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Inca Trail Private Tour to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
Indulge in a truly immersive journey as you camp in the most exclusive and breathtaking campsites that dot the Inca Trail. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings, while being treated to stunning views that will leave you breathless. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime on this extraordinary expedition.
Experience the ultimate gastronomic pleasure with our exquisite gourmet meals. Indulge in delectable creations meticulously crafted by our master chefs, who have honed their expertise in preparing culinary delights specifically catered for unforgettable camping adventures. We pride ourselves on using only the finest hand-picked ingredients, ensuring each bite is a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other, where every meal is an extraordinary dining experience.
NOTE: Kindly inform us promptly if you are interested in booking the Inca Trail. The Inca hike allows only 500 people per day, including Tour guides and porters, as regulated by the local authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least 8 months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least four months ahead.
Inca Trail Trek Luxury Tour 5 Days
Price $2.485 USD 8+pp
Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru
Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!
Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.
Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.
Meet and greet airport service
PRE LUXUTY TREK INFORMATION
How To Get To Cusco City?
Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.
Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.
The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LAN are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.
Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.
Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!
How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru
Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.
Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:
– Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.
– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.
– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.
– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.
Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.
6. Supplemental Oxygen:
– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.
7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:
– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.
8. Listen to Your Body:
– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.
9. Natural Remedies:
– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.
10. Consult a Doctor:
– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.
Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.
How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?
Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:
1. Dry Season (May to September):
– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.
2. Wet Season (October to April):
- The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
- Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
- Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
- This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.
Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.
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Health Concert Along the Inca Trail
Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.
Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions.
Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.
Severe Altitude Sickness
If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.
If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.
Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
- Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
- Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.
Huayna Picchu Mountain:
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.
Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.
Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits
As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:
There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:
1. Morning Entrance:
– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.
2. Afternoon Entrance:
– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.
It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.
Pre Departure Brieffing
We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.
The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.
Duffel Bags For Each Hiker
During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.
It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.
Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek
ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.
Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.
Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.
The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.
Trek Possible Starting Locations
- Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
- Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
- Lares Trek – Only Cusco
- Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
- Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
- Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo
Return To Cusco After Your Hike
Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.
From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.
* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours
* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours
Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco
* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.
* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes
Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.
The hike along the Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring adventure that ranks as one of the most breathtaking Destinations in the world!
Constructed by the Incas during the 13th century, these paths, known as the Qhapac Nan or Inca Trails, formed an extensive network that played a crucial role in connecting their vast empire, spanning across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
As the capital of the Great Civilization, Cusco city held unparalleled significance. Not only did it serve as the epicenter of all Inca Trails, but it also facilitated connections with various destinations throughout South America, spanning an astonishing distance of over 40,000 kilometers.
Where is located
Classic Inca Trail commences at Kilometer 82 – Piscacucho Village. Nestled within the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru, this trail showcases the allure of the picturesque Ollantaytambo district in the Urubamba Province. Discover the enchanting beauty of this remarkable path renowned worldwide.
The Incas built the Iconic Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail in the 14th century. It is thought that the same people who built Machu Picchu also built the Inca Trail. The trail was used for trading between Cusco and the area around the Amazon region.
Following the Spanish invasion, this trail remained lost for several years alongside Machu Picchu, until it was rediscovered in 1915 by Hiram Bingham III, an American explorer on his quest for the Lost City of the Incas in Peru. Today, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu stand as renowned tourist attractions, manifesting the splendor of Peru Travel destinations.
Weather conditions along the Inca Trail can be highly unpredictable and constantly changing. While there are two distinct seasons, it is crucial to be adequately prepared for all possible weather scenarios when embarking on a hike to magnificent Machu Picchu.
The wet season runs from November to March
The dry season runs from April to October
The temperature during the Machu Picchu Trek varies significantly depending on the altitude and season; temperatures can reach as high as 80°F (27°C) during the day and drop below freezing at night, so hikers must come prepared for hot and cold weather conditions.
Hiking the Machu Picchu Inca Trail can be challenging due to its length and high altitudes; however, its rewards make the experience worthwhile; Its breathtaking scenery will impress anyone while feeling great satisfaction from having accomplished something big!
Inca Trail altitude map
Inca Trail Map One Travel Destinations
Inca Trail permits
For those seeking to embark on the iconic Classic Machu Picchu Trek, securing permits well in advance is crucial. With a daily limit of just 500 permits encompassing porters, chefs, tour guides, and fellow adventurers, planning is essential.
Inca Trail length
Stretching approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers) through the majestic Andes Mountains, the Inca Trail trek leads from the Sacred Valley (Km 82) to the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu.
When the Inca Trail is fully booked, there are alternative treks to Machu Picchu worth considering.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive comparison of the top tours, allowing you to make an informed decision. The Inca Trail stands as one of the world’s most sought-after trekking routes, but if availability is limited, these alternatives offer equally rewarding Hiking experiences.
Inca Trail vs. Salkantay Trek
When deciding on a trek to Machu Picchu, two primary options present themselves: the legendary Inca Trail and the awe-inspiring Salkantay Trek. Both routes boast breathtaking landscapes and offer an unforgettable adventure, yet they do exhibit distinct characteristics that set them apart.
Embark on the Inca Trail hike, the ultimate choice for an awe-inspiring Machu Picchu trek. Renowned for its popularity, this remarkable journey will guide you through breathtaking landscapes and unfold a passage through history. As you trace the ancient path of the Incas, the Classic Machu Picchu Trek culminates with a magnificent entrance through the Sun Gate, revealing the marvel and awe of Machu Picchu in all its glory.
The Salkantay Trek presents an exceptional alternative to the Inca Trail, offering a less crowded and more affordable experience while immersing you in stunning landscapes. At a staggering height of 6,271 meters (20,549 feet), Mount Salkantay reigns as one of Peru’s tallest peaks, treating adventurers to awe-inspiring vistas from its summit. As an additional bonus, the Salkantay Trek concludes with a visit to Aguas Calientes, where you can relax in a comfortable hotel before embarking on the journey to Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail vs. Lares Trek
For those seeking an exceptional alternative to the Machu Picchu Trek, the renowned Lares Valley Route offers a rich cultural experience with a slightly less rigorous journey compared to the Salkantay and Inca Trail.
Embark on an extraordinary 4-day journey along the legendary Inca Trail, leading you straight to the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. This iconic trek winds through breathtaking mountains, where secluded campsites become your sanctuary overnight. Finally, you’ll make your way to Machu Picchu through the revered Sun Gate, basking in the rare experience of reaching this awe-inspiring destination purely on foot.
The Lares Trek offers a more compact, four-day alternative that commences in the quaint village of Lares and culminates at the majestic site of Machu Picchu. While it may not boast an abundance of Inca ruins en route, it presents an exceptional option for those seeking solace from bustling crowds and a desire to gain firsthand insights from the locals. To reach Machu Picchu, a train journey and an overnight stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes are requirements.
Classic Inca Trail vs. Short Inca Trail hike
The iconic Classic Inca Trail is renowned for its 4-day trek, the test of endurance, and immersive experience. However, an alternative option, the Short Inca Trail, offers a shorter yet equally captivating journey. Now, the question arises: Which one is the perfect choice for you?
The awe-inspiring Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail covers a 26-mile (42-kilometer) journey that spans four days. Commencing at Km 82, nestled within the Sacred Valley, the trail culminates at the renowned Machu Picchu. Along the path, trekkers will be treated to breathtaking vistas of alpine forests, picturesque mountain valleys, and vibrant jungles. Brace yourself for traversing high-altitude passes, gracing the pinnacle of 13,829 feet (4,215 meters) above sea level.
The Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu spans a mere 10 miles (16 kilometers) and can be accomplished within a single day. Commencing at Km 104 and culminating at Machu Picchu, this route, although not as diverse in scenery as its lengthier counterpart, still traverses breathtaking landscapes, encompassing captivating cloud forests.
Inca Trail vs. Quarry Trek
For adventurous travelers seeking unique experiences, there lies another awe-inspiring trek known as the Cachicata Trek, also referred to as the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu. The Cachicata Trek presents an extraordinary, lesser-known route to Machu Picchu, awaiting exploration by only a fortunate few.
Embarking on the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unparalleled adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that captivates the hearts of countless travelers. This epic trek amalgamates thrilling challenges, mesmerizing landscapes, and the richness of history and culture. It culminates in the extraordinary reward of reaching Machu Picchu through exhilarating hiking, offering an unforgettable journey that only the courageous few dare to undertake.
For those seeking a shorter and more manageable trek, the Quarry Trek stands out as an excellent choice. Spanning a mere 20 miles, this trail offers a captivating journey to some of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Sacred Valley. Notably, it presents a compelling alternative for travelers seeking to avoid the bustling crowds typically found along the Inca Trail.
Inca Trail vs. Choquequirao trek
Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Peru’s untamed terrain, where the Inca Trail and Choquequirao Hike await. These two remarkable treks lead to magnificent ancient citadels, offering breathtaking panoramas of the majestic Andes mountains and the enigmatic Inca ruins. While both journeys hold captivating allure, it is crucial to note their distinctive characteristics.
The Inca Trail is widely favored over the Choquequirao trek due to its popularity. However, the Choquequirao trek, although more challenging, presents a unique and less crowded experience, characterized by authenticity. While the Inca Trail usually takes 4 days to complete, the Choquequirao trek offers a variety of durations ranging from 4 to 10 days, allowing for a more customizable experience.
Inca Trail Marathon
The Inca Trail Marathon stands as one of the world’s most beloved events—an extraordinary race set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Peru, tracing the iconic Inca Trail to the mystical Machu Picchu. Renowned for its formidable challenges as runners face high altitudes and rugged terrains, this marathon is a test of resilience. Yet, courageous athletes around the globe embrace the hardship, driven by the promise of an unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Every year in May or June, the remarkable Inca Trail Marathon takes place. The race commences at KM 82 of the Inca Trail, situated about 2,000 meters above sea level. Runners immerse themselves in a captivating journey through lush jungles, majestic mountains, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins, culminating at the majestic destination of Machu Picchu. With a total distance of approximately 42 kilometers, this race is a true testament to endurance and adventure.
Inca Trail elevation gain
The Inca Trail includes an elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet (914 meters) from start to finish. The highest point on the trail reaches 13,828 feet (4,215 meters) at Dead Woman’s Pass. The majority of the ascent occurs during the initial days, with Day 1 encompassing roughly 1,000 feet (305 meters) of ascent and Day 2 featuring 800 feet (244 meters) of ascent. Subsequently, the trail levels out to a certain extent, although there are still occasional undulations along the way.
Inca Trail Reservations
If you’re considering embarking on the renowned Classic Machu Picchu Trek, it is crucial to secure a reservation well in advance. This trail is globally celebrated as one of the most sought-after hiking experiences, and obtaining a spot can prove to be quite challenging.
To secure a reservation for the trail, it is imperative to book through an accredited tour company such as TreXperience. When making your reservation, ensure you provide your passport information and select a preferred start date for your hike. Please note that the Inca Trail ceased operation in February.
For optimal chances of securing a spot, it is advisable to make your booking at least six months in advance as availability tends to diminish swiftly. Once your reservation is confirmed, all that remains is to pack for your upcoming adventure!
Inca Trail’s highest point
Dead Woman’s Pass, situated on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stands as a lofty mountain reaching 4,215 meters (13,829 ft) above sea level. Known as the highest point on the trail, the pass derives its name from its striking resemblance to a reclining woman. This challenging segment of the Inca Trail presents steep ascents and descents, testing the endurance of adventurers seeking its awe-inspiring beauty.
Inca Trail 2 days
The Inca Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for those with limited time to experience the trail’s beauty. This 2-day journey unveils breathtaking views of the majestic Andes Mountains. Beginning at Km 104, just an hour’s train ride from Ollantaytambo, you’ll embark on a 4-5 hour hike to the remarkable site of Wiñay Wayna. Following a delightful box lunch, continue your trek to the Sun Gate (Initupunku), where your first awe-inspiring view of Machu Picchu awaits.
Inca Trail 5 days
The Inca Trail offers a 5-day slow version, perfect for those seeking to savor the breathtaking scenery at their own pace. This leisurely journey grants ample time to capture mesmerizing photos, immerse in awe-inspiring vistas, and explore ancient ruins. Moreover, this trail variant proves ideal for individuals with varying fitness levels, as it presents a less demanding experience than its shorter counterparts. Secure your spot early as bookings for the Inca Trail fill up rapidly, especially during the peak season from May to September.
The Sun Gate or Intipunku
Sungate, also known as Intipunku, serves as the official entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. The vistas from the Sun Gate are truly awe-inspiring, and standing atop Machu Picchu, absorbing it all is an indescribable experience of grandeur and beauty.
Inca Bridge in Machu Picchu
Constructed by the Incas during the 15th century, the Inca Bridge spans a deep gorge with a towering height of approximately 60 meters (200 feet). While its exact purpose remains ambiguous, it is widely speculated that this remarkable structure served as a convenient means for the Incas to traverse the gorge, bypassing the need to descend into the valley below.
The construction of the bridge suggests its primary purpose was defensive, serving to impede enemy access to the citadel. The Inca Bridge located at Machu Picchu stands as a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of engineering, leaving a lasting impression on all who behold its splendor.
Training for Inca Trail
Getting ready for the Machu Picchu Inca Trail can be quite challenging. Here are some helpful suggestions to fully relish this extraordinary trek.
Once’ve confirmed your tour booking, it’s time to kickstart your training and embrace regular hikes. Gradually increase your physical activities and aim for a 30-minute walk or run three to five days a week to enhance your overall health. Remember, robust leg muscles are crucial for navigating Vietnam’s hilly terrain, so incorporate squats, lunges, or venture on mountain hikes from home to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
When planning your excursion to Machu Picchu, allocate ample time to acclimatize to the high altitude of Cusco. The trail guides you to heights of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), making progressive acclimatization essential to prevent altitude sickness. Prioritize your well-being by acclimating gradually and embracing the breathtaking journey that awaits you.
Inca Trail stairs
The Inca Trail offers a range of routes, each with varying numbers of stairs depending on the path you select. The exact count of trails fluctuates annually due to maintenance and updates, making it difficult to provide an exact number.
However, we can offer valuable insights from previous hikers to give you a better idea of what to expect during your trek. Rest assured, we’ll help you prepare for an unforgettable experience!
A study conducted on hikers who completed the Inca Trail revealed that they took approximately 5,000 to 7,000 steps. On average, it takes around 200 to 300 steps to cover a mile, equivalent to roughly 120 to 190 steps per kilometer. When embarking on the Inca Trail, be prepared to encounter numerous stairs. Rather than feeling discouraged, remember that the invaluable experience gained from this journey will make it all worthwhile.
Inca Trail facts
The Inca Trails form a historic network of pathways and roads, stretching over 4,000 miles across the magnificent Andes Mountains. Among these trails, the renowned Classic Inca Trail gracefully links the charming city of Cusco with the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.
Over 500 years ago, the Incas constructed the legendary Inca Trail, which still stands as one of the world’s finest hiking trails today. Stretching across 26 miles and spanning four days of awe-inspiring trekking, this remarkable trail is nestled in the majestic Andes Mountains of Peru, at an elevation of 13,000 feet.
The Inca Hikel offers a gratifying hiking experience, presenting breathtaking panoramic vistas of majestic mountains, lush valleys, meandering rivers, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins. However, this trail presents numerous challenges for trekkers, including narrow paths with steep ascents and descents, as well as unpredictable weather conditions.
Typically, adventurers invest four days traversing this magnificent trail, although shorter or longer options may also be available.
The Inca Trail is dotted with numerous archaeological sites that showcase the advanced engineering and architectural skills of the Inca civilization. Some of the notable sites along the trail include:
Also known as “Laqtapata,” this site marks the beginning of the Inca Trail and offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains.
A small circular ruin that served as a watchtower or resting place for travelers. It is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes as well.
A well-preserved site with intricate stone masonry, likely serving as a tambo (a traveler’s lodge) and possibly a religious site.
Known as the “Town above the Clouds,” this site offers breathtaking views and features impressive terracing and stone structures.
The Intipata ruins are a kind of hidden gem in the classic four-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. A frequent question we get from our Inca trail hikers is always which and how many ruins will they see along the way. The Intipata ruins are sometimes referred to as the “gringo killers” because we visit them right before we begin our descent on day three of the hike.
6. Wiñay Wayna:
This site includes terraced agricultural areas and well-preserved structures. Its name means “Forever Young,” possibly referring to the surrounding waterfalls.
Flora and Fauna:
The Inca Trail traverses diverse ecosystems, allowing trekkers to witness a range of flora and fauna as they ascend through different altitudes:
1. Highland Vegetation:
The trail starts in grasslands and cloud forests with various types of moss, ferns, and orchids.
2. Montane Forest:
As trekkers climb higher, the landscape transitions to cloud forest, with trees covered in bromeliads and abundant bird species.
3. Páramo Ecosystem:
In higher altitudes, you’ll find the páramo, a unique high-altitude ecosystem characterized by hardy grasses, small shrubs, and cushion plants.
The Inca Trail was a vital route in the Inca Empire’s extensive network of roads. It served as both a pilgrimage route and a means of communication between different parts of the empire. The trail is a testament to the Inca’s engineering prowess, as it includes intricately built stone paths, staircases, and bridges that have withstood centuries.
The significance of the Inca Trail lies not only in its historical importance but also in its role as a gateway to Machu Picchu. The trek offers a profound cultural and spiritual experience, allowing trekkers to connect with the ancient traditions and ways of life of the Andean people.
Keep in mind that trekking the Inca Trail requires careful planning, including obtaining permits, hiring guides, and preparing for the physical demands of the journey. It’s advisable to book with authorized tour operators and adhere to responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS.
LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.
Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, One Travel Destinations is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.
With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, One Travel Destinations has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.
On this remarkable Luxury Inca Trail hike with One Travel Destinations, where indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey.
Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot beverages.
To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours. For dinner, be prepared for a culinary journey featuring soup, main courses, and desserts. As an added convenience, we ensure all hikers have access to potable drinking water while on the trails.
At One Travel Destinations, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites.
Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.
Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 7 kg (16 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.
HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.
One Travel Destinations provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.
FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.
At One Travel Destinations, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings.
So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with One Travel Destinations!
TOP QUALITY SERVICE.
We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours.
With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a tour that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Inca Trail Hiking Destinations Highlight
Embark on the extraordinary Inca Trail Luxury Tour to Machu Picchu, designed meticulously to cater to your unique preferences. With a dedicated team of porters, seasoned chefs, and knowledgeable tour guides, you have the freedom to hike at your own pace, immerse yourself in breathtaking vistas, and indulge in an intimate exploration of one of the world’s most renowned hiking trails. Discover the perfect blend of adventure and exclusivity with this exceptional experience.
The Guided Trek to Machu Picchu Tour is the most pleasant way to experience the Inca Trail and enjoy this fantastic hike in Peru. Customize the trip for your needs, preferences, and speed. You will hike with an elite team of porters, chefs, and tour guides just for the people at your party. This Private Machu Picchu trek is available every day.
Why Adventure with One Travel Destination in Peru?
Safety: We provide oxygen tanks, first aid kits, and satellite phones.
Food: Our culinary delights are crafted using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, guaranteeing the finest Peruvian cuisine. We take pride in offering a wide array of options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, ensuring a delightful experience for every palate.
Equipment: We provide REI Sleeping Tents, kitchen tents, dining tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, REI air mattresses, and trekking poles.
Transportation: We provide door-to-door service.
Porters: One Travel Destinations porters have the proper equipment and fair wages
Private Trip Details
Duration: 5 Days – 4 nights
Depart: Km 82 – Piscacucho
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Season: March to January February is Close
Destination: Sun Gate and Machu Picchu
Hiking Distance: 42 km – 26 miles
Type of Tour: Luxury Adventure – Camping – Trekking – Photography
Trekking with One Travel Destinations
The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites.
The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.
Booking Your Luxury Inca Trail Hike
A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking a Luxury Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit.
Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking!
If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
If you booked a Luxury Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike
If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on the Hiram Bingham service (Luxury Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Hike In Private Team!
Experience the Inca Trail Private Tour to Machu Picchu, thoughtfully crafted for personalized hiking at your own pace. A dedicated team of porters, chefs, and guides will accompany you, ensuring a seamless journey. Take in the enchanting vistas, indulge in well-deserved breaks, and immerse yourself in the rich Inca culture.
Along the way, uncover the wonders of ancient ruins while being enlightened by our knowledgeable guides. Last but not least, savor the exquisite delicacies meticulously prepared by our private chef.
If you would like a Group Tour: We can offer you the Classic Inca Trail group tour.
Day ONE Km 82 - Patallacta Campsite
Our luxury Inca trail hiking tours in Machu Picchu commence at 82Km or Piscacucho. In contrast to other travel companies, we choose not to enter the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu from this point. Instead, we embark on a scenic walk along the right bank of the Urubamba River towards Qoriwayrachina or 88 km.
When we take the original off-the-beaten-track Inca Trail, we’ll come across some incredible Incan sites like Rumipunku and Salapunku. These are hidden gems that other trekkers on the Inca Trail miss out on! And guess what? At Qoriwairachina, we won’t check in with the park rangers just yet. Instead, we’ll go the extra mile to explore the awe-inspiring Incan site of Machu Q’ente.
As our guide captivates us with a vivid presentation of this enchanting place, we eagerly prepare to embark on our official entry into the awe-inspiring National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Along the way, we’ll pause at Qoriwairachina, where ancient Incan remnants of a hanging bridge and a watchtower await our exploration. After indulging in a well-deserved lunch break, we’ll embark on an uphill adventure to the remarkable Incan site of Wayna Qente. This hidden gem is one of the exclusive off-the-beaten-track archaeological wonders that only our esteemed tour allows us to uncover. Get ready to be amazed!
In this place, We will explore the ruins of Wayna Qente and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snowcapped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica), which stands at 5860m/19225ft.
We’ll pause here to savor the breathtaking sunset, sipping on a comforting cup of hot cocoa, before making our way back to the enchanting Chamana campsite nestled beside the awe-inspiring Incan site of PataLllaqta.
Day One Difficulty level
Moderate. The trail starts at 2720m/8923ft climbing to 3000m/8984ft at Wayna Qente.
Meals along the Inca trail
We will have lunch during the hike and dinner at our campsite in the evening. Vegetarian options are available, so please let us know if you would like to choose this option.
Camping in tents at a campsite in the small village of Chamana next to the Patakllaqta Incan site. The temperature at night is usually around 10°C/50°F.
Entrance tickets and passports will need to be shown at the checkpoint in Qoriwayrachina or 88 KM.
Day 2: Huayllabamba - Lluluchapampa campsite
Fig.2 – Dead Woman Pass Most Elevated Point Along the Inca Trail 4200m/13000f.
Embark on the second day of our extraordinary Machu Picchu luxury hiking tours. Our path leads us to the magnificent Llaqtapata Incan site, nestled at the meeting point of the Urubamba and Wayllabamba rivers. Prepare to explore the sacred realm of Pulpituyoq and catch a glimpse of the vibrant urban expanse. As our journey continues, we forge ahead, trekking towards the captivating destination of Wayllabamba. Join us on this unforgettable adventure!
Embarking from Wayllabamba, get ready for a thrilling detour to uncover the captivating Incan site of Inca Rakay. Afterward, we’ll circle back to indulge in a delightful lunch at Wayllabamba. As the sun sets, brace yourself for an exhilarating challenge as we ascend toward our campsite, making the afternoon trek even more rewarding.
Prepare to be enchanted as you venture through the captivating landscape of this trek. Brace yourself for a stunning array of flora and fauna, with an incredible variety brought about by the vast changes in ecosystems. Keep your eyes peeled for graceful hummingbirds and other exotic bird species that will surely leave you in awe. And let’s not forget the majestic ‘Polilepys’ or Q’ueuña tree, flourishing in the breathtaking cloud forest situated at an astounding altitude of 3650m/11972ft! Get ready to be immersed in nature’s wonders like never before.
Reaching the campsite at Lluluchapampa will fill you with a profound sense of accomplishment. From there, we’ll catch a breathtaking view of the trail’s highest point: the majestic Huarmihuañusca, also known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, standing tall at an impressive 4200m/13779ft.
Hard. We climb from Llaqtapata 2850m/9020ft to Llulluchapampa 3650m/12030 ft. We camp, only 2 hours away from the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ 4200m/13779ft.
Breakfast at our campsite, lunch on the trek, and dinner at our evening campsite.
Camping in tents at Llulluchapampa 3550m/11646ft. Temperature around 6°C or 42°F.
Our evening campsite at Lluluchapampa is a unique location and sometimes we will be the only group in this area.
Day 3: Dead Woman Pass - Phuyupatamaka Campsite
This day promises to be a thrilling adventure as we conquer the challenging Abra de Huarmihuañusca, also known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass,’ towering at a lofty 4200m/13779ft. Brace yourself for mesmerizing vistas that will take your breath away. Once we reach the pinnacle and capture those mandatory pictures, we’ll descend for about 2.5 hours to reach our lunch spot in Pacayamayo. But that’s not all! In the afternoon, get ready to conquer the trail’s second mountain pass, ensuring the excitement keeps building throughout the day. Let’s embark on this incredible journey together!
On our journey, we’ll explore the enchanting Incan sites of Runcuracay and Sayacmarca, immersing ourselves in their ancient wonders. As we traverse the picturesque cloud forest, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking scenery. Nestled just outside the Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, meaning “Town in the Clouds,” our campsite awaits, promising an unforgettable experience.
Get ready for the ultimate challenge! Brace yourself for our longest and toughest day on the Inca Trail. On this epic adventure, we’ll conquer not one, not two but three majestic peaks—the Huarmihuañusca, also known as the ‘Dead Woman’s Pass,’ standing tall at 4200m/13779ft. But that’s not all! We’ll then conquer the Runkurakay Pass, followed by the breathtaking Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3220 m/11000ft. It’s an unforgettable journey filled with high-altitude triumphs! Are you up for it? Let’s go!
Begin the day with a delightful campsite breakfast, enjoy a satisfying lunch during the trek, and conclude the day with a delicious dinner at our evening campsite.
Experience the adventure of camping in tents at Phuyupatamarca, nestled at an altitude of 3220m/11000ft.
Visit other inca ruins
Just a few stairs away from this campsite lie the fascinating Inca site known as ‘Phuyupatamarka.
Day 4: Winayhuayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
If we are blessed with favorable weather early in the morning, before breakfast even, we’ll embark on an exhilarating climb towards the majestic Incan religious center known as “Ushnu”. From there, we’ll relish a breathtaking 360-degree panorama and eagerly await the glorious sunrise.
After gathering our belongings, we’ll embark on a thrilling descent towards Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate. Brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we navigate a steep trail adorned with a myriad of steps. Prepare for a jaw-dropping experience as we descend nearly 1000m/3000ft in altitude.
On our journey, we’ll explore the awe-inspiring Incan sites of Phuyupatmarca, Intipata, and Winaywayna. Among these, Winaywayna stands out as one of the most breathtaking spots along the Incan trail. As we continue, we’ll make our way towards Intipunku and Machupicchu, with the goal of arriving just in time to witness the mesmerizing sunset over Machu Picchu. Don’t worry, we’ll ensure we make it before the closing time! Once the gates of Machu Picchu shut, we’ll hop on a quick 30-minute bus ride to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll settle in for the night. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
Enjoy a moderate, steady downhill hike towards Winaywayna as you make your way to the magnificent Sun Gate, also known as Intipunku.
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the campsite followed by a satisfying lunch in Aguas Calientes.
Today Our accommodation is the Hotel at Aguas Calientes.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure to Machu Picchu!🌄
When we arrive in the afternoon, we might not be able to enter the archaeological site just yet. But that won’t stop us from soaking in the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from the neighboring areas of the Inca Trail. Don’t forget to visit the Guardian House – it’s an absolute must for capturing amazing photos!📸
Embark on our luxurious Machu Picchu trek, the ultimate way to experience this ancient wonder. Join us for an extraordinary journey like no other!✨
Day 5: Final day Machu Picchu Guiding Tours and Back To Cusco
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! We’ll rise with the sun to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Once we arrive, we’ll embark on an enchanting 3-hour tour of this awe-inspiring Incan site. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!
Get ready for an extraordinary journey! Our knowledgeable guides will unveil the intriguing history of this site, piece by piece. Once the tour wraps up, get ready for your own unique adventure towards the spectacular Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. In the afternoon, we’ll hop aboard our train as we bid farewell to this magical place and head back to Cusco. Prepare for an unforgettable experience!
Get for an unforgettable adventure! On this day, we’ll hop on a bus and journey back to Machu Picchu for an amazing 3-hour walking tour of the magnificent Incan city. Be prepared to be captivated by its ancient wonders!
Keep in Mind
Let’s reconvene in the charming town of Aguas Calientes for a delightful lunch in the afternoon. Afterward, we’ll embark on a scenic train journey back to the captivating city of Cusco.
- Passport: Unexpirered validated for 6 month
- Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
Inside Day Pack
When it comes to daypacks for hiking, we always say the smaller, the better! Inside Machu Picchu, they won’t allow bags larger than 25L. If yours is bigger, don’t worry! You can store it outside the citadel gates in their secure storage facility.
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoirs like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
- Water: We provide clean water with every meal. Please note that you will need to arrange for your own water on the first morning, as we won’t have enough time to filter it until lunchtime.
- Rain gear
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks &; Tips
The Item for the Hold Inca Trip
Our amazing porters are ready to help you carry up to 7 kg of your belongings, including your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). Please note that these two items from us weigh 3.5 kg. Thank you!
- 2-3 Convertible hiking pants
- 2-3 wicking t-shirts
- 4 sets of undergarments. ( girls )
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket
- 1 rain pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable sandals for camp
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Waterproof rain poncho
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: We provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Headlamp: essential
- Power Bank: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Solar Charger
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
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CESAR is originally from Cusco, currently living in San Jose, CA. With a background in tourism ( TOUR GUIDE ) and business, he has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Cesar has extensive knowledge of Peru and has traveled to Europe, the South Pacific, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and more. He is passionate about research as a Digital Nomad and photographer. Cesar is a dedicated professional in the business field.
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Owner of Blissful Travel Escapes
Her first experience of South America was when she traveled through Argentina and then to Peru… but she liked it so much she stayed! She realizes that traveling is always going to be an important part of her life but for the time being.
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The Private Service Inca Trail Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco
4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels
Pick Up From Airport Cusco City
All meals on Inca Trip
- Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek KM 82
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
- Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel
- We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
- Infable REI mattresses.
- Hiking Poles for each Hiker
- Tables, and seats for each Hiker
- Food and drink utensils
- Dinner tent and kitchen tent
- First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
- Professional, knowledgeable bilingual Tour Guide
- A Cheff to prepare your meals
- Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings) such as your Duffle bags or Any other Staff. 7 Kilos Per 40 Dollars Per Day.
Food On The Inca Trail:
- High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
- In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
- Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
- For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.
Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office
Classic 4 day Google Maps
Frequently Asked Questions
Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to visit Inca Trail Trek and Machu Picchu.
Which day is the hardest part of the Inca hike?
Known its steep elevation gain and numerous stone steps, Day 2 is widely regarded as the most challenging leg of the Inca Trail hike. Despite the arduous ascent and descent, I persisted and believed that conquering Day 2 would make the remaining stretch feel like a breeze. Undoubtedly, Day 2 stands as the pinnacle of steepness throughout the entire journey.
Beginner Can climb to Machu Picchu?
You do not need to be an expert hiker or have done several multi-day treks in order to complete a 2, 4, or 5+ day trek to Machu Picchu. Our advice if you want to trek the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is to spend a few days in Cusco beforehand getting acclimated to the high elevation and have a good and tough mindset.
Can you hike Machu Picchu without a tour group?
Machu Picchu visitors can not enter without tour guides. (New rules recommend that all INCA trail hikers should hire a tour operator is Mandatiry
7 days you need for the Inca Trail? 4 days
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers various trekking routes. Among them, the Classic Inca Trail stands out as a 4- to 5-day hike, typically taking around 4 days and 3 nights to reach the majestic Machu Picchu.
Including acclimatization include 2 more days
What is the hardest day of the Inca Trail?
How to spend 9 days in Peru?
Day 1: Sacred Valley (Ccochahuasi & Pisac)
Day 2: Sacred Valley (Maras, Moray, & Ollantaytambo)
Day 3: Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Cusco.
Day 5: Cusco Ruins (Sacsayhuaman & Puka Pukara)
Day 6: Lake Titicaca Train. Second Option Manu National Park – Amazon Jungle.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca.
Day 8: Puno –> Lima. Optional tours