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The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

23 reviews
The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

23 reviews

Overview

Trek the challenging ancient route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most famous Hikes. 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.

Highlights

  • There are thousands of ways to live an adventure but the option of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days and 3 nights is a more original and spectacular one that allows us to get to know one of the Wonders through the original path used by the Inca Culture.
  • The Inca Trail is Peru’s best known hike, is mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich sub-tropical jungle. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary.
  • This experience gives us endless emotions from the first day in which we enter its mysterious path, full of Flora and Fauna, we will be able to discover that nature is our best refuge from the routine and stress that can exist on a daily.

Trip Details

  • Starting altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Hightes altitude: 4,217 m / 13, 780 ft
  • Type Tour: History, culture, hiking, adventure, camping
  • Total walking distance: 45 km / 26 miles
  • Weather: Warm, Wendy, cold, rainy, very humid

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – PISCACUCHO (KM 82) - WAYLLABAMBA

We will picking you up from your hotel between 6:00 to 6:30 am. to start the trip by car to Ollantaytambo town. where you have chance to have breakfast. After we continue driving one more hour by the same car to the trailhead Km 82 / Piscacucho.
While we are driving to the beginning of the Inca trail 4 Days, you have the chance enjoy to see plenty of corn plantations, potato crops because the valley that we take to rich to km 82 is the sacred valley where most of the local people are dedicated to the farming activities. Once in the trailhead, we get ready to pass the first control point of the whole 4-Day Inca trail.
After we got an Inca Trail Hike 4 Days stamp on our passport, we will hike for 2 hours to reach Mesccay where we take a break also you have the chance to enjoy the local corn beer called Chicha. Then we continue hiking to the viewpoint of Llactapata ruins to explore.

We hike for 30 more minutes to make it to the lunch. After lunch 2.5 hours hiking to the campsite located in Huayllapampa where our crew of porters and cooks set up your camp. Time to enjoy hot tea time and dinner at the camp. The camp is located at 3000msnm.

DAY 2 HUAYLLABAMBA – WARMI WAÑUSCA PASS - PACAYMAYO

The cooks will wake you up with hot coca tea early in the morning to complete the hardest day of the whole Inca trail successfully.
After breakfast, We start the trek up to the highest point of the entire Inca Trail 4212m/13818ft. 4 hours uphill hiking 9km/5ml. The trail begins at 3000 m to 4212 m  through a beautiful path made of stones combined with nice Inka stairs which takes you to the pass of the Inca trail called – WARMICWAÑUSCAN. (dead woman’s pass).
If we get nice weather, we have the chance to enjoy the overlooking views of the mountains that surround Machu Picchu.
After a while, at the pass. We start descending to the lunch spot 2 hours downhill trekking on the Inca steps we reach to the lunch place Pacaymayo where we have lunch also is the campsite, in the afternoon we provide you tea time then dinner to sleep at the camp call Pacaymayo — located at 3700 m.

DAY 3 PACAYMAYO - PHUYUPATAMARKA - WIÑAYWAYNA

After a delicious breakfast around 5:30 am we leave from the camp toward Phuyupatamarca 2 hours uphill hiking then two more hours downhill on the Inca flat trail. This day is the most beautiful day of the Inca trail 4 Days , because you get the opportunity to see how the landscape changes from the Andean cloud forest to the jungle área. Hiking on a beautiful , original Inca trails and also we are going to visit. Phuyupatamarca (the town in the clouds). In the distance, you enjoy the view of the majestic Salkantay mountain and Wakaywillka mountain and of course the first views of Machu Picchu montaña and Huaynapicchu mountain.
Once in Puyupatamarca, you have time to enjoy the views, and also we explore the beautiful archeological site of Puyupatamarca.

After that we hike down on the curved Inca stairs to Intipata after 2 hours of the trek we reach Intipata to explore the farming terraces and enjoying the magnificent views of the Urubamba River and its valleys then we go to the lunch spot at wiñayhuayna campsite to eat a delicious lunch.
After we got time for a siesta we go to explore Wiñaywayna Inka ruins. Then we go back to the camp to enjoy tea time and the last supper made by the camping chefs.

DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Today you will experience the magical moment to see Machupicchu after 4-day Hike Machu Picchu. Early in the morning Wake up with hot coca tea served to your tent by the chefs to enjoy a delicious breakfast to be the first ones passing the last Inca trail checkpoint.
Trekking to the sun gate through the amazing Trails built on the cliffside of the steep rocky mountains covers on dense vegetations.
Once we make it to INTIPUNKU (the door of the sun), We have time to enjoy the magnificent view of the Inca cathedral MACHUPICCHU to your eyes to enjoy it.
Enjoy incredible views of a town made of stone built by ancient civilizations of the Peruvian Andes after we continue our trek to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu through the enclosures that used to function as access controls and ritual enclosures that the Incas used to use before arriving at Machu Picchu itself.
Once at Machu Picchu we get time for the classic and panoramic pictures. after we get into the ruins to have the guided tour for 2.5 hours approx.
Afterward, the guide will let you go by yourselves to explore the Inca city such as the Inca bridge, Huaynapicchu mountain, or Machu Picchu mountain you book it in advance. After 6 – 7 hours in Machupicchu, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town where we have time for lunch.

Then you take a train at 18:20 for 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo train station where our transfer will wait to transfer you to Cusco for two hours by car. You will be in cusco around 10 pm.

Included

  •   Private transport from your Cusco hotel to km 82 (head of the trail)
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome upon request)
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco – hotel
  • One tent for two people
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and Kitchen Tent for the group
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
  • A cook to prepare your meal
  •  Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings)
  • High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  •  In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as Tea and Coffee as well as enough water for your canteens (taken from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  •  Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

No Included

  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • 5nsurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain  our Machupicchu Mountain
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porter
  • walking stick

Recommendations:

Plan ahead:

The Inca Trail is one of the busiest adventure tours in the world, and quotas are limited to 500 people per day, of which only 200 are for tourists and the remaining 300 are for people accompanying travelers (guides , cooks, porters, etc.), so it is very important to plan this tour a few months in advance (between 3 and 6 months in advance). It must also be taken into account that during the month of February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance work that is carried out there.

Pack your backpack well.

Depending on the path you choose, it can be 2 or 4 days of walking, so every gram counts. Carry only what is strictly necessary and make sure that the backpack you carry is suitable for this type of excursion, because as you go, everything becomes heavier. Watch this video so you know what you should take to the Inca Trail

Wear the correct footwear

For the Inca Trail, or similar treks, it is recommended to wear hiking shoes that have good grip or hiking boots, it is not convenient to wear new shoes, since these cause blisters on the feet. It is also advisable to bring a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.

Altitude Sickeness

The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,250 meters above sea level, and the height on the Inca Trail reaches up to 4,200 meters above sea level. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude before doing this excursion in order to avoid possible discomfort along the way. Preferably stay in the city of Cusco 2 or 3 days before the excursion.

be careful with the weather

If you go in the rainy season, it is important that you take precautions regarding humidity, as this can even reach your change of clothes. We recommend that you carry your clothes in plastic bags inside your backpack, and also bring waterproof ponchos to help protect you from the rain.

have fun and enjoy

Finally, have fun with the rest of the group, enjoy the wonderful landscapes that this tour offers you and don’t miss the opportunity to take photos of everything you see around you from the beginning to the last moment of the tour.

What To Bring

  • Original passport and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Hands sanitizer.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt).
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Credit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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