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Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

THE MYSTERIOUS INCA PATH TO MACHU PICCHU

    Trip description

    THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE LIVED

    Discovering the legendary classic Inca Trail 4 days

    Embark on the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days Trek, which will take you into the heart of Peru’s breathtaking Andes to the famed Machu Picchu. This tour starts in the ancient city of Cusco and takes you through beautiful valleys, rocky mountain passes, and past a number of breathtaking Inca archeological sites.

    Traverse this revered Inca pathway and uncover hidden chapters of the Inca Empire’s history. Marvel at the ancient wonders of Llactapata, Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and the mesmerizing Wiñaywayna. These sites, embedded in the Andean landscape, are precursors to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, celebrated globally for its enigmatic beauty and historical significance.

    The 4-day Classic Inca Trail is more than a trek; it’s a voyage through time. As you journey towards Machu Picchu, you’ll connect with the past, unravel the mysteries of the Andes, and experience the timeless allure of one of the world’s most revered ancient wonders.

    OVERVIEW INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

    • Duration                   :  4 Days/ 3 Nights
    • Tour type                  : Camping, adventure, and culture.
    • Accommodation       : 3 Nights Camping
    • Meals                        : 3 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Walking distance      : 42 km / 26 miles
    • Height gained           : 1,495 metros / 4,902 feet
    • Temperature             : Minimum – 2 ° C (28.4 ° F) / 28 ºC 82 F max.
    • Physical difficulty      : moderate to challenge 4/5
    • Group size               : 2-8 people 

    DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA

    Kick off your Inca Trail adventure with an early hotel pickup between 04:00-5:00 AM, heading to Km 82 for the hike’s start. Traverse the iconic Inca Trail, uncovering historical gems like Llactapata. Relish authentic Peruvian cuisine in Wayllabamba for a needed energy lift. Proceed to the Ayapata campsite, nestled at 3,300 meters (10,829 feet), and soak in the breathtaking Andean landscapes.

    • Walking Distance – 14 km / 8.7 miles
    • Walking Time – 7 to 8 hours
    • Starting Elevation – 2720 m. / 8923 ft.
    • Campsite Elevation – 3,300 mts / 10,829 ft
    • Difficulty: Moderate 3/5

    DAY 2: AYAPATA – DEAD WOMEN’S PASS – PACAYMAYU– CHAQUICOCHA

    Kick off your Inca Trail journey at 5am, ready for an unforgettable day ahead. Savor breakfast as your energy boost before venturing through two mountain passes, featuring awe-inspiring views of the historic Runcuracay and Sayacmarca Inca sites.

    • Walking Distance – 16 km / 10 miles
    • Walking Time – 9 to 10 hours
    • Starting Elevation – 3,300 mts / 10,829 ft
    • Highest Elevation – 4,215 mts/ 13,825 feet
    • Campsite Elevation – 3,600 mts. / 11,800 ft
    • Difficulty: Challenging 5/5

    DAY 3: CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA

    Begin Your Inca Trail Adventure with a Fascinating Hike to Iconic Inca Sites

    After breakfast, set off on an enlightening journey along the Inca Trail to discover famed Inca sites such as Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind adventure as you navigate the ancient paved trail and mysterious tunnels, enveloped by the enchanting cloud and rainforest landscapes that define this historic trail.

    • Walking Distance – 8 km / 4.9 miles
    • Walking Time – 5 hours
    • Starting Elevation –3,600 mts / 11,800 ft.
    • Highest Elevation – 3,700 mts / 12,140 ft.
    • Campsite Elevation – 2,650 mts / 8,694 ft.
    • Difficulty: Formidable 2/5

    DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

    On this final thrilling day of the Inca Trail, reach Machu Picchu through the iconic ‘Sun Gate.’ Delve into the ancient Incan city with a guided tour, followed by a bus ride to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Ollantaytambo, before being transferred back to Cusco.

    • Walking Distance – 6 km / 2.5 miles
    • Walking Time – 2 to 3 hours
    • Starting Elevation – 2,650 mts / 8,694 ft.
    • Highest Elevation – 2,720 mts / 8,900 ft.
    • Machu Picchu Elevation – 2,430 mts / 8956 ft.

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    trip itinerary

    BRIEF INFORMATION OF THE INCA TRAIL CLASSIC 4 DAYS TREK

    Preparing for your journey on the Classic Inca Trail 4-Days Trek is crucial, and we’re dedicated to ensuring you have a seamless experience. To address any questions and provide comprehensive information, our guide will meet with you at your hotel 1 to 2 days before departure.

    This essential briefing, typically scheduled for 7:00 pm at your hotel, can be adjusted with prior coordination a week before your trek. Our goal is to make sure you’re fully prepared and confident for your adventure to this world wonder.

    DAY 1: CUSCO – 82 KM (PISKACUCHO) – WAYLLABAMBA

    For your 4-day Inca Trail trek, we’ll pick you up at 4:30 a.m. in our private transport from your hotel, heading towards Km 82. En route, we’ll stop in the sacred valley at Ollantaytambo town for an optional breakfast and last-minute purchases like sunscreen or hats. Then, we continue to PISKACUCHO Km 82 (2,720 meters), at the base of Veronica Wakay Huillca (5,700 meters), where our cook and porters await with camping gear for a smooth ascent.

    You’ll explore the ancient Patallacta from the Willcaracay viewpoint, an Inca site with military significance, led by an expert guide. After, enjoy a riverside lunch crafted by our chef, showcasing culinary expertise. The hike then proceeds uphill for 2 hours to the AYAPATA camp (3,300 m), a secluded spot far from the usual crowds, ensuring a peaceful rest.

    • Meals: snacks, lunch, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    • Walking time: 7 to 8 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: regular 3/5.

    SECOND DAY: AYAPATA – CHAQUICOCHA

    This is a very challenging day and full of adrenaline; in which we will cross the biodiversity of the ecological floors of the Andean zone, and we will pass through the highest points of the entire Inca trail.

    We will start the long walk after a delicious breakfast, ascending through the heart of the cloud forest formed by a variety of vegetation and the prevailing native trees. We will arrive to the highest spot of the Inca road after 4 hours of long walk, the pass of dead womans pass WARMIWAÑUSCA ( 4,215 meters/ 13,825 feet ),  here we will proudly give a sigh full of  satisfaction for having  achieved the challenge of reaching  the highest point of the Inca road. From there we will be able to observe the amazing scenery of mountains, glaciers and steep valleys.

    Then, we will descend towards PACAYMAYU’S valley ( 3,600 meters/ 11,800 feet ) where our staff will prepare lunch that will reward your successful effort.

    The challenging journey continues as we ascend the second summit of Runku’s Racay (3,977 mts/13,127 ft). Along our trek upwardly, an archeological site awaits to be explored – Runqu Racay. One more hour’s invigorating hour-long trek will bring us to a breathtaking pass worthy of admiration!

    you will eventually come across some daunting Inca steps that lead down to Sayacmarca Archaeological Center ( 3,657 meters /12,000 feet ). Venturing into this heritage site is sure to be an awe-inspiring experiences that along the horizon shows us an impressive sight of the high jungle and the tropical forest, which also the sunset  creates an enigmatic scene,  something like we would  be following  the Golden City

    From here we will be able to see the CHAQUICOCHA camp (3,600 mt. / 11,800 ft ),with a 25-minute easy walk, you’ll be there in no time.

    • Meals: breakfast, snacks, water, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
    • Walking time: 9 to 10 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 2° C (4135.6 ° F) / max. 18 ° C (64.4 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: challenge 5/5.

    THIRD DAY: CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA

    Today, on our Inca Trail 4 Day trek, experience the awe of hiking through the Andes and the vibrant high jungle. Marvel at breathtaking Incan structures, a testament to ancient architectural brilliance.

    After a hearty breakfast, we embark on a serene walk along the cloud forest, treading the flat, cobblestoned Inca path for 1.5 hours until we reach PHUYUPATAMARCA Pass (3,700 meters/12,140 feet). Here, look over the expansive Urubamba valley and towering peaks like Veronica (5,700 meters/18,700 feet), Salkantay (6,271 meters/20,574 feet), and Pumasillo (5,700 meters/18,700 feet).

    The journey descends for 3 hours through a sub-tropical rainforest, where we explore the archaeological sites of Phuyupatamarca and Intipata. We’ll have lunch at WIÑAYWAYNA campsite (2,650 meters/8,694 feet). Post-lunch, indulge in a refreshing nap, and possibly a revitalizing mountain shower if the weather permits. We’ll conclude the day with a visit to the magnificent Wiñaywayna, often likened to a Mini Machu Picchu, just a 10-minute walk from our camp.

    • Meals: breakfast, snacks, water, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles
    • Walking time: 5 hours
    • Temperature: minimum – 2 ° C (28.4 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: easy 2/5

    FOURTH DAY: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES-CUSCO

    The most anticipated day of the Inca Trail 4-Day trek arrives, as you edge closer to achieving your dream. Rise early at 03:30 am, greeted by a warm cup of tea or coffee, ready to embark on the day’s adventure. Enjoy a convenient take-away breakfast prepared by our chef.

    After an early check-in, we’ll head to the Sun Gate, INTI PUNKU (2,720 m / 8,900 ft.), where you’ll be treated to a stunning panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel and distant mountains. A 45-minute walk then leads you to the iconic upper part of Machu Picchu, perfect for those classic photographs. Take some time for a snack and restroom break before delving into a guided exploration of the ancient city.

    Your journey continues with a 25-minute bus ride to Aguas Calientes, followed by a train ride from the station to either Ollantaytambo or Poroy, depending on your reserved service. Finally, our vehicle will be waiting to escort you back to your hotel in Cusco, completing your memorable Inca Trail 4 Day adventure.

    • Meals: breakfast to take away and water.
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 6 km / 2.5 miles
    • Walking time: 2 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 4 ° C (39.2 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: easy 2/5

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    MAP OF CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO

    Included

    • Professional tour guide
    • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail 4 days and Machu Picchu.
    • Bus Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes
    • Food during walking 3 (lunches, dinners and breakfasts)
    • Boiled old water during the walk (after each meal), you will only bring the first day to the lunch
    • Mattress (sponge)
    • Camping tents (accommodation for 2 people)
    • Train Expedition service (station Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)
    • Transportation to starting of the trek km 82
    • Transportation station Ollantaytambo- Hotel Cusco
    • Oxygen tank and first aid kit

    Not Included

    • Ticket Huaynapicchu or mountain Machupicchu
    • 1st day Breakfast and 4th day lunch
    • Sleeping bag (can rent from the company)
    • Inflatable mattress (can rent from the company)
    • Walking sticks (can rent from the company)
    • Pillow
    • Extra carrier (who will carry personal belongings) $ 90 for the entire trip (7 kilos)
    • Gratitude

    Packing List

    PACKING LIST OF  INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

    • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
    • Backpack (must be very comfortable to carry all your belongings during the trek)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping Bag Liner
    • Extra Flip flops or river shoes
    • Raingear or at least rain poncho
    • Outerwear for the nights like a warm jacket, scarf, gloves and a woolly cap
    • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Light clothing
    • Trekking pants
    • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved) preferably quick-dry or regular cotton
    • Silicone earplugs
    • Head lamp
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Quick-Drying Travel Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Walking stick with rubber bands on the tip
    • Reusable water bottle or Camelback water bladder
    • Hand sanitizer gel
    • Toilet paper
    • Extra money

    Important Info

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    HOW TO MAKE THE BOOKING OF  INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS? 

    In order to book the short Inca Trail 4 days with Allyn Pacha Cusco, click on the BOOK NOW button, then select your prefer departure date, then, do the payment of your deposit of $200 per person. Once we get your deposit, sed us a copy or a good photo of the passports of each participant (required to purchase the ticket and get the permit) and the last step we will send you a 100% confirmation of your trip.

    WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE PAYMENT BALANCE?

    The Inca trail classic 4 day outstanding balance can be made one day earlier your trip in cash USD or soles, and the Cash payment must be paid 1 day prior to your trip. If you prefer Pay on line Visa or Pay Pal at least one week prior to your trip (plus a 7% service fee).

    MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

    it’s a shame to tell that is not possible. Once is made the confirmation; the 4 day Inca trail classic trek permits have been bough. Peruvian government is strict in the limitation of ticket permits and regulations, where does not allow any changes. So that, permits are not transferable and refundable. Therefore, if you cancel the classic Inca Trail tour, the deposit done is not refundable at all!

    DO I NEED TO BRING MY PASSPORT?

    Yes! Its mandatory to have the original passport to be checked at the Inca trail and Machu Picchu and is very important that it has to be the same passport you sent us to book your Inca Trail classic and Machu Picchu permit. In case, you are renewing your passport, please send us ASAP the copy of your old passport and bring both of them with you to secure your permit.

    CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

    Of course, will be a pleasure to put away your luggage at our company storage or at your hotel that is free for customers, whichever is more convenient for you. After your return of your trip 4 days Inca trail, we give you back.

    Please, make sure to bring only need things during the hike of Inca Trail clasicc 4 day

    MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

    it’s a shame to tell that is not possible. Once is made the confirmation; the Premium Inca Trail 4 days permits have been bough. Peruvian government is strict in the limitation of ticket permits and regulations, where does not allow any changes. So that, permits are not transferable and refundable.Therefore, if you cancel your 4 day Inca Trail hike, the deposit done is not refundable at all!

    WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF MY TRAIN TICKET?

    We book afternoon trains in order to have enough time during the hike and visit Machu Picchu. Our Expedition train service chosen (recommended) departs from Aguas calientes train station at 2:55 pm that take you to the train station of Ollantay Tambo arriving at 4:41 pm. Nevertheless, the reserve will depend on the available space; because it is the only means of transportation to return to the closest stations. Therefore, very recommended to book in advance.

    Faq

    The Inca Trail Classic is a treasured monument, both in the history of Peru and among those seeking adventure worldwide. It is part of an ancient network of roads built by the Incas in the 15th century. Spanning 42 kilometers over formidable terrain, taking four days to complete, adventurers traverse the Andean mountains and cloud forests while uncovering hidden archaeological sites before reaching their destination of Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Rich with history, culture, and incalculable natural beauty, this incomparable trekking experience serves as a testament to humankind’s awe inspiring accomplishments.

    Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

    From: 820 USD Per Person
    Type of Tour
    Camping, adventure, and culture
    Duration: 4 Days
    Activity Level
    moderate to challenge 4/5

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