Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 Nights

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 Nights

This 4-day, 3-night tour provides travelers with a comprehensive experience on the Inca Trail. You’ll hike for several days, passing Inca archeological sites and enjoying stunning views before arriving at your final destination—the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Featured in:Hiking, Ruins, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
85 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
5:00 AM, 7:00 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

This 4-day, 3-night tour provides travelers with a comprehensive experience on the Inca Trail. You’ll hike for several days, passing Inca archeological sites and enjoying stunning views before arriving at your final destination—the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

The night before the tour leaves you’ll meet with guides and be briefed on what on what to expect. If you have any questions about the tour, this is a good time to ask them.

The tour begins the next morning. You’ll begin the journey at Chilca in the Sacred Valley, which is set at an elevation of 8,860 feet (2,700 m). Here you will meet the porters and cooks who will accompany your group on the hike. The first day you will trek until Huayllabamba, passing subtropical ecosystems and the ruins of Patallacta.

After breakfast the next morning you’ll begin the hike and ascend to the highest point on the trail at Dead Woman’s Pass (named for a mummy discovered here)—at 13,860 feet (4,200 m), this pass offers incredible views of the surrounding area. After lunch you will descend to Pacaymayo and camp here overnight. Pacaymayo also has great views of nearby mountains.

You’ll wake up and have breakfast the next day before heading off towards Runku Rakay and cross the second pass at 12,540 feet (3,800 m). Later on you’ll descend to Sayacmarca, and important Inca archeological site. You’ll eat lunch here before continuing on to Wiñay Wayna, an impressive agricultural and ceremonial site. You’ll spend the last night of the trip nearby.

On the final morning you’ll have breakfast and then head to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, which acts as the entrance to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. From here you’ll enjoy a good view of Machu Picchu before continuing on and eventually reaching Machu Picchu itself. Once here you’ll take a guided tour of the site. After exploring this incredible complex you’ll ride a bus to Aguas Calientes and then return to Cusco by train.

Attractions Visited

Inca Trail

Trek the Inca Trail and arrive at Machu Picchu at the end of a memorable journey. The Inca Trail covers 24 miles (39 km) through the mountains above the Sacred Valley. Much of the Inca Trail is paved with stones put in place by the Inca. This trail will take you through cloud forests – rare environments dense with jungle growth and mist. You’ll see many different types of delicate orchids, and experience the biodiversity that only a humid jungle can produce.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the bucket-list tourist attraction and the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru; the vastness, location and detail of the ruins make it unmissable. Without a doubt this is the crown jewel of Peruvian ruins.

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What to Bring

Backpack and day pack, sleeping bag, hiking shoes/boots, rain coat/poncho, water bottle, flashlight, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, light/quick-dry clothes, insect repellent, and snacks.

What's included

Bilingual guide, private or shared transportation (if it is a group tour) to beginning of the trail, transfers round-trip Cusco/KM 82-Ollantaytambo/Cusco, 2-person tents, camping equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, and mattresses), porters (to carry food, tents, and cooking gear), chef, coffee breaks, all meals (although the first breakfast and last lunch are not included), first aid kit, oxygen, and a Expedition train ride back to Ollantaytambo (usually at 14:55 or similar).


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

We had a fantastic time! Loved the small group size and everything was well organized.

- LAURA R, SEP 2019

The trail was spectacular. We enjoyed it immensely. The guide was flexible enough to arrange parts of the trek alone, outside the main group, which enhances mountain experience. A couple of minor details: 1) The group was bi-lingual, so the guide had to waste time to explain every passage in English and then in Spanish. 2) The tipping culture is a bit awkward. A guide specified exact figures on who and how much to tip. Why not include the tips for porters and cook into price and not have us go through the motions of chipping in money in the middle of nowhere. Both are minor points, that do not diminish the whole value of this excellent trail experience.

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