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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Hike the Inca Trail with professionals and gain the best experience of your life

Inca Trail is rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery that leads you to Machu Picchu; the lost city of the Incas; mysterious Inca ruins and trails that wind their way. The Inca trail was used for religious purposes; for pilgrims to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu; and due to that, this trail linked Cusco; the capital of the Inca State and the Holy Sanctuary of MACHU PICCHU.

Our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a fully-portered trek; where your comfort and enjoyment are our prime responsibility; we make sure that you get the best experience of your holiday in Peru.  The Inca Trail is four-day hike through the Andes with two high passes to cross over; the highest of which reaches to 4,200 masl (Dead woman’s pass). Every day wez walk for 6-8 hours approximately. The total distance to hike is 45kms (26ml); which reward you with stunning mountain scenery and mysterious Inca ruins.  The last day, we’ll arrive to Machu Picchu explore it and return to Cusco by train.

The endless astounding beauty of the Inca Trail has ensured that it is one of the best trekking destinations in the world. It has both challenge and beauty making it suitable for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. You must come and take the unique opportunity to exhilarate yourself in this beautiful natural and cultural terrain!; You will fall in love with the dramatic valleys and superb mountain views in the peaceful and unspoiled environment. Before booking this tour read the FAQ’s

The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
The classic view of Machu Picchu when one arrives to from the Inca Trail…


Region: Cusco – Peru
Destionation: Machu Picchu
Duration: 4 Days
Grade: Moderate to Chllenge
Max Altitude: 4,200m / 13,779fts
Approx. Trekking distance: 45Kms. / 26mls
Type of Trekking: Camping Trip

Steeped in mythos, legends and history the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a trekking trip in the Vilcabamba mountain range; the good weather sweeps alluringly on the Andes, making the Inca Trail one of the best trekking destinations available in Peru.


The Inca trail to Machu Picchu is Peru’s best known trekking which combine a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. It preserves different ecological zones and extraordinary habitat for thousands of wild animals; some of them in dangerous of extinction; among them the spectacled bear and the Andean Condor.

Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary; as well as numerous birds, hummingbirds and the majestic Andean Condor. The Inca Trail is part of the “Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu”; an area of over 32,000 hectares set aside by the Peruvian state to protect the host of flora and fauna that flourished here.

This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4,200masl are reached; so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level; plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to starting the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and give you sufficient opportunity to visit other interesting places such us City tour that includes the Cathedral, the magnificent fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Qorikancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay; also you can visit the marvelous Sacred Valley of the Incas that included the picturesque colonial towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.


The Inca Trail was a perfect road system that began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucuman – Argentina. Inca Trail with its 45,000kms annexed the actual countries of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina by extraordinary road system that crossed the mountain ranges of the Andes, with peak altitudes of more than 5,000 masl.

Incas built a vast network of roads to be able to communicate with the four regions of their huge empire: Antisuyo, Qollasuyo, Chichaysuyo and Contitisuyo. Currently, there are remains of the Qhapaqñan throughout Peru that are still used to this day by local farmers sometimes accompanied by pack animals. Part of this Inca Trail leads the awesome gate of Machu Picchu.


  • Highlights: Lifetime experience; Beautiful and mysterious Inca ruins along the way, your first sight of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate)
  • Location: The trek begins about 3 hours from Cusco at Pisqhakucho or Kilometer 82, near Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Tour level: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness.
  • 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.
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
  • Trek permits: Yes, required. 500 permits are issued daily. In the peak season, the trail is booked months in advance.
  • Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.


Peruvian climate features two seasons: dry season (May-Sept.) and wet season (Oct.-April). In the dry season the high Andean countryside is characterized by sere brown, gold, and tan colors, overarched by clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. While there is some rain in the dry season, it is not generally enough to impede hiking or road transport. The wet season is warmer, and the mountainsides are a fantastic variety of verdant shades; flowers abound. But the skies tend to be overcast, misty, and sweeping views of the ranges may be hard to find.

Rainfall can be heavy and abundant, causing landslides that impede travel on mountain roads and railroads; flights are commonly delayed by weather. Trekking in the mountains (and canoeing on Andean or jungle rivers) during the wet season is generally less enjoyable than in the dry, though much depends on your luck with the weather on the particular days you are hiking.

The best time to hike The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is on the shoulder months of the dry season, Late April / Early May and Late September / Early October. At these times the trails tend to be significantly quieter than peak season, the Citadel less packed and the weather conditions relatively good.


DAY 1: Start the Lifetime Adventure

  • At 05:30 a.m, we’ll pick your up from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.
  • 3 hours and half travel by bus form Cusco to Pisqhakucho or km 82.
  • Trek for 6 -7 hours; along the trail, you’ll see Patallacata  and Willcaraqhay Inca ruins.

DAY 2: Dead Woman Pass

  • Get your breakfast at 06:30 a.m and start to trek at 07:00 a.m aproximately.
  • Past the higest pass of 4,200 masl called “Dead Woman Pass”
  • Stop at Pacaymayu for lunch
  • In the afternoon, trek over the second pass located at 4,000 masl
  • Along the trail, you’ll visit Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca Ruins
  • Today, the trek will last for 7–8 hours approximately.

DAY 3: Beautiful Day

  • Get your breakfast at 07:00 a.m and start the trek at 07:30 a.m approximately.
  • Trek through the original Inca Trail
  • Visit Phuyupatamarka, Intipata and Wñayhuayna Inca ruins.
  • Get your lunch at Wiñayhuayna which will be the campsite for today.
  • Trek for 5-6 hours approximately.

DAY 4: Machu Picchu Tour.

  • Today, you’ll have to wake up very early to start to trek at 05:30 a.m to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
  • Trek 1 hour and 30min from Wiñayhuayna to “Inti Punku” or Sungate from where you can see Machu Picchu.
  • Trek 30 minutes from “Inti Punku” to Machu Picchu.
  • 2 -3 hour tour whitnin Machu Picchu
  • Extra enough time to explore alone.
  • Bus down to “Aguas Calientes” for your lunch.
  • In the afternoon, take the train and return to Ollantaytambo train station and transfer to your hotel.
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Full Itinerary


1st Day: Start the Lifetime Adventure

We will see you the first day at 5:30am in your hotel in Cusco; then travel by bus for 3:30 hours to Pisqhakucho or Km 82. The journey will take us cruising through mountain passages connecting the sacred valley of the Incas. After we arrive to Pisqhakucho we’ll start trekking on easy trail for 6 -7 hours.
Today we’ll visit the Inca ruins of Patallacta where you’ll see beautiful Inca terraces, Inca aqueducts and incredible Inca town located on the slope site of the mountain.
The trekking of today is mainly through the valley with wonderful mountain sceneries; it is easy walk.

  • 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

2th Day: Dead Woman Pass

The second day’s trek covering 7 – 8 hours, we’ll trek up to the highest pass named “Dead woman’s pass” at 4,200m/13,779fts the trekking is hard due to the altitude; we recommended walk slowly. Once you are on the top you’ll be rewarded by splendid views: up many mountains and below several valleys.
From the pass we descend to the Pacaymayu Valley/river where we’ll enjoy our lunch and in the afternoon we’ll walk over the second pass at 4,000m.

Along the trail we’ll visit the Runkuraqhay Inca ruins, which probably was a”Tambo” in the time of the Incas; Tambo is a resting place for travellers.
We also w’ll visit the Inca ruins of “Sayacmarka” located on the top of a rocky mountain at 3,600masl. Sayacmarka is a beautiful Inca town where you can see leaving rooms, squares, streets, aqueducts, water fountains, etc.

Note: Make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek since there are no water points on this trail.

  • 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

3th Day: Beautiful Day

Today’s trek will take you through tropical Jungle with incredible views of the Andes and picturesque snow mountains. The hike will last for 6 -7 hours; the trail at the beginning is undulated and three hours after all the way down until the campsite of Wiñay wayna.

Along the trail we’ll visit the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarka which was an Inca temple dedicated for water; where the Incas did a ceremony for this important element of the life; this region most time of the year is cloudy and some time with rain; this is probably the reason why the Incas build here this important temple.

Near the campsite there is other beautiful Inca ruins named Wiñay Wayna which we’ll explore after the lunch. Wiñaywayna conserves impressive Inca terraces for agriculture and beautiful Inca temple for the rainbow.

  • 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

4th Day: Machu Picchu Tour

The wakeup call will be at 4:00am, your breakfast at 4:30am and at 5:15am we’ll start walking toward the sun gate from where we’ll see the first lights over Machu Picchu (if the weather allows us); then we continue down to Machu Picchu and take the classic pictures; the walk this morning will last for two hours.

We’ll explore Machu Picchu, here the guide will explain you all details and the history, after that you’ll have free time for further exploration; when you finish with Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants; after the lunch you can walk around the town; and at 4:30pm we’ll take the train and return to Ollantaytambo train station from where we’ll transfer you to Cusco.

  • Considered: The most exciting and magical day
  • Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

The Inca Trail Map

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Photo Gallery

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Video



Daily Departure
Price: US$ 650 pp. Group Service


Daily departure
2 People US$ 750 pp.
3 People US$ 675 pp.
4 People US$ 645 pp.
5 People US$ 615 pp.

The prices INCLUDES the combined Inca Trail trek permit and Machu Picchu entrance fee of 252 Peruvian Soles (S/.292 + S/.60 sales tax) which is about US$108, bus from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes” (US$12), return on tourist train from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo Expedition Service (US$75), Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (US$15) and all local sales taxes (18%). There are no hidden charges in our trek prices. For full details what’s includes see below. The price includes all credit card & PayPal transfer fees within the cost of the trek.


  • We can hire the following to you.
  • Porter to carry your personal things 6 kilos in duffel bags that we provide (US$60 for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10° US$25 for the entire trip.
  • Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS (these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light backpack. In some days we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

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  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek – Bus down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”. Tourist train Expeditions class from Machu Picchu to Cusco. Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fee: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
    Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, we’ll provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people)
    General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Others Items: First-aid kit, oxygen bottle.


  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 3.00
  • Extra Porter: To carry your personal items (7kg) in duffel bags that we provide US$ 50.00 for the entire trek.
  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Others: The optional night in the town of “Aguas Calientes”, we will assist you on this, but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
    Tips for the staff.

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