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Inca Trail Trek
Inca Trail Trekking
Inca Trail Hike
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Classic to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Trek
Inca Trail Trekking
Inca Trail Trek
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Classic to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu

Our Inca Trail Imperial 5 Days will allow you to enjoy with greater calm the wonderful majesty of Machu Picchu, and takes you to live the history of the Incas while crossing different ecological zones of the Andes in the route to the Amazon jungle, where you will walk a part of the Inca trail and you will see many archaeological sites before arriving at Machu Picchu

In the upper area close to the Skies, the Incas built one of their best-preserved cities, now recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Many travelers and adventurers come to explore the fantastic nature, beautiful landscapes and archaeological sites around the Inca trail, to finally get dazzled by the majesty of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Useful Information

Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.
Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles
Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º celsius
Overall Difficulty – Moderate
STARTING POINT: - Cusco at your hotel


The Qhapaq Ñan or Inca Trail is an extensive network of roads perfected by the Incas, which aimed to unite the diverse peoples of Tawantinsuyu for an efficient management of existing resources throughout the Andean territory.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered by experts as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world.
The Inca Trail is among the 10 best treks in the world according to various investigations of various companies and webpages specialized in travel.
Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec around the year 1460.
Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Heritage of Humanity, Historical Sanctuary of Peru and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
Machu Picchu is the most important symbol of the Inca Empire, once called the "Lost City of the Incas".

Brief Itinerary



At 06:00 am. we’ll pick you up from your hotel to go to the town of Ollantaytambo, then we continue all the way to the Km. 82 until the Piscacucho community where the Inca trail starts. From this point we will hike for approx. 2 hours to reach the place called Llaqtapata, an archaeological site built by the Incas which will be explained by our guide, after our visit to this interesting place we have lunch prepared by our experienced chef and his team, which for sure will leave you impressed with the variety of dishes, after lunch we will continue our trek towards our 1st. campsite in Wayllabamba. There, after a short break we will have dinner. We’ll set up the campsite in this place.


In the morning we will continue the trek after breakfast, this time we’ll climb slightly to the Pass of Warmiwañusca (at 4,200 m.) the highest point of the Inca Trail. During our ascent, we appreciate the great diversity of plants, flowers and birds in this unusual micro-climate. From the top you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Andes and its surroundings, and then we’ll continue with the descent for about 1 hour until we reach the area for lunch. After lunch we continue the journey to reach Pacaymayo, where we’ll have free time to relax, we’ll spend the night in this place.


After breakfast we continue our walk, this stretch is full of vegetation and various Inca archaeological sites used for different purposes. Starting from Pacasmayo we’ll go past the Runkuracay archaeological site, where we will have a short break, then continue the route to reach Sayaqmarca after appreciating the Inca constructions of this place, From Sayacmarca we continue on down to our lunch spot at Chaquicocha (dry lake) where you can see some of the fantastic flora and fauna the Inca Trail has to offer. From Chaquicocha onwards we walk along Inca flat (gradual inclines) as we make our way towards our final campsite Phuyupatamarca (3680 meters). This area of the Inca Trail is stunning with beautiful views of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the distance and abundant flora and fauna all around. It´s about 2 hours walk to our campsite and on arrival we´ll get our first view of Machu Picchu mountain and the Urubamba river far below us. We´ll settle in to our campsite and have the chance to explore the Inca site and as the sun goes down we can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the snow-capped peaks.


After breakfast, we will descend for approximately 3 hours and we will arrive at the Inca site known as Intipata, huge farming terraces, where you will have a gorgeous view of the valley. Then, we will descend to the fascinating Wiñaywayna “eternally young” at (8,700 feet 2,650 meters), where we will have lunch before continuing to the Inti Punku "Sun gate". After an hour of walking, we will arrive to the Sun gate where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. After a short break, we will head down to the citadel of Machu Picchu to take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will check in a nice and confortable hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon early evening if time is available before dinner.


After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, upon arrival at the Citadel we can appreciate the enigmatic beauty and the incomparable example of architectural perfection and hydraulics of one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, we will have a guided tour of about 2 hours, where we can appreciate the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, Intihuatana, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemetery, you are then given free time to stroll around the citadel . You will have all morning in Machu Picchu to take pictures, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, enjoy this mystical place. Then we´ll descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then calmly return by train to Ollantaytambo where our tourist transport to the city of Cusco will be expecting us, and will later transfer you to your hotel.
Activity: Climb up "Huayna Picchu" (Need to book in advance)
- Meals: Breakfast
- Tour: 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu


Trek briefing with your guide. one night before the trek at your hotel
Professional trek guide - in different languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and more) - Second tour guide for groups of 9 passengers to more.
Private transport to the starting point of hike – km 82
Return transport From Ollantaytambo To Cusco
All entrance tickets and permits for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
Personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. The duffel should not exceed 7kg which will include 4kg of clothes, 3 kg for your sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs) and free time for you.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes - Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
1 train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Tourist Train)
3 nights camping “Inca Trail Hike”
Spacious tents/Sleeping mat.
Boiled water provided from 3nd day on (for drinking during hike)
One chef and assistant cook
Excellent Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request.)
Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Get up with coca tea in your tent.
Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
We use walkie-talkies on all treks.
Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
All local taxes


Breakfast on the first day
Final lunch and dinner “on the 5th day”.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 75.00
Sleeping bags
Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
Extra porter (Extra porters available to carry up to 22 Pounds)
Entrance tickets to Hot Springs
Travel Insurance
Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
**Tips for the crew (Porters, chef and guide)

What you need to take:

A backpack
A beanie hat or ear warmer
Sun hat
A mid weight sweater
A longsleeve t-shirt
1 – 2 t-shirts
A lightweight suater or vest
A pair of long pants
Hiking shoes
An extra pair of shoe
2 – 3 pairs wool socks
A jacket
A small towel
Rain gear
1 – 2 pair shorts
A small headlamp
A toothbrust and other personal toiletries
Toilet paiper
Sun cream
Insect repelent
Camera and film
Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
Extra money for drinks.
Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

List of objects to take to the trek.

Cusco Destination


Remember that!!! This walk is only available from March to January - We can depart any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.

790.00 USD.

Per person ( Eight, or more, trekkers)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the Porter (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

“This trek to Machu Picchu is available from March to January provided we have a minimum of 2 hikers”


  • Student Discount: US$30.00 off per person, this discount only apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.Please send all to info@cuscodestination.com.

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)


Hotel Upgrades:

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $580 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $345 per person per night (double occupancy) Santuario Hotel (3+ star hotel) – US $65 per person per night (double occupancy)

Train Upgrades:

  • Vistadome train -US $65 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Need to book in advance).
  • Hiram Bingham train (deluxe) -US $485 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Need to book in advance).
Cusco Destination

In practical terms, there’s no need for a guide as the trail is fairly clear and well signposted where necessary. However, new regulations are now in force which make it mandatory to travel with either a licensed guide or an organized treks.
You’re not obliged to join an organized tour, but if you want to travel independently, you’ll need to get some other walkers together and hire a guide jointly. Solo walking no longer seems to be an option.
As far as porters are concerned, if you’re fit and accustomed to hiking with a heavy backpack, you can do without them. If you are unsure about your ability to carry everything you need over rough terrain or you are in a hurry, then porters may be a good idea.

Great question! The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike; however, there are a lot of staircases to climb, and the altitude can also affect the body. We recommend renting a wooden walking stick as it helps with your balance and reduces stress on the knees. If you have mobility issues, if you requested, we can provide a Person

Make sure you pack your comfortable hiking boots, because it is estimated you’ll be walking six to nine hours for each of the first three days and about two hours on the last day.

To Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights, with Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L., you must be over the age of 12, with a moderate level of fitness, and hold a passport that is valid for up to six months.

The Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4 days 3 nights, begins at 2,800m (9,186 ft). The highest point you’ll reach on the trek is approximately 4,215m (13,780ft). You’ll also sleep at 3,700m (11,811 ft) for at least one night.

It can get chilly due to the altitude. During the Andean winter (May – September) the temperature can drop below zero at night. It can be cool during the summer months too, so we suggest bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag (Can you rent with Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L.).

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by the altitude as your ability to adapt can vary from person to person. (We do recommend you undertake the trek in a good state of physical fitness.) Most of our travellers have no problem, as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. This might include spending a full day in Cuzco (3,249m [10,659 ft] above sea level) and drinking plenty of water.

Hiking the Inca Trail is popular all year round, however May to September is considered the high season. This means that permits can be sold out months in advance. However, if permits are not available, there is an option to walk the Lares Trek, which still takes you to Machu Picchu.

To reserve a spot on the Inca Trail, we recommend you book your tour at least six months in advance during high season (May to October) and three months in advanced during low season (November to April).

Yes. We require the following information for the purchase of an Inca Trail permit:
-Full name (as it appears on your passport)
-Date of birth
-Passport number
-Date of passport expiry (*Must be valid for the date of travel)
Please note that any attempts to modify your personal information will result in the loss of the permit. A refund will not be possible so make sure you double-check your information. As well, there’s a limited amount of permits in effort to preserve the trail.

Reaching Machu Picchu depends on the campsite assigned to your group on the third night. However, many groups will reach the Sun Gate at around 6:00am. You’ll have plenty of time to soak in the ruins thanks to a two-hour guided tour and some free time to explore afterwards.

Of course, if you are ok with taking the same train out of Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is typically at 16:20 that afternon than there is no additional charge to move the train back a day. If you need us to secure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, this will be an additional cost. If you do choose to spend one more night in Aguas Calientes, make sure you tell the Cusco Destination office at least one month in advance, so your train ticket is purchased for the right day.

Yes! Let us know that you don’t want to hike the Inca Trail when you book. We’ll arrange for you to spend two nights in Cuzco and then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. You will rejoin your group at Machu Picchu.

We use three-man tents to accommodate two same-sex travellers. There are a few places on the trail where permanent (but very rustic) toilet facilities exist, and when they’re not available, your crew will set up portable toilet tents.

Yes! We’ll provide you with a large stuff sac where you can place 6kg of your personal items (including your tent and sleeping bag). Our skilled porters will carry these bags while you hike the Inca Trail. Your other personal items will be stored safely at our hotel in Cuzco. All you need to carry is a daypack containing the things you’ll need during the day like water, camera, sunscreen, or anything else that’s over the 6kg allowance.

Great question! Sleeping bags are not provided, so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. You can also rent a sleeping bag in Cuzco; just let us know when you book. We provide our travellers with foam mats, but please feel free to bring your own-self inflating mat if you’d like.

Our cooks prepare excellent high-quality meals that are perfect for a day of trekking. The menu usually includes: pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, and eggs. If you’re a vegetarian, no problem! We’re able to cater to your needs. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let Us know.

Bottled water can be purchased on day one and on the evening of day three of the trek. Normally we offer boiled water from the third day to Machu Picchu, but there are tourists who prefer to buy water from the locals to help local people

Huayna Picchu is the large mountain just behind Machu Picchu. There is a narrow and steep trail right to the top of the mountain and there are also some interesting Inca ruins at the top. The view of Machu Picchu from the summit is breathtaking. As from 2012 the government authorities have decided to charge an additional fee for climbing Huayna Picchu. Unfortunately, at the moment, clients can’t buy an entrance ticket just to climb Huayna Picchu. The entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu is only available as part of a combined Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu ticket that costs S/.152 for adults (approx US$60) and S/.76 for students with an ISIC card (approx US$30). This doesn’t offer good value to people doing the Inca Trail since the Inca Trail permit already includes entry to Machu Picchu.
The entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu must be bought BEFORE you start the Inca Trail and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis often several months in advance. Combined Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu entrance tickets can be bought online at www.machupicchu.gob.pe
There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organise the tour of Machu Picchu around peoples climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non-transferable and non refundable.

They’re scarce. Apparently there are now pit latrines at the campsites, but the rest of the time you’re on your own. What this means above all else is that you need to be a good citizen of the wilderness and obey the rules. Since it’s impractical to backpack your crap out of the region along with the rest of your rubbish, this means that when you have to go, you should go a long way away from the Trail, and bury your excrement properly after you’re done. This is not an especially pleasant task, but it must be done. And when you’re at the campsites, use the facilities available: stepping or even sleeping in someone else’s business is less than pleasant.
Also be sure to bring toilet paper. This is not provided in bathrooms on the trail.

Yes, as long as it is not a metal-tipped walking stick, as they are not permitted on the trail. You can rent a wooden walking stick from us as well along with additional equipment like sleeping bags and air mattresses.

Tipping is at your discretion, but is always appreciated. If you enjoyed the service you enjoyed from your guides, cook and porters.

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L., you agree to these Terms & Conditions.


Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.


Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:


Cancellation By
91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. (or any agency).
In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

You must advise Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
Cusco Destination Travel Agency E.I.R.L. may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
All tours are done in English.


Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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