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Inca Trail Classic
4 days/3 nights, all camping

Fixed Departures - Every Wednesday
Private Departures - Any day you choose

This is the classic four-day trek along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. On the last morning we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train.




Inca Trail Classic     2017
4 days / 3 nights
     All 3 nights camping.
Program available all the year except February.
 View Itinerary
FIXED DEPARTURES
Depart       Return
Monday        Thursday
Wednesday        Saturday
Price per person in double tent.
                    Minimum 2 people
                    Price Per Person
Single               
Supplement               
              $ 1070 $ 70          
For bookings of 4 or more people, consider an
affordable PRIVATE DEPARTURE hike. See below.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations in two-man tents during the trek.
- All meals.
- Porters for camp gear and your personal gear.
- English-speaking expert guides.

See full Chart of what we include
for our different Inca Trail Hikes.

Price Excludes:
- Inca Trail permit fee. $120 (Subject to change.)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo Station or Poroy Station (Cuzco) not included.
- Return car transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Cuzco not included.

NOTE: Maximum luggage weight per person is 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) - including the sleeping bag.


Inca Trail Classic     2017
4 days / 3 nights
     All 3 nights camping.
Program available all the year except February.
 View Itinerary
PRIVATE DEPARTURES
Depart       Return
Any day        Any day
Price per person in double tent.
2 3 4 - 6 7 - 9 10 + Sing
Supp
$ 1361 $ 1090 $ 967 $ 722 $ 678 $ 70

Price Includes:
- Accommodations in two-man tents during the trek.
- All meals.
- Porters for camp gear and your personal gear.
- English-speaking expert guides.

See full Chart of what we include
for our different Inca Trail Hikes.

Price Excludes:
- Inca Trail permit fee. $120 (Subject to change.)
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo Station or Poroy Station (Cuzco) not included.
- Return car transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Cuzco not included.

NOTE: Maximum luggage weight per person is 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) - including the sleeping bag.

 

Classic Inca Trail Itinerary

DAY 1: Piskakucho (Km. 82) – Huayllabamba
We pick you up from your Cuzco hotel for a spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas taking us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo
We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We follow the trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna
We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).

Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spill down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway, partly cut into granite, leads us to our final camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the sites along the Inca Trail. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu - Cusco
An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry - a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Cuzco - Poroy Station with private car to your Cusco hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Note: Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicated.