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Inca trail 4 days 3 nights hike to Machu Picchu

The Inca trail 4 days 3 nights hike to Machu Picchu is popularly known as Classic Inca Trail. This is the most preferred option to visit the lost city of Incas from Cusco. 

One of the most popular trails in the continent, Inca trail to Machu Picchu is considered as one of the top five trails in the world. The 26 miles (43 kilometres) stretch offers stunning sights of the snow capped Andean peaks, sub tropical jungle, lush cloud forest. 

The Inca trail 4 days 3 nights hike passes through many Inca ruins. The popular ones are the dead woman’s pass, Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from where you will be stepping into the mysterious lost city of Incas – Machu Picchu. 

In order to maintain the 50 years old trail, the authorities have imposed permits. This allows just 500 people a day including porters, chefs, guides and muleteers. So barely it leaves space for 200 hikers a day from over 250 operators. 

Not surprisingly, often Inca Trail permits sell out six months in advance. Leaving the last minute bookers to look for the best alternative. 

Why Inca Trail is so popular?

The whole stretch offers the best of Peru in four days. Captivating sights of the rich green cloud forest with distinct species of birds, pristine views of the snow capped peaks dotted with ancient Inca ruins. All these are accessible exclusively to those retracing the footsteps of Incas on this 500 years old trail. 

Although the hike offers a unique experience, the prime reason for the popularity of Inca Trail lies at the end of the four days adventure. Entering the citadel through Inti Punku (Sun Gate) while the golden rays of rising sun beams at the walls of the citadel. 

Only those on Inca Trail have the privilege to enter Machu Picchu at sunrise from the Sun Gate while the rest queue up with thousands of others to take the bus from Aguas Calientes. 

Why Machu Picchu Amazon Peru?

We are a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. Machu Picchu Amazon Peru is a lodestone for inquisitive travellers in pursuit of a flawless blend of all that Peru has to offer in terms of history, culture and tradition. 

Our tour guides have a superlative understanding of Incan culture and outstanding familiarity with trails. They are certified tourism professionals who are extensively trained on first aid and using oxygen cans if you have altitude sickness.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Train ticket to the trail head (Km 82)
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • English and Spanish speaking Professional Guide.
  • Camping equipment, (2 person tents, mattresses, Cooking equipment, tables and chairs).
  • Porters carrying your camping and cooking equipment except the mattresses.
  • Professional cook.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners – Vegetarian food, or other diet requirements can be arranged with no further charge.
  • First aid kid and oxygen bottles.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

Price Excludes

  • First breakfast before the transfer on the first day – lunch at the last day at Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Extra porter for personal items.
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • You should bring your original passport (International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain jacket
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water for the first day, but on the way it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families.
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Snacks and Water
  • Peruvian soles

Day 1Cusco - Km 82 - Huayllabamba

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco between 0600 and 0630 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here you will be boarding the train to the trail head, Km.82. 

The trail head is named after its distance from Cusco en-route to Machu Picchu. Here the authorities will be verifying your permit against your original passport. Then we will begin the journey through the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

We will be hiking for two hours along the Urubamba river to Miskay. Here we will be stopping for lunch. The trail to Miskay offers an enchanting sight of the flora and fauna. 

After lunch, we will be hiking for another two hours to Wayllabamba. It is 3000 metres above sea level. This will be the campsite for the night. 

We will be reaching there by 0500 PM. At around 0630 PM, we will be serving you an authentic Peruvian delicacy for dinner. 

Day 2Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo

Our crew will be waking you up early in the morning at 0530 with a cup of freshly brewed coffee of coca tea. We will then serve breakfast at 0600 AM. 

The hike begins at 0630. We will be hiking to the highest point of Inca Trail, Dead Woman’s Pass at 4600 metres. This will be a five hours hike from our campsite.

Legends say that here the hikers feel the spirit of a woman. Hence the pass derives its name. 

From the pass, we will be hiking down the hill for around two hours to Pacamayu at 3600 metres. Here we will be camping for the night. Our crew will prepare lunch as we arrive. Then at around 0700PM, dinner will be served.

Day 3Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka

At 0600 AM we will be waking you up. We will then serve breakfast at 0630 AM. Then at 0700, we will start the third day’s hike of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The third day of the trail will take you along the three iconic Inca ruins. 

The first site, Runkqurakay is a t 3800 metres. This will be an hour’s hike up the hill from the campsite. From here we will hike further up to the second highest point of the trail, Runku Pass at 4000 metres. 

It gets much easier from here, we will be hiking down the hill for around 45 minutes to Sayacmarka. It is an archeological site at 3580 metres. 

From here we will be hiking for half an hour to Chakicoccha at 3600 metres. Here we will be serving you lunch. After relishing a nutritious lunch, we will hike for an hour to Phuyupatamarka. 

This is the last section of the hike on the Inca Trail. The site houses the last construction of Incas. 

From here, we will hike further for two hours to Wiñay Wayna. It is a prominent site at 2600 metres above sea level. We will be camping there for the night. 

Our chef will be serving you dinner on arrival. Then we will hike up to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. In Quechua it means, forever young. The site houses many farming terraces and some ruins.

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Rise and Shine! We will be waking you up at 0330 AM. After breakfast, we will hike to the first checkpoint of Machu Picchu. It opens at 0530 AM. 

From here we will be hiking for an hour to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). You will get the first sight of the iconic citadel from here. 

We will have a short break here so you can immerse in the tranquility of this blissful setting before stepping into the citadel. On our way to the citadel, we will be passing through a checkpoint. Here you will have to leave your rucksacks. It costs 3 Soles. 

The authorities will be verifying your passport and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu here. We will then give you a detailed two hours guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the ruins. 

After enjoying the view of Machu Picchu, we will be taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes. You will have some free time in Aguas Calientes to walk around the town or take a dip in the hot springs. At 0600 PM, we will be boarding the expedition train back to Ollantaytambo. 

It is a two hours journey. At Ollantaytambo train station, our representative will meet you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. Normally you will be reaching Cusco at around 1030 PM.