Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 8 days

Machu Picchu

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50 reviews
Duration: 8 days
Group size: 1 - 16
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 8 days
Machu Picchu

50 reviews

$NaN
Duration: 8 days
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

         

Overview 7-days Inca Trail 

Explore the best of Cusco city, the Sacred Valley, and hike the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for 4 days. This is a complete package that includes hotels, entrance fees, transportation, tour guide, and meals during the Inca Trail tour.
                 

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Explore the best of Cusco city, Saqsayhuaman, Quenqo, Tambomachay
  • Visit the Sacred where Pisaq, Ollantaytambo is located
  • Spend a night in the closest hotel to the Inca Trail
  • Hike the Inca Trail, camp in tents and hot showers
  • Personal porter Included
  • Panoramic Trains (Vistadome or 360°)
  • Arrive at the archeological sites at exclusive hours
  • Support Social Projects

        

Itinerary of the 8-day Inca Trail

Day 1: Arrival at Cusco:
We will pick you up from Cusco airport and transfer you to your hotel (You must arrive in the morning in Cusco) 

  • 3-star hotel included (Casa Andina Standard or similar)
  • City Tour in the afternoon (Cusco city, Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Tambomachay)
  • Transportation, Tour guide, entry fees included
  • Meals not included

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour
We visit Awanacancha, Pisaq market, Moray, Salineras, Ollantaytambo, and spend the night hotel closer to the Inca Trail.  

  • Transportation, Tour guide, entry fees included
  • Buffet Lunch in Urubamba
  • Dinner not included
  • 4-star hotel (Del Pilar or similar)

Day 3: Cusco - Ollantaytambo – KM 88 - Chamana

The day starts with an early pick-up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and a 2-hour drive to kilometer 82. While other groups cross the Urubamba river to the left bank, we will start hiking along the right bank of the river visiting Salapunku, K’anabamba, and Machu Q’ente.

After 3 hours hike, we will arrive at the control point of KM 88 - Q'oriwayrachina, where you will show your passports and cross the river using a hanging bridge with Inca foundations. Lunch is served in Chamana, where our campsite is located. Later in the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the impressive Inca Site of Wayna Q’ente, a unique Inca Site located in the middle of the mountain, offering amazing views of the valley and the mountains around. We camp in Chamana, near the Inca Site of Patallaqta.

  • Hiking distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Chamana –Patallaqta – Huayllabamba - Llullluchapampa

After a delicious breakfast prepared by your trekking chef, you will start the day visit the impressive Inca Site of Patallaqta, most Inca Trail hikers will be back in km 82, and we will have the place for ourselves. Next, you will hike along the Cusichaca River until Huayllabamba Village, where we visit Incarakay and enjoy lunch. The second part gets a bit harder as we start climbing to our second campsite in Llulluchapampa. During the last part, you will be able to enjoy various ecosystems, including the thick cloud forest with numerous flowers and birds.

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Approximate time: 8 hours
  • Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: Llulluchapampa – Runccuracay - Phuyupatamarca

The day starts with an early climb to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass), the Inca Trail's highest point at 4200m / 13779f. Here you will take some time to enjoy the amazing views before going down for 2 hours to Pacaymayo Alto for a well-deserved lunch.

The second part starts with a steep 2-hour climb to the second pass, the Runccuracay Pass (3956 m / 12979 ft). Next, continue for 3 more hours into the final campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3660 m / 12007 ft). Throughout the day, you will visit the Inca sites Runccurakay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarca and enjoy amzing views of the Salkantay and Vilcabamba mountains.

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Approximate time: 10 hours
  • Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna – Sungate - Machu Picchu

Wake up in the most spectacular campsite of the Inca Trail with a cup of coffee or tea while you enjoy the sunrise. Today’s route is mostly downhill along the cobblestone trail; you will be able to visit the Inca Sites of Puhyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñaywayna before lunch.

After enjoying the last lunch in Wiñaywayna with the porters and saying goodbye to them, we will hike for 1 hour to the Sungate (Intipunku), from where we will have the first and most amazing view of Machu Picchu with the sunset. We will spend the night in a hotel at Aguas Calientes Town (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

  • Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
  • Approximate time: 7 hours
  • Meals: B,L,D

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

After breakfast, we will board the first buses to Machu Picchu and explore the Inca Citadel's best. Your tour guide will take you to the most amazing places like the Inca Bridge, temples, and palaces and give you free time to explore on your own after the guided tour. After Machu Picchu, you will board the Panoramic trains back to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. The expected arrival time is around 8.00 pm.

  • Hiking distance: 3 hours
  • Meals: B
  • 3-star hotel included (Casa Andina Standard or similar)

Day 8: Depart Cusco
After breakfast in your hotel, we will transfer you to the airport or bus station depending on your schedule. We can add extra nights hotel or add more day tours such as Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake.                  

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • All transportation during the 8 days tour
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • 5-day  Ultimate Inca Trail tour
  • Personal Porter for up to 8 kilos for your personal stuff 
  • Professional highly trained mountain tour guides
  • Experience chefs, porters
  • 4-nights hotel in Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu Pueblo(3-star hotels)
  • 3 nights camping in the mountains with comfortable equipment
  • Private toilets, portable hot showers
  • Oxygen tank, First Aid Kit, Satellite phone
  • Bus down to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu
  • All meals during the Inca Trail with local ingredients
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit
  • Panoramic trains and private van back to Cusco

Not Included 

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags, air mattresses, or trekking poles
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for porters, chefs, guides

Price per person: USD$ 1290

To Book a tour you only need 200.USD initial payment, the remaining balance can be paid in Cusco with any credit card with no additional charges at all or you can pay online in installments. 

Available Packages

Group Service
$1,290
Deposit: $200
Private Service
$1,580
Deposit: $200
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TreXperience
50 reviews
We are a responsible local tour operator based in the city of Cusco

Reviews

Our group of four adults had the most memorable experience with Trexperience. We couldn't have asked for better guides -- JJ and Filio. Without them and their amazing team we wouldn't have felt more at ease on this trip. We had nightly massages followed by wine and incredible gourmet food. The tents and the accommodations were 5-star! We were definitely glamping to say the least but it was worth every penny. Although our hike to Machu Picchu was fogged in along the route, when we reached Machu Picchu the fog drifted away and we were left with incredible unforgettable views! TreXperience responded promptly to our emails and communicated to us in a timely manner. The company is trustworthy and worth investing in. It's a trip of a lifetime so don't skimp on the opportunity to do it luxury style!
By Kim S for Luxury Inca Trail Tour 4 days and 3 nights on 20 May, 2022
This was one of the best experiences of my life! I am seventy years old and have had many wonderful experiences but this one rate very high in comparison. The organization of TreXperience was outstanding, the porters very good, the cooks exceptional, and the two guides were very friendly, knowledgeable, compassionate and were focused on the needs of every individual in the group.
By Hannelie K for 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 20 May, 2022
We had an amazing time on our 4 day inca trail hike. JJ was a great guide and the entire company worked incredibly hard to make us feel comfortable. Would fully recommend this trip.
By Aaron A for 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 15 May, 2022
Alex our guide was amazing! He tailored the trek to our needs and interests. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
By Jyoti P for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days on 11 May, 2022
First-time Peru travellers, we were drawn to Trexperience because of their good reviews and because they’re locally-owned. We went with the 2D/1N camping option because we wanted the hiking experience but because we were also unsure of the physical toll (recently-problematic knee) of the 4-day trek. As it turns out, the 2D/1N hiking experience is very doable (12km on a mostly gradual ascent). Makes me want to come back for the 4D trek! Good up-front communication with the details of the trip clearly laid out in English. Our guide, Sonya, was fantastic. Warm, friendly, and all-knowing with respect to Inca history. The pace was easy, as was the conversation along the way. For people trying to decide between the camping option and the slightly cheaper hotel option, the difference - as far as I can make out - is that the camping option means travelling with porters who lay out mind-blowing & stomach-filling spreads along the way (2B, 1L, 1D). It was far more lavish than we imagined and made us wonder how we’d be able to continue hiking with such full stomachs! We’re normally accustomed to a ‘pack your own lunch’ approach to hiking. The camping location is at the valley bottom alongside the sacred Urubamba River. Tents, sleeping bags, deluxe mattresses all provided. It was pretty cool waking up to coca tea and a vertical view up through the clouds to Machu Picchu high above. Short walk back to nearby Aguas Calientes to catch the bus back up to Machu Picchu. You definitely want to arrive early (and we did) because the crowds filing their way through Machu Picchu can get quite long. One of the things we really appreciated about this package was that we got to see Machu Picchu twice, once at the end of the first day (at the end of the Inca Trail) and once more the second day when we had ample time (2-3hrs) to leisurely explore the site. This worked out to our advantage because the first day was sunny and clear while the second day was misty (and mysterious). Truly, the best of both experiences. Another thing we really enjoyed about the 2D option was that it was a very personal experience. Given the popularity of the 4-day trek, the groups can get large (a dozen or so?). For the 2D trek, it was just the two of us and our guide. There was room for more, but we were the only ones that day. Same for the next trek after us. The result was a very personalized experience. We set our own pace, stopped when we wanted, and had easy, direct access to our guide, Sonya. It felt like a private tour even though we didn’t pay for one. The only reason I didn’t give this 5/5 stars (apart from being a hard marker!) is that there were a few (very) minor hiccups with some logistical pieces that Sonya and the porters were adeptly able to manage in the moment. Overall, we felt like we were in very good hands from start to finish. I recommend Trexperience and would definitely consider using them again if/when we return for the 4-day trek. For context, we’re a father-son travel duo, ages 50 & 18. We both exercise regularly and enjoy being outdoors. All aspects of the trip were within our physical limits and comfort level.
By Adam C for Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days with Camping on 09 May, 2022
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By Christopher N on 31 Mar, 2022
Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020