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Inca Trail 4 Days Trek to Machu Picchu

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The Inca Trail 4 days trek to Machu Picchu is a 26-mile-long trail through stunning mountain landscapes, breathtaking wilderness, and fascinating archaeological sites. Built by the Incas over 500 years ago, this trail is considered one of the most famous and classic treks in the world. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows travelers to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Inca civilization and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Andean mountains.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days start in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trail slowly ascends up to a maximum height of 13,828 feet before descending into the inca citadel. Along the way, trekkers are surrounded by majestic peaks, lush cloud forests, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. The trail also passes through several Inca ruins such as Llactapata and Winay Wayna, offering an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Inca civilization.

One of the highlights of the 4-day Inca Trail is reaching Intipunku or the Sun Gate, the main entrance to Machu Picchu. As trekkers make their way to the final stretch of the trail, they are greeted with breathtaking views of the iconic Machu Picchu, surrounded by the lush green mountains and the rushing Urubamba River below. This is a moment that is sure to take your breath away and leave you in awe of the incredible engineering and architectural skills of the Inca people.

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is not only a physical journey but also a spiritual and cultural one. The ancient Incas considered this trail as a sacred route to Machu Picchu, and it is believed that completing the trek brings purification and connects one to the natural world. The trail is also a reflection of the Inca’s deep connection to the land and their respect for nature.

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Trekking the Inca Trail in 4 days give the chance to explore various Inca ruins besides Machu Picchu. Your local tour guide shows all inca trail ruins complemented with historical information. With our Inca Trail 4 days trek to Machu Picchu, you experience Peru’s best hiking route.

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba.
  • Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo.
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna.
  • Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco.

Important: The Inca Trail 4 days trek to Machu Picchu briefing generally takes place at your hotel one day before.

Similarly, the Short Inca Trail 2 days is available for those with little time. During which, you experience the Inca Trail, archaeological sites, pass through lush tropic vegetation and sun gate until you reach out Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary & Map

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Day 1: Cusco – Piscacucho Trailhead – Huayllabamba

Our Inca Trail 4 days trek to Machu Picchu begins with a pick up from your hotel at 5:00 am and takes you to Piscacucho trailhead. Once there, we will meet the entire team of professionals who will make your trip a success. Then we will begin our trek.

The first day is easy and let you prepare for the days to come. We will have the beautiful sight of the snow mountains and will also be walking near the Sacred Valley River. After 2 hours hike, we will find the first Inca site of Patallacta, where we will have lunch and later continue to our first camp at Wayllabamba.

Day 2: Huayllabamba – Death Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo

After enjoying our breakfast, start the most difficult section of the hike to the highest pass of the Inca Trail. This day will also offer stunning views of the Andean scenery and also observe the different types of micro-climates existing in the area.

The arduous ascent continues, we will pass the dead woman, at about 4200 masl. Here you will have the enormous satisfaction of reaching the highest point of the entire Inca Trail. After this experience, we will continue descending to Pacaymayo and have our delicious lunch. This place will also be our campsite, meaning you will spend the afternoon resting in your tent.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay huayna

After eating our breakfast, we will start the way up to the second Inca Trail pass at 3850 masl. On the way, we will visit the small Inca sites of Runkurakay and Sayacmarca with our knowledgeable guide. After this experience, we will continue our hike to Chaquicocha, where we enjoy our lunch.

From here, the Inca Trail trek offers amazing views with verdant vegetation and mossy trees. The 2-hour hike brings us to another Inca complex, where we will start a long descend. We will continue our hike to the last campsite called Wiñay Huayna (forever young). Our guide will take us to visit the impressive archaeological site. After the tour, we will have dinner and say goodbye to the adventure team.

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today we will get up very early and eat our small breakfast. We will continue our hike very early in order to be on time and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. After a one-hour trek, we will pass through Inti Punku or sun gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have an amazing panoramic view of the Inca citadel. After this experience, we will visit the Inca citadel for about 3 hours.

Our guided tour ends with clear indications to return safely to Cusco, this will include the train and bus tickets to transport yourself.

Prices & Inclusions

PRICING

Our Machu Picchu private tour is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave on any date you wish. You do not have to wait for anyone else Machu Picchu day tour starts with only 02 passengers.

Prices are per person based on 2 people, valid through 2024

Shared Service: $ 950

*If you would like this tour in a private service or to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional*

INCA TRAIL INCLUDE:

  • Pre-departure briefing about the trek.
  • Private bus transportation from Cusco to the trailhead at kilometer 82.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3-afternoon teas.
  • Camping equipment: Shared 2-person tents, 2 sleeping mattresses.
  • Communal dinner tent and cooking tent.
  • Stools and tables for meals
  • Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. * Lower Circuit*
  • Porters (for the heavy items like tents, food, tables, to carry your personal belongins up to 7 kilos including your sleeping bag, etc.).
  • A chef.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Drinking water for Days 2 and 3.
  • One Way bus ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • One-way train ticket, Expedition class service, from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS EXCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bags.
  • First breakfast & last lunch.
  • Wayna Picchu entrance ticket (please request 3-4 months in advance).
  •  Meals, drinks, and services not mentioned on Inclusions.
  • Tipping the support team on the last day is customary.
  • Personal travel Insurance.


EXTRA SERVICES – PRICES PER PERSON

  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train service – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo  on 4th day:  $50
  • Upgrade to Hiram Bingham train service ( Luxury train) – Aguas Calientes – Poroy  on 4th day:  $540.00
  • Walking Sticks: $25
  • Sleeping Bags: $35
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain:  $60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:    $60.00

PACKING LIST FOR THE INCA TRAIL TREK

For this Trek, you need to pack a duffel bag that will be carried by our porters. Max. 5 kilos / 11 Pounds. Your daypack with essentials should be carried by you during the hike.

BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Original Passport (the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good day pack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Rain jacket or Rain Poncho.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Toiletries kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Personal Medication (we carry a Basic first Aid kit).

DUFFEL BAG PACKING LIST:

  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Pack your clothes and personal belongings for the next 4 days.
  • Comfortable shoes (to be used at the campsites).

CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR EXPERIENCES AROUND PERU

We will design a customized trip to connect you with our country through your interests, you can modify our sample package on our website. You decide where to visit, how long to spend in each place, type of accommodation that suits best for you, and more including:

  • Adding extra activities to your itinerary.
  • Assisting with planning a business Trip.
  • Getting hotel Upgrades.
  • Arranging any special packages to celebrate important
    occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon, or other milestones.
Contact us to help you planning the adventure of your dreams.

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Trip Level: Mapi Tours Peru


Trip Details:

Length: 4 days/3 nights
Tour Type: Shared Service


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USD $: 950


Activity:

Hiking, Trekking, Archaeology, Adventures


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Highlights:

  • Hike to Machu Picchu on an original stone-paved path built by the Incas.
  • Explore unique archaeological sites that only Inca Trail hikers have access to.
  • Exceptional private guided tour of Machu Picchu.