Hike the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 incredible days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for the first magical view of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail is Peru’s own microcosm: a lush green cloud forest teeming with wildlife, Andean mountain passes, a vast landscape dotted with ruins of the Inca civilization and it is only accessible to those who follow this famous trail. This is the most popular hike along the Inca Trail.
- Day 01: Cusco – LLactapata – Huayllabamba.
- Day 02: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacasmayo.
- Day 03: Pacasmayo – RunkuRacay – Sayacmarca – Phuyupata – Wiñaywayna.
- Day 04: Wiñaywayna – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Sites to visit
- Machu Picchu.
- Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu.
- Inti Punku.
- Wiñay Huayna.
- Activities: Hiking, Camping.
- Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
- Maximum Altitude: 4.200 msnm.
- Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco.
In the morning, pectacular arrival at Machu Picchu. After a professional guided tour, take a bus to Aguas Calientes where the group boards a train to Cusco; a journey that winds through the beautiful Urubamba River valley. Transportation to your hotel.
Optional: If you wish to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please let us know so we can change the date of your train ticket back to Cusco. We provide a guide and a hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please note that you will have to pay for a second day entrance fee to the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
Day 01: Cusco - LLactapata - Huayllabamba.
Pick up from the hotel from 6:00 – 6:30 am and then transfer by bus to Km. 82, through Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, we make the corresponding controls and we join the whole team of professionals who will make our trip a success, we will begin the hike, this first day is quite easy in the first kilometers, we will have a beautiful view of the snowy “La Veronica” and walk along the Vilcanota River until we reach the group.
We will have lunch at the archaeological site of Llactapata, and then continue on to Wayllabamba, where we will set up our first camp.
Meals: Lunch , Dinner.
Day 02: Huayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacasmayo.
After breakfast, we will begin our second day of trekking, perhaps the most difficult, since we will have to ascend to the pass of Warmywañusca, at 4200 meters above sea level. In this place, the highest of the Inca Trail, we will enjoy another panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains that surround the pass. After lunch, we will begin our descent to the Pacaymayo valley, where we will set up our second camp.
- Duration: 6 – 7 Hours.
Day 03: Pacasmayo - RunkuRacay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupata - Wiñaywayna
We got an early start, back on the road again. Once we start walking, half an hour later we will find the archaeological group of Runkuracay. From this point on, the path is paved. In some places it is up to 2 meters wide and the quality of Inca engineering can be observed. We will visit Sayacmarca, a beautiful architectural complex, we will pass through a tunnel, dug in the stone of the mountain, to reach the archaeological group of Phuyupatamarca, from where the descent begins by an extremely attractive path, dense vegetation of the eyebrow of the jungle, very rich in flora and fauna. We will then arrive at Wiñaywayna where we will set up our third and last camp.
- Duration: 7 – 8 Hours.
Day 04: Wiñaywayna - Intipunku - Machupicchu - Cusco.
We get up very early to have breakfast, then we will continue the trip to reach the Intipunku (Sun Gate) from where we can appreciate the citadel of Machu Picchu, unparalleled spectacle with the first light of the sun on the citadel.
Descend to Machu Picchu and start a guided tour of the citadel, visiting the main square, the circular tower, the royal quarters, the room of the three windows, and the cemeteries. Free time for a walk around the citadel. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
- Private transportation to kilometer 82.
- Inca Trail Entrance Ticket.
- Professional Bilingual Guide.
- Matras, Carpas for 2 paxs.
- Cook and kitchen equipment.
- Meals (03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners).
- Carriers for equipment.
- First aid kit, including oxygen cylinder.
- Train ticket Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo.
- Ollantaytambo-Cusco Tourist Bus.
- Breakfast on first day and lunch on last day.
- Sleeping bag, luggage bag US$20.00 4 day rental.
- Porter Extra (US$120.00 for 4 days – Load 14 Kl).
- Bus Consettur Machu Picchu.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu thermal baths.
- Visit Huayna Picchu cost US$65.00 Dollars.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Original passport (the same as the one used to book the trip).
- Valid university ID (if you have booked as a student).
- A good backpack (the smaller, the better).
- Water tank: 2-3 L (camelbaks are recommended).
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support.
- Sleeping bag.
- Headlamp: essential.
- Toilet paper.
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR TRAVEL BAG
As a Direct Local Tour Operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and include an additional porter, who will carry up to 7 kgs/15lbs including your sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothes. According to Peruvian law, a duffel bag should not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs).
This limit is established to protect the health of the carriers or horses. All bags will be weighed prior to acceptance. If you need more than 7 kilos, then it will be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your daypack. In these 7 kilos, count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves about 4 kilos for his personal equipment.
- 2 T-shirts.
- 2 hiking pants minimum.
- 4 sets of underwear.
- 3 sets of mountain socks.
- Fleece / Thermal clothing.
- Warm clothes, down jacket – 2nd camp temperature around 3º C.
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, wear them).
- Comfortable camping shoes.
- Fast drying towel. We provide small towels, you may prefer something larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide hot water every day for washing.
- Battery charger: No electricity along the hike.
- Large plastic bags that will be provided at the office to line your backpack.
- Sleeping bag: Must be at least -15°C – Can be rented for $20 USD.
- Moisturizing face cream.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Wet wipes.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Personal medications.
- First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY PACK
We strongly recommend a small backpack of 30 to 40L for day hikes. A large backpack will not be allowed in Machu Picchu. The rest of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide cold boiled water at each meal time. Please bring your canteens.
- Sun hat and sunglasses.
- Insect repellent.
- Linterna frontal.
- Wool hat and gloves.
- Rainwear, poncho.
- Fleece or warm coat.
- Snacks such as chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dried fruit.
- Personal first aid kit and personal medications.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste.
How to Get
ARRIVING IN CUSCO.
Cusco has an airport for local or national flights. In order to get to Cusco, all travelers must disembark in Lima and go through migration, even if their flight to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.
WHICH ROUTE SHOULD I TAKE, BY AIR OR BY LAND?
The best travel option to Cusco is by air. Currently, there are several airlines that provide the Lima-Cusco air transportation service, among which we can mention: LATAM, VIVA AIR, SKY AIRLINE, and STAR PERU. Of all of them, LATAM is the most recommended, due to the variety of schedules it handles.
The land travel option is also a good option, but you always have to look for the best options that offer adequate comfort for the trip. The trip by bus is 22 hours. If your trip is from Puno or Arequipa, you can take this option since the trip is usually cheaper and it is only about 12 hours of travel.
DEPOSIT FOR LUGGAGE.
To be able to travel on domestic flights, you have to take into account the type of service contracted since there are rates where you can only get a maximum of 8 kilos of luggage. If you travel with more, make sure to hire it in advance and avoid setbacks when boarding.
If you have luggage, it can be left safely in the accommodation, or we can also provide you with a place of deposit at the Andino Tours Peru offices, but take into account the opening and closing hours of the office.
If you arrive before the Check In Time at the hotel, you can leave it totally free in the hotel deposit to be able to go out to carry out your activities or rest in the hotel lobby.
CUSCO HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ELEVATION IN THE WORLD.
That is why people who travel at a lower level suffer from altitude sickness, “Soroche”. This is because at higher altitudes, less oxygen is contained than those who are at sea level, so the body works harder to get the oxygen it needs. That is why for long walks it is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco.
Symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, loss of appetite, trouble breathing. Most of the time, the symptoms will be mild, but if they get worse, consult a doctor or contact our offices.
Coca tea is a recommended infusion for this disease, so within the accommodation it is always offered to counteract altitude sickness.
You must remember that you come to enjoy a trip through wonderful trails with people who will always be willing to help you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment.
THE WEATHER IN CUSCO.
One of the big questions is how the weather is in Cusco. It is easy to get this information on the internet, but you also have to take into account that each season and during these times the climates are changing. The dry season in Cusco is from April to October, but there will always be a sudden rain with lightning and thunder.
It is always advisable to have the appropriate rain gear, such as rain ponchos or waterproof jackets, waterproof gloves, and suitable shoes that do not slip in the rain.
Each member of the Andino Tours Peru staff has received first aid training from a specialist doctor. Every year we carry out this mandatory training, and on each of our excursions you will have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (Traveler’s Diarrhea, scrapes, cuts, etc.) and, in fact, oxygen should not be lacking.
To protect your trip, the purchase of travel insurance is recommended. Having insurance before the trip is highly recommended. I have agreements with companies that provide this service that will make your trip more pleasant and peaceful in Peru.
For all our excursions, we have biodegradable soap, and all our garbage is returned to Cusco. Our staff is trained to take care of the environment. We use environmentally friendly chemical portable toilets.
We launched a program where for each traveler who reserves with us, we donate 10 trees that will be delivered to the communities of Mikaypata, Ninamarca, Huatoqto, and others, committing them to caring for the environment.
Why choose Andino Tours Peru
WHY ANDINO TOURS PERU?
We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.
Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.
why travel ANDINO TOURS PERU?
Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
In order to provide the best service to our customers we are in constant search of certifications that endorse us as a travel agency 100% recommendable.