Classic Inca Trail 4-day journey to Machu Picchu

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our Classic Inca Trail 4-day journey to Machu Picchu! Traverse high mountain passes, explore dense cloud forests, and uncover ancient Inca remains. Experience the grand finale of entering Machu Picchu through the majestic Intipunku (Sun Gate). This unforgettable adventure combines natural beauty with historical fascination, promising an enriching and unforgettable experience! 

4-day Inca Trail Overview

Step onto the Inca Trail and feel history come alive. Journey through ancient paths, uncover hidden Inca treasures, and witness the sunrise over the iconic Machu Picchu. It’s more than a hike; it’s an awakening of the senses and a connection to the enduring spirit of the Inca people.


  • Explore the legendary Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu.
  • Witness the majestic Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate (Intipunku).
  • Delve into diverse microclimates, experiencing rich flora and fauna.
  • Journey responsibly, minimizing impact on local communities and nature.
  • Board the scenic Vistadome Panoramic train to return

Inca Trail 4-days At a Glance!

Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Patallacta — Ayapata
Begin your journey through time, stepping into the mysteries of ancient civilizations as you traverse from Cusco to Ayapata via Patallacta. Every step is a melody of nature and Inca whispers.

  • Distance: 14km
  • Duration: 6hrs

Day 2:Ayapata — Warmiwañuska — Chaquicocha
Ascend to new heights, overcoming the challenging Warmiwañuska and unveiling panoramic vistas. Feel the pulse of the Inca spirit as you reach Chaquicocha, the heart of the high Andes.

  • Distance: 16km
  • Duration: 10hrs

Day 3: Chaquicocha — Phuyupatamarca — Wiñaywayna
Immerse in the splendor of the Andes, walking the paths of the past, from Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna. Discover Phuyupatamarca, the ‘Town above the Clouds’, and witness the harmonious dance of nature and ancient architecture.

  • Distance: 10km
  • Duration: 6hrs

Day 4:Discover the majestic Machu Picchu
Explore Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Incan heritage. Unravel the secrets of this ancient citadel, and as the sun sets, return to Cusco, carrying memories of an unforgettable journey through the sacred Inca Trail.

  • Arrival to Cusco around 7.30 pm 
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata

Begin your unforgettable journey with an early morning departure from Cusco to Km 82, the starting point of the iconic Inca Trail. The first day is a moderate 6-hour hike covering 14km, leading you through historical Patallacta and concluding at Ayapata. Along the way, immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, marveling at ancient Inca sites and the rich biodiversity of the region.

  • Walking distance: 14 km
  • Estimated time: 6 hrs
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: B, L, D
Day 2: Ayapata - Paso de la Mujer Muerta - Chaquicocha

Awake to the sounds of nature and gear up for a challenging 10-hour trek, covering 16km from Ayapata to Chaquicocha. The day’s adventure involves crossing Warmiwañuska, the highest point of the Inca Trail. Witness spectacular landscapes, uncover hidden archaeological gems, and connect with the vibrant energy of the ancient paths as you make your way to the Chaquicocha campsite.

  • Walking distance: 16 km
  • Estimated time: 10 hrs
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Chaquicocha - Intipata - Wiñaywayna

On the third day, enjoy a more relaxed pace as you hike for 6 hours through 10km of picturesque landscapes. From Chaquicocha, travel through dense cloud forests to the enchanting Inca sites of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna. The day is filled with discoveries of ancient ruins, unique flora and fauna, and captivating views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Walking distance: 10 km
  • Estimated time: 6 hrs
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

The final day of your journey brings the long-awaited revelation of Machu Picchu. Explore the legendary citadel, uncovering the mysteries of its stone structures and learning about the history of the Incas. After a day of exploration and wonder, board the return train to Cusco, where your incredible adventure concludes, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast

What´s Included:

All transportation during the 4 days.

Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

Personal porter for 7 kilos of your things.

All meals included during the Inca Trail.

Comfortable camping equipment.

Eureka tent for every 2 travelers.

Foam mattress for sleeping, pillows.

Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo.

Professional tour guide.

Not Included:

Sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses, walking sticks.

Last day Lunch in Aguas Calientes.

Tickets to the Huayna Picchu mountain.

Travel insurance.


Important information:

Group tours depart every day, subject to availability of permits.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Travelers must have a moderate level of fitness.

Additional hike after the guided tour in Machu Picchu:

Huayna Picchu Mountain, must be booked in advance, cost is 75$


How Do I Secure a Permit?

Permits are golden tickets here! They’re limited, so book months in advance through a licensed tour operator, particularly if you’re eyeing the busy season from May to September.

What’s the Difficulty Level?

Expect a mix of moderate to challenging terrains. Prep with some cardio, embrace the diverse landscapes, and remember, it’s not a race!

What Should I Pack?

Think layers! The weather dances through extremes, so pack for rain, shine, and chill. Don’t forget your water purifiers, sunscreen, and camera for those Kodak moments!

Altitude Sickness – What’s the Deal?

Cusco is your acclimatization buddy. Spend a few days there, stay hydrated, munch on some local coca leaves, and take it easy before the trek.

Can I Trek Solo?

The trail insists on playing hard to get! A licensed guide is a must, so solo trekkers will need to join a group. It’s a great way to make new pals!

What’s the Culinary Scene Like?

Expect a delightful palette of local Peruvian dishes. And yes, dietary restrictions are usually catered for – just give a heads up!

Will My Phone Work?

Signal can be elusive, so let your loved ones know you’ll be off the grid. It’s digital detox time, embrace it!

Travel Info
Travel Information

Embarking on the Inca Trail is like stepping back in time, unraveling layers of ancient mystery while immersed in breathtaking landscapes. This iconic trek, a jewel of Peru, takes you through lush forests, past high mountain passes, and alongside meandering rivers, offering glimpses of hidden Inca ruins en route to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

Preparation is Key
Before you lace up your hiking boots, ensure you’re adequately prepared. Acclimatizing to the altitude is crucial, so spend a few days in Cusco before the trek. Pack essentials like water purification tablets, high-SPF sunscreen, and layers of clothing to adapt to the varying climate. Remember, the trail can be challenging, so a decent fitness level and some pre-trek training will make your journey more enjoyable.

Permits and Guides
Due to its popularity, the Inca Trail has limited daily access. Secure your permits well in advance, especially during the peak season (May to September). A licensed guide is mandatory, so choose a reputable tour operator who emphasizes responsible travel, respecting both local communities and the environment.

Embrace the Journey
The Inca Trail is not just about the destination; it’s about the journey. Relish every step, connect with fellow travelers, and let the spirit of the ancient Incas envelop you. And, when you finally stand before Machu Picchu, witnessing the sunrise over the sacred city, you’ll realize – every step was worth it!