Inca Trail 4 Days Trek / Machu Picchu Hiking Tours4D / 3N Private Tour

4 Days

Inca Trail 4 days | Take a Private Machu Picchu Hiking Tour or Hike the Classic Inca Trail in a Private Group! Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu… with your group, and your group only!

Make your Inca Trail Trek private: enjoy everything that our group offers, with your own dedicated trail team.

Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history
Total Distance: 43km/26 miles
Difficulty: Challenging
Considerations: Permit required.

Overview

Inca Trail Availability & PermitsThe Inca Trail is one of the most popular treks in the world, and as such, availability is limited. If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail, it is important to book your trip well in advance. The availability of the Inca Trail is affected by a number of factors, including the time of year, the number of people in your group, and the number of spaces regulated by the Peruvian state.

Only 500 trekking permits are issued per day for Inca Trail treks annually; Inca Trail permits are also required for your travel team such as porters, cooks, and guides; therefore, booking the Inca Trail in advance is essential. because there are multiple needs, to take care of, there is no set amount of time in advance that you must book and guarantee an Inca Trail to Machu Picchu entrance ticket.

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is the dry season, which runs from May to September. It is also the busiest time of the year, so it is important to book your trip as far in advance as possible.

Don’t wait until next year – book now to ensure you get your preferred start date

Inca Trail Highlights

  • THE TRAIL. Built in the 1450s by the powerful Inca Empire, the trail required the use of rocks which were transported from nearby quarries and delicately carved to fit in precision and meticulously.
  • NATURE. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through a wide range of microclimates as a result of varying altitudes. Along this trail, travellers hike from high altitude puna to high brow of jungle.
  • INCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES. The trail takes hikers along valleys and through mountain passes, and grants hikers access to the archaeological sites of Patallacta/Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Inti Pata, Winay Wayna, and Intipunku. The Inca Trail leads directly to Machu Picchu and offers the hike of a lifetime.
  • HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu holds great significance as it is the only hiking trail that grants access to Machu Picchu. After hiking 3 days along valleys and through mountain passes, all hikers reach Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate – and important construction of Machu Picchu citadel.
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT. its implementation of top-quality equipment such as tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and others.
  • FOOD. During your hike you are guaranteed to put on some pounds. Our chefs have special yearly training to create unique meals while on the trail. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients, and is served buffet style. Our services includes breakfast, snacks, lunch that will come with soup, main course ad hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon your arrival to each campsite and dinners that include with soup, main course and desserts. We also provide all hikers with potable drinking water while on the trails.
  • SATELLITE PHONES with the company that has satellite phones availble along all its operating trails. Hikers have access to satellite phones to contact their love ones.
  • PORTABLE TOILETS. The Agency provides portable ecological toilets at each of its campsites and for the private use of our clients only.
  • PERSONAL PORTER. All of our hiking services include porter service which allows travellers to take 7KG of personal belongings on the trail. All belongings are carried by our porters.
  • HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE. The offers hotel to hotel service to all of its travellers. All of our services begin with direct pick up from your hotel accommodation in Cusco and end with a direct drop off in Cusco.
  • FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE. The Agency offes free luggage storage for all extra bags and personal belongings.
  • DAY 1.- CUSCO – KM82 – AYAPATA Hiking distance: 14km Trail head elevation: 2720m/8923ft Campsite elevation: 3300m/10829ft Hiking difficulty: moderate challenging Weather: Warm to cold Inca sites to see / visit: Ccanabamba & Llactapata
  • DAY 2.- AYAPATA – DEAD WOMENS PASS- RUNKURACCAY PASS – CHAQUICCOCHA Hiking distance: 16 km Trail head elevation: 3300m/10829ft Campsite elevation: 3600M/11800ft Hiking difficulty: challenging Weather: cold Inca sites to see/visit: Runkuraccay & Sayacmarca
  • DAY 3.- CHAQUICCOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA PASS – WIĂ‘AYWAYNA Hiking distance: 10 km Trail head elevation: 3600M/11800ft Campsite elevation: 2680m/8792ft Hiking difficulty: challenging Weather: cold Inca sites to see/visit : Phuyupatarmarca, Intipata & Wiñay
  • DAY 4.- MACHUPICCHU THE SACRED CITY OF THE INCAS Hiking distance: 5 km Trail head elevation: 2680m/8792ft Machupicchu elevation: 2400meters/7873ft Hiking difficulty: moderate Weather: warm

Inca Trail Highlights

  • THE TRAIL. Built in the 1450s by the powerful Inca Empire, the trail required the use of rocks which were transported from nearby quarries and delicately carved to fit in precision and meticulously.
  • NATURE. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu passes through a wide range of microclimates as a result of varying altitudes. Along this trail, travellers hike from high altitude puna to high brow of jungle.
  • INCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES. The trail takes hikers along valleys and through mountain passes, and grants hikers access to the archaeological sites of Patallacta/Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Inti Pata, Winay Wayna, and Intipunku. The Inca Trail leads directly to Machu Picchu and offers the hike of a lifetime.
  • HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. The Inca trail to Machu Picchu holds great significance as it is the only hiking trail that grants access to Machu Picchu. After hiking 3 days along valleys and through mountain passes, all hikers reach Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate – and important construction of Machu Picchu citadel.
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT. its implementation of top-quality equipment such as tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and others.
  • FOOD. During your hike you are guaranteed to put on some pounds. Our chefs have special yearly training to create unique meals while on the trail. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients, and is served buffet style. Our services includes breakfast, snacks, lunch that will come with soup, main course ad hot drinks, happy hours with hot drinks upon your arrival to each campsite and dinners that include with soup, main course and desserts. We also provide all hikers with potable drinking water while on the trails.
  • SATELLITE PHONES with the company that has satellite phones availble along all its operating trails. Hikers have access to satellite phones to contact their love ones.
  • PORTABLE TOILETS. The Agency provides portable ecological toilets at each of its campsites and for the private use of our clients only.
  • PERSONAL PORTER. All of our hiking services include porter service which allows travellers to take 7KG of personal belongings on the trail. All belongings are carried by our porters.
  • HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE. The offers hotel to hotel service to all of its travellers. All of our services begin with direct pick up from your hotel accommodation in Cusco and end with a direct drop off in Cusco.
  • FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE. The Agency offes free luggage storage for all extra bags and personal belongings.

Itinerary

Your Machu Picchu hiking tours begin the night before when there will be a briefing with your trekking tour guide, at 6:30 p.m. at your hotel. We can arrange this for a different time if needed. In the morning to begin your 4 day inca trail hike we will pick you up from your hotel with our private transportation (time depending on your location). You will take a stunning drive to the trailhead KM 82, and see a great view of the Andes along the way. Your chef will prepare breakfast at the trailhead and display your passport to the checkpoint. Finally, you will start the first two and a half hours of the hike. It will be pretty flat until you arrive at the Inca site of Llactapata. You will have the first taste of Incan culture, and learn about the history of Peru. After your first Inca lesson, it will be another hour and a half until we arrive at the lunch stop. After lunch, we will have some time to rest and then continue for another two and a half hours until we reach our first camp at Ayapata.

Walking Distance: 14 km
Camp Site Elevation: 3,300 meters

You will be woken up with a hot cup of coca tea at 4:45 a.m, followed by a nutritious breakfast. At 6:15 a.m., we will begin hiking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail, Dead Women’s Pass (4,215 meters). It will be a four-hour climb, through different microclimates, with amazing views of the mountains. It is difficult trekking at this elevation, so there will be a lot of breaks along the way. Once you reach the summit, your porters will be waiting with a hot glass of tea, and you will have some time to enjoy it. You will then hike for another hour and a half downhill through Inca steps until you arrive at your lunch spot. After lunch, you will have another four hours, including breaks until you will reach your campsite at Chaquicocha. There you will get to visit two Inca sites, Runku Raccay and Sayacmarka. You will finish the day with dinner at the campsite.

Walking Distance: 16 km
Campsite Elevation: 3,600 meters

You will be woken up with a hot cup of tea, followed by breakfast. Following, you will begin your two-hour hike to the last pass of Phuyupatamarca, which is at 3,680 mm. This section has unique views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and Salkantay mountain. On the three hour continuation to our campsite, we will visit two Inca sites, Phuyupatamarca (Village above Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).
Along the way, you will discover different types of plants, flowers, and birds in the forest. After lunch, you may take the five-minute walk to the most beautiful Inca site of the trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). This place is full of impressive buildings and terraces. Around 5:30 p.m., you will go back to the campsite for your last happy hour and dinner. Then a small ceremony, to say thank you, and goodbye to your amazing “green machine” porters. If you choose, you may leave a gift to say thank you. You may find more information on that under the tab Included.

Walking Distance: 10 km
Camp Elevation: 2,600 meters

Breakfast will be at 4 a.m., and then we will head to the checkpoint. Walking this one-hour section to Sun Gate is exciting because you will see Machu Picchu for the first time. After taking some photos, it will be one more hour to the actual ruins.

Once finished, you will walk to the checkpoint of Machu Picchu, here is possible store your bag if you so choose. Your guide will lead you around the Machu Picchu complex for two hours, teaching you about this marvelous place. Following the end of the tour, you will have time to continue on your own, or if you have previously arranged to hike Huayna Picchu, you will begin then. Around 1:30 p.m. you will depart from Machu Picchu, and take the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch, on your own. Your train out of Aguas Calientes will be at 2:55 p.m. or 3:20 p.m., depending on availability. You will return to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station, and we will transfer you back to your hotel around 7 or 8 p.m.

Walking Distance: 5 km
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Professional Guides: All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They grew up in the Cusco region, and have a passion for teaching others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Briefing: The night before your Machu Picchu hike, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
  • Porters: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite.
  • Transportation: All of your transportation will be included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 82 to begin your trek. The Expedition Class Train back from Aguas Calientes is included but can be upgraded to the Vistadome Train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Also, included is your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Equipment: Alpaca Expeditions has the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
  • Food: The Alpaca Expeditions chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let your guide know at your briefing. Food is typically all served family-style.
  • You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day for the trek along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. A snack will be provided each morning for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Alpaca Expeditions will supply all the water needed. This water is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your own water bottles and or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. You will be able to refill your water at each meal.
  • First Aid: Every Alpaca Expeditions guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Alpaca tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler´s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Extras: We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
  • Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most issues clients have on the mountain. Being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so Alpaca Expeditions has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can be used by our clients for non-emergencies as well. While they are not cheap to use, they are available just in case you need to check in on the puppy you left at home with grandma.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: FREE ON PRIVATE TREK
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.

Frequently asked Questions

GETTING TO CUSCO

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

LUGGAGE STORAGE

Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions while you trek. We will store your luggage on the morning of your trek and return it once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have tags on them, so they are easy to locate.

ALTITUDE

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate, you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee, since they will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember, the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication such as Acetazolamide and Dexamethasone to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to high altitude, and continue to take it while you are at high altitude. You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Alpaca Expedition guides are trained to help you get through it.

WEATHER

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, be ready for four seasons. Trekking in the Andes involves various microclimates, and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always essential since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

FIRST AID

We conduct mandatory training every February, and every single The tour operator guide attends. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They will take good care of you.

In case something unexpected happens, and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure out the safest and quickest way off the trail and to a clinic. You will never be left alone; you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. We work with a great agency in the United States, that has helped to make it easy and affordable. What an excellent way to protect yourself while you are visiting Peru.

ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT

The tour operator uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pick up any waste from other groups as well. We also use chemical environmentally-friendly portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.

COMMUNITY

The tour operator is proud of the work we do for our community, as this is the main focus of our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with the needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools by giving them computers and books. Alpaca Expeditions also sponsors a teacher at the village where most of our porters come from and ensures their children have the best opportunity for education.

We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs, and drivers. We are also building a house for our porters. By giving them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks, they no longer need to sleep on the floor at a friend’s house.

And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. The men and women who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. So that makes this trip our favorite to-do. It is an honor to show them this place.

We are always looking to do more and for partners. Please let us know about your ideas, and we will work to help.

PERSONAL PORTER INCLUDED

All of our camping treks include porters, who are responsible for carrying and setting up all equipment. They will also carry the duffel bag you receive at your briefing the night before your trek. Each duffel bag can not exceed 7kg/14lbs and must include your sleeping bag and air mat.

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Inca Trail 4 Days Trek / Machu Picchu Hiking Tours4D / 3N Private Tour
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