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Cusco Region

Inca Trail Classic 4-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

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    What to Expect
    Day 1: Start of the Inka Trail:

    The Inca trail begins in Cusco with a nice breakfast from where you will then head to the start point of the trail (82km). There, you will begin the journey, warming up on a relatively flat part of the trail. After two hours, you will reach the first archaeological center of Patallacta. After lunch, you will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at our camp, Huayllabamba, where you will spend the night.

    Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

    After an early breakfast, you will start hiking and passing through different climatic and ecological zones. You will ascend to Warmiwañusca. Thereafter, you will arrive at the highest point, known to some as the Dead Woman’s Pass. After resting you will descend towards the second camp at Pacaymayu.

    Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Huayna:

    You will climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley, towards the second pass. About halfway up a small, round, roofless Inca construction is located. This Incan monument is known as Runkuracay, a building known as an astrological site and a sort of checkpoint for couriers following the trail to Machu Picchu. The tour leads you further on the trail which contains the exact same stones which were presented when the Incas walked the trail. The trail after the pass leads to a second, larger Inca site, Sayacmarca (“Town in a Steep Place”). You will also see an aqueduct, which once carried water to the farmlands. After touring Sayacmarca, you  will descend to the bottom of the valley. After lunch, you continue climbing and hiking towards the third pass and enjoy the third Incan site, Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-level Town”). You will learn about the ritual functions that the Incas used this site for. Here you will see water springs that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. There after you will reach another site, Huiñayhuaina (“Forever Young”). At this site, you will enjoy dinner and settle for the night.

    Day 4: To Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

    On the last day of your adventure, you will wake up early and follow a wide, relatively flat path. After about an hour and a half, you will climb a narrow path of stone steps leading to Intipunko, the Sun Gate. After three and a half days of trekking and struggling, you will look through the rectangular doorway of the sun gate and finally take the first views of the lost city of the Incas and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. From there, you will descend into Machu Picchu. There your guide will give a thorough three-hour tour through the ruins. After the guided tour, you will have time for yourself to explore the city before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes from where you will return to Cusco.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cusco hotels
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Pick up from hotel in Cusco and drop off
    • Bilingual Tour Guide
    • Transfer from Cusco to Km82 (start point of the Inca Trail)
    • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco
    • 3 night accommodation in camping premium
    • Spacious personal tent
    • Inflatable mattress
    • Hot water everyday
    • Meals: 3 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 3 dinners
    • Teatime and snacks everyday
    • Porters for equipment
    • Dining tent
    • First aid kid and emergency oxygen bottle
    • Following equipments can be rented in our office in Cusco:
    • Sleeping bag, $25
    • Pair of Walking sticks, $12
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • What you need to bring
    • Original Passport
    • Travel Insurance
    • Sleeping Bag (can be rented in our office in Cusco)
    • Pair of Walking Sticks (can be rented in our office in Cusco)
    • Walking Boots
    • Waterproof Jacket
    • Sun Hat and Gloves
    • Sun Protection (SPF 35 or higher)
    • Insect Repellent
    • Re-usable Water Container
    • Water for the First Day
    • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
    • Personal Medication
    • Camera
    • Headlamp
    • Cash in Local Currency (Peruvian Soles)
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    We did this trip in July of 2017 and it was remarkable. Don't miss the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu is fantastic, but the Inca Trail is the real deal. Cusco Native allowed us to not worry about anything other than showing up. They did the rest. Renato is great and our tour
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    About the operator

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    By: Cusco Native Tours & Treks
    229 reviews
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Personalized impeccable service
    Outstanding experience thanks to Cusco Native Tours and Treks. Owner personally met with us to outline our day.
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    A fantastic adventure!
    Renato and his team made this trip a fantastic adventure! We loved how Renato knows so much about every place we
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    Los Angeles, California
    Excellent tour with a tremendous guide
    When deciding our trip to Peru and Machu Picchu, we came across Native Cusco and our guide, Renato. We didn't know
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    So so tour
    I enjoyed the visit to the Pisac ruins but we didn’t have much time to visit. I felt the tour was rushed and we
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    Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, Italy
    Marvellous Inca sites
    The Sacred Valley is definitely a place to visit. Our guide Renato did his best to convey the spirit of the Inca
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    Ollantaytambo, Peru
    Great guy but unexpected expenses
    Guide was very knowledgable. Pick up was on time. Thought was overpriced for what was offered, given only 2 sites
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    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Fantastic guide! But watch out for extra costs.
    A lovely day out, visiting the awesome ruins in Pisac and Olytayambo, with a great guide who was fluent in English
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    Great tour, excellent way to see Machu Picchu!
    Cusco Native was an excellent option for touring Machu Picchu. The company helped us through every step of the
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    Great guide
    Overall this tour was very well organized. The driver was very nice and the tour guide also very lovely!!! He's
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