Here are some key points to know about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru:
Ancient Inca Trail: Hiking the Inca Trail allows you to tread upon the actual ancient footpath created by the Inca people centuries ago, carved into the mountains. It’s a truly historic and immersive experience.
Permits Required: Inca Trail permits are mandatory for anyone wishing to hike any section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. These permits are obtained exclusively through licensed Inca Trail tour companies, authorized by the Peruvian government.
Camping and Lodging: Inca Trail treks typically involve multi-day hikes with camping or a combination of other lodging options for overnight stays. You’ll be immersed in the natural beauty of the Andes.
Popular Options: The 4-Day Classic Inca Trail group or private tour is the most popular choice. There’s also the Short Inca Trail 2-Day Tour for those with limited time. Longer options include the 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour and the 7-day combination of the Salkantay and Inca Trail tours.
Rainbow Mountain: Many hikers choose to add the famous one-day hike to Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley to their Inca Trail to Machu Picchu itinerary, enhancing their adventure.
Hiking the Inca Trail is a remarkable journey that allows you to immerse yourself in history and nature while reaching the awe-inspiring destination of Machu Picchu.
ITINERARY: INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
The following itinerary is the most classic that can be done on the Inca Trail. In 4 days and 3 nights, you can reach Machu Picchu, following the most beautiful trail that exists, crossing the pass of the dead woman and passing through Inti Punku, known as the door of the sun. The itinerary is based on the 4-day Inca Trail.
Day 1: CUSCO - KM 82 - LLACTAPATA - AYAPATA
To commence this unforgettable journey, our team will collect you from your hotel between 4:30 - 6:30 a.m. (depending on your location) and transport you to KM 82 (arrival expected around 8 a.m.). Following a delightful breakfast, we will proceed directly to the checkpoint to initiate the hike to Machu Picchu. An initially moderate 2-hour hike will lead us to LlactaPata, the first Inca site along the trail. Situated in a unique and secluded spot, you will relish the awe-inspiring views of this ancient city. Continuing for an additional 2 hours, we will reach Hatunchaca, nestled in the heart of the Inca Trail, where a scrumptious lunch will await.
We will embark on another 2-hour hike to our first campsite, situated in Ayapata, and anticipate arrival around 5 p.m. A tent, a snack, and a warm beverage will be prepared for you. Subsequently, you will have ample time to relax and savor the mountain vistas before dinner.
- Camp Altitude: 3300 m - 10,826 ft
- Maximum Altitude: 3300 m - 10,826 ft
- Distance: 13.5 km / 8 miles
- Duration: 8 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Lodging: camping
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: AYAPATA - WARMIWAÑUSKA - RUNKURACAY - CHAQUICOCHA
We will rouse you early with a steaming cup of coffee or cocoa tea on this, the most demanding day of the trek to Machu Picchu. After breakfast, a challenging 4-hour uphill hike to the "dead woman's pass" awaits, where the altitude reaches 4215 m (13,829 ft), marking the highest point on the Inca Trail. Upon arrival, we will pause to appreciate the serenity of the location, while our guide conducts a traditional offering ceremony to the Apus (local gods). Following this, a 2-hour hike to the Pacaymayu valley, where a well-deserved lunch will be enjoyed, is on the agenda. The second stage involves a more manageable 2-hour ascent, offering opportunities to explore two Inca sites: Runkuracay and Sayacmarca. Twenty minutes later, we will arrive at our second campsite at Chaquicocha, adjacent to a dry lake at an altitude of 3600 m (11,811 ft), where you can bask in a splendid sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range before dinner. With clear skies, this locale provides the perfect setting for stargazing.
- Camp Altitude: 3600 m - 11,811 ft
- Maximum Altitude: 4217 m - 13,835 ft
- Distance: 16 km / 9 miles
- Duration: 10 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Accommodation: camp
- Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Day 3: CHAQUICOCHA - PUYUPATAMARCA - HUIÑAY HUAYNA
Having conquered the most arduous leg of the Inca Trail, you can now relish the most leisurely and potentially the most captivating day of the trek. The route today is highly diverse, and it takes just 5 hours to reach the final camp. Along the way, you will traverse several distinct ecosystems, explore the cloud forest, and revel in the magnificent panoramic vista of Mount Salkantay, the second-highest mountain in Cusco. Two Inca sites will be visited:
Puyupatamarka (City in the Clouds), boasting spectacular views of the Urubamba River and Machu Picchu Mountain, and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). At Intipata, you will have ample time to rest and savor the enchanting surroundings. We will arrive at the camp around 1 p.m. for lunch, after which you will have the opportunity to unwind and relax during free time. In the afternoon, we will explore yet another remarkable Inca site, Huiñay Huayna, where the guide will narrate the history of this exceptional location. Later, we will return to camp for tea, dinner, and a special surprise!
- Camp Altitude: 2600 m - 8530 ft
- Maximum Altitude: 3600 m - 1181 ft
- Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
- Duration: 6 hours
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Accommodation: camping
- Difficulty: Easy
Day 4: HUIÑAY HUAYNA - MACHU PICCHU On the final day of the Inca Trail, we rise early in preparation for the pinnacle of the BikingPeruTrek experience: visiting Machu Picchu, the renowned lost city of the Incas. Our journey commences with a direct route to the checkpoint, where we patiently await its opening at 5:30 a.m. As the sky gradually brightens, we embark on a 1-hour hike to the Sun Gate, indulging in the breathtaking scenery along the way. On a clear day, you'll be treated to the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate—a truly unforgettable sight. Subsequently, we initiate a 1-hour descent to Machu Picchu, arriving at the final checkpoint around 7:30 a.m.
Here, your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a comprehensive 2-hour tour of this remarkable city. Following the guided tour, you have the freedom to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace. If you desire, you can opt to ascend either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (please ensure your tickets are booked well in advance). Before parting ways, your guide will provide instructions on how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then guide you on taking the train and bus back to Cuzco. Rest assured, the dedicated BikingPeruTrek Team will be on hand to pick you up at the train station and ensure your safe return to your hotel.
- Maximum Altitude: 2700 m - 8858 ft
- Distance: 6 km / 3 miles
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meals: breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy
- A personal porter to carry your 7 kilos of your personal belongings.
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
- Private tourist transportation Cusco - Km 82 (starting point of the hike).
- Official Tourist Guide with Radio Communication.
- Sponge mattresses.
- Professional cook
- Cooking equipment.
- Eating tent with chairs and tables.
- Portable biodegradable environmental toilet (The Pett).
- Food service in the campsites (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks). With option for vegetarian, gluten free, lactose intolerant and any type of allergy you may have.
- 4-season tents for two people (3-person capacity tent used as a double - Kayla Doite).
- Porter service. As detailed in the table authorized by the Ministry of Culture (to carry our camping equipment and food) we never overload our porters and they have the proper equipment. Inca Trail Permits and Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes after the guided visit in Machu Picchu.
- Expeditions train ticket back (14:55 Hrs.) to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
- Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
- Briefing prior to the Inca Trail departure, presented by our guide at 6:00 p.m. in the office the day before.
- Wake up tea. Hot herbal tea brought to your tent every morning before breakfast.
- A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal care, personal items, sleeping bag are within these 7 kg / 14 pounds).
- We provide hot water containers every day to help our guests clean up and feel good at night. Rain poncho to cover from the rain.
- Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Boiled water to fill your water bottles or Camelback (your chef will provide you with clean water after each meal).
- Cover for your backpack to keep your belongings dry.
- Lunch on day 4.
- Gratuities (optional).
- EXTRA SERVICES
- Sleeping bags ($20)
- Trekking poles ($20)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain ($65).
- Machu Picchu Mountain ($65).
- Vista dome Train ($50).
WE RECOMMEND TO BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TOUR
- Original Passport
- STUDENT CARD (valid only if you booked as a student)
- 21-liter backpack (the smaller, the better; backpacks larger than 25L are not allowed in Machu Picchu; if it's larger, you'll have to store it outside the entrance of Machu Picchu)
- Water bottle (we recommend containers like CamelBags, enough for at least 2-3 liters)
- Comfortable trekking shoes (light with good soles)
- 2-3 T-shirts
- 1 pair of trekking pants
- 4 sets of underwear
- 4 sets of trekking socks
- 1 windbreaker
- 1 fleece jacket (it gets cold at night)
- 1 rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Head flashlight
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camping
- Rain poncho
- Small towel for drying
- Battery charger
- Large plastic bags (to organize and separate clean clothes from dirty ones)
- Sleeping bag (we recommend sleeping bags that can withstand -10°C)
- Facial moisturizer
- Mosquito repellent
- Alcohol gel
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- First aid kit
- 2 liters of water for the first day only
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
Our prices per person:
We have optimized our prices according to the number of people, making your trip more accessible and enjoy your experience on the bike with a guarantee.
|1 person||2 persons||3 persons||4+ persons|
|U$D 2800||U$D 230||U$D 160||U$D 900|
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