Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day

US$ 580

The 4 day trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is truly one of the World’s great walking routes – almost a pilgrimage for many visitors to Peru. The objective of our trek is the magnificent Inca City of Machu Picchu, an Inca city left undisturbed by looters and unknown to the outside world until its remarkable discovery by Yale professor and explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. The site is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as was recently voted one of the seven ‘New Wonders of the World’.

Day By Day Itinerary


Day 1: Cusco to Huayllabamba. 

Our bus will pick us up early for our 2 hour ride through the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the traditional market town of Ollantaytambo were we buy any last minute supplies for the trail. Heading onwards for another hour we arrive at Km 82, the starting point for our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trekking adventure. We enjoy a nutritious breakfast while taking in the magnificent view of the snow capped Veronica, at 5750m the highest of mountains in the Urubamba Mountain Range. Beginning the hike we pass the Inca agricultural terraces at Patallacta, and after about 3 hours walking we arrive at our first campsite at the village of Huayllabamba. (B.L.D.) 

Day 2: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo Valley. 

Today is perhaps the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu greatest hiking challenge. Following breakfast we hike up past Llulluchampa, through an area of lush cloud forest. Continuing upward we begin a steep 2 ½ hour climb to the 4200m pass of Warmiwañusca, ‘dead woman pass’. After taking in amazing scenery we begin our decent into the Pacaymayo Valley where we set up our camp, have dinner and recover from the days challenge. (B.L.D.) 


Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna. 

Today we climb Inca stairs to reach a second pass at 3850m. From the pass there are spectacular views of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, last refuge of the Incas after the initial Spanish Conquest and home to the rebellion of Manco Inca and his successors. The trail continues into the Aobamba Valley and to the site Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town). The trail climbs gently again, fringed with cloud forest to a third pass, again with magnificent views of Vilcabamba range. From the pass there’s a steep descent of more than 1000m to the substantial ruins of Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) and the extensive terraces of Intipata. We camp in these spectacular surrounds and ready ourselves for an early start and the final push to Machu Picchu. (B.L.D.) 

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco. 

We get going very early this morning as we hike for about an hour to reach Intipunku, the Sun Gate. From here we look down on the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and we watch the sun rise above the surrounding mountains from our fabulous viewpoint. Walking down to the site we have a 2 - 3 hour guided tour of the site, explaining the uses and historical context of the many buildings. After this you have plenty of free time to explore and take in the site on your own – there is also the (optional) possibility to climb the vertigo inducing peak of Huayna Picchu, the spectacular mountain rising to the north of the ruins. Descending from Machu Picchu World Heritage Site to the town of Aguas Calientes there is time for a comfortable lunch in one of the town’s restaurants before catching the afternoon train back to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco you will be transferred back to your hotel. End of our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour service. (B.L.) 



Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day

This is truly an adventure of a lifetime!


Remarkable as Machu Picchu may be, the 4 day Inca Trail, part of a vast network of roads binding together the Inca Empire from Ecuador to Northern Chile is equally special. Traversing a wonderful range of Andean Ecosystems from mountain meadows to lush cloud forests and with vistas of magnificent snow crested summits this trail should be appreciated for its natural assets in addition to historical ones. In many places we use sections of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu that have been in use for hundreds of years, passing Inca archaeological sites and storehouses as we go – sites that themselves possess their own unique fascination.

As on all Our  tours, you´re taken care of from beginning to end – airport/dock transfers and domestic flights are included!

Depart any day and customize your Peru tour at no extra charge! We are family tour specialists.

  • Private airport pickup at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guide
  • Domestic flights – Lima-Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado-Cusco, Cuzco-Lima
  • Seven nights of 3 star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping (on the Inca Trail), two nights 3 star jungle lodge accommodation, one night family stay on Lake Titicaca
  • Four day Inca Trail excursion –  including bilingual guide, food, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat
  • Guided tour between Cusco and Puno, including buffet lunch
  • Private two-day Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Three day rainforest lodge excursion
  • Six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners while on Inca Trail, rainforest and Amantani Island excursions
  • Breakfast – included every morning with your hotel stay
  • The Cusco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cusco
  • Private Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, round trip train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Private Lima city tour
  • Private Cusco city tour
  • 24 hour customer support line while on tour

Travel Insurance is not included – a good policy covering all tour activities and possible health emergencies is
highly recommended and should be considered a priority.
International flights can be purchased independently or by consulting Machete Tours.
• Tipping is expected in Peru (although this is not essential).
• Airport Tax for international flights (currently $35).
• Meals not specified in the program
• Alcoholic beverages

  • Required documents

    All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

    Required immunizations

    Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. The rainforest area of Peru (approx. 3500 ft. and below, east of the Andes) is a malarial and yellow fever zone. The yellow fever vaccination is reccomended and travelers may wish to take malarial prophylaxis. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

    Things to bring

    One should come prepared for outdoor activity at temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. A recommended list of things to bring:Please note: We provide a sleeping bag, foam mat, and of course tent. While hiking the Inca Trail, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds of personal items which will also be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, a book, music, or other entertainment, etc. During the day we’ll be using a daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer or two for changing weather conditions. Most people also carry a camera.

    • Passport and, if necessary, visa
    • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
    • Airline ticket
    • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
    • Wearable pouch for documents and money
    • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
    • Smaller, comfortable day pack
    • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
    • Sandals or flip-flops
    • Rain poncho or jacket
    • Waterproof pants
    • Sun hat
    • Hat for cold weather
    • Warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
    • T-shirts
    • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
    • Swimsuit for hot springs
    • Camelback or Nalgene refillable bottle (optional)
    • Flashlight and/or head lamp
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Lip balm
    • Earplugs
    • Alarm clock or watch
    • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
    • Camera / Camera batteries
    • Binoculars
    • Reading material
    • Toiletries

    It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring all used batteries back home with you to recycle!


    For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 20 kilos (44 lbs) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.


    Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

    Cusco and the Sacred Valley: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Cusco.
    Lake Titicaca: similar to Cusco but colder.
    Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
    Amazon basin: hot and humid year-round. We recommend light clothing (in weight and in color) that fully cover arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

    Money guide

    The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older-looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it un-changeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$3-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30. Currency Converter

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