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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and popular treks in the South America. Getting to Machu Picchu is the highlight of many travelers experience. Discover one of Peru's most pristine landscapes and experience an Andean journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, with one of our Inca Trail tours. Hiking the 4 days to Inca TrailHike through high passes, highland meadows and tropical cloud forests to enter this Inca Sanctuary through the famous Sun's Gate ("Intipunku" in Quechua language). Be one of the many adventurers from around the world to successfully hike this moderate to difficult trip.

Enjoy the many archeological ruins along the way and journey alongside Mother Nature ("Pachamama" in Quechua language) revealing to you  her surrounding snow-peaked mountains, the amazing diversity of flora and fauna. This 4 days journey is considered the travel Inca Trail. Join the group and tie up your shoes!!

Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but Hiking Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most in famous trek of them all.

Before you go


Quick Itinerary

Day 1: The start of the Inca Trail - Cusco to Llulluchapampa

Day 2: Llulluchampa to Chaquicocha

Day 3: Chaquicocha to Wiñay wayna

Day 4: Finish the Inca trail - Wiñay wayna to Machu Picchu


Included Highlights in Classic Inca Trail:

  • 4 Day hike to Inca Trail small group with professional guide, chef and porters
  • Discover the famous Inca Path of the Inkas
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu

Crew: A Travel Tour Group representative in Cusco and Local guide

Accomodation: Camping 03 nights.

Meals: 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 03 Afternoon Tea, 03 Breakfasts.

Transportation: Private transportation, van, train


Inca Trail Small Group

We have a Inca Trail Small group, the minimun is 2 people and maximun 8 people + 1 guide, 1 cook and 4 - 15 porters.


Why to do the Classic Inca Trail with Travel Tour Group tour Operator

Travel Tour Group is an experienced, professional, and dynamic adventure travel tour operator founded in 2006. We have been specializing in providing trips for more than 9 years and our reliable, friendly and personalised service is the reason our travellers come back year after year. We count on a number of personnel who are highly prepared and always available to offer you a personal service in Inca Trail.

Day 1: Llulluchapampa (L, D, A)

We pick you up from your hotel and transfer you by bus to the trailhead at km 82. Briefing at the trailhead (2350 m.), cross and hike along the Urubamba River visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca Ruins of Llactapata. Continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, particularly, VERONICA Mountain (5850 m), lunch in Chamana, continue along the the inca trail and the Cusichaka river observing, several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point we will start the ascent in different levels, where we will appreciate different Eco-systems along the way, in LLULLUCHAPAMPA we will set up our camp site (3700 m.), in afternoon Tea and Dinner.

Day 2: Chaquicocha (B, L, D, A)

Wake up, We start up the trail toward the first pass WARMIWANUSCA (4200m) passing though the cloud forest of Yunkachimpa and the Corralpunku with an excellent view of snowcapped peaks. From the pass we descend to the Pacamayo valley (3300m). Lunch in PACASMAYO, continueto Hike through the PacasmayoValley to the Inka ruins of RUNKURACAY. We climb up and cross the second pass (3860m) and follow the Royal Inkas Highway down to the Inka Ruins of SAYACMARCA passing Lake YANACOCHA., Camp in CHAQUICOCHA

Day 3: Wi˝aywayna (B, L, D, A)

We start up the trail, and pass through beautiful sup- tropical vegetation en route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA. Lunch at PHUYUPATAMARCA (3600 m.), Begin the steep descent through the cloud forest with opportunities to see beautiful orchids and different varieties of birds on the way to our camp site at WIÑAYWAYNA (2700 m.), guided tour of Wiñaywayna archeological site, camping in Wiñaywayna (2700 m.).

Day 4: Machu Picchu (B)

Begin hike overlooking the Urubamba River to the sun Gate or INTIPUNKU to see the sunrise on Machu Picchu. We enter the site early in the morning for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the Ruins, free time in Machu Picchu. Meeting for those interested in visiting Aguas Calientes for lunch or to visit the hot springs otherwise, in the afternoon return to Cusco by tourist train from Aguas Calientes (actual town of Machu Picchu) to Cusco


  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: Camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Sleeping roll mattress
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A T-shirt of the Inca Trail Map;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

No Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($65);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

How to book the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail permit availability

Since only 500 trek permits are issued per day for the Inca Trail tours (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to make a trek reservation as far ahead as possible. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead is enough to guarantee you a space since this depends on demand.

  • December, January, March: 3-5 weeks in advance
  • April, October, November: 6-8 weeks in advance
  • May, September: 2-3 months in advance
  • June, July, and August: 3-4 months in advance


Inca Trail Reservations

Travel Tour Group by Tierras Vivas is at Tour Operator the Inca Trail will guarantee the spaces booked provided:

The booking has been first confirmed by our department booking by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested information at the moment of the booking. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for.


Personal details for complete your booking

The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:

  • Complete names and surnames
  • Nationality
  • assport number
  • Date of birth and gender

Return by train to Cusco

The Vistadome Train Indulge yourself in a cultured and sensory travel experience. This is ideal for those who want to feel immersed in the surroundings and fully appreciate the great excursion to Machu Picchu. Completely encircled by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows, which offer exceptional picturesque views, and plenty of photo taking opportunities, Vistadome commuters feel close to the dramatic landscapes of Peru.


The Vistadome provides air-conditioning and heating, leather seating which adjusts to the body, for your ease and pleasure. This service allows the passenger to fully experience the Andean culture through its scenery, music, dance, and food made with local ingredients.


The Expedition Train is a travel experience with all the quality and advantages at a lower price. This service is designed for the commuters ease, with four passenger seats situated in front of each other, so you can share your experience. There are racks above the seats for your personal equipment. The train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, along with Andean music that creates a buoyant feeling.


Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail!

The best time to do the Inca trail is between May and September when the weather is adequately dry and mainly sunny, though June, July and August (the high season) are very cold. No matter what time of year the nights get very cold so bring a good quality warm sleeping bag (we provide one at Travel Tour Group) and layer your clothes.


Over 250 species of orchids have been recorded in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, as well as many rare birds, animals, reptiles, along with various species that are on the edge of extinction.

Inca Trail Packing List

Comfortable/ warm /lightweight/sturdy footwear. Remember you will be walking for four days, so trail shoes or cross training shoes are ideal, or hiking shoes in the rainy season. Also it can get very chilly on the trail so it’s best not to wear flip flops if you don’t want cold toes! Good idea to break them in before the start of the trail!


  • First aid kit. This could come in handy, and also make you popular with the rest of your group!
  • A torch. Extremely useful. Don’t forget new batteries.
  • Windbreaker /rain jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Sunblock/hat/sunglasses
  • Waterproof clothing, such as a plastic poncho. To keep you warm and cosy, you will find them at a great price locally.
  • Passport. A must on the Inca trail.
  • Silk sleeping bag liner. Will provide you with extra warmth.
  • Small lightweight umbrella.
  • Plastic bags. Wrap your belongings in plastic bags to keep them dry.
  • Toilet paper. Also smaller bags for rubbish, which you can then throw in the main rubbish.
  • Warm night clothes. Fleece, long pants, wooly hat, gloves.
  • Thermal underwear
  • High calorie snacks. Just in case.
  • Swimwear. For Aguas Calientes
  • Flip flops/thongs/sandals. Will come in useful when showering.
  • Water purification tablets
  • A little money (in local currency) to buy water and snacks
  • Altitude can be a problem on the Inca trail. Locals swear by chewing on coca leaves, or you can use western medicine such as Diamox.
  • Pace yourself. It is not a race and you will feel better and enjoy the trail more if you take it slow. Prepare your body for the hike beforehand, cardiovascular work is a great preparation.

Inca Trail Alternative Treks

There are three principle hiking routes that have been developed by Cusco based tour operators in reaction to the over demand for the Inca Trail. The first one is Choquequirao, and like the Inca trail this hike ends at the amazing prehistoric site. Hikes around the sacred glacial summit of Salcantay are also well developed and connect to the Inca Trail itself. Less hiked though just as beautiful is Ausangate (Rainbow Mountain Peru), another sacred glacial topped mountain. On a clear day this peak can be seen from Cusco, domineering the Southern skyline. Another favorite hike is the Lares Trek to Macu PicchuSalkantay Trek, Inka Jungle Trek and other alternative treks

Altitude sickness

To successfully complete the Inca trail, a moderate level of physical condition is needed regardless of age. It is vital that you have adjusted to the altitude before attempting the Inca trail. The maximum height along sea level on the way is at 4200m; we strongly advise you to spend 2 days in Cusco beforehand; it would be an ideal time to check out the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the next day tour to Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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