Classic Inca Trail Trekking To Machupicchu 4days / 3nights
About Inca Trail
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The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”
www.newlandexpeditions.com is an independent guide to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu aimed at helping visitors to decide whether the Inca Trail is the trek for them. Although there are literally thousands of kilometres of “Inca Trails” throughout Peru this website concentrates on the Classic 4-day Inca Trail trek that starts at km82 (82 kilometres along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and treks high up into the mountains passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna before finally arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the 4th day of the trek. We have include information about when is the best time to do the trek, how best to prepare for it, and advice on how to choose a tour operator best suited to your interests and budget. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu really is an beautiful trek and we hope that with a little advice and planning it turns out to be an incredible and unforgettable experience. Good luck and happy trekking!
This guide refers mainly to the Classic Inca Trail which starts at a place known as Km82 (so called because it is located 82 kilometres along the railway line between Cusco and Machu Picchu). It usually takes 4 days to do this trek arriving at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu for sunrise on the fourth day (hence referred to as the Classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek). See Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-day Itinerary for a detailed description of this trek. The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to commencing the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and give you sufficient opportunity to visit the city of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, as well as spending a day or two exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting the tradition market town of Pisac and the fascinating Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
The Classic 4-day Inca Trail can be hiked year round although the months of April till October are probably more comfortable since the weather is drier. June, July and August are in the high season when the trail can become fully booked so be sure to make a reservation in advance. The 4 day Inca Trail is closed each year during the month of February to allow conservation work to take place. The months of January and March are in the wet season so hiking the trail can be a little miserable unless you have a good rain jacket and waterproof tent. See When to Go for detailed description of what weather to expect on the Inca Trail.
Although 90% of people do this trek in 4 days some people prefer to spread the trek over 5 days instead. You will therefore find a few trekking companies offering a 5-day Inca Trail trek. Before booking this trek it is a good idea to study the detailed itinerary. Although the 5 day trek allows you to avoid some of the busier campsites the group will often arrive at Machu Picchu around midday on day 4 of the trek (when Machu Picchu is very busy and it is too bright to take nice photos). The group won’t be allowed time to explore Machu Picchu and will be rushed off to theirHOTEL IN Aguas Calientes. The group then returns to Machu Picchu by bus on the fifth day of the tour. This itinerary may be exactly what you want but the classic 4-day trek with an extra night in Aguas Calientes will probably be better suited to most visitors and will probably work out cheaper.
FIRST DAY INCA TRAIL: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA
We will leave from Cusco to start the Inca Trail .We travel to Urubamba where we will stop briefly at Ollaytaytambo. Here you can buy last minute gear and personal equipment. Then we move on to Piskacuchu (km 82) Inca Trail Control Point .From here we start the Inca Trail to Wayllabamba, which is our first camping spot. Our first stop is at Miskay (first IncaTrail village) where we will have lunch and relax a bit before hiking further to our first archaelogical site of Patallacta or Llactapata (biggest Inca TrailQuechuan site). After an explanation of your guide about Llactapata, we will keep going for 2 more hours to get to Wayllabamba (first camping spot, 2900 m.a.s.l).
First day: Total distance: 10 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Huayllabamba): 3,000 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Ollantaytambo, Piscakucho, Kanabamba, Llactapata Incan Site, Tarayoc lunch spot, Hatunchaka, Huayllabamba.
We’ll start our second Inca Trail day early in the morning, just to take advantage of the shade of the mountains, what is a better circumstance to hike up to the first Inca Trail pass (Warmihuañusca, which means ‘Dead woman pass’), which is with 4200 m.a.s.l. the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here we can see the various ecological zones and microclimates mapped out in front of us. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass and once we are on the top, we will see many snow-capped mountains. After this we take a our group picture. Then we will walk down to Pacaymayo (second Inca Trail camping spot, 3600 m.a.s.l), where we have our lunch. After this lunch we will have a free afternoon to explore the surroundings by ourselves.
Second Day: Total distance: 12 km (aprox.) Note: we climb only one pass (Dead Woman Pass, 4200 meters high). Many operators use a camping spot in Chaquicocha, where after staying here, passengers are forced to climb the second pass of 3950 meters high, which makes two passes in one day.
Estimated walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Pacaymayu): 3,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Huayllabamba, Yunkachimpa, Tres pierdas, Llulluchapampa, Warmihuañusca(Dead woman Pass), Pacaymayu.
The third day of the Inca Trail begins with a nutritious breakfast and a 45-minute hike up to Runcurakay Pass (second highest pass on the Trail, 3,850 m.a.s.l), and along the way we will visit the Runcuracay archeological site. During the day’s hike, we will also visit the Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca quechuan archeological sites of the Inca Trail. After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna site, where we will spend our last night. Here we will have a farewell dinner to say goodbey to the porters of the Inca Trail.
Third day: Total distance: 16 km (aprox.) We explore the incan site along the inca trail
Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude (Wiñayhuayna): 2,650 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Pacaymayu, Runkurachay Incan Site, Runkurakay pass (3900 meters high) Sayacmarca Incan Site, Conchamarca Incan Site, Chaquicocha Lunch spot, Phuyupatamarca incan site, Intipata incan site, Wiñayhuayna incan site.
The fourth day of the Inca Trail is the most important. After an early breakfast, we begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”), where we will take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu picchu, we will be registrated to enter Machu Picchu.After this we will enjoy a 2-hours guided tour through the sanctuary-city. After the tour of Machu Picchu, we walk a part more of the Inca Trail (or take the bus) to Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy a lunch and free time to enjoy the town. After a while, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
Fourth Day: Total distance: 7 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 2 – 3 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
Places to see: Wiñayhuayna, Intipunku(Sungate), Machupicchu city, Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain(optional), Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Town.
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including weather-, road- or trailconditions and flightschedules. We recommend to book your INCA TRAIL in advance, so you can get Wiñayhuayna as your last camping spot (two hours walk from Wiñayhuayna to Machupicchu).
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:
Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing at Hotel or Office *It would help us if you give the details of the place where you are staying in Cusco.
Professional Quechua, Spanish and English speaking Inca Trail tour guide.
- Gathering at your hotel (here you will be pickjed-up) between 6:00 to 6:30 am.
- Private Transportation to km 82 Piscacucho ( trailhead of the Inca Trail).
- Tourist train (Expedition) back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (two hours aprox.) and bus back to Cusco (one and a half hour aprox.).
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Inca Trail food is the best: three breakfasts, three lunches, three afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and three dinners.
- 4 season HIGH QUALITY PROPER MOUNTAIN TENT (Best Mountain Hardwear & Kayla Doite Tents ). We use only the finest quality aluminum tent poles. You will get a 4-man tent per two persons, so there will be plenty of space to set up your backpacks.
- Camping equipment (Tent for the Inca Trail staff, cooking and eating tents, portable chairs and tables).
- THERM-A-REST self-inflating air sleeping mattresses, a whole new way to sleep in comfort. (click here to see details of Newland Expeditions Camping Equipment)
- Inca Trail Cook, who is in charge of making the food.
- Well-paid and well-treated porters (they carry cooking stuff, camping equipment).
- Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, guides, field crew and Newland Expeditions staff.
- Wake up coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start
- Newland Expeditions Free duffel bag for your personal stuff
- Sleeping bag (not included- it can be hired and it must be carried by passengers themselves), sleeping pad (included). We include THERM-A-REST self-inflating air sleeping mattresses, which must be carried by passengers as well.If you want, you can hire an extra porter, which costs US $150 (12kg Max) or half porter US$75 (6kg Max) for the entire trek.
WE NEVER OVERLOAD OUR PORTERS.
- Oxygen balloon for any emergency.
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes.
- Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time, if requested, with enough time ahead.
- Two-hours guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu (to explore every important temple in the Santuary).
- Single tents and vegetarian meals available upon request with no extra costs.
- Free “I survived ” t-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!).
- Transfer train or bus station-hotel in Cusco
- First Aid kit for emergencies.
- Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco.
- Nearly all the hostals in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in safety. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service, especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel, we can arrange to store your luggage at our Newland Expeditions office.
INCA TRAIL DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Breakfast on the first morning, this has to be in your own hotel.
- Entrance to the hot spring in Aguas Calientes, which costs 10 soles (click here to see hot springs).
- Sleeping bag (goose down) -15ºC-extreme. This can be hired from us for US$30 for all trek, mummyform and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 25 trips.
- Last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
- Bus down tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, which costs US$9 one way.
- Travel and health insurance.Please bring copies with you. Newland Expeditions highly recommend you to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss, delay, emergent medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ON THE INCA TRAIL:
- Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student). Note: you have to bring your student card to Machu Picchu, because you are going to be required to show it at the Machupicchu control point of the Inca Trail. If for any reason you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring your old passport or two very clear copies of it, along with your new passport.
- Travel Insurance card is essential.
- Sleeping bag (not included). See ‘Cklassic Inca Trail includes’ for details.
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors).
- Waterproof jacket or rainponcho.
- Warm jacket.
- Sunhat and gloves.
- T-shirts / shirt.
- Comfortable hiking zip-off trousers.
- Rain pants.
- Bathingsuit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunprotection cream (factor >35 recommended, the sun is very strong here.
- Insect repellent (for mosquitos). 15 % of Deet at least.
- Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended).
- Toiletpaper and wet wipes.
- Personal medication.
- Camera and filmcamera.
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight). We recommend headlights.
- Extra Money
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING ON THE INCA TRAIL:
- Short pants, plaster and bandages
- Walking poles (with rubber tips). They can also be hired from us.
NOTE: walking poles are not allowed into Machu Picchu city.