The Inca Trail is one of the best known hikes in Peru and South America because of its authenticity since it has the original Inca trail that used to start from Cusco, the capital of the Inca state, with direction to the enigmatic citadel of Machupicchu following this ancient paved road you can appreciate many Inca sites, terraces, temples where they did their respective studies related to agriculture and astronomy also we can appreciate valleys, mountains where you can observe the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
Our Inca trail private service is perfect for honeymooners, families with young children and group of friends basically you will travel with your loved ones only, and this meant smaller groups you will get the full attention of our professional tour guides along the Inca trail, as well you won’t be carrying all your stuff just the things that you need during the day because you have a personal porter included to carry up to 7kg of your gear you will enjoy more.
Hiking the Inca trail to Machupicchu with Andean Soul Adventure you will ensure your best holiday ever we are 100% locals, born and grow around the Inca land we have the greatness of the Incas so you will get all of the greatness of our team in order to make your best trip ever and fall in love with Cusco Peru.
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Inca Trail Availability
We offer daily departures on the Inca trail (except February because the trail is closed for maintenance)
We strongly recommend you to book your Inca trail at least 4 or 5 months in advance as permits as permits can quickly sell out especially in the high season which is from April to September.
- Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
- Highest Altitude – 4215m / 13,782ft.
- Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles
- Longest Day – Day 2.
- Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º Celsius.
Overall Difficulty – Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depends on your level of fitness and acclimatization, this is very important you have to spend at least 48 hours over 3000 meters above sea level)
Day 01: Cuzco kilómetro 82 to Ayapata.
Pick up at 4:30 AM then we are going to take our bus together with our team (our chef and porters) will drive approx. for three hours to kilometer 82 we will pass through Chinchero and Ollantaytambo at Ollantaytambo we will stop for breakfast from here we have 45 more minutes to kilometer 82 here we will have some time in order to get ready for our hike! Then we will approach to our first Inca trail checkpoint in where you have to show your original passport if you booked as student your ISC CARD the first two hours will be following the Urubamba river and it is relatively easy as we make our way to first Inca site call Patallacta this is one of the largest sites along the Inca trail this was a checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From this amazing Inca site, we have two more hours to go to our first lunch stop. After lunch is another 2 hours of hike until our first campsite this last section will be uphill and will pass by a village of Wayllabamaba in where you will have options to buy any energy drinks, water or any items that you need, then continue to our campsite Ayapata in where we will spend our first night.
Walking distance: 16 km
Campsite elevation: 3,300 meters
Day 2: Ayapata – Chaquiccocha!
Early in the morning, your porters will wake you up with a hot coca tea to get you ready for your day. This is considered the hardest day with beautiful views! We will start early our hike. We will hike roughly for four hours in order to get to the highest point of our trek, dead women’s pass (4215 meters 13828 ft.) along the way you will see beautiful native forest ones you are at the pass our super porters will be waiting for the group in order to offer hot tea after you enjoy your tea you will have some time to enjoy the view and get some photos and then we hike down for one hour and a half to Pacaymayo in where we will have our lunch stop. After lunch we have another four more hours of a hike to the camping site (Chaqui Ccocha) along you will stop on the Inca sites on the way up we have one called as (Runku Raccay) and on the way down we have another Inca site (Sayacmarca) them camp!.
Walking distance: 12 km
Campsite elevation: 3,600 meters
Day 3: Chaquiccocha – wiñaywayna!
Having conquering two mountains yesterday we are now treated to relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery of the Inca trail, we will hike for two hours locally call (Inca flat) and begin to enter the jungle or cloud forest. As we hike will be able to see the majesty of Salkantay Mountain the second highest snow-capped mountain and a fantastic panoramic view of Vilcabamba mountain range as well we will see Veronica glacial along our trek Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters) from where we’ll have a majestic views overlooking the Urubamba valley and best view of the Andes mountains in the distance. From here we’ll have our first view of Machupicchu Mountain the citadel is in the backside of the mountain. From Phuyupatamarka it is three hours down the stairs on the way we will see three Inca sites (Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, and Wiñay Wayna) of course you’ll have time to visit those places because we are going to camp at wiñay Wayna also lunch stop.
After lunch, your tour guide will take to another beautiful Inca site it’s only ten minutes away from the camp so don’t miss here you will have time to explore then you have to go back to the camp enjoy dinner with our team. After our delicious dinner, we will say goodbye to our porters, it is an Inca trail tradition to show our appreciation for their hard job. We advise you to go to bed at a reasonable time because the following morning we will wake up early in order to be one of the first at the checkpoint.
Walking distance: 10 km
Campsite elevation: 2,700 meters
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machupicchu!
Waking up early in the morning you’ll head straight to the checkpoint where we have to wait until they open the gate, the door is open at 5:30 am then you will head to the sun gate from where you will have the first view of Machu Picchu after you enjoy the view you will hike down to Machu Picchu will take another 45 minutes once you arrive to Machu Picchu here you will take postcard picture then you will go out of Machu Picchu in order to organize and use the toilet once you are ready you will explore the citadel for two hours with your tour guide after the tour you will have your free time in order to explore more, if you have permits to hike either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Your guide will give you your bus tickets to go down to Machu Picchu Pueblo as well will offer you a meeting point in a restaurant to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant, of course, this is optional.
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our bus driver will be waiting for you with Andean Soul Adventure logo and take you back to Cuzco.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Pre-departure briefing the night before of your tour.
- Collection from your hotel.
- Private bus to km 82 (trek starting point).
- 03 breakfast 03 lunch 03 dinner snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten-free special diets upon your request.).
- Water (only you have to take for the first 4 hours).
- Entrance fee for the Inca trail and Machupicchu sanctuary.
- Porter to carry camping and cooking equipment.
- Experienced top tour guides (2-8 with one tour guide 9 to 16 two guides).
- Dinning ten with table and chairs.
- Four-man ten for every two hikers.
- Sleeping pad (you need to carry unless you hire an extra porter to carry your personal belonging.
- Bus down from Machu Picchu citadel to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
- Oxygen bottle.
- First aid kit.
- Sleeping bag (five seasons) can be hired from us.
- Porter service to carry your personal belongings.
- Breakfast on day first lunch and dinner on day four.
- Entrance to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchuu mountain.
- Tips for trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters.
- Hot springs in Machupicchu pueblo (10 soles).
- Travel insurance (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl).
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Original Passport.
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Warm jacket.
- Hat and gloves.
- Comfortable Trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
- Insect repellant.
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
- Personal medication.
- Torch with spare batteries.
- First aid kit.