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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
From US$777.00
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 (28)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the 4 day Inca trail with a group of 6 and had the most memorable time. The food the chef and staff prepared was amazing and I cannot say enough about the porters. They are such hardworking individuals and made our experience seamless....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank VeaChris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
We loved Valencia Travel

Than you to everyone at Valencia travel for putting together a wonderful tour. Our tour guide Nikanor, assistant guide Kristian, and all the porters put together one of the most memorable tours of our lives. We were fortunate to be put together with a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brian B
Reviewed 6 November 2018
Most challenging and rewarding experience

Our family of 11 set out for the 4-day/3-night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There were two other couples that were also on the tour. Valencia provided a total of 20 porters including the chef and sous-chef and also two tour leaders, Claudio and Roland....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ThankxgivingTraveler
Reviewed 28 October 2018
Incredible experience with Valencia Travel

Hiked the Inca Trail with Valencia Travel in September. We were a large group with 19 hikers, 31 porters, and 3 guides. The support and services provided by Valencia were outstanding. We arrived in Cusco and Valencia Travel was there to transport us to the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank StevalPa
Reviewed 16 October 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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You should check with Valencia Travel regarding this. Typically you have to plan in advance, but they may have a permit available if someone had to cancel their trip.