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  1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Machu Picchu

From Cusco: Classic Inca Trail 4-Day Trek

Product ID: 213408
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Experience one of the world's best treks along an ancient trail laid by the Incas to connect their different cities. Experience different ecosystems, microclimates, and lot of history surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Andes Mountains.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Hotels and establishments in the center of Cusco
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the ecosystems, micro-climates, and history of the Inca Trail
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Andes merges into the cloudy forest
  • Arrive at the magnificent Machu Picchu complex on a green plateau
  • See where the architectural remains lie in perfect harmony with nature
Full description
Before the trek, meet your guide at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an example. Hiking times are approximate and will vary depending on the group. Lunch and campsites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.

Day 1
Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning and take a private bus to the town of Chica. Begin your hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Admire the spectacular views of the Peruvian Andes on the way and take a rest stop in the well-known Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After approximately 3 hours of walking arrive at a beautiful Inca building known as Llactapata in the base of the mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Enjoy dinner served at the camp. 

Day 2
Wake up in the early morning with a hot cup of tea. After breakfast, begin the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail. Take in the unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and observe different types of microclimates at 4,250 meters. After a 5 hour walk, reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass. Then continue your walk down to Pacaymayo to each lunch and spend the night at the campsite.

Day 3
After breakfast, hike towards the second most important pass of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way, enjoy a guided tour at the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and a visit to the Inca citadel Sayacmarca. Stop for lunch at Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument. Descend down to one of the most beautiful Inca sites along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (means Forever Young) for a guided tour. Stay overnight nearby and enjoy a small party with the trekking crew at camp. 

Day 4
After breakfast, get up early to watch the sunrise at Inti Punku. After 1.5-hours of walking through the cloud forest, reach the Gate of the Sun, for the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Arrival at the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour around the magnificent complex, visiting the main sites and monuments. After touring this extraordinary location take some free time to wander around on your own and then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there, catch a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (time and destination indicated on your train ticket) where your adventure will end. 
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to the starting point of the trek
  • Tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • 1 bag or duffle bag where you can carry a maximum of 6kg per person
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea (except for last day)
  • Biodegradable soaps
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes (can be arranged easily)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional climb to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Student card
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• During the trek, your main luggage can be stored at the office or at your hotel for free
• Vegetarian or special menus are available; please advise at the time of booking
• Please bring: original passport, original ISIC student card, travel insurance, spending money in Nuevos Soles, a small rucksack, a rain-jacket and waterproof trousers, waterproof trekking shoes, sandals (for comfort at the campsite), warm clothes, sun hat, sunblock, insect repellent, camera, flashlight
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Peru Andes Top

Product ID: 213408