Tours and Tickets

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) provided by Alpaca Expeditions

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service)

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service)
5
Book in advance
from
$1,114.36
per adult
99% of travellers recommend this experience
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
What is Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travellers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Learn more
Tour snapshot
Duration:
4 days
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
14
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 330995P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Briefing session the night before of the the tour at 6pm in our office
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. We cater to every dietary restriction.
  • English speaking Trekking guides
  • Camping in 4-man Eureka tents only used for 2 people
  • All entrance fees ( Inca Trail & Machu Picchu)
  • Door to door service (pick up and drop off)
  • Personal porter up to 7k per person
  • Expeditions touris Class Train to return on the last day
  • Portable chemical toilet only for our groups
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank and Satellitel phone -safety first
  • Drinkable water along the trek
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
Exclusions
  • Sleeping bag , trekking poles, air matts (available for rent)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain , it needs to book in advance
  • Tips for the crew (optional)
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotels before and after the hike
Duration
4 days
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you from the hotel
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • Briefing session the night before of the the tour at 6pm in our office
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. We cater to every dietary restriction.
  • English speaking Trekking guides
  • Camping in 4-man Eureka tents only used for 2 people
  • All entrance fees ( Inca Trail & Machu Picchu)
  • Door to door service (pick up and drop off)
  • Personal porter up to 7k per person
  • Expeditions touris Class Train to return on the last day
  • Portable chemical toilet only for our groups
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank and Satellitel phone -safety first
  • Drinkable water along the trek
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
Exclusions
  • Sleeping bag , trekking poles, air matts (available for rent)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain , it needs to book in advance
  • Tips for the crew (optional)
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotels before and after the hike
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you from the hotel
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 18 Dec 2021
A note from Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service)
Our team are following carefully all safe protocolos and guarantee a safe travel & experience.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
5 stops
Day 1
Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 -...
Day 2
Dead Woman's Pass - Pacaymayu -...
Day 3
Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarka -...
Day 4
Machu Picchu and back to Cusco
+
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

5.0
1,325 reviews
Excellent
1,316
Very good
8
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
1

Sydney Cloutier
Navarre, FL3 contributions
I did the 4D/3N Inca Trail hike with my friend through Alpaca Expeditions. Our tour guide was Isao and his assistant was JC. Isao was an amazing and accommodating guide with a great sense of humor. He made the trip very enjoyable and provided lots of history at the different archeological sites. JC was also great and was always willing to stay behind and assist people that needed help in any way. He’s in training to become a guide and I think that he’s going to make an amazing one.

Alpaca’s accommodations are by far the nicest of any of the tour agencies. The extra cost is truly reflected in the services and dedication to the hikers. Isao and Alpaca had a perfectly timed itinerary so that we were always one of the first groups to the campsites and archeological sites. They even switched all their plans last minute and sent us up a day early to avoid the strikes and road closures (some groups decided not to do this and were unable to begin their hikes).

Isao and JC were fantastic leaders throughout the duration of the trip. They always built in extra time into our hikes, meaning we were always early, even on the second day which required us to stop so frequently I was sure we would be late). Meanwhile, other groups were making it to the campsites after the sun had already set.

Sergio, our chef, and the sous chef/waiter/porters were all terrific as well. The food was first class with so many courses. Sergio always went the extra mile by carving animals out of fruits, making us special desserts, etc.

If you’re looking for the finishing touches, high quality guides, and overall safety, I highly recommend booking through Alpaca Expeditions. They are the most well trusted and reputable tour company for the Inca Trail. The trail can be treacherous at some points, which makes me feel this isn’t the hike to skimp on and go with another company just to save a couple bucks.

If you do book with Alpaca, please know this:
- Bring more money than is recommended on the Alpaca website for tipping. Our guide gave us much higher estaimayes than what was online (I ended up tipping 400 soles, broken up amongst the porters, chefs, guide, and assistant guide).
- You do not need to bring a face towel, trash bags, rain poncho, or sleeping bag liner (if you are renting a sleeping bag through Alpaca).
- Most of the backpack covers that are provided are not waterproof (random assortment of waterproof and not waterproof). Bring your own waterproof cover.
Written 23 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marshall C
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We did the 4D/3N Inka trail with Nilton, Walter, and Max. Our head guide Nilton had such amazing knowledge of the trail. There were dozens of other groups and he was navigating the trails so much better than the other groups to hit the landmarks at the right time, with the right lighting and the right weather, despite less than ideal conditions while we were on the trail. Nilton was able to answer every question from Inca history to astronomy to botany to bird calls. Nilton was a truly phenomenal guide.

Every other aspect of the trip also exceeded our expectations. The food was fantastic. We were given amazing multi course meals using locally sourced Peruvian food. The porters perform amazing feats of strength to make the trek possible. Alpaca Expeditions was a bit more expensive than other companies but it is clear that they treat their crew better than any of the other groups. It's worth the extra cost to support a sustainable business with the best crew.

Addendum: after the trek, the train to go back to Cusco was not running due to strikes and protests. Nilton was able to get the group back safely. We had to do an extra 3-hr hike around the back of the mountain and take a very long bus ride, but he got us back and we all felt safe when he was around.
Written 20 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

C B
2 contributions
We had a phenomenal Inca trail trip, which included a day at Sacred Valley. Highly recommend the guides Alvin, Yoel, and Rosel. Most of the guides have hiked the trail hundreds of times. Alvin was wonderfully cheery and upbeat - he’s really fun to hike with. Yoel is a great leader and we enjoyed talking about his Incan ancestry. And Rosel is an expert - he has hiked Inca more than 700 times and was very knowledgeable in explaining the history behind the Incan sites. These three guides and all of the staff (chefs and porters) were extraordinarily kind to us. The porters, in particular, are INCREDIBLE and deserve all the praise.

On feedback for the tour company: I hope Alpaca takes kind care of its employees, in particular the porters. I’d say the Alpaca company could operationally make things easier and/or more efficient for its team - e.g., having tent numbers assigned in advance with name cards for duffel bags (rather than scrambling the morning of with writing these down). And would recommend creating more of a relationship between tourist and porter (e.g., assigning a porter to you, so you can get to know them /personally give thanks and provide tip).

Tips: Bring cash tips (in soles) for all the team members!
Written 19 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Danamirowski
Springfield, MO9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had the #1 Team!
Russell, Walter, and Max made our journey to Machu Pichu unforgettable; their energy and optimism were contagious. The food prepared by the chef(Moses) was delicious, and the porter(sherpa) service was second to none. Due to a strike in Cusco, Alpaca had to adjust our departure time to the evening before our scheduled date. Russell handled the logistics of getting staffing, equipment, and transportation quickly; it was challenging. Still, the entire team worked hard to ensure we were safe and comfortable and would experience a fantastic adventure.

The views are worth every step!
The trail is strenuous at times; I recommend hiking poles, comfortable-lightweight trail shoes (altras), and dressing in layers. (I also recommend packing an anti-diarrhea medicine and spending three days In Cusco to acclimate to the altitude. You will be exposed to different foods and conditions that may affect you in Cusco and on the trail). Our "Super Hiker" family of 15 was of various athletic abilities and ages from the mid-20s to 68. We bonded very well and had an incredible time together, on and off the trial. Still, you could also break away easily and hike in silence if you wanted to solo hike from time to time (I will miss our time together). Walter and Russell kept a moderate pace and ensured no one would be left behind. We were very safe in their capable hands. A bonus is you get to stop from time to time to hear stories of the Inka people and learn about their history.

The journey is the destination.
This trip was one I will recommend repeatedly, and I will cherish the memories for a lifetime.
Written 23 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Emily M
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Our guide, Juan Carlos Zuloaga, provided us with so much invaluable information on the Inca’s history and culture, local floral and fauna, and animal life as well. Juan Carlos was passionate about his work and teaching us about his culture and he was fun and easy to laugh with as well. Juan Carlos went above and beyond helping us schedule a COVID test in our hotel for our departure from Peru. I would highly recommend asking for Juan Carlos to lead your tour as he will guarantee that you will have a great time and leave with a greater understanding of the Inca. Along with our guide, the team of porters led by Eugenio were amazing. They hiked with heavy loads and passed us on the trails and then had lunch or dinner waiting for us as we arrived. They also always clapped as we made our way into camp each day even though they were the ones who deserved the applause! They thought of all the little details from bowls of hot water and soap for us every morning and night to the tents/camp being setup perfectly. And last but definitely not least was the chef, Sebastian. I thought every meal was like eating in a five star restaurant. Lunches and dinners started out with the most delicious soups and what followed was more delectable feasts of some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Sebastian even surprised us with a cake on our last night and I didn’t even know you could make a cake without an oven. To say our group of five hikers was impressed is an understatement. This was a trip of lifetime and I would recommend alpaca expeditions to make your adventure perfect.
Written 22 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Colleen v
Yulee, FL11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We had such a great experience for a trip of a lifetime. Our tour group was led by Jaime. He was so full of information about the history and culture as well as stopped many times to show us different plants or tell us stories. Jaime, Carlos, and Fernando (our other two guides) were so supportive of my 12 year old son and I as we really struggled with the altitude and were very slow. They were all so patient and helped us through some of the hardest points such as the steep steps coming down the mountain. Even when on Day 2 when we made it back to camp after dark they never complained or made us feel bad. Carlos was very knowledgeable about botany and never missed a chance to show us the beautiful local orchids. I highly recommend this tour company. The porters are beyond amazing and I still do not know how they can move so quickly through those trails! Camp was always set up when we arrived and they offered hot water (which was very welcome on those cold nights!) for washing and would bring hot coca tea to our tents in the morning. The food was excellent! Not only did it taste amazing but it was always served with the best presentation as though we were in a fancy restaurant. They stopped at several Inca sites along the trail and offered two optional sites to visit on Day 3. I cannot say enough good things about this company and I highly recommend to anyone wishing to do this hike to Machu Picchu.
Written 15 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mk S
Yorba Linda, CA3 contributions
Jun 2022
The trip was well organized and well executed. Our guide Sabi Boliv was FANTASTIC. Quite, calm and unassuming he rendered a leadership classic in dealing with a 14 member team (ages from 19-59) with varying skills and endurance. He also marshalled his resources very effectively in the time and space he was dealing with. VERY impressed! Nancy and Joel were wonderful as well. At the end of the day, it is guide and supporting porters and chefs' team that has to get things done within the limited capabilities they have... and they did a GREAT job! Many thanks!! MK Sathya
Written 27 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tamara D
4 contributions
My state of physical ability being what it is 2 years after the start of the pandemic, I was a little worried about doing this hike, but the folks at Alpaca did a great job helping me know exactly what to expect coming into it. Every step along the way they were great at communicating and letting me know exactly what I would need and exactly what I was getting myself into.

Throughout the actual trek, our guide Miguel was very knowledgable and did a good job managing the faster and slower group members, answering any questions we had, telling us about the plans and what to expect for each day. The chaskis (sp?) very impressively had our tents set up for us when we got to the campsite every day, and our fantastic chef Gregorio cooked incredible meals for us every morning, afternoon, and evening, even working around dietary restrictions that some group members had.

In the end, we got to see some incredible sights, learn some really interesting facts, and feel very impressed with how much we accomplished. It was very difficult, especially that notorious climb on the second day, but there is definitely sufficient time that anyone can struggle up it. And do make sure that (if you go in March) you're prepared adequately with waterproofing, as it was quite rainy. However, this was a fantastic trip, and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in archaeology, hiking, and/or adventure.
Written 17 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Allikat745
Jupiter, FL18 contributions
May 2022
We just returned from our 4D/3N Classic Inca trail hike. I do not know where to even begin to describe our experience. Personally, this trip was a bucket list item that I had dreamed of for over 30 years. Every minute of the trip was almost surreal to me, and yes, even while climbing Dead Women’s Pass!

We had a private group tour of myself and 6 others. When you book a tour that requires you to spend 4 days and 3 nights with a guide, you obviously wonder who that person will be. For us, it was Fletcher. I cannot say enough great things about Fletcher! He was informative, patient, kind, funny and we genuinely enjoyed every minute of our time with him! He was always full of positivity and support no matter the issue. He made sure to make everyone of us feel secure and confident about our day and always made sure to check on each one of us and how we were feeling. He was just INCREDIBLE. You almost feel like family by the end of your trip!

As for the rest of the “Green Machine”, AMAZING! These porters are the true heroes behind the scenes. What they do every day is above and beyond. I was in absolute amazement when each one would pass us on the trail (sometimes running) to be sure they arrived ahead of us to make our day as perfect as possible every step of the way.

The chefs! You will honestly not believe how you are fed and what is prepared for you every morning, noon and night. The food was absolutely delicious! The presentation is better than I’ve seen in 5 star restaurants and tastes just as incredible!

I am SO glad I chose Alpaca Expeditions and even happier that we were given such an AWESOME guide! Thank you so SO much for making my dream come true (literally)! It exceeded every expectation I had and then some!
Written 7 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RosemaryP
Dublin, OH6 contributions
My 17 yo daughter and I booked the 4 day Classic Inca Trail hike through Alpaca Expeditions. It is difficult to put into words what an incredible experience it was from start to finish. Communication was top notch from the time we booked the trip through to the end. We were supposed to leave for our hike early Monday morning, but due to rumors of a strike that was expected to disrupt road transportation, we left late the night before and camped at the trail head so we could start our hike on time. That is just one small example of their commitment to ensuring we had the best experience. Our guides were Rosel (lead) and Juan Carlos and they were absolutely amazing. Rosel has done the hike ~700 times. He is an expert hiker and historian, and his passion for Peru, for nature and his heritage is infectious. He made sure no one was left behind, and that those who fell behind did not feel bad about being “slow.” I got sick on the last night, just prior to entering Machu Picchu. I asked him what would happen if I wasn’t able to hike. His immediate response was, “You will make it. I will stay with you.” He did stay with me, carrying my day pack for me, and constantly checking in to see how I was doing.

One thing that sets Alpaca Expeditions apart from the other local tour companies is the way they treat their porters. The porters work HARD, carrying ~40 lbs of gear apiece, and moving fast enough to stay ahead of the hikers to have the next night’s camp setup upon arrival. They are all provided with proper clothing and shoes, and Rosel made sure each porter had an opportunity to introduce himself so we could thank them for serving us. Our chef was incredible and we ate like royalty. How he was able to prepare what he did on a 2-burner hot plate in a makeshift kitchen is beyond me. He even prepared and decorated an entire cake for our last night. Absolutely amazing.

I have done a fair amount of hiking, but nothing this difficult, and I had never camped. The packing list they provided in advance coupled with the guidance along the way made our trip just perfect. I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I highly recommend booking this trek through Alpaca Expeditions, and also recommend requesting Rosel and Juan Carlos. I can’t imagine a better, more supportive team!
Written 2 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,263
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Alpaca Expeditions
rowanr711
rowanr711
00
Salkantay 5 day hike
Could not recommend this trip enough! Led by Javier (our guide) with amazing support from Maximo (our Chef and port
haileyhartman
haileyhartman
00
Amazing Experience!
Treking with Alpaca Expeditions was the BEST CHOICE of the trip! There is no way it would have been possible for me
16TomL
16TomL
00
Javi para Presidente!
We had a phenomenal trek with Javi this month. Highly recommended. Amazing vistas and history and tuff trekking but
alexharper71
alexharper71
00
The perfect experience!
I have nothing but great things to say about this trip! It was incredibly well organized and we had no hiccups! Jav
emmakk19
emmakk19
00
Great Trip
alpaca expeditions was a great company to book the trek with. The trek was challenging, but alpaca's crew was very
pbjinc98
pbjinc98
00
Inca trail to Machu Picchu
First and best expedition with a talented crew and guides and a great group of trekkers. The porters were wonderful
SophiaTurner2022
SophiaTurner2022
00
Outstanding 4D 3N Inca trail and Machu Picchu
Absolutely amazing hike with Juan Carlos. His knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement for the whole 4 days was outs
lisagN649EP
lisagN649EP
00
Incredible trip!
The entire tour was amazing from start to finish! Al Paca tours was very accommodating to our schedule - we arrived
markcH83VU
markcH83VU
00
Simply outstanding
First, the communication pre-, during and after the trip was phenomenal. There are a lot of logistics to navigate a
ryanmaxwell2022
ryanmaxwell2022
00
Inca Trail 4D/3N
This trek exceeded expectations! Alpaca had excellent, knowledgeable, and caring guides. The food was “out of this
avensantos
avensantos
00
Thank you
A great experience! Thank you ray and isaac and the rest of the team. Glad i did the hike. Its very memorable exper
Saad i
Saad i
00
Perfect Tour Operators!
The trip was super well organized, staff were very friendly and guides were very knowledgeable and charismatic and
emmacW3072NK
emmacW3072NK
00
Best experience with Alpaca Expeditions
We did the 4D / 3N Ausangate Trek with Alpaca Expeditions and HIGHLY recommend it!! The trip was above and beyond m
Barbara C
Barbara C
00
Awesome Inca Trail trek and tour of Machu Picchu
I went on this trek with my daughter. I am 72 years old, in reasonable shape but certainly not an athlete, and I w
rebeccabarnett37
rebeccabarnett37
00
Amazing!
We loved our tour guides Juan Carlos and Ruben, and our chef Moses! 4 day trek was worthwhile and a wonderful exper
Frequently Asked Questions about Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service)

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) price starts from $1,080.91. Discover and book Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) on Tripadvisor

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) on Tripadvisor

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) is hosted by Alpaca Expeditions. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Alpaca Expeditions on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service) on Tripadvisor