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4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

From US$777.00
  • Breakfast included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free snacks included
4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you complete this 4-day, 3-night trek to Machu Picchu on the ancient Inca Trail. Take the most traditional approach to this famed Incan hilltop city, tracing the Vilcanota River on day one and up past the Inca site at Llactapata. On day two, clear the 13,379-foot (4,200-meter) ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ before continuing on day three past two amazing Inca sites at Intipata and Wiñay Wayna. Wake up before dawn on day four to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu, continuing with a 2-hour guided tour of the site. Your trek also features bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, camping gear and porters to carry extra baggage.
What to Expect
Day 1: The Adventure Begins – "Inca Flat"
You will meet your guide at the Regocijo Plaza at around 4am-4:30am and travel by bus to Piskacucho (51 miles/82 Km) where the trail starts.
Once there, you will have some time to organize (use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, and more). You will need to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point. To start the trail, you will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata. The first campsite (Ayapata) is 1.5-hours up the small village of Wayllabamba (9,842 feet/3,000 meters).

Day 2: The Trail - Crossing Two Passes
After waking up at 5:30am, enjoy breakfast and then start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 13,779 feet/4,200 meters). You will feel fulfilled and with a sense of achievement once you reach the top. Rest for a bit here and then begin the descent to Pacaymayu (11,646 feet/3,550 meters), where you will have lunch. Then, you will begin a 2-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 13,125 feet/4,000 meters) and arrive at the campsite by 5pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 39ºF (4ºC) during the night.

Day 3: Back in the Past
Start your day with a smooth climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail (2,286 feet/3,680 meters). You will continue to walk for around 3,000 steps through the cloud forest see the amazing agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata'. You will arrive at the third campsite Wiñay Wayna (8,792 feet/2,680 meters). From this campsite, you can get to the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). You can visit this wonderful site and rest for the day afterwards. Temperatures during the night are about 54ºF (12º C).

Day 4: Machu Picchu
You will wake up early and enjoy breakfast at around 3:30-4am. You will leave the campsite at around 5:30am to head to Machu Picchu. You will reach "Inti Punku" ('Sun gate') (8,792 feet/2,730 meters) before sunrise and see the wonderful Inca citadel. Then, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour and then can explore the city on your own. Meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Then reach Cusco by bus.
Reviews (24)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Bucket list hike on the Inca Trail

What a great time my sweet wife, me and 13 friends had hiking the Inca trail this October 2018 with Valencia Travel, led by our guides Claudio A. and Rene S.. Our wonderful trip was made possible by the support of 22 excellent porters and...More

Thank shawncarder
Reviewed 1 week ago
An Amazing Experience

This was the hike of a lifetime for me. It was challenging, but thoroughly rewarding through out. Our guides Alex and Rene were outstanding. They were excellent communicators who were well versed in the history of the region and trail. The encouragement they provided throughout...More

1  Thank Stephenraschet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Unforgettable Experience -- Thank you Claudio, Roland and Renee!!

The Inca Trail hike was the highlight of our trip, but more than than it was a life changing experience that I will be thinking about for a long time to come. The trail is challenging, inspiring, and felt incredibly meaningful, but the experience was...More

1  Thank erintmathis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The best hike ever!!

Valencia Travel is a phenomenal travel agency! Their door-to-door service, planning and logistical organization was top notch. We chose to go on the 2 day-tours in addition to the 4-day Inca Trail hike. Nico was our guide the 1st day to the sights around Cusco....More

1  Thank dulliejo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best hike of our lives!

We had high expectations of this trip and yet they managed to blow us away with their incredible service, knowledgeable guides (Claudio and Rolando rock!), and delicious food. The hike is no joke, and the altitude makes a lot of people ill but Valencia did...More

Thank Alex R
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