The Inca Trail is Peru’s best known hike, combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The star of the Sanctuary is the spectacled bear – a shy,Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days, arriving at Machu Picchu at daybreak on the final day before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
herbivorous animal that is extremely rare and close to extinction.
Day 1: Cusco – Wayllabamba Ayapata
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to km 82 by bus where you will meet with your Quechua porters and prepare for the Inca Trail . After some relaxing, breathing and stretching techniques, you will be ready to embark on the four day trek that awaits you. You will cross over the turbulent Vilcanota river, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) and continue along the trek admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, stopping at the Wayllabamba river for lunch. All meals are in very large dining tents with outstanding three course meals freshly prepared by your chef. After lunch, we will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente and the valley of Cusichaca along with the magical Polylepsis forest before continuing the hike. To help us focus on the true nature of our trek, our destination and our very location, our personal porters will be playing the Quena, or ancient Andean flute. We also encourage you to talk with our porters to learn a little about their ancient customs and ways or life. Our hiking today will last approximately 7 hours. Upon arriving at our campsite, Dinner before listening to the intriguing stories and legends from our Quechua porters. Overnight camping on the trail. (L / D)
Day 2: Ayapata – Paqaymayu- Chakiqocha
early start today as this is the most demanding day of the entire trek and we shall gain considerable altitude. We will see outstanding views to the east of the Huayanay peaks and to the west of the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we shall begin the climb up through the first pass at 4200m / 13,750ft at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological zones: the Yunga, Quechua and Puna, we shall ascend 1000 metres in 5 hours. Our porter’s enticing music will help us to marvel at the views rather than focus on the difficult ascent. Lunch will be taken before the final two sections of ascent. Upon reaching the summit of Dead Woman’s Pass, we shall celebrate our achievement by paying homage to the Apus, or mountain gods, before descending into camp. before a welcoming dinner near Pacaymayu. You will then hike for another hour and a half downhill through Inca steps, until you arrive at your lunch spot. After lunch, you will have another four hours, including breaks, you will reach your campsite at Chaquicocha, You will get to visit two Inca sites, Runku Raccay and Sayacmarka. The day will be finished with dinner at the campsite. (B / L / D)An
Day 3: Chakiqocha Phuyupatamarca- Wiñay-Wayna
After breakfast, we shall begin the ascent of the third pass, this is easier than the previous day’s ascent. The third pass of the Inca Trail in this section is a long white granite roadway, with some ascents and descents, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will finally descend to the magnificent archeological site of Phuyupatamarka (“Cloud Level Town”) will then begin the descent to Wiñay-Wayna, an outstanding Inca complex built into the mountainside. We’ll visit the ruins before our last Tea Time . After relaxing, we shall enjoy a dinner carefully prepared by our chef. We shall also meet with our porters for the very last time and exchange thanks and talk about the ancient paths upon which we have trekked for the last few days. Overnight camping on the trail. (B / L / D)
Day 4: Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early morning wake up at 4:30AM for breakfast and to begin the final trek to Intipunku, and the first site of the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunku “Sun Gate” to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We will then continue down to the royal road and at last arrive at the “Lost City of the Incas”. We then immediately begin our tour of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants and a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city holds houses, temples, warehouses and a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. We shall visit the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery, and have the option to climb Huayna Picchu. Then return to Cusco. (B)
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.
Daily departures with quality service….
Our groups are designed to be comfortable and we ensure you have the best Inca Trail experience! Our new camping equipment, efficient chefs, amazing food and professional bilingual guides will make this Inca pilgrimage the crowning experience of your South American trip!
In this Inca Trail service our porters are treated very well treated (family porters, red army, commando, as our tourists often describe them); they carry cooking and camping equipment while tourists (unless a extra porter is hired) carry personal belongings, including sleeping bag, sleeping mattress and clothes.
Please Note: Difficulty level depends very much on your fitness and aclimatisation
Professional, bilingual tour Guide
Briefing before you start the trek
Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
Collection from hotel
Return transportation: bus to kilometre 82 and train back (Backpacker cerrojo service) and bus.
Collection from train station (on day 4)
Water (only after the first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled – water).
Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
Bus trip from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
First Aid kit
Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost
What’s not included?
Hot springs entrance
What we recommend that you bring:
Original passport (and International Student card if applicable)
Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
Water (only until lunch time on day 1)
Camera and films
Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Optional items to bring:
Walking stick (with rubber tip)
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $75
Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24
1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train Service **Prices .Explanation of services: 2019
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Pricing:Per Person 2021
1 person : US$950.00 Per person
2 people : US$750.00 per person
4 people : US$700.00 per person
6 people : US$700.00 per person
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $70 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour: