The Inca Trail (4D/3N)
- DAY 1 • DEPART CUSCO - KM 82 - PATALLACTA - AYAPATA
- DAY 2 • AYAPATA - DEAD WOMAN'S PASS - RUNCU RACCAY PASS - CHAQUICOCHA
- DAY 3 • CHAQUICOCHA - WINAY WAYNA
- DAY 4 • MACHU PICCHU, LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
$700 per person (GROUP)
$1200 PER PERSON* (PRIVATE)
*PRICING IS BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 4 GUESTS
DAY 1 - DEPART CUSCO - KM 82 - PATALLACTA - AYAPATA
Destination Peru will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. We will then drive to KM 82 and arrive around 7:00A. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your cook, we’ll begin our trek. We'll arrive at our first Inca site, Patallacta after two hours. From Patallacta it’s another two hours to our lunch stop. After lunch, we'll head toward our first campsite at Ayapata (10,800 ft). Upon arrival, you will have some time to relax and enjoy a snack before your 7:30PM dinner.
Trek Distance: 8.7 miles (6-7 hours)
Campsite Altitude: 10,800 feet above sea level
Weather: Warm and windy
DAY 2 - AYAPATA - DEAD WOMAN'S PASS - RUNCU RACCAY PASS - CHAQUICOCHA
You will be woken up with a hot cup of tea. We will start early for our four hour hike to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (13,829 feet). There will be a lunch stop after we take in the beautiful views. After lunch we will ascend two hours to the second pass of the trek. Along the way, we’ll stop at a Runcu Raccay to see two waterfalls, cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s one more hour to reach Sayacmarca, where we will stop for a quick tour and a viewing of the sunset. Our second campsite, Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 11,800 ft) is only 20 minutes further. After dinner, your tour guides will point out the fascinating Inca constellations.
Trek Distance: 9.94 miles (7-8 hours)
Campsite Altitude: 11,800 feet above sea level
Difficulty: Most Difficult (you will have survived the 2 highest passes)
Weather: Cold and rainy
DAY 3 - CHAQUICOCHA - WINAY WAYNA
We begin at an early 6:30 a.m. to start the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail. After the first two hours of walking through the "Inca Flat", we will enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. We will have the opportunity to see Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Next we will make our way to the last peak at Phuyupatamarca (11,800 ft) to view the Urubamba River and Machu Picchu Mountain. From Phuyupatamarca, it's a three hour walk to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. During the descent, we will visit two Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarca (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). Wiñay Wayna is the most popular campsite due to its proximity to Machu Picchu. We arrive at our campsite around 1:00PM for lunch and relaxation. You will receive a short orientation in preparation for Machu Picchu. Later, you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna.
Tonight we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. We take great care of our guests and at this point It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists, once again, and to thank them for a job well done. We advise you to go to sleep early in order to enjoy Machu Picchu before sunrise.
Trek Distance: 6.2 miles (5 hours)
Campsite Altitude: 8,500 feet above sea level
Considered: Easy (downhill)
Weather: Warm and humid (High Cloud Forest)
DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU, LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
Breakfast will be at 4:00AM in order to be one of the first to start trekking as they open the gates at 5:30AM. Our porters and chef will depart us as we head on to the beautiful views of the Sun Gate. After we pass through the Sun Gate and the Lost City of the Incas, we will reach Machu Picchu at around 7:40AM. After a two hour, private, guided tour, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to explore or climb a neighboring mountain (must be arranged ahead of time). Your tour guide will meet you to enjoy your last lunch at a local restaurant. Please arrange with your tour guide if you prefer to depart from him earlier. Unless you arranged for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train, departing Aguas Calientes at4:20 p.m. Be sure to arrive at the platform 30 minutes early. After a two hour ride to Ollantaytambo, a Destination Peru driver will drive you back to the city.
Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3:30AM)
Weather: Hot and humid (Machu Picchu jungle)
Professional Guides • All of our guides studied English at the University Level. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Permits • As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Briefing • The night before your trek, we will hold a briefing in your hotel lobby. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters • We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite.
Transportation • All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 82, to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes is included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $65 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.
Equipment • Destination Peru has the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
Food • The Destination Peru chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
Water • Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Destination Peru will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill your water at each meal.
First Aid • Every Destination Peru guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
Extras • We believe it's the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
- Rentals • Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $40
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $30
- Walking Sticks (Pair): $30
- Huayna Picchu • Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $65. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.