Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4D/3N

DIFFICULTY
4/5
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
SERVICE
Group

TRANSPORTATION
Van, Train, Bus

ONE OF THE WORLD’S TEN BEST HIKES

The Classic Inca Trail Trek is known as one of the world’s ten best hikes, the Classic Inca Trail is unparalleled for its ecological diversity and wealth of archaeological treasures. The Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary covers 32,952 acres and it is home to a network of Inca trails, scores of archaeological sites, 10 ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical forests), over 450 species of birds and 200 species of orchids, as well as the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu.

Day 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA

Today, begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic Inca Trail! We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel in our private van at 4:30am. From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail. (Breakfast is not included)

Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves, use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Once at the Inca Trail checkpoint, be ready to show your passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card. Your guide will have all of your permits and tickets.

At the start of the trail (2,720m/8,923ft) we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its scenic route. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the ‘Inca flat’ terrain. There are great views of the Inca Fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (also called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of Veronica (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as W’akay Willca.

Our first campsite is in Ayapata, an hour and a half up towards the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft) located in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night can be as low as 5ºC, depending on the month.

During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain Veronica, the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.

  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5mls (about 6 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Day 2: AYAPATA – PASS – PAQAYMAYU – CHAQUICOCCHA

After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,200m/13,779ft). On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent towards our lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).

On our way up towards the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at (3,650m/11,972ft)!

After lunch, we begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16kms/10mls (about 9 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenging

 Day 3: CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA

This is the most impressive day by far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Here, we reach the third highest point along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

The Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at camp by lunchtime! Temperatures during the night are about 12º C.

A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ which means `Forever Young` in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (about 5 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
At around 4:00am, it is time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail. This is the final part of your journey, and we arrive by 6:00am at the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. Finally, we walk downhill towards Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.). After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there, we proceed towards the control point, where we register and leave any large backpacks or walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into the citadel, such as camera bags. Walking poles are not allowed because they can damage the stones. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its most important areas. You can wander around the incredible architecture, as well as climb the intricately carved stone stairways. On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. Machu Picchu is considered one of the world’s most important spiritual centers. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site, depending on current government regulations.

You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose. These options require an additional fee.

Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. These extra hikes must be requested at the time of booking.
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or a relaxing soak in the hot springs.
You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and will have plenty of time to have lunch on your own. We board the Expedition train which departs at 14:55pm to head towards the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This is where you will meet our private van and will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 7:00pm. Train time depends on availability. Another option is 15:20.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7mls
  • Difficulty: Easy

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
  • Briefing at our office. This will be done the night before your trek at 6:00pm
  • Hotel pick up the first morning of the trek
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Piscacucho (in our company van)
  • Extra porter for your belongings (you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day)!
  • 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (large & comfortable) please see equipment
  • Comfortable foam mattresses
  • Professional English speaking guides who are highly experienced in trekking
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional: vegetarian or other dietary needs upon request)
  • First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco (in our company van)
  • Permit to the Classic Inca Trail & entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Private toilet tent, with a normal toilet seat – this is only for our group
  • Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pillow
  • Rain ponchos
  • Taxes (18%)
  • Afternoon tea time each day on the trail
  • Day pack rain covers

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • Wayna Picchu: $75 USD and Machu Picchu Mountain $75 USD – This needs to be booked in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. These hikes sell out. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • First breakfast and last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu.

VISTADOME Train – $67 USD per person extra. (Return only)
Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Planet Cusco Travel

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (These are professional poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Additional night in Aguas Calientes – from $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – $67 USD per person (Return only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY FOR CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers

GROUP SERVICE – $643 USD per person
***Personal Porter is included in the price!

***Discount of $40 USD per person for groups of 5 or more persons

PRIVATE SERVICE

$797 USD per person – 2 to 3 persons
$747 USD per person – 4 to 6 persons
$697 USD per person – 7 to 8 persons
DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old:$30 USD. Information required from the student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking to obtain government approval for the discount.
Under 18 years old:$30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old:$40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

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