Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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Trip Overview

Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu! This itinerary is the perfect combination of history and beauty: visiting amazing Inca ruins along the way while you take in the lush green cloud forest, Andean mountain passes and vast landscape.

Hiking this trail with Alpaca Expeditions means completing it with no stress. We will take care of everything including securing all the best campsites, serving delicious and nutritious meals, providing top notch equipment and surrounding you with the most dedicated team from your guide who will become a teacher and a friend to our porters who do it all flawlessly.

Our motto is “the journey is the destination” and we can promise this will be your best journey yet.


DÍA 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Wayllabamba – Ayapata

In the morning we leave the city of Cusco (3,350 m.s.m.) in a tourist van through the sacred valley of the Incas, towards km. 82 (2,600 m.s.m.), starting point and meeting with the entire group that accompanies us throughout this expedition. Miskay (2,700 m.s.m.) will be the place of lunch and shortly after the tour, the largest archaeological remnant of Llactapata (2,650 m.s.m.) will be observed in all its splendor.

Then we will continue our journey to Wayllabamba (3,000 m.s.m.). and we will go up to ayapata, the camp where you will spend the night. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Veronica’s snowfall.

The walking time is 6 hours, with a temperate climate.

Included: lunch and dinner.

DAY 2: Ayapata – LLulluchapampa – Abra Warmihua – Uska – Pacaymayu – Abra Runcuracay – CHaquicocha

The second day is “the day of the free tour”, it means that everyone must walk at their own pace. Of course you will find small stops. Early in the morning, the trail will take us to the Llulluchapampa valley (3,850 m.s-n.m). During the 3 km of hiking. Enjoy the rainforest and the sounds of the water.

From Llulluchapampa, they will follow the road between 2 and 3 hours until they reach the highest point of this section, warmihuañusca (the Pasaje de la Muerte at 4,200 m.s.m.). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca trail.

After a short stop at the summit, you will continue with the trail, we will have a long and steep slope to the Pacaymayu river towards the Runkurakay pass (3,050m.s.n.m.). Until you reached our camp called Chaquicocha (3,650 m.a.s.l.).

Here you can relax from the day, enjoying an incredible view over the mountains. Walking time 9 hours, in cold weather.

Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DÍA 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna

The third day is the most beautiful. You had noticed a change in the ecosystem walking through the Wiñayhuayna rainforest. We will pass through two small lakes in the upper part of the second passage (3,950 m.s.m.).

It will be a gentle ascent through a small Inca tunnel, which offers a magnificent view of the Urubamba River in the sacred valley. The closest settlement is called Phuyupatamarca, whose name means “the city above the clouds” (3,600 m.s.m.).

A well preserved place with long chain Inca baths, where you can appreciate the impressive ancient engineering. We pass through another Inca tunnel before visiting the Wiñayhuayna complex – «Siempre Joven» (2,650 masl).

The Inca staircase will zigzag up to a white building with a white roof, our last campsite and also a position with hot water (S5.00) and bottled drinks. machu picchu tours

DAY 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast AS 4.30 with our lanterns for Inti Punku translated into Spanish means La Puerta del Sol, to have the first view of Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. The last triumphant slope will take almost an hour before the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400 m.a.s.l.) around 8:00 a.m.

Its spiritual charm can be appreciated during a guided tour lasting approximately two hours, which helps to understand the meaning and ancient work of the archaeological park. machu picchu hike

After this trip, you will have enough free time to explore the archaeological site on your own, you can go to the Inca Bridge, to explore the variety of Inca monuments, you can also optionally climb Huayna Picchu so that you have a panoramic and incredible image.

From Machu Picchu, there will be buses waiting for you to go down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can visit the hot springs, the ticket from the city of Aguas Calientes ($ 10.00). We leave Aguas Calientes at 4:20 pm. Approximately towards the Ollantaytambo station and then return to the city of Cusco.


Huayna Picchu: to visit Huayna Picchu, the reservation must be made in advance, places are limited and it is an additional payment of $ 65.00.

Additional carrier: in accordance with the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Labor, they provide the collaboration of an additional carrier under the conditions required by the client. However, the customer’s luggage must not exceed 12 kg, as it only allows the carrier to carry 20 kg.

The service costs $ 120 and includes transportation, price to enter the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.




  • Tourist transport.
  • Full entrance to the archaeological complex of Sillustano.


  • Other services not mentioned.

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Information Aditional

Location of the Inca Trail

The Tahuantinsuyo road network (in Quechua, Qhapaq Ñan or Inka naani) was a system of roads of enormous distances in the Inca civilization that linked the important cities of the coast and the mountains. It was structured based on two longitudinal axes: the Andean sector and the flat coastal sector.

This system of the Incas was a millennial legacy of pre-Inca cultures, strengthened during the Inca State. inca trail to machu picchu

All these roads were connected to Cusco, the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo or Inca Empire, they facilitated their communication with the different annexed peoples within the framework of the Inca expansive process and, at the same time, constituted an effective means of political-administrative, socio-integration.

Economic and cultural. Since the Qhapaq Ñan interconnected locations as distant as Quito, Cusco and Tucumán, the Spanish conquerors used it during the 16th century to invade Peru, Bolivia, Chile and the Argentinean mountain pampas.

The location of the Inca Trail, which links the city of Cusco with the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, is only a minimal and intra-regional part of the gigantic network of the Qhapaq Ñan.

The location of the Inca Trail is in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco, Capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and the citadel of Machu Picchu.

The alternation of mountains and valleys along the walk offers an incredible and highly diversified spectacle.

History of the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail or Qhapaq Ñan is an extensive network of roads that connects the four “suyos” of the Inca empire, the Tahuantinsuyo. The history of the Inca Trail said it was built in the 15th century, between 1438 and 1533, when Tahuantinsuyo was the dominant empire in pre-Columbian America, the roads were built high up to accommodate the local pack animal, the llama. inca trail hike


In Inca times these were known as Qhapaq Ñan (Inca trail) which were systems of roads of enormous distance that made up the Empire of Tahuantinsuyo (four parts of the world), this road covered Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, and reached the center of Chile and the north of Argentina.

In the same way, cities such as the Coast and the Sierra united within the Peruvian territory, this connection network of the Incas was nothing more than a pre-Inca legacy, which were later strengthened in the Inca empire.

According to the history of the Inca Trail, this network of roads was very essential in Inca times as it served to move armies and officials, displacement of the Chaskis, and so much so to transport food products that had to go to the city of Cusco. the inca trial


The road network had already existed for a long time, but it was re-discovered by the American Hiram Bingham when he was conducting his research work in the years 1913 and 1915. The purpose of the Inca Trail was religious and ceremonial, a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the mountains along the way, such as La Verónica or Wakaywilka. climbing macchu picchu

Inca Trail Length

This system of the Incas was a millennial legacy of pre-Inca cultures, strengthened during the Inca State. In Quechua language, Qhapaq Ñan means: way of the king or of the mighty1 or way of the Inca, both for the entire organization of routes, the length of the Inca Trail exceeded 30,000 kilometers, and for the main road (approximately 5200 km long).

The Classic Inca Trail part of the 23,000 kilometers (approximately 14,000 miles) of roads built by the Incas in South America. It is the most famous route for hiking in Peru and possibly the most spectacular in the American continent.

Every year, more than 25,000 walkers from around the world walk along the the 43 kilometers length of the Inca Trail, built by the Incas that leads to the amazing citadel of Machupicchu located deep in the jungle of Cusco. The trip begins in the town of Pisqacucho, at kilometer 82 of the Cusco – Quillabamba railway line and takes 3 to 4 days of intense walking. macchu pichu trail

Cost of the Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

This program has a high demand and both its quotas and the availability of tickets to the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains are limited, there are dates in which the spaces are sold out months in advance.

The only way to do the Inca Trail is by hiring the services of a tourism agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

The reservation is only possible with the internet. These companies organize and provide their services in different qualities. It is for this reason that the cost of the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu vary according to each travel agency.

Price in US dollars
Adult00 USD
University student00 USD
Child under 18 years old00 USD

Cost of the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu are approximate. Each tourism agency has its own prices.


The price includes the entrance to Machu Picchu, transportation by bus, train, food, professional guide, cooks, porters (they carry the luggage) and camping equipment.

If you want additional equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bag, walking stick), a better quality train service or an extra porter, you must pay an additional price.

Do you want to visit Huayna Picchu after the Inca Trail? The additional cost is approximately $ 65 per person.

Camino Inca con tour o por tu cuenta?

Actualmente, no puedes hacer el Camino Inca por tu cuenta. La única forma de hacerlo es contratando los servicios de un tour con una agencia de turismo autorizada. excursiones de trekking

Las autoridades del Perú establecieron un límite de ingreso diario al Camino Inca. ¿Qué es el OBJETIVO? Prevenir el excesivo número de personas y así proteger y controlar la red de caminos construidos por los Incas hace muchos siglos.

Aunque no es posible hacer el Camino Inca por su cuenta, es posible realizar otras caminatas sin tour. La más famosa de todas es la ruta de senderismo ‘Salkantay Trek’.

Clima en el Camino Inca

El clima varía según los meses, algunos con presencia de lluvias, días soleados, días nublados, noches frías; luego detallamos el Clima del Camino Inca por mes:

En los meses de enero y marzo las lluvias son persistentes mayormente de noche, los días son nublados, sin embargo hay días agradables y soleados, si tenemos buena suerte.

En el mes de abril la temporada de lluvias acaba poco a poco, y los días se vuelven más cálidos y agradables, con lluvias esporádicas.

Entre mayo y octubre, el clima es cálido y fresco, con poca lluvia, días soleados y bastante luminosos.

Los meses de junio, julio, agosto y septiembre son sin duda la  mejor época para caminar por el Camino Inca , durante el día está despejado y se pueden ver claramente los paisajes, los días son más frescos, sin embargo, las noches son frías en las zonas altas.

Durante noviembre y diciembre es la época en que comienza la temporada de lluvias, los días son soleados, pero en cualquier momento puede llover, así como también, hay días nublados pero sin lluvia.


La temporada seca (de abril a octubre) es la  mejor época para caminar por el Camino Inca . Simplemente, para hacer la caminata en esos meses debes reservar con mucha anticipación. Durante la temporada de lluvias (de noviembre a marzo) hay más precipitaciones fluviales por lo que conviene ir con un poncho de lluvia y zapatos antideslizantes.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Camino Inca:


No. El Camino Inca cierra solo todo el mes de febrero. Esto se debe a los trabajos de mantenimiento realizados en ese mes.


El Camino Inca está permitido a personas de cualquier edad. Los padres son responsables de la integridad de los pequeños. Los adultos mayores deben consultar a un médico antes de realizar una caminata.


Cada grupo de turistas en el Camino Inca no debe exceder las 16 personas. Los guías turísticos son responsables de cada grupo.


Si. Los turistas que viajan juntos pueden reservar el Camino Inca con un grupo privado. El costo es más alto que el boleto normal. Sin embargo, esto disminuye cuanto más el número de turistas en el grupo.


El Camino Inca se considera de dificultad media moderada. Los 4 días y 3 noches de caminata son intensos los primeros días pero disminuyen a medida que se acerca el final. El premio más grande es ver Machu Picchu desde un lugar único al final de la caminata.


Debido a la gran demanda de boletos, solo es posible reservar el Camino Inca en línea y con anticipación. Una vez en Cusco solo es posible reservar el Camino Inca corto.


El peso máximo de equipaje permitido en el Camino Inca es de 5 kilos por persona. Se recomienda traer agua, ropa extra, bloqueador solar, lentes de sol, papel higiénico, saco de dormir, artículos de tocador, poncho de lluvia, purificador de agua, dinero extra y todo en una mochila para el trekking.


La visita a Machu Picchu al final del Camino Inca es en el turno de la mañana (de 6 am a 12 pm). A diferencia de otros visitantes, el acceso es a través de la Puerta del Sol (Intipunku), una antigua entrada a la Maravilla del Mundo utilizada por los Incas.


Si ya no hay disponibilidad para el Camino Inca en el día deseado, puede realizar la caminata a Machu Picchu a través de la ruta Salkantay. Otra opción es la ruta de trekking Lares, la Selva Inca o simplemente el Camino Inca corto (2 días). excursiones de trekking

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