Inca Trail 4 Days
The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is Peru’s number one hike and one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the world. Offering 4 days of hiking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca archeological sites, and the stunning scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the classic Inca Trail is one of those things that everybody should do once in their life.
Inca Trail News: Inca Trail 4 day Permits are already sold out for September. Permits are running out quickly for October. Below you will find the dates that is still available.
- September 2022: Sold out for all month.
- October 2022: 29th, 30th, and 31st.
- November 2022: Available all month.
- December 2022: Available all month.
- January 2023: Available all month.
This information was updated on September 26th, 2022. Book your permits ASAP with a local Company AB Expeditions.
Walk a sacred path that is packed with history, flora, and fauna; furthermore, this 26-mile path is the only way to access Machu Picchu more especially and significantly, yet more rewarding on foot through the sun gate as the Incas did back in the day.
Our company AB Expeditions include Professional highly trained, educated and passionate tour guides to lead the groups of Inca trail 4 days and answer all questions, a team of porters who will help to carry all the needed camping gear and personal belongings; a professional chef who deliver hot restaurant-style meals at each camping site to guarantee delicious food and to ensure you have plenty of energy to appreciate the amazing landscapes that 4 day Inca Trail hike offers.
Why should you hike inca trail 4 days with us?
- Our porters are treated with respect. They receive all their equipment for free from our Company AB Expeditions. We provide them fair salary, a decent tent with a pad, proper meal, trekking shoes, hiking pants and Winter hut. We care for their health, well-being, and the health of their families, also we are committed to social projects to improve their lives.
- We are practical, punctual, reliable Travel company, welcoming individuals or groups. Check out our reviews on trip advisor.
- At AB Expeditions, our porters, guides, driver, and Cooks receive their salary as soon they finish their job.
- We dont share our group of Inca trail 4 days with other companies.
- Small groups of 2 to 8 people máximum. This fact sets us apart from other travel companies that take bigger groups.
- AB Expeditions is A 100% locally owned Travel Company and fully licensed Inca Trail operator.
- Our Tour Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and amazing Inca trail is.
- Your return train ticket on day 4 is at 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes. Therefore you arrive to Cusco early so you will sleep enough to do any tour the next day.
- Our Inca trail porters got their vaccine against covid-19. they are ready to work!!!
** IMPORTANT NOTE **
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture and SERNANP are in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To access the Inca Trail, you have to have a permit that matches your FULL NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE issued by the Ministry of Culture.
Only licensed Inca Trail Travel Agencies like AB EXPEDITIONS can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time. If you are not able to start your Inca Trail hike on your start date, it is not possible to transfer the permit to someone else. If you need to change your start date, you have to make sure permits are still available for the new date and buy a new permit. These are all rules of the government of Peru that all Travel Agencies need to follow. If permits are sold out for your desired start date, many other treks lead to Machu Picchu such as Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, and Lares Trek. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS ITINERARY
Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba
For the start of the Classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu 4 days, we will leave Cusco at 06:00 am. We will drive for about an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo village and stop briefly to buy last-minute gear, personal necessities, and stuff for trekking Inca trail. And also, here you get breakfast (Included); then we keep driving to Piskacuchu (Km 82), the Inca Trail starting point and checkPoint. Once passing the checkpoint and Urubamba river, we will start our easy stroll trekking the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. Along the way, we will be passing through Quechua Hamlets and local people, then at Miskay, we drop off the bags and sit for lunch. After all, even siesta if you want, we will walk straight to the first biggest Archaeological site of Patallacta, or Llactapata. After shooting pictures and hearing the explanation about Llactapata, we will keep walking for two more hours to get to Wayllabamba, the first camping spot at 2 900m / 9 5144 feet.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
Today we will start trekking the Inca Trail tour 4 day early in the morning to take advantage of the fresh morning hours and shade of the mountains. That way, it is going to be convenient to walk up to the first Inca Trail pass Warmihuañusca (Dead woman's pass 4200 m.a.s.l) and consequently the highest point of the 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The Dead woman's pass seals the Inca trail difficulty, but the prize is we will definitely see the various Inca Trail ecological zones and notice the microclimates that make up the area in front of us. And once we reach the top, we will be able to see snow-capped Mountains, Andean Alpines, and jagged darkened lofty mountains all around. Once the resting time and pictures are over, we will start the march down to Pacaymayo Campground at 3600 m. / 11 800. Then we have lunch followed by a free afternoon for resting until the next day.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna
Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu on the third day can't be better with the hidden archeological gems only accessible in the Inca trail guided tours. The day begins; with a nutritious enough breakfast for the challenging hike that awaits us forward, then we will let the adventure begin from Pacaymayo campground through the Runcuracay archeological site and continue onto El Paso (pass) Runcuracay at 3,850 m. (Second highest of the Inca trail passes) for about one hour. Following the stepped stone ancient Inca path on the other side of the mountain, we will get to the Sayacmarca Inca site for a little rest and visit. Thereafter once again, we will continue along the trail, but before we get to the lunch spot at Phuyupatamarca, we will pass through a tunnel and also see the foundations of the path placed ten meters down on a mountainside. After lunch, as if with recovered energy, we will head down a zigzagging path to the Wiñaywayna camp (2 560 m / 8 700 ft ) for the last overnight on the Inca Trail. At night after dinner, we will have a farewell ceremony as it is a custom to thank our team crew on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 day hike. (Inca trail porters and cooks).
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
Machu Picchu will soon be a dream come true and what better decision it is by hiking the Inca trail trek 4 days. After an early breakfast, we will begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu. First, we will check-in at the control stall and hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the Gate of the Inca Trail, the gate for overlooking the world’s ancient wonder, all inspiring and marvelous that Machu Picchu citadel is. As the sun travels west up in the sky, so we do hike west down to Machu Picchu park to register and then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the sanctuary city, then you will be given time for visiting the more less-frequented sections. After the Machu Picchu tour, we will take the bus down or walk part of the Short Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Enjoy the resting time exploring the town of Aguas Calientes before returning to Ollantaytambo by train and then back to Cusco by bus as agreed in our Inca trail booking.
- A personal porter to carry your 7 kg of your personal belongings
- Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
- Private tourist transport Cusco - Km 82 (the starting point of the walk).
- English speaking guide with conduct radio communication.
- Foam mattresses.
- Professional chef
- Kitchen equipment.
- Dining tent with chairs and tables.
- Portable environmental biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
- Meal service at the campsites (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks). With option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose Intolerance and any food allergy.
- 4 season Tents for two people (tent with capacity for 3 people used as doubles - Kayla Doite).
- Porter service. As detailed in the table authorized by the Ministry of Culture. (To carry our camping equipment and food) we never overload our porters and they have proper equipment.
- Inca trail Permits and Machu Picchu ticket.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes after the guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- Expeditions train ticket back (14:55 Hrs.) To Ollantaytambo.
- Private transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
- Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
- Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by the tour guides at 6:00 pm at the office a day before.
- Wake-up tea. Hot herbal tea brought to your tent, each morning before breakfast.
- A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).
- We provide hot water bins each day to help our clients clean and feel good at night.
- Rain Poncho to cover from the rain.
- Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback (your chef will provide clean water after each meal)
- Day pack cover to keep you dry your belongings.
What s not included?
- Huayna Picchu Moutain: It is $65USD
- Machu Picchu Mountain:It is $65 USD
- Vistadome: It is $50
- Sleeping Bag: It is $20
- Walking Sticks: It is $20
- Lunch - Day 4.
- Entrance to the hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes (US $ 5).
- Tips (optional).
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
- Original Passport and student cards if you are students.
- A Hiking/trekking Backpack (21 liters capacity).
- Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from AB Expeditions.
- Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
- Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste. toothbrush, and wet wipes.
- Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
- Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
- Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
- Swiss Army Knife.
- Water bottle made of flexible plastic. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTION
HOW TO BOOK THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAY TREK WITH AB EXPEDITONS?
In order to book your Inca Trail 4 days with us, Click in the BOOK NOW buttom, then select the day of your depature, then fill out all your personal information of each participant and the last step is the payment which you can do with your Credit card or debit Card.
Once your inca trail permits are in our hands, we will send you a confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All start dates, once confirmed, are guaranteed.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Yes! During the Inca Trail 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, you can store your luggage at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you. Please bring what you will only need during your Machu Picchu 4 day hike.
WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE?
The Outstanding balance can be made in cash one day earlier your trip in USD or soles or if you prefer PayPal at least one week prior to your trip(7% service fee applies). Also, you can pay us with Credit card (5% service fee applies). Please let us know what you prefer. Cash payment MUST be paid 1 day prior your trip.
HOW ABOUT THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
According to Peruvian Law, you have to be under 18 years old at the time of your hike to Inca trail 4 days (if you are 18 or over, you need to have valid student cards). Below is the sample of valid student card
- All students from 11 to 17 years old have a discount of $30 USD.
- For children from 2 to 11 years old have a discount is $40 USD.
All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy to email@example.com
MAY I CHANGE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately it is not possible. Peruvian government doesn t allow us to change once the Classic Inca Trail 4 days permits have been bought. Inca Trail permits are not transferable nor refundable. . The only information that the government allows us to change is passport numbers.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU?
Yes! You must bring your original passport and it is very important that it should be same passport you sent us to reserve your Inca Trail 4 days permit. Your passport will be checked at 3 Inca trail checkpoints, Machu Picchu and when you board the train.
UPDATING PASSPORT NUMBERS
If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your inca trail 4 days permits. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport. Please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information of your permit.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF MY TRAIN TICKET?
We usually book return train ticket at 02:55 pm on day 4 so you arrive to Cusco at 06:30 pm and you have enough time sleep and do any tour next day, like Rainbow Mountain.
CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY FOR MY INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS?
Yes, you can stay in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. by staying in the Sacred Valley, your pickup will be 1 hour and half after the cusco pick up so you will sleep more.
IF I CANCEL MY INCA TRAIL 4 DAY TREK. ¿DO I GET ANY REFUND?
In case our country close the borders, we refund you alll the deposit. But if you dont make our country for whatever reason, you get sick or miss your flight or there is strike or natural desaster. You will lose USD $150 automatically. Once the Inca Trail pemit is bought they become non-refundable or transferable, The entity in charge of issuing the Inca Trail permits is the Ministery of culture of Peru and Peru Rail who is charge of train ticket. They don’t provide any refund.
We understand that nothing is for granted and things may change in a minute, therefore we will do our best to be reasonable and charge you only for things that we have already spent.
WHAT TIME WILL WE GET TO MACHU PICCHU?
Our groups reach the Sun Gate at 7.00 am roughly and from sungate to Machu Picchu take 45 minutes so you will get to Machu Picchu at 8 am in the morning.
WILL WATER BE PROVIDED?
You will need to buy 2 liters of water only for the first day. Since the second we will rovide you boiled water 3 times in a day, after breskfast, at lunch and at dinner.
WHAT KINDS OF REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES SHOULD WE BRING TO THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS?
Starting in March 2022, single-use plastic water bottles and other plastic waste is prohibited in Inca Trail 4 days/3 nights. You must bring your own personal reusable water bottles to fill out the wáter that we provide you. You can buy bladder or hard shell bottle, or pouch whichever is convenient for you.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR THE INCA TRAIL?
There is not any age limit for the Inca Trail 4 day hike. We at AB Expeditions recommend that the mimimum age should be 8, because there are some steep section that would be difficult for Little legs.
HOW MANY KILOS IS IT ALLOWED TO CARRY ON THE INCA TRAIL?
There is not weight limit for you, you can carry heavy or light weight. However the porters should carry no more than 20 kilograms.
IS THERE ANY LOCATION WHERE I CAN PLUG AND CHARGE MY ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON THE INCA TRAIL?
There is no electricity facility at any campsite, so we recommend taking extra portable battery packs / power banks.
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE RATING OF AB EXPEDITIONS SLEEPING BAGS?
We rent mummy style sleeping bags that are usable in -15° C / 5° F.
WHICH CAMPSITES DO YOU USE?
We always book the option 1 and 2, Therefore your last campsite will be Wiñaywayna. It is located 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Machu Pichu. So you will get to Machu Picchu early and flesh.
ADDITIONAL INFO FOR INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
A máximum of 500 people per day are allowed to access the Inca Trail 4 days at km. 82; This number includes all support staff such as: authorized porters, cooks and tour guides and is most tightly controlled; when the inca trail reaches its limit of 500 visitors, the Trail is closed off for the day and no further reservations could be made; Booking are not held on the Trail and all permits must be bought a year in advance, if possible.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Make sure your trekking shoes are broken in before the hike.
- Spend at least 2 days in Cusco before your Inca Trail 4 day hike to get used to the altitude.
- For peak season, June to August, you should book your pemits to a year in advance.
- Bottled water is available for purchase at some places along the trail on the first and second days, and then not until Machu Picchu.
- This 4 day trek to Machu Picchu is no recommended for travelers with back problems
- Daily departures with a group of 2 or more.
- No departures in February due to the trail maintenance.
- There is not access for wheelchair.
- DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, insurance card, personal medications.
We will give you a duffel bags at our office at the end of your briefing. Your porters will carry them and you will have acces on them only at the campsites. Put your clothes and other personal ítems that you wont need hiking. Things like, water, snacks, first aid kit and rain gear should be in your day pack.
The duffel should weight 7kg. Remember only 4kg will be for your personal belongings. The remaining 3kg is going to be for your pad, and sleeping bag.
Strikes and roadblocks are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our Inca trail to Machu Picchu hike and rail service to and from Machu Picchu. We will do our best that your hike to Machu Picchu continues as planned with some changes.
- If the strike happens the first day of your Machu Picchu 4 day tour, we will take you to trailhead the night before your start date.
- If the strike happens the day that you finish your Inca Trail 4 day hike. We will send our vans to Hidrolectrica. So you will need to hike extra 2 hours from Aguas Calientes to Hidrolectric. Then we will drive 7 hours to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 11:00 pm.
RETURNING FROM MACHU PICHU TO CUSCO.
Returning from Machu Picchu to Cusco need a lot of logistics. But it is already organize by us.
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for about 30 minutes. Buses run every 15 minutes. Then Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station. Our guide will give you your train tickets. Make sure to get the train station 30 minutes earlier.
- The estimated time on train is 1 hour and half from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- The estimated time on train is 3 hours and half from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.
Once at the train station, our tranfer will wait for you with AB Expeditions logo. He/She will then tranfer you back to Cusco then to your hotel.
- The estimated time from Ollantaytambo to Cusco is 1 hour and half.
- The estimated time from Poroy to Cusco is 40 minutes.
INCA TRAIL WEATHER
The weather is unpredictable in the andes. Dry season in Inca Trail is from April to October and rainy season from November through March, but this does not stop rain from falling in dry season or the sun from coming out in rainy season so just be prepared. No matter what season you are hiking 4 day hike to Machu Picchu, make sure that you get rain gear such as: a rain jacket, rain pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hike involves various microclimates. You might experience 4 season in only one day too. So you must be prepared. Layers are the key since they are easy to adapt to different temperature changes. Be prepared with down jacket since the early morning and evening will be cold.
We recommend you to get a travel insurance because if you cancel your 4 day inca Trail tours in a last-minute it can reimburse you for your prepaid, non-refundable Inca Trail permit. Also when you get sick or hurt while you are far away from home, it can reimburse you for care following a covered medical emergency while traveling.
This hike is difficult, it’s highly recommended to be in a good physical condition; The classic Inca Trail elevation changes make the hike tough as there are three passes during your trek.
During the Inca trail to Machu Picchu trek, solo travelers will be paired to share a tent with another traveler of the same sex and couples will have a tent to themselves.
There is pre-departure briefing at our Cusco Office at 06:00 pm one day before your departure. If you are not able to make this time, you should coordinate another time with AB Expeditions team by email. Briefings last 30 -45 minutes roughly. At the briefing you will meet your guide and He/she will give you detailed information about your Inca Trail 4 days: for example, a list of what to bring, rental equipment or questions in general. Our office is located at: Marquez Street 250, Second Floor. Office 03. Cuzco, Peru.
Tipping is common on Inca Trail Trail tours 4 day. On the third day in the afternoon, we will say goodbye our amazing porters and profesional chefs. This is the time that you will give a tip for all of them please. Anything extra is always really appreciated. Please know that tipping is not Mandatory and that you should never feel forced into this.
Usually our customers pool their tipping money together for the chef and porters. For your tour guide, you tip after your guided tour at Machu Picchu. You decide the amount of money based on your experience with them. Soles is better for Our Porters and Chefs. Guides can receive U.S. dollars or Soles without any problem.
- Tips could be for our porters: 50 – 90 soles per porter.
- Tips could be for our Cooks: 120 – 150 soles per cook.
Our Inca Trail 4 days/3 nights Group are made up of all different types of people, with many trekking skills and ages. Once you book in a group service, you agree that some people may be slower or faster than you. Each of you will go at your own pace for the trek, and our tour guide will work with the group to spend time with everybody.
TYPICAL MEALS ON THE TREK
We train our cooks every year on the low season to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain, with specialty menus and the freshest local ingredients available on all of our Treks to Machu Picchu. Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.
*Vegetarian, vegan, gluten fee and more Options Available Upon Request (please let us know at the time of booking).
- Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas, Thick oatmeal with large fresh chunks of sweet apples. and boiled water for hot teas, coca tea, coffee, chocolate, and milk.
Lunch & dinner:
- First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado, or potatoes.
- Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chili pepper chicken), escabeche de Pollo (marinated chicken), or ajiaco de ulluco (spicy ulluco stew).
- Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake, peach.
- candies, cookies, juice, crackers and a variaty of peruvian fruits such as: Banana, Chirimoya, Granadilla, Apple, orange, Mandarine,
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