Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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The hike of the 4-day 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.

Classic Inca Trail 4 Day | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and essential sites in South America. Equally impressive is the centennial Inca Trails Peru that makes its way from the Sacred Valley near 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 Inka Trail in a national park covering  ​​325 square kilometers, namely the historical reserve of Machu Picchu. Without the Inca Trail, we cannot understand Machu Picchu itself. Its leading archaeological group is ceremonial, clearly arranged in ascending order. This 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 – Patallaqta – Wayllabamba – Ayapata
  • Day-2: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s – Pacaymayo – Runkuracay Pass – Chaquicocha
  • Day-3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna camping
  • Day-4: Wiñaywayna – Intipunku – Mapi – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Highlights:

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.”

Itinerary

Inca Trail  4 Days

Is this trip right for me? AT A GLANCE

Day-1: Cusco – Km 82 – Patallaqta – Wayllabamba – Ayapata

The Classic Inca Trail tour 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 going 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 are leaving 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 Classic Inca Trail 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 a better idea 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 pretty much guaranteed a decent pitch for the night. Another great camping spot, a perfect flat meadow, called Llulluchapampa, to reach Llulluchapampa takes 1 ½ hour ascent through the cloud forest. There`s a magnificent view back down the valley.

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

  • Pick up from your Hotel at 05:00
  • Inca sites to explore and to 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: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s – Pacaymayo – 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 Inca Trail hike 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, which 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, the Warmiwañusca and the Runkuracay!

  • Inca sites to explore and to observe:
    • Runkuracay Inca site.
    • Sayacmarca Inca Ruins.
    • Concha Marca
    • Original Inca Trail 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 different microclimates “sunny, humid, and hot.”
  • Meals: Wake up Coca tea, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Day-3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna camping

A blissfully gently two-hour climb on a stone highway leads through an Inca tunnel and along the enchanted fringes of the cloud forest to the third pass. The most rewarding part of the Peru 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 surrounded peaks. From here, 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.

Tonight we say goodbye to our porters because we will leave our campsite early the following day for Machu Picchu.

Today is the most leisurely day.
  • Hiking through the cloud forest and 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 to observe:
    • Phuyupatamarca Inca site
    • Inti Pata Inca site “the views of the Urubamba River from the viewpoint are spectacular.”
    • Wiñaywayna Inca Ruins.
    • Original Inca Trail 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 “sunny and humid.”
  • Meals: Wake up Coca tea, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Free afternoon to recover energy.

Day-4: Wiñaywayna – Intipunku – Mapi – Aguas Calientes – 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 the Americas.

Explore Machu Picchu Inca citadel via Sun Gate.

  • 03:30 a.m., time to wake up the group of hikers.
  • 04:00 a.m., Continental breakfast.
  • 04:20 a.m., 5 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: 5 km/3 miles. This section is relatively easy and moderate.
  • Estimated time of hiking: 2 hours.
  • Meals: Continental breakfast.
  • Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters / 7,874 feet.
  • MP guided tour “2 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.

Machu Piccu Inca trail difficulty

  • Peru hiking Inca trail Distance: 45 km/28 miles
  • When to go: Best time to hike the Inca trail is April through October.
  • 4 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.

Kondor Path Tours recommendation to our clients

  • Huayna Picchu mountain, it is necessary to buy a new ticket “book in advance.”
    • The first group of visitors enters at 7:00 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

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu includes

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Two Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 people / 6-8 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 “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • Indigenous porters to carry camping equipment.
  • Extra porter to carry 7 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 and private transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days Does Not Include

  • Hotel or Airbnb.
    • Pre and post-tour accommodation.
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Day 4 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 ($75.).
    • Huayna Picchu Trek ($75.).
Bring fo the 04 day Inca Trail Treks.
  • 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 (Thermals: 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

How hard is the Inca Trail?
  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 and up to 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:
    • Walk through the most photogenic section of the expedition.
    • Moderate to a bit tricky.
  4. Wiñay Wayna to MP:
    • Get up very 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 to get 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.

Prices

The Classic Inca Trail 4 days

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2021 – 2022. We run this tour only as a Private Service

  • Solo travel:  $1,689.
  • 02 People: $1,095.
  • 03 People: $975.
  • 04 People: $895.
  • 05 People: $825.
  • 06 People:$755.
  • 07 People: $715.
  • 08+ People: $689.

*Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Kondor Path Tours operates the Inca Trails Machu Picchu
*** Student discounts $ 30 off per person.


By the way, we are RESPONSIBLE for Inca Trail OPERATOR; we are Specialists working with NATIVE PEOPLE (Sensitive & Sustainable Machu Picchu travel company).

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