Yoga Retreat 8 Days & Machu Picchu 

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LENGTH

4 DAYS/3NIGHTS

MAX. ALTTITUDE

2300m/10826ft

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Walking Tour

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Group Size

8 People max

Difficulty

Sightseeing – Tour

Yoga Retreat  8 Days – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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$1029 PP

Yoga Machu Picchu Tour

Yoga Holidays or Yoga Retreat along with the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Peru. Here We call Yoga Andean retreat Adventure, We offer you a Yoga Retreat that includes
Andean Spiritualism and Mysticism. You will be a part of ceremonies with an Inca Shaman Descendant.

Feel spiritually re-energized and one with Mother Earth.
You will have daily Yoga sessions and visit the most important archaeological sites of Cusco including one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu! You will immerse yourself in a new culture, view amazing landscapes, enrich your mind with new knowledge and return back home a whole new person. Come and be part of an unforgettable Yoga Holidays.

Your Yoga Holidays and Sacred Valley Peru Experiences

A specially arranged after-hour transport of the magnificent Sacred Valley of The Incas
Welcome reception and dinner of contemporary Peruvian cuisine in Our Lodge
lunch with a live show.

Private Escorted Tour Leader informs about the Incas and Machu Picchu!

Comfortable nights at the bottom of Vilcanota Mountain Range will give you more time to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machupicchu “Lost City of the Incas”
Join a local Shaman from Qeros for a private spiritual ceremony exalting Mother Earth
Visit the Maras salt mines pools and the Inca laboratory of Moray.
A private tour in the beautiful and historic Catholic Church in Cusco
Visit the beautiful Chencheros town, learn how they are processing natural pigment like their Incan ancestors.

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OVERVIEW %

  • HIKING 25% 25%
  • FOOD 90% 90%
  • HISTORY/CULTURE/NATURE 100% 100%
  • PHOTOGRAPHY/ADVENTURE/CAMPING 100% 100%

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MACHU PICCHU

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
  • 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit Machu Picchu twice with this tour!

Day 1:

Our Yoga Holidays begins with pick up from Cusco airport to a lodge in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Munay Sonqo or similar). After some much-deserved rest, we will have
Lunch at the lodge and give you some time to explore the premises. You’ll have an afternoon Yoga session followed by Dinner. The rest of the night is free for you to relax and acclimate to the altitude. Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Included: Pick up Cusco Airport to your Lodge, Accommodation, Yoga Class, and
Bilingual Tour Leader

DAY 2:

You’ll wake up with an early morning Yoga session followed by Breakfast. We will then get on our private transportation and head to the archaeological site of Chinchero, Inca city that the conquistadors wanted to “civilize” to establish their culture, but never fully achieved to do so. Your Tour Leader will guide and explain to you about the history and culture of this site.

We will then take a short Inca Trail hike to Poc-Poc waterfall and have a Flower Cleansing Ceremony with an Inca Descendant Shaman. After the ceremony, we will take our short hike back where lunch will be waiting for us. You’ll enjoy a delicious 4-course Peruvian meal prepared by a Professional Chef in a dining tent surrounded by panoramic views of the Sacred Valley. We will then head over to a local spot where you’ll observe firsthand how native people to this day continue to dye their textiles like their Inca ancestors. Afterward, we’ll head back to our lodge followed by dinner and free time to relax.

What does a Flower ceremony consist of?
Prepared by an Inca Descendant Shaman from Q’eros – one of the last Inca communities discovered in the 1990s. He will start the Flower cleansing ceremony by blowing native essences and showering you with flowers. Our Shaman will call all the positive Andean Spirits (Apus) with Coca leaves and other essences. You will feel connected and one with Mother Earth
afterward.

Tour Highlights

Morning Yoga Retreat and Breakfast at Lodge
Chinchero archeological site
*Optional* personal short Yoga session overlooking Sacred Valley
Short Hike to Poc-Poc Waterfall
*Flower Cleansing Ceremony with Shaman* NEW SERVICE
Lunch by Professional Chef or at Restaurant
Textile Dye Process from Inca times
Dinner and Relax
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included: Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, Entrance fees, Bilingual
Tour Leader, Yoga Session, Flower Cleansing Ceremony, Andean Shaman, Textile
Dye Demonstration

DAY 3:

You’ll rise and shine to an early morning Yoga Retreat session followed by breakfast. We will then get on our private transportation and go to the archeological site of Pisaq. Your Tour Leader will guide you through this site and give you a detailed explanation of the Inca temples and Inca remains you will see here.

We will then head over to a Tourist restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and savor different flavors of Peruvian cuisine. Afterward, you will head with your Tour Leader to the Potato museum followed by the Pisaq market where you will see an array of different handmade handicrafts such as woven textiles, jewelry, musical instruments, souvenirs, and much more. We will then head back to our Lodge followed by dinner and free time to relax. There are optional activities for you to enjoy at the Lodge if desired.

Tour Highlights
Morning Yoga Retreat and Breakfast at Lodge
Pisaq archeological site
Lunch at Buffet Tourist Restaurant
Potato Museum
Pisaq market

Lodge followed by dinner
Free Time to relax and enjoy some optional activities if desired.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included: Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, Entrance fees, Bilingual
Tour Leader, Yoga Session, Pisaq Archaeological site, PisaqMarket, Potato Museum.

DAY 4:

After your usual morning Yoga Retreat session we will have breakfast and then head over to the sites of Moray Inca Cosmic Terraces and Maras Salt Mines. Your Tour Leader will thoroughly explain to you the importance of these archeological sites. We will then head over for Lunch at a traditional tourist Buffet restaurant.

Our next Stop is Inkariy Museum where you will see pre-Inca exhibits and learn more about pre-Inca culture. We’ll then visit a local farmer’s house to see the cultivating process of farmlands and see different types of farm animals common to the Sacred Valley of Cusco. Afterward, we’ll head over to our lodge followed by dinner and free time to rest.

Tour Highlights
Morning Yoga and Breakfast at Lodge
Maras Salt Mines
Moray Inca Terraces
Lunch at Tourist Buffet Restaurant
Inkariy Museum
Visit Local Farmer House
Return to Lodge for Dinner then free time to relax.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included:

Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, All Entrance fees, Bilingual Tour Guide, Yoga Session, Moray Archaeological site, Maras Salt Mines, Inkariy Museum, Visit Local Farmer House

DAY 5:

After your usual morning Yoga Session followed by breakfast, we will head on out to Naupa Iglesia. Here at this location, we will have a purification ceremony cleanse with our Shaman. (You’ll arrive spiritually cleansed for Machu Picchu the following day.) We’ll have lunch at Ollantaytambo followed by a tour at the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. We will then board our Vistadome Train with panoramic views to Aguas Calientes and rest in our hotel. We will meet up for dinner at the renowned “Indio Feliz” restaurant and enjoy a delicious 4-course meal. We’ll then drop you off at your hotel so that you can have a good night’s rest and/or free time to relax.

Tour Highlights
Morning Yoga Retreat Session and Breakfast at Lodge
Naupa Iglesia- Purification ceremony cleanse with Shaman
Lunch at Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo archeological site tour
Train to Aguas Calientes Vistadome Service
Drop off in hotel at Aguas Calientes
Dinner at renowned Indio Feliz restaurant
Drop off at Hotel – free time to rest and relax
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included: Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, All Entrance fees,
Vistadome Train Ticket, Bilingual Tour Leader, Yoga Session, Purification
ceremony cleanse with Shaman, Ollantaytambo site, Indio Feliz Restaurant
(drinks not included).

DAY 6:

We will rise and shine before sunrise and have a very early breakfast (approx. 5:00 am) so that we can be one of the first groups to enter Machu Picchu. Your Tour Leader will take you to the upper part of Machu Picchu so that you can enjoy a short personal Yoga session while feeling the rays of the Sunrise on your face. Please note that due to new regulations we cannot take a Yoga mat to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Aguas Calientes

After your guided tour and an array of pictures, we will meet back at Aguas Calientes town for lunch. We will then board our Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. Our private transportation will be waiting for us here and take us to Cusco city. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel and given time to rest and have dinner on your own time.
(Dinner is not included tonight: we have many restaurant suggestions if desired)

Tour HighLights
Early Breakfast at Hotel (5 am)
Board one of the first bus shuttles to Machu Picchu
Personal Yoga Session in Machu Picchu – Please note yoga mats not allowed
Lunch in Aguas Calientes
Vistadome Train Service to Ollantaytambo
Transportation Ollantaytambo to Cusco City
Hotel Cusco City– Casa Andina or similar
Relax and Free time (dinner enjoyed at your own pace and time)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch – (Dinner not included)

INCLUDE Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, All Entrance fees, Vistadome Train Ticket, Bilingual Tour Guide, 3 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu, Personal Yoga Session before sunrise in Machu Picchu Optional: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain – tickets must be purchased months in advance due to limited.

DAY 7:

After Breakfast at your hotel, we will head out to the Qoricancha Museum, also known as the Temple of the Sun. You will enjoy the great history that is described in this place by your expert Tour Leader. Following Qoricancha Museum, we’ll head to San Pedro A market where you will see the hustle and bustle of everyday Cusco life. There will be an array of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, handicrafts, souvenirs, and more for you to observe.

Afterward, we’ll get on our private transportation and visit the 4 most important Archaeological sites within Cusco city: Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Qenko. Your Tour Leader will give you a thorough explanation of all sites visited and answer any questions you may have. You’ll then head back to your hotel to rest followed by a Yoga Session at a Cusco studio. Your farewell dinner will be held tonight which includes a live show of Peruvian music as you enjoy your meal. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel afterward and have free time to explore Cusco’s nightlife.

Tour Highlights:
Breakfast at Hotel
Qoricancha Museum
San Pedro Market
Lunch
Archeological sites: Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Qenqo, Sacsayhuaman
Yoga Session – Healing House or similar
Goodbye Dinner at Tourist restaurant with a live show
Drop off at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included: Accommodation, All Transfers/Transportation, All Entrance fees to
Museum and archaeological sites, walking tour San Pedro Market, Bilingual Tour
Leader, Afternoon Yoga Session

DAY 8:

Drop off at Airport – Make sure to enjoy your breakfast at your hotel before you leave

END OF TOUR

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

From: $ 1029 per person

$1029.00 per person (minimum of 2 people to book tour)
Includes 4 Star Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes
Please see below for Inclusions

Tour Leaders Peru truly cares about its Customers, Staff, and our Environment. We are Eco-friendly.

Note: An initial deposit of $400.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

minimum of 2 people to book a tour
This price is based on Double Accommodation

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION

SPECIAL DISCOUNT INFORMATION If you have a group of 6-8 people we give you a special discount. More than 10 people you can even travel free! If your interested starting date IS NOT LISTED we can open a new departure date at a group rate.

Additional Upgrades

Hauyna Picchu

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Vistadome Train

From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

Machupicchu Mountain

Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

Inka Bridge

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

Sun Gate

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round trip hike.

Peru Travel Packing List Sleeping Bags and Accessories

  • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
  • Backpacks $25
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

Inca Trail Hike Packing List To Machu Picchu

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
  • Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDE

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

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Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your trips

Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

*Special Diets Available Upon Request

TRAVEL REVIEWS

{We just got home safely from Peru. We saw the Sacred Valley, hiked the 26 mile Inca Trail for 4 days from 8,000 to 13,800 feet to see the ancient stunning Machu Picchu, learned about Incas, went to the exciting Amazon Rain Forest to see Macaw birds in the wild, shopped at San Pedro’s Market in Cusco, celebrated New Year’s Eve in yellow hats in Cusco...
{I have always wanted to see Machu Picchu and when the opportunity came, I didn’t want to pass. My friends and I did the Salkantay Trek with Odon as our main guide and he was just so passionate about telling us the history and the culture behind Machu Picchu. Odon took care of us like we were his children haha, he helped us adjust or feel better with altitude sickness.
{PERU PACKAGE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Date of Experience: 12/2019 I visited Peru with my family back in Dec. 2019 with this company. We were picked up at Lima airport by our guide Miguel and given a tour of Lima city along with the Larco museum. The following day we headed to…
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{We had a great tour of With Tour Guide Aldo (he's great): Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu. Jose was always there, attentive, hiking in front, back, side, showing us extra ruins on side trails. It was great! For the Amazon, we switched to great naturalist and super birder Jose Antonio and hiked and birded in Manu National Park.
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Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking with us

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REI Camping Equipment for each trip

We are not affiliated with this REI Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

Private Eco Toilets

We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

Private Transportation on each trip

As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

Best Chaskis (Porters)

We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry 

We leave no trace

We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail 

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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 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

How much it actually cost to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu?

The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 on 2021.

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

The general cost for Inca Trail trek: $600

On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $600/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, 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. Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. 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.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. 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.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?

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.

Our Inca Trail toilets – Portable option

As a tour operato, 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 we 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 up with you by porters.

Our Toilete sit and tent 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, we will solve immediately. 

When to book the Inca Trail trek 4 days?

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 2 days in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

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 the itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of travelling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

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

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 metres

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 Inca Trail

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 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 Cuzco, 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 vacationmakers 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 metres 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 metres – 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. 

Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed

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, 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.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

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