This is one of the best-known hiking routes in all South America, and the most important of Perú; walking around the Inca Trail will be the most unforgettable experience in your life.
Walking by the same way that the ingenious Incas walked 5 centuries ago is something indescribable, find huge buildings in the high of the mountains, someone in the valleys and at the edge of cliffs will make you imagine the big effort they did to build the well-preserved stoned Trails.
Until now, these are the witnesses of the astonishment of the people who arrive from different places around the world to live this great experience, this trail will let you arrive in the citadel of Machu Picchu, as it made them with the Incas.
You have two options to go in this hike, the Classic 4 days Inca trail that due to the restrictions of the Peruvian Government with the desire to preserve the trail only provides 500 spaces per day.
Into this quantity is included, tourists, porters (carriers), tour guides and cookers, for this reason, we recommend making your reservation 4 months in advance or 6 months in advance of your trip if this will be between May to September.
Also, you have this version, a short Inca Trail 2 days, this for those people who don’t have enough time, this option is easier, you have availability every day, but you must book weeks in advance.
The Trail can be done by any person and any age but for physical conditions, we suggest from 12 years old, you don’t have to be an athlete but in a good shape to walk (we make this trail with 65 and 70-year-old people).
The difficulty is more for the altitude, the hike is in a tourist rhythm (this is not a rush), we go slow and have breaks.
We recommend for all the travelers and groups who want to go on the Inca Trail, arrive in Cusco at least 1 or 2 days before the trek departure to acclimatize very well, where you can do other activities in our nice city.
DAY 1: Cusco – Piscacucho (Km. 82) – Wayllabamba.
DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu.
DAY 3: Pacaymayu – Puyupatamarca – Wñaywayna.
DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
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We’ll pick you up from your accommodation at 6:00 am. Then we’ll leave from Cusco by bus, in this route we’ll see a beautiful landscape because we’ll pass for a high part of Cusco,
it will be 1 and 1/2 hours to arrive at the first stop Ollantaytambo, this place is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this place, you’ll have free time as 10 or 15 minutes to buy something maybe you forgot or simply some snacks,
after we’ll continue our route to the km. 82 Piscacuchu where we will start our adventure, after showing all our permissions and passports entrance tickets on the first control of the Inca trail we will cross the bridge, and we’ll start walking by the riverbank,
One hour later we’ll start to ascend to a nice viewpoint where we’ll find the first Inca site, this will be Llaqtapata, after the information of our guide we’ll continue walking to Wayllabamba our first camping site where we’ll rest this first day.
Walking Distance: 12 km (6.83 Miles) – 5 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2720 MSNM. (90945 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 3000 MNSM (9843 PSNM)
Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent).
After breakfast, we’ll continue our route, this second day of our adventure, for many the most difficult day, because it will be as seven or eight hours walking where the first four hours will be all uphill,
in this part, we’ll find hundreds of steps mixed with typical flora, small trees, and bushes, before arriving at the highest point “the Warmiwañusca pass”, (4200 m.a.s.l), from this place we’ll find a beautiful landscape.
Here, you will have a tremendous feeling of achievement mixed with relief on reaching the top. After lunch, you will continue from this place you’ll see more marked the Inca Trail (the stoned route) to arrive in Pacaymayo where you will have dinner and rest this second night.
Walking Distance: 13 km (8.07 Miles) – 7 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3000 MSNM. (9843 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4200 MNSM (13779 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent).
This day we’ll find many Inca sites, we’ll remember the second day because the first part will be uphill (max. 2 hours), to arrive in the second pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l.
Going up we’ll find the archaeological site of Runkurakay from this place you’ll have a nice view of the Pacaymayu Valley,
crossing the second pass, we’ll continue walking down to the Inca site of Sayacmarka one of the biggest places of the route,
after hearing the guide’s information we’ll continue our trek always finding other small Inca sites on the way, we’ll pass by one tunnel, a natural formation that the Incas used because that is the only way to continue in the trail,
At half way, we’ll have lunch, and we’ll have time to rest, our final destination this day will be the camping site of Wiñaywayna where we’ll rest this third night, in the afternoon you can visit the Inca Site.
Walking Distance: 15 km (9.32 Miles) – 8 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3580 MSNM. (11745 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4000 MNSM (13123 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent)
After breakfast, we’ll have to start to walk very early to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one-hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Sun Gate,
also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a short free time to take the first pictures, then we will go down to the gate to leave all our stuff and use the restroom,
then we will have two hours guided tour around the citadel, visiting the main sites and temples, after this guiding tour you will have free time to walk around and explore Machu Picchu by your own,
then we’ll go down to Aguas Calientes town, this will be 50 minutes walking (you have the option to take a bus 25 minutes for US$ 12.00),
In Aguas Calientes you will have free time to have lunch, then In the afternoon we’ll take a train for one and a half hours to Ollantaytambo and there we will pick you up to bring you back by bus to Cusco.
Walking Distance: 5 km (3.11 Miles) – 2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2680 MSNM. (8793 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 2730 MNSM (8957 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast.
This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 10 to 15 participants, but that doesn’t mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.
“BEST PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 689.00”
This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, prices vary according to the number of people in your group:
2 PEOPLE: US$ 1270 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 1170 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 1070 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 970 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 830 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 740 PER PERSON
STEP 1: SEND YOUR INFORMATION
Complete the booking form down here or send data of all the travelers to firstname.lastname@example.org like full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, or a copy of passports, indicating the exact date of travel; Our privacy policies are strict, INKA TIME will use this information exclusively to nominate the reservation tickets, we never share this information with third parties.
STEP 2: MAKE A DEPOSIT
You can book and pay for the tour from our website if you are booking via email, you must choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment at least is 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: payments via “PayPal“, with debit or credit card Visa or Mastercard (these last two options have an 8% fee), or wire money by Western Union any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose.
STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION
If you make the reservation on our website the confirmation will be automatic, if you do via email, upon receipt of all passenger(S) data and once we received information of your payment, we will send you your receipt (VOUCHER OF RESERVATION), at this moment your reservation will be guaranteed 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours, considering our business hours GMT – 5).
*Every year on February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance
*Every passenger have to carry their own equipment, these are your backpack and sleeping bag and sleeping pad (mattress) (this for the passenger that book this tour in a group service (Groups from 8 to 14 people)
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1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?
Yes, you can, we have departures every day, feel free to decide when to go.
2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?
Yes, you can, in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our group tours go with 12 or 15 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.
3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 55 YO people, do you think, can they make it?
We had people on this trek of 60 and 65 YO, but they were in good shape to walk, they were well custom to walk, the difficulty is more for the altitude.
If that is the case with your family, everything will run normally. If you think they are not too fit to do it, we recommend taking a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.
4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it on the same day tour of Machu Picchu?
Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. Suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am.
First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the restroom or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs.
Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.
5.- How about my luggage, I know I can’t take all my stuff?, where can I store it?
All stuff you will not use on the trek can be store at your hotel, all accommodations in Cusco have storage, so if you book the night when you can back from Machu Picchu, you can leave there.
Also, if you want you can leave your stuff in our office, for that you can write to our email.
6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?
Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.), on this trek, on the 2nd and 3rd day you will pass by higher places like Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 m. / 13829 ft.) and Puyupatamarca Pass (3650 m. / 11975 ft).
Then all the rest is lower altitude than Cusco, Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.).
We always recommend having at least one or 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.