Inka Trail 4D/3N



Day 1 : Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata Ayapata:
Peru Inca Machupicchu will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep in a bit with your pickup at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. We will then drive to Km 82, arriving at about 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your cook, we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter to the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta or llactapata which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From Patallacta it’s another 2 hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300 meters). On this last stretch we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drinks or snacks you can do there, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have the afternoon tee. By 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well-deserved rest.

Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours).
Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level.
Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail).
Weather: Warm and windy.

Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman´S Pass – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha:
Your tour guide will wake you up early in the morning with a hot coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start early. We’ll hike for about 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4200 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden place of the River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and on 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 one hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca. We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold!.

Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours).
Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather).
Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes).
Area: Andes and Cloud Forest.
Weather: Cold and rainy

Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna Camp:
Wake up call at 6:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Andean flat” and begin to enter to the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay mountain, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley of the incas, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Andean flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (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 inca site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hours walk down steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). 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.
During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (city in the Clouds) and Intipata inca terraces. We arrive at our campsite around 1:00PM to have lunch and then relax for the entire afternoon so that you’re relaxed and ready for your final day at Machu Picchu. At around 4:00PM your guide will show you the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about an hour and a half there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day. We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last supper and feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the porters to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in the hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu.
Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours).
Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather).
Considered: Easy day – all downhill!.
Area: High Cloud Forest.
Weather: Warm and very humid

Day 4 : Machu Picchu – The Lost City Of The Incas
Wake up time is at 4:00AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:30AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll say goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downsteps to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better! At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour. After the tour you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes and you’ll have plenty of free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountains – Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be arranged ahead of time). Your tour guide will meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. At lunch, he will hand out train tickets, so if you choose to skip, please arrange to get these before leaving him at Machu Picchu. Unless you arranged for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 4:20. Please make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes ahead of time. This train will be 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where an Peru Inca Machupicchu driver will meet you and drive you back to the city in our bus.
Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 4.00AM).
Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest.
Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water).

Professional Guides: All of our tour guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
Briefing: The night before your trek, we will come to your hotel for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite.
Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 82, to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes to cusco on the last day is included. This is Expedition train. Once you arrive at the train station at Ollantaytambo, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas calientes is also included.
Equipment: Peru Inca Machupicchu has the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
Food: The Peru Inca Machupicchu chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style.
You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, we will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.
First Aid: Our tour guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
Extras: Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • Sleeping Bag: $20.
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15.
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $15.