Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

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Tour Details

The 4-day Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco is undoubtedly an impressive way to visit Machu Picchu. The Classic Inca Trail Trek takes you through the protected nature of the Peruvian jungle and cloud forests, passing through several Inca archaeological sites and offering stunning views. The Incas used this sacred path for their pilgrimage to the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

The best thing about the Classic Inca Trail Trek is that it’s the only way to witness the sunrise from Intipunku or Sungate before stepping into Machu Picchu.

Price Includes

  • Professional Tour Guides
  • Tour Briefing: The night before your trek, you will come to our office for a briefing.
  • Porters & Horsemen: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items
  • Emergency Horse: All of our treks include an extra horse for our clients to use if they need a break from trekking.
  • Hotel: The trek will include three nights of camping and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation: All of your transportation is included on this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel at around 4:30 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo before the trek) and brought to the inca trail gathering area to begin your trek.
  • Equipment: We have the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4-person tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
  • Food: Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Last day's lunch is not included.
  • Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Alpaca Expeditions will supply all the water needed.
  • First Aid: Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scratches, etc.) and oxygen.
  • Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While we are prepared and all of our guides are trained to handle most of the issues clients have on the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel reassured that they are safe.

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag (USD 35)
  • Entrance fees to Huyana Picchu (USD 65)
  • Vista Dome Train (USD 35)
  • Huayna Picchu mountain $ 75

Things To Carry

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us)
  • Backpack to carry your things
  • Phone and Camera charger and power bank battery
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Camera
  • Torch or headlamps
  • Ear Plugs
  • Hands sanitizer
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( we recommend 30% deet)
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us)
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Long sleeved hiking t-shirts
  • Hiking trousers
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt, socks)
  • Hiking socks
  • Reusable water bottle or canteen
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the night-time
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper
  • Credit or debit card
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, and any additional prescription drugs you may take)
What To Expect?
  • Modality: Adventure, landscape, Cultural and Archaeological
  • Departure days: Subject to space availability
  • Accommodation: 3 nights camping
  • Trip duration: 4 days and 3 nights

Day 1Cusco - Km82 - Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa

We will leave from Cusco at 05:30 in the morning towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before reaching the trailhead at Km. 82, we will stop in Ollantaytambo for breakfast.
After having breakfast, we will take a train to the trailhead, Km 82. Once here, the authorities will verify your permit and passport details before allowing you access.
We will cross the Urubamba River and start our Classic Inca Trail Trek. This would be more like a warm-up. We will stop in a town called Miskay for lunch.
After the explanation, we will continue with our hike to Wayllabamba (3,100 m) and then up to Yuncachimpa (3,300 m), where we will camp and spend the night. From this place, we will have a beautiful view of the mysterious Veronica mountain.

Walking time: 6-7 hours
Total distance: Approximately 11 km.

Day 2Yuncachimpa – Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca – Pacamayu – Runkurakay – Chaquicocha

The second day is a day to walk freely, which means that everyone can walk at their own pace. During the short breaks, you will meet the other members of your group, so you won’t feel alone when walking at your own pace.

Early in the morning, the road takes us first to the valley of Llulluchapampa (3850 m). In the first 3 kilometers, we will enjoy the humid forests and the sound of the small rivers. After three hours of walking from Llulluchapampa, we will reach the highest point of the trip, Warmihuañusca Abra (Dead Woman’s Pass) (4200 m). This ascent is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail.
After a short break at the summit, we will continue the journey with a long and steep descent towards the Pacaymayo River to the Runkurakay pass (3050 m), where we will arrive at our camp called Chaquicocha at (3650 m). Here we will end the day with a well-deserved rest while enjoying an impressive view of the mountains and the landscape.

Walking time: 8-9 hours Total distance: Approximately 15 km

Day 3Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna

The third day is the most beautiful. You may notice a change in the ecosystem when walking to the Wiñay Wayna tropical forest. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950 m). It is a gentle ascent through a beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before arriving at the third pass (3700 m) from where you have a magnificent view of the Valley and Urubamba River. The nearest archaeological center is called Phuyupatamarca, “the City among the clouds” (3600 m). A well-preserved Inca site, where you can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We will pass another Inca tunnel before visiting the “always young” Wiñay Wayna ruins (2650 m). The stone stairs are transformed into a zigzag path until we reach our last camp.

Walking time: 5-6 hours Total distance: Approximately 10 km

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast at 4:30 in the morning, we will go – equipped with our flashlights – to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to have the first view of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The last triumphant descent will take us almost an hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400 m) around 08 a.m. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings.

After this tour, you will have enough time to explore the archaeological site on your own (for example, visit the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings, or climb Wayna Picchu for an incredible panoramic image). Then when we return, we will take a bus to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes). Here you can relax in the hot springs of the city.

Continuing the trip, we will take a train in the afternoon that will take us to the Ollantaytambo station (a 2-hour trip). At the place, we will be waiting for our transfer with a sign indicating our names to return on a tourist bus to the City of Cusco.

Walking time: 2-3 hours Total distance: Approximately 7 km.

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