This version of the classic Inca Trail is perfect for trekkers who want to hike the Trail at a slightly more laidback pace. The distance normally hiked on the Trail´s second—and most difficult—day is instead done over Days 2 and 3. Why take it slow? This allows you to sleep later in the mornings, spend more time exploring the Inca archeological sites, and really experience the best of the Trail without rushing–you get to see and appreciate every detail on a whole new level! Once you get to the end of the Trail, you will spend the night relaxing in Aguas Calientes before exploring Machu Picchu the next day.
Please note that there will be trekkers of many different abilities in your Inca Trail group. Our guides are very experienced and will work to accommodate the needs of all of our trekkers in a safe and friendly manner. However, if you and your friends or family all have the same fitness level and you would prefer to hike in a private group, contact us today about booking a private service for your Inca Trail adventure!
Day 1 – Flat Inca Terrain!
Today we pick you up from your hotel at 7 a.m. (click here see the Time in Peru) and travel by bus to the start of the trail, a place called Piskacucho, also known as kilometer 82. Upon arrival at kilometre 82, it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports, and your student card if you paying a student rate. To start the Inca Trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. This first day will be relatively easy (Inca flat!) with little change in terrain. We will go to the Inca Fortress of “Huillca Raccay” from where we will have great views of the area where we are going to camp. Then we will walk down to the vast Inca site – ‘Llactapata’ (sometimes called ‘Patallacta’) where we will spend the night at (2620m/8595ft).
Day 2 – Off the Beaten Path!
Today we will wake up at 7 a.m. and after breakfast we will start walking towards the village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9842ft). Here we will take a trail off the “beaten path” in order to see a beautiful and less-visited sight on the trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. After viewing this sight, we will walk back down to Wayllabamba village for lunch. Finally, we will take a 3-4 hour walk (800m/2624ft) uphill to reach our second campsite, Llullupampa, at an elevation of (3800m/12467ft). This campsite is approximately a 2 hour walk from Abra de Huarmihuañusca/”Dead Woman’s Pass”.
Day 3 – Over 2 passes we go.
This day will be our longest day as we will walk 16 kilometres and traverse the 2 highest passes on the trail. After breakfast, we will continue our uphill climb from the previous day to reach Abra de Huarmihuañusca/”Dead Woman’s Pass”. Located at (4200m/13779ft), this is the highest point of the trail. After this pass, we will walk down to a valley where we will have lunch. This is followed by an ascent to the circular Incan fortress of Runkurakay, before we continue to the second pass which shares it’s name with the fortress below it. This pass is located at an elevation of (4000m/13123ft). We will then begin our walk down to the campsite, visiting the lovely Inca site of Sayacmarca, meaning “High Rising Town”, on the way. Our campsite is located on the third pass, Phuyupatamarka, at an elevation of (3680m/12073ft). It is about an hour and a half walk from Sayacmarca.
Day 4 – Wiñay Wayna!! Wiñay Wayna!!
Today will be the most extraordinary day of the trek. We will visit many Inca sites along the way; “Phuyupatamarka”, “Intipata”, or “Sun Site”, and the most beautiful site on the trail, “Wiñay Wayna”, meaning “Forever Young”. We will leave Wiñay Wayna at 2:00 p.m. in order to get to “Inti Punku”, the Sun Gate, located at (2730m/8792ft). At the Sun Gate, you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, at an elevation of (2400m/7873ft), and will witness the sun set over the mysterious city. We will continue walking down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of this ancient city. After this small break, we will descend to the main entrance, where we can catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night.
Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will have some time to relax at the hotel. We will take you to the hot springs and after a refreshing dip in the water, we will take you to get a massage.
On the 5th day, Machu Picchu!
We have two options for you to arrive at Machu Picchu. 1) You can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by taking the famous stairs, or 2) You can take a bus up to Machu Picchu. By waking up early, you will be able to witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient city.
Price: US $785 per person. Including a Personal Porter to carry (7kg/15lbs) per person
Group Size: 2-8 people
100% Operated by Inti Sun Trek, we never put you with other tour operators.
Please notice: Pick up and drop off from your accomodation is included in all our tours.
Don´t need a Personal Porter? – US $30 discount.
Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – US$20 discount.
We also offer a discount of US$20 to children under the age of 16 years old.
Please notice: Our Inca Trail service begins and ends at your hotel in Cusco. Pick up and drop off from you hotel is included.
Storage during your Inca Trail Trek : Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you.
Train for the end of your Inca Trail Trek:
The most common departure times that we book for our tourists is 2:30 p.m. or the 2:55 p.m. train. On the final day of the Inca Trail Trek, we will wake up very early, in order to hike or take the bus to Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise. We understand that you will be very tired after a long trek, and this departure time will allow to eat an early lunch, while still having plenty of time to explore the ancient Incan city and to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. After a refreshing lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy the train journey back to Cusco.
The 2:30 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 4:05 p.m., and the 2:55 train will arrive a bit later at 4:30 p.m. You will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there is no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco is approximately 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.
You may also choose to update your train ticket to the Vistadome train, for an extra cost of (US $60).
Important: We guarantee these departure times, as per the itinerary, only if you book your tours in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer you a train that departs at a later time. Note: We will still pick you up at Ollantaytambo train station and bring you back to your hotel in Cusco regardless of your departure time.
Included / Not Included
What is included in the price?
7 kg /15 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our Porters (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
Professional guide who is fluent in English
Private bus to the start of the trail
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees
Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Meals cooked by an experienced chef:breakfasts,lunches, dinners, and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
Vegetarian/special diet options available To check our meal on the trek click: www.intisuntrek.com/what-about-food-and-water.html
Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day. You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
Dining and kitchen tents
Porter’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle
Hostal in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
Dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 4th day
Three bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we will stop in the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the start of the trek where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
Sleeping bags can be rented from our office for US $20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).Tips for the guide, cook and porters to have an idea click : www.intisuntrek.com/tipsforthehardworkingstaff.html
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Hat and gloves
2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Camera and batteries
Flahlight or headlamp
Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.(We recommend at least 200-350 extra soles).(US $120)
Optional items to bring:
Basic First Aid Kit
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
This trek consists of 4 days hiking on the Inca Trail and spending your 4th night in a hotel/Hostal in Aguas Calientes. This option will allow you to see Machu Picchu twice! The first time as we hike into Machu Picchu as the sun is setting, and the following day you will be able to explore Machu Picchu and Climb HuaynaPicchu mountain. This tour is a great option for people who would enjoy the hotel option on the final day.
Some of the campsites that you will stay in during this hike are at higher altitudes, however, the views of mountains and sunrises are amazing. (Please note that due to the higher altitudes, these campsites are a little colder than those we will stay in during our regular 4 day Inca Trail).
What will the personal porter carry? Where will my belongings be stored?
This Inca Trail Trek includes the services of a porter for no extra cost. You can give him a maximum of (7kg/15lbs) of your belongings to carry. Your sleeping bag will weigh approximately 2kg and your air mattress approximately 1kg. This makes a combined weight of 3kg, leaving (4kg/9lbs) of personal items (clothing, toiletries, etc) to add to the porter-carried bag.
However, you will still need to bring a day pack with your essentials such as water, sunscreen, hat, camera, ect. Our porters will take your belongings directly to your accomdations in Aguas Calientes before you arrive there.
When will I recive my duffel bag to put my belongings in?
We will give you one of our specially designed duffel bags at the briefing for the Trek the night before we depart. We use these bags to insure that they fit securely and comfortably on the porters bags
What time does the Trek Begin?
We will pick you up from you hotel/hostel in Cusco at 7:00 a.m.
How many hours per day will we walk on the trek?
We will walk for approximately 6 hour per day at a reasonable pace. This time will depend on the pace of the group.
Can I explore Machu Picchu on the fourth day of the trek?
This trek gives you the option to explore Machu Picchu twice! On the fourth day of the trek, we will arrive at the Sun Gate early in the afternoon. You may then choose to explore Machu Picchu before witnessing the sunset and heading down to Aguas Calientes for dinner and a night in a hostel. We will then wake up early on the final day of the trek to head back to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the city. After the walking tour, you will have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
What type of hostal does Inti Sun Trek use for Inca Trail Trek?
At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through the Continental, El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostals which offer private, double rooms. These hostals offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast.
NOTE: We guarantee these hostals will be reserved, as per the itinerary, if you book your trek 2 months in advance, otherwise we may be forced to offer substitutes.
Can I upgrade the hostal to a hotel in Aguas Calientes?
Every traveller has their own expectations for accommodation and that is why we offer you the option to book your own hostel independently.
The two hostels that Inti Sun Trek books are considered basic and so if you wish to upgrade to a hotel you need to:
1) Do this yourself or,
2) Ask Inti Sun Trek to do it for you.
If you wish to book a hostel independently, a $20 discount is given per person off the tour price and you can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.
What time will we climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?
We will book you a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain at 10:00 a.m. after the walking tour of Machu Picchu on the final day of the trek. You will also have the option to climb Huayna Picchu earlier at 7:00 a.m. However, we do not recommend this time because it is often misty early in the morning. Please let us know your time preference when you book the trek.