Classic Inka Trail
Peru Andes Top - 4 days
- Classic Inka Trail
- 4 days / 3 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Classic Inca Trail
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> Great variety of Flora and Fauna
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is, without doubt, one of the world’s best treks and for those who visit Peru looking for good adventure, this is definitely the best choice. This ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is one of the many trails that used to connect different cities and temple of the Inca Empire.
The Royal Inca Trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu combining different ecosystems, microclimates and lot of history giving the visitors a really amazing experience. People enjoy from the very start of this trek looking at how the spectacular scenery of the Andes Mountains merges into the cloud forest to finally arrive at the magnificent complex of Machu Picchu lying on a green plateau where the architectural art is in perfect harmony with the natural environment.
Important Notice: The Inca Trail is the most popular in the trek of Peru and maybe even South America. Because of a limited amount of permits issued by the authorities, you have to book your spot at least well in advance. The months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October need reconfirmation.
What’s the plan?
DAY 1: CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA - B L D
Our trekking crew will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning to take a private bus to the town Chilca at Km 82, where we begin your trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The bus ride is beautiful and you will have the chance to enjoy a spectacular view of the Peruvian Andes. We´ll make a stop for about 20 minutes in the well-known Inca town “Ollantaytambo” to continue the bus ride to the starting point of your trek, where we will unpack and get prepared to start the hike with our trekking guide and team (please have your passport on hand). After approximately three hours of walking and passing a lookout point, where you will see a beautiful Inca building known as “Llactapata” in the base of the mountains, you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon you will continue walking towards your first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. You´ll have dinner at the camp.
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBO – PACAYMAYO - B L D
It’s going to be an early morning with a nice and hot cup of tea to get ready for this beautiful day. After breakfast the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail will begin, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail, from where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and will observe different types of microclimates (4,250 meters). After a 5 hour walk you will reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass, where you will get a tremendous feeling of achievement mixed with relief of having reached the pass. After having reached the top you will continue your walk down to Pacaymayo, where you will have lunch and spend the night at the campsite (altitude of 3,600 meter above sea level).
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA - B L D
We consider this as the most beautiful and longest day due the different microclimate and the arrival to the cloudy forest. After breakfast we’ll start our ascent towards the second most important pass of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way you have a guided tour at the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and after the second pass we´ll visit the Inca citadel Sayacmarca. We will continue our trek towards Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument where we stop for lunch. After a short break we will descent down to one of the most beautiful Inca site along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (means Forever Young). Our campsite is right next to this complex, we leave our belongings there and you will have a guided tour of this impressive archaeological site. Afterwards we´ll have dinner at the camp. That night we will say our goodbyes to the porters and cooks, so our local guide will organize a small party to thank everyone for sharing this amazing and beautiful experience in the Andes together.
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO - B
After breakfast we´ll have a very, very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Inti Punku. After one hour and a half of walking throughout the cloud forest we´ll reach the Gate of the Sun, where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the citadel, we´ll have a three-hours guided tour around the magnificent complex, visiting the main sites and monuments. Machu Picchu is located at 2,400 meters above sea level. After the touring this extraordinary location you will have some free time to wander around on your own and then you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there we will be catching a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (time and destination indicated on your train ticket), from where we are going to take you back to the hotel.
With our arrival in Cusco our adventure will come to the end.
√ Pre-departure briefing
Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco
√ Transfer to Challacancha
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and get a private transfer to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
√ English speaking guide
English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
√ Duffel bag
You will be provided with 1 Bag or duffel bag which you can fill with a maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
√ Textile snack bag
One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
√ Hot water
We provide hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes and boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night.
Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu are included.
√ Transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
Transfer from the train station Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco is included.
2 people share a 4-people-capacity tent, for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
All breakfast, lunch, dinner, daily morning snack + daily tea service (except for last day) are included. Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
√ Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
√ First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
√ Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition Service).
√ Administration and Staff available 24 hours in Spanish and English.
√ One blanket & pillow
× Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.
× Sleeping Bags
Sleeping bags are not included in the price of the trek. You can either bring your own or rent one at Peru Andes Top's office.
Hiking poles – US$15.00
Black Diamond Hiking Poles.
Sleeping bag – US$15.00
Sleeping bags according to route requirement.
Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$22.00
Private Tent – US$30.00
During you trek, you will stay in tents at campsites along the route. Two people will always share a spacious 4 people dome igloo tent with plenty of space for backpacks. Also, an inflatable mattress is taken care off. You have to take your own sleeping bag or you can rent one for $15 from your trekking company. At the campsite, you can always find a chemical toilet, kitchen equipment, dining tent, and a kitchen.
– Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
– Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
– Trekking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
– A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
– Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
For your daypacks
Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you everyday of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.
– Hat and sunglasses
– Rain gear
– Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
– Sun cream, bug spray
– Hand sanitiser
– Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Band aids, moleskin
– Camera, extra batteries
– Head torch
– Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
– Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the -villagers’ toilets on the first day)
Additional items for your duffel bag
During the trek will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring / rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3 kg. During the Inca Trek you will travel through different temperatures as you climb / descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!
– Sleeping bag for Inca trail (can be rented from us)
– Air mattress for Inca trail (can be rented from us)
– Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
– Warm jacket, hat and gloves for Inca trail
– 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
– 1-2 hiking pants / trousers
– 4 sets of undergarments
– 4 sets of hiking socks
– 1 Fleece
– 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
– Quick dry towel
– Toothbrush and paste
– Face moisturizer
– Power pack / battery charger
– Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate
Frequently Asked Questions
The best time to hike the Peruvian Andes is from April to October when the weather is relatively warm. In the months of June, July and August the nights are cold and a four season sleeping bag is recommended. The rainy season lasts from November to March, with February as the highlight. In this month the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. Rainy season or not, prepare for sun and rain. The mountains make the weather pattern unpredictable.
Dry season (April – October)
Day: 20’C – 25’C / 68’F – 77’F
Night: -1 – 7’C / 30’F – 45’F
Rainy season (November – March)
Day: 17’C – 22’C / 62’F – 71.6’F
Night: 4’C – 7’C / 39’F – 45’F
Trekking in Peru is possible with the endless help provided by porters and horses. They take care of carrying tents, cooking utensils, tables, chairs, gat bottles, food and other essential equipment you can imagine. Without porters, horses, and donkeys there is no trekking in Peru. Porters are well looked after by their trekking companies, but a
On the Inca Trail and other Peruvian trials, it is normal to tip porters, guides and chefs. Opinions on how much are divided. We advise you to bring along an amount of 60 to 120 Nuevo Sol for tips. That is equivalent to USD 25 to 50. This is often given by the group in a pot, towards the end of the trek.
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.
One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Peru is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Peruvian Andes.
Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Peru.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
Altitude Mountain Sickness
If you’re keen on Machu Picchu, you’re obviously headed to Cusco. Once you’re in the city, particularly if you’ve flown in, you’re likely to find yourself huffing and puffing just scaling the stairs to your accommodation. For this reason, it’s recommended you give yourself time to acclimatize to the thin air before setting off up the mountain. If you want to know everything about AMS while trekking in Peru, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.
Trekking in the rainy season
The wet (rainy) season lasts from November to April. The mountainous terrain around Cusco means the area is prone to flooding and landslides after torrential rain. It’s always better to go in the dry season. You can’t? At least you won’t be fighting the crowds. Please be prepared and read everything about this season in our blog post.
Machu Picchu tickets
Machu Picchu Tickets
To conserve the Machu Picchu site, the Peruvian government has limited the access and gives out a limited amount of tickets. There are different sorts of tickets and availability.
Machu Picchu Only
This type of ticket allows you to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu which has as main attractions: Intiwatana Temple of the Three Windows, Sun Temple, Temple of the Condor, Main Plaza, Agricultural Zone. The maximum capacity to enter to Machu Picchu is 2500 people per day.
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is part of a set of related with the Salkantay, mountains known as the Central Cordillera of the Andes. Huayna Picchu, “Young Mountain“, is located opposite the mountain of Machu Picchu “Old Mountain” and has a height of 2,693 meters. It can be accessed by following a steep and narrow path with steps carved into rock; It covers an elevation of approximately 360 meters. The tour on this mountain has an approximate duration of 3 hours, in what it concerns to rise and to go down, it is an extraordinary adventure. The maximum capacity to go up to Huayna Picchu group is 200 people per day.
Machu Picchu + Old Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is located 3,082 meters. In it, is seated the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and every day more people decide to venture to it, possibly by the energy emanating earth, considered sacred to the Inca civilization. Its summit was used by Inca priests to perform rituals on special dates and it was the place of worship of the Apu Salkantay.
The ascent depends on the physical condition of the individual and can take anything between 2 and 3 hours.The maximum capacity to enter Machu Picchu Mountain is 800 people per day,
Your trekking company provides the bus tickets and the Machu Pichu only entrance tickets. If you wish to do climb the Huayna Picchu or the Old Mountain it will cost you $75 dollars extra. This needs to be reserved in time.
In order to secure a permit and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, government regulations require full and current passport information for all trekkers. Permits are non-transferable and can sell out early, months in advance.
It is therefore important to arrange departure dates at the earliest opportunity. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours. Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times; visitors must sign up for a spot in advance. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance. While not as physically demanding as the full Inca Trail, hikers should be in good physical condition.
Peru Andes Top
Peru Andes Top
Peru Andes Top is a tour operator based in the city of Cusco and we made several types of services related to tourism for 7 years. We are recognized by the Ministry of Culture to be able to directly operate the Inka Trail, having all the necessary equipment and manage all logistics to deliver this trek for our visitors.
Our main products are developed around trekking, the most important one being Luxury and Traditional Inca Trail. The service we provide with great passion and dedication because it is an unforgettable experience for those who do it.
Our staff is made up of an extremely qualified team in the different activities we carry out. We work with guides that can communicate in Spanish, English, German, Chinese, Portuguese, French and more. Also, we have a great team of highly qualified chefs to satisfy the most demanding palates. Our team will take care of giving you a memorable experience before, during and after your stay.
Also, help from our community is one of our missions as we are in the Piecitos Andinos project of the Community of Santiago de Chacan. Part of our utilities are destined to the community with basic needs of sanitary services, school supplies or activities recreational activities that help develop an atmosphere of joy and solidarity.
How To Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.
Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.
After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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