Inca Trail 4 Days To Machu Picchu

$ 695 /
per person


Clasicc Inca Trail 4 Days To Machu Picchu

The Clasicc Inca Trail hike 4 days to Machu Picchu, is one of Peru’s and South America’s most famous hikes. This 26-mile trail is merely a fraction of what it was during the Inca Empire, yet it is historically significant. Through the Andes highlands, this hallowed trail is currently the sole direct route to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail trek is thought to have been designed and built by the Inca ruler of the period in the 1450s. This sacred road, which runs from Cusco to the citadel of Machu Picchu, is famous for its archaeological sites along the way. They were all used for sleeping, religious rites, and astronomical observation.

The Peruvian government now regulates the Inca Trail quite tightly. Along the way, only licensed tour companies are permitted to operate tour groups. As a result, qualified tourism guides and registered assistance crews of cooks and porters are necessary for tour groups. Each day, just 500 persons, including hikers and support teams, are permitted on the trail. As a result, Inca Trail permits sell out quickly and must be reserved in advance.

We recommend booking your Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu at least 2-5 months in advance. It’s also a good idea to check Inca Trail permit availability with AltitudExperience via our contact form.

Tour location: Inca trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu | Located in the district of Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, Cusco Region.
Type of Tour: Trekking with camping, History, Adventure and Culture.
Recommended: For those who enjoy long hikes and are in good physical condition.
Difficulty: Moderate, challenging. 
Permit Inca Trail: Permit required (AltitudExperience will book it for you). It is necessary to reserve it in advance.
Season: March 1 – January 31
Considerations: Don’t wait any longer, live the experience with AltitudExperience of this majestic tour through the Inca Trail Hike, let yourself be amazed by the Inca ruins.
We will assume the responsibility of providing you with the best service during the trek, the best campsites, delicious typical meals, providing you with camping equipment of minimum impact to the environment and a team of collaborators that have a high level of hospitality practices. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco”.

Inca Trail Itinerary 4 Days to Machu Picchu

  Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata – Ayapata

You will begin with pick-up directly from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. The pick-up in Cusco will be at 4:20 AM, the pick-up from Urubamba at 5:20 AM, and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, the pick-up will be at 6:20 AM. Then, we will go to Km 82, the first control point of the Inca Trail to begin our trek. Important; you must have your original passport for the entrance to the Inca Trail.

The first hours of the hike are light, as we will be going to our first Inca site, Patallacta. This site is an ancient Inca checkpoint towards Machu Picchu. From there, we will walk 2 hours to our stopping point for lunch. After our delicious lunch, we will continue walking another 2 hours until we reach the camp for our first night in Ayapata (3340 meters). During this part of the journey, we will pass through 2 small communities.

At these places, you may purchase snacks, energy drinks, or essential items you’ve forgotten, such as batteries.
We will arrive at our camp at 4:30 PM. Once we’ve settled in, you can rest and relax with the team and the rest of the travel party. At 6:50 PM your dinner will be ready, and after that, you can rest quietly for the next day.

Campsite altitude: 3300 meters (high) above sea level
Weather: Cold

 Day 2: Dead Woman Pass – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquicoocha 

We will wake up early, starting with an Andean breakfast and Mate tea, to get everyone ready for the day. This day will be very long. We will walk for 4 hours to the highest point of the walk.

Once we have reached the pass, we will have a short break to enjoy the incredible views of the Andes, and then descend to the Pacaymayu Valley (“Hidden River”). Once we’re in the lower part of the valley, we will arrive at our lunch point.

Here you will have a short break and the opportunity to fill your water bottles. Once our lunch is over we will continue with our ascent tour to the next step of the walk, where we will stop at a small Inca archaeological site called RUNCU RACCAY.

We will have a short rest and a small tour of the surroundings, so we can observe the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. Then, we will continue with our walk, to our second camp CHAQUICOCHA (“Dry Lake”). Once we are at camp, dinner will be at 6:40 pm, after which you can relax and appreciate a starry sky.

Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level
Weather: Cold

Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna

Our third day will start early again, waking up at 6 AM. This day of the tour will be amazing and the most beautiful parts of the walk. We will walk for 3 hours to reach a site called Plano Inca, where we will begin to enter the jungle, better known as Cloud Forest.

On the way there, we will observe the snow-capped salkantay, which is the second highest snowfall of Cusco, and a fantastic view of the Vilcabamba valley. We will start climbing the last pass of Phuyupatamarka, where we’ll have spectacular views of the river, valleys and our first view of the Machupicchu mountain.

At this point, we will still have a walk of approximately 2 hours until we reach our last camp. Once we reach camp, we can take a well-deserved rest so that you are ready for your last day in Machu picchu. In the afternoon your guide will give you a brief overview of information on the site and then you will visit the ruins of wiñay wayna. This way you will be prepared for your view and visit to Machupicchu the next day. It will be our last night with the team of camp workers and it is a tradition to organize a small ceremony to introduce our entire team of workers and thank them for the great work
Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level
Weather: Cold


 Day 4:  Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – The lost city of the Incas

Our day will start at 3:40 AM, with breakfast at 4:10 AM. We will arrive at the checkpoint to be the first ones to start the walk when the doors open. We will have our farewell with the work team that accompanied us during the days of walking and then go to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From there, we will have phenomenal views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its magnificence. We will arrive at the Sun gate, and then continue the walk to the lost city of Machu picchu.

As we get closer over time, the views will continue to be incredible. Once we reach the last control point, we will enter the majestic, lost city of Machu Picchu. Once there you will start our guided tour of approximately 2 hours and will be given your bus ticket to Aguas Calientes.

Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will have a brief meeting with your guide, then go to lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy the brief time in Aguas Calientes. Once that is done, the guide will deliver your train tickets back to ollantaytambo (train returns at 3:20 PM), where an Altitude Experience driver will pick you up and transfer you to the city of Cusco on our bus, and finally, drop you off at your hotel.

Campsite altitude: 2.600 Meters (high) above sea level
Weather: chilly

Additional Information of Inca Trail 4 days

Getting to Cusco

All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.

The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.

Arrival to Cusco

At the Cusco airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Please notify us of your complete flight details at least days prior to 24 arrival. At the arrival terminal, look for our representative holding an Blue ALTITUDEXPERIENCE Peru board. Please keep in mind that you must first exit the airport; drivers are not permitted to enter the airport. This can be done on whatever date works best for you!


All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the ALTITUDEXPERIENCE office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.

Luggage Storage

Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.

While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the ALTITUDEXPERIENCE deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.

Pick Up

One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is ALTITUDEXPERIENCE. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.

The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.

Inca Trail Permit

Due to Covid-19, the government has shortened the number of permits for the entire Inca Trail, including the campsites.

Inca Trail has different tour versions among them are: Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu; the most popular tour among travelers, Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu; a more leisurely and comfortable tour designed for travelers who wish to explore in depth and stay longer on the Inca Trail. 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; a tour for travelers who due to time and permissions could not do the classic Inca Trail, and wish to have the amazing Inca Trail experience in two days.

The Ministry of Culture in Peru is in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To enter the Inca Trail, you must have a permit that matches your NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE (issued by the Ministry o Culture). Only licensed Inca Trail tour operators can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time.

If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are lots of other roads that lead to Machu Picchu. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.

Inca Trail Covid-19

The covid-19 epidemic in the Inca trail has had an impact on the travel sector. The government has provided the requirements to return to work in adventure travel, and altitude Experience has adopted all of the safety standards and protocols specified by the Peruvian government.
All of our trips are run in accordance with the following safety guidelines:

  •  Temperature readings were taken on all hikes.
  • In our Cusco office, we practice proper handwashing and sanitization.
  • Masks must be used in busy settings and during group activities.
  • All of our hiking gear must be kept clean (i.e., tents, hiking poles etc.)
  • All of our services have a maximum group size limit (i.e., maximum group size of 10 to 12 people)
  • Altitude Experience clients only have access to private Alpaca Expeditions buses and vans.
  • During any service, we use our equipment in a strict and coordinated manner to ensure that all travelers are using clean, sterilized, and disinfected equipment at all times.

Highlights of ALTITUDEXPERIENCE Trekking

Locally Company: Altitude Experience is a 100% Peruvian-owned enterprise based in Cusco. ALTITUDEXPERIENCE is the only tour operator and agency formed by by a Quechua community, called Ponchos rojos (red ponchos).

Equipment for Camping: Due to its use of high-quality equipment such as tents, sleeping mats, and sleeping bags, ALTITUDEXPERIENCE is regarded as the best agent of change.

Satellite Phones: ALTITUDEXPERIENCE is the only firm in the Cusco that has satellite phones on all of its treks. Hikers can use satellite phones to communicate with their loved ones.

Food With ALTITUDEXPERIENCE: You will undoubtedly gain weight while hiking with Altitude Experience. Our chefs receive specialized training each year in order to prepare unique meals while on the road. Our meal is made with high-quality ingredients organic and served buffet-style. Breakfast, snacks, lunches with soup, main course, and hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon arrival at each campsite, and dinners with soup, main course, and desserts are all included in our services. While on the trails, we also give all hikers with potable drinking water.

Free Baggage Storage: At Altitude Experience, all excess luggage and personal items are stored for free.

Portable Toilets: At each of its campsites, ALTITUDEXPERIENCE provides portable ecological toilets for our clients’ exclusive use.

Transfers Hotel To Hotel: Hotel-to-hotel service is provided to all ALTITUDE travelers. All of our services include a direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel and a direct drop-off in Cusco.

Personal Porter: is a term that refers to a person who is in charge of All of our hiking packages include porter service, which allows hikers to bring 7KG of personal items on the trail. Our porters transport all of your items.

Quality service: We are the only organization that adheres to the highest standards of hospitality. with over a favorable TRIPADVISOR reviews, all of which testify to our services and explain the type of vacation you will have with us.

Inca Trail Highlights by day


Inca trail Hiking Distance: 13 Km
First Day Elevation: 2700/8923 ft

Weather: Cold
Inca Trail Difficulty:  Moderate

first Campsite Elevation: 329o mts/1979 ft
Inca Site Visit: Llacatapata and Wayllabamba comunity


Inca trail Hiking Distance: 17 km
Elevation: 3295 mts/ 10979 ft

Weather: Cold
Inca Trail Difficulty: Challenging

Campsite Elevation: 3700 mts/ 12139 ft
Inca Site Visit: Runcuraccay, Chaquicoocha


Inca trail Hiking Distance: 11 km
Elevation: 3700 mts/ 12139 ft

Weather: Cold
Inca Trail Difficulty: Challenging

Campsite Elevation: 2750 mts/9022 ft
Inca Site Visit: Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna


Inca trail Hiking Distance: 6 km
Elevation: 2685 mts/8905 ft

Weather: warm
Inca Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Altitude Sickness

People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.

This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.

These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.

Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.

Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.

Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.

To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.

You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All ALTITUDEXPERIENCE guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.

Weather in Cusco

Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.

Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.

Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.

Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of ALTITUDEXPERIENCE to alter the plan for your safety.

Environmental Impact

ALTITUDEXPERIENCE carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.


Inca Trail 4 Days To Machu Picchu

$ 695 /

per person

43Km/26 Millas
March 1st through January 31st
Permit required.
Type of Tour:
Cultural & Trekking

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