Classic inka trail Inca Trail 4D/3N

This trail is very famous. Many of people would like to go but we have just 500 hundred spaces per day.  The Inca Trail follows in the ancient footsteps of the Inca´s towards the world famous “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.  The Inca Trail links a range of stunningly preserved Inca ruins.  Along the way the natural scenery is breathtaking, with views of snowcapped mountains and the cloud forest. The four day tour includes a guided visit to the ruins of Machu Picchu. A truly unforgettable experience!

Very Important: “The Inca Trail is closed during February, because of maintenance and the rains. Since March 01 you can reserve your spaces to the Inka Trail” * Even though the Inca trail is closed this don’t mean Machu Picchu is as well , There are the other options to visit Machu Picchu: Train, alternative trekking and others.

Itinerary

Day One: Cuzco: Inca Trail Start 

Meet at the office at 05:45 hrs to board the bus. Ensure you have your original passport and ISIC student card (if applicable). The journey to trailhead at km 82 takes approximately 3 hours. We will enjoy breakfast along the way. Walking times are always approximate depending on weather conditions, group ability and many other factors, but you will walk about 2-3 hours before lunch. After lunch, we walk on just past the village of Wayllabamba to our first camp (3000 mtrs). This first day has us walking through the valley. It starts at 2380 mtrs with a small climb to a platform overlooking the Incan site Llactapata and rewards you with superb views of Mount Veronica.  Approx 14km walking – 6 hours

Day Two: Inca Trail 

Day 2 is the most difficult day as you walk from about 3000 mtrs to 4200 mtrs—the highest pass of this trek (Dead Woman Pass). You can walk at your own pace, stop to get your breath whenever you like. You will find your energy returns once you continue down to the valley of Pacaymayo. Campsite at 3600 mtrs. You can hire a porter from the village of Wayllabamba to carry your pack to the top of the pass for approximately US$120.00. You must organize and pay this money directly to the person who carries your items. Please check your belongings upon receiving them at the end of this service. This is the coldest night. +2/+4 degrees Celsius (December); -3/-5 degrees Celsius (June).   Approx 12km walking – 7 hours

Day Three: Inca Trail 

Day 3 is exceptionally beautiful because of the ruins and incredible paved trail (and more importantly for your lungs, there is a lot more down than up!!!). There are about 2000 stairs descending from Phuyupatamarca to Wiñaywayna, so take care with your knees). If you have had knee or ankle injuries an extra porter is recommended so that you are not carrying extra weight and overstressing your joints. Guided tours of all the ruins. Camping is usually at Wiñaywayna (2700 mtrs). Take extra care of your personal belongings in this campsite as all the tours camp near here. As usual always keep your daypack with valuables with you. The only hot shower on the Inca Trail is on this third night at Wiñaywayna. There is a hostal near the campsite with an 8min hot shower for 5 soles, and a bar and restaurant where you can purchase bottled water.  Approx 16km walking – 6 hours

Day Four:  Inca Trail- Cuzco

Get up extremely early to arrive at Intipunku, “The Gate of the Sun,” and view the first sun illuminating majestic Machu Picchu. It is still a 20 min walk down from here to the famous view from the terraces at the end of the trail. Take your photos now before the 10:30hrs crowds arrive. Your tour of Machu Picchu should finish between 10:30 hrs and 11:00 hrs and you have free time to climb Huayna Picchu (it will take at least 90 minutes). A maximum of 400 hikers can climb this mountain per day, so start immediately after your tour! Or just collapse under a tree and quietly reflect in amazement at the mystery, the architectural achievement and beauty of Machu Picchu.

In the Afternoon return to Ollantaytambo on train, at the train station is going to wait for us the bus for come back to Cusco.

Important:

  • If you want to access to the Huayna Picchu mountain, contact us.
  • All the buses the coming back from the Inca Trail leave the passengers one block from the main square, you are going to return to the hotel by yourself.

Include

Included

  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
  • Cook
  • Porters for the food and camping equipment
  • Extra guide and assistant cook for groups bigger than 8 people
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting, (5.30pm 2 days before departure).
  • Pick up from accommodation in Cusco and transfer to kilometer 82
  • Double occupancy tents and  mattresses
  • Camping Equipment: kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, toilet at all campsites
  • All meals, snacks and coffee/tea breaks
  • First Aid Kit with oxygen
  • Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • Train back to Cusco (standard  expedition Service, if you would like to make a change to the service, or request a specific departure time, please let us know).
  • Transfer from the train station back to accommodation in Cusco
Not Included
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal porters
  • A few meals are not included – Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch & Dinner on Day4.
  • TIPS for porters, guides and cooks.
What to Bring

*The sleeping bag and the personal porter can be hired by Leading Peru Travel

  • Back Pack
  • Sturdy Hiking shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece, sweaters and a pair of socks per day
  • Rain jacket or a Poncho, waterproof trousers (especially for rainy season Nov-March)
  • Plastic bags to store your spare clothes
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented with LEADING PERU TRAVEL)
  • Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, matches
  • Camera
  • Water bottle, preferably metal so it is more heat-resistant
  • Hat and / or beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold
  • High factor sun block & insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Some extra snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate)
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit (recommend for the hot springs)
  • Some cash (soles or dollars)
  • TIPS for porters, guides, cooks  – (please see note below)
  • Personal medical kit

Original passport (and old passport if applicable) and ISIC Card (if you have one). Photocopies are not acceptable.

Reservations