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4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Inca Trail Trek

4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, popularly known as Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is one of our signature treks. It is a 500 years old trail through which the Incas used to hike from Cusco to their sacred citadel, Machu Picchu

Quite recently, the popular travel magazine, National Geography listed Inca Trail as one of the top twenty five treks in the world. Most people who visit Machu Picchu, prefer hiking the esteemed trail and to reach the citadel the Incas way. 

However, due to the growing popularity and to protect the trail from hazards, local authorities restrict just 500 people a day. This includes porters, guides and chefs. So barely 200 hikers get to hike a day. The trail often sells out six months in advance. 

The trailhead is at Km 82. It is a point that is 82 kilometres away from Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu. The trailhead is located halfway between Ollantytambo and Aguas Calientes. 

This is one of the most rewarding treks to Machu Picchu. It offers diverse views from snow capped peaks to cloud forests. 

The trail is also dotted with many less popular and undiscovered archaeological sites. The highlight of hiking the Inca trail is the Dead Woman’s pass, Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun Gate). View of the sun rising on the Inca Citadel from the Sun Gate is exclusive to those on the Inca Trail. 

This is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend 2-3 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

Why Machu Picchu Peru Cusco?

We are a licensed Inca Trail tour operator based in Cusco. Travelling with us means adventure, fun and security. We maintain high safety standards. Our guides are trained on first aid and use of Oxygen cans. 

We believe that choosing the right travel company is important to determine your experience in Cusco. We aim to offer a seamless experience that would make your trip unforgettable. Check our reviews in TripAdvisor.

Please Note: To get the most enchanting views of the cloud forest, you may upgrade to the vistadome train for your way back at an extra cost. The train has panoramic windows that offer a 360 degrees view.

If you want to experience just the highlights of Inca Trail then do take a look at our 2 Days Short Inca Trail

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional Guides
  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing.
  • Porters & Horsemen: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items
  • Emergency Horse: All of our Alternative Treks include an extra horse for our clients to use if they need a break from trekking.
  • Hotel the last night
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4:30 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo before the trek) and brought to the trail head to begin your trek.
  • First Aid
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • First Aid Kit
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail
  • All food during the trek

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: USD $20
  • Inflatable air matt: USD $15
  • Walking sticks (pair): USD $15
  • Huayna Picchu mountain $ 75

Things To Carry

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Hands sanitiser.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt, socks).
  • Hiking socks.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
  • Snacks and Water Bottles
4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Inca Trail Trek

Day 1Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. You will be boarding the train to the trailhead from here. 

Once we reach Km 82, the authorities will be verifying your permit and your passport. So it is important to carry your original passport. We will then begin the four days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

We will be hiking to Miskay. Here we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, we will continue the hike to our first campsite in Wayllabamba. On our way we will be visiting the renowned Inca ruin of Llactapata. 

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 11 Kms/6.83 Miles
  • Highest Point 3,000 m/9,840 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,700m/8,856 ft.
  • Highlights: Inca Ruins
  • Physical Level: Moderate |

Day 2Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu

We will begin the day quite early in the morning, After a nutritious breakfast, we will be hiking to the highest point of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu – Warmi Wañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4215 metres above sea level (13828 feet).

Most people have felt an energy of a female spirit here, hence the pass is called – Dead Woman’s Pass. From here we will be hiking down to Pacaymayo where we will be camping for the night. 

  • Hiking Time:7-8 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 12 Kms/ 7.45 Miles
  • Highest Point 4,215 m/ 13,825 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 3,000 m/ 9,840 ft.
  • Highlights: Highest Point of the trail, Scenic Views
  • Physical Level: Extreme |

Day 3Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Wiñay Wayna

After breakfast, we will hike up to the second highest pass of Inca trail at 3850 metres | 12631 feet. The trail will take us through Runcuracay ruins. We will also be visiting some sites like Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarka. 

We will then be heading to Wiñay Wayna where we will be camping for the night. Wiñay Wayna, translated to “Forever Young,”. In the evening, we will hike to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. 

  • Hiking Time:8-10 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 15 Kms/ 9.32 Miles
  • Highest Point 3,950 m/ 12,956 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,650 m/ 8,692 ft.
  • Highlights: Inca ruins, original section of Inca Trail, jaw dropping views
  • Physical Level: Extreme

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will be leaving quite early in the morning. We will begin the final leg of the 4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu. First, we will be visiting Inti Punku (Sungate). You will be getting an exclusive view of sunrise at Machu Picchu citadel from here. 

Once you have had your fill of this pristine view, we will be hiking down to the citadel.

The tour guide will then give you a two hours guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. 

If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. Later, you will be taking a bus down to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you to your hotel in Cusco. 

  • Hiking Time: 2-3 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 5 Kms/ 3.11 Miles
  • Highest Point 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,400 m/ 7,872 ft.
  • Highlights: Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Physical Level: Moderate 
4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Inca Trail Trek
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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was one of the places i most longed to visit .
Make my reservation directly with the travel agency Machu Picchu Perú Cusco .
They helped me organize everything.
Everything was coordinated staff very well instructed especially Karen she is a very friendly person .
Sue organized my trip .
Thank you very much to all.

November 21, 2019