Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, 4 Day Guided Trek

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Let the best certified guides take you on a 4-day trek on the famous Inca Trail in the Andes of Peru to the mythical Machu Picchu ruins.

Group

Andes

4 Days

Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Spend 4 days hiking along the incredible Inca Trail.
  • Spend hours exploring the glorious ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy a number of amazing views in the Peruvian Andes.

Description

One of the most famous ruins in the world, Machu Picchu is an absolute wonder. And the route to get there, the famed Inca Trail, is just as impressive as the ruins themselves.

On these 4 exciting days, we would like to guide you along the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu. With your comfort, enjoyment, and wonder in mind, we will make sure your trip is absolutely unforgettable.

Due to the limited number of permits per day, the trail will not be very congested. As a result, you will get to enjoy the amazing views and environment without feeling stressed or pressured.

Throughout the trip, you will get to explore a variety of different areas, from the rain forest to a variety of high altitude passes, to several incredible archaeological sites.

The hiking will be strenuous at times. This is mainly due to the altitude. However, we will give you all the time you need to acclimatize. Furthermore, we will provide you with many tips to better deal with the altitude, including the suggestion to have chocolates and coca leaves with you.

Every night of this trip, you will get to rest in a scenic and comfortable camp site. At the sites, you can discuss the day’s events, while enjoying a delicious meal.

Finally, when we reach Machu Picchu, hoping with the weather cooperating so you can enjoy a glorious sun rise, you will get to enjoy hours exploring the legendary ruins before returning to Cuzco.

Walking the Inca Trail is a mesmerizing experience. If you would like to do it, all you have to do is send us a request.

If the Inca Trail is full, we can also take you to Machu Picchu along an alternative path on this 4 day trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba (4h)

On the first day of the trip, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cuzco at 5:30 am. From there, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo, where you can enjoy some breakfast. Afterwards, you will take a bus to Piskacucho, where we will start hiking for approximately 12 kilometers along the Urubamba river. After having lunch in a beautiful spot, we will continue on for another 2 hours to our campsite, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwanusca - Pacaymayo (7h)

Today’s trek will begin with a 9 kilometer trek up a narrow ravine to Lluluchapampa. Afterwards, we will start climbing the famous Abra Warmihuañusca mountain pass (4,200m). Once we reach the top, we will take a break. From there, we will make our way down to the Pacaymayo valley (3,650m), where we will have dinner and spend the night in a campsite.

Day 3: Pacaymayo - Puya Patamarka - Wiñay Huayna (8-9h)

On the third day of the trek, we will eat breakfast and start trekking for 15 kilometers. Our hike will include a steep trek up to the Runkurakay pass (3,970m) where you can see the Runkurakay ruins (3,800m). Afterwards, we will make our way down to the rain forest. In the forest, we will climb to the Abra de Phuyupatamarca pass (3,650m). Finally, from there, we will continue on to Winay Huayna, where you can enjoy hot showers, great food, and maybe even a party before going to sleep in the camp site.

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

On the final day of the trip, we will wake up at 4:00 am. After breakfast, at about 4:30 am, we will hike to Inti Punko (the sun gate). From there, we will go to Machu Picchu, which you will get ample time to explore as the sun rises. After Machu Picchu, you will take a bus to Aguas Calientes and then a train back to Cuzco.

 

Details

Accommodation

Camping at various campsites during the trek.

More info

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where can we see if there are any available permits left for the Inca Trail?

You always have to ask us. As official Inca Trail operators, we have access to the permit reservation base, where we can see if there are any permits left for the dates that you are inquiring about.

2. How far in advance do we need to book an Inca Trail adventure?

In high season, you need to book up to 6 months in advance for the 4-day Inca Trail. We also offer a 2-day option that almost always has available permits. Additionally, when the 4-day Inca Trail is sold out, we have an excellent 4-day Salkantay alternative that covers a part of the Inca Trail. This hike has departures every day!

3. What is the best season for the Inca Trail?

Dry season is from the end of March till the end of November. In July and August, it can be really cold at night, and reach minus 10 degrees Celcius. The best time to visit is April - May - June - Sept - Oct - Nov.

4. What will we have to carry during the trek?

All your personal stuff (take as less as possible), your sleeping bag (not included), and your sleeping mattress (we provide one but you have to carry it). The porters carry the tents, camping materials, and food. You can also hire an extra porter who can carry up to a max of 12kg.

5. From what age is the Inca Trail recommended?

You know your child, but we recommend from 9 to 10 years old.

6. How long do I need to acclimatize?

If you come from Arequipa, Colca, or Puno, you can start directly on the Inca trail. If you come from sea level or lower places, we recommend at least 3 days in and around Cusco before you start on the hike: you can also carry out a few day hikes to acclimatize.

7. What is NOT included in the 4 days Inca trail tour?

Almost everything is included, the only things not included are a personal porter, sleeping bag, the first day breakfast, the last day lunch, and tips for the guide, porter, and cook.

8. How big is the group?

We always use small groups. The maximum size is 16 people, and if you are more than 10, then you will go with 2 guides.

9. Will we pass through the sun gate?

Yes, the only hikes passing through the sun gate, from where you can catch the first view of Machu Picchu are the 2 and 4 days Inca trail tours.

10. Will we see the sunrise in Machu Picchu?

A lot depends on the weather, we cannot guarantee this, an orange glow in Machu Picchu does not exist. Once the sun hits Machu Picchu, it is already much too strong.

Meeting point

Your hotel in Cusco where you will be picked up.

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Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Participants should bring the following items with them: Your passport and student card if you have one, personal sleeping bag (can be rented if you don't own one), backpack, trekking shoes, water bottle, flash light, sun hat, water purifying tablets, personal clothing, insect repellent, snacks and emergency money.


About the guide

We “Southamerica planet” are a Belgian / Peruvian travel agency. Our main offices are located in the INCA capital “Cusco”+ Lima

Vicky (Peruvian who work many years for tourists in Cusco and Arequipa) and Dirk (Belgian who traveled many years around South America as tourist and tour leader) are the owners.

Southamerica planet have already 18 years experience in the travel industry. We started 18 years ago in cusco. We like to show you this amazing different continent. With our professional team we show you this adventure in individual tours or in a tour group with professional tour leader.Read our clients travel reports, all happy with our service!

Also this year 2021-2022 we are official Inca trail operator. With all good tents and material, good cooks and good English speaking guides.

Your good holiday is our best promotion!


Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Aug 10, 2022 - Aug 13, 2022

USD 710 per traveller

Aug 11, 2022 - Aug 14, 2022

USD 795 per traveller

Aug 20, 2022 - Aug 23, 2022

USD 710 per traveller

Aug 24, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022

USD 795 per traveller

Aug 30, 2022 - Sep 02, 2022

USD 710 per traveller

Sep 09, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022

USD 795 per traveller


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1542 Each

Group of 2

USD 889 Each

Group of 3

USD 771 Each

Group of 4

USD 721 Each

Group of 5

USD 688 Each

Group of 6

USD 688 Each

Group of 7

USD 688 Each

Group of 8

USD 688 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Please contact us for a price quote.

The cost includes your train tickets to Cuzco or Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu, your bus to Km 82 (the start of the trail), entrance fee to the ruins, porters, cooking service, transfer to and from your hotel, camping equipment, meals, and bus ticket to Aguas Calientes.

The price does not include breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day, any extra nights accommodation, sleeping bag (20 USD for the 4 days), extra weight carried by porters (95 USD for 6 KG and 190 USD for 12 KG for the 4 day trek), walking sticks (can be rented for 20 USD for the 4 days).

NOTE: Your reservation is fixed and unchangeable! Please check your name and passport number!

After reservation the Inca Trail Peru, it’s impossible to change the date of departure, Name or Passport number; there are no refunds for permits!




 

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