Private Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The magnificence of the Inca Trail with our exclusive private service.

Classic Inca Trail Private Tour to Machu Picchu

the Inca Trail Private Tour To Machu Picchu—an exclusive journey tailored to your preferences! Embark on the classic Inca Trail at your own pace, accompanied by a dedicated team of porters, chefs, and guides. Ideal for couples, families, or a group of friends seeking personalized and private service.

Experience the ultimate adventure with the 4-day Inca Trail Hike Private Tours To Machu Picchu! This extraordinary trekking route unveils the untouched beauty of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, granting you access to its most remote and pristine areas. Join us for an exclusive and unique trekking Adventure that will leave you in awe.

Best Time To Hike The Inca Trail

The best time to visit Machu Pichu is during the dry season, from April to October. The trail can be quite challenging and is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. It is important to plan your trip well in advance, as the permits for the Inca Trail are limited and sell out quickly.

4 DAY PRIVATE SERVICE Permits to this hike are LIMITED and only a certain number of hikers are allowed on the trail each day, so be sure to book well in advance.

Travel Insurance

Be aware that there is a possibility of delays or cancellations. It is strongly advised to consider purchasing travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you do not have a, we have partnered with Allianz Travel Insurance to help you create a private tour package tailored to your needs. Feel free to contact us for further assistance.

NOTE: Kindly inform us promptly if you are interested in booking the Inca Trail. The Inca hike allows only 500 tourists per day, including guides and porters, as regulated by the National parks authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least six months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least three months ahead.

Private Service Price

From $960 Pp


Itinerary highlights


Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru


Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!


Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!


Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What’s included


Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.


Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
Door to Door service

Meet and greet airport service



How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LATAM are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. We Highly Recommend You Travel Insurance. If You do have one we work with we can help you create your package just contact us.

The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along the Inca Trail

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Duffel Bags For Each Hiker

During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.

It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.


Inca Trail Travel Information

The hike along the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring adventure that ranks among the most breathtaking Destinations in the world! Constructed by the Incas during the 15th century, these paths, known as the Qhapac Nan or Inca Trails, formed an extensive network that played a crucial role in connecting their vast empire, spanning across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

As the capital of the Great Inca Empire, Cusco held unparalleled significance. Not only did it serve as the epicenter of all Inca Trails, but it also facilitated connections with various destinations throughout the Amazon Jungle as well as South America, spanning an astonishing distance of over 40,000 kilometers.


The journey commences at Kilometer 82 – Piscacucho Village. Nestled within the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru, this trail showcases the allure of the picturesque Ollantaytambo district in the Urubamba Province.


The Incas built the Iconic Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail in the 15th century. It is thought that the same people who built Machu Picchu also built the Inca Trail. The trail was used for trading between Cusco and the area around the Amazon region.

Following the Spanish invasion, this trail remained lost for several years alongside Machu Picchu, until it was rediscovered in 1915 by Hiram Bingham III, an American explorer on his quest for the Lost City of the Incas in Peru. Today, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu stand as renowned tourist attractions, epitomizing the splendor of Peru destinations.


Weather conditions along the Inca Trail can be highly unpredictable and constantly changing. While there are two distinct seasons, it is crucial to be adequately prepared for all possible weather scenarios when embarking on a hike to magnificent Machu Picchu.

The wet season runs from November to March
The dry season runs from April to October
The temperature during the Machu Picchu Trek varies significantly depending on the altitude and season; temperatures can reach as high as 80°F (27°C) during the day and drop below freezing at night, so hikers must come prepared for hot and cold weather conditions.

Hiking the Machu Picchu Inca Trail can be challenging due to its length and high altitudes; however, its rewards make the experience worthwhile; Its breathtaking scenery will impress anyone while feeling great satisfaction from having accomplished something big!

Inca Trail permits

For those seeking to embark on the iconic Classic Machu Picchu Trek, securing permits well in advance is crucial. With a daily limit of just 500 permits encompassing porters, chefs, tour guides, and fellow adventurers, planning is essential.

Inca Trail length

Stretching approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers) through the majestic Andes Mountains, the Inca Trail trek leads from the Sacred Valley (Km 82) to the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu.

When the Inca Trail is fully booked, there are alternative treks to Machu Picchu worth considering.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive comparison of the top tours, allowing you to make an informed decision. The Inca Trail stands as one of the world’s most sought-after trekking routes, but if availability is limited, these alternatives offer equally rewarding Hiking experiences.

Inca Trail vs. Salkantay Trek

When deciding on a trek to Machu Picchu, two primary options present themselves: the legendary Inca Trail and the awe-inspiring Salkantay Trek. Both routes boast breathtaking landscapes and offer an unforgettable adventure, yet they do exhibit distinct characteristics that set them apart.

Embark on the Inca Trail hike, the ultimate choice for an awe-inspiring Machu Picchu trek. Renowned for its popularity, this remarkable journey will guide you through breathtaking landscapes and unfold a passage through history. As you trace the ancient path of the Incas, the Classic Machu Picchu Trek culminates with a magnificent entrance through the Sun Gate, revealing the marvel and awe of Machu Picchu in all its glory.

The Salkantay Trek presents an exceptional alternative to the Inca Trail, offering a less crowded and more affordable experience while immersing you in stunning landscapes. At a staggering height of 6,271 meters (20,549 feet), Mount Salkantay reigns as one of Peru’s tallest peaks, treating adventurers to awe-inspiring vistas from its summit. As an additional bonus, the Salkantay Trek concludes with a visit to Aguas Calientes, where you can relax in a comfortable hotel before embarking on the journey to Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail vs. Lares Trek

For those seeking an exceptional alternative to the Machu Picchu Trek, the renowned Lares Valley Route offers a rich cultural experience with a slightly less rigorous journey compared to the Salkantay and Inca Trail.

Embark on an extraordinary 4-day journey along the legendary Inca Trail, leading you straight to the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. This iconic trek winds through breathtaking mountains, where secluded campsites become your sanctuary overnight. Finally, you’ll make your way to Machu Picchu through the revered Sun Gate, basking in the rare experience of reaching this awe-inspiring destination purely on foot.

The Lares Trek offers a more compact, four-day alternative that commences in the quaint village of Lares and culminates at the majestic site of Machu Picchu. While it may not boast an abundance of Inca ruins en route, it presents an exceptional option for those seeking solace from bustling crowds and a desire to gain firsthand insights from the locals. To reach Machu Picchu, a train journey and an overnight stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes are requirements.

Classic Inca Trail vs. Short Inca Trail hike

The iconic Classic Inca Trail is renowned for its 4-day trek, the test of endurance, and immersive experience. However, an alternative option, the Short Inca Trail, offers a shorter yet equally captivating journey. Now, the question arises: which one is the perfect choice for you?

The awe-inspiring Classic Machu Picchu Inca Trail covers a 26-mile (42-kilometer) journey that spans four days. Commencing at Km 82, nestled within the Sacred Valley, the trail culminates at the renowned Machu Picchu. Along the path, trekkers will be treated to breathtaking vistas of alpine forests, picturesque mountain valleys, and vibrant jungles. Brace yourself for traversing high-altitude passes, gracing the pinnacle of 13,829 feet (4,215 meters) above sea level.

The Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu spans a mere 10 miles (16 kilometers) and can be accomplished within a single day. Commencing at Km 104 and culminating at Machu Picchu, this route, although not as diverse in scenery as its lengthier counterpart, still traverses breathtaking landscapes, encompassing captivating cloud forests.

Inca Trail vs. Quarry Trek

For adventurous travelers seeking unique experiences, there lies another awe-inspiring trek known as the Cachicata Trek, also referred to as the Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu. The Cachicata Trek presents an extraordinary, lesser-known route to Machu Picchu, awaiting exploration by only a fortunate few.

Embarking on the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unparalleled adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that captivates the hearts of countless travelers. This epic trek amalgamates thrilling challenges, mesmerizing landscapes, and the richness of history and culture. It culminates in the extraordinary reward of reaching Machu Picchu through exhilarating hiking, offering an unforgettable journey that only the courageous few dare to undertake.

For those seeking a shorter and more manageable trek, the Quarry Trek stands out as an excellent choice. Spanning a mere 20 miles, this trail offers a captivating journey to some of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Sacred Valley. Notably, it presents a compelling alternative for travelers seeking to avoid the bustling crowds typically found along the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail vs. Choquequirao trek

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Peru’s untamed terrain, where the Inca Trail and Choquequirao Hike await. These two remarkable treks lead to magnificent ancient citadels, offering breathtaking panoramas of the majestic Andes mountains and the enigmatic Inca ruins. While both journeys hold captivating allure, it is crucial to note their distinctive characteristics.

The Inca Trail is widely favored over the Choquequirao trek due to its popularity. However, the Choquequirao trek, although more challenging, presents a unique and less crowded experience, characterized by authenticity. While the Inca Trail usually takes 4 days to complete, the Choquequirao trek offers a variety of durations ranging from 4 to 10 days, allowing for a more customizable experience.

Inca Trail elevation gain

The Inca Trail includes an elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet (914 meters) from start to finish. The highest point on the trail reaches 13,828 feet (4,215 meters) at Dead Woman’s Pass. The majority of the ascent occurs during the initial days, with Day 1 encompassing roughly 1,000 feet (305 meters) of ascent and Day 2 featuring 800 feet (244 meters) of ascent. Subsequently, the trail levels out to a certain extent, although there are still occasional undulations along the way.

Inca Trail Reservations

If you’re considering embarking on the renowned Classic Machu Picchu Trek, it is crucial to secure a reservation well in advance. This trail is globally celebrated as one of the most sought-after hiking experiences, and obtaining a spot can prove to be quite challenging.

To secure a reservation for the trail, it is imperative to book through an accredited tour company such as TreXperience. When making your reservation, ensure you provide your passport information and select a preferred start date for your hike. Please note that the Inca Trail ceased operation in February.

For optimal chances of securing a spot, it is advisable to make your booking at least six months in advance as availability tends to diminish swiftly. Once your reservation is confirmed, all that remains is to pack for your upcoming adventure!

Inca Trail’s highest point

Dead Woman’s Pass, situated on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stands as a lofty mountain reaching 4,215 meters (13,829 ft) above sea level. Known as the highest point on the trail, the pass derives its name from its striking resemblance to a reclining woman. This challenging segment of the Inca Trail presents steep ascents and descents, testing the endurance of adventurers seeking its awe-inspiring beauty.

Inca Trail 2 days

The Inca Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for those with limited time to experience the trail’s beauty. This 2-day journey unveils breathtaking views of the majestic Andes Mountains. Beginning at Km 104, just an hour’s train ride from Ollantaytambo, you’ll embark on a 4-5 hour hike to the remarkable site of Wiñay Wayna. Following a delightful box lunch, continue your trek to the Sun Gate (Initupunku), where your first awe-inspiring view of Machu Picchu awaits.

Inca Trail 5 days

The Inca Trail offers a 5-day slow version, perfect for those seeking to savor the breathtaking scenery at their own pace. This leisurely journey grants ample time to capture mesmerizing photos, immerse in awe-inspiring vistas, and explore ancient ruins. Moreover, this trail variant proves ideal for individuals with varying fitness levels, as it presents a less demanding experience than its shorter counterparts. Secure your spot early as bookings for the Inca Trail fill up rapidly, especially during the peak season from May to September.

The Sun Gate or Intipunku

Sungate, also known as Intipunku, serves as the official entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. The vistas from the Sun Gate are truly awe-inspiring, and standing atop Machu Picchu, absorbing it all is an indescribable experience of grandeur and beauty.

Inca Bridge in Machu Picchu

Constructed by the Incas during the 15th century, the Inca Bridge spans a deep gorge with a towering height of approximately 60 meters (200 feet). While its exact purpose remains ambiguous, it is widely speculated that this remarkable structure served as a convenient means for the Incas to traverse the gorge, bypassing the need to descend into the valley below.

The construction of the bridge suggests its primary purpose was defensive, serving to impede enemy access to the citadel. The Inca Bridge located at Machu Picchu stands as a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of engineering, leaving a lasting impression on all who behold its splendor.

Training for Inca Trail

Getting ready for the Machu Picchu Inca Trail can be quite challenging. Here are some helpful suggestions to fully relish this extraordinary trek.

Once’ve confirmed your tour booking, it’s time to kickstart your training and embrace regular hikes. Gradually increase your physical activities and aim for a 30-minute walk or run three to five days a week to enhance your overall health. Remember, robust leg muscles are crucial for navigating Vietnam’s hilly terrain, so incorporate squats, lunges, or venture on mountain hikes from home to prepare for your upcoming adventure.

When planning your excursion to Machu Picchu, allocate ample time to acclimatize to the high altitude of Cusco. The trail guides you to heights of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), making progressive acclimatization essential to prevent altitude sickness. Prioritize your well-being by acclimating gradually and embracing the breathtaking journey that awaits you.

Inca Trail stairs

The Inca Trail offers a range of routes, each with varying numbers of stairs depending on the path you select. The exact count of trails fluctuates annually due to maintenance and updates, making it difficult to provide an exact number.
However, we can offer valuable insights from previous hikers to give you a better idea of what to expect during your trek. Rest assured, we’ll help you prepare for an unforgettable experience!

A study conducted on hikers who completed the Inca Trail revealed that they took approximately 5,000 to 7,000 steps. On average, it takes around 200 to 300 steps to cover a mile, equivalent to roughly 120 to 190 steps per kilometer. When embarking on the Inca Trail, be prepared to encounter numerous stairs. Rather than feeling discouraged, remember that the invaluable experience gained from this journey will make it all worthwhile.

Inca Trail facts

The Inca Trails form a historic network of pathways and roads, stretching over 4,000 miles across the magnificent Andes Mountains. Among these trails, the renowned Classic Inca Trail gracefully links the charming city of Cusco with the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.
Over 500 years ago, the Incas constructed the legendary Inca Trail, which still stands as one of the world’s finest hiking trails today.

Stretching across 26 miles and spanning four days of awe-inspiring trekking, this remarkable trail is nestled in the majestic Andes Mountains of Peru, at an elevation of 13,000 feet.
The Inca Trail offers a gratifying hiking experience, presenting breathtaking panoramic vistas of majestic mountains, lush valleys, meandering rivers, and awe-inspiring ancient ruins. However, this trail presents numerous challenges for trekkers, including narrow paths with steep ascents and descents, as well as unpredictable weather conditions.

Typically, adventurers invest four days traversing this magnificent trail, although shorter or longer options may also be available.


The Inca Trail is a world-renowned trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along this trail, trekkers have the opportunity to explore a variety of archaeological sites, experience diverse flora and fauna, and delve into the historical significance of the region. Here’s an introduction to these aspects of the Inca Trail:

Archaeological Sites:

The Inca Trail is dotted with numerous archaeological sites that showcase the advanced engineering and architectural skills of the Inca civilization. Some of the notable sites along the trail include:

1. Patallacta:
Also known as “Laqtapata,” this site marks the beginning of the Inca Trail and offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

2. Runkurakay:

A small circular ruin that served as a watchtower or resting place for travelers. It is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes as well.

3. Sayacmarca:

A well-preserved site with intricate stone masonry, likely serving as a tambo (a traveler’s lodge) and possibly a religious site.

4. Phuyupatamarca:

Known as the “Town above the Clouds,” this site offers breathtaking views and features impressive terracing and stone structures.

5. Intipata:

The Intipata ruins are a kind of hidden gem in the classic four-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. A frequent question we get from our Inca trail hikers is always which and how many ruins will they see along the way. The Intipata ruins are sometimes referred to as the “gringo killers” because we visit them right before we begin our descent on day three of the hike.

6. Wiñay Wayna:

This site includes terraced agricultural areas and well-preserved structures. Its name means “Forever Young,” possibly referring to the surrounding waterfalls.

Flora and Fauna:

The Inca Trail traverses diverse ecosystems, allowing trekkers to witness a range of flora and fauna as they ascend through different altitudes:

1. Highland Vegetation:

The trail starts in grasslands and cloud forests with various types of moss, ferns, and orchids.

2. Montane Forest:

As trekkers climb higher, the landscape transitions to cloud forest, with trees covered in bromeliads and abundant bird species.

3. Páramo Ecosystem:

In higher altitudes, you’ll find the páramo, a unique high-altitude ecosystem characterized by hardy grasses, small shrubs, and cushion plants.

Historical Significance:

The Inca Trail was a vital route in the Inca Empire’s extensive network of roads. It served as both a pilgrimage route and a means of communication between different parts of the empire. The trail is a testament to the Inca’s engineering prowess, as it includes intricately built stone paths, staircases, and bridges that have withstood centuries.

The significance of the Inca Trail lies not only in its historical importance but also in its role as a gateway to Machu Picchu. The trek offers a profound cultural and spiritual experience, allowing trekkers to connect with the ancient traditions and ways of life of the Andean people.

Keep in mind that trekking the Inca Trail requires careful planning, including obtaining permits, hiring guides, and preparing for the physical demands of the journey. It’s advisable to book with authorized tour operators and adhere to responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.



Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.


With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.


With Tour Leaders Peru, indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot Drinks.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours.


At Tour Leaders Peru, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.


Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 6 kg (13 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.


Tour Leaders Peru provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.


At Tour Leaders Peru, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with Tour Leaders In Peru!


We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours. With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a Private tour along the Inca Trail that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


Beginning of The Hike Day 1: Km 82

Inca Trail - KM-82

Fig.1 – Km 82 Inca Trail Private Hike to Machu Picchu.

To begin our private tour along the magnificent Inca Trail trek, Tour Leaders Peru will arrange transportation from your place of accommodation in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo. Pick-up from Cusco will be scheduled between 4:30 and 5 AM, while pick-up from Urubamba or Ollantaytambo will be confirmed during your briefing.

Later, we will embark on a 1.5-hour journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas using our private transportation. Our destination is Piskacucho – kilometer 82, the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail where our trek begins. Upon crossing the Urubamba River via the bridge, our crew will be introduced. And so, our thrilling 4-day adventure—the classic Inca Trail hike—begins.

Our first day is off to a pleasant start as we leisurely explore remarkable ruins like the ancient Inca city of Patallacta. This significant center once served as a hub for administration, economy, and religious activities. Additionally, we will venture to Willkarakay, a strategic military outpost situated above the Patallacta site. Join us for an enriching journey through fascinating historical landmarks.

Consequently, after visiting these two sites we will enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba. Walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River. Continuing our gradual walk upward through the dense Andean forest. We arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.

Walking Distance First Day

Walking Distance: 12km / 7.45 miles.
Starting Elevation: 2720 meters / 8923 feet.
Campsite Elevation: 3000 meters/ 9842 feet.
Difficulty: Moderate
Weather: Warm and windy
Meals: Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
CAMPSITE: Camping in Wayllabamba

Day 2: Dead Woman Pass 13.000f

Dead Woman Pass 4200m

Fig.2 – Hiking To The Dead Woman Pass Most Elevated Point Along the Inca Trail 4200m/13000f.

The Inca Trail private tour will start the day at the bottom of the trail Wayllabamaba Campsite, embarking on the Inca trail trek to reach the summit at Warmihuañusca, commonly known as the “dead woman’s pass”. It’s the highest point of our journey, and it promises breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience.

The morning trek can be physically challenging for those unaccustomed to high altitudes and Inca trail stairs, but it is also a truly awe-inspiring hiking experience. The initial leg of the Inca Trail hike takes approximately 1.5 hours, winding through lush vegetation until we reach the Ayapata campsite, where we will pause for a brief rest.

During our ascent, the habitat undergoes a transformation as we venture into the inter-Andean forest adorned with magnificent Unca trees. Following this enchanting path, two hours later, we reach the next campsite, Llulluchapampa. Here, we shall indulge in a well-deserved break, savoring your snacks and comforting hot beverages served by our Staff.

From here, we start the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca 13000f, the highest point of the trek. It’s an amazing chance to enjoy panoramic views of the valleys below. After that, we’ll trek down for a few hours to our final campsite in Pacaymayu, where we’ll spend the night.


Walking Distance: 12 km / 6.82 miles
Starting Elevation: 3000 meters / 9842 feet
Campsite Elevation: 3580 meters / 11700 feet
Maximum Altitude: 4200 meters / 13779 feet ASL (Warmy Wañuska Pass)
Difficulty: Challenging
Weather: Cold and rainy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, &; Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon Popcorn & tea)
CAMPSITE: In Pacaymayu

Day 3: Runkurakay pass and Winayhuayna Campsite
Winayhuayna Inca terraces

Fig.3 – Wiñay Wayna (2650 m) (Quechua for “forever young”, Hispanicized spelling Huiñay Huayna) is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

On This Day we will then proceed to ascend for approximately 45 minutes to reach the remarkable archaeological site of Runkurakay. This site once served as a resting lodge, or “Tambo”, for ancient pilgrims. Continuing our journey, another 45-minute ascent will bring us to the second-highest pass of the Inca trail trek – Runkurakay. From there, we will descend to the stunning archaeological site of Sayacmarca, strategically located and steeped in history.

On the other hand, once we’ve had a thorough visit, we’ll continue down this beautifully paved road to our lunch spot at Chaquicocha. From there, we’ll enter the high Andean cloud forest to Phuyupatamarca – it’s truly a breathtaking display of Mother Nature’s beauty!

So, the hike to Machu Picchu keeps going along this narrow ridge until you reach the Phuyupatamarka pass. It’s a fantastic spot where you can catch breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and plenty of majestic mountain peaks.

Afterward, we’ll head down to our final campsite. We’ll pass by this super important archaeological site and a temple dedicated to offering to the sacred mountain spirits. Just a bit further is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.


Walking Distance: 16km / 9.94 miles
Starting Elevation: 3580m / 11745f
Maximum Altitude: 4200m / 13123f (Runkuracay Pass)
Campsite Elevation: 2680m /8792f
Difficulty: Formidable
Weather: Warm and very humid
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Wiñayhuayna

Day 4: Sun Gate - Machu Picchu Lost City
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

After an early start with hot drinks, you will be on the final push of the trail by 5 a.m. in order to reach Inti Punku, the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu for sunrise. While weather conditions may vary, the view is always awe-inspiring. As Soon You reach Sun Gate you will descend to the citadel for a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

You will be able to appreciate the intricate Inca stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. You will have the chance to explore the three zones of this centuries-old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (Sun Dial), and the Principal Inca Temples are only a few of the impressive sights that you will see.


In the afternoon, you will take a comfortable train back to Cusco and then be transferred to your Cusco hotel for the evening.
Hike Distance to Machu Picchu: 3.7 mi (6 km)
Approximate Time: 4 to 8 hrs
Gradient: Moderate


If you would like to spend more time at Machu Picchu, this package can be customized to include an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, allowing for a second visit to the ruins — with an optional hike to Huayna Picchu — on the following day. Please let your Travel Advisor know if you’d like to add this to your itinerary.



  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek KM 82
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
  • Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel

Camping Equipment:

  • We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
  • Infable REI mattresses.
  • Hiking Poles for each Hiker
  • Tables, and seats for each Hiker
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and kitchen tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Our Team:

  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual Tour Guide
  • A Cheff to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings) such as your Duffle bags or Any other Staff. 7 Kilos Per 40 Dollars Per Day.

Food On The Inca Trail:

  • High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.

Recommended Inca Trail 4-day Private Tour to Machu Picchu Packing List

In order to prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

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You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.


On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.


Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.


Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.


Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!


Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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CESAR is originally from Cusco, currently living in San Jose, CA. With a background in tourism ( TOUR GUIDE ) and business, he has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Cesar has extensive knowledge of other destinations He is passionate about research as a Digital Nomad and photographer.

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R.N San Jose University
Owner of Blissful Travel Escapes
Her first experience of South America was when she traveled through Argentina and then to Peru… but she liked it so much she stayed! She realizes that traveling is always going to be an important part of her life but for the time being.

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Price Per Person From:


Under 17 Discount
Adult (18-70)

8+ USD 960.00
7 Pax: US$ 1100
6 Pax: US$ 1270

5 Pax: USD 1,370
4 Pax: US$ 1,470
3 Pax: US$ 1,570
2 Pax: US$ 1,670

Hiking Gear

We Arrange Private Inca Trail Tours For 2 People Price US$ 1.570 Per Person

Sleeping mattress – For Rent – $20
Sleeping bags ( For Rent )$30


Trekking Poles – rent for $20


Huayna Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
Machu Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.


The Group Service Inca Trail Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco



4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels


Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels



Pick Up From Cusco Airport

All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
Ground transportation and entrance fees
Breakfast at all hotels

All meals on Inca Trip

Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)


Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes

Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

Classic 4 day Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

Machu Picchu Hike Cost? average Price

The price tag for Machu Picchu Hiking Tours depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks.

Doing the Inca Trail independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed Tour Guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

The general cost for the Inca Trail Holidays: $600 On average including The Inca Trail Permits, transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, porters, three meals a day, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper.

But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?.


Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks, and are crowded groups.

How Hard is The Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is an ancient hiking path that leads to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in South America. The path is 43 miles long and passes through a variety of landscapes, including high-altitude forests, mountain peaks, and rugged terrains. Hiking the Inca Trail is definitely not for everyone – it can be difficult, challenging, and even dangerous at times. But if you’re up for the challenge, the journey is definitely worth it!.

The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike rear all our advice, please.

The Bathroom Situation on The Inca Trail

Inca Trail, toilet quality

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

By the next day, you will use a squat floor toilet. In which you squat over. The flushing mechanism often floods meaning that toilet waste is on the floor of many Inca Trail toilets. Be sure to wear your hiking boots when going to the toilet.

There is often no light and you’ll want to make sure you bring a headlamp for those night-time toilet visits.

This does not make for a pleasant experience! you can read How to use toilets on The Inca trail very good information for new outdoor adventures

Inca Trail Portable Toilets – option

My name is Cesar and as a Tour Guide, I believe the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things I would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried by porters.

They are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, your operator will sort them out immediately.


Inca Trail Availability - Hurry Up

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 Months in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve.

Is The Inca Trail Really Worth It!

Hiking the Inca Trail is absolutely worth the $180 dollars per day group service or maybe more if you go on a private group. We can assure you will create big memories that will last a lifetime and that alone is worth the money.

Read the article here: Is The Inca Trail Worth really Worth It

You will see many ancient Inca remains along the way that rival Machu Picchu in beauty and preservation that you can only see on the Inca trail. On top of that, the sense of accomplishment upon arriving in front of the Sun Gate after hiking for 4 days is gratifying.

However, to travel to this iconic Inka city of Machu Picchu on a bus, skipping the hike when you’re physically able to do it, would be a mistake. All of the magic of the experience would be lost.

On the trail, you truly feel connected to the local culture and the Inca history comes alive, which is the best part.

If you happen to be in Peru and you aren’t physically able to do a trek to get to Machu Picchu, it’s still magnificent to see and it’s worth the visit. It’s a world wonder for a reason.

Distance for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights

The trail itself is breathtaking, but the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at Sunrise. The Classic Inca trail runs Covers 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights, and is Trek away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

Read Our Article Inca Trail Map  great info for everyone

Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

Like anything in life, the Inca Trail does have risks. But you are far more likely to have an accident on the roads back home, than trekking on the Inca Trail.

Read Related Article: Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

There is always a risk of landslides in any mountains. The lifecycle of a mountain involves it gradually eroding and making its way downhill to the sea via the rivers. It is what mountains do. But some parts of a mountain are more prone to landslides than others. In the same way that you are more likely to get mugged in certain areas of California, New York, or the Alpes than others, the key lies in understanding and managing the risks.

Part of managing the risk is making sure everyone involved is aware of the risks, including you or anyone in our groups. You can read more about our Risk and Safety policies at the bottom of each tour on our websites, is an “F&Q” section, with further details about the risks involved in a particular trip.

Is this the first time someone has died on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu?

No, this is not the first time someone has died either on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu. But the figures are very low when you consider up to 7000 people per day visiting Machu Picchu and 750 per day trek the Inca Trail (500 on the complete Inca Trail, 250 on Shor Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu).

  • 2004 A tourist was struck by lightning on Huayna Picchu and died
  • 2010 2 people died in a landslide at Wiñay Wayna campsite
  • 2013 A tourist fell and died, on a lower part of Machu Picchu
  • 2016 A tourist fell from Machu Picchu Mountain, having crossed the safety barrier to take a jumping selfie
  • 2020 A porter was killed in a landslide at Pacamayo campsite

How Long Does it Take to Hike The Inka Trail To Machu Picchu?

How Many Miles is The Inca Trail from km 82?

We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of traveling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to the campsite

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 meters

Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

Best Time To Hike The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu INCA remains open at this time. The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

early April. May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry and warmer than June, July, and August. The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cusco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.

Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacation makes all the way through August and

into September. By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance. December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

Machu Picchu Hike Difficulty

First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 meters to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 meters.

Definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

Machu Picchu Covid19 Restrictions for Visitors

Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits.

I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu pro & post Covid-19, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.


Add Ons

Ance your Peru experience by exploring the beautiful city of Cusco. Taking tours in this vibrant destination not only helps with acclimatization but also sets the perfect tone before embarking on the classic trail hike. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!


Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour


Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
Mysticism Hike

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