Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
View of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (Sun gate)

Today the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - which, as part of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, has been designated a World Heritage natural and cultural site is the most important and most popular hiking trail in South America, followed by many thousands of ecotourists and modern-day pilgrims in the past 3 decades. Its extreme popularity in recent years -- more than 75,000 people a year hike the famous trail -- has led to concerns among environmentalists and historians that the trail is suffering potentially irreparable degradation.

The National Institute of Culture (INC) and the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Integration, and International Trade (MITINCI), reacting to pressure from groups such as UNESCO (which threatened to rescind Machu Picchu's World Heritage Site status), instituted far-reaching changes in practices designed to limit the number of visitors and damage to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, though these alone may not be enough to forestall the trail's damage.

Dead Woman - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Dead Woman's Pass - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Preparing with us your Inca Trail Experience

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days route is along hand-hewn stone stairs and trails through sumptuous mountain scenery and amazing cloud forest, past rushing rivers and dozens of Inca ruins. The zone is inhabited by rare orchids, 419 species of birds, and even the indigenous spectacled bear. The trek begins at Qorihuayrachina near Ollantaytambo- more easily described as Km 88 of the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. The 43 km (26-mile) route passes three formidable mountain passes, including the punishing "Dead Woman's Pass", to a maximum altitude of 4,200m (13,800 ft.). Most groups enter the ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise on the fourth day, although others, whose members are less keen on rising at 3:30am to do it, trickle in throughout the morning.


Hiking the Classic Inca Trail is one of a lifetime experiences, hiking the passage that the Incas walked. People come from all over the world, not only to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu but to hike the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most famous trek in South America. Enjoy the wondrous, changing landscapes and scenery like mountains, cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. Be in awe and thrilled every step of the way visiting archeological sites and much more on route to the acclaimed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to finally bask in its beauty and magic.

Day 1 : Cusco - Piscacucho (Km. 82) - Huayllabamba

Km 82 - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 1 : Cusco - Piscacucho (Km. 82) - Huayllabamba

6:mm am, early morning departure from Cusco to Piscacucho (2,663mt./8,735ft.) by bus. The trail meanders easily alongside the river with views of snow-capped peaks before reaching the ruins of Llaqtapata. There are views of the Urubamba mountain range and its most spectacular peak, Veronica (5,832mt./19,128ft). Campsite is at Huayllabamba (2,928mt./9,606ft).

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2 : Huayllabamba - Warmihuañusca - Pacaymayo

Lunch in the Tent - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 2 : Huayllabamba - Warmihuañusca - Pacaymayo

Today will be the most strenuous part of the trek going up to Llulluchapampa where the hike becomes truly spectacular with scenery that more than compensates for the effort. Vegetation thins and the day warms on the approach to the highest point of the trail - Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,236mt./13,894ft). Camp on the Pacaymayo Valley (3,526mt./11,566ft).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3 : Pacaymayo - Runkuracay - Wiñaywayna

Wiñay Huayna - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 3 : Pacaymayo - Runkuracay - Wiñaywayna

The group climbs an Inca stairway to Runkurakay and begins the final push to the Runkurakay pass (3,962mt / 12,996ft.). After visiting the impressive ruins of Sayacmarca (3,657mt. / 11,998ft.), continue on to the Phuyupatamarca Ruins (3521mt. / 11,552ft). The trail becomes increasingly more dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite at Wiñaywayna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Wiñayhuayna - Inti Punku - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 4 : Wiñayhuayna - Inti - Punku - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Morning arrival to the spectacular Machu Picchu. After a professional guided tour, catch a bus to Aguas Calientes where the group boards a train for Cusco; a journey winding through the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. Transport to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please let us know so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. Inka Trail Expeditions Perú can provide a guide and hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Inca City.

End of our Services


  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco - Km 82Piscacucho”. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English / Spanish.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Inka trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “thermal rest”
  • 01 Bus ticket Machupicchu Inca City to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train tickets in Expedition Service (Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco)


  • 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
  • Extra Porters for carry personal staff (Optional US$ 130.00 per 4 days total 15 kilograms)
  • Other not mentioned


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4 Days / 3 Nights

Departures Dates

Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).


1950 - 4236m. / 6398 - 13894 f.

Visited Places

Cusco, Piscacucho (Km 82), Patallacta, Wayllabamba, Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass), Pacaymayuc, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Wiñayhuayna, Inti Punki (Sun Gate), Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Cusco.

Inca Trail Availability

- Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose.

Group Size

Small groups 10 – 16 people maximun. Average 12 people.

The world opens up a little more for a small group, We have the freedom to move around

Preparation prior the Hiking Trips

due to the altitude of the highest point in Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,236mt / 13,894ft) we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

Classic Inca Trail Dificulty LEVEL: BY DAY

DAY 1: easy
DAY 2: challenge
DAY 3: moderate
DAY 4: easy

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Traveler reviews

Written: Jul 5th 2024
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InkaTrial was such a great experiance! Our guid Percy was always trying his best to make us happy. He pationatly answered all of our questions and gave us many fun facts or others stories. Percy was talking about it with so much pasion and in such an interesting way. Beyond that there was a crue of...

Great Inca Trail Adventure with Henrry
Written: Jul 5th 2024
5 star rating 5/5 stars

Great trip with Henrry through the Inca Trail! Service was extremely professional and punctual. Henrry was very knowledgeable, took great pictures, and kept us on pace (while giving us sufficient time to enjoy the views). Would recommend to friends!...

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Written: Jul 5th 2024
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Inka Trial with Percy was an incredible experience. Not easy to expres it in words. The passion with what he was showing us the trail, explaining it's history, lead us thrugh dificult moments during hiking... no words... just have to be there with him. He became a truly family friend. We've seen...

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