Classic Inca Trail Trek – 4D/3N
Classic Inca Trail – REGULATIONS
The Classic Inca Trail has a 500 persons limit per day, this includes tourists, guides, porters and all camping staff, due to this regulation the Inca Trail must be booked in advance in order to be able to confirm it, also please note that the only way to confirm the Inca Trail is by buying the entrance fees (for clients and all the staff involved), to buy this entrance fees we must have full names, passport numbers, birth dates, gender and nationalities of all passengers. Kindly note that this information could not be amended or changed after entrance fees have been bought. Due to these special regulations a 35% deposit of the Inca Trail package is requested when booking is placed. This deposit is non-refundable. We recommend to confirm the Inca Trail well in advance, due to the limited tickets sold daily and that this trek has a great demand so tickets are sold quickly.
To proceed with the Inca Trail booking it is mandatory to have the full name of the passengers, passport numbers, nationality and ages; without this information, we cannot buy the entrance fee.
The Inca Trail is closed, every year, during the month of February, due to maintenance works.
- Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
- Total Distance: 43KM/26 Miles.
- Good For: Those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate level of fitness.
- Difficulty: Challenging.
- Considerations: Permit required.
- Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
- Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft (Day 2).
- Total Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles.
- Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles.
- Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º.
- Overall Difficulty – Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depending on your level of fitness).
- Acclimatization is Recommended
DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – WAYLLABAMBA
We start the day early at 5.30 a.m. where we will pick-up all passengers at their hotels and from there head to the town of Ollantaytambo where you will have time for breakfast and to buy sweets, caramels, chocolates or other snacks that will help you during the hike. We then head to Km. 82 Piscacucho (2700 m.a.s.l.) where we will pass by the first control. Shortly after we will start the 2-hour hike to Patallacta (2750 m.a.s.l.) an Inca archaeological site that will be explained by our guide. After visiting this interesting place we will continue to hike for 45 minutes to our lunch spot where our cook and his team will prepare an incredible meal for us. After lunch we will continue our hike for another one and a half hours towards the camping site Wayllabamba (3000 m.a.s.l.) where you will have time for a well-deserved rest and an afternoon snack, followed by dinner before heading to bed.
KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA (8 KM, 4 HOURS)
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYO
In the morning we will have breakfast at 5.30 a.m. and straight after continue our hike for 45 minutes to the second control point Wayllabamba. After we will begin the gradual ascent that will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes (4 km) to the second rest point in Llullucha Pampa 3800 m.a.s.l. Following this we will continue the hike for 1 hour and 45 minutes (4 km) to Warmiwañusca pass located at 4215 m.a.s.l. We will then rest for 2 hours and 30 minutes at the campsite of Pacay Mayo 3600 m.a.s.l. where we will have tea and later dinner and where we will also spend the night.
WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYO (12 KM, 8 HOURS)
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYHUAYNA
After breakfast we continue our hike, today being 16 km long, following a trail that is surrounded by jungle vegetation and a number of archaeological Inca sites that held different functions during their time. The first archaeological site we visit is Runcurakay (3750 m.a.s.l.), which is located 45 minutes from our starting point and is a complex Inca archaeological site composed of turrets that acted as strategic surveillance sites for the east valley. After, we continue to Runcurakay Pass 3900 m.a.s.l. where we will have an explanation on Inca culture and time for some relaxation. We continue walking for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the second archaeological site where we will visit Sayacmarka (a difficult zone to Access due to the may steep steps). After we continue for 25 minutes to our lunch point at Chaquicocha where we will have lunch, prepared by our cook. This will give us the energy to continue our hike to the next archaeological site called Puyuptamarca 3750 m.a.s.l. that will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. From there we start a 3-hour descent (steps) to our camping site Wiñayhuayna where we will have tea and dinner. This will be a special one as it will be the final one with our team and where we will say goodbye to our porters.
PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYHUAYNA. (16 KM – 12 HOURS)
DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICHU – CUSCO.
Today we will wake up at 3.30 a.m., have breakfast and descend to the contro
l point where we will wait 1 hour and 20 minutes until the gates open. Once we have passed through the control point we will hike 1 hour and a half to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we will have a break for 20 minutes and take in the spectacular view of the majestic Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. Shortly after we will descend for 1 hour all the way to the citadel of Muchu Picchu.
In Machu Picchu we will take part in a 2-hour historical tour where you will have time to take plenty photos followed by free time to explore the archaeological site on your own. From here we will return to Aguas Calientes where we will have lunch and visit the thermal baths. Finally we will head to the train station in order to return to Ollantaytambo and then take the bus back to Cusco.
WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICHU (6 KM- 3 HOURS)
- Transport to Km. 82 (where the Inca trail starts)
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail
- Professional guide
- Sleeping mat, large tent (Quadruple – only for 2 pax)
- Cook and kitchen equipment
- Table and chairs
- Meals (03 breakfasts – 03 lunches – 03 dinners)
- Porters to carry camping equipment and food. DOES NOT INCLUDE EXTRA BAGS
- First Aid Kit
- Oxygen bottle
- Return ticket by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 16:22 hrs depending on availability.
- Bust transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day
- Sleeping bag (rental Price: USD 20 for 4 days)
- Extra porter ($ 100.00 USD for 4 days – maximum weight: 14 kilos
- Bus CONCETUR from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Entrance fee to the termal baths in Aguas Calientes.
- Visit to Huaynapicchu includes an extra cost of $75 per person.
RECOMMENDED TO BRING:
- Warm clothes for the night.
- Waterproof clothes.
- Insect replant.
- Plastic poncho for the rain.
- Water purification tablets.
- First Aid Kit.
- Water bottle.
- Passport (original).
- Student ID card if applicable.
- Extra money in soles and dollars.
- Walking sticks.
$20 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com
As you see in our Additional Options, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (one way): $75 per person
Sleeping Bag Rentals: $20 per person
Air Matts (Inflatable matts): INCLUDED FOR FREE
Set of Walking Sticks: $15 per person