During this Inka Trail trek you will learn about the fascinating 15th century Inca Civilization while trekking through breathtaking landscapes and numerous micro-climates – High Andes to sub-tropical Cloud Forest. You will arrive at the Sun Gate in magical Machu Picchu, then visit this most famous archaeological site. Only 500 people per day are allowed to start this trek (including guides and porters), so we recommend that you make your reservation at least 7 months in advance. If the Inca Trail is already booked for your chosen dates, we offer alternative treks – check them out!
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (we recommend good physical preparation).
Distance: 43 km / 26 miles.
Type of Tour: Adventure – Archaeological – Historical – Cultural.
Hotel pick-up and transfer to Km 82 – Wallllabamba – Yuncachimpa
At 5:30am We will pick you up from your hotel for our 90-minute bus ride to Ollantaytambo, where we will have breakfast. We will continue towards KM 82, which is the entry point for the Inca Trail. You must present your original passport and student card (if applicable) to enter. Now the adventure begins!
During today’s trek you will marvel at the spectacular landscapes of the Andes. We will cross through Miskay, where we will stop for lunch on the bank of a little river that has a view of the archaeological site of Llactapata. Then, we will cross the Cusichaca Valley towards Wayllabamba (3100m/10,170ft) until we reach Yuncachimpa (3300m/10,826ft), where we will camp for the night.
Summary for Day 1 – Inca Trail
Distance: 11 km/ 07 Miles.
Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.
Meals included: Lunch and dinner.
Yuncachimpa – Llullucha Pampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Chaquicocha
We will start the day with a good breakfast – today is the most rigorous day The trek begins through the Llulluchapampa valley. After approximately 3 hours of trekking, we will begin the ascent to the highest point of the Inca Trail “Warmihuañusca” (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4200m/13,776ft. From there you can see a magnificent, panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and snowy peaks nearby. Then we will descend to the Pacaymayo Valley to continue along to the Runkurakay Pass until we reach Chaquicocha. (3650m/11,975ft) where our camp will be located. There you can have a well-earned rest and dinner.
Summary for Day 2 – Inca Trail
Distance: 15 km / 09 miles.
Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna.
Our tour today will be much more gentle as we descend into the subtropical jungle, leaving the Andes behind. You will see a greater variety of flora (orchids) and fauna (birds) We will also visit the archaeological sites of Runcuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarka (Town Above the Clouds) (3600m/11,811ft) to continue to Wiñayhuayna (Forever Young) (2650m/8694ft), where our last camp site will be located.
Summary for Day 3 – Inca Trail
Distance: 10 km / 6.5 miles.
Walking Time: 5 – 6 hours.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Return train to Cusco
Today is the last day of our adventure on the Inca Trail – with an early start of 4:30am. We will start our route towards Intipunku (The Sun Gate) to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu (weather permitting – sometimes it is cloudy). Finally, you will arrive at Machu Picchu to view the Citadel and you will tour Machu Picchu with your guide. Additionally, if you booked a permit to climb to the mountain of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain when you made your resevation with us, you can climb these magnificent and very steep peaks for phenomenal views of the entire site. (These permits are limited and have an additional fee.) Then you can descend to the town for Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), perhaps visit the hot springs, relax, or have some lunch.
The return trip to Cusco is about 4 hours.
Summary for Day 4 – Inca Trail
Very exciting day! You hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Area: Subtropical, High Cloud Forest.
Climate: Variable – cool mornings, hot afternoons, chance of rain, humid.
The tour includes breakfast only.
Transportation by bus to KM82 to start your trek.
Bilingual, licensed guide (English & Spanish) and a guide’s assistant.
Entry tickets into The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
All meals on Days 2 & 3, lunch & dinner on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 4.
Services of porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment.
First aid kit.
Radio communication equipment.
Return tickets from Machu Picchu to Cusco – trains leave Aguas Calientes between 4:30pm and 7:00pm depending on availability and whether or not you have chosen to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
The services of an extra porter (optional for US$110 – to carry your personal items).
Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for US$25).
Optional permit to climb Huayna Picchu (US$68.00).
Optional permit to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (US$68.00).
Breakfast on Day 1, lunch & dinner on Day 4.
Insurance or related expenses.
What to Bring?
- Your original passport, you must present it when entering the Inca Trail. You will not be admitted unless you have it with you.
- Warm clothes (hats, gloves, scarf, waterproof jacket), water poncho, 4 T-Shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve).
- 3 changes of clothes.
- Moisturizing lotion.
- Canteen for water.
- Sleeping bag for –10 ̊C/15 ̊F.
- Camera and batteries.
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
- Toilet paper.
- Hiking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals for at the campsite.
- Waterproof cover for your backpack.
- Local currency for personal expenditures.
- Only 500 people per day are allowed to start this trek (including guides and porters), so we recommend that you make your reservation at least 7 months in advance. If the Inca Trail is already booked for your chosen dates, we offer alternative treks – check them out!
- It is imperative that for entry into The Inca Trail that you have your original passport with you.
- If you have received a Student Discount, you must also have your original Student Card.
- If you have renewed or changed your passport (or name) after your original reservation with us, it is imperative that you send us your new passport number/name and bring a copy of your old passport (or even better, the original) as well as the original new passport to be sure they will admit you onto The Inca Trail.
- You are responsable for carrying your own personal belongings, including your sleeping bag and mat. (If you prefer, it is optional that you may hire a porter to carry these ítems for US$110)
- To obtain a student discount, your student card must be current with your photo, issue date, expiration date, and have a security bar/magnetic strip. Please send us a photo of the card and have this card with you when you enter the Inca Trail.
- If you want to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, we’ll need plenty of notice as this is extremely popular and permits are very limited. You should request the reservation at the same time as your reservation of the Inca Trail.
To climb Huayna Picchu Mountain
You must request this permit at the same time as your reservation for the Inca Trail. Huayna Picchu is the mountain within the Citadel of Machu Picchu – the one in all the classic photos. It is quite popular and it is also extraordinary to be able to climb it, requiring moderate physical effort, though it is very steep. From the top you will have an incredible view. It takes about 2 hours roundtrip. Permits are limited and sell out quickly.
- Additional cost:
- $ 68.00 USD Adult
- $ 43.00 USD Student
To climb Machu Picchu Mountain
From the top you have an extraordinary view of the surrounding area. This climb is quite challenging and takes 4 hours roundtrip. Permits are limited.
- Additional cost:
- $ 68.00 USD Adult
- $ 43.00 USD Student
Inca Trail Entry Requirements:
- To enter the Inca Trail, you must obtain a permit from the Ministry of Culture of Peru. This is acquired through a travel agency that has authorization. Eco Tour Cusco EIRL, is an authorized agency for the operation of the Inca Trail.
- The number of people who can enter the Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day (including guides and porters). To ensure your entry it is necessary that you make your reservation in advance. (up to 1 year in advance).
- To obtain the student discount, your student card must be current and have: your photo, date of issuance and expiration date, and have a security bar/magnetic strip.
- It is forbidden to uproot plants, build fires, or to bring alcohol or other drugs on the trek.
Realice su reserva.
Check availability for the date you wish to go to the Inca Trail in this link from the Peruvian government office or check with our team by clicking here.
Once the availability for your departure date has been confirmed, make your reservation by making a deposit of US$200 per person by clicking on the “Book Now!” button.
After making your deposit, please be sure to fill in our reservation form.
On our webpage, you can make your deposit with Visa, Mastercard or American Express or Diners Club card. You may want to notify your bank before initiating the deposit, as out-of-country expenditures sometimes trigger a block on your card, requiring a call to confirm that you initiated the transaction.
You can also send your deposit via PayPal.
The balance will need to be paid 31 days prior to the start of your trek. We will send you a reminder by email that the payment is due.
Your reservation will be guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit and your personal information. Please be sure that all information is 100% accurate.
We will respond within 24 hours to confirm your reservation and trek date and your
IF THE INCA TRAIL IS ALREADY FULL FOR YOUR TRAVEL DATES:
We always have alternative treks available, which are equally interesting and gorgoeus. Ask us about
- The 5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek.
- The 4-Day Lares Valley Trek.
- The 2-Day Inca Trail Trek (1 day of hiking, no camping, overnight in hotel).
- The 2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour (no camping, overnight in hotel).
These alternatives do not require a permit as the Inca Trail does (except for the 2-Day Inka Trail, which is usually available), so availability dates are open.