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From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

From US$ 734.78 per person

Follow the Inca Trail on this demanding four-day hiking trip from Cusco. With an experienced guide, explore a cloud forest, enjoy dramatic views, and visit historical monuments, including Machu Pichu.

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Duration 4 days
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous tourist attraction.
  • Enjoy a magnificent dawn above Machu Picchu when you wake up.
  • On the way back to Cusco, take the panorama trains (Vistadome or 360°).
Full description

Embark on a challenging and rewarding adventure with this 4-day hiking trip along the Inca Trail. Learn fascinating history from your certified guide as you make your way to Machu Pichu. Sleep in comfortable tents and enjoy full, freshly prepared meals.

Day 1 itinerary Start your adventure with an easy day that will ensure you are prepared for the road ahead. Get picked up from your hotel bright and early in the morning and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo.

This scenic drive takes 2.5-hours and ends at kilometer 82, the start of the trail (2550m/8269ft). The tour buses normally stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give passengers the opportunity to have breakfast. At km 82, cross the Vilcanota River to officially begin your journey. Take in views of the Cordillera Oriental and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. Set off near where Hiram Bingham returned in 1915 to begin his re-discovery of the Inca Trail.

The trail is flat for almost 2 hours until you reach the first Inca site, Llactapata. On the way, pass through the resting point of Mescay, where there are bathroom facilities.

The path then follows the left bank of the Cusichaca River to the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9900ft), where you will camp for the night. Day 2 itinerary Prepare yourself for the most challenging day of the trek, with a 5-hour uphill hike. Pass by Llullucha Pampa in the morning — the last place along the trail where you can buy snacks and drinks.

Continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until arriving at the top of Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4200m/13779ft, this is the highest point of the Inca Trail.

Then head down for 1.5 hours until reaching the second campsite at Pacaymayo (3600m/11880ft), where there are bathroom facilities. Day 3 itinerary Depart from Pacaymayo and head to Wiñaywayna. Walk for almost 15 kilometers and see 4 Inca sites along the way.

From Pacaymayo, it takes about 1 hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo Valley below.

Another 45-minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass (3900m/12870ft). After about 1 hour from the second pass, arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. From then on, the path descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, and flowers.

Day 4 : THE GLORY OF MACHUPICCHU! In your free time, you can choose to climb for 45 minutes to the top of Huayna Picchu (2750m / 8940ft). To climb this mountain, Tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited to 400 people per day (200 from 7 to 9 in the morning and 200 from 10 am to 24:00). After enjoying our last hours in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the city of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. Then, you will be given your train tickets for the trip back to Cusco.
Includes
  • Professional guide fluent in English or Spanich
  • bus to the start of the trail
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
  • Dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Cusco
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • All taxes and booking fees
  • 3 nights camping with comfortable equipment
  • Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the start of the trek where you’ll have the chance to buy breakfast.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles).
  • Sleeping bags can be rented from our office for US$20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
  • Optional overnight stay in Aguas Calientes (We can change the date of your train ticket, if you advise us before paying the deposit)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bags
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Student card
  • Travel insurance
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Cash
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking pants
  • Personal medication
  • Hand sanitizer or tissues

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Making fire

Know before you go

  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

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