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4 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu popularly known as Inca Trail 4 Days 3 Nights is an esteemed way to reach Machu Picchu from Cusco. The 25 miles (40 kilometers) trail tops the bucket list of many travelers.
Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starts at Km.82 (Piscacucho). The trailhead is named after its distance from Cusco on the way to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The 4 Days Inca Trail Trek takes you through many lesser-known Inca Sites. Most of them played a significant role during the Inca civilization.
Throughout the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, you will be retracing the footsteps of Incas on the 500 years old trail.
Due to its overgrown popularity and in order to maintain the authenticity of the trail along the cloud forest, local authorities have implemented a system of Inca Trail permits. They restrict access to just 500 people a day. This number includes 300 crew (porters, chefs, and guides) and 200 trekkers.
Inca Trail permits are sold out on a first come first serve basis. Often they get sold six to eight months in advance. Irrespective of the situation, no tour operator can get you a permit if they are fully booked.
Moreover, the permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. There are no waiting lists. So if a hiker decides to cancel the trek, they simply lose the permit and it cannot be transferred to anyone else.
The trail remains closed in February every year for maintenance.
Please note that Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a high-altitude experience. The highest point of the Inca Trail is the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 meters above sea level (13, 828 ft.). It is imperative that you spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Travel Agency is a licensed Inca Trail Operator. We have an excellent team of crew who have hiked the trail over a hundred times. Our dedicated Inca Trail guides are locals with an immersive knowledge of the Inca’s history, culture. Inca ruins, flora and fauna.
Our trek staff is also trained on first aid. So, you will be under safe guidance throughout your experience.
We primarily operate the trail as a small group tour.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then drive you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo Train station. Here you will be boarding an Aguas Calientes bound trail and will alight at Km.82 station.
After a short briefing, we will cross the security control where the authorities will be verifying your passport and Inca Trail permit. We will then start hiking gradually along the course of the Urubamba river.
The site offers views of Andean landscapes and some highland farms and villages. For lunch, we will be stopping at Miskay. We have a reputation for offering executive meals freshly prepared by our expert chefs.
After lunch, we will continue hiking to our campsite in Wayllabamba. Along the way, we will also be visiting the Patallacta Archaeological complex.
Our crew will be waking you up to a freshly cooked breakfast. We will then begin to hike to the highest and the deadliest point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the dead woman’s pass at 4215 meters above sea level (13, 828 ft.).
Our tour guide will be giving you an insight into the history of the Dead Woman’s Pass and will talk with you about the Andean mythology.
After a well-deserved break, we will gradually begin our hike down the hill to the lunch camp. Our Andean chef will be serving a nutritious meal for lunch.
After lunch, we will hike to our campsite in Pacaymayo.
We will begin the day with an Andean breakfast. Then we will be hiking up the hill for 45 minutes to the second highest pass of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. On our way, we will be visiting the Runcuracay archaeological complex.
During the third day of the Inca Trail, we will also be visiting different archaeological sites namely Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca.
After lunch, we will be hiking to our campsite in Wiñay Wayna. The campsite is right next to the archaeological site. Wiñay Wayna in Quechua means forever young. This is an unmissable complex.
During the Inca civilization, the farming terraces in Machu Picchu could not produce enough crops to sufficiently feed those who lived in the citadel. The Incas started farming in Wiñay Wayna and carried the products to Machu Picchu.
After the guided tour of the complex, we will be returning to the campsite for dinner. After dinner, we will bid goodbye to our porters and chef.
We will begin the last day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu early in the morning with a short hike to the iconic Sun Gate or Inti Punku. From here, you will get your first view of Machu Picchu citadel snuggled between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain.
After seeing the sunrise, we will hike down to the citadel to visit Machu Picchu. Our local tour guide will be giving you a two hours guided tour of the complex. During the tour, you will be visiting different areas like the main plaza, ceremonial center, Inca temples, and Royal quarters.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the respective trailhead.
Please note that just as Inca Trail permits, even Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu permits are sold out months in advance.
After the tour, we will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the price).
Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes train station. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will transfer you back to Cusco. You will be reaching Cusco by 09:00 PM.
This was an amazing experience from start to end. Cusco Travel Agency team was just perfect.