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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

4 days / 3 nights

from: USD 500.00

Let´s get back in time to follow the footsteps of the enigmatic ancient civilisation which built holy citadel of Machu Picchu. This civilisation - the Incas, were very systematic and well-organized so they developed many routes accross the majestic Andes. This Andean Road System were called "Qhapaq Ñan".  The most known of them is the fabulous Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu! The trail is divided in to 4 days covering a distance of 44 kilometres overcoming altitude above 4,000 kilometres. The route leads us through three astonishing mountain passes, shows us many remote and hardly accessible Inca archaeological sites to finally reach the citadel of Machu Picchu.


One can find only a couple of treks all around the globe combining historical sites, natural treasures and mystic atmosphere finishing in such a stunning place like this! Although, the Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu might be a challenge, it can be accomplished by everybody being physically fit. During the trek, pace is usually slow since there is enough time and no rush. Each trekking group is guided by an experienced, local Tour Guide and supported by local Cook and Porters. This enables you an utmost comfort since you carry only your daily pack.


Please note: We strongly recommend you to book the Inca Trail as soon as possible (at least a couple of months in advance) in order to prevent any disappointment due to a quite limited capacity of the trek!

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Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa

Day 2: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Day 3: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho- Wayllabamba – Llullucha Pampa

The first Westerner who examined this trek was its discoverer Hiram Bingham in 1911. In 1970, it was opened for trekkers. There are not only historical remains of Machu Picchu in this region, there are loads of other archaeological sites reachable only by foot and they still need to be explored! You start out the trek by early morning transfer to Piskacuchu (2,680 m.a.s.l.) situated on the 82nd km (51 mile) of the railway Cusco – Machu Picchu. Your Tour Guide briefs your there so that you can start the adventure by crossing a bridge and walk along the Urubamba River bank flowing north-west of the Sacred Valley. Later on, we turn away from the river at the right and begin sudden ascent. When we pass a small village, remains of Willca Raccay, an Inca fortress, appear above the mouth of the Cusichaca (Happy Bridge) River. Incas built the fortress after they had conquered this area as it offered splendid views of the valley of the Urubamba River as well as it allowed to control the access to the Cusichaca Valley. Later on, you have the opportunity to view the large fortress of Llactapata. For lunch, we stop in Chamana. Afterwards, we go on along the river observing a variety of Inca irrigation canals and agricultural stepped terraces before we get to the charming Wayllabamba Village. In the afternoon, we continue to the place of our first campsite, which is the Llullucha Pampa village (3,850 m), where we have dinner and we stay overnight.

Day 2: Llullucha Pampa - Warmi Wańusqa - Chaquicocha

This day is a challenge since we ascend the highest point of the Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu that we start early morning. The point is Abra Warmi Wańusqa (Dead Woman’s pass in Quechua native language) situated at 4,200 m.a.s.l. (13,780 feet) passing through the cloud forests of Corral Punku and Yunkachimpa boasting of exceptional views of the surrounding snowy peaks. From Warmi Wańusqa we descent to the valley of Pacamayo (3,300 m/10,826 ft) to enjoy well-deserved lunch. Afterwards, we trek until Runkuracay to be guided around this Incan site and later on we get ready to ascend the second pass of this busy day, which is Abra Runkuracay (3,860 m/12,664 ft) to finally start descending this so called Incan Highway passing the Yanacocha Lake to reach the next amazing Inca site - Sayacmarca. In Chaquicocha, we set up our second campsite, have dinner and a rest.

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

After breakfast we continue on the route, going through delightful semi-tropical flora on the way to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (3.600 mt) (11,811 feet). After a guided tour we have lunch there. We then commence a steep descent through cloud forest where we have the chance to see charming orchids and various types of birds en route to our campsite in Wiñaywayna (2, 700 mt) (8,858 feet). We then have a guided tour of the Wiñaywayna archaeological site. After we set up camp and are served dinner.

Day 04: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We wake up early today and have our breakfast. We start our trek with a view of the Urubamba River to the Sun Gate or Intipunku to see the sun rising over Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel early for the best photo opportunities and then devote the rest of the morning discovering the ruins. When you’re finished with the guided tour you can descend to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch or visit the hot springs or alternatively spend extra free tine at Machu Picchu. Later, you take the train back to Cusco.


  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment and and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Classic Inca Trail Map;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($65) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($55);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

How to Book the Classic Inca Trail?

For the sake of maintaining the Classic Inca Trail and its surroundings, the Peruvian authorities now limit the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 a day, including hikers, guides, porters and other support staff. Permits frequently sell out various months before and you have to reserve well in advance to obtain your place, especially if you want to go in high season between June and August.

We advise booking your permit at least four months in advance to prevent any letdowns. You can possibly find more economic flights in May, September and October, in the off season. Permit availability can change quickly and cannot be confirmed until it is reserved in theInca Trail office ( once passport details are recieved and the deposit has been paid). Once authorized it is not possible to make any changes to your Inca Trail permit. Your Passport for the Inca Trail Trek

You need to supply us with your passport details when you request your Inca Trail Trek. We cannot make a reservation without this. Your permit is connected to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail permit or are planning on traveling with a different passport you need to also bring the passport you used to book your Inca Trail permit or you will not be allowed to hike the Inca Trail. It is very important to make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months.


Booking the Inca Trail & your deposit

When reserving your tour you will pay your 50% deposit. We will issue a confirmation invoice, which means your booking has been accepted and a contract exists.

If we are unable to confirm a tour we will refund your deposit in full.


Inca Trail Closure

The Inca Trail is closed once a year (in Febuary) for maintainence and during this time we can offer you other tours. There are alternative treks the Inca Trail available where you can have a similar experience, which are usually not as difficult and follow the Urubamba River before ending as usual at the sungate at Machu Picchu.


Price Changes

Please note that all routes to Machu Picchu are subject to local regulations and prices for permits and transportation may change without notice. Although we will aim to deal with any changes ourselves, it may be inevitable to increase our prices accordingly even after you have booked or whilst on your tour.

Wha to take on the Inca Trail?

  • Passport Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
    Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
  • Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

Inca Trail Alternative Treks

If you would like to do the classic Inca Trail and it is fully booked, we can recommend the Inca Trail alternative treks, there you can find the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu and the landscapes, it is beatifully

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