Classic 4 day Inca Trail hike to machu picchu is our top tour rated hike, Walking the Inca Trail 4 days with Explore wich is Peru's most sought-after trek for its breathtaking panoramas, vast ecological diversity, and well-preserved archeological sites. It is trekking 4 days along the original ancient stone Inca path, we traverse high mountain passes and trek
through ecological areas ranging from high desert puna to an Andean cloud forest and subtropical jungle. During this classic 4-day trek Our Explore Leader
will point out the native flora fauna and explain important facts and legends about the magnificent Inca Empire. Admire various archaeological sites along the trail, Sleep at campsites and indulge in high quality meals prepared by a chef who works magic with simple ingredients and a propane stove. All the essentials for the trek are provided, including an expert guide who will help you navigate through this magical journey into the clouds. On the fourth day, we arrive to Machu Picchu through the Intipunku, or Sun Gate, from where we catch our first exhilarating glimpse of the archeological wonders below. At Machu Picchu, we spend ample time discovering these spectacular remains before returning to Cusco by train.
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BRIEFING: The day before the trek, you will meet with your guide and meet all the members of your expedition group. Your guide will explain to you about the trek, route, and all the necessary recommendations will be provided to you according to the trekking season you choose. This briefing will take approximately 40 minutes, where you will receive your duffel bags that will be carried by the porters along the trail.
**Experiencing a home stay immersion on the night prior to the Inca Trail trek provides Explore Adventures Peru guests a window into the lives of their porters and helps with bonding prior to Journey to Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco – Piscacucho km 82 – Llactapata – WAYLLABAMBA
- Pickup from your hotel
- Transfer to km 82 (2,720m/8,923ft), beginning of the trek - breakfast with Inca trail views
- This first day is relatively easy walking ~ 5-7 hours.
- Hiking the Inca Trail Archaeological site of Kanabamba, Llactapata (Quechua names)
- Lunch at Tarachayoq village at approximately 1:30 pm
- After lunch, continue south along the river Cusichaca, climbing gently.
- Camping in Wayllabamba (3,100m/10,829ft)
- Walking distance 11 km
Day 2: WAYLLABAMBA/ WARMIWAÑUSKA/ PACAYMAYU
This is the most difficult day. After climbing Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's) pass on the morning of the second day, the rest of the hike is relatively easy.
Begin hiking about 7:00 AM and hike about 5 1/2 hours to our lunch spot. The trail follows the River Llullucha, climbing steeply nearly 4000 feet (1200 m) through forests and plains to the highest point on the trek, Warmiwañusca pass, aka Dead Women's pass at (13,776 ft or 4200m).
It’s another 2 hours of easy walking to our camp at Pacaymayo (11,833 ft or 3607m), near to Runkuraqay, where we'll cook dinner.
Walking distance: 12 km
Day 3: PACAYMAYU/ WIÑAYWAYNA
On the third day, the trail climbs gently up two passes.
Depart ~ 7:00 AM and hike about an hour to the rounded ruins of Runkuracay (12,470 ft or 3800 m). Continue up the second pass and back down to the ruins of Sayacmarca (11,742 ft or 3580 m). These ruins offer spectacular views in nearly every direction. Offering incredible views of several snow capped peaks
From here, climb gently up the third and final pass through lush cloud forests to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca ("Cloud-Level Town").
lunch at Phuyupatamarca (11,930 ft or 3640 m) also Nice views of Machu Picchu mountain after we continue downhill to the ruins of Winay Wayna also our Campsite .
we will get to visit Wiñay Wayna ruins
Walking distance: 16km
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Hiking to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Climb to Huayna Picchu (advanced booking required)
- Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch
- Walking distance 5 km
- Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo/Poroy
- Transfer from train station to Cusco hotel
- Train times at 2:55pm, 4:45pm, or 6:45pm depending on availability at Peru Rail.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT RESERVATIONS BE MADE AT LEAST 3-6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE AS PERMITS ARE LIMITED PER DAY AND SELL OUT QUICKLY. IF YOU DON'T FIND SPACE FOR THE INCA TRAIL LOOK INTO OUR ALTERNATIVE TREKS...