This unique wonder, the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, is one of the most significant treks that Peru and the world have that showcase the Peruvian Andes best, it is widely recognized as the iconic trail of South America. Perfect for mountain lovers, on this picturesque hike you will walk the original Inca path that has been built by our ancestors and take in stunning views of the snow-capped Urubamba and Vilcabamba Mountain ranges.
As you hike through the lush green tropical forest you will be surrounded by a variety of beautiful native Andean flora and fauna and at night you will be spoilt by the impressive star-lit skies of the Southern hemisphere. This Inca Trail Hike is one of the most important hikes from the Inca period because it was built for religious purposes as a road for both pilgrims and Incan royalty, they followed this path to reach the sacred site of Machu Picchu. After you have enjoyed the beauty of the hike you will marvel at the wonders of the Machu Picchu Inca archaeological site. Entering through the Sun Gate you will experience panoramic views of the ancient Incan wonder.
Hiking the Classic Inca Trail will be an unforgettable and truly unique experience. Due to its unmatched beauty and historical significance, this trail is now considered as one of the top 10 hikes in the world for Mountain lovers.
If you have too short a time to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, do not worry because we have for you an alternative Inca trail hike known as the Short Inca Trail 2 days with the hotel, or if you want the outdoor experience, you can customise this shorter trek with 1-night of camping in Puente Ruinas which is 20 minutes away from Aguas Calientes Town.
Why should you hike the Inca Trail 2-day trek with us?
Classic Inca Trail – Highlights
Inca Trail 4 Days Pre-Trip Briefing
Your Classic Inca Trail briefing will be organized 1 day or 2 days before your trek where you will meet your professional tour guide. At the briefing time in your hotel and you will have the opportunity to ask any last questions you have about the 4 Days Inca Trail.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 5:30am and then we’ll drive by private bus for two hours to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for a quick breakfast. Then we continue driving for another hour until we reach the start point of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Once everyone has had the chance to prepare their belongings we will pass through a control point to enter the National Park. Then the real adventure begins, we follow a gently undulating path for one and a half hours, before we ascend gradually for another half an hour until we reach the Incan site of Llactapata. From here we will enjoy the amazing snow capped views of the Veronica mountain peak and begin our short descent to our lunch spot. After lunch we will continue hiking for another two and a half hours until we reach our camping site at Huayllabamba. After enjoying our afternoon tea we will have the opportunity to meet the incredible porters who will be helping us along our journey.
WALKING DISTANCE: 5 to 6 hours
STARTING ELEVATION: 2,800 m /8,765 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea).
Our wake up call will be at approximately 5:30am and then following a lovely breakfast we start the hike up to Dead Woman’s Pass, which at 4,215m is the highest point of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Along the way we will explore the amazing forest with its native trees and hanging mosses and we will enjoy the other beautiful natural scenery. After reaching the pass, we will take some time to enjoy the stunning snowy mountains surrounding us. We then begin our descent to the camping site at Pacaymayo where we will have lunch and enjoy a relaxing free afternoon to recover from the day of hiking.
WALKING DISTANCE: 7 to 8 hrs
STARTING ELEVATION: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4,215 m / 13,828 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)
Like every day, we wake up early again and following a hearty breakfast we hike for two hours up towards the second mountain pass of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. From there we can take in stunning views of the snow-capped Pumacillo peak. We then drop down from the second pass to visit and explore the beautiful Incan site of Sayacmarka after which we hike gently back up to the third mountain pass, which we cross before we take a break for lunch.
This is the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as we will enjoy views of the Veronica mountain peak, Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the magical Cloud forest. Along the way we will also stop to visit and explore the Incan sites of Phuyupatamarka and Intipata. We will hike for another three hours before we complete our descent to the campsite at Winay huayna.
WALKING DISTANCE: 9 to 10 hrs
STARTING ELEVATION: 3,600 m / 11,896 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3,600 m / 12,465 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including snack and afternoon tea)
This is the earliest start of the trek as we wake up at 3:30am in order to catch a spectacular view of the sunrise at the Machu Picchu ruins. We will enter the Incan site of Machu Picchu as the ancient Incas did, through the Sun gate entrance (“Inti Punku”). Once we have taken in the breath taking panoramic views we will descend into the main part of the site of this archaeological wonder. We will enjoy a two hour guided tour with the best local guide after which you will have time to continue exploring the beauty of this vast site. Following this, we will travel down to Aguas Calientes Town by bus and then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, before returning to Cusco by private bus.
WALKING DISTANCE: 3 hrs / 6 km
STARTING ELEVATION: 2,600 m / 7,956 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2,700 m / 8,233 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
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