The Classic Inca Trail trek Machupicchu is listed as one of the best in the world due to the beauty of archaeological wealth, flora and fauna that exists throughout the route to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world, 4 days walking around the original paved Inca pathways.
Walk through typical andean valleys, grasslands, cloud forests, visit ancient Inca ruins along the way. Finally we will arrive to the lost city of the Machupicchu Incas, our experienced guides will guide you through safe areas.
- Starting Altitude - 2720m / 8920ft.
- Highest Altitude - 4217m / 13,780ft (Day 2).
- The Inca Trail trek is considered an Overall Difficulty - Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depending on your level of fitness). since there are no rock climbs or paths on the road, so no previous experience is required, however it is necessary to be in shape to make the route
- The most difficult part of the route is the second day that has to be climbed by a number of staircases starting from 2000 masl to 4217 masl walking through a small space. Then the road becomes easier, continuing downhill.
- The Inca Trail is 43 kilometers long, which are distributed between 10 to 13 kilometers that you have to walk per day, which in total you walk between 6 to 9 hours each day, at the moment of the last day you walk only two hours .If you suffer from cardiac, respiratory, arterial alterations, pressure, etc, it is important to mention them before making the reservation of the Inca Trail in order to evaluate your participation; If possible, check with your GP.
- Longest Day - Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
- Coldest Night - Day 2 around 0º celsius
- Youngest person we have ever taken: 4 years old.
- Oldest person we have ever taken: 78 years old.
- Acclimatization is Recommended
Itinerary of Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
FIRST DAY: CUSCO, KM 82. (PISCACUCHO), HUAYLLABAMBA:
Walk from 6 to 7 hours.
We will be going to pick you up from your respective hotels
between 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., departs from Cusco at 7:30 a.m. in direction to Ollantaytambo town where we will stop for 45 minutes to have our breakfast, in this place you can also make some purchases such as: batteries for flashlights, rain ponchos, coca leaves, etc. Then we will continue our journey to 82 km (Piscacucho), place of beginning the walk, after two hours we will arrive at the archaeological group of Llactapata, here the guide will explain the history of this place. Later we will continue with the trek through the Cusichacay valley, finally arriving at Huayllabamba (3,000 masl) where we will spend the first night in Camp.
- Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level
- Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
- Weather: Warm and windy
SECOND DAY: HUAYLLABAMBA, WARMIWAÑUSCA AND PACAYMAYO:
Walk from 6 to 7 hours.
Early, after breakfast, we will begin the most difficult and demanding part of the route, with an exhausting climb of three to four hours, to reach the first pass called Warmiwañusca ("dead woman"), with an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level. At this point we can admire a breathtaking view of the whole valley of Huayllabamba and Pacaymayo where you will feel on top of the world, it is in this place where the guide will perform a small payment ceremony to the snow-capped Veronica and Wayanay, after the ritual with the leaves of coca we will be descending the mountain for a lapse of an hour and a half to reach pacaymayo (3,600 masl) where we will spend the second night in camp.
- Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6- 7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
- Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)
- Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
- Weather: Cold and rainy
THIRD DAY: PACAYMAYO, PHUYUPATAMARCA AND WIÑAYWAYNA.
Walk from 7 to 8 hours.
After breakfast, we will begin to ascend to the second step of the Inca trail, after an hour's walk we will reach the archaeological group of Runcuracay, place that was discovered in 1915 by the American explorer Hiran Binghan, the same one we will visit, then we continue climbing the mountain and we will reach the second step, from this place we can appreciate the valley of Pacaymayo, Aobamba and the snow-capped mountains of Pumasillo (6,000msnm), Verónica (5700 masl) and some small lagoons, because of the location this place leads to recollection and at the same time meditation, then descend the mountain to reach the third archaeological group of the Sayacmarca road (3540 masl), which will be visited to continue the walk and after 30 minutes we will arrive at the Chaquicocha camp instead of lunch. After a nap we will continue towards the pass of Phuyu Patamarca (3650 masl), from this place we will see the impressive mountain of Machupicchu where we will be taking a short break and may take some pictures. After 10 minutes of descent we will arrive at the archaeological group of Phuyupatamarca, Intipatay Wiñayhuayna of this place we will descend the mountain approximately 1,000 meters, in the course of the tour we will be enjoying the best example of the Inca stone path as well of the diversity of flora and fauna for finally arrive at Wiñayhuayna camp, place where we will be spending the third night.
- Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7 to 8 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
- Considered: Easy day – all downhill!
- Area: High Cloud Forest
- Weather: Warm and very humid
FOURTH DAY: WIÑAYWAYNA, MACHUPICCHU AND CUSCO.
Walk from 4 to 5 hours.
Very early at 4:00 am We’ll eat breakfast at 4:20 and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. On the way we will see a diversity of flowers, begonias, orchids, ferns, as well as a biodiversity of birds, after one hour and a half we will arrive at the Puerta del Sol (INTIPUNKU), it is the first point of view of the archaeological group of Machupicchu , from here we will have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu, take photographs and we will appreciate the sunrise. We will descend the mountain to later arrive at the control of Machu Picchu, where you will have a little free time to use some services and leave your suitcases in the cloakroom, later you will have a tour guide of two hours approximately in the archaeological group of Machupicchu, and finally you will have free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountain – Huaynapicchu (must be arranged ahead of time) and finally take the bus back to Aguas Calientes Town, have a lunch, and 30 minutes ahead of time boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo were we will drive you back to the city in our bus, then we will drop you off at your hotel.
- Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 4:00AM)
- Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
- Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
SERVICES THAT INCLUDES THE INCA TRAIL:
- Tourist Transport of Cusco - KM. 82
- Train tickets Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
- Travel by bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu .
- Porters (they load the equipment of the agency during the trip)
- Professional tourism guide.
- Full meals 3 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 3 Dinners.
- Camping equipment (tents, matras or mats).
- First aid kit.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- First breakfast
- Last lunch
- Extra carrier
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
- Huaynapicchu: This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu on your own. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least two month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING:
- Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 2-3 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Gloves, scarf, wool stockings.
- Raincoats in the rainy season.
- Flashlights, batteries and spare bulbs.
- Long pants.
- Insect repellent.
- Sweaters and a jacket
- Backpack (approx 50 to 70 liters) for walks.
- Towel and toilet paper.
- Warm clothes in case of friajes (sweater and jacket).
- A little local money for the hot shower in the last camp.
COST OF THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU GROUP AND PRIVATE SERVICE
|Cost per person in group service||$ 610USD per person|
|Private Service 1 passenger||$ 1300 USD per person|
|Private Service 2 passengers||$ 800 USD per person|
|Private Service 3 passengers||$ 755 USD per person|
|Private Service 4 passengers||$ 670 USD per person|
|Private Service 5 passengers||$ 610 USD per person|
|Private Service 6 passengers||$ 580 USD per person|
- One extra night in Aguas Calientes single or double room USD 75 dollars. (If you want a higher category hotel check with the agency).
- Additional income to Machu Picchu with Huaynapicchu for an additional day USD 70 Dollars.
- Additional income to Machu Picchu for the additional day: USD 52 dollars.
- Bus tickets up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machupiccchu and vice versa USD 26 dollars round trip.
Students require an identity card, international Isic Card valid for the student and must be under 25 years of age
Availability of spaces of Inca Trail Trek:
The availability of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu is limited, with only 400 spaces per day, these spaces are distributed among guides, tourists, porters and cooks, it is advisable to reserve the spaces of the Inca Trail with a minimum of 3 months. anticipation, this in high season (from April to November) and in low season with 2 or 1 month in advance, it is important to always check the availability of spaces with your travel agency.
Only travel and tourism agencies can make reservations for the spaces to make the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, in case you can not get spaces for the Inca Trail there are other routes connecting to Machu Picchu as the Road through the Jungle to Machupicchu in 4 days and 3 nights and the Salcantay Machupicchu Trail in 5 days and 4 nights, these routes have a total availability of spaces and are held all year round.
The recommended time to make the Inca Trail to Machupicchu or the alternate routes to Machu Picchu is in high season (from April to November) as there is no presence of rain which implies safety.
Degree of difficulty of Inca Trail Trek
The Inca Trail certainly requires a little physical effort. Considered as of "moderate" degree, this will depend more than anything on his physical condition. The height and the constant ascents and descents constitute the biggest difficulty in the walk. To reach the first step the trek ascends from 2000m to 4000m. Followed by a descent of approximately 1500m.After crossing the second step located at 3500m, the degree of difficulty of the walk will be reduced. Age does not play a primordial role, but its willpower and the desire to live an unforgettable experience.
Physical state that you must have before undertaking the Inca Trail
In fact, a good physical condition will help you to enjoy this walk even more. Try to do some physical activity before your trip, if you are not used to doing it regularly. The most important thing is to take the minimum time to acclimatize in Cusco.We recommend that you stay at least two or three days in Cusco before starting the Inca Trail.
- We do not recommend it to people suffering from respiratory or cardiac problems.
- It is mandatory to inform if you suffer from any disease or ailment such as diabetes, asthma, problems or operations in the back or legs, noticeable decrease in vision, etc.
- Medical assistance for travelers is required. Please bring a photocopy of the policy with contact telephone numbers to give to the guide before the expedition begins.
- Although the expedition travels with a complete medical kit, we recommend you to bring a personal kit, which has sunscreen, hydration salts, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, anti diarrheic, sanitary bands, painkillers, sterilized cloths and medicines for personal use.