2:00 pm . In the afternoon is a free time, to relaxing , in case you like a cold shower there is , if not just enjoy the beauty of the landscape, this day we have also tea time and the dinner.
RUNKURAKAY - SAYACMARCA - PHUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYHUAYNA
We begin early again, wake up at 5:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. We begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village). We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the lunch place, in Chaquicocha at 11:00 am (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After lunch, we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in Cusco. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarca it’s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps, to our last campsite, arrival time is at 16:00 pm. Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU-AGUAS CALIENTES-CUSCO
Wake up time is at 4:00 AM. Then we will do a line in order to wait at the checkpoint to be opened. At 5:30 am once the park rangers do the last checking we start the walk to the Sun Gate, along the way we have spectacular views of the mountains and Urubamba river. We will reach the Sun Gate at 6:30am, over there you can take the first picture of Machu Picchu with amazing views, after to enjoy the sunrise, we will go down to the sacred citadel. At 8:00 am we will arrive to the gate of Machu Picchu , overe there we have to leave all our backpacks, because into the archeological site is not possible to do with rucksacks. As well you can use the toilets and buy some coffes or sodas. At 9:00 am we start the tour guiding into the complex with your tour guide for 2 hours. At midday you have to go down to Aguas Calientes town, and look a restaurant for your lunch. So the return to Ollantaytambo by train is at 14:30 pm. After 1h 45m the train arrives to Ollantaytambo train station where gonna pick up you our staff, after to have amazing days you will arrive to your hotel in Cusco at 18:30 pm.
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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