Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu
Trek & Adventure
4 Days and 3 nights
2Cº / 28 Cº
Price from: 659USDper person
The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the world’s most popular trek and Peru’s number one trek. It is one of the most booked routes for hundreds of tourists, offering 4 days of hiking along original paved Inca trails, a variety of fascinating Inca archaeological sites, and the breathtaking scenery of Machu Picchu National Park that can only be accessed by those who can get a ticket many months in advance. The classic Inca Trail is part of the once in a lifetime bucket list of many travelers.
One of the first things we are going to know about this place is that in order to enter we need a special permit that can only be purchased through a local travel agency in Cusco, and Lorenzo Expeditions has such authorization, so learn more about this adventure below.
The classic Inca Trail 4 days trek is only about 42 km long, but it climbs, descends and skirts Andean mountains and generally takes a route that has several curves through the complicated terrain of this part of the Peruvian Andes. This makes the 42 km more strenuous than most, but also with spectacular scenery, passing through various Andean environments, such as cloud forest and alpine tundra.
This route offers all travelers to Machu Picchu an area of great biodiversity and exclusive access. At any given time you may encounter orchids, foxes, cock-of-the-rock (Peru’s national bird), spectacled bears, deer and many more species of flora and fauna. While hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will also pass by other impressive Inca ruins, such as Wiñay Wayña and Phuyupatamarca that only you and those who hike the classic 4-day Inca Trail can see. It’s an incredibly rich hiking experience, and that’s even before you reach your destination: the sublime Inca citadel atop the mountain of Machu Picchu.
Photos and videos are not able to explain and show the great beauty of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, from its incredible architecture to the surrounding mountains and mist-filled gorges. But we won’t describe it all here. Much better if you come with us on the classic guided hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with our professional guides, porters and talented local cooks, and discover this magical trek for yourself.
- Day 01
Cusco – Piscacucho (KM 82) – Huayllabamba
Begin your adventure by taking the train to KM 82, then hike along ancient trails and explore Inca archaeological sites while surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery of towering mountains and snow-capped glaciers.
- Day 02
Huayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chaquicocha
The second day will be challenging but worthwhile, visiting archaeological sites and enjoying the Andean sky at night.
- Day 03
Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñay Wayna
Your surroundings will change as you enter the dense jungle and visit the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy an overnight stay with your trekking team to celebrate the time you have spent together.
- Day 04
Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
The day! Hike to the Sun Gate and get your first glimpse of the Inca citadel. Explore Machu Picchu and discover all its mysteries and secrets.
*Read the Complete Itinerary of Inca Trail 4 Days in the Itinerary Tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
For this trip, we recommend a 30-60 liter backpack with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in storage at your hotel in Cusco or at the Lorenzo Expeditions office.
To climb one of the two mountains, you must purchase the entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu has an extra cost of $70 USD per person and it is recommended to book tickets at least 2 months in advance. If you wish to book the entrance ticket for Huaynapicchu, please contact our reservations team.
All the nights will be in camping. So pe prepared for the adventure. Also we have good campo equipments.
You can make a deposit on our website to confirm your reservation, it is very important to confirm the available places (send an email to: [email protected]) before making the deposit. The remaining balance must be paid in cash (dollars or soles) at our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit or debit cards.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (also known as the Inca Trail or Inka Trail) is a hiking route in Peru that ends at Machu Picchu. Located in the Andes mountain range, the road crosses various types of Andean environments, such as cloud forest and alpine tundra.
Altitude is the most difficult aspect of the Inca Trail for many people. If you have spent two or three days acclimatizing in Cusco beforehand, the altitude on most hikes will not cause you any problems.
The classic Inca Trail is 42 km long, it is usually traveled for 4 days and 3 nights and is hidden in the beautiful mountains of the Peruvian Andes.
Yes, the Incas used the Inca roads to connect all their territories with Cusco, thus, we can find Inca roads throughout Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Today it is called Qapaq Ñan, which is translated as Imperial Road.
To reserve you have to hire an authorized tour operator (required by the Peruvian Government). Lorenzo Expeditions is one of the best options with high quality and personalized service.
Talking in days would be:
Day 1: Easy
Day 2: Difficult, this is the most difficult day of the trek.
Day 3: Moderate to a bit difficult as there are several steep sections.
Day 4: Easy, on this day you visit Machu Picchu.
First of all, look for a licensed agency, Lorenzo Expeditions is a licensed tour operator. Then book in advance, especially in high season.