CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS: Best Trekking destination in the world
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world; Thousands of tourists hike it every year especially the nature and culture lovers!...
Classic Inca Trail is a wonderful trekking to in Peru that leads you to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; it’s probably the most interesting and beautiful treks in the world; because the trekking involves the Andes, cloud forest and enigmatic VX century Inca sites. Along the Trail you’ll have the choice to see great variety of local flora; fauna and Inca archaelogical sites. The trail is stone paved ancient path which ends in the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu situated at 2,400 n /7,874 fts.
The Trail is well known for its great biodiversity and its mysterious Inca archaeological sites; the CLASSIC INCA TRAIL is the most important Inca route that links the main capital of the Incas – Cusco, with the religious Inca center – Machu Picchu. The trekking distance is of 45km or 26mls; with three high passes; the higest of which reach up to 4,200m / 13779fts. It is said that the Classic Inca Trail is one of the famous trekking route in the world doe to the natural and cultural highlights.
The wonderfull Classic Inca Trail, has verity of beautiful things such as: landscape, culture, views of Machu Picchu and the Vilcabamba mountain range, rivers, jungle, etc. This Adventure Trekking to Machu Picchu is portered trekking Tour, where the porters carry the majority of the equipment and we use camping tents for three nights; the tents are top quality and it is distributed one tent for every two persons.
Four -day Classic Inca Trail starts in the zone of Pisqhakucho or the place known as the km 82 at 2,750m / 9,020fts; this place is located one hour beyond the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; you’ll be transported by bus until there. Then Every day you’ll walk approximately 7-8 hours for 3 days and one day you’ll explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
The entire Inca Trail Trail is a distance of 45 km or 26 miles with three high passes to cross. Along the trail there are several Inca archaeological sites. The trail crosses eight ecological zones from Andes to high Rocky Mountains, Alpine Tundra and dense tropical zones. The Classic Inca Trail is perfect for individuals, couples and small groups of friends.
The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days is long with hand-carved stone staircases and trails through sumptuous mountain landscapes and stunning cloud forest, passing tumultuous rivers and dozens of Inca Ruins. The area is inhabited by rare orchids, 419 species of birds, and even the native spectacled bear. The trek begins in Pisqhakuchu near Ollantaytambo, more easily described as Km 82 of the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. The 45 km (26 ml) route passes through three formidable mountain passes, including the «Dead Woman’s Pass», at a maximum altitude of 4,200 m (13,977 ft). Most groups enter the Machu Picchu ruins at dawn on the fourth day, although others, whose members are less inclined to get up at 3:30 a.m. to do so, trickle in throughout the morning.
Hile the Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu
The walk on the Classic Inca Trail is one of the experiences of a lifetime, crossing the passage that the Incas have traveled. People come from all over the world, not only to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu, but also to walk the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most famous trek in South America. Enjoy the wonderful and changing landscapes such as the mountains, the cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. Let yourself be impressed and delighted at every step by visiting archaeological sites and much more on the way to the famous sanctuary of Machu Picchu to finally enjoy its beauty and magic. Bellow we are detailing the Trip:
- Location: The Classic Inca Trail Trek begins at about 3 hours car drive from the city of Cusco; in the zone of Pisaqhakucho, known as the «Kilometre 82», near Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Distance: 45 Km / 26 Miles
- Time: 4 days/ 3 nights
- Level: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness.
- Departure Dates: Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
- Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at an altitude of 3,000 meters or higher is recommended.
- When to go: The best time to hike is from April until November, but the the busy season is June to August; during this time is considered the dry season; there are little rains.
- Altitude: The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at 2,750 masl/8,875 ft and the maximum altitude is 4,200 masl /13,818 ft this ponit calls «Warmiwañusqha pass» or Dead Woman Pass.
- Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC
DAY 1: First walking day (7 – 8 hours)
3-hour bus journey to km 82 (starting point of the Inca trail), then continue through the stuning valley.
DAY 2: Dead woman pass ( 7 – 8 hours)
Enjoy the most challenging part of the Inca Trail, trekking through the highest point «Warmiwañusqha pass» (Dead Woman’s pass – 4,200 masl/13,779ft).
DAY 3: A wonderful day (5 – 7 hours)
Wonderful day trekking on the original and well-maintained Inca Trail; we will visit Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka and Wiñaywayna Inca ruins.
DAY 4: Visit Machu Picchu
We’ll start very early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu and explore every important place. In the afternoon, return to Cusco.
Classic Inca Trail Highlights
- Hike the world’s famous trek to Machu Picchu knows as the » 4-day Classic Inca Trail».
- Beautiful and special Inca ruins along the way.
- Your first sight of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate).
- Explore the wonder of the world – Machu Picchu
- Many photo opportunities
- Great views of the Vilcabamba Mountain range
- Trek across the Machu Picchu national park
- Walk at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful landscapes
- Learn about the Incas; the biggest culture in the America development from XV to XVI century
One Day before our highly trained guide will meet you at your hotel to go over final details and ensure you are ready and excited for the adventure ahead.
DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Ayapata
At 05:30 a.m we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer you in our private bus to Pisqhakucho or km 82 (the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail). Bus journey from Cusco to Pisqhakucho takes approximately 3:30 hours.
Once we arrive there, we’ll pass the control point showing the TREK PERMITS and passports of integrants of the group. Then we walk over a 50 meters long bridge to the other side of the «Urubamba» river from where we’ll climb up for five minutes aprox. Then the trail continues undulating with the presence of different types of cactus, some local families and farming lands of corn and potatoes.
Two hours after we arrive to Mesqhay; A nice resting place where you can purchase water and other type of drinks; here we will stop for resting (20 minutes), after that we’ll continue 40 minutes walk to Llactapata Inca Ruins. where the guide will explain you about the site.
From Llactapata, the trail continues through the Cusichaca River/Valley. After two hours of walking we will arrive to Hatunchaca (long bridge) where our lunch will be served. From here, we’ll continue 45 minutes to Wayllabamba (Valley of Grass – 3,000 masl) which is a small community; here you can purchase some snacks and some water.
After a good rest in «Wayllabamba», we continue the climb up the last two kilometers to «Ayapata» camp (3,300m – 10,820fts asl); which will take us approximately 1:30 hours.
- Meals included: L & D.
- Accomodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
- Maximum Altitude: 3,300m / 10,820fts. Camp
- Minimum Altitude: 2,750m / 9,022fts. starting point
- Distance Travelled: 13 km / 8 mls.
- Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours.
DAY 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chakiccocha: Top Day
After breakfast we’ll depart from Ayapata Camp at 07:00 a.m. Today will be our longest day; but one is rewarded with spectacular views. From Ayapata, the trail climbs up for two hours to Llulluchayoc Zone; where you can see several species of birds and hummingbirds, falcons and black-crested buzzard eagles. From Llulluchayoc zone, the trail climbs for two more hours to «Warmiwañusqha» pass. You can walk at your own pace.
Warmiwañusqha or Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13,997 fts); is the highest pass and the first of two passes that we will cross today. Once we arrive to the pass, we’ll take a rest before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600 m /11,800 fts) 2 hours. At Pacaymayu Valley our lunch will be served. Then we’ll continue the second ascent.
From Pacaymayu, we will hike one hour and stop at Inca ruins of Runkuraqhay (round shaped balcony); Runkuraqhay was probably a relay station for the Inca massagers (The chaskis); From Runkuraqhay, the trail continues up for 1 hour to the second pass (4,000 m / 13,123 fts). From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive Inca ruins at Sayacmarca (inaccessible or dominant spot). from Sayacmarka a 20-minute walk will bring us to Chakiccocha (3,600 m / 11,800 fts) camp.
- Meals included: B, L & D.
- Accomodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
- Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m / 13,977 fts. The pass
- Minimum Altitude: 3,600 m / 11,800 fts. The Camp
- Distance Travelled: 17 km / 10.5 mls.
- Approximate walking time: 7 – 8 hours.
DAY 3: Chakiccocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna
Today will be short and beautifully day because this stretch of the INCA TRAIL is well-kept stone paved, still in great condition after many centuries. From Chakiccocha camp the The Inca Trail continues two hours undulating to the 3rd pass (3,600 m / 11,800 fts). A few minutes down after the pass, is located the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarka; The name means Town over the clouds, which probably was temple of the water. One still can see here a beautiful six water baths bordering a small courtyard used for the rituals of the water.
After the exploration, we leave the site via an impressive Inca staircase. After about three hours of walking through cloud-forest we’ll arrive to Wiñaywayna (2,600 m / 8, 530 fts); I’ts the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, we’ll explore this stunning Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna. The name in Quechua means «Young Forever» and is named doe to a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins were discovered in 1942 by the historian from Peru Julio C. Tello; The ruins comprises magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location.
- Meals included: B, L & D.
- Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
- Maximum Altitude: 3,600 m / 11,800 fts. The Pass
- Minimum Altitude: 2,600 m / 8,530 fts. The camp
- Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6.20 mls.
- Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours.
DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – «Aguas Calientes» – Cusco
Get up at 04:00 a.m and start the hike at 05:00 a.m to get to Intipunku or Sungate and overlook Machu Picchu for the sunrise ( if weather allows).
From the Wiñayhuayna camp to Sungate, the hike will be for 1:30 hours approximately with significant upward stretches in the last half; the trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 62 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory – a fantastic sight for all.
From Inti Punku we walk down to Machu Picchu (45 minutes) and arrive to the upper part from where you’ll have the choice to the panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu
Once you arrive to Machu Picchu, you will have ample time to take photos from the classic viewpoint. When the group is back together again, we’ll descend to the main entrance where you can safely leave your large backpacks. You can also go to the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside the entrance. The group will re-enter to Machu Picchu Ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors.
The tour takes about 2 – 3 hours so at about 11:00 a.m you will have free time to explore the ruins alone. After you finish your exploration, you will take bus down to the town of «Aguas Calientes» to enjoy your lunch; the buses from Machu Picchu to «Aguas Calientes» are leaving every 10 minutes. In the afternoon, you’ll head to the train station and return to Cusco.
The above trek itinerary is typical 98% majority of our Inca trail 4-day groups. However, campsites used during the trek may be subject to change depending on availability of spaces as issued by the UGM (the government authorities that control access to Inca Trail). The UGM are responsible for allocating the campsites to the various trekking companies.
Although we try to make Wiñaywayna our last campsite (since it is only a 2-hour trek to Machu Picchu) we cannot guarantee this to be the case and on occasions, we have been allocated space at Phuyupatamarca (nearly 5 hours from Machu Picchu). These matters are the same for all trekking companies and are outside of our direct control.
- Meals included: B.
- Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,858 fts. Inti punku or Sun Gate
- Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,874 fts. Machu Picchu
- Distance Travelled: 5 km / 3 mls.
- Approximate walking time: 2 hours.
Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu includes
- Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our tourist bus to Pisccakucho (km 82, starting point of the Inca trail); Bus down from Machu Picchu to the town of «Aguas Calientes»; Tourist train expedition class from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo; Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
- Inca Trail Permits
- Entrance Fees: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners and delicious meals prepared by professional chef. Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option upon request, we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
- Guides: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people),
- General Porters: For camping equipment, food and cooking gears.
- Camping Equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
- Others Items: First aid kit, oxygen bottle.
- Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we’ll stop at the town of Ollantaytambo, on the way to the starting point of the trek where you can have breakfast and buy some items for the trek.
- Lunch in the town of «Aguas Calientes» on the final day, you must consider a budget from $15.00 USD to $25.00 USD for this meal.
Optional items to be hired:
- Entrance to the thermal baths in «Aguas Calientes» (optional) US$ 6.00.
- Extra Porter to carry your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide $ 60.00 USD for the entire trek.
- Sleeping bag can be rented in our office for $20.00 USD for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
- Others; the optional night in the town of «Aguas Calientes», we will assist you on this but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
- Tips for the staff.
|TYPE OF TRAIN||PRICE PER PERSON|
|Expedition class||US$ 615|
|Hiram Bimgham class|
You’ll get $25 USD discount on prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and children under the age of 17 years old (scans of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable.
The Inca Trail Availability:
We offer daily departures on the Classic Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed) –
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The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2017 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible.
Inca Trail Optional Extras:
- Sleeping Bag US$25
- Walking Pole US$10
- Inflatable Mattress US$15
- Single Tent Supplement US$30
- Personal Porter (half) to carry 6kg of personal items US$60
- Full Porter to carry 14kg of personal items US$130
The Private price
2 people $740 USD PP
3 people $700 USD PP
4 people $670 USD PP
5 people $645 USD PP
6 + people $ 615 USD PP
We’ll require a non-refundable trek deposit of $250 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, by PAY PAY or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru.
The money transfer should be in the name of «SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L». Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).
Essential info for Classic Inca Trail
The Inca trail group
Maximum group size for Classic Inca Trail is 8 passengers. Passengers come from a range of countries worldwide (average of 3 nationalities per group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks. Classic Inca Trail is designed for adults over 18 years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we get many people both above and below this age range.
All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Acute Mountain Sickness is also referred to as “Altitude Sickness”, and as the name indicates the illness is commonly encountered at exceptionally high altitudes, such as the summit area of the highest pass. AMS, once apparent, can be most effectively treated by immediately taking the affected person to a lower altitude. Often a drop as little as 500m will be sufficient. The symptoms of AMS include in the order normally experienced; headaches, nausea, anorexia, exhaustion, lassitude, rapid pulse, insomnia, swelling of the hands and feet and reduced urine output.
Trekkers can take precautions to at least minimize the severity of the illness, by maintaining a slow steady pace from day one, include an extra day of acclimatization at a high altitude and by drinking at least 3-4 liters of water every day. Preventative medicine is also available and you should consult your physician for specialist advice.
Fluid build-up may cause a condition known as edema (or oedema), which can affect the lungs (pulmonary), preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue.
The latter can be lethal if not treated immediately or if symptoms are ignored. Probably 40% of all people trekking the Inca trail will suffer to some extent from AMS. You should familiarize yourself with this condition and take preventative care. For more information on this sickness please click on the Action Guide to High Altitude.
Guides and Porters
Once on the Mountain, your well-equipped guides and porters will rank second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors contributing to a successful Machu Picchu attempt. For the duration of your Inca Trail trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you through the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and he will bring you very safely. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.
Porters and cook
The porters of Classic Inca Trail, do not only transport your gear and the supplies up to the mountain. Arriving at every camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.
- Make sure for Classic Inca Trail, all your clothes and sleeping bag are packed in plastic bag inside the duffel bag, to ensure they stay dry in the event of rain, even if your duffel bag is waterproof.
- Something good Vaseline or Vicks Vaporub are good on the summit attempt.
- Moist air coming from your noise or on your lips will freeze and become very uncomfortable
- Sound travel at night and many people snore on the Inca Trail – bring some ear plugs to sleep with.
- At the beginning the trail is very dusty and sinus congestion is a problem with many hikers. Bring a good decongestant spray or tablet.
- For Classic Inca Trail, travel with your most important gear as hand luggage – e.g. wear your hiking boots in the plane – missing luggage is a common problem.
Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:
- Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
- Henrry Chauca – Operations
Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
- Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
Mobile: +(51) 974 359484
Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.
How to book classic Inca Trail Tour
See Here how the Classic Inca Trail begins and ends:
On the first day
The first day of your trek is long. You have to start early from Cusco to reach Machu Picchu National Park. You have to go through several official procedures before you start the trek.
- It’s a 3:30-hour-journey from Cusco to KM 82 or Pisqhakuchu community where the gate for the Inca Trail is located. Start by 5:30 am so that you reach park gate by 9:00 am.
- Around 10 minutes before reaching the park gate, the bus will leave you where you’ll need to check last details of the trek: like use the toilets, use the sunblock and the insect repellent.
- After reaching the park gate, the first thing you have to do is register yourself with the park authority. Your passport number and the permits will be reviewed here.
- After registration, the porter’s load will be weighed; it shouldn’t exceed 20 kg.
- After that, park officials will check the porter’s license and finally check their backpacks to ensure they are carrying necessary clothing and equipment.
The whole process at park gate may take more than one hour. After all the proceedings, you’ll cross the bridge and finally start the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Don’t get tensed if you find that you are starting your trek only around 10 or 11am.
You have only 6 hours of trekking on Day 1. Before sunset, you’re likely to be inside your tent.
The control point of the CLASSIC INCA TRAIL in the zone of Chachabamba or the KM 82; It’s important your original passport – the permits will be provided by Sunrise Peru Trek
The Final Day to Machu Picchu
All routes on the Inca Trail go through the sun gate, the first point from where you can perceive Machu Picchu. You will see a great number of trekkers that day. This number can touch close to 200. The general tendency of trekkers on the last day on the Inca Trail is to start at 5:00am as soon that the last camping gate is open. If you start at 5.00am, with an average speed, you can reach the Inti Punku or Sun gate latest by 6.30 am. It takes a maximum of 1:30 hours to reach the sun gate. If you don’t want to be stuck in a line of 200 trekkers, then you can start late.
From Wiñaywayna (the last camp); the trail starts ascending gradually towards the sun gate. A one hour march will take you to the base of the Inca stone steps. Start ascending with gentle speed as the climb will take 20 minutes.
Once you reach the top of the Sun gate; you’ll see Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures; from here the trail becomes down for the next 30 minutes to proper Machu Picchu.
Appropriate clothing along the Classic Inca Trail
From our experience we learned the following information: Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very practical to wear light rain gear in your backpack (rain poncho or jacket and / or rain pants) because the weather changes easily and it can rain suddenly. At night, warm clothing is necessary in the first two camps, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and jacket. During the third day (if it’s sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, since they can be changed into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate; it only gets cold at night or when is raining. The rest of the necessary tools are included in the section «What we recommend to bring. Or in the packing list.
Our Camping equipment for Classic Inca Trail
What you'll see when you hike the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu ?
Classic Inca Trail Video
Classic Inca Trail Location
- For Classic Inca Trail, we recommend 2 days in the city of Cusco or other plce with similar altitud (3,400 m / 11,150 fts) to get used to the altitude; meanwhile, you can take others tours like city tour or Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once you arrive to Cusco, we will give you a pre-travel talk (briefing) of the city and of the tour in your hotel; time will be confirmed on your arrival.
- The government has strictly limited the number of people; permitted for the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 day-Inca Trail). We recommend you to make your reservations at least 30 days in advance; however 3 months in advance is recommended especially during the months of June, July, August, September and October.
- It’s recommended to book Classic Inca Trail in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train tickets).
Important notice of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
In accordance with resolution # 002-2004-UGM-CD, published in “El Peruano” on November 12, 2004, modifying Chapter III of the Inca Trail regulations regarding reserves for the Classic Inca Trail space, the reserves They will only be guaranteed by government institutions by providing the full name, nationality and passport number of passengers, and after paying the full amount of entry fees for passengers and staff (cook and Porters team).
SPT Travel agency will guarantee the Classic Inca Trail spaces only if:
- The reservation was confirmed by our reservation service by email, which means that there are spaces available on the Inca Trail for the requested date at the time of the reservation.
- Full passenger data has been provided and the required security deposit has been paid.
- Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allocation of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure that you will find places on your desired departure date. We are already receiving reservations for scheduled departures up to a year before the departure date of the trek, so if you want to travel with us on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, be sure to confirm your reservation as soon as possible. Otherwise, we also have equally impressive alternative beauty and interest routes to offer.
The following customer information is required for all Inca Trail reservations:
- Complete names
- Passport number
- The gender
The exact information you provide will be sent to the government institution responsible for regulating access to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and will be included in the official Inca Trail Permit on the requested date. In case of modification of the data mentioned above (for example, new passport number), please inform to our operations or reservation service by email as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to authorize entry to any visitor whose data is not the same as that of the official permit. SPT travel agency and Tour operator declines all responsibility in case of non-entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice. find more infor maton inour section of Term and Coditions
Classic Inca Trail items and FAQ's
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel.
Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are neither transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!
OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number that you sent to us to book your Inca Trail Permit. The rangers check each day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, we can make the changes when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 6kg/12p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear.
It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water.
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly. They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up!
It will depend on the train’s availability BUT the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu
The Classic Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.
It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you. If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek.
To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.
We recommended any hiker who are planning to do Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is better to stay a couple days in Cusco or higher altitude to be well acclimatized before you begin the 4 days trek; it is important to walk with small back pack.[/
A minimum of 02 persons is needed to depart Classic Inca Trail. Whether you’re traveling as a family, group, friends, and couples or even traveling alone, we welcome you to our Trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are charged per person or maximum of two persons sharing a room/tent. Shared services are the basis for the described itinerary. Private services will be upon request.
We are confident that the quality of our journeys will meet your expectations and that you will enjoy the best of cultural, nature, and adventure travel experience ever possible. If you are not satisfied, you will be given credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. This is the best the best guarantee you can get in the travel business.
Due to low participation of trekkers, other tour companies will cancel their trips or pass their customers to bigger group tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low subscription or participation or change the date of departure neither will we give our travelers to other tour operators!.. Our customers can rest assured that their trekking holidays are insured and guaranteed for trekking to Machu Picchu.
Classic Inca Trail Elevation
Our Classic Inca Trail Tour is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wishes to explore the ancient essence of Inca culture. Hike to the lost city of Machu Picchu through the Inca route, is ideal to combine culture, nature and living traditions. It is the most popular trips in Peru; a unique experience, the number one trek in America and probably is the best trek in the world.