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Inca Trail Trek

Experience the classic pilgrimage trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail Trek is one of the most iconic hikes in the world. Join this classic 4-day itinerary to experience the trail in all it's splendour. On the hike you'll visit a number of famous Incan archaeological sites, culminating in a full tour of Machu Picchu on the final day.

Important!

The Inca Trail is a permitted hike. There are only 500 permits available each day, half of which are designated for guides and porters. To secure a permit you need to book as early as possible, ideally 6 months in advance. Permits are non-refundable or transferable.

Summary

DURATION

4 days

LOCATION

Peru

START & ENDS

Cusco, Cusco

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Experience the incredible Inca Trail on this 4-day hike
  • Explore major Incan archaeological sites, including the famous Machu Picchu ruins
  • Guided tour of the amazing Machu Picchu ruins

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4

CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – WAYLLABAMBA

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Camping

ACTIVITY

Drive 1.5 hours. Hike 12km (5 hours)

ELEVATION

Cusco (3,350m) to Piskacucho (2,720m) to Wayllabamba (3,000m) 

inca trail start

We'll collect you from your hotel in Cusco early this morning. From Cusco we'll drive for 1.5 hours into the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. The route takes us through the popular tourist town of Ollantaytambo and ends at the Inca Trail starting point called, Kilometer 82. Once we reach here you'll be introduced to your support crew and we'll do some final checks to make sure that you are ready for the hike ahead. The trail begins once we cross the bridge over the Urubamba River. The first day of the hike is relatively easy going. The first ruin we will see is Patallacta, which was an important city for the Incas and served as an administrative, economic, and religious center. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta. After visiting these two sites we will enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca, also known as the “happy bridge” river. From the river you'll be able to see Inca terraces and other minor archaeological sites. The trail then ascends a little through the dense Andean forest until we arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Inca Trail. Single supplements apply.


Please note: January and February are the rainy season and we therefore don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Briefing in Cusco before departure
  • Expert English-speaking adventure guide + assistant guide for groups of 8+
  •  3 x nights camping
  • Full support crew, including a cook and porters (1 personal porter is included – up to 5 kilos per duffle bag, which will be provided and must fit all your belongings PLUS sleeping bag)
  • Camping tents for every 2 trekkers + dining tent with tables and chairs
  • All vehicle transportation + train tickets from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
  • All meals as set out in the itinerary (3 x Breakfast, Lunches, Snacks and Dinners)
  • Entrance permit for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu + a guided tour around the ruins

Not Included

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment
  • All drinks other than water (you will need to bring your own water on the first morning)
  • Support crew tips
  • Meals that are not described in the itinerary (i.e. Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 4)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee (Extra: US $85)
  • Travel insurance

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Pre-departure briefing

The evening before departure we ask guests to visit the offices of Inkayni Peru Tours in Cusco for a pre-departure briefing. You will be sent details for this briefing once your trip is booked.

Packing List

Clothing
  • 2-3 x hiking shirts + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 1 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Light insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light, but warm gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
Footwear
  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 4 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for camp
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack (bags larger than 25L will need to be stored outside Machu Picchu - lockers are provided)
  • A duffel bag will be provided. Please note: Porters will carry up to 5 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg. Only pack what is necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage can be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office.
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Original passport (you need this to enter Machu Picchu)
  • Four season sleeping bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Toiletries incl. toilet paper

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Cusco where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags and hiking poles can be rented from our local partner.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Night 1, 2 and 3: Great quality camping tents for 2 trekkers sharing.

camping tents machu picchu

Accommodation in Cusco: There are many accommodation options in Cusco. We would be happy to recommend options.

Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel

LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

Inkayni Peru Tours

inkayni

Inkayni Peru Tours are a fantastic local operator based in Cusco, Peru. The company is run by Edgar, Alex, and Percy, spiritual brothers and natives of the town of Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. Together they are united by their ambition of offering personalised services of great quality, aiming to make every experience unique and unforgettable. With Inkayni Peru Tours you can expect a professional tour to the highest standard!

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