The Classic Inca Trail Hike 4 Days is crown of Peru and South America. Only the Inca trail Hike gives you the shot to enjoy the natural sub tropical beauty of the surrounding Villacabamba Mountain range and Veronica mountains as well as explore the well preserved original Inca complexes left by our ancient Peruvians. The Inca trail is the only Hike that empower you to enter Machu Picchu through the imposing Sun gate entry, a truly unique and beautiful experience that is difficult to put into words. You can then finally experience this spectacular Wonder of the world under the guidance of one of our expert local guides from the region.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is typically completed on 4 Days itinerary but can also can be lengthened by a day or shortened to 2 Days trek on the so-called ‘Short Inca Trail Hike. There is also an long option to combine the Salkantay trek with the classic trail route for an epic and challenging 7 Days adventure through crowning scenery and stunning snow peak mountains and valleys.
Plan ahead and joying us to our fascinating Hike to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which is the world dreams hike. Remember that there are only 500 hiking permits available each day, including permits that will be taken by the porters carrying equipment, cooks, guides, and other hikers.
The first day is relatively easy and serves as training for the following days of 4 day classic hiking tour. Travelers are picked up from their hotels (5:30am) and travel by bus, past the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Buses usually stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about 30 minutes to give people the opportunity to have breakfast.
At km 82 we will cross the Urubamba River and follow the trek to the right as it climbs steeply upward. We will pass through a small village, as ruins of the Inca hill fort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (‘happy bridge’).
You will be able to view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata (also known as Patallacta on some maps). Llactapata means ‘upper town’ in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with maize, the staple crop of the Incas.
We will continue the Inca Trail 4 day trek, on a path that follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). We will spend the night here depending on the speed of the group. (This is the last place along the trek that you can buy snacks and drinks).
Overnight at the campsite
Meals included: Lunch, dinner
After breakfast we will keep hiking the Classic Inca Trail as we climbing up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc River, we arrive in ‘Tres Piedras’ (three stones). There is stream named after the Huayruro, which is an ornamental tree that has red and black seeds. Many of the porters from Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional red and black ponchos.
As we trek further up the trail, we will begin to see spectacular terrain known as Llulluchapampa. We will walk another 2 hours uphill to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Warmiwañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4,215m. During this part of the Inca Trail tour 4 day, hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the hike.
The down hill from the pass is steep but not difficult. We will follow the trail on the left side of the valley floor and spend our 2nd evening at the Pacaymayo campsite.
Overnight at the campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The third day of the Inca trek Machu Picchu, leaves from Pacaymayo, it takes about an hour uphill hike to the ruins of Runkurakay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo valley below.
Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkurakay (4,000m). At last you’ll feel that you are walking along the pilgrimage trail of the Incas. An hour from the 2nd pass you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca Inca site by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means ‘Inaccessible Town’ and describes the position of the ruins perfectly protected on three sides by sheer cliffs.
After to visit Sayacmarca we will rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca. From here, the path descends into the magnificent cloud-forest full of orchids.
The trail goes up to the 3rd pass (3,670m). This pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salcantay (6,300m) and Veronica (5,900m). Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin, is located a few minutes away from the pass. The name Phuyupatamarca means ¨’Town in the Clouds¨.
After walking through cloud-forest you may just be able to see the tin roof of the park rangers house (Wiñay Wayna), although it will be 3 hours until we arrive at Wiñay Wayna, which is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a short Inca Trail located in the southern end of the campsite that leads to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna.
Overnight at the campsite
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The 4 day Inca Trail Machu Picchu is clearly marked and takes about 2 hours to finish this last section of the trail. We will awake early at 4.00 am, have breakfast and set off on the trail by 5.30 am to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise.The Classic Inca Trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory – a fantastic sight for all.
When you arrive at the ruins you’ll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu from the classic view point’. When the group is back together again we descend to the main entrance where you can safely leave your large backpacks. The group will re-enter the ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors. The tour takes aproximately 2 hours. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the ruins alone (not included in the price):
In the afternoon take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for the lunch, and then take the Train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to the Train Station, reception and transfer to your Hotel in Cusco, the journey by train takes approximately 3 Hours.