Day 1: CUSCO – KM82 – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am and drive to Piskacucho, (which is called kilometer 82), where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo between 6:30 am – 7 am to boost our energy levels for the hike ahead of us. (Breakfast is not included)
When we arrive at kilometer 82 around 8:30 am, we will have time to get ready, go to the bathroom, put on sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. At the first Inca Trail entrance, be prepared to show your entrance tickets, passports, and your student card if you are a student with discounted rates.
We begin our hike (2,720m/8,923ft) by crossing the Vilcanota River and follow it. The first day is pretty easy along flat terrain – no challenging uphills. There are great views of the Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the Inca site of Llactapata called Patallacta, the Urubamba mountain range which separates the jungle from the Andes Mountains with the snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft).
Our first campsite will be Ayapata, which is approximately 1.5 hours up a slight hill to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft), in the pleasant green valley which has the same name – Wayllabamba. Temperatures here can get down around 5ºc / 41ºf at night, depending on the month, so be prepared.
During the day, we will enjoy awesome views of snow-capped mountains, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley around us and various types of flora and fauna.
- Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities. (4-Person Tents for 2 people to have plenty of room)
- Distance: 12kms / 7.5miles (approximately 6 hours of hiking)
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Day 2: AYAPATA – PASS – PAQAYMAYU – CHAQUICOCCHA
We will wake up around 5 or 5:30 am and have a hot breakfast, coffee, & tea or coca tea whatever your preference to give you an energy boost before starting a steep uphill hike towards the highest pass Abra de Warrmihuañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass, at (4,200m/13,779ft). It might be a strenuous hike up, but you cannot beat the feeling when you finally reach the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin our hike downhill to our lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).
On our way up to the pass, we will to see various types of hummingbirds and many other species of birds for you birdwatchers, as well as a wide variety of native plants and trees which grow at (3,650m / 11,972ft)!
After lunch, we begin another steep hike for about 2 hours up to Runkuraqay pass (4,000m/13,123ft) and arrive at our campsite around 5 pm. Temperatures here get down to 4ºC / 39ºF during the night, so cuddle up.
- Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities (4-person Tents for 2 people to have plenty of room)
- Distance: 16kms / 10miles (approximately 9 hours of hiking)
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Day 3: CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA
We get up for a hot breakfast and coffee around 6 am for sunrise and begin a gentle climb up to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (meaning Town in the Clouds), which is the third-highest point on the Inca trail (3,680m/12,074ft) and located just a few minutes walk from the third pass. There are amazing views of the mountains, canyons, and surrounding areas!
After spending some time at this site and resting a bit, we walk down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest & to the interesting Inca agricultural site of Intipata. Finally, we head to our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,680m/8,792ft, which dates back to the mid-15th century, constructed by the Incas. It may have been a spiritually-religious destination or just a rest stop for elders and/or royalty making the 26-mile journey to Machu Picchu. We arrive at camp at lunchtime, and temperatures at night are like summer, only getting down to around 12ºC / 54ºF.
- Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
- Accommodation: Camping facilities and, believe it or not, hot showers
- Distance: 10kms / 6.2miles (approximately 4 – 5 hours of hiking)
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today is the big day we have all been waiting for! We wake up at 4 am for an early hot breakfast and start our 4th day of the Inca trail arriving at Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) around 6 am for Sunrise and our first magnificent view of Machu Picchu. This is from where all of the most famous photos of this Wonder of the World are taken. At this point, it is all downhill to Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,872 ft). After walking 40 minutes downhill, we enter the mini-city from the top through the Guardian House and go to the entrance where we sign-in and leave our belongings while exploring this incredible site.
Your guide will give you a 2.5-hour private tour, teaching you the history and little secrets hidden away by the Incas who once resided there. Then, you have four hours to explore on your own.
Here are some other activities you can do on your own:
- Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Machu Picchu from above. (Additional fee)
- Walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (Second entrance fee needed)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (Entrance fee to enter)
Around 12 noon, we will depart Machu Picchu and head down the curvy road to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) for a relaxing lunch (not included) and to explore Aguas Calientes before boarding the Expedition train at 4:22 pm (be there about 1/2 earlier or 4pm at the latest), returning to Ollantaytambo Train Station, where we meet our private and drive approximately 90 minutes back to Cusco and drop you off on the doorstep of your hotel around 8 pm.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Distance: 6kms / 3.7mls
- Difficulty: Easy
*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability, please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)
- Briefing at our office the night before your trek
- EXTRA PORTER FOR YOUR OWN THING UP TO 7 kl
- Pick up from your hotel on the morning of your trek and private transfer to Piscacucho – km82 (starting point of the trek)
- 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (Large 4-person tents for 2 people for soace & Comfort) please see equipment.
- Thick Comfortable Foam Mattresses
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian diets or other dietary needs upon prior request)
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Porter to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
- Hot water for washing
- Boiled water to fill water bottles
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transfer to Cusco
- Admission Permit for the Classic Inca trail & Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- Private Toilet Tent with a Seat on the Toilet – Only For Our Group
- 2-Hour Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Rain Ponchos
- Taxes (18%)
- Day pack rain covers
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?
- Wayna Picchu: $75 USD and Machu Picchu Mountain $75 USD – will need to be booked well in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. Please let us know at the time of booking.
- First breakfast and Last lunch: We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the Machu Picchu tour
- VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train: This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy) and it will cost you $57 USD per person extra – only way back
- Tips: for the crew, guide, cook and porters
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY FOR 4-DAY / 3-NIGHT CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on any date as long as we have a minimum of 2 people and there are permits available. Please Enquire!
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 5 people||$ 637 USD per person|
|+5||$ 617 USD per person|
We require a minimum of 2 hikers to start this trek.
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal Tent: $30 USD – (For single travelers only)
- Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: From $60 USD (Depending on availability)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade: $57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43pm)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $70 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
CHECK YOUR CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TREK AVAILABILITY BY CLICKING ON MONTH OF YOUR CHOICE!
Please read the following information to help answer any questions you may have about our Services and the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will be waiting for you at the Cusco airport for your private transfer to your hotel. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Look for somebody holding an orange sign reading ‘ORANGE NATION’ outside the arrivals hall. You must exit the terminal to find our representative (they cannot enter) We can pick you up any day!
The Briefing will be the night before the trek at 6 pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; office 107 (first floor), next to SUBWAY restaurant, across the street from Sunat and the only 3 story building with 2 balconies.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:
ABSOLUTELY! During the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL?
We will need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). This information is necessary to purchase the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu the train tickets:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person , in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbol on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
UnUnfortunately No. Once the Permits have been purchased, the government does not allow any changes. That also includes the departure date. Tickets are also non transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the deposit is lost!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ?
DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original passport with the SAME passport number you sent us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and to board the train.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we receive a COPY of your new passport for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.
Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
The weather is very unpredictable and always changing in the Andes Mountains, so it is difficult to say with any certainty. We recommend that you be prepared for warm weather, possible rain showers (Orange Nation provides rain ponchos) and a warm jacket in case of cold. We also recommend that you dress in layers so you may take off or put on clothes as needed.
The climate in Cusco has temperatures between 10º – 20º C/ 50º – 68º F, with warm days and cold nights. The best time to hike the Inca Trail is between April and October, when the weather is warm. During June, July and August the nights are very cold, which is why Orange Nation rents good quality 4 season sleeping bags.
The rainy season is during the months of November through March, if you want to hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu during this season, bring warm clothes and be prepared for rain but there will be a beautiful landscape and colorful flowers.
The month of February, the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for safety, repairs and restoration.
The Average weather conditions on the Inca Trail:
- Dry Season: April – October
- Day temperature: 20ºC – 25ºC – Night temperature -1ºC – 7ºC
- Wet Season: November – March
- Day temperature: 17ºC – 22ºC – Night temperature 4ºC – 7ºC
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as shortness of breath, discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
Don’t do anything other than rest
If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.
How do people feel after a night of drinking? Thirsty! That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.
No one knows the effects of high altitude better than indigenous people. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. If you don’t feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter and numb your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THERE PER GROUP?
The maximum group size is 8 people. Usually, our groups are between 2-6 people. Orange Nation specializes in SMALL and PRIVATE groups and provides personalized service.
HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS FOR THE GROUP?
You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.
DUFFEL BAG AND SMALL BACK PACK
The evening before your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs including sleeping bag so 5kg/11lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, rain jacket, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.
IS THE TREK DIFFICULT, DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 42km (24.4 miles) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude on the trek is 4,217m / 13,907ft. On the second day of the trek, we climb two mountains. The Trail is fairly difficult, and you should be prepared and healthy before starting. You have to be relatively fit and exercise regularly. In preparation: try walking 15kms in a day or go to the fitness club in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) before starting the trek.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. It means a lot to the staff and their families who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is a major part of the tourism industry across many ORANGE Nation destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less what you want, depending on how you feel about the quality of service and the length of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand, and respect the local places and its people.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
- Original Passport: (Must be the same you used for booking your trek)
- Valid, University Card: (Only if you booked as a student)
- Good Daypack: One with extra room for a box lunch (the smaller, the better)
- Water: 2-3L (Camelbak bladders are encouraged)
- Boots: Comfortable broken in hiking boots or shoes (Boots with ankle support recommended).
- Sleeping Bag: 4 season bag (can be rented from ORANGE NATION)
- Headlamp or flashlight: Headlamp frees up hands (Back-up flashlight & batteries are recommended)
- Toilet paper: Make sure to bring your own.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 lbs. including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
- Warm clothes
- comfortable shoes for camp
- Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer your own
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20USD
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK FOR THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 – 40 Litres for hiking. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
- Drinking Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal. Please bring your canteens or bottles
- Sun Hat
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars, protein bars
- Coca leaves
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips