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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 Nights

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is renowned as the ultimate trekking route worldwide. Its allure lies in the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings, encompassing diverse ecological zones ranging from lofty mountains to the mystical Andean cloud forest. As you journey along this ancient path, you’ll encounter enigmatic archaeological sites, many cloaked in verdant jungle foliage. Your adventure culminates at the legendary lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, an awe-inspiring wonder of the world.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our team of professional tour guides who ensure an unforgettable experience. With native Quechua-speaking guides and attentive porters, we go the extra mile to surpass other companies. Our skilled cooks delight your taste buds with delectable, well-balanced meals throughout the trip.

As a 100% local company, we take pride in showcasing the authentic essence of our heritage.

Highlights of the itinerary:

  • Day 1: Drive from Cusco to the starting point at Km 82 or Piscacucho. Cross the Urubamba River and hike for approximately four hours, passing the Llaptapata Inca site. Reach Ayapata Base Camp with stunning views of the Urubamba mountain range and Huayanay snow-capped peak.
  • Day 2: Ascend to Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4200 meters. Descend to Pacaymayo Alto for lunch and continue to the Runkurakay pass at 3900 meters. Visit the Sayacmarca archaeological site and reach the Chaquiccocha campsite with outstanding views and abundant wildlife.
  • Day 3: Hike through the cloud forest, passing archaeological sites and enjoying panoramic mountain views. Reach the Phuyupatamarca pass with a 360° panorama of the mountains. Descend to Intipata and arrive at the Wiñayhuayna campsite. Explore the Wiñayhuayna archaeological site and participate in a special appreciation ceremony.
  • Day 4: Hike to the Sun Gate for the first view of Machu Picchu. Explore the Citadel with a guide and have free time to wander. Optional climb of Wayna Picchu. Return to Aguas Calientes, board the train, and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco to Ayapata Base Camp 

Kickstart your adventure with our expert team, who will meet you at your hotel in Cusco. We’ll embark on a scenic drive of about two and a half hours to the starting point, Km 82 or Piscacucho. This is where the legendary Inca Trail begins.

After a checkpoint pass, we cross the Urubamba River and follow the trail alongside it, offering breathtaking views. We’ll hike for approximately four hours, passing the mesmerizing Llaptapata Inca site and reaching Hatunchaca for a delicious lunch. The journey continues for two more hours until we reach our base camp, Ayapata, situated amidst stunning vistas of the Urubamba mountain range and Huayanay snow-capped peak, home to diverse flora and fauna. 

Duration: 8.7 miles, 14 km. Time: 6 to 7 hours. Altitude: 3300 meters.

Day 2: Warmihuañusca Pass to Chaquiccocha Camp 

After a hearty breakfast, we dive into the challenging part of the trek: ascending into the subtropical forest. Witness the dramatic transformation of the landscape as we ascend to the highest point, Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), at 4200 meters. Take your time to capture memorable photos and recharge before descending for two hours to Pacaymayo Alto for lunch.

Our ascent then leads us to the Runkurakay pass at 3900 meters. From here, we encounter the fascinating Sayacmarca archaeological site and continue through the cloud forest or high jungle to our campsite, Chaquiccocha. This leg of the trek offers outstanding views and abundant wildlife, including vibrant hummingbirds. 

Duration: 9.95 miles, 16 km. Time: 8 to 9 hours. Altitude: 3000 to 3600 meters.

Day 3: Chaquiccocha to Wiñayhuayna Camp 

Today is all about immersing yourself in the rich history of the Incas. We’ll pass remarkable archaeological sites while enjoying a half-day hike through the cloud forest. Marvel at the intricate engineering of paths, tunnels, and ceremonial temples with stunning views of Salkantay, Pumasillo, and Wacayhuillca mountains. After breakfast, we continue through the lush cloud forest, reaching the Phuyupatamarca pass, the temple above the clouds, offering a 360° panorama of the mountains.

Descending further, we’ll discover the agricultural terraces of Intipata before arriving at our campsite, Wiñayhuayna, situated at 2650 meters. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating Wiñayhuayna archaeological site and share a special appreciation ceremony with our dedicated trekking crew.

Duration: 9.95 miles, 16 km. Time: 4 to 5 hours. Altitude: 3600 to 2600 meters.

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu, Afternoon Return to Cusco 

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for—the grand finale! Rise early and leave Wiñayhuayna, heading to the last checkpoint near our previous camp. From there, we hike to the Sun Gate, a one-hour trek offering the first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. Spend ample time soaking in the beauty and, weather permitting, witness a mesmerizing sunrise over the ancient city.

We continue our hike to the Citadel, where our knowledgeable guide will showcase the best viewpoints for postcard-perfect photos. Take a break outside the Citadel for snacks and a chance to explore. 

Return to the Citadel to delve deeper into the secrets of this magical Inca city during a guided tour lasting approximately three hours. Enjoy free time to wander and, if you have a ticket, climb Wayna Picchu.

Remember, entrance permits must be booked in advance. In the afternoon, we regroup in Aguas Calientes, board the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

Duration: 3 miles, 7 km. Time: 2.5 hours. Altitude: 2600 to 2400 meters.

Tour: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
Type: Inca Trail Treks, Best of Peru, Private
Duration: 4D/3N
Difficulty: Moderate
Destinations: Cusco, Piscacucho, Ayapata, Warmihuañusca, Dead Woman's Pass, Pacaymayo Alto, Runkurakay pass, Phuyupatamarca pass, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo

Tour Price:

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N


$ 1,301

Per Person

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