Inca Trail 4 Days Trek to Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail 4 Days Trek to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 750.00 USD (See: Price List)

The hike of the 4-day Inca Trail begins at Km 82. Each group of explorers has our best support team to enjoy each day of your adventure, exploring the Inca ruins on the side of the route. The trail is essentially a work of spiritual art.

Astonishing Classic Inca Trail 4 Day | Four Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

4 Days Hiking in Peru, the Inca Trail Trip – 4 Days Machu Picchu hiking is one of South America’s most beautiful and essential vacation sites. Equally impressive is the centennial Inca Trails Peru that makes its way from the Sacred Valley roughly Km 82 of the railroad, taking four days of a guided hiking trail to Machu Picchu. This hike is memorable because the Inka ruins, the unforgettable scenery, the magnificent Andes mountains, the exotic vegetation, and the extraordinary ecological diversity are impressive.

The Peruvian government recognized all this in 1981 and included the traditional Inca Trail in a national park covering  ​​325 square kilometers, namely the historical reserve of Machu Picchu. Without the 4 Days Inca Trail in Peru, we cannot understand Machu Picchu itself. Its leading archaeological group is ceremonial, clearly arranged in ascending order. This hiking trail is essentially a work of spiritual art, and walking was once a dedication of the best people in the Inca Empire.

Overview

Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

  • Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba – Ayapata
  • Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s – Chaquicocha
  • Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
  • Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Highlights Inca Trail 4 Days

Why you will love this experience.

  • Follow the legendary path of the Incas, winding through the spectacular scenery of the Peruvian Andes.
  • Real-time Inca trail permits information “official operator of the Inca Road System.”

Day by Day breakdown of the 4-Day Inca Trail

DAY 1.- CUSCO – KM82 – AYAPATA
Hiking distance: 14 kilometers
Trailhead elevation: 2720 meters/8923 feet.
Campsite elevation: 3300 meters/10829 feet.
Hiking difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Weather: Warm to cold
Inca sites to explore/visit: Qhanabamba and Llactapata

DAY 2.- AYAPATA – DEAD WOMENS PASS – RUNKURACCAY PASS – CHAQUICCOCHA
Hiking distance: 16 kilometers
Trailhead elevation: 3300 meters/10829 feet.
Campsite elevation: 3600 meters/11800 feet.
Hiking difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Cold.
Inca sites to visit and explore: Runkuracay and Sayacmarca

DAY 3.- CHAQUICCOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA PASS – WIÑAYWAYNA
Hiking distance: 10 kilometers
Trailhead elevation: 3600 meters/11800 feet.
Campsite elevation: 2680 meters/8792 feet.
Hiking difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Cold.
Inca sites to visit: Phuyupatamarca, Intipata & Wiñay Wayna

DAY 4.- MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO CITY
Hiking distance: 5 kilometers
Trailhead elevation: 2680 meters/8792 feet.
Machupicchu elevation: 2400 meters/7873 feet.
Hiking difficulty: Moderate
Weather: Warm.

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Itinerary

Inca Trail 4 Days itinerary

Is this trip right for me? AT A GLANCE of Inca Trail 4 Days

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata

The Hike Inca trail to Machu Picchu begins at Km. 82, Piscacucho, at 2600-m., hikers are transported by our KONDOR PATH TOURS operator in a minibus on the road that goes to Hydroelectric (km 120). From Piri onwards, the route follows the riverbank and ends at 82, a bridge. You can depart as early as you like and arrive faster than by train. The Inca Trail equipment, food, fuel, and field personnel reach Km. 82 for the Sernanp staff to weigh each bundle before the group arrives. When several groups leave on the same Day, it is more convenient to arrive early.

The first ruins are Llaqtapata, near Km 88, the helpful center of a large farming terraced settlement that probably supplied the other Inca sites. From here, it is a relatively easy three-hour walk to the village of Huayllabamba. Note that the route from Km 82 goes via Cusichaca.

The ideal introduction to the trail is a series of gentle climbs and descent leads along the Cusichaca River. The village is a popular camping spot for tour groups, so it’s better to continue for about an hour up to the following site, Llulluchayoc – “three white stones,” a patch of green beside a fast-flowing stream. It’s a steep climb, but you’re guaranteed a decent pitch for the night. Another great camping spot is a perfect flat meadow called Llulluchapampa. To reach Llulluchapampa takes a 1 ½ hour ascent through the cloud forest. There’s a magnificent view back down the valley.

On the first day of warm-up on the Manchu Picchu Inca Trail Peru

  • Pick up from your Hotel at 05:00
  • Inca sites to explore and observe:
    • Cana Marka Inca site.
    • Patallaqta Inca ruins.
    • Llactapata (exceptional views).
    • Patawasi Inca site.
  • Lunch: Hatun Chaca “big bridge.”
  • Camping: Ayapata 3,300 m/10,829 ft.
  • Maximum altitude point: Ayapata 3,300 m/10,829 ft.
  • Elevation gained: from 2,720 m/8,923 ft. to 3,300 m/10,829 ft.
  • Trail distance: 14 km/8.6 miles.
  • Estimated time hiking: 6-7 hours.
  • Weather: Changes from hot to warm.
  • Meals: Lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Day 2: Dead Woman’s – Runkuracay Pass – Chaquicocha

Today is the most impressive and challenging part of the expedition. We explore Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Concha Marka, and some natural lookouts along the hike Inca Trail Peru tour to Machu Picchu.

For most people, the second Day is by far the toughest. It’s a steep climb to the meadow, followed by an exhausting 2 ½ hours haul up to the first Pass – aptly named Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman) at 4200-m. The feeling of relief from reaching the top is immense. After a well-earned break, it’s a sharp descent on a treacherous path down to the Pacaymayo Valley, where there are a few flat camping spots near a stream.

Day 2/3

Halfway up comes the ruin of Runkuracay, which was probably an Inca Tambo (port-house). A steep climb up an Inca staircase leads to the next Pass, at 3850-m, with spectacular views of Pumasillo (6246 m) and the Vilcabamba range. The trail descends to Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), a spectacular sight over the Aobamba Valley. Just below Sayacmarca lies Conchamarca (Shell town), a small group of buildings standing on rounded terraces.

Today, we will conquer two high passes of the Inca trail in Peru, the Warmiwañusca and the Runkuracay

  • Inca sites to explore and observe:
    • Runkuracay Inca site.
    • Sayacmarca Inca Ruins.
    • Concha Marca
    • Original Inca Trail Peru between Pacaymayo to Chaquicocha.
  • Lunch: Pacaymayo Alto 3,600 meters / 11,877 feet.
  • Camping: Chaquicocha 3,550 meters / 11,646 feet.
  • Maximum altitude point: Warmiwañuka 4,200 meters / 13,779 feet.
  • Sport distance: 16 km/9.9 miles.
  • Estimated time hiking: 8-9 hours.
  • Weather: Several microclimates are “sunny, humid, and hot.”
  • Meals: Wake up Coca tea, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna

A blissfully gently two-hour climb on a stone highway leads through an Inca tunnel along the enchanted fringes of the cloud forest to the third Pass. The most rewarding part of Peru is Machu Picchu hiking, with spectacular views of the entire Vilcabamba range.

Then it’s down to the extensive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level town), at 3650 m, where the Inca observation platform offers incredible views of nearby Salkantay (6270 m) and surrounding peaks.

An Inca stairway of white granite plunges more than 1000 m to the spectacularly sited and impressive ruins of Wiñay-Wayna (Forever Young), offering views of agricultural terraces at Intipata (Sun place). A trail, not easily visible, goes from Wiñaywayna to the terracing. There are spaces for a few camping tents, but they get snapped up quickly.

We say goodbye to our porters tonight because we will leave our campsite early the following Day for Machu Picchu.

Today is the most leisurely Day.
  • Hiking through the cloud forest all the time is downhill. From the Phuyupatamarca Inca site, we have the first glimpses of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Inca sites to explore and observe:
    • Phuyupatamarca Inca site
    • Inti Pata Inca site, “the views of the Urubamba River from the viewpoint are spectacular.”
    • Wiñaywayna Inca Ruins.
    • Inca trail Machu Picchu between Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna.
  • Lunch: Wiñaywayna 2,650 meters / 8,694 feet.
  • Camping: Wiñaywayna
  • Maximum altitude point: Phuyupatamarca 3,650 meters / 11,975 feet.
  • Walk distance: 10 km/6.2 miles.
  • Estimated time hiking: 4-5 hours.
  • Weather: several different microclimates are “sunny and humid.”
  • Meals: Wake up Coca tea, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Free afternoon to recover energy.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

From Wiñay-Wayna, it is a gentle hour’s walk through another type of forest, with larger trees and giant ferns, to a steep Inca staircase that leads up to Intipunku (Sun Gate), where you look down, at last, upon Machu Picchu, basking in all her glory. We will quickly forget your aching muscles, and even the presence of the functional hotel building cannot detract from one of the most magical sights in all of the Americas.

Explore Machu Picchu Inca citadel via Sun Gate after the Inca Trail for four days.

  • 03:30 a.m., time to wake up the group of hikers.
  • 04:00 a.m., Continental breakfast.
  • 04:20 a.m., 05 minutes of hiking towards the Wiñaywayna control.
  • Between 04:20 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., we wait for the Wiñaywayna control doors to open.
  • Inca sites to visit:
    • Inti Punku “Sun Gate”
    • Machu Picchu Inca citadel “Built on the top of the mountain protected by the Urubamba River makes it impenetrable.”
  • Maximum altitude point: Intipunku 2,515 meters / 8,907 feet.
  • Trek distance: 05 km/03 miles. This section is relatively easy and moderate.
  • Estimated time of hiking: 02 hours.
  • Meals: Continental breakfast.
  • Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters / 7,874 feet.
  • MP guided tour “02 hours”.
  • Aguas Calientes elevation: 2,065 meet / 6,774 feet.
  • At 12:30 noon, take the bus to Aguas Calientes village.
  • From 13:00 to 14:00, take lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes “recommended Indio Feliz; book in advance.”
  • PM Expedition or Voyager train return to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco from Ollantaytambo.

4 Days Machu Picchu Inca trail difficulty

  • Inca trail Distance: 45 km/28 miles
  • The best time to hike the Inca trail PERU: April through October.
  • 04 Day Inca Trail tour Altitude: 2,720 m/8,817 ft. to 4,215 m/13,818 ft.
  • Difficulty: Any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
  • Coldest Night: Day 2, around 0º Celsius/32° Fahrenheit
  • Peru Tours Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC/ 39° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit.

Recommendation to our clients “Inca Trail 4 Days.”

  • Huayna Picchu mountain, it is necessary to buy a new ticket “book in advance.”
    • The first group of visitors enters at 07:00 a.m.
    • The second group of visitors enters at 10:00 a.m
  • To complete this experience, you need four days of walking.
  • There are two options to reach the Lost City of the Incas, starting at 82 or km 104.
  • In each camp, there are hygiene services.
  • On the way, we find archaeological remains harmonized with the Andean forest.

Inclusions

Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu includes

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Two experienced top tour guides (8-14 people / 1-7 with one tour guide).
  • Tourist bus “Cusco to km 82.”
  • Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Admission document to the Inca Road System by SERNANP – INCA TRAIL PERU “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • Indigenous porters to carry camping equipment.
  • Extra porter to carry 07 kg/15.4 lb. customer’s items.
  • Tent: 02 people in each.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad.
  • Camping equipment.
  • One Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • One cook.
    • Assistant cook.
  • One chief porter.
  • Meals:
    • 03 breakfast
    • Three lunches
    • Three dinner
    • Daily morning snack
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Our kitchen staff uses biodegradable dishwashing detergents.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour for 2 hours.
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Train return to Ollantaytambo “EXPEDITION” and private transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

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Inca Trail 4 Days Does Not Include

  • Hotel or Airbnb.
    • Pre and post-tour accommodation.
  • Day 01 Breakfast, Day 04 Lunch, Bottled Water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers
  • Tips (Tipping is 100% optional depending on the service you received)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Optional:
    • Single tent supplement ($85.).
    • Huayna Picchu Trek ($85.).

Bring to the Inca Trail 4 Days

  • A good daypack.
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • Three pairs of trekking pants.
  • One rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • One warm/winter jacket (Thermal: wool socks/gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • Four shirts.
  • Two long-sleeve shirts.
  • One good sleeping bag.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray.
  • Water.
  • Digital Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops. Your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.

Travel Facts

Read all frequently asked questions of the Inca Trail 4 days

What is the best time of the year to book the Inca Trail?

The dry season begins in May and typically ends in September or October. During these months, the Inca Trail is the best alternative since good weather allows you to appreciate the majestic valleys and beautiful mountains along the way without clouds or fog.

In other months the rainfall increases.

How far in advance should I book the Inca Trail tour?

We recommend that you make your reservation at least twelve months in advance because tickets for this incredible hike are sold out months in advance due to its great popularity.

In our experience working with travelers worldwide, we have sadly seen many enthusiastic travelers try to book a month in advance. We have told them there are no more spaces, so please follow our recommendation to book many months in advance.

300 admission tickets are reserved for agency personnel, i.e., porters, cooks, helpers, porters, and other staff,

Two hundred admission tickets are available for sale to the general public.

Does the Inca Trail operate all year round?

The Inca Trail closed annually in February due to maintenance work in various route sectors.

What is the level of difficulty of the Inca Trail?

According to the international classification on the level of difficulty of a hike, we have the following:

On the other hand, the Inca Trail is considered by travelers and experienced hikers with a degree of difficulty three because the Inca Trail route passes through various types of climates and different altitudes.

What should I bring for the Inca Trail?

The maximum weight to carry on the Inca Trail is 5 kilograms. Taking into account this weight restriction, the following should be considered for this route:

The most important thing: the original ID card or passport is valid and that it is the document with which we made our reservation. Otherwise, we will not be allowed to enter.

  • Sleeping bag.
  • A medium backpack of approximately 30 or 40 liters
  • Toiletries, including toilet paper and wet wipes, as there are no toilets along the route.
  • Underwear, especially microfiber socks or any specific material for this type of use
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle or canteen
  • Flashlight with spare batteries.
  • Cash in Peruvian soles
  • Wide-brimmed hat

What type of footwear should I wear on the Inca Trail?

Kondor Path tours recommend wearing boots one size larger than usual that are not new or have had some use, as wearing new boots can cause scrapes on the ankles or heel of the foot.

Can I make the Inca Trail on my own?

In 2000, the Peruvian government made it mandatory for travelers to enter the Inca Trail route through a tourist agency.

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

The highest point on the Inca Trail route is the so-called ‘pass of the dead woman’ or Warmihuañuska in Quechua, located at 4,200 meters above sea level. It is good to know that the citadel of Machu Picchu, the final point of this unforgettable experience, is located at a much lower elevation (2,400 m.a.s.l.).

Is the Inca Trail dangerous?

The entire Inca Trail is properly signposted, and the guides and tour operators are the first responsible for the care of the traveler during his journey. However, this does not guarantee that travelers always follow the indications, and in some cases, accidents have occurred due to the imprudence of the visitor.

It is essential to consider that the physical condition of the traveler must be adequate, as well as having previously done two or three days of acclimatization in Cusco.

How challenging is the Inca Trail 4 days? Hiking in Peru Machu Picchu
  1. Km 82 to Wayllabamba:
    • Moderate, with an exhausting section towards the camp between Hatun Chaka towards Ayapata.
  2. Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo:
    • Early rise to hike through the cloud forest, Dead Woman’s Pass, and the descent to Pacaymayo camp.
    • High: Today is the most challenging day to walk. After arriving at DWP, it is mainly downhill.
  3. Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna:
    • Walkthrough the most photogenic section of the expedition
    • Moderate to a bit tricky.
  4. Wiñay Wayna to MP:
    • Get up early [3 a.m.] to get to the entrance checkpoint and walk 2 hours to the sun gate MP.
    • You’re almost at the end of getting to Machu-Picchu; let’s jump for joy in the seventh wonder!

The difficulty in the excursion comes mainly from ascending and descending.

  1. The ascent to the first step takes you from 2000 m (6500 feet) to just over 4000 m (13000 feet).
  2. With the descent of 1500 m (5000 feet) after the second Pass at 3500 m (11500 feet), things become more accessible.

PRICE LIST

Cost of Inca Trail 4 days. PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2023 

GROUP TOUR:

$750 per person

Shared Group 🙂 A minimum of 06 participants is required to open a new departure group. Hike with the KONDOR PATH TOURS!

PRIVATE TOUR:

02 participants $1395.
03 participants $1250.
04 participants $1150.
05 participants $1050.
06 participants $950.
07 participants $850.
08 or more participants $750.

Private tours are available and priced based on group size.

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TRAIN SERVICES

By PeruRail / PER PERSON

+ $35 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU  – POROY) Outbound Journey
+ $50.00 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
+ $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey

EXTRA TICKETS

+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU

Discounts 🙂

This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee

College students$30 off


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