Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4D / 3N

ABOUT CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU The 04 day Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wants to dive deep into the ancient essence of the Inca... [...]

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ABOUT CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The 04 day Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wants to dive deep into the ancient essence of the Inca culture.

  • Trek to Machu Picchu through the classic Inca Trail trek is ideal for combining culture, nature, and living traditions.
  • The Classic Inca Trail is one of our most popular trips to the region. A unique experience, Peru’s number one trek, and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world.
  • Enjoy a gorgeous 4-day hike to Machu Picchu along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites, and the beautiful scenery of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Likewise, the Classic Inca Trail or Inka trail 04 day is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life. Be you young or old, in good shape or bad. The Inca Trail is for everyone and is a must-do if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Overview Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – WAYLLABAMBA

Firstly, pick up from your hotel between 04:00 to 5:00, Transfer to km 82 ( 2720 m / 8923 Ft ). Start our classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hiking through Archaeological sites of kanabamba, Llactapata ( quechua names )Lunch at Taray village at 1.30 pm aproxx. After that, Camping in Wayllabamba ( 3300 meters / 9842 ft )

  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2720 m. / 8923 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – DEAD WOMEN’s PASS – PACAYMAYU

Similarly, Wake up time & breakfast, hiking through the highest point (Dead Woman Pass), great views. Lunch and siesta Tea time or high tea.

  • Walking Distance – 11km / 6.83 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3000 m. / 9842 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 4200 m. / 13779 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3580 m. / 11700 ft.
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – CHAQUIKOCHA – WIÑAYHUAYNA

In the same vein, Wake up time & breakfast, Inca cities and original Inca path, the first view of Machu Picchu Mountain (machu picchu altitude 3061 m). We will get to visit Winayhuayna Inca ruins.

  • Walking Distance – 16km / 9.94 miles
  • Starting Elevation –3580 m. / 11700 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 4000 m. / 13123 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2680 m. / 8792 ft.
  • Difficulty: Formidable

DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

To sum up, Hiking to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”Guided tour in Machu Picchu, Climb to Huayna Picchu hike ( book it in advance ). Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch, Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo , Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. End the classic inca trail hike.

  • Walking Distance – 5km / 3.10 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2680 m. / 8792 ft.
  • Highest Elevation – 2730 m. / 8956 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Itinerary

DAY 1: PISKACUCHO KM 82 – TO WAYLLABAMBA

Firstly, to start our adventure through the classic Inca trail trek, vicuñaperuexpeditions will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo. Pick-up from Cusco will be between 4 to 5 AM, from Urubamba or Ollantaytambo will be confirmed at your briefing.

Subsequently, We will board our private transportation for the 1.5 hour trip into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon reaching the end of the road, known as kilometer 82 ” first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek”. Here we will briefly introduce you to our crew and upon crossing the bridge at the Urubamba River. So, here begins our 4-day adventure or 4 day classic Inca trail hike.

This first day is relatively easy-going and smooth as we move along visiting ruins such as the city of Patallacta. It was a very important center that had administrative, economic, and religious functions. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta.

Consequently, after visiting these two sites we will enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba. Walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River. Continuing our gradual walk upward through the dense Andean forest. We arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.

  • Walking Distance: 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 2720 meters ASL / 8923 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation: 3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm and windy
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Wayllabamba

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – DEAD WOMENS PASS – PACAYMAYU

We will begin our day very early to reach the end of the day the highest point on the Inca trail trek. The mountain pass of Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass).

So, the trek in the morning is rather physically intense for those who are not accustomed to the high altitude, yet it is also one of the most spectacular. In the first part of hike machu picchu, we will walk approximately 1 hour and a half through the cover of a densely vegetated. Until arriving at the campsite of Three Stones, where we will take a short rest.

Meanwhile, on our ascent, the habitat will begin to change as we enter the inter-Andean forest full of Unca trees. After that, two hours later we will arrive at another campsite, Llulluchapampa. Where we will take an extended rest with snacks and hot drinks.

From here begins the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca, the highest point of the trek. A fantastic opportunity for panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below. Subsequently, we will descend a few hours to our final campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.

  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 6.82 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation: 3580 meters / 11700 feet ASL
  • Maximum Altitude: 4200 meters ASL / 13779 feet ASL (Warmy Wañuska Pass)
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and rainy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Pacaymayu

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – CHAQUIKOCHA – WIÑAYHUAYNA

Subsequently, we will begin ascending about 45 minutes to the archaeological site of Runkurakay. Which was in ancient times a “tambo”, or type of resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Another 45-minute ascent will take us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail trek, Runkurakay. After which we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca, constructed in a strategic location.

On the other hand, after a thorough visit we will continue down the beautifully paved road to our lunch site at Chaquicocha.  From here onward to Phuyupatamarca we will enter the high Andean cloud forest, a marvelous display of Nature’s beauty.

Here the hiking machu picchu continues a narrow ridge until arriving to the pass of Phuyupatamarka. A natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks.

Subsequently, from here we will descend to our last campsite. Passing a very important archaeological site and temple designated for offerings to the sacred mountain spirits of the area. Slightly beyond is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.

  • Walking Distance: 16km / 9.94 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 3580 meters / 11745 feet ASL
  • Maximum Altitude: 4000 meters ASL / 13123 feet ASL (Runkuracay Pass)
  • Campsite Elevation: 2680 meters ASL /8792 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Formidable
  • Weather: Warm and very humid
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in Wiñayhuayna

DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU

We will rise very early to complete the final stretch of the Peru inca trail, which brings us to “Inti Punku”. Or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance of the crystal city of Machu Picchu. Most importantly, the trail here is fairly easy going. An awesome location to observe Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, it will be the best time to hike machu picchu.

Afterward, a 45-minute descent will take us into the higher area of Machu Picchu. A natural lookout point for the “famous” classic picture and an opportunity for a group picture. So, here we will enter as a group to the main entrance for registration before returning to the site for the main tour.

To clarify, the tour will last approximately 2 hours. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at an extra cost and must be booked in advance). Consequently, in the afternoon we will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch and receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive at Ollantaytambo where our Staff will pick you up to complete the rest of your ride by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Walking Distance: 5 km / 3.10 miles
  • Starting Elevation:2680 meters ASL /8792 feet ASL
  • Maximum Altitude: 2730 meters ASL / 8956 feet ASL (Sun gate)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TREK:

Certainly, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu (machu pichu elevation 2400 m) . This way you may visit the local hot springs which can be a treat after your 4 days of inca trail trek.

Include

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:

  • Briefing in Cusco before the departure
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Professional Cook
  • Porters to carry all equipment
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to Km 82
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks (Happy Hour) and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy. Please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Inflatable  sleeping mattress (which you must carry)
  • Tents – Comfortable and spacious 4 person (2 people per tent)
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrances Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Rentals are available through us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 &  Lunch and Dinner on Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Extra US$ 85
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip)

Extra services.

 SERVICE

PRICE

Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single Tent supplement $30.00
Additional porter for 5 kg. $80.00

Packing List

ESSENTIALS:

  • Passport
  • 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)

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

Likewise, Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don’t worry, they have a secure storage facility.

  • 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.
  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • Sun hat
  • 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.
  • A 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

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (iPhone)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs

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