The official Inca Trails

The Classic Inca Trail is the most popular walking route in Latin America. The Incas built a very extensive network of almost 40,000 kilometers of hiking trails, to the far reaches of the vast empire, which stretched from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile and Mendoza in Argentina. During this 4 day tour we will hike over what probably was the most important route of the Inca Civilization. An truly, unforgettable experience.

Cusco was the core of this great empire. Almost all important routes around Cusco were built or improved by the Incas. Part of this network (43 kilometers) leads past important archaeological sites of the Incas, including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna and the world famous Machu Picchu. This path has become popular over the last 30 years under the name “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”. The trail begins in Chilca, sometimes also noted as km 82. The route presents a varied difficulty with different roads and slopes. It is a very good and unmissable option for adventurers. On the route you reach the maximum height of 4,200 meters above sea level at the place called Warmiwañusca. On the tour, you can see very beautiful landscapes and diverse micro-climates which guarantee a lifetime experience. 

Special note: only 500 people per day are allowed on this trail, and it is therefore highly recommended to request a reservation weeks or even months in advance, especially during the high season (July and August). The reservation can be made by contacting us via our website or send an email to info@para-travels.com. In order to complete the reservation we need your travel date, full names and passport numbers of all travelers. Do not forget to bring an official identification to the trails and your official entrance ticket that we will provide you with.

Day 01: Cusco – Huayllabamba
We will pick you up at 5 a.m. from your hostel by bus. We will drive to a place called Oyantaytambo to have breakfast, where after we head towards Chilca, also known as km. 82 (2650 masl); the starting point of our hike. Here we will also gather our trekking gear. On this day, we will observe the archaeological complex of Patallaqta, dry forests and the archaeological site of Willkaracay among others. We will be ending our walk in the community of Huayllabamba, our first campsite at an altitude of 3100 masl.
Total walking distance: 13 km
Total walking duration: 5-7 hours, depending on our pace.

Day 02: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu

After breakfast, we will start to climb; this is one of the most difficult days of the Inca Trail. We will have to walk uphill to the open Warmiwañuska at 4250 masl. But before arriving there, during the ascent, we will enjoy our lunch to get some more energy. Once at the top, we can set eyes on the imposing peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range. Afterwards, we will descend to the second camp of Pacaymayu at 3600 masl where we will have our dinner and where we will enjoy our well-deserved rest.
Total walking distance: 16 km
Total walking duration: +7 hours

Day 03: Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna
This is the longest day of the Inca Trail, but perhaps the most beautiful route. We will observe the different ecological levels of the highlands of the place, the cloud forests and rain forests as well as tourist sites like Runkurakay at 3,760 masl, where we reach after an ascending hike of about 30 minutes. We will continue up to the pass at 3,900 masl, where we will have a short rest and then descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,625 masl). Then, we will head to Phuyupatamarka (3,600 masl), a place for us to take some pictures of the mountains and rest for a while. Continuing on the stairs, we will take a path that leads down to our last camp named Wiñaywayna at 2,650 masl.
Total walking distance: 11 km
Total walking duration: +8 hours

Day 04: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, at 3 a.m., we will have our breakfast. Then, we are going to pass the control/check point of Wiñaywayna where we have to show our entrance ticket for Machu Picchu. After this, we will walk for 30 minutes to the “Puerta del Sol”, better known as “Inti Punku” (2,720 masl), to get our first glance of Machu Picchu! After leaving our backpacks (for 5 dollars), we will have free time with beautiful sights on the Machu Picchu ruins. After the free time, due to new regulations, we are only allowed to enter Machu Picchu itself for a maximum duration of two hours. During this time, it is possible to take a guided tour – please ask your guide the day before! After those two hours, we will take the bus to go down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy our lunch. Afterwards, we take the train to Ollantaytambo and we finally arrive by bus in Cusco in the evening.

Note
This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.

  • Transportation to the starting point of the walk
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu and the original Inca Trail
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress)
  • Kitchen equipment (tables, chairs, dining tent)
  • Porter’s Group
  • First aid kit, including oxygen kit
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • First breakfast, last lunch and last dinner
  • Sleeping bag (20 euros) and walking sticks (20 euros)
  • Extra porter (ask before departure)
  • The entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu mountain. See the FAQ page. There is a limited access, so please ask before making your reservation (60 euros)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (12 USD)
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes

Normal adult price €519,-
Temporary adult price: €499,-

Normal student price: €499,-*
Temporary student price: €479,-*

* You need to be in possession of a legit student card. This student card has to be valid until you have visited the Machu Picchu. Furthermore, the current year in which you study has to be visible on the student card. If not, you will get in trouble at the entrance of the Machu Picchu.

  • Original identification documents (passport, ID)
  • Student ID (optional)
  • Sleeping bag (plume)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Repellent
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Extra money
  • Small backpack & rain cover
  • Personal medication kit
  • Clothing – we’re in the mountains, so prepare for rapid temperature changes!
    • Jacket
    • Fleeces
    • Gloves/scarfs/hats for the cold blooded
    • Thermal clothing
    • Raingear
    • Small towel
    • Swimwear 
    • Socks (warm)
    • Shirts
    • Shorts
    • Underwear
    • Walking shoes or good sandals

This is the short version of the famous Inca Trail, for those who have less time available but do not want to miss out on this unique trek. This tour can only be organized for a minimum of two people. If you want to book this tour by yourself (1 person), please contact us and maybe we can find you a group!

Day 1: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
In the early morning, at around 4:00 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel by bus. We will drive you to the train station of Ollantaytambo to board the train around 06:30 that will take us to km.104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad. This is the starting point of our hike, where we arrive at around 10:00 am.

We start with visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150 m.a.s.l), which is located very close to the control point. Then, we start an uphill hike on a 8 km ascending path. After four hours, this path takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650 m.a.s.l). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we may enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna.

We continue our hike and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a path of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred Inca city of Machupicchu. From Intipunku, we descend to Machu Picchu, which we will not enter this day. After our first glimps of Machu Picchu we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes. After a tiring day, we can rest at our hostel and even relax in hot springs.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We wake up early and leave our hostel at 4:30 a.m. to start our journey to Machu Picchu. We have the option here to either board a bus for about 30 minutes to Machu Picchu or to walk 1.5 hours up to Machu Picchu.

The early wake-up will be awarded with the first glimpse of Machu Picchu during sunrise. At arrival, we will have free time with beautiful sights on the Machu Picchu ruins. After the free time, due to new regulations, we are only allowed to enter Machu Picchu itself for a maximum duration of two hours. During this time, it is possible to take a guided tour – please ask your guide the day before! You can also climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon (6:00 pm at the latest) we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Here we take the bus where after we will arrive in Cusco at around 10:00 pm.

Note
This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.

  • Pick-up from Cusco hotel by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo and back
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Night at a hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • First breakfast, last lunch and last dinner
  • Walking sticks (20 euros)
  • Extra porter (ask before departure)
  • Access to the Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu mountain. Take a look at the FAQ page for more information. As there is a limited access, please ask before making your reservation. (60 euros)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (12 USD one way)
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes

Normal adult price €419,-
Temporary adult price: €409,-

Normal student price: €399,-*
Temporary student price: €389,-*

* You need to be in possession of a legit student card. This student card has to be valid until you have visited the Machu Picchu. Furthermore, the current year in which you study has to be visible on the student card. If not, you will get in trouble at the entrance of the Machu Picchu.

  • Original identification documents (passport, ID)
  • Student ID (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Repellent
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Extra money
  • Small backpack & rain cover
  • Personal medication kit
  • Clothing – we’re in the mountains, so prepare for rapid temperature changes!
    • Jacket
    • Fleeces
    • Gloves/scarfs/hats for the cold blooded
    • Thermal clothing
    • Raingear
    • Small towel
    • Swimwear 
    • Socks (warm)
    • Shirts
    • Shorts
    • Underwear
    • Walking shoes or good sandals

Inca Trail

4 days / 3 nights

SALE price, starting at €479,-
  • Normal adult price €519,-

Inca Trail

2 days / 1 night

SALE price, starting at €389,-
  • Normal adult price €419,-

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