min 2 / max 10
2430 m / 7932 ft
This 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is truly a journey to one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Discover and immerse yourself in the history, the mountains, the vegetation and wildlife, and, most of all, the people. Explore these archaeological sites that rest along the last know Inca Trail.
Machu Picchu is a wonder to hat shouldn’t be missed, and half the adventure is getting there by the Inca Trail. Learn how these ancient people lived and worked on this authentic and memorable trek and experience 4 days of adventure, and most of all, a cultural experience.
Though Machu Picchu is the final destination for everyone, the trip there is half the adventure. With this trek, you can get a feel for the architectural skill and prowess of this legendary civilization.
Though the Inca citadel is a wonder to behold, its location and the trek there only adds to its mystery and magic. As it sits like royalty upon the top of a mountain, you’ll be able to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it as equally as you’ll love the site itself.
This 4 day Inca trail trekking experience is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you have time to spare and want to immerse yourself in the journey to Machu Picchu fully, then this hike is made for you. With cloud-covered peaks offering an abundance of mystery to the site, you’ll feel the ever-present call of Machu Picchu with every step you take.
To ensure you get your spot, we advise booking at least three months before traveling between Oct and Apr and 6 months before traveling in May to Sept, although it is a times possible to get permits outside these timelines. Please note that the trail is closed in February for maintenance.
Our adventure starts with a bright and early pick up at 4:30 am and make our first stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where we’ll have an early breakfast. After breakfast, we travel to KM 82 (45 mins trip) and start our adventure! This will be our starting point for the trek which is considered one of the easiest days.
After trekking for 4 hours we will make our way to an exquisite buffet lunch setting organised and prepared by our Machu Picchu Tours team. After lunch, we will continue our journey of 3 hours ascending through the valleys of the Inca Trail.
Ayapata (1,0826 ft/3,300 m) is the first campsite and today is basically a training day for the following days to come. Today we meet our friendly team who will be in charge of the equipment and the entire trek! A time to socialise and make new friends too!
Ready for dinner? Dinner is normally ready by 7pm served by one of our top chefs! Camping under the stars is a moment to remember whilst at the same time you appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility this place offers.
Today is the longest day and by far the most challenging! We begin the day with an uphill climb of 4 hours (approx.) Warmi Wanusk’a (the dead woman’s pass) is known to have furthest altitude in the Inca trail (13,829 ft/4,215) so be prepared to have your cameras ready for some beautiful scenery. We continue on the trek descending to Pacaymayu (2 hrs approx) and take a break to enjoy a variety of meals offered for lunch.
After enjoying a wholesome lunch, we continue on trekking for another 3 hours and finally a further 2 hours of descent to arrive at our final campsite of the day at Chaquicocha (11811 ft/3600m). Treat yourself to a traditional Peruvian hot ‘mate’ tea whilst glancing at the sunset and ending the day with a great hearty dinner!
Today we’re on our own in the morning! This will be more of a relaxed climb with 2 hours of beautiful landscape and gain more insight into Peru’s history and culture. We make a stop to Phuyupatamarca (11811 ft/3600m) and take a minute to enjoy the panoramic view. From there, we descend a further 3 hours to reach our final campsite, Wiñaywayna (8530 ft/2600m).
We will have the rest of the afternoon to recover all of our energy and visit one of the great archaeological sites along the Inca Trail known as Wiñay Wayna (forever young).
This will be our last dinner with our team where we say our goodbyes and thank the porters who have gone above and beyond to make this trek amazing!
Last day of the trek and we start super early, 4am! After breakfast, we pack our gear, get ready and make our way to Intipunku. We will be one of the first groups to enter the sungate of Intipunku and be ready for a glorious sunrise surrounded by superb views.
Today will be a grand and rewarding day as we make our way to Machu Picchu trekking for 2 hours to the Sungate and a further 30 minutes to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Capturing first-hand views of this magnificent citadel. After visiting Machu Picchu with a 2 hour guided tour, you will have free time to explore a little more of Machu Picchu. Once we finish exploring, we will take the bus to Agua Calientes. We do recommend you have lunch in the town before you leave to Cusco.
The return to Cusco will take us 4 hours approximately, 2 hours by train and 2 hours by bus arriving at Cusco at 7pm.
At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours & Treks representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.
Your luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.
Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours staff to find and manage your luggage for you.
Travel insurance is essential as it offers you protection against circumstances like trip cancelations, delays or interruptions, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, and other problems that may occur. There are medical evacuation plans that are offered for additional protection in case of an emergency. At Machu Picchu Tours, we care about your health, and our recommended affiliate will fly you on their ICU-equipped aircraft to the hospital of your choice.
We recommend that you purchase a form of travel insurance to protect your travel investment.
The rules and regulations that control the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are always changing. You must be aware of any issues that are detailed in this document before you embark on your adventure to Peru.
Keep in mind that only 500 people per day are allowed to start on the Inca Trail trek at km. 82. This number includes all the support staff and is controlled. Once this limit is reached, the trail is closed off for the day, and no other bookings can be made. No reservations are held on the trail, and all permits to trek must be bought as far in advance as possible with you complete and correct passport information. No modifications can or will be made. Any attempts to modify your permit will result in its loss and money paid.
Any booking made at least 90 days or more before the Inca Trail portion of any Machu Picchu Tours & Treks should proceed without any issues.
The name and passport number that is submitted to Machu Picchu Tours at the confirmation time will be used to purchase the permit for the Inca Trail and entrance to Machu Picchu. This number and name will be used to identify yourself as you enter the checkpoint at the start of the trail and throughout the hike. If any of this information doesn’t match what has been submitted initially at confirmation, changes and correction can be subject to fees as discrepancies can lead to you being denied admission to the Inca Trail.
Please take note that these rules and regulations are strictly enforced by the governing bodies of the Inca Trail in Peru. They are out of the control of Machu Picchu Tours, and no exceptions can or will be made. If you are denied access to the Inca Trail due to providing incorrect or invalid information, the cost of accommodation and other services during this time will be your responsibility and not Machu Picchu Tours & Treks.
At times, portions of the Inca Trail will be closed down for general maintenance. This is usually during February each year. Closures can occur at various times throughout the year due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods of closures, any tour affected will hike the alternative one—for example, the 3-day Huchuy Qosqo trek, 4-day Lares Trek, or the 5-day Salkantay Trek.
To support the right of porters on the Inca Trail continually, we want to ensure that they never exceed the weight limits for the packs that have been detailed out by Peruvian Authorities. They are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker. Other Peru treks see a limit of 7kg. This includes the following:
You’re allowed 6kg for the hike, which can be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must be in your day pack. To help achieve this goal, we highly recommend travel-size toiletries, sports sandals that can be worn with socks, and you limit electronics to those that you’re willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left at Cusco. It is recommended that you bring anything of value like money, passports, credit cards, cameras, and other items of value while on the trek.
Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.
If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.
Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.
If you have experience as a hike, then the distances in the itineraries will seem short. This does compensate for the altitude. This can make a difference in how difficult a trek feels. Most involve steep climbs and descents. These can take a hard toll on your body and joints.
Make sure you do some preparation and be of average fitness to truly enjoy these treks as attitude is vital to the experience. Two to three days of acclimatization before your trek may help reduce the risk of getting sick during the trek. A couple of days won’t make a difference in terms of how difficult you find the hike.
This is dependent on the exact location. La Paz experiences a much drier climate than Cusco. In the jungle areas, it’s more-than-likely to rain daily, but the rain showers will fall in short heavy bursts. If you’re in the mountains, most showers are short-lived but can be cumbersome and usually in the afternoon or overnight. Rain is interspersed with periods of sunshine, but it has been known to rain all day, especially in February. It can also remain overcast all day.
The Inca Trail is the most famous trek to Machu Picchu. However, due to the restricted number of permits, the entrance sells out around six months in advance. A fantastic alternative is the Lares trek or the Salkantay Trek.
Reviewed September 2019 Gina B
Machu Picchu is a must see if you’re going to Peru, I highly recommend taking the 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in and enjoying the sight as you approach from the mountains. John is an amazing tour guide, he knows all the spots that you need to see, great organisational skills – everything was always clear – and is also such a cool guy to travel with, always up for joining in the fun 🙂
Reviewed September 2019 josephly429
If you haven’t been to Peru before I highly recommend it, especially if you’re into nature, hiking, culture and food.
Let me first start off to say that I highly recommend John because not only was he very informative and professional, he’s also extremely friendly and fun to be with. He will show you a great time, laugh with you, and to be honest I can say that I am very grateful that he was my tour leader because not only did we cover everything I wanted to see, it felt as if he went the extra mile and showed me even more of Peru than I ever anticipated!
Lastly, not once did I not feel safe with him as he was very trusting, honest and looked out for the group’s best interest. I will come back to Peru one of these days because I’ve fallen in love with everything that I experienced, and when I do, you better believe that I am picking this company over the rest(requesting only for John as my tour leader of course). I highly recommend first timers traveling to Peru to choose Machu Picchu Tours & Treks.
Reviewed February 2020 Lauracmarsh_732
I travelled to Peru in October and had an amazing time. John is a great tour guide, he is very informative, helpful and a lovely guy. He did all he could to make sure we all had everything we needed. During the 4 days trekking the Inca Trail he kept us motivated and made the experience fun. Also excellent at taking photos for you to remember the experience long after you have left and your muscles no longer ache. Me and my friend were at the back as our group was faster than us and he never made us feel like we were slow. If anyone is thinking of doing a tour I highly recommend John as he is somebody who looks after his guests well!
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