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Traditional Inca Trail

4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,248

Trekking the Inca Trail is the best way to appreciate this amazing trail whilst avoiding the busiest campsites. Enjoy a day in Machu Picchu and explore Aguas Calientes.

One of the world’s greatest treks, the Inca Trail offers a challenging and fascinating hike through the beautiful Andes, culminating in perhaps the world’s most awe-inspiring reward – the view over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate at dawn.

On this 4 day journey, porters will assist with your heavy bags and tents (provided, along with sleeping bags). This allows you to focus on the trek and the incredible sights you’ll visit along the way. Set out from Ollantaytambo, itself a charming Sacred Valley town with impressive ruins. As challenges like Dead Woman’s Pass take your breath away (in every sense of the word), you may occasionally wonder if it’s all worthwhile.

Just let the sight of dawn light spilling over Machu Picchu answer that question!

Best of all, descend to explore the lost city before the tourist groups arrive! Return to Cusco by train and bus, or consider staying an extra day to further explore the ruins.

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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,248

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Day 1

Cusco to Huayllabamba

Early morning you will transfer from the Sacred Valley to the head of the trail at 82Km from where you continue along the Urubamba River to the first archaeological site of "Llaqtapata". Here enjoy lunch in a beautiful ancient Incan outpost with the Urubamba River flowing nearby. After a rest you continue into the valley from which point the trekking remains uphill until you get to the last village Huayllabamba where we camp for the night.

Total Distance: 12km (7, 47 miles)
Walking time approximated: 5 - 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,000m (9,840 ft.)

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

After a healthy breakfast you start climbing up to the first pass "Warmiwanusca" (Dead Women's Pass 4200 Mt / 14'200 ft.). The climb will take you most of the morning. Part way you walk through a cloud forest where the ever present clouds bring constant moisture and in turn lush vegetation to the area. Breaking from the forest Dead Women's Pass is seen in the distance. Once reaching the highest altitude on the trip - Dead Women's Pass - you descend for about 2 hours into the valley to our next camp "Pacaymayo".

Total Distance: 11km (6, 84 miles)
Walking time approximated: 6 - 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,776 ft.)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Pacaymayo to Winaywayna

Today is going to be the most diverse day. You start in the morning with the ascent of the second pass "Runcuracay" (3900 Mt / 13'800 ft.) and descend on the other side for about 2 hours to the beautiful archaeological site "Sayacmarca". After having explored this unique outpost you continue on the original stone path of the Incas through semi-tropical cloud forest and onto the third pass "Phuyupatamarca" (3800 Mt/ 13'600 ft.). With good weather you have spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks and the valley below. From here it is all downhill to our camp at "Winaywayna" (one of the most beautiful sites in the area for its construction and setting).

Total Distance: 16km (9, 94 miles)
Walking time approximated: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,900m (12,792 ft.)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early after a tasty breakfast you hike another 2 hours through cloud forest to the famous sun gate "Intipunku" from where you will have the first breathtaking view and best panorama of the mysterious "Machu Picchu". A short walk brings you down to the site. After refreshing a little you will visit "the lost city of the Incas" in a guided tour for app. 2 hrs. After that you descend by bus to the village Aguas Calientes. Late afternoon you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then transfer by bus to Cusco.

Total Distance: 4km (2, 49 miles)
Walking time approximated: 2 hours
Maximum altitude: 2,700m (8,829 ft.)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information


Sundays, Wednesdays and Friday.  Private departures any day on request


  • Transport to and from Inca Trail
  • All camping and cooking equipment including Thermarests, spacious two person tents, dining, cook and toilet tent
  • An emergency first-aid kit and oxygen
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides trained in first-aid and C.P.R.
  • All porters, mules, and a cook team
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins
  • Entrance to Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Train/bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals as indicated


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers. Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers. Please enquire about private trekking options. Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors. If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.   A copy of your passport and an additional, non-refundable deposit, is required at the time of booking to secure your Inca Trail permits and the passport on which you book your trek must be presented when entering the trail on day 1.


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

16 Dec 2023
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