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Inca Trail Express

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The 4-day Inca Trail trek is an exciting, high mountain experience where we climb up to 4200 meters, passing glacier covered peaks and descending into lush, green cloudforest. We require that travelers spend at least two nights at high altitude prior to participating in this trek (Cusco, Sacred Valley, or Lake Titicaca for example) to prepare to hike the Inca Trail.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-4 : Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 5 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Places Visited

  • Peru
  • South America
  • Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Cusco
  • El MaPi Inn
  • Inca Trail
  • Inca Trail Day 1: Huayllabamba
  • Inca Trail Day 2: Pacaymayo
  • Inca Trail Day 3: Phuyupatamarca
  • Machu Picchu
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley

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Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Challenging

Trip Snapshots

Machu Picchu Dead Woman's Pass Inca Trail Gallavanting around Peru Our guide, Vidal, explaining about the ruins found along the Inca Trail Ashley and I overlooking Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate Salkantay Almost there !

Day 1-4 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Meet your guide and depart from Cusco and drive to Kilometer 82, our starting point on the Inca Trail. Walk in the footsteps of the great Inca civilization as you journey along their ancient trail to the sacred city of 'Machu Picchu'. Andean history comes to life along this ancient route as each day you pass ever larger ruins. Scenery changes from snowcapped mountains to lush green cloudforest. The trek is made with pilgrims from all over the world, and your friendly crew of guides and porters will take great care of you along the way. On Day 4, the group descends 3,000 feet from their campsite at Phuyapatamarca to reach spectacular Machu Picchu in the afternoon. Tonight, relax in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) below the ruins.

Trek Details

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Day 1 - KM 82 TO HUAYLLABAMBA -- Trek length: 7.8 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 9,691 ft
Day 2 - HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYO -- Trek length: 5.1 miles (5-7 hrs) Camp elevation: 11,833 ft. Warmiwanusca pass (13,776 ft)
Day 3 - PACAYMAYO TO PHUYUPATAMARCA --Trek length: 4.5 miles (4-6 hrs); Camp elevation: 12,067 ft
Day 4 - PHUYUPATAMARCA TO MACHU PICCHU -- Trek length: 6.9 miles (5-7 hrs); Machu Picchu elevation: 7,875 ft

Some itineraries will hike farther on day three and camp at a closer location to Machu Picchu, making the hike on day four shorter. This will be up to the discretion of your Tour Leader and the Peruvian National Park Service. Your Tour Leader will notify you locally of your camping itinerary.

Day 5 Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

  • 1 Breakfast
Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Inca Trail - Campsites

Per person starting at
$1,550

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We require that travelers spend at least two nights at high altitude prior to participating in this trek to acclimatize (Cusco, Sacred Valley, or Lake Titicaca for example).

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 3 Nights Camping
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • All camping gear EXCEPT sleeping bags

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $60 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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