Classic Inca Trail 4 Days – 3 Nights

Note: All distances, times and altitudes given in the following itinerary are approximate.


Day 1


We will pick up passengers from their hotel at 6:00 a.m. and head towards the stop known as Km 82, after passing through the ancient Inca city of Ollantaytambo. At Km 82 we must register to enter the Inca Trail. We will walk for 2 hours to the place known as Miskay, where we will have lunch and take a short break. We will continue our hike for 4 hours. On the way we will be able to observe the archaeological center of Patallacta and its unique terraces. Finally, we will arrive to Huayllabamba where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.

  • Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  • Hiking time: 6 hours approximately
  • Starting altitude: 2,900 m.a.s.l. / 9,514 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3,000 m.a.s.l. / 9,842 FASL
  • Type of lodging: Camping
  • Lodging altitude: 3,000 m.a.s.l. / 9,842 FASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner. Also, snacks and tea time in the afternoon.
Day 2


We will offer passengers a hot infusion of coca leaves and then enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef. We will leave the camp and start a 5 hour hike to the top of the mountain called Warmi wañusqa or Dead Woman. Then we will descend for 2 hours until we reach the place where we will have lunch and then we will continue walking to our camp in Pacaymayo where we will spend the night.

  • Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Hiking time: 8 hours
  • Starting altitude: 3,000 m.a.s.l. / 9,842 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 4,215 m.a.s.l. / 13,828 FASL
  • Type of lodging: Camping
  • Lodging altitude: 3,600 m.a.s.l. / 11,811 FASL
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, snacks and tea time in the afternoon.
Day 3


As every morning, we will serve passengers a hot infusion of coca leaves and a delicious breakfast. The hike starts early in the morning and we will head to the archaeological complex of Sayaqmarca. Then we will stop to rest and have a delicious lunch. We will continue with the excursion to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. Finally, we will arrive at the camp of the same name where we will have dinner and spend the night.

  • Distance: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Hiking time: 9 hours
  • Starting altitude: 3,600 m.a.s.l. / 11,811 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 3,900 m.a.s.l. / 12,795 FASL
  • Type of lodging: Camping
  • Lodging altitude: 2,650 m.a.s.l. / 8,694 FASL
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, snacks and tea time in the afternoon.
Day 4


This day starts very early in order for passengers to enjoy the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu before most other tourists. The checkpoint at the entrance of Machu Picchu is open for visitors from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is important to emphasize that this hike is required and that there is the option of taking a bus for US$ 12.00 extra. In Machu Picchu there will be a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, passengers will be able to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if they have booked their tickets in advance. The time it takes to climb and descend either of these mountains is approximately 3 hours. After enjoying this Inca citadel, we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes where, at approximately 4:22 p.m. (subject to availability), we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. (subject to availability), we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo. This trip takes 2 hours. In Ollantaytambo we will board a bus that will take us back to Cusco. Arrival to the city at approximately 09:00 p.m.

  • Distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles
  • Hiking time: 2 hours approximately
  • Starting altitude: 1,900 m.a.s.l. / 6,232 FASL
  • Maximum altitude: 2,400 m.a.s.l. / 7,874 FASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Box breakfast


  • Pre-departure briefing: The briefing will be held one night before the trip after coordination with your passengers. This meeting can be held at your hotels or offices at 5:00 p.m.; or at our offices at 6:00 p.m. (Calle Triunfo 392, office 212, second floor, Arte Inca handicraft center).
  • Transportation: Cusco-Km 82 / Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo- Cusco.
  • Qualified guides: Our guides are fluent in English and Spanish, professionally educated and officially certified (1 guide for groups of 2 to 10 people and 1 guide + 1 assistant for groups of 12 people. Maximum 12 people per group).
  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Personal tents: Seeking the greatest comfort and safety, every 2 passengers will be accommodated in tents with capacity for 4 people.
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for the kitchen and dining room, as well as tables, chairs and complete cooking equipment. All transported by porters.
  • Therm-a-rest: Passengers can place these mats under their sleeping bags for added comfort.
  • Lodging: 3 nights in tents.
  • 01 duffel bag: During the briefing we will deliver a duffel bag where passengers can carry their personal belongings (including sleeping bag) up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs. Our horses are in charge of transportation from one camp to another.
  • Porters: A porter will carry the duffel bag containing the passengers’ personal items.
  • Cooking service: A chef specialized in trekking routes, together with his assistant, will prepare delicious Peruvian dishes throughout the trip (buffet meals).
  • Meals: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches and 03 dinners. Special, vegetarian or vegan menus are available at no additional cost.
  • Morning infusion: Every morning, in our camps, passengers will enjoy a hot cup of coca leaf infusion as soon as they wake up.
  • Tea time: In our camps we will serve popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc.
  • Daily snacks (days 1, 2 and 3): We will offer snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candies, etc.
  • 01 cloth bag: We will give a cloth bag to passengers to carry their snacks. This way we will avoid the use of plastic bags that pollute our environment.
  • Medical kit: We will have a first aid kit.
  • Oxygen balloon.
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at approximately 4:22 p.m., depending on availability.


  • Sleeping bags.
  • Walking sticks with rubber tips.
  • Bus Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
  • Breakfast (Day 1).
  • Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes (Last day).
  • Clothing and personal equipment.
  • Travel insurance.

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Additional costs, delays or modification of the itinerary may occur for reasons beyond the agency’s responsibility, such as: bad weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

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