The Classic 4-Day Inca Trail is renowned worldwide, attracting people from many countries. It belongs to the top 5 trekking trails of the world, and not without reason. The 43 km (26 mile) trail combines stunning mountain scenery with tropical rain forest, ancient Inca archaeological sights, and impressing cloud forests. The trail ends at the ultimate highlight, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.
Your Classic Inca Trail begins early in the morning. Our private bus with the professional guide will pick you up and go to the starting point of the hike, which is km 82, outside Cusco city. There you will register and meet the porters and chefs who will accompany you during this trail.
From km. 82 (located at 2.700 masl or 8.850 ft above sea level) we will hike until the Wayllabamba campsite on day 1. The first two hours of the hike are relatively easy. When we reach Miskay, an energizing and healthy lunch prepared by our professional staff awaits us.
Afterward, there will be an uphill hike for about 3 to 4 hours. In this section, we will visit the first Inca site of the trail, Patallacta. Here you have the opportunity to take pictures and join a guided tour. Finally, there’s the arrival to Wayllabamba, where our cooks and porters will be waiting for you with dinner ready. The whole campsite will be set-up and after dinner, you have free time to enjoy the campsite and a wonderful Andean night.
Early in the morning, you will wake up to a delicious cup of coca leaves tea, after which you will have breakfast and resume the hike.
Initial altitude for day 2 is 3.000 meters or 9.850 feet, starting level of a 5-hour hike until 4.200 meters or 13.800 feet at the Warmiwanuska or Dead Woman’s Pass, a place that offers a unique 360 degree view of the Andes mountain range as it is the highest point of the Trail.
After Warmiwanuska, which is the hardest part of the Inca Trail, there is a 1-hour downhill hike until we reach the lunch area. After lunch, we hike for one more hour until the campsite at Pacaymayo. Here you will have the rest of the day to enjoy free-time around the campsite.
At night, our kitchen staff will treat everybody with a delicious dinner.
Overnight at Pacaymayo Campsite (Altitude: 3600m, 11800ft)
After breakfast early in the morning, the hike continues; on this day the Trail includes several wonderful Inca sites.
The first stretch will go from Pacaymayo (3.600 meters or 11.800 feet above sea level) to the Runkuracay pass (3.900 meters or 12.800 feet above sea level); after this pass, the hike is mainly downhill, reaching Sayaqmarca, an almost unreachable Inca site.
Next, we will arrive at the lunch area for day 3. Afterward, the hike resumes until the amazing Wiñay Wayna Inca complex and our campsite, you will have the rest of the day to relax and at night dinner for day 3 prepared by our kitchen staff.
Overnight at Wiñay Wayna Campsite (Altitude: 3700m/12150ft)
After breakfast early in the morning, the hike resumes from Wiñay Wayna (Quechua for forever young) to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate, where we arrive after about 2 hours. Congratulations! At this point, the Classic Inca Trail is officially finished!
The magnificent view of Machu Picchu and the Sanctuary of the Incas, are surely a great reward!
Next, there is a short hike to the Machu Picchu citadel and then the unforgettable professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu to see and learn about the astonishing sacred Inca. After the guided tour, you will have free time to continue exploring the citadel the way you like! The afternoon in Aguas Calientes is free for you to go visiting or shopping around the village, enjoy the hot springs and have lunch.
At 16:22 you will board the train to Ollantaytambo, and our staff will pick you there. A 1:30-hour ride awaits you to go to Cusco city on our private bus; in Cusco city, we will transfer you to the hotel at around 20:30.
Total walking hours 2:15hrs (6 km) Initial altitude 2650 m. Final 2,400 m. Train back to Ollantaytambo, bus back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.