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Hiking The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many travellers in South America. Infact, it is recognised as one one of the best 25 treks in the world. 

To maintain the authenticity of the trail, local authorities restrict the access to 500 people a day. This includes chefs, guides and porters. So barely 200 trekkers get to hike the esteemed trail in a day. 

Often last minute travellers don’t manage to get Inca Trail Permit and look for an alternative option to make their trek to Machu Picchu a memorable one. Some book the adventurous high altitude Salkantay Trek and a vast majority of travelers choose the 2 Day Inca Trail. 

The 500 years old trail offers an authentic experience from start to the end. It takes you through some of the lesser known archaeological sites that can be visited only on Inca Trail Trek. The trail is a challenging experience. 

The highest point of the Classic Inca Trail is the dead woman’s pass, at 4215 metres – 13829 feet above sea level. It is highly recommended that you spend at least three days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

Why Machu Picchu Kingdom for Inca Trail Tours?

Machu Picchu Kingdom is a local tour operator, based in Cusco. We are among the few local tour companies who are licensed to operate Inca Trail Tours. Our tour guides are locals who are fluent in English and are passionate about the history and culture of Incas. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Airport Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • All the transport mentioned in the itinerary (tourist bus, etc.)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Entrance to parks and places of cultural and tourist interest
  • Guided visits and excursions mentioned
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All transfers
  • Food as indicated in the itinerary
  • Vistadome Class train tickets

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departures taxes or fees
  • Visas
  • Additional nights during the trip due to cancellations of flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Messages
  • Flight reconfirmation
  • Mandatory personal travel insurance
  • Meals that are not mentioned

Recommended To Carry

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO – 82KMS (PISKACUCHO) – PATALLACTA

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. This is where you will be boarding an Aguas Calientes bound train to Km 82 (Trailhead). 

Our tour guide will assist you in clearing the security control here. You will have to present your original passport and Inca Trail permit to the authorities here. 

We will begin with a three hours uphill hike to Patallacta (2,650m/8,747ft. Here we will stop for lunch and set up our first camp. In the afternoon, we will explore the archaeological site of Patallacta enjoying all the ancient buildings and surrounding snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time –  Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 2PATALLACTA – WAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA

We will be waking up at 0630 in the morning. After relishing a delicious breakfast, we will begin trekking through Cusichaca Valley enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna. 

For lunch, we will be stopping at Wayllabamba campsite. After lunch, we will walk up a moderate hill for the next 4 hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our second campsite at Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,537ft).

Here we will have our high tea, enjoying all of the beautiful scenery surrounding us.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: 11kms/6.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 3LLULLUCHAPAMPA – PAQAYMAYU – CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA.

This is the longest day of hiking Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After relishing a typical breakfast, we will hike for two hours up the hill to the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4215 metres above sea level (13907 feet), this is the highest point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

We will have a brief stop at the pass. You will get to immerse in the pristine view of the valley below and a myriad of flora and fauna. 

Once you have had your fill of this, we will descend for two hours to Pacaymayu. Here we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will descend further to the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3,800m/12,540ft). 

Here we will be giving you a guided tour of the complex. We will then hike up to Runkurakay Pass at 3977 metres – 13127 feet. From this pass, you will get to see the stunning views of the mountains and lakes. 

We will then descend for an hour to Sayacmarca (3600 metres/11877 feet). From here, it is a two hours hike to our campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3650 metres/ 12047 feet). We will be hiking through the Peruvian cloud forest. You will get to see the Machu Picchu citadel at a distance snuggled between the snow capped peaks. 

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Distance: 15kms/9.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge

Day 4PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

Early in the morning, we will be leaving the campsite and will be hiking down the hill to Intipata archaeological site. From here, we will continue further down to Wiñay wayna (2,650m/8,747ft). 

For lunch, we will be stopping at Wiñay wayna campsite. After lunch, we will be giving you a guided tour of this impressive archaeological complex. 

We will then hike for an hour to the Sun gate. It is at (2,720m/8,977ft). From here we will descend to Machu Picchu citadel. You will have some to click photos. 

Once you’ve had your fill , we will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes town. Here we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room. 

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Waman Inn Hotel or  Hotel Ferre Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

The Full Machu Picchu Experience in an exclusive and private tour! 

After relishing a nutritious Andean breakfast, you will be taking the tourist bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. The guide will assist you in crossing the security control where your passport and Machu Picchu entrance ticket will be verified by authorities. 

As you enter the citadel, you will get a beautiful view of the sun rising above the Inca citadel as the clouds clear by. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! 

Machu Picchu Tour

Your guide will give you the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry and the House of the Inca. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious. 

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (included).

Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs. Your train will depart at 16:30 or 18:30. 

The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! 

Back in Ollantaytambo, our representative will meet you just outside the train station. We will then drive you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel between 21:00 to 22.00 

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FAQs

How long is the Inca Trail?

The whole Inca Trail is 42 kilometres (26 miles). Often it can be covered in four days. The highest point of the trail is the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 metres – 13829 feet. 

Where is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Inca Trail begins at Km.82 near the Sacred Valley of Incas and takes you through some iconic archaeological sites to Machu Picchu. This is the most preferred trail to Machu Picchu. 

How many miles is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The whole Inca Trail is 42 kilometres (26 miles). Often it can be covered in four days. The highest point of the trail is the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 metres – 13829 feet. 

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

At 4215 metres – 13829 feet, Dead Woman’s Pass or Warmi Wañusca is the highest point of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Often it is hiked on the second day of the 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

How difficult is the Inca Trail trek?

Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is a challenging experience. Primarily because of the high mountain passes and long hikes. It is a must that you are well acclimated to avoid altitude sickness. 

How far in advance to book Inca Trail?

It is highly recommended that you book your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu atleast six months in advance. Due to its high demand the permit tend to sell six months in advance. 

How long to hike Inca Trail?

The whole Inca Trail is 42 kilometres (26 miles). Often it can be covered in four days. The highest point of the trail is the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 metres – 13829 feet. 

How many days in Cusco before Inca Trail?

It is highly recommended that you spend atleast 4 days in Cusco and acclimate well before your trek to Machu Picchu. The highest point of the trek is the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 metres – 13829 feet.

Is the Inca trail safe?

Yes, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is totally safe. However you need to be reasonable fit and acclimated to the altitude. The highest point of the Inca Trail is the Dead Woman’s Pass or Warmi Wañusca at 4215 metres – 13829 feet. 

What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a popular trek. It takes you through the stone trail that was built some 500 years ago and widely used by Incas to travel to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Due to lack of logistics back then, they also built many places which was used for resting during their travel. These places are now popular ruins on this route.