Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

Peru

The Sacred Inca Trail. This amazing path constructed by the Incas is the only one that connects directly to Machu Picchu. Discover amazing archaeological sites and witness breathtaking views of our snowy peaks and the beautiful Sacred Valley. A 4-day experience finishing with an amazing tour of Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Llactapata- Ayapata

Alpaca Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel either in Cusco from there we will drive towards our Porter's House which is located in Ollantaytambo after a delicious breakfast your guide will introduce you to the whole team.

The first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek is located at Km 82. Our first site will be Patallacta. From here it's another 2-hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch, we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night's campsite at Ayapata where we are going to spend the night.

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Today we'll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman's Pass. On reaching the pass, we'll descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley - Hidden River). It's another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot. After lunch, we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It's 2 hours over the pass where we will stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) After the second pass, it's another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).

Afterward, we will stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters).

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Waking up at 6:30 am to hike for 2 hours along what we like to call "Inca flat" (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the Cloud Forest. Towards the end of the Inca flats, we begin to make our way up to Phuyupatamarka. From here it´s a 3-hour walk down to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) to have lunch.

This campsite will be the resting place as well to start the Machu Picchu day the next morning.

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Wake up time is at 3:30 AM. We'll eat breakfast at 4:00 AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30 AM. We'll "Forward On" to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Then it's just an hour trek down to reach the Lost City of the Incas to begin our 2 hours private guided tour.

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FAQs

Included:

Professional guides, porters and cooks.  

Entrance fees and permits.  

All accommodation (camping).  

Train tickets 

Drinkable water at every campsite.  

Foam matts and pillows for camping. Day pack rain cover, plastic poncho.  

Food on the trek 

Portable toilet 

Satellite phone

7 Kgs duffel bag for your belongings 

Free storage system

Non included:

Flights  

Food in Cusco 

Personal insurance 

Tips for porters, guides and cooks 

Huayna Picchu ticket (extra fee cost $75 each, it needs to book in advance)  

No, any vaccine is needed for this experience.

The trek can be done by anyone until 70 years old more or less (based on the fitness level). Children can also do the trek with the consent and care of their parents or guardians.

When booking with time in advance and when availability is open we guarantee your Inca Trail permit but if the booking is made when the spaces are about to sold out we will do our best to get your date or to find a date that suits your plans.

Yes. the booking process needs the traveller information such as passport number, full name, age and nationality.

The night before the trek you will have a briefing in our office at 6,30pm, your guide will meet with you and overview the hike with more details, he will give you a duffle bag in which you can put all of your things for the hike and we will take that for you on the hike. You will also need a small day bag, which you will carry yourself. Expect to carry about 5kg of weight in this bag e.g. water, suncream, waterproofs, phone, passport etc.  

There will be a portable toilet at each campsite you stay at. They are regularly maintained by the staff.  

The average group size is 10 people, with a maximum of 14.  

Yes - there will be a group of trained chefs joining you. Just let us know your requirements before you arrive. They will make mind-blowingly amazing meals for you three times a day, All food restrictions are honored and there is always plenty (some say “too much”!) for everyone.  

The trek requires a good level of fitness - you will be hiking for around six - seven hours each day. We recommend that you train by doing any sports or exercise (e.g. jogging) twice a week in the run-up to your trip.  

The currency used in Peru is Nuevo Sol (PEN) You will need to ensure that you withdraw enough PEN for your trip to the airport or in Cusco.  

It is customary in Peru to tip guides and porters. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. A good rule of thumb is between $60 - $100 at the end of your trip. You can give this to the lead guide.  

We will send some professionally trained chefs on the trek with you. They will prepare fresh food each day. Most dietary requirements are catered for e.g. vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, food allergies etc.

Our guides will provide you with clean water throughout the whole trek. This water is collected from each campsite, boiled and filtered. When traveling in countries such as Peru, it's important to maintain vigilance with hygiene and food safety. Bring plenty of hand sanitizer.  

You will arrive at the gates just before sunrise, then enjoy a guided tour which lasts around 2 hours. After this, you will have some free time inside the grounds before heading back to your accommodation in Cusco. 

Our service from door to door, we will pick you up and drop off you in your hotel  

Cusco is at 3400m / 11,150ft, so you will feel some of the effects of altitude straight away. If you can arrive a few days earlier, then this will give your body more time to adapt. You will need to book any extra nights accommodation.  

It is worth checking on your government's website. British citizens can check here.  

Porters will carry up to 7.5 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt. You can rent a sleeping mat, pillow, poncho for free when you arrive in Peru. Just ask one of your guides! You will be provided with a duffel bag, for all your things upon arrival.

Documents

• Passport

• Travel insurance details

• Boarding passes for flights

• Driver’s license (if needed)

• Cash

• Credit/Debit Card

Sleeping

• Sleeping bag

• Sleeping bag liner (optional)

Footwear

• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight

• City footwear: Sandals

• Shoes for the plane (Optional)

Clothing

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

• 2 base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)

• Fleece/soft-shell jacket

• Waterproof jacket

• Down jacket for warmth (Optional)

• Travel clothes and City Wear

• Underwear

• Base-layer trousers (optional)

• Waterproof trousers

• Trekking trousers

• Trekking shorts (Optional)

• 2 thick wool hiking socks

• Lightweight and breathable hiking socks

• Gloves and wool hat

• Swimwear

Other

• A daysack: 35 litres

• Dry Liner or Dry Bag

• Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.

• Sunglasses

• Suncream

• Personal medication – Inhaler, Blister pads etc

• General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)

• Towel

• Electronics - travel adaptor, phone & charger

• Headtorch (Essential)

• Lipsil

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• MP3/Music and headphones

• Travel wash

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes  

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