DAY 1: CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA
We will pick you up from the hotel between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on the bus that will take us directly to Piscacucho (2,700 m.a.s.l.), a small community located at Km. 82 on the road from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We will begin our trek and join the entire team of professionals who will make our trip an unforgettable experience.
The Inca Trail begins by crossing the traditional bridge at Km 82 and continues along the left bank of the Urubamba River, which flows northeast of the Sacred Valley. After passing through some flat terraces, we will arrive at Miskay (2,800 m.a.s.l.), to then ascend and finally see the Inca City of Patallacta or Llactapata (2,750 m.a.s.l.). We will continue our walk along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, until we reach our first camp of Wayllabamba (3000 masl), where we will have a restorative dinner and spend the night.
During the route of the Inca Trail, we will be able to enjoy a splendid panorama of the Vilcanota river, the Urubamba mountain range with the top of La Verónica mountain (5750 m.s.n.m), covered with snow, and a great variety of flora and fauna along of the entire tour.
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYU
On the second day we will resume our trek around 7:00 am, after having breakfast. This part of the route constitutes the hardest day of the Inca Trail, since the walk consists of a steep and narrow climb for about 9 kilometers. Along this ascent the landscape will change from sierra to puna, a dry and high area with scarce vegetation.
We will arrive at the first and highest pass of the mountain, the Abra de Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass, 4125 masl), where we will be able to observe domestic llamas and alpacas grazing on the ichu, one of the few plants that grows at that altitude. We will also cross through an area of the forest where various kinds of animals live, such as sparrows and the Andean bear (or spectacled bear). It is advisable to bring candies, chocolates and coca leaves to maintain a high level of sugar in the body and thus counteract altitude sickness. After having overcome the pass, we will descend towards the Pacaymayu valley (3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will camp after 7 hours of walking.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA
This is the longest but the most interesting and impressive day of our trek, since we will visit countless archaeological sites accompanied by our guide, who will explain the history of the places we visit.
From Pacaymayu we will go up to the second pass: the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 masl). We will visit the archaeological complex of the same name at 3800 meters above sea level, and we will find important vestiges of the Inca culture. After crossing the pass we will descend towards Yanacona (black lagoon) to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 masl), where we will enjoy a 20-minute guided tour. Then we will go to «Chaquicocha», where we will have lunch and then continue our walk in a geography that changes from dry and mountainous to the semitropical green of the jungle.
We will continue up an easy climb and pass through an Inca tunnel until we reach the pass or Abra de Phuyu Patamarca (3,580 m.a.s.l.), our third mountain pass. Phuyu Patamarca, which means «The Cloud over the City», is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes and is located at the highest point of the mountain. Here we will witness a sophisticated complex made up of water sources with solid foundations and impressive views of the Urubamba River. We will continue descending towards Wiñayhuayna (2650 m.a.s.l.), which means «Forever Young», for a guided visit to this spectacularly located archaeological complex. We will have dinner and spend the night in the camp.
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU
In Wiñaywayna we will get up early, at approximately 4:00 a.m., to head towards the Puerta del Sol or “Inti Punku”. In this impressive place, we will delight ourselves with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and we will observe the exit, after a walk on the flat stones that adorn the edge of the cliffs of the mountain. From «Inti Punku» we will walk for 40 minutes until we reach Machu Picchu, where we will enjoy a two-hour guided tour. Then we will have free time to walk around the citadel and marvel at the spectacular views of valleys and mountains. Likewise, we can visit the temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca bridge. Next, in the afternoon we will descend towards the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have the option of visiting the thermal baths. Finally, we will board the return train to the city of Cusco.
- Bus transportation to the beginning of the walk (Km 82).
- Return train ticket to Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in Tourist Service «Expedition» or similar.
- Transportation by bus from the Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
- Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- English, Spanish professional guide throughout the tour (2 guides from 9 passengers).
- Food: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
- Camping equipment (tents, kitchen, dining room, chairs, tables, mats).
- First aid kit.
- Emergency oxygen balloon.
- Cook in charge of food preparation.
- Porters in charge of transporting camping equipment.
- Accommodation for guides, cooks, and porters.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Breakfast of the First Day.
- Lunch on the last day.
- Visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (admission is US$4.00, towels and bathing clothes can be rented in Aguas Calientes).
- Tips for the guide, cook, and porters.
- Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Extra porter to carry personal equipment (US $ 150.00 If you do not want to carry your personal luggage, you have the option of hiring an extra porter who can carry up to 15 kilos).
- It has an additional cost if you wish to return by First Class train «VISTADOME Tourist Service», increase US $ 35.00 per person.
- Sleeping bag for the entire trek: in fleece or synthetic (US$15.00) or in feather (US$25.00). For rent in our Office.
- Entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain (US $70.00).
- An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be reserved for those who wish to stay an extra day. Prices range from $25.00.
- If you want to go up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu again the next day, you will have to pay your entrance again (the first one is included in the Inca Trail package).
Count and send us your travel insurance before your arrival in Peru.
It is important to present the same original documents (identity or passport) with which you registered the reservation at the time of entering the Inca Trail, otherwise you will not be able to enter. The document numbers must match those of the document with which you made the reservation. If for any reason the passport number changed after making the reservation, please notify us before your arrival in Cusco or bring the 2 documents (the old and the new).
Extra night in Aguas Calientes:
If you wish to stay an additional night we transfer the return train ticket for the 5th day. After the reservation there is no option to change the date for this ticket (the change would have to be done personally when you arrive in Cusco), due to the policies of the train companies. You will need to make a reservation for a hotel night in Aguas Calientes for the 4th day. Optionally: you can purchase the tickets for Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu for the 5th day (not included in the package).
Mountain to Huayna Picchu:
If you want to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, it is best to do it on the 5th day, due to the physical effort that is needed, in addition, if you do it for the 4th day, you would be paying twice for the entrance to Machu Picchu, since this income is included. in the price of the Inca trail.
How can I find out the availability of the Inca Trail 4 Days?
The best way to find out the availability of this interesting hike is by contacting an agency authorized to carry out it. Inca Travel Peru, is a specialist in hiking routes, especially in the Inca Trail trek 2 and 4 days. It is only necessary for you to contact one of our sellers so that they can inform you immediately about availability.
How many spots available are there for the Inca Trail 4 Days tour?
Spaces available are limited per day. There are 500 spaces available per day and this includes 250 spaces for tourists and 250 spaces for agency staff such as cooks, guides, assistants, porters, etc.
Can I do the Inca Trail the day after my arrival in Cusco?
Cusco, the imperial city is at an altitude of 3350 meters above sea level. so if you come from a much lower place or at sea level. The best and most recommended thing is to spend at least 2 to 3 days in Cusco before doing the Inca Trail, this is because on the route you will ascend to 4223 meters above sea level. If you want to have an unforgettable experience, the most recommended thing is correct acclimatization and thus you will be able to do the walk without any problem or altitude sickness.
How long is the Inca Trail 4 days and which part is the most difficult?
The Inca Trail 4 days, has a distance of 40 km which is divided day by day. The most complicated day is the second day since you ascend to the highest pass of the trek, this pass is called Warmiwañuska (dead woman’s pass) and is at 4223 meters above sea level.
Is it necessary to book with a Travel Agency the Inca Trail 4 days?
Because it is a journey that requires a lot of maintenance and constant care for being a historical legacy of more than 500 years old, it is necessary, important, and mandatory to book an Authorized travel agency to carry out this adventure. Keep in mind that not all agencies can operate it directly if they do not have the corresponding authorization, at present, there are only 230 travel agencies that meet all the requirements, among them is the Inca Peru Travel team.
Is the Inca Trail open all year?
The Inca Trail operates 11 months a year, except for the month of February, which is closed for maintenance and because it is the month with the most rain in Cusco. Keep in mind that December to March is the rainy season and it can sometimes close for a few days during this time due to inconvenience, landslides, and natural problems. It is important that after booking you are always in contact with your agency salesperson to be constantly updated.
What is the most recommended month to do the Inca Trail?
The most recommended is from April to November. At this time it is the dry season, so you will not find much rain and you will enjoy the mountainous landscapes of the route to the fullest.
How do I book the Inca Trail with Inca Peru Travel?
For being an authorized local direct operator. We ask for 50% of the total amount of the tour, this can be done by credit card, bank deposit or Western Union. Be careful that for a prior reservation, our sellers will ask you for basic and important information such as: Copy of Passport or Identity Document (your identification must be valid and if it is expired, you can make the reservation but you must bring the two original passports to the control at the beginning of the walk), another document will also be the Student Card (if you have one) this so that the corresponding discounts can be applied.
If I have already booked this trek, is it possible to change the date?
No, unfortunately, it is not possible to change the dates, it is important that when booking, you are very sure.
What do I do with all the clothes I have to wear during the 4 days?
As a recommendation, we inform you that you only carry what is necessary, a 45-liter backpack can be good, so you can comfortably carry your belongings. Of course, you have the option of renting an extra porter for your own belongings. There are porters that carry 15Kg that costs US$170 for the entire trip and porters that carry up to 7Kg that cost US$85 for the whole trip. Additionally, do not forget to bring your daily backpack, with everything you need such as: sweets, snacks, rain poncho, jacket, water, etc.
Will I need hiking poles?
The walking poles are really important for this walk as they will help you a lot so that you do not have problems with your knees and have a little more strength when ascending or descending. Keep in mind that there are ascents on stairs and also descents on stairs, so we recommend that you bring a pair of walking sticks.
Will I need a mat and sleeping bag?
Yes, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, the most recommended are -10°c bags. Regarding the mat, this is included in the price of the tour, however, at the beginning of the walk the guide will give you one and you have to carry it throughout the journey.
WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
- Original Passport.
- warm and confortable clothes.
- Walking Shoes.
- Rain poncho.
- Water Canteen.
- Camera and batteries.
- Repellent, sunscreen and hat.
- Toilet paper.
- Water bottle and purification tablets Optional: o Rubber-covered sticks for the walk. o Snack: Cookies, sweet chocolates, energy bars (optional).