Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days




Trip Type

Tourists from all over the world come to Peru, not only to see Machu Picchu but to walk the Inca Trail, perhaps the most famous hike in South America, tourists are attracted not only by the challenge, but also the beauty of its landscapes, stunning along the way and the mystery that is at the end of the route ruins.

There are three roads leading to Machu Picchu Inca Trail. The first, more difficult and takes more than 7-8 days. This road is very difficult and the altitude can exceed 4500 meters.

The second option is the most popular, 4 days and 3 nights, and distance is 42 km.

Finally, the last option and also the shortest, lasting two days and one night. This is a simple and easy route.

Trip Plan

You will be taken from your Cusco hotel between 5:30 am and 6 am and headed to the town of Ollantaytambo with the rest of his group, 1 hr45 of Cusco. In Ollantaytambo you will have about 40 minutes to have breakfast (not included) and use the bathroom. Then, 20 minutes is a drive for KM 82, which is the check for the Inca Trail. Here you will have some time to adjust all the last minute packing details and porters come in, once they have passed the control, begin to walk. The first hour or so walk is mainly flat ground until you reach the lunch stop. After lunch and a break to enjoy the scenery, we will continue walking for about 2 hours more in an increasingly upward track. You will pass the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Qoriwayrachina and Wallabamba before reaching the first camp at 2853 masl (9360 ft). On the first day you have the opportunity to buy drinks and snacks from local people living in the area, and there are bathrooms available in the camp. Day 1 Info Meals: Lunch and dinner Total distance: 10.4 km (6.46 miles) Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours Peak altitude: 2853 masl (9360 ft) Camp Altitude: 2853 masl (9360 ft)
After breakfast, you will begin the most difficult part of the track as you climbed and climbed and climbed the cloud forest for about 3 hours to appear in the Puna ecosystem in the high Andes. Here the vegetation is scarce and you will feel the drop in temperature to achieve the highest pass on the Inca Trail called Warmiwañiusca or "Dead Woman's" in (14,153 feet) where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the entire area. After a break you will start to go down again for about 2 hours to reach the camp for lunch. This day will be the hardest day, but you will come to the camp in the early afternoon - be sure to bring playing cards or a book to read, or you can choose to take a nap until dinner time! The camp is in 3564m.asl (11.692 feet) and there are basic toilets available. Water, alcoholic beverages and snacks are not available for purchase.   Day 2 Info Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Total distance: 9.7 km (6.03 miles) Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours Peak altitude: 4,314 m (14,153 ft) Camp Elevation: 3,564 m (11.692 ft)
After breakfast you start the steep climb to the second most important pass of the trail in 3.921masl (12,864 feet). About 2 hours to climb, you reach the ruins of Sayamarca and, from there, is about 40 minutes from the pass. After the pass, the trail continues descending and ascending with stairs - a good workout! You will have a guided tour of Puya Patamarka, another important archaeological monument. Within walking distance of Puya Patamarka you will have lunch and about 1 hour to rest. In the afternoon there will be about 2.5-3 hours trekking more, with the final installment fell by about 2000 Inca stairs to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young). You will have a guided tour of this impressive archaeological complex. Dinner and overnight at the camp at about 2.692masl (8,845 feet). Water, alcoholic beverages and snacks are not available for purchase this day.   Day 3 Info Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Total distance: 12.2 km (7.58 miles) Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours Peak altitude: 3,921 masl (12,864 ft) Camp Elevation: 2,692 masl (8,845 ft)
At the end of the day, we started very early to arrive at 3 am to get to the sunrise at Machu Picchu. After breakfast, we will begin to walk to the gates where we wait until 5:30 in the morning so they can open. From there it is only about 1.5 hours to "Inti Punku" or the Sun Gate where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. In the Sun Gate, your group may choose to wait as the clouds lead to Machu Picchu a magical image of the site. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins as is recognized worldwide, however, is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish conquistadors. Believed to have been built in the mid 15th century and was "rediscovered" by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.  A guided tour of this fascinating place is an amazing experience. From the Sun Gate, is another 40 minute walk to get to the Lost City. You will leave your bags at the entrance and take a break here for a snack. Then your guide will take you to a full guided tour or the archaeological site that will last about 2 hours. Machu Picchu is open until 5:30 am so you can get the rest of the afternoon, if you choose to explore the site on their own. After your visit to Machu Picchu, you descend the mountain to Aguas Calientes (1 hour downhill walk, 30 minutes by bus -. $ 12 optional the price of $ 475 is included 18h20 train departing from Aguas Calientes, if want to come back earlier, you can select the return train of 16:22 (US $ 25).  Day 4 Info Meals: Breakfast, lunch in Aguas Calientes (Viajes travel customers Cusco Peru only!) Total distance: 3.5 km (2.17 miles) Estimated walking time: 1.5-2 hours Peak altitude: 2,692 masl (8,845 ft) Altitude Machu Picchu 2,400 m (7,872 ft)


  • Boots / walking shoes (waterproof)
  • Backpack (30 to 40 liters)
  • Comfortable clothes for walking
  • rain gear or poncho
  • wool socks (keep warm when wet)
  • Sandals or camping lightweight shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, wool
  • thermal clothing (sleep)
  • Sleeping bag
  • walk armchairs
  • Flashlight batteries + extras
  • Camera
  • Hat (sun, rain and cold)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • bottle of water
  • medical team kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • appetizers
  • Swimsuit
  • Pocket money (soles)
  • original passport


  • Full name.
  • Age.
  • Nationality.
  • Passport number.
  • Indicate whether student.
  • Enter the exact date when the Inca Trail want

The procedure for booking must be the following:

To book must transfer 50% of the total value of the package through the Western Union offices. The other half must be paid upon arrival to the city of Cusco.

You must send a copy of your passport and / or student card.

Advance payment because the agency has to buy tickets to the Inca Trail and train tickets are required.

   The availability per day to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is 500 people. This figure includes tourists, porters and cooks. It is recommended to make a reservation a few months before. The availability of space for the Inca Trail is the same for all tourist agencies, so if you are not available, the agency can not make reservations for the Inca Trail.

            Services on the Inca Trail: the camps are outdoors, tents are used. Only the last field has hot showers. As for security, there is training to take care of them in case of accidents and emergency medical personnel.


  •  Hotel shuttle to the train station Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  •  Food (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Aguas Calientes bus ticket to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Hotel 1 night (double)
  •  Expeditions Train tickets Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Cusco train tickets to Km. 104
  • Professional bilingual guide for the Inca Trail (English-Spanish)
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village)

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