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Inca Trail 4 Days

Inca Trail 4 days–Live a fascinating hiking to Machu Picchu sacred city teeming with bewitching legends and history. This ancient Inca trail 4 days in Cusco has always lured travelers so it is by far the most famous trek in South America and it is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. Filled with stone temples and surrounded by verdant vista, 100% bucket list worthy. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests, overshadowed by the fame of its ancient Incan temples and the Inca trail heading to the sacred cities in the jungle.
The entire trail has a “mystical Inca” type of feel to it, especially when you reach the top of Deadwoman pass through the stairs and to conquer the mysterious Machupicchu Incan city on an exciting adventure, where there’s such a warm, spiritual vibe here and you can witness it.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at info@perusummit.com to learn more or book your spot today!

This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.

Highlights:

  • Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
  • Your own private guide, porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail hikers have access to.
  • Hike to Machu Picchu on mystical, stone-paved paths built by the Incas.
  • Enter Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did.
  • Trek every day fully supported; carry only day packs.
  • Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping services, the best on the trail!
  • Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.

Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.

Service Level: Upgraded.

Physical Grading:  1 2 3 4 5 6

STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category.

Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.

Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.

Price: From US$ 800/ 4 Days, per person

We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.

Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.

Limited Spaces: YES. To protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail each day is limited to 500. That is why, you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.

Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Inca Trail 4 days.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLAQTAPATA -WAYLLABAMBA

We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and take two and a half-hour drive through the Sacred Valley to the beginning of the trail which is Piskacucho KM 82 ( 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft). On the half drive in Ollantaytambo, in the heart of the Sacred Valley we’ll stop to have breakfast (this first breakfast is not included in your package tour), after that, we keep driving for one-hour to get the beginning of the Inca trail; in which, we’ll stop at the main checkpoint for the registration of our documents, for this, you must bring your original passport. Once we pass the main checkpoint we’ll walk about three-hour to lunch spot of Tarayoc. On this section of the trail, we’ll see the first Incan site known as Kanabamba, in the further distance the majestic Veronica mountain (Waqaywillka).
Today our most fascinating site is Llaqtapata (Incan site which is comprised of temples, palaces, terraces), that was used as the nexus point between the cities from the jungle side and the cities from the highlands during the Incan empire, where our Trek Leader will deliver a great history about this site. At the place called Tarayoc we’ll have our lunch by 1:00 pm. We will then walk up the valley for two more hours to reach the first campsite, called Wayllabamba located at an altitude of 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
In the evening we’ll have our tea time where we’ll enjoy delicious local tea, local empanada, popcorn, etc, accompanied by hot chocolate, organic coffee from the jungle of Cusco. Eventually, we are finishing the day having a great Novo-Andean dinner.

Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.

Lowest elevation: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft.

Highest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.

Physical rating: Moderate

Highlight: Inca ruins.

DAY 2, WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU

The second day is the most challenging one, today a great nutritious breakfast makes us ready for the hike, the path is uphill until getting the Dead-woman pass ( 4,215 m / 13,825 ft ) which is the highest point on the Inca trail, as we hike to this pass, we’ll get in different ecotones ( a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), before crowning the top we’ll have lunch at Llulluchapampa 3,800 m / 12,464 ft, After having lunch, we’ll hike up to reach the Dead-woman pass for two more hours, upon our arrival we’ll take a very well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we walk downhill for 3 hours to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu. This evening we’ll have tea time and dinner.

Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Lowest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.

Highest elevation: 4,215 m / 13,825 ft.

Physical rating: Demanding.

Highlight: Highest point on the trail, Scenic views.

DAY 3, PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYHUAYNA

Early in the morning we’ll take our breakfast, we will then reach the second pass called Runkuraqay 3,950 m / 12,956 ft m, today is quite different than the other previous days, because you’ll enjoy several Incan ruins along the trail (Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna) where you’ll get a rich history of each Incan temple. Most part of the trail goes through the cloud forest where is possible to see beautiful orchids and birds, and most part of the trail is still original as the Incans left behind centuries ago. As well as, today we’ll treat us with dramatic views of the Urubamba range and Vilcabamba range, both located in the Andes. About mid-day we’ll enjoy our just prepared fresh meal at a lookout point with stunning vistas around. After lunch, we’ll hike downhill to Wiñaywayna, translated to “Forever Young,” ( 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.) the last camp site. In the evening we’ll enjoy our tea time and dinner.

Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles.

Hiking time: 8 – 10 hours.

Lowest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.

Highest elevation: 3,950 m / 12,956 ft.

Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.

Highlight: Incan ruins, original section of Inca Trail, dramatic views.

DAY 4, WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

The most important day–Machu Picchu, there is no way how to describe the feelings of the first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the astonishing Incan city appears in front of you. this morning, all sores, and other uneasiness of the trek are transformed in happiness, because we’ll be illuminated by the energy, that way we’ll be entering in the wonder, underneath the sunrise. Eventually, we’ll reach this impressive place, where the masterpiece is combined in one element with thousands of elements crafted carefully to have a brilliant combination and perfection. In which, all our dreams will come reality. The morning is dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Machu Picchu with your Trek Leader. After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.

Hiking distance: 5 km / 3.11 miles.

Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours.

Lowest elevation: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft.

Highest elevation: 2700 m / 8,856 ft.

Physical rating: Moderate.

Highlight: Conquering Machu Picchu through the gate of the sun, guided tour at Machu Picchu.

NOTE ON ITINERARY

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather and terrain conditions.

WEATHER

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° – 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are above 13,829′ so guests should be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

PERU SUMMIT INCLUDES 

  • Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
  • Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
  • Sleeping pads (Therma-Rest mattress)
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Private bus from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
  • Trek Leader, Our Leaders are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
  • Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (3), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free, food allergy.
  • First-Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • A professional Quechua chef.
  • Quechua Porters who will carry the gears.
  • A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kb / 14 pounds).

PERU SUMMIT DOES NOT INCLUDE 

  • Sleeping bags, (US$5 per day sleeping bags you might get them rented from us).
  • Hiking poles (US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Tipping for the guides, porters, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors,

CHECKLIST

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and power bank battery.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Hands sanitizer.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt, socks).
  • Hiking socks.
  • Reusable water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Crédit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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