Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Destination: Peru
  • Price from: $999
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Departs on: Any day
  • Level: Challenging - Strenuous
  • Group or Private tour

This tour should be on your bucket list. The Inca Trail in Peru is one of the top treks in the world and has the added bonus of culminating in the spectacular Inca complex of Machu Picchu. As you hike along the trail on Inca paving stones you’ll pass through lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle, incredible mountain scenery and high plains.


Description

Voted one of the new Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is the famed 15th-century Inca site located at 2430m and discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. At TerraDiversa we always recommend travelers hike the Inca Trail if they wish to visit Machu Picchu and are fit enough to do it, as the act of hiking the trail to Machu Picchu during the Inca era can be likened to a sacred pilgrimage and is very much part of the experience.
 
This route covers about 40 kms (25 miles) and reaches altitudes of 4200 m and is the most popular route for trekkers from around the world as it sets off from kilometer 82 and passes several Inca ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Huiñay Huayna (Wiñay Wayna) before reaching Machu Picchu.
 
TerraDiversa provides this tour in collaboration with a professional Peruvian provider as by law only Peruvian trekking companies are granted the license to operate the Inca Trail. For the group tour there is a minimum of 2 passengers and a maximum of 16. Remember that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance in February. We recommend you book this tour three to six months in advance as there are limited spaces available to hike the trail.
 
Keep in mind that the trail reaches heights over 3000m. To avoid altitude sickness we recommend travelers take a few days to relax and acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco.
 

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All necessary land transportation:
– Train ticket from Cusco to Piscacucho (Km. 82)
– Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)
– Transfers to/from train station and hotel in Cusco
· All meals mentioned in the itinerary (including snacks in the morning and tea/coffee in the afternoon)
· Porters to carry equipment, food and upto 8kg of your personal effects
· Camp cook
· Camping equipment: 2-person tents, kitchen/dining tent/s, toilet tent
· Inflatable mattress
· All entrance fees (non-refundable)
· Trek permit
· Inca trail map
· First-aid kit
· Emergency oxygen bottle
 

This tour does not include

· Sleeping bag (available on request for additional fee)
· Hotel in Aguas Calientes (required for group tour)
· Travel insurance
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Peru. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco - Huayllabamba
Early morning pick-up and transfer by private bus to Piscacucho at km 82. Cross Urubamba River and hike with views of snow-capped Mount Veronica. Hike along banks of the Vilcanota River to reach ruins of Llactapata. Camp at community of Huayllabamba. Total walking time 5-6 hours (12.1km). Meals included: -/L/D
Day 2 - Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
Start with a good breakfast before hiking up to Warmihuañusca at 4205m (the highest point of your trek), the Quechua name for Dead Woman’s Pass. The vegetation along the way changes to the sparse vegetation of the high plains where it is usual to see alpacas and llamas. At the pass you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy incredible views before descending to camp at Pacaymayo. Total walking time 6-7 hours (8.8km). Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3 - Pacaymayo - Wiñay Wayna
Day three is filled with amazing views, archaeological sites and is the longest day of trekking. After breakfast you’ll set off on a hike up to the second pass at 3950m to visit the ruins of Runkurakay. You’ll then descend to Sayacmarca and continue to the third pass at Phuyupatamarca (3660m), the location of the most well preserved archaeological site on the Inca Trail, before descending to the beautiful ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Huiñay Huayna) for the final night of camping. Total walking time 7 hours (13.4km). Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4 - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early start from Wiñay Wayna (Huiñay Huayna) followed by a two-hour hike to Intipunku (Sun Gate) to enjoy the incredible views of Machu Picchu before descending into the famed ruins themselves for a guided tour. You’ll then have free time to take pictures before taking the afternoon train back to Cusco. Total walking time 3 hours (4.67km). Meals included: B/-/-

Rates

This tour includes a train journey from Aguas Calientes to Cusco on the last day. For this journey you can choose between two options. The Vistadome (tourist superior) offers seated reservations, slightly larger seats and glass windows on the roof, while expedition class is the standard tourist class which is also comfortable and offers seated reservations also.
 

Tour type # people High season
(V*)
High season
(E**)
Low season
(V*)
Low season
(E**)
Group 2-16 $1018 $999 $1018 $999
Private 1 $1815 $1800 $1800 $1790
Private 2 $1200 $1185 $1190 $1170
Private 3 $1010 $995 $980 $965
Private 4 $890 $880 $880 $865

 
*V: Vistadome train ticket
**E: Expedition class train ticket
· High season: May – September
· Trail closed for maintenance: February
· Cost of entrance fees is non-refundable ($175 pp)
· There is a 20% surcharge on group rates for certain dates: Inti Raymi Feast (June 24), National holidays (July 28th & 29th, December 25th and January 1st)

Packing tips

We recommend you leave all your valuables in Cusco and take only a maximum of 8kg of luggage with you.
 
· Backpack (to be carried by your porter)
· Day pack
· Passport
· Cash for tips and emergencies
· Comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support
· Sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco)
· Clothes (dress in layers)
– 2 pairs long trousers (lightweight)
– 2 T-shirts
– 1 short-sleeved shirt
– 1 long-sleeved shirt
– 1 pair shorts
– Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights)
· Fleece jacket
· Rain jacket
· Sun hat/cap
· Sun glasses
· Sunscreen
· Insect repellent
· Toiletries (including toilet paper and lip salve)
· Torch
· Basic first-aid kit
· Water bottle
· Water purification tablets
· Binoculars (optional)
· Trekking pole for steep descents (the use of metal tipped trekking poles is forbidden because they are damaging the trail. Instead buy a carved wooden walking stuck in Cusco)