CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

Walk the sacred path to the wonder of the world

Highlights

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is the most complete trek in our region, it offers the passenger the experience of exploring the different ecological zones of our country while enjoying the flora and fauna of each one of them. Furthermore, in its 45 km, 27.96 miles of the route, we have the opportunity to visit various archaeological sites: Llaqtapata, Runqurakay, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku and Machu Picchu.

Come with us to enjoy the history, culture, and biodiversity that only the Inca Trail can offer.

Trip Overview

Destination

Machu Picchu

Tour Type

Trekking

Difficulty

Media – Diffilcult

Total Distance

50 km 

Length

4 Days and 3 nights

Weather

 5 Cº /  28 Cº

Altitude

2,000m/6,561ft to 4,200m/13,779ft

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days Itinerary

Our expedition begins at 5:30 a.m., you will be picked up from your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Private mobility will take us to Ollantaytambo where we will have our first buffet style breakfast . We will then go to kilometer 82, the control point and our starting point on the Inca Trail.

This first day on the trail is the least strenuous and serves as acclimatization and warm-up for the following days. After the first two hours of walking we will arrive to Llaqtapata, where the guide will give us an introduction about the importance of the Inca Trail in the 15th century.

We will have lunch and continue our hike to Wayllabamba for the first night of our expedition.

(B, L and D / CAMP).

Our day begins with breakfast. After breakfast we will commence the most difficult but not impossible part of the Inca Trail. Today we will reach the highest point of the expedition, where we will have incredible views of the snowcapped mountains.

We will then hike the lasts three hours until the Abra Warmiwañiusca, at 4 200 meters. (13,779.53 ft.). After a brief stop, we will begin the descent to Pacaymayo, where we will rest.

(B, L and D / CAMP).

After breakfast, we will climb to the archaeological complex Runkarakay, where we will have a guided tour. We will continue with our climb to the second highest point of the Inca Trail, reaching an altitude of 3 850 meters, 12,631.23 ft.

After enjoying the views that this point has to offer, we will descend to the citadel of Sayacmarca, where there will have a guided tour. We will then go to Puyupatamarca, another important archeological site. Here we will have lunch and take a short break.

We will continue until we reach our last campsite: Wiñay Huayna, an archaeological complex of great importance.

(B, L and D / CAMP).

 

Our day will start very early, with an hour and thirty minute hike to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol), where we will appreciate the sunrise and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

We will then hike for an hour, descending to the control point where, we will begin our two-hour guided tour. The tour will take us throughout the Inca City, where we will visit the main sites, such as precincts, squares, sacred springs, temples, the agricultural and urban sector.

After our guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own.

After the visit to Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have our last lunch. Later we return by train to the City of Cusco.

End of our services.

(B and L).

 

Inca Trail Inclusions

What is included?

  • Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
  • Sprinter L5 bus mobility from Cusco to Kilometer 82 beginning of the Inca Trail.
  • 3 nights camping in double tent.
  • Tents: EUREKA K2-XT.
  • A Duffle bag
  • Hiking backpack.
  • Porter in charge of carrying 8kl of the equipment.
  • Hiking sticks.
  • Mattress.
  • Dining tent.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Bathroom tent.
  • Chairs and tables.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inka Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Return bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Specified Meals:
  • 04 Breakfasts = B
  • 03 Lunches = L
  • 03 Tea time
  • 03 Dinners = D
  • Vegetarian Food upon request
  • Support equipment​
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen.
  • Communication radios.
  • * Train schedules will be confirmed at the time of payment.

Not included

  • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu tickets (extra cost $70).
  • Sleeping bag (extra cost $25 USD).
  • Hiking sticks (extra cost $15 USD).
  • Air Mattress (extra cost $15 USD).
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Travel health insurance.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Packing List

  • We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the four days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).
  • A small backpack of 30 to 60 liters capacity, remember that a large part of your belongings (08 kg) will go with the porters.
  • 04 T-Shirts.
  • 02 or 03 trekking pants (fast drying).
  • Pants and thermal pole (first layer).
  • A light sweater.
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Flips flops.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Canteen.
  • Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
  • Original Passport.
  • Personal medications.
  • Flashlight.
  • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

Travel Information

A day before the tour, Lorenzo Expeditions holds a meeting where we will give you all the details of our trip. We will also meet our guides and all the participants of the expedition. Our meeting will take place at the Estancia Imperial restaurant, located on Calle Suecia 320, where we will also offer welcome snacks.

Rest is essential for an expedition of this type for which Lorenzo Expeditions fully committed to your safety and comfort to choose the best and most complete camping equipment, all of the highest range.

  • Tent: Eureka K2-XT brand 4 stations designed for 04 people where only 02 passengers will sleep for greater comfort, all are thermal and waterproof.
  • Mattresses: Lorenzo Expeditions unlike other operators includes 02 types of mats, one of foam that serves to isolate the passenger from the ground and the other is an inflatable mattress brand Therm-a-rest (neo air trekker).
  • Sleeping bag: Specially designed to withstand the climates of this route.
  • Canes: These will be very helpful to complete the hike, the sticks that Lorenzo Expeditions provides are brand BLACK DIAMOND model TRAIL PRO SHOCK TREKKING POLES.
  • A Duffle bag (walk briefcase): You will be given a duffle bag the day of our group meeting (day before the tour) in which you can pack up to 08 kg of your luggage with our team of Porters, this duffle bag is taken from camp to camp
  • Dining tent: designed in waterproof fabric for the tranquility of our customers during all our meals.
  • Carp bathroom with portable toilet: both for the exclusive use of our group, maximum 08 people per bathroom tent.
  • Kitchen Tent: Used only by our professional chefs to prepare the most delicious foods.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Complete kitchen utensils.

Communication radios: Motorola brand model DEP-450 all with digital format for better communication between the guide and our support group, while the radios are connected to the SERNARP channels (GUARDAPARQUE that they are found along the Inca trail) In case some type of help is required in case of emergency.

This staff is carefully recruited and selected to be trained and adapted to the service culture of Lorenzo Expeditions.

Our guides are the most competitive in the area and they all work with us permanently (more than 8 years). They are certified and certified professionals by the government and are constantly trained by national and international entities for a better development in the different areas of action and situations. The maximum number of passengers per guide is 10.

In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has positioned itself among the best in the world. Thinking about it, our executive chef has designed a balanced menu. We have vegetarian menus, celiacs and menus with food restrictions.

  • Private transportation to the start of the Inca Trail: KM82
  • Bus descending from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train * from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Pick up from the Ollantaytambo station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • * The train schedule will be confirmed at the time of buying the tour

They will be our best allies to carry out this challenge, they come from the town of Patacancha, located in the middle of the Peruvian Andesand are more accustomed to walking in high altitude. They will be responsible for bringing all our logistic items for the hike: camping equipment and food in addition to carrying 8kg of personal items of each client. They will be waiting for us at the start of our expedition at kilometer 82.

Our 2019 certifications:

  • First Aid International Red Cross.
  • First aid in remote locations American Safety & Health Institute.

In the event of contingencies and contingencies, Lorenzo Expeditions has aresponse plan and personnel trained in rescue work.

Our itinerary is based on spaces granted by the government for the proper use of the Inca Trail, last minute reservations could generate changes in our itinerary, mainly in the camp sites.

  • Medicine: If you have any medical prescription, bring your medicines with you. Also, it is recommended to take pills to prevent high altitude sickness such as: Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi pill, Acetazolamide, among others. Finally, take anti-blister gel to prevent blisters on the soles of the feet caused by constant walking.
  • Digital camera with external memory of 2 and 4 gigabytes (optional).
  • SPF 60 sunscreen (UVB-UVA) waterproof.
  • Canteen or bottle: This helps us contribute to the NO POLLUTION of the environment. These bottles will be supplied with water every day
  • Extra money to buy some drinks during the hike (optional). If you decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, you should consider taking cash to the area, since the money in ATMs runs out quickly. Preferably bring Peruvian soles with you.
  • The rhythm of the group and the climatic factors can affect the beginning of the guided tour in the Machu Picchu citadel (scheduled between 8:00 am and 9:30 am); therefore, this may cause you to leave your guided tour to make your ascent to the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain “see details.”
  • If the passenger requires an extra Carrier (additional cost), he must request it at the moment of making the reservation, because the field personnel must pay the entrances fee to hike the Inca Trail. If you need additional luggage, an additional fee of $130 USD will be charged and the porter maximum carrying weight is 15kg. The extra fee covers the entrance fee, transportation and food for the porter.
  • For all our expeditions Lorenzo Expeditions provides shared tents (designed for 04 people but used only by 02 passengers). For those passengers who want more comfort and privacy we have the option of offering personal tents. The extra cost for this service is US $ 60.00. This service must be requested at the time of making your reservation.
  • Tour Faqs

    For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or in the Lorenzo Expeditions office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 days that you will be trekking because on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

    In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $70 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $70 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team

    You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
    Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.

    About Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru is still the highlight of my year-long journey. It’s that amazing. Looking at the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that I walked to get there, filled me with joy and wonder. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m not going to lie, though – it took a bit of work. A lot of work, in fact. But it was worth it.

    Located about 2,500m above sea level, Machu Picchu was an Inca citadel that was built in the 15th century. The citadel was built as a royal estate, although it was used for less than 100 years before being abandoned when, due to the arrival of the Spanish, they set out to conquer.

    It was not until 1911 that the ruins were rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III. Although the locals were familiar with the ruins, it was not until Hiram climbed the mountain himself that he realized how spectacular his (re)discovery was.

    To curb the damage caused by tourism, entrance to Machu Picchu is “limited” to 6,534 people per day, divided into morning and afternoon entries. Although it seems like a lot, tickets often sell out months in advance (especially for the trek). For that reason, you’ll want to make sure to plan ahead, do your research, and book early!

    Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your trip and avoid some of the most common pitfalls:
    • Arrive early – Try to arrive in Cusco 3-5 days before your hike so you can acclimatize to the altitude before the hike. This will make your hike much easier!
    • Use trekking poles – Bring trekking poles or rent them from your tour company. You will need them.
    • Chew coca leaves – If the altitude gives you problems, chew coca leaves. It is the local remedy and is used by many of the guides and porters. You can chew the leaves or buy gum with them. (You can also get altitude medicine from your doctor before you leave. Just keep in mind that it will make you have to pee a lot).
    • Break your boots – Make sure you buy and break your shoes at least 1-2 months before your trip. This will help you avoid blisters.
    • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent – The last thing you want is a sunburn when you’re hiking in the mountains. And the mosquitoes here are abundant (and their bites are very biting!) so be prepared and apply both every day.
    • Bring bandages/packages – Your feet are going to get beaten up. Having some minor first aid supplies will help.
    • Bring extra snacks – You’ll have plenty of food on the way, but bringing some of your favorite snacks is a great morale booster in those challenging sections.
    • Go the extra mile – For an amazing view of Machu Picchu, take an extra hour hike to Huayna Picchu. It’s a bit tricky and the trail is quite narrow, but the views are worth it.
    • Train before you go – This is a challenging hike. You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to finish it, but the more you train, the easier the hike will be.
    • Don’t expect to shower – Showers are available halfway through the hike but the water is painfully cold. Skip the showers and just embrace your well-deserved BO.
    • Bring extra batteries – Bring an external charger for your phone and extra batteries for your camera – It would be tragic to arrive at Machu Picchu and not be able to take a picture or two!
    • Bring earplugs – The Inca Trail can be very busy and there will be dozens and dozens of hikers at each camp. Bring earplugs for the noisy nights.
    • Consider the Salkantay – For a less busy route, consider walking the Salkantay. It has such epic views and sees 1/3 as many tourists as the Inca Trail. Plus, it’s a fraction of the price.
    • Bring money for the bath – Make sure you have some money for the bath. There is only one bath at Machu Picchu and it will cost 2p.
    • Stamp – You can stamp your passport with a unique Machu Picchu stamp to commemorate the trip. It is a fun souvenir if you have a space in your passport.
    • Check your bag – You can only carry one day bag under 20L to Machu Picchu. If your bag is bigger than that, you will have to pay to check it at the door.

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is in fact a small part of a vast network of trails and roads built by the Inca Empire over 500 years ago.

    Depending on the resource you read, it is estimated that the Inca Trails (or Qhapaq Ñanare, which means network of roads) have covered between 23,000 and 45,000 km of distance, basically a lot!

    Composed mainly of paved stone, the roads were integral to connecting the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, which stretched from Colombia and Ecuador in the north; through Peru, Chile and parts of Argentina, and into Brazil and Bolivia (as seen on the adjacent map).

    The trails varied in size from 6 to 8 meters wide at their widest point (typically in the coastal areas) to narrow 1 meter trails in the mountainous regions of the Andes.

    The trails were used for various reasons, including trade, efficient transport and war. Peruvian historian José Antonio del Busto believes that the trails expanded rapidly under the government of Huayna Capac, who is believed to have added 16,000 km of trails to the network. Del Busto explains:

    “It is said that (Cápac) put emphasis on the trails so that he could mobilize his army more quickly and be able to crush the rebellions that broke out during his reign.

    The only unique feature of the trails is that they were built with the mind of the flame. The trails, particularly in the mountainous region, are steep, staggered and high – features of the landscape that the llamas are very skilled at crossing.

    Author Hugh Thomson writes in his acclaimed and highly recommended book, The White Rock:

    “We are accustomed to a system of roads designed for the horse and then for the car – a system which tries at all costs to avoid steep slopes and whose ideal (so established by the Romans) is the straight road over flat ground. The needs of the Incas were very different: the expansion of their Empire was driven by the flame”.

    When the Spaniards arrived in Peru in the 15th century, they were amazed at the scale, ingenuity and beauty of the trails, even though they had great difficulty travelling them on horseback. Hernando Pizarro, one of the first conquistadors to arrive in Cusco, wrote

    “The road in the mountains is something to see, because it’s built on very difficult terrain. In the Christian world we have not seen such beautiful roads. All the crosses have stone or wooden bridges.”

    Unlike most trails, which were used for practical purposes, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was only used as a pilgrimage or religious route.

    It had no commercial use and therefore is often called the “Camino Real”, “Camino Sagrado Real” or “El Camino del Rey Inca”. The various Inca sites found along the 45 km trail seem to support this theory.

    Hiram Bingham, an American scholar and explorer, who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, was surprised when he discovered the pilgrimage route leading to the city.

    Between 1913 and 1915 Bingham and his team discovered much of the trail covered with vegetation, and large portions of the route were restored in the 1990s.

    Today, the trail, which is located in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, is considered one of the largest trekking trails in the world and is walked by thousands of tourists every year.

    In the Peruvian subtropical Andes, two climatic seasons predominate: the dry season runs from the end of April to the beginning of October, and the wet season starts at the end of October and continues until April.

    The Inca Trail is more traveled during the months of the dry season, particularly from May to September. If you wish to hike at this time of year, it is advisable to book at least 6 months in advance.

    The dry months of March/April and October/November can also be a good time for trekking, although the likelihood of rain is higher.

    Here is a diagram showing the average number of rainy days per month in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

    December, January and February are the wettest months, and the Classic Inca Trail and the Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo is in fact closed for maintenance in February (it is possible to do the Short Inca Trail or any of the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu during February).

    Temperatures in the region are fairly consistent throughout the year, with days reaching high 20 degrees Celsius (70s and 80s Fahrenheit), and falling into the low digits to below freezing temperatures at night and in the early hours of the morning.

    Fluctuations in temperature are also common as you ascend to the high passes or descend to the valleys exposed to the sun.

    It is important that you wear layered clothing to adjust comfort levels as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and across different altitude levels (see Inca Trail Luggage List below).

    The microclimates of the mountains make it possible to find rain at any time of the year, so you should also bring clothing for wet weather.

    What is inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (also known as the Inca Trail or Inka Trail) is a hiking trail in Peru that ends at Machu Picchu. Located in the Andes Mountains, the trail passes through various types of Andean environments, such as cloud forest and alpine tundra.

    Is the inca trail to Machu Picchu hard?

    The altitude is the most difficult aspect of the Inca Trail for many people. Almost everyone who does the Inca Trail will be affected by the altitude to some extent. If you have spent two or three days acclimatizing in Cusco beforehand, the altitude on most treks will not cause you any problems.

    How long is inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    The trail itself is impressive, but the end of the trail is a spectacular view as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at dawn. The classic Inca Trail is 42 km long, is usually covered during 4 days and 3 nights and is hidden in the beautiful mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

    Does the inca trail lead to Machu Picchu?

    Yes, the Incas used the Inca trails to connect all their territories with Cusco, so, we can find Inca road along Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Which today is called Ccapac Ñan, which translated is Imperial Road.

    How to book inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    To book you have to hire an authorized tour operator (required by the Peruvian government), we indicate in detail your itinerary.

    Where is the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    Your trip to Machu Picchu will begin in the Peruvian city of Cuzco, and this impressive four-day hike starts at a place called Kilometer 82. As its name suggests, this famous starting point is located 82 kilometers along the Cuzco railroad, on the way to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

    How difficult is the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    Talking in days would be:
    Day 1: Easy
    Day 2: Difficult, this is the most difficult day of the hike.
    Day 3: Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.
    Day 4: Easy, on this day you will visit Machu Picchu.

    How to hike the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    First, find a licensed agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is licensed. Then book in advance, especially for the high season.

    Alpaca Expeditions or Lorenzo Expeditions for hiking inca trail to Machupicchu?

    The good thing is that both companies are from Cusco, we will always say that we are the best.

     

    Highlights  

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is the most complete trek in our region, it offers the passenger the experience of exploring the different ecological zones of our country while enjoying the flora and fauna of each one of them. Furthermore, in its 45 km, 27.96 miles of the route, we have the opportunity to visit various archaeological sites: Llaqtapata, Runqurakay, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku and Machu Picchu.

    Come with us to enjoy the history, culture, and biodiversity that only the Inca Trail can offer.

    Trip Overview

    Destination

    Machu Picchu

    Tour Type

    Trekking

    Difficulty

    Media – Diffilcult

    Total Distance

    50 km 

    Length

    4 Days and 3 nights

    Weather

     5 Cº /  28 Cº

    Altitude

    2,000m/6,561ft to 4,200m/13,779ft

    Itinerary

    Our expedition begins at 5:30 a.m., you will be picked up from your hotel in the city of Cusco.

    Private mobility will take us to Ollantaytambo where we will have our first buffet style breakfast . We will then go to kilometer 82, the control point and our starting point on the Inca Trail.

    This first day on the trail is the least strenuous and serves as acclimatization and warm-up for the following days. After the first two hours of walking we will arrive to Llaqtapata, where the guide will give us an introduction about the importance of the Inca Trail in the 15th century.

    We will have lunch and continue our hike to Wayllabamba for the first night of our expedition.

    (B, L and D / CAMP).

    Our day begins with breakfast. After breakfast we will commence the most difficult but not impossible part of the Inca Trail. Today we will reach the highest point of the expedition, where we will have incredible views of the snowcapped mountains.

    We will then hike the lasts three hours until the Abra Warmiwañiusca, at 4 200 meters. (13,779.53 ft.). After a brief stop, we will begin the descent to Pacaymayo, where we will rest.

    (B, L and D / CAMP).

    After breakfast, we will climb to the archaeological complex Runkarakay, where we will have a guided tour. We will continue with our climb to the second highest point of the Inca Trail, reaching an altitude of 3 850 meters, 12,631.23 ft.

    After enjoying the views that this point has to offer, we will descend to the citadel of Sayacmarca, where there will have a guided tour. We will then go to Puyupatamarca, another important archeological site. Here we will have lunch and take a short break.

    We will continue until we reach our last campsite: Wiñay Huayna, an archaeological complex of great importance.

    (B, L and D / CAMP).

     

    Our day will start very early, with an hour and thirty minute hike to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol), where we will appreciate the sunrise and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

    We will then hike for an hour, descending to the control point where, we will begin our two-hour guided tour. The tour will take us throughout the Inca City, where we will visit the main sites, such as precincts, squares, sacred springs, temples, the agricultural and urban sector.

    After our guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own.

    After the visit to Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have our last lunch. Later we return by train to the City of Cusco.

    End of our services.

    (B and L).

     

    Classic Inca Trail Inclusions

    What is included?

    • Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
    • Sprinter L5 bus mobility from Cusco to Kilometer 82 beginning of the Inca Trail.
    • 3 nights camping in double tent.
    • Tents: EUREKA K2-XT.
    • A Duffle bag
    • Hiking backpack.
    • Porter in charge of carrying 8kl of the equipment.
    • Hiking sticks.
    • Mattress.
    • Dining tent.
    • Kitchen tent.
    • Bathroom tent.
    • Chairs and tables.
    • Entrance ticket to the Inka Trail.
    • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
    • Return bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
    • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
    • Specified Meals:
    • 04 Breakfasts = B
    • 03 Lunches = L
    • 03 Tea time
    • 03 Dinners = D
    • Vegetarian Food upon request
    • Support equipment​
    • First aid kit.
    • Oxygen.
    • Communication radios.
    • * Train schedules will be confirmed at the time of payment.

    Not included

    • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu tickets (extra cost $70).
    • Sleeping bag (extra cost $25 USD).
    • Hiking sticks (extra cost $15 USD).
    • Air Mattress (extra cost $15 USD).
    • Drinks.
    • Tips.
    • Travel health insurance.

    UPCOMING DEPARTURES

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    Classic Inca Trail Packing List

    • We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the four days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).
    • A small backpack of 30 to 60 liters capacity, remember that a large part of your belongings (08 kg) will go with the porters.
    • 04 T-Shirts.
    • 02 or 03 trekking pants (fast drying).
    • Pants and thermal pole (first layer).
    • A light sweater.
    • Waterproof clothing.
    • Warm jacket (of feather or fiber).
    • Hiking boots.
    • Flips flops.
    • Hat or cap.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Canteen.
    • Repellent for mosquitoes (30% Deet or more).
    • Original Passport.
    • Personal medications.
    • Flashlight.
    • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
    • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

    Travel Information

    A day before the tour, Lorenzo Expeditions holds a meeting where we will give you all the details of our trip. We will also meet our guides and all the participants of the expedition. Our meeting will take place at the Estancia Imperial restaurant, located on Calle Suecia 320, where we will also offer welcome snacks.

    Rest is essential for an expedition of this type for which Lorenzo Expeditions fully committed to your safety and comfort to choose the best and most complete camping equipment, all of the highest range.

    • Tent: Eureka K2-XT brand 4 stations designed for 04 people where only 02 passengers will sleep for greater comfort, all are thermal and waterproof.
    • Mattresses: Lorenzo Expeditions unlike other operators includes 02 types of mats, one of foam that serves to isolate the passenger from the ground and the other is an inflatable mattress brand Therm-a-rest (neo air trekker).
    • Sleeping bag: Specially designed to withstand the climates of this route.
    • Canes: These will be very helpful to complete the hike, the sticks that Lorenzo Expeditions provides are brand BLACK DIAMOND model TRAIL PRO SHOCK TREKKING POLES.
    • A Duffle bag (walk briefcase): You will be given a duffle bag the day of our group meeting (day before the tour) in which you can pack up to 08 kg of your luggage with our team of Porters, this duffle bag is taken from camp to camp
    • Dining tent: designed in waterproof fabric for the tranquility of our customers during all our meals.
    • Carp bathroom with portable toilet: both for the exclusive use of our group, maximum 08 people per bathroom tent.
    • Kitchen Tent: Used only by our professional chefs to prepare the most delicious foods.
    • Tables and chairs.
    • Complete kitchen utensils.

    Communication radios: Motorola brand model DEP-450 all with digital format for better communication between the guide and our support group, while the radios are connected to the SERNARP channels (GUARDAPARQUE that they are found along the Inca trail) In case some type of help is required in case of emergency.

    This staff is carefully recruited and selected to be trained and adapted to the service culture of Lorenzo Expeditions.

    Our guides are the most competitive in the area and they all work with us permanently (more than 8 years). They are certified and certified professionals by the government and are constantly trained by national and international entities for a better development in the different areas of action and situations. The maximum number of passengers per guide is 10.

    In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has positioned itself among the best in the world. Thinking about it, our executive chef has designed a balanced menu. We have vegetarian menus, celiacs and menus with food restrictions.

    • Private transportation to the start of the Inca Trail: KM82
    • Bus descending from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Tourist train * from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Pick up from the Ollantaytambo station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
    • * The train schedule will be confirmed at the time of buying the tour

    They will be our best allies to carry out this challenge, they come from the town of Patacancha, located in the middle of the Peruvian Andesand are more accustomed to walking in high altitude. They will be responsible for bringing all our logistic items for the hike: camping equipment and food in addition to carrying 8kg of personal items of each client. They will be waiting for us at the start of our expedition at kilometer 82.

    Our 2019 certifications:

    • First Aid International Red Cross.
    • First aid in remote locations American Safety & Health Institute.

    In the event of contingencies and contingencies, Lorenzo Expeditions has aresponse plan and personnel trained in rescue work.

    Our itinerary is based on spaces granted by the government for the proper use of the Inca Trail, last minute reservations could generate changes in our itinerary, mainly in the camp sites.

  • Medicine: If you have any medical prescription, bring your medicines with you. Also, it is recommended to take pills to prevent high altitude sickness such as: Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi pill, Acetazolamide, among others. Finally, take anti-blister gel to prevent blisters on the soles of the feet caused by constant walking.
  • Digital camera with external memory of 2 and 4 gigabytes (optional).
  • SPF 60 sunscreen (UVB-UVA) waterproof.
  • Canteen or bottle: This helps us contribute to the NO POLLUTION of the environment. These bottles will be supplied with water every day
  • Extra money to buy some drinks during the hike (optional). If you decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, you should consider taking cash to the area, since the money in ATMs runs out quickly. Preferably bring Peruvian soles with you.
  • The rhythm of the group and the climatic factors can affect the beginning of the guided tour in the Machu Picchu citadel (scheduled between 8:00 am and 9:30 am); therefore, this may cause you to leave your guided tour to make your ascent to the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain “see details.”
  • If the passenger requires an extra Carrier (additional cost), he must request it at the moment of making the reservation, because the field personnel must pay the entrances fee to hike the Inca Trail. If you need additional luggage, an additional fee of $130 USD will be charged and the porter maximum carrying weight is 15kg. The extra fee covers the entrance fee, transportation and food for the porter.
  • For all our expeditions Lorenzo Expeditions provides shared tents (designed for 04 people but used only by 02 passengers). For those passengers who want more comfort and privacy we have the option of offering personal tents. The extra cost for this service is US $ 60.00. This service must be requested at the time of making your reservation.
  • Faqs

    For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or in the Lorenzo Expeditions office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 days that you will be trekking because on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

    In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $70 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $70 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team

    You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
    Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.

    About Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru is still the highlight of my year-long journey. It’s that amazing. Looking at the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that I walked to get there, filled me with joy and wonder. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I’m not going to lie, though – it took a bit of work. A lot of work, in fact. But it was worth it.

    Located about 2,500m above sea level, Machu Picchu was an Inca citadel that was built in the 15th century. The citadel was built as a royal estate, although it was used for less than 100 years before being abandoned when, due to the arrival of the Spanish, they set out to conquer.

    It was not until 1911 that the ruins were rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III. Although the locals were familiar with the ruins, it was not until Hiram climbed the mountain himself that he realized how spectacular his (re)discovery was.

    To curb the damage caused by tourism, entrance to Machu Picchu is “limited” to 6,534 people per day, divided into morning and afternoon entries. Although it seems like a lot, tickets often sell out months in advance (especially for the trek). For that reason, you’ll want to make sure to plan ahead, do your research, and book early!

    Inca Trail – A Short History

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is in fact a small part of a vast network of trails and roads built by the Inca Empire over 500 years ago.

    Depending on the resource you read, it is estimated that the Inca Trails (or Qhapaq Ñanare, which means network of roads) have covered between 23,000 and 45,000 km of distance, basically a lot!

    Composed mainly of paved stone, the roads were integral to connecting the Tahuantinsuyo Empire, which stretched from Colombia and Ecuador in the north; through Peru, Chile and parts of Argentina, and into Brazil and Bolivia (as seen on the adjacent map).

    The trails varied in size from 6 to 8 meters wide at their widest point (typically in the coastal areas) to narrow 1 meter trails in the mountainous regions of the Andes.

    The trails were used for various reasons, including trade, efficient transport and war. Peruvian historian José Antonio del Busto believes that the trails expanded rapidly under the government of Huayna Capac, who is believed to have added 16,000 km of trails to the network. Del Busto explains:

    “It is said that (Cápac) put emphasis on the trails so that he could mobilize his army more quickly and be able to crush the rebellions that broke out during his reign.

    The only unique feature of the trails is that they were built with the mind of the flame. The trails, particularly in the mountainous region, are steep, staggered and high – features of the landscape that the llamas are very skilled at crossing.

    Author Hugh Thomson writes in his acclaimed and highly recommended book, The White Rock:

    “We are accustomed to a system of roads designed for the horse and then for the car – a system which tries at all costs to avoid steep slopes and whose ideal (so established by the Romans) is the straight road over flat ground. The needs of the Incas were very different: the expansion of their Empire was driven by the flame”.

    When the Spaniards arrived in Peru in the 15th century, they were amazed at the scale, ingenuity and beauty of the trails, even though they had great difficulty travelling them on horseback. Hernando Pizarro, one of the first conquistadors to arrive in Cusco, wrote

    “The road in the mountains is something to see, because it’s built on very difficult terrain. In the Christian world we have not seen such beautiful roads. All the crosses have stone or wooden bridges.”

    Unlike most trails, which were used for practical purposes, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was only used as a pilgrimage or religious route.

    It had no commercial use and therefore is often called the “Camino Real”, “Camino Sagrado Real” or “El Camino del Rey Inca”. The various Inca sites found along the 45 km trail seem to support this theory.

    Hiram Bingham, an American scholar and explorer, who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, was surprised when he discovered the pilgrimage route leading to the city.

    Between 1913 and 1915 Bingham and his team discovered much of the trail covered with vegetation, and large portions of the route were restored in the 1990s.

    Today, the trail, which is located in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, is considered one of the largest trekking trails in the world and is walked by thousands of tourists every year.

    Best Time To Hike The Inca Trail

    In the Peruvian subtropical Andes, two climatic seasons predominate: the dry season runs from the end of April to the beginning of October, and the wet season starts at the end of October and continues until April.

    The Inca Trail is more traveled during the months of the dry season, particularly from May to September. If you wish to hike at this time of year, it is advisable to book at least 6 months in advance.

    The dry months of March/April and October/November can also be a good time for trekking, although the likelihood of rain is higher.

    Here is a diagram showing the average number of rainy days per month in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

    December, January and February are the wettest months, and the Classic Inca Trail and the Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo is in fact closed for maintenance in February (it is possible to do the Short Inca Trail or any of the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu during February).

    Temperatures in the region are fairly consistent throughout the year, with days reaching high 20 degrees Celsius (70s and 80s Fahrenheit), and falling into the low digits to below freezing temperatures at night and in the early hours of the morning.

    Fluctuations in temperature are also common as you ascend to the high passes or descend to the valleys exposed to the sun.

    It is important that you wear layered clothing to adjust comfort levels as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and across different altitude levels (see Inca Trail Luggage List below).

    The microclimates of the mountains make it possible to find rain at any time of the year, so you should also bring clothing for wet weather.

    Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Faqs

    What is inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (also known as the Inca Trail or Inka Trail) is a hiking trail in Peru that ends at Machu Picchu. Located in the Andes Mountains, the trail passes through various types of Andean environments, such as cloud forest and alpine tundra.

    Is the inca trail to Machu Picchu hard?

    The altitude is the most difficult aspect of the Inca Trail for many people. Almost everyone who does the Inca Trail will be affected by the altitude to some extent. If you have spent two or three days acclimatizing in Cusco beforehand, the altitude on most treks will not cause you any problems.

    How long is inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    The trail itself is impressive, but the end of the trail is a spectacular view as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at dawn. The classic Inca Trail is 42 km long, is usually covered during 4 days and 3 nights and is hidden in the beautiful mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

    Does the inca trail lead to Machu Picchu?

    Yes, the Incas used the Inca trails to connect all their territories with Cusco, so, we can find Inca road along Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Which today is called Ccapac Ñan, which translated is Imperial Road.

    How to book inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    To book you have to hire an authorized tour operator (required by the Peruvian government), we indicate in detail your itinerary.

    Where is the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    Your trip to Machu Picchu will begin in the Peruvian city of Cuzco, and this impressive four-day hike starts at a place called Kilometer 82. As its name suggests, this famous starting point is located 82 kilometers along the Cuzco railroad, on the way to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

    How difficult is the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    Talking in days would be:
    Day 1: Easy
    Day 2: Difficult, this is the most difficult day of the hike.
    Day 3: Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.
    Day 4: Easy, on this day you will visit Machu Picchu.

    How to hike the inca trail to Machu Picchu?

    First, find a licensed agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is licensed. Then book in advance, especially for the high season.

    Alpaca Expeditions or Lorenzo Expeditions for hiking inca trail to Machupicchu?

    The good thing is that both companies are from Cusco, we will always say that we are the best.

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    Inca Trail Classic 4 Days Reviews

    Amy P
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    I would do this tour (inca jungle trek) over and over for the rest of my life if I could! I loved the biking, white water rafting, hiking and ziplining! We met many great lovely locals along the way,ate delicious food and explored the wildnerness of Peru! Our guide Wilbert was super expeienced and knowledgable and really had our backs at all times. It was the perect blend of everything you want in a tour.
    Leila A
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    We (3 friends) booked the Jungle Inca Trek 4D/3N through Lorenzo’s Website. Already here we had good assistance through a live chat with a coworker you helped us to do the reservation.
    Jasmine C
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    My friend and I did the 4 day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu from 9/9-9/12 with Lorenzo Expeditions, and it was my favorite part of the entire Peru trip. I was debating between the 3 or 4 day trip, and am so happy I decided to go with the longer trek.
    Thomas G
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    It was a fantastic trip! I was wondering if we should do the track by our own or spend the (hugh amount of) money for a guide. Looking back, I would say it was totally worth it!
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