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Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

Product ID: 177840
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The classic 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wants to dive deep into ancient history, and learn about the essence of Inca culture.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Booklets
English

Pick-up service

Hotels around Cusco city center.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Trek to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail
  • Walk along the original paved Inca pathways
  • Enjoy personalized service in a small group
Full description
Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba

After pick-up Cusco, drive for 1.5 hours by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trek begins. The walking on the first day is relatively easy. Along the way you will visit the ruined city of Patallacta, and Willkarakay, a military post located above Patallacta. Then enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca River. The trail continues gradually upward through dense Andean forest, to the first campsite in Wayllabamba.

Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu

You will start early, as the walking is physically intense for those who are not accustomed to high altitudes. Trek through the densely vegetated Andean forest until you arrive at a campsite, where you will take a short rest. Continuing your ascent in the afternoon, the habitat will begin to change. After another rest, with snacks and hot drinks, begin the final ascent to a 4,215 meter pass, the highest point of the trek. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, then descend to the campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.

Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna 

Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, a former resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Then after a 45-minute ascent, you will reach the second highest pass of the Inca trail. Descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After visiting the site, continue down the beautifully paved road to the lunch stop. From here you will enter the high Andean cloud forest. The trail continues along a narrow ridge, arriving at a natural viewing area, where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as Machu Picchu. From here, descend to the campsite at Wiñay Wayna, passing an important archaeological site and a temple where offerings are made to the sacred mountain spirits.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu

Rise early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail. After about an hour you will reach the Sun Gate, and see the sunrise over the Andes (weather permitting). A 45-minute walk will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour tour to learn more about this magical place, and then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourself. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at additional cost and must be booked in advance). In the afternoon you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up and driven by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Professional cook
  • Porters to carry all equipment
  • Duffel bag to pack your equipment in
  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to the start point of the trek
  • Transportation by train and bus back to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, and 3 dinners)
  • Campsite accommodation (3 nights)
What’s Not Included
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Breakfast on day 1, and lunch and dinner on day 4
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain ($85 per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

When you get there

Know before you go
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 10 people per group
• All accommodation is camping
• There will be a tour briefing one or two days before your departure date
• This tour will operate with a minimum of 2 participants