Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days is one of the most amazing that we offer in Peru and one of the most famous in the world. This route is visited by thousands of tourists every year and is ideal for lovers of adventure who wish to experience the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Andes, complemented by the incredible Inca architecture.
The network of trails that cover a large part of the Inca territory, connect the villages of the Andes with those of the coast. The Inca Trail also known as Qapac Ñan (or King’s Trail), and has a total length of around 30 000km, which extended over the entire Inca territory, all connected to the capital: Cusco.
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days is only a small part of this massive network of trails and today covers a distance of around 40 km, starting at Pisakuchu and ending at Machupicchu itself.
Itinerary Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days
Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Huayllabamba
Our adventure begins with a pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, heading by bus to KM82, which is the start point of the Inca Tail, also called Pisacucho. Once we are ready we will begin out walk by crossing the river Urubamba.
Our trek will take us in the direction of the northeast Sacred Valley, with the trail heading uphill, arriving at Miskay, where we will be able to see the Inca city of Llactapata, a beautiful fortification. We then follow the trail, accompanied by the river Kusichaca, until we reach our first campsite called Huayllabamba, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
After breakfast, we begin our walk which will be the most challenging stage of the whole journey. We arrive at the Warmihuañusca pass (4200m/13776 ft), the highest point of the trek, but also one with a tremendous view of the Andes mountain range.
After this pass, we descend through a beautiful rain forest that is habitat for many different species of birds and especially well-known for the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus), which we might see with a bit of luck. As the day draws to an end we reach the place of our second camp, Pacamayu.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Sayacmarca – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna
After a well-deserved breakfast, to help us re-energize from the day before, we begin the day that for us is the most beautiful as the operators of this route, due to the sheer number of Inca ruins and the quantity of Andean flora and fauna that we’ll be able to see.
From Pacamayu we will ascend to the second pass, called Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft), which has an oval shape and is said was a watch tower. From there we descend again through the cloud forest, until we arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft) a semi-circular enclosure where we can see narrow streets, courtyards, fountains as well as platforms and irrigation channels.
After this visit we will continue our trek through tunnels and Inca paths that were built on the mountainside, maintaining a harmony and respect for nature, that for them was seen as a deity. We then arrive at the third pass, Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136 ft) which means “City in the Clouds” and one of the most complex and beautiful Inca ruins that we’ll see. We then continue our route until we get to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692 ft), a marvelous site, composed or many agricultural terraces, sacred spaces and urban sectors. After this tour we head to our campsite, where we will enjoy our last night and also say goodbye to the support team, such as porters and cooks, people who have accompanied us along the whole journey.
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu Ciudad Inca – Cusco
On this day we will get up very early in the morning, around 4am, and after breakfast we begin our last journey, trekking until we reach Inti Punku or “The Sun Gate”, where we will have the privilege of seeing the marvelous Inca city of Machupicchu from a distance Many of our tourists feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction on having accomplished their goal of finishing the Inca Trail. From this point we are only 30 minutes away from Machupicchu itself.
In the Inca city of Machupicchu we will have a guided tour with a duration of around 2 hours, where we get to see all the main tourist attractions, after which you will also have time to explore on your own. Once we are done with the tour, we head down to Aguas Calientes by bus, where if you wish you can also visit the thermal baths to relax the body and mind after our adventure.
We will then have time to get our gear together and be at the station 30 minutes before the train leaves, to avoid any potential problems. There is then a two hour trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where our personnel will be waiting for you. And from that point a two hour trip by bus to Cusco, where our services end.
- Transport by bus to KM 82 (the starting point of the excursion).
- Experienced professional guides, fluent in English and other languages, highly recommended
- Meals, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, served with drinks and mate de coca in the tents every morning. Fruit, pancakes, cookies, popcorn, vegetarian food and much more (optional foods).
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.
- Camping gear of high quality, triple tents for 2 people, thick, comfortable mattresses.
- Dining tent, chairs, tables.
- Bathroom tent, biodegradable toilets, solar-heated showers.
- Kitchen tent, full cooking gear.
- Professional cook.
- Porters trained in the care of tourists, to carry tents, cooking utensils, supply of provisions and evaluation of emergencies.
- Camping gear for our guides, cook and porters.
- Guided tour of all the archaeological areas along the Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days.
- Other: hot water every morning and night, to wash hands and face, boiled water to fill your bottle each morning and night and at lunch time if you ask in advance.
- First aid kit, oxygen.
- Bus ticket to Machupicchu from Aguas Calientes.
- Train ticket, backpacker service from Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
- Transport from the train station to your hotel (last day).
- Waynapicchu ($10 pp extra)
- Sleeping bag for Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days.
- Breakfast on the first day. Lunch and dinner on the last day.
- Entrance and transport to the thermal baths in Santa Teresa.
- TIPS, for guides, cooks, horsemen (for information, see below).
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
- Backpack with changes of clothes needed for the whole trip.
- Waterproof, walking shoes,
- Camping mats can be rented from the agency at $5.00 a day, but must be carried by the passenger.
- Waterproof jacket or poncho for the rain (plastic ponchos can be bought in Cusco).
- Plastic bags for your used clothes.
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from the agency at $5. A day)
- Flashlight with batteries, pocket knife, matches.
- Camera with batteries (batteries are used faster in cold conditions).
- Water bottle and water for the first day, purification tablets for the whole trip. We provide filtered water for the kitchen.
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun and cold.
- High factor sun cream for Classic Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 Days.
- Insect repellant with minimum 20% DEET (no case of malaria has been reported).
- Moisturizing cream for face and body, after exposure to the sun.
- Toilet paper.
- Snacks (cookies, energy bars, chocolate, dry fruit etc. We will provide snacks morning and night as the trip requires).
- Small towel.
- Bathing costume (if you wish to visit the thermal baths at Aguas Calientes).
- Cash in Sols or Dollars (there are cash machines in Aguas Calientes).
- Original Passport (student card if you have it).
- Optional, walking sticks (the point must have a protector, according to regulations on the Inca Trail).