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Mastering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Your Ultimate Guide to Conquering “The Lost City of the Incas”

For those seeking an indelible hiking experience in South America, the Inca Trail presents itself as the ideal selection. Annually, a multitude of intrepid explorers from around the globe flock to Peru to embark on this exhilarating expedition and marvel at the remnants of the age-old Inca citadel known as Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu transcends mere hiking; it is a voyage teeming with historical, cultural, and natural splendor. Engross yourself in the magnificence of the mountainous vistas of the Andes, traverse ancient cobblestone pathways, and unveil the enchantment of the Inca ruins with each stride. This path will facilitate a profound communion with nature, a test of personal limits, and an authentic spiritual connection with the land.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned trekking enthusiast or a fledgling adventurer, our guide will furnish you with comprehensive insights into the distinct sections of the Inca Trail, the notable attractions along the route, as well as the logistical considerations to ponder prior to embarking on your odyssey. We will assist you in selecting the trekking alternative that best aligns with

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a highly scenic and exceptionally well-preserved segment of the extensive trail network known as the Inca Trails or Qhapac Ñan. Spanning over 30,000 km across South America, this ancient network once connected the principal Inca cities or llaqtas of the Tahuantinsuyo or Inca empire.

The Inca Trail comprises a remarkable array of stone structures, bridges, and tunnels, ingeniously designed to traverse the challenging mountainous landscape of the Andes, while passing through various Inca sites.

¿Cómo prepararse para Camino Inca?│Inca trail to Machu Picchu

Inca trail to Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail is renowned for several reasons:

  • It serves as a remarkable testament to the skill and ingenuity of the ancient Inca civilization in constructing an intricate network of roads that span vast distances and diverse terrains.
  • Notably, it is celebrated for its direct connection to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. This exquisite cobblestone pathway attracts visitors from around the globe. The amalgamation of captivating landscapes, archaeological sites, and the opportunity to traverse an ancestral trail within a mystical ambiance contribute to its widespread acclaim.
  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers an unparalleled adventure and exploration. Those who embark on this trek have the chance to fully immerse themselves in Inca history and culture, traverse a variety of ecosystems, and test their physical limits.
  • The Inca Trail has garnered numerous accolades, with several magazines and publications recognizing it as one of the finest trails in the world:
    • Designated as one of the “50 best hikes in the world” by National Geographic.
    • Included in the list of the “10 best hikes in the world” by Lonely Planet.
    • Acknowledged as one of the “25 best hikes in the world” by Forbes.
    • Highlighted as one of the “10 Best Hikes in the World” by The New York Times.
    • Recognized as one of the “10 best hikes in the world” by The Guardian.

Moreover, the Inca Trail holds great historical and cultural significance. In 1983, it received the prestigious designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Several pre-Inca cultures built pre-Hispanic roads beginning in 2000 BC.
  • The illustrious Inca ruler Pachacutec, the ninth Inca, built Machu Picchu and the famous stretch of the Inca Trail during the height of the Inca Empire in the 15th century. During this time, these trails were perfected, expanded, and integrated into the great Inca road network, also known as Qhapac Ñan.
  • To build the trails, the Incas used indigenous labor and advanced engineering techniques.
  • Its strength and durability are derived from the carefully carved and interlocking stones that make up the Inca Trail.
  • As a popular hiking route today, the Inca Trail provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Andes and to learn about the history and culture of the Inca people.
  • In addition to passing through breathtaking landscapes such as mountains, cloud forests, and ancient Inca archaeological sites, the Inca Trail takes several days to complete.
  • Machu Picchu is the highlight of the trek, where hikers can admire the majestic Inca ruins nestled among the mountains at sunrise.


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which is a component of the renowned and awe-inspiring Qhapaq Ñan pathway network, is widely recognized for its picturesque landscapes and cultural significance.

This particular segment, culminating at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, extends from the city of Cusco and was utilized by the Incas for religious and administrative purposes.

The renowned segment of the Qhapac Ñan, culminating at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, stretches from the city of Cusco and was formerly utilized by the Incas for religious and administrative purposes.

What distinguishes this segment of the Inca Trail is its remarkable stone structures, bridges, and tunnels. These Inca architectural constructions, which have endured the test of time, are widely acclaimed for their picturesque landscapes and cultural significance.


The Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The site has been designated a Mixed Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it represents a remarkable example of Inca architecture, engineering and agriculture that stands out in its own right. The site of Machu Picchu has been preserved from the time of the Spanish and its subsequent abandonment, unlike other settlements.

The site, known as an Inca llaqta or a multifunctional center of Inca origin in the Amazon Andes or the Peruvian high jungle, is characterized as a site where the inhabitants resided seasonally before being replaced by another group of settlers who came later.

Descuentos de boletos para tren a Machupicchu

Arriving at Machu Picchu



The famous Inca Trail stretch that leads to Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco region of Peru. It begins at kilometer 82 of the railway line in the town of Piscacucho, and ends at its climax at Machu Picchu, the citadel built long ago by the Incas.

Camino Inca hacia Machu Picchu│Tourists delighting in the natural beauty of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Tourists delighting in the natural beauty of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu



Warmiwañusca or Warmi Wañusca, also known as Dead Woman Pass, is the highest point during the classic Inca Trail, however, there are shorter and combined routes whose maximal altitude may vary depending on the type of trek undertaken.

2-day short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

  • The maximum altitude is at Intipunku at 2730m.a.s.l/8956 ft.
  • Activity level for the hike is easy and can be done privately or in groups.
  • The service is quality and the decision is yours.

4-day classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • The maximum altitude is at Warmiwañusca pass at 4200m.a.s.l/13 779 ft.
  • Activity level for this hike is moderate.
  • Private and group service.

Inca Trail 5 days hike to Machu Picchu

  • The maximum altitude is at Warmiwañusca pass at 4200m.a.s.l/13 779 ft.
  • Activity level for this route is moderate.
  • The service is private and of high quality.

7-day inca trail to Machu Picchu (Salkantay trek & Inca Trail)

  • Maximum altitude is the Inca Chiriaska pass at 5,200m.a.s.l/17060 ft.
  • Activity level for this trek is difficult.
  • It is necessary to be in good physical condition.


The minimum altitude of the Inca Trail is in the citadel of Machu Picchu which is located at 2,400 m.a.s.l./7,874 ft. Although we can also mention Machu Picchu pueblo or Aguas Calientes (2,050 m.a.s.l./6,571 ft. which serves as a resting place at the end of the Inca Trail.

Note: In the case of the short Inca Trail, the minimum altitude is at Chachamba at the beginning of the trek. Chachabamba is at 2,200 m.a.s.l./7,218 ft.

¿Dónde termina el Camino Inca?│Where does the Inca Trail end?

Majestic view of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu


This network of ancient Inca trails runs over 30,000 kilometers/18,641 miles throughout South America and link several Inca cities or llaqtas of the Inca empire.

If we refer specifically to the famous stretch known as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it has a distance of 44 kilometers/27 miles. It starts at kilometer 82 of the Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes railroad and ends in Machu Picchu.


The famous stretch known as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has a distance of 27 miles approximately.


4 day Inca Trail and the 5 day Inca Trail:

These two routes start at kilometer 82 of the Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes railway, in the community of Piscacucho. This small community is located in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba in the Cusco region.

Short Inca Trail 2 days:

This short version of the Inca Trail begins at kilometer 104 of the Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes railway, at a point called Chachabamba. From this point you ascend through tropical landscapes until you reach the archaeological site of Wiñay huayna or Wiñaywayna.

7 day Inca Trail:

This route connects Salkantay trek with the Inca Trail, the starting point is in the town of Soraypampa.

Turistas emprendiendo el Camino Inca - ¿Cómo prepararse para Camino Inca?

Excited tourists before starting the trek to the Inca Trail


After starting the classic Inca Trail 4 days, the Inca Trail 5 days, or completing the 2 day Inca Trail, and after completing all these routes, you will reach Machu Picchu, the sacred Inca city that stands at an altitude of 2,430 meters above sea level (7,972 feet) in the Peruvian jungle.

How long is the Inca Trail?

How long is the short Inca Trail hike?

Short Inca Trail is an excellent alternative for those looking to experience the famed trek in a shorter period of time. The trek lasts two days and is suitable for those with little time or who prefer to engage in activities that are easilly challenging.

As part of this compact version of the Inca Trail, you will be able to explore important archaeological sites and immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of ancient Inca trails.

This legendary trail will offer you an exciting taste of the beauty and history of the area, regardless of your experience as a hiker or your first time on such a trek.

How long is the classic Inca Trail hike?

Explore the majesty of the classic Inca Trail on a unique 4-day inca trail trek that allows you to explore one of the world’s most historic trails.

Throughout the journey, you will encounter breathtaking scenery that will test your physical limits and immerse you in the grandeur of the imposing Andes Mountains.

During this incredible trek to Machu Picchu “The Lost City of the Incas”, you will find a perfect fusion of history and natural beauty. In addition to exploring ancient Inca ruins, you will also discover spectacular viewpoints that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

How long is the 5 day Inca Trail hike?

During the 5 day Inca Trail hike, hikers pass through stunning landscapes and archaeological sites over a period of five days, covering 42 kilometers (26 miles). During your stay, you will be able to admire the breathtaking views of the region, as well as immerse yourself in its unique culture and make memories with people who live all over the world.

These ancient Inca trails will take you to Machu Picchu as well as several archaeological sites along the way, including Runkurakay, as well as historic ruins like Wilka Rakay and Sayacmarca as well as the ancient city of Machu Picchu, as you approach your final destination. By visiting these sites, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Inca culture and history as you travel toward your final destination.

How long is the Inca Trail + Salkantay 7 day trek?

With a duration of 7 days, the Inca Trail + Salkantay trek provides the perfect opportunity for those seeking a powerful and enriching adventure. It allows you to experience both the majesty of the Inca Trail as well as the impressive Salkantay trek during this trek, immersed in the region’s natural beauty and history.

In combination, these two routes provide a comprehensive and fascinating experience. You will be able to connect with the ancestral history of the Incas, enjoy breathtaking landscapes, and challenge your physical limits that will be rewarding afterward. The journey will be one that is unforgettable in which you will be able to fully appreciate Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains.



There is a well-known archaeological site in Peru called Patallacta, also known as “high city” or “city on a hill”. The site is situated along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Sitio arqueológico de Llactapata o Patallacta-Camino Inca│Archaeological site of Llactapata or Patallacta-Inca Trail

Archaeological site of Llactapata or Patallacta, Inca Trail


These are semicircular ruins that were once used as a resting place with religious-ceremonial functions.

¿vale la pena el camino inca?│Runkurakay archaeological site surrounded by vast vegetation.

Runkurakay archaeological site surrounded by vast vegetation.


It is an incredible archaeological site with a strategic location that controls all the valleys of the cloud forest. It is believed to have been built by the Colla civilization, previous to the Incas.

Sayacmarca-camino-inca│Sayacmarca Ruins on the Inca Trail

Sayacmarca Ruins on the Inca Trail


Whose name means “town of the clouds”, is a fascinating place that houses baths, buildings, bridges and a plaza. Due to the presence of fog, it gives the sensation of being above the clouds.

Phuyupatamarca en el Camino Inca hacia Machu Picchu│Archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca "village of the clouds".

Archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca “village of the clouds”

Wiñay Wayna

From the Quechua language meaning “forever young”, it is one of the most iconic architectural monuments of the Inca Trail.

Wiñay Huayna - Short inca trail│Wiñay Wayna on the Inca Trail " forever young".

Wiñay Wayna on the Inca Trail ” forever young”


Also known as Sungate, is an amazing site, it is a checkpoint and astronomical observatory. It offers the first and best view of Machu Picchu.

Cosas que puedes hacer en el Camino Inca a Machupicchu

Inti Punku, near to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, it stands out for its impressive architecture, its location on top of a mountain and its spectacular natural surroundings. It is an emblematic destination that attracts visitors from all over the world.

¿Dónde termina el Camino Inca?│Magnificent sight of the sacred llacta of Machu Picchu

Magnificent sight of the sacred llacta of Machu Picchu


Wayllabamba Campsite

This is the first resting place after arriving at kilometer 82. It is located at an altitude of approximately 3,000 meters above sea level / 9,842 feet. It is generally the place where you spend the night on your first night on the trail.

campamento de Wayllabamba, Camino Inca│Wayllabamba Camp

Wayllabamba Camp

Pacaymayo Campsite

This camp is located at an altitude of around 3,580 meters above sea level. / 11,745 ft. After passing through the highest point of the Inca Trail, Pacaymayo is a popular choice to spend the second night on the road after Wayllabamba. Pacaymayo is located at an altitude of approximately 3,580 meters.

Campamento en Pacaymayo, Camino Inca│Tourists resting at the entrance of Pacaymayo campsite

Tourists resting at the entrance of Pacaymayo campsite

Phuyupatamarca Campsite

The campsite is located at 3,600 meters above sea level/11,811 feet, making it one of the best places to view sunsets and sunrises in the world. It is at this camp that tourists may camp if there is no place to camp in Wiñay Wayna; however, for the 5-day Inca Trail, you will camp at a fixed location.

Campamento de Phuyupatamarca en el Camino Inca

Wiñay Wayna Campsite

Located at an altitude of approximat ely 2,700 meters above sea level, it is the last camp before reaching Machu Picchu. The village is notable for its agricultural terraces and proximity to the Wiay Wayna ruins.

Campamento en Wiñay Wayna, Camino Inca│Camping in Wiñay Wayna, Inca Trail

Camping in Wiñay Wayna



In addition to offering beautiful landscapes and a great diversity of flora and fauna, the 2 day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for those who have limited time. Additionally, the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu covers less than 10 km / 6.3 miles, which is a shorter distance than the Inca Trail and offers the best sections of the Inca Trail condensed into just one day.

Mapa ilustrativo Camino Inca 02 días 1 noche│Illustrative map of the short Inca Trail

Illustrative map of the short Inca Trail


As part of our service, we will pick you up at your Cusco hotel and take you to Ollantaytambo, a town located in the Sacred Valley. From Ollantaytambo, we board the train to Chachabamba at kilometer 104. Our exciting journey begins as we follow the course of the Urubamba River, pass through Wiay Wayna, and finally arrive at the Sun Gate, also known as “Inti Punku”, which is where we will be able to see Machu Picchu.

The visit to Machu Picchu on this day will be brief since you will have sufficient time on the second day to explore and enjoy every corner of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Total distance 10 km 6.21 miles
Initial Elevation 3,350 m.a.s.l. 2,081 miles
Maximum Altitude 2,730 m.a.s.l. 1,696 miles
Difficulty MODERATE


As part of the Short Inca Trail, the second day begins early, at dawn, with the objective of entering Machu Picchu’s impressive citadel in the first shift of the day. You will stay in this beautiful place for approximately two hours, during which the tour guide will provide you with all the necessary information.

If you have purchased a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu, you will have time to do so. Then, in the afternoon, we will ride the train back to Ollantaytambo, and from there we will take our private transportation back to Cusco.

Initial Elevation 2,050 m.a.s.l.  6725 ft.
Maximum Altitude 2,400 m.a.s.l. 7,874 ft.
Difficulty EASY
Nuestros viajeros disfrutando del Camino Inca 2│Our travelers enjoying the 2 day short Inca Trail

Our travelers enjoying the 2 day short Inca Trail


The Classic Inca Trail is a complete experience that combines adventure, nature and culture, allowing visitors to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas until they reach the impressive Inca city of Machu Picchu. This version of the Inca Trail lasts 4 days and covers a total of 44 kilometers/27 miles.

Mapa ilustrativo - Camino Inca 04 días a Machu Picchu│Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu MAP

Illustrative map – Inca Trail 04 days to Machu Picchu


We will pick you up from your hotel and then enjoy breakfast before heading to the starting point of the classic Inca Trail, known as km 82. During the day, we will cross Piskacucho and Llaqtapata, in an easy, flat route. Walking through the Wayllabamba valley, following the Cusichaca River and admiring the impressive Inca terraces, we will ultimately arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.

Total distance 12 km 7.45 miles
Initial Altitude 2,720 m.a.s.l. 8,923 ft.
Maximum altitude 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Camping elevation 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Difficulty MODERATE


Day two starts early in order to reach the highest point of the Inca Trail Warmihuañusca pass (Dead Woman’s pass). Our starting point will be Wayllabamba, we will walk an estimated time of 7 to 8 hours. During this time we will pass the communities of Ayapata and Llulluchapampa until we arrive to our camp in Pacaymayu, place where we will rest.

Total distance 11 km 6,83 miles
Initial altitude 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Maximum altitude 4,200 m.a.s.l. 13,779 ft.
Camping elevation 3,580 m.a.s.l. 11,745 ft.


The day will start very early, we will leave Pacaymayu and embark on a 6 to 7 hour hike to reach our campsite at Wiñay Huayna, located at an altitude of 2,680 meters above sea level. During the hike on the third day, we will visit important archeological sites such as Runkuracay (4,000 m), Sayacmarca (3,650 m), Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m) and Intipata (2,800 m).

Total distance 16 km 9.94 miles
Initial altitude 3,580 m.a.s.l. 11,745 ft.
Maximum altitude 4,000 m.a.s.l. 13,123 ft.
Camping elevation 2,680 m.a.s.l. 8,792 ft.


The day starts early to complete the last stage of the Classic Inca Trail. We depart from Wiñay Huayna and arrive at the Sun Gate, known as “Inti Punku”, the main entrance to the majestic Machu Picchu. Once inside the citadel, we enter as a group through the main entrance to check in before the main tour.

In the afternoon, we will meet our guide in Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch. The guide will give us the train tickets to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, a bus will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the beautiful city of Cusco.

Total distance 5 km 3.10 miles
Initial altitude 2,680 m.a.s.l 8,792 ft.
Maximum altitude 2,730 m.a.s.l 8,956 ft.
Difficulty EASY
¡Viaja y vive la vía al máximo! / Camino inca 04 días a Machu Picchu│Travel and live the road to the fullest! / Inca Trail 04 days to Machu Picchu

Travel and live the road to the fullest in the Inca Trail!


The Inca Trail 5 days is a more leisurely option and suitable for families with small children. You will walk short distances and for a few hours during this tour to allow you to experience more of the landscape and archaeological sites of the Inca Trail. The trail covers 43 kilometers/27 miles in total.

Mapa ilustrativo del Camino Inca 5 días│5-day Inca Trail Map

5-day Inca Trail Map


During this first day of the trek, transportation is provided by the agency from your hotel and takes you to the starting point in Piscacucho, also known as Kilometer 82, a village near Cusco. Thereafter, you will walk until you reach the Wayllabamba camp. This first stage is quiet and offers magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

Total distance 12 km 7.45 miles
Initial elevation 2,720 m.a.s.l. 8,923 ft.
Maximum altitude 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Camping elevation 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Difficulty MODERATE


On the second day, the hike starts early in the morning from Wayllabamba camp and begins a hike to Warmiwañusca Pass through a steep and winding trail. You overcome a high altitude and then descend to Pacaymayo camp, where you rest and recover for the next day’s adventure.

Total distance 11 km 6,83 miles
Initial elevation 3,000 m.a.s.l. 9,842 ft.
Maximum altitude 4,200 m.a.s.l. 13,779 ft.
Camping elevation 3,580 m.a.s.l. 11,745 ft.


A walk across beautiful landscapes and visiting various archaeological sites such as Runkurakay and Sayacmarca begins in Pacaymayu on the third day. The campsite near Phuyupatamarca is our final destination, where we rest and recover energy for the following day.

Total distance 10.5 km 6,83 miles
Initial elevation 3,580 m.a.s.l. 11,745 ft.
Maximum altitude 4,000 m.a.s.l. 13,123 ft.
Camping elevation 3,680 m.a.s.l. 12,073 ft.


On the fourth day, the Inca Trail ends at Machu Picchu, a huge Inca citadel. You take a guided tour to see all the amazing temples, terraces, and plazas of this ancient Inca city. In the morning, you take a bus to Aguas Calientes, where you spend the night.

Total distance 10 km 6,21 miles
Initial elevation 3,680 m.a.s.l. 12,073 ft.
Maximum altitude 3,680 m.a.s.l. 12,073 ft.
Camping elevation 2,050 m.a.s.l. 6,725 ft.
Difficulty EASY


In the morning on this last day, we’ll head out early to see the sunrise and see how the sun illuminates Machu Picchu. Our guided tour of Machu Picchu lasts about 2 hours. You’ll have enough time to climb Huayna Picchu if you’ve gotten tickets to ascend it.

We’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, then by car head to Cusco.

Initial elevation 2,050 m.a.s.l.  6725 ft.
Maximum altitude 2,400 m.a.s.l. 7,874 ft.
Difficulty EASY
Camino inca 05 días a Machu Picchu│Inca Trail 05 days to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 05 days to Machu Picchu


With this 7-day tour of the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery. It is the perfect combination of the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail that will take you through breathtaking scenery.

Every step you take will bring you closer to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu as you enter majestic mountains, traverse lush valleys, and follow ancient Inca trails.

This 7-day Salkantay trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu covers a total of 82 kilometers/51 miles.

Mapa ilustrativo del Camino Inca + Salkantay trek 7 días│Map of Inca Trail + Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

Map of Inca Trail + Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu


You will be picked up by the transportation company at your hotel in Cusco early in the morning on the first day. Following the pickup, we will travel for two hours to Mollepata. Our trek begins in Challacancha, at an elevation of 3,900 m/12,795 ft. We will pass Soraypampa (3,900 m/ 12,795 ft.) before arriving at the magical lagoon of Humantay (5,650 m/ 18,536 ft.).

As soon as we have had ample time to appreciate the beauty of the lake, we will begin the descent to our first camp in Soraypampa.

Total distance 12 km 7.45 miles
Initial elevation 3,651 m.s.n.m 11,978 pies
Maximum elevation 4,200 m.s.n.m 13,779 pies
Camping elevation 3,900 m.s.n.m 12,795 pies
Laguna humantay│Humantay Lake on the Salkantay trek route

Humantay Lake on the Salkantay trek route


The second day will also begin early with breakfast. We will then begin our ascent to Salkantaypampa (6,271 m/20,574 ft).

Following this, we will continue ascending to our next camp at Pampa Japonesa, 4,600 meters/15,091 feet above sea level. This is the last point close to the glacier before we climb to the highest point.

Total distance 9 km 5.59 millas
Initial elevation 3,900 m.s.n.m 12,795 pies
Maximum elevation 4,600 m.s.n.m 15,091 pies
Camping elevation 3,600 m.s.n.m 11,811 pies


During the course of this day, we will have the opportunity to contemplate the impressive flight of the majestic Andean condor. In addition, the altitude will test our endurance as we ascend to the high pass of Incachiriaska, reaching an altitude of 5,338 m. (17,513 ft.). (17,513 ft.).

After approximately 3 hours, we will descend to the valley to enjoy a gentler hike. Upon arrival at our campsite, we will share dinner together and rest.

Total distance 9 km 5.59 millas
Initial elevation 3,900 m.s.n.m 12,795 pies
Maximum elevation 4,600 m.s.n.m 15,091 pies
Camping elevation 3,600 m.s.n.m 11,811 pies

Camino Salkantay a Machupicchu por cinco días


As we begin the famous Inca Trail on this day, we will visit Paucarcancha, an archaeological center renowned for its rich history. Afterward, we will ascend to a higher altitude zone where we will enter an exuberant Andean cloud forest characterized by its abundant vegetation and diversity of flora and fauna.

We will then make a brief connection before heading to Ayapata, which is located at an altitude of 3,300 meters (10,826 feet).

Total distance 14 km 8.7 millas
Initial elevation 3,800 m.s.n.m 12,467 pies
Maximum elevation 3,800 m.s.n.m 12,467 pies
Camping elevation 3,300 m.s.n.m 10,826 pies


After enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we will head to the high pass of Warmiwañusqa, located at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,779 feet). We will then descend back into the forest, where we will find an environment full of native queuña trees, home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, including numerous hummingbirds.

Our next stop will be Pacaymayu camp, where we will have lunch and rest before making our way to Runkurakay, the temple of Inca astrology that is located at 3,760 meters (12,150 feet) above sea level.

Camp will be located at Chaquicocha, which is located at an altitude of 3,400 meters / 11,154 feet, where we will spend another night under the stars.

Total distance 16 km 9.94 millas
Initial elevation 3,300 m.s.n.m 10,826 pies
Maximum elevation 4,200 m.s.n.m 13,779 pies
Camping elevation 3,600 m.s.n.m 11,811 pies


The purpose of this day is to visit Runkurakay and then proceed to Phuyupatamarca.

The Runkurukay inca site comprises excellent construction techniques and an impressive ceremonial platform with exceptional aesthetics. Afterwards, we will visit Wiñay Wayna, known as the Mountain of Eternal Youth. It is here that you will be able to experience and observe the energy of Machu Picchu, which is intensifying as we proceed ahead.

You will enjoy panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River Valley. Finally, our campsite will be located near Wiñaywayna, at an altitude of 2,650 meters (8,692 feet), where we will share dinner and rest.

Total distance 10 km 9.94 millas
Initial elevation 3,600 m.s.n.m 11,811 pies
Maximum elevation 3,680 m.s.n.m 12,073 pies
Camping elevation 2,680 m.s.n.m 8,792 pies
Difficulty EASY


It is imperative that you get up before dawn on this last day, so that you can ascend quickly to the famous Intipunku (Sun Gate) in time to witness one of the most impressive sunrises ever seen at Machu Picchu’s majestic citadel.

Afterwards, we take a two-hour tour of Machu Picchu’s most important sites. After that, we descend to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Cusco, ending our Salkantay & Inca Trail excursion.

Total distance 5 km 3.1 millas
Initial elevation 2,680 m.s.n.m 8,792 pies
Maximum elevation 2,730 m.s.n.m 8,956 pies
Difficulty EASY



There is a law that regulates the Inca Trail hike known as Law N° 28296, also known as the General Law of the Peruvian National Trail System.

In 2004, the Peruvian Congress enacted a law whereby ancestral routes and trails throughout the Peruvian territory, including the Inca Trail, would be protected, protected, researched, promoted, and sustainably used, per the law that was enacted.


How hard is the classic 4-day Inca Trail?

  • The classic Inca Trail varies in difficulty from moderate to challenging. The Classic Inca Trail traverses a variety of terrain, including cobblestone paths, steep stairs, mountain passes, and high altitude areas.
  • The highest point of the Classic Inca Trail is the Warmiwañusca pass, which is also referred to as “Paso de la Mujer Muerta” (Dead Woman’s Pass), which is at an altitude of 4,200 m.a.s.l. (13,779 ft.). It can be difficult to hike at altitude and on steep terrain, especially in those who are not accustomed to these conditions.

How hard is the short Inca Trail (2 days)?

  • In this 2 day inca trail version, the difficulty levels range from moderate to easy, making it an ideal option for families with children or for those with limited time.
  • Despite its short duration, this hike requires a basic level of fitness and adequate preparation in order to fully enjoy the experience.

How hard is the 5-day Inca Trail?

  • This 5-day Inca Trail covers almost the same distance as the classic Inca Trail in fewer hours and sections than the 4-day Inca Trail. The trail is more gradual and less intense than the 4-day Inca Trail. Although the trail presents physical challenges and high altitudes, visitors have more time to acclimatize and enjoy the hike.
  • In order to successfully complete the trail and fully enjoy the experience, it is essential to prepare physically for the trail, including strengthening your legs and improving your cardiovascular endurance.

How hard is the Salkantay trek + Inca Trail trek (7 days)?

  • In addition to being challenging and impressive, the 7-day Inca Trail trek from Salkantay to Machu Picchu offers an impressive alternative. This trek involves crossing high altitudes, with a high altitude pass at 5,200 meters above sea level (17,060 feet), and a pass at 4,200 metres above sea level (13,779 feet).

Inca Trail weather

The weather along the Inca Trail changes depending on the season in which you travel.

  • It is possible to enjoy the hike under clear skies and dazzling panoramic views during the dry season (April to October). Nevertheless, the nights at the Wayllabamba and Pacaymayo campsites are cold, so it is essential that you bring adequate sleeping bags and warm clothing.
  • As the trek progresses into the third day, the heat increases as you descend into the high jungle, where Machu Picchu is located. Here, the vegetation is lush, and the climate is more humid, providing a sense of adventure.
  • In the rainy season (November to March), the Inca Trail presents a different challenge. Participants may face intermittent rain and muddy trails, requiring waterproof gear and proper footwear.
  • As a result of heavy rainfall, Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo, and Wi-ay Huayna campsites are experiencing cold and wet nights.
  • The rainy season offers its own special charm, despite changing weather conditions, as nature becomes more lush with green landscapes and mystical mists encasing the travel routes. Although crossing rivers and waterfalls can be more challenging, the rewards are unparalleled experiences and a closer connection with nature.

Among the most notable climates are:

  • Dry winter
  • A humid climate
  • Temperatures are moderate
  • Nights are cold

So, when is the best time to do the Inca Trail?

The best time to do the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October.

Generally, during these months, the weather is more stable and there is less chance of heavy rain, which contributes to a more pleasant and safe hiking experience. In addition, the vegetation is in full bloom, further beautifying the landscape.

You should be aware that the high season for traveling the Inca Trail runs from May to September, when there is a greater influx of tourists. If you wish to avoid crowds, the months of April and October may be suitable choices.

Según el gráfico de Precipitacion mensual promedio en el Camino Inca durante el año, la mejor temporada para llegar a Cusco es entre los meses de mayo, junio, julio, agosto y setiembre.

According to the graph of average monthly precipitation on the Inca Trail during the year, the best time to get to Cusco is between the months of May, June, July, August and September.


During the dry season, temperatures drop to -5°C (23°F) at night and intensify during the day until the middle of October, defining the dry season. Although there is no rain during these months, the cold intensifies in the afternoons because of the presence of winds in August with temperatures reaching highs of 15°C (59°F).


The rainy season almost always begins in November with temperatures averaging 10°C (50°F) and intensifies with time. In February, the rainfall is heavy and more consistent with temperatures around 12°C (54°F), therefore the Inca Trail remains closed during this month. It is usually the rainy season that ends in March, although it can last for several weeks at a time with temperatures around 15°C (59°F).


Inca Trail in January

January brings warm days around 18°C (64°F) but chilly nights around 5°C (41°F). It has more rainy days, but hiking the Inca Trail is still an incredible experience. The rains tend to come in the afternoons, giving way to sunshine and spectacular views of mist-shrouded mountains. Orchids bloom and rainbows frequently appear.

Some visitors choose to hike in January after the Christmas and New Year holidays, allowing them to share their adventure with others.. However, risks of landslides increase and transportation can face delays.

Advantages: Smaller crowds after holidays. Stunning landscapes with mist, clouds, orchids and rainbows. Warm days for hiking.

Disadvantages: Heavy afternoon rains at times. Risk of landslides. Possible flight and train delays.

Inca Trail in February

The Inca Trail closes in February for routine maintenance and repairs during the peak rainy season. Daytime highs reach around 15°C (59°F) and nighttime lows 10°C (50°F). Heavy downpours cause risks of landslides and damage to the trail infrastructure. February is a popular time for alternative treks in the Cusco region and to enjoy carnival festivities.

Advantages: Opportunity to do alternate treks like Salkantay trek, Choquequirao trek, Lares trek, Inca Quarry, Huchuy Qosqo trek. Avoid Inca Trail closures and severe weather. Enjoy carnivals in Cusco.

Disadvantages: Inca Trail closed all month. Heavy rainfall causes dangerous conditions.

Inca Trail in March

The Inca Trail reopens in early March after vital maintenance and refurbishment. Daytime temperatures range 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F). Many hikers choose March to experience the trail with lush green scenery as the rainy season tapers off. Careful preparation for wet weather is essential.

Advantages: Inca Trail reopens after repairs and cleanup. Lush green scenery as rains decrease. Warmer weather.

Disadvantages: Still the rainy season. Wet, muddy trail with landslide risks.

Inca Trail in April

April offers ideal weather around 15°C (59°F) before the winter cold arrives. The end of the rainy season brings lush vegetation, making it a top choice for the Inca Trail, especially during Holy Week. Proper footwear and gear are key. Overall, this is a great time to hike the Inca Trail and if you’re lucky, you just might find a few lost ancient artifacts along the way!

Advantages: End of rainy season. Lush green scenery, orchids and wildlife. Fewer people. Holy Week ideal time.

Disadvantages: Occasional rain remains possible. Wet campsites.

Inca Trail in May

May ushers in the dry season with temperatures mild, around 15°C (59°F). Sunny days create excellent trekking conditions. However, May’s dry weather also brings the peak tourist season with higher permit demand. Booking well in advance is essential. Don’t miss the Lord of Coylloritti pilgrimage later in the month.

Advantages: Beginning of dry season with sunny weather. Spectacular mountain views.

Disadvantages: Influx of tourists. Permits book out quickly.

Inca Trail in June

June is an ideal time for visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu with sunny days around 15°C (59°F) to 20°C (68°F). It’s high tourist season, so book permits several months ahead. June marks Cusco’s anniversary and the colorful Inti Raymi festival. Don’t miss special Corpus Christi celebrations across the region either.

Local festivals and markets make the experience more vibrant. It’s also a great time to explore the Sacred Valley and the archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Advantages: Sunny days, clear views. Inti Raymi celebrations. Corpus Christi festivities.

Disadvantages: High demand for permits. Big crowds. Advanced booking essential.

Inca Trail in July

July brings sunny dry days averaging 15°C (59°F) but also the peak of high tourist season. Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail see maximum visitor numbers and long lines. Book 6+ months ahead for permits. Cusco celebrates the Virgen del Carmen festival. Be prepared for cold nights around 5°C (41°F).

Advantages: Ideal sunny weather for hiking. Virgen del Carmen celebrations.

Disadvantages: Extreme crowds. Permit demand exceeds availability. Must book far in advance.

Inca Trail in August

August continues sunny dry days around 15°C (59°F) but with dropping visitor numbers as high season wanes. Nights get cooler around 5°C (41°F). In spite of the end of the high season, there is still a large influx of tourists, especially from Europe and North America during vacations in the northern hemisphere. Although the weather is still sunny during the day, there may be unexpected rain during the Inca Trail.  Don’t miss the colorful Pachamama rituals on August 1st.

Advantages: Sunny days, clear night skies. High season ending so smaller crowds.

Disadvantages: Permits still require advance booking. Scattered rainstorms possible.

Inca Trail in September

September brings a mix of sunny days around 12°C (54°F) and increasing chances of rain as the dry season concludes. Nights can be quite chilly around 5°C (41°F). The trail has fewer crowds but wet conditions require full rain preparations. September is ideal for visiting key Cusco festivities.

Advantages: Fewer people on trails and in Machu Picchu. Close of dry season.

Disadvantages: Increased rain ahead of wet season. Cold nights.

Inca Trail in October

October offers pleasant weather around 15°C (59°F) with fewer tourists. Cooler nights around 10°C (50°F) carry rainstorm risks as the rainy season gets underway. Pack proper rain gear and warm layers. Don’t miss Cusco’s colorful Procession of the Senor de los Temblores on October 30th.

Advantages: Moderate temperatures, fewer crowds. Excellent stargazing.

Disadvantages: Rainy season begins bringing showers.

Inca Trail in November

November brings scattered showers as the rainy season kicks into high gear. Daytime temps reach 15°C (59°F) but nights turn chilly around 10°C (50°F). The heavy rains create muddy conditions yet also breathe life into the lush green mountainscapes. Be prepared with waterproof gear, boots and tent.

Advantages: Dramatic lush scenery. Fewer visitors.

Disadvantages: Heavy rain makes muddy, wet conditions.

Inca Trail in December

Early December brings rain showers around 15°C (59°F) giving way to drier days closer to Christmas around 20°C (68°F). The trail’s lush greenery, warm weather and mystical views are incredible. Arriving at the Sun Gate on a clear day is unforgettable. The Santurantikuy Christmas market not to be missed in Cusco!

Advantages: Lush vegetation and mystical views. Warm weather. Christmas market.

Disadvantages: Rainy start to month. Increasing crowds by Christmas.



Hiking the Inca Trail requires good physical condition and good health. It involves trekking long distances, crossing rough terrain, and facing significant altitude changes

It is essential to have cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility to complete the trek safely and satisfactorily.


Cardiovascular training

  • Regularly participate in cardiovascular activities such as running, cycling, swimming or aerobic exercise.
  • Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your cardio workouts to improve your endurance and lung capacity.
  • For greater endurance and adaptability, try interval training, when you alternate periods of high intensity with periods of rest or low intensity.
Fortalece el corazón.- Estimula y mejora nuestra salud cardíaca, reduciendo el riesgo de sufrir enfermedades cardiovasculares.

Fortalece el corazón – Estimula y mejora nuestra salud cardíaca, reduciendo el riesgo de sufrir enfermedades cardiovasculares

Resistance training

  • Accustom your muscles and joints to the activity of trekking by taking regular walks on varied terrain.
  • Increase your walks’ distance and difficulty gradually to develop muscular and joint endurance.
  • Strengthen your legs and prepare for the steep sections at altitude with stair-climbing workouts.

Muscular strengthening

  • Perform muscle-strengthening exercises focused on the legs, such as squats, lunges, weight lifting or elastic band exercises.
  • include exercises to strengthen the core (abdominal muscles, lumbar, pelvis, buttocks and the deep musculature of the spine) and the upper body, as they contribute to stability and balance during walking.
  • coca tea, a stimulating drink, it offers a variety of health benefits, such as relieving fatigue, treating altitude sickness, and helping digestion.
Entrenamiento de resistencia-¿Cómo entrenar para el Camino Inca?│Endurance training-How to train for the Inca Trail?

Squats-resistance training


  • It is essential to prepare mentally for the Inca Trail. Take a positive approach, be resilient to challenges, visualize success, stay present, and seek emotional support.
  • trekking can provide the opportunity for personal growth and a deeper connection to nature
  • meditation before the inca trail increase concentration, reduce stress, increase physical endurance, emotional weel-being and greater connection to your senses
  • taking meditation as a part of your preparation could enrich your Inca Trail experience and ensure that you fully enjoy it
Meditación-Preparación mental para el Camino Inca│Meditation-Mental preparation for the Inca Trail

Previous meditation: concentration, endurance, well-being on the Inca Trail



The dizziness and breathing problems caused by low oxygen levels in high areas.

Usually, people have these symptoms when they are above than 2000 m.a.s.l. However, it is important pointing out that some people can get a different reaction to the altitude sickness than others.

It is necessary to take into account that Cusco is located at 3,400 m.a.s.l and as a result, the likelihood of experiencing altitude sickness symptoms increases significantly.


People’s health is negatively affected by changes in the climate, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and other factors when they leave their natural environment.

when people arrives cusco at first time, it is possible to get some symptoms of mountain sickness because of the altitude, and if you do, we recommend to identify which symptoms you are experiencing, and in order to that, take some steps to gradually adapt to the change in altitude

A body’s inability to acclimatize to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes is called altitude sickness.

Symptoms of altitude sickness

As we said before, the reactions to altitude sickness can vary from person to person, and those may be stronger or milder according to altitude and climbing speed

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Headaches: The pain can range from mild to severe discomfort and is one of the most common symptoms.
  • Dizziness and vertigo: Making movements causes you to feel like you’re spinning and unable to balance
  • Fatigue and weakness: Extreme tiredness and lack of energy
  • Nausea and puke: A stomach upset that may be accompanied by vomiting in more severe cases.
  • Lack of appetite: Reduced appetite or loss of interest in food.
  • Insomnia: Being  unable to sleep
  • Breathing difficulty: Breathing is rapid and shallow, causing a feeling of shortness of breath.

How to prevent altitude sickness on the Inca Trail?

Getting acclimated to the altitude:

It is recommended that you spend one, two or three days in Cusco prior to doing intense activities or ascending higher altitudes like the Inca Trail. Your body will adapt gradually to the higher altitude if you do not overdo it.

  • Hydration: ensure your body is hydrated by drinking enough water every day, at least 2 to 3 liters, and avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption in order to  keep your body hydrated.
  • Healthy diet: maintain a balanced diet high in carbohydrates. Choose light and nutritious food instead of heavy or highly seasoned meals.
  • Proper rest:  the body needs time to adjust to the altitude, so allow it to rest enough for it.
  • Coca tea: it is a traditional beverage that is very helpful in reducing altitude sickness; however, drinking more than two cups per day is not recommended
  • Medicines for altitude sickness:Specific medications could help some people with the symptoms of mountain sickness It is better to consult a doctor before self-medicating, as each case is unique and should be evaluated by a professional.

Remember that everyone responds differently to altitude, so seek medical attention if symptoms persist or are severe.

Mate de coca, excelente remedio para el mal de altura (soroche)│Coca tea, excellent remedy for altitude sickness

Coca tea, a beverage with stimulating properties and various benefits, such as relieving fatigue, altitude sickness and aiding digestion.


During the entire trip, you must carry the original passport you used at the time of booking. For the Inca Trail, duplicates and other identification documents are not accepted.

It is imperative to note that the passport must be valid up to 6 months before the travel date.

Machu Picchu print on passport │Sello de Machu Picchu sobre pasaporte

Sello de visita insitu en Machu Picchu

The passport plays a crucial role considering the regulations and limitations established to access the Inca Trail, for example:

  1. Access control: Access to the Inca Trail requires a ticket or entrance permit from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. As a “passport”, this ticket gives you access to the route and lets you visit archaeological sites along the way.
  2. Personal id: There may be identity checks and controls carried out by SERNANP personnel (park rangers) along the Inca Trail. As a result, a passport or other identification document is required in these cases in order to confirm identity and ensure that the necessary permits are in place.
  3. Stamp register: There will be several checkpoints along the Inca Trail where you can receive a stamp to commemorate your visit to these emblematic sites, including Machu Picchu. Stamps are a part of an ancient tradition, and many travelers collect them as part of their experience.
  4. Travel documents: In addition to its importance during the trek, passports are required for all international travel, and for entering and leaving countries. Ensure that it is valid and in proper condition before embarking on any trip, including the Inca Trail.


How to organize your travel bag?

  • Make a list of the essential items you will need during the trek before you pack your bags. The more organized you are, the less likely you will be to forget things.
  • Balance the load by placing the heavier objects in the center and near your back. Make sure the weight is distributed uniformly to prevent discomfort and imbalance.
  • Make sure your belongings are protected from the rain and humidity by using waterproof bags or covers. Compression bags can also reduce clothing volume.
  • Pack light and quick-drying clothing, bring dry-tech shirts or jackets to deal with any rain that may come.
  • Wear comfortable hiking boots that are well suited to your feet. It is crucial to have previously worn them for hiking without chafing and blisters.
  • Bring a flashlight, a utility knife, a water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, medications, and an Inca Trail map or guide. Organize the items you’ll use most often, like sunscreen, in exterior pockets or at the top of your backpack, this will allow quick and easy access
  • It is important to make sure your loaded backpack is comfortable, that it does not exceed 5 kilograms of weight, and that it is properly adjusted before starting the trek.

Prepare your equipment: what to bring on inca trail hike?

  • Original passport
  • Current University Student Card (if you are a student and want access to a discounted price)
  • Hiking/trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts (quick-drying)
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellent (We highly recommend a NATURAL repellent)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and video camera.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (or an environmentally friendly option).
  • Essential luggage to bring to the Inca Trail

How many kilograms of luggage are you allowed to take on the Inca Trail?

Regarding your personal luggage, a maximum weight of 5 kilograms is allowed during the trek. This restriction is established in order to ensure that visitors can carry what is necessary without overloading the porters in charge of transporting camping equipment and supplies.

Duffle bag

Duffel: One personal porter may carry a weight of 5 kg / 11.02 lbs.

What should I not bring on the Inca Trail?

  • Backpack with unnecessary things
  • Lots of clothes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fruits that decompose quickly or are very ripe.
  • Firearms, sharp objects (arrows, knives, hunting tools, axes, machetes, shovels, etc.).
  • Fossil fuels such as: oil, gasoline, etc.
  • Drinks in glass containers
  • Sound equipment that disturbs the tranquility of the different species of flora that inhabit the area.
  • Drones and professional filming equipment for non-specialized commercial purposes.


The porters are the most important people on the Inca Trail, as they are the only ones authorized to carry belongings, equipment and tools to the campsites. They are in charge of leaving last and arriving first to the campsites. Their work is fundamental in the development of the Inca Trail experience.

Porteadores, personas claves para realizar el Camino Inca a Machu Picchu

Porters, key people for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Regulations (rights and obligations) of the porter in Peru

It is important to note that in recent years measures have been implemented to protect the rights and welfare of porters, such as the Porters Law. Regulations have been established that limit the amount of weight they can carry, promote fair working conditions, and provide training in safety and first aid. This seeks to ensure their welfare and dignity, as well as to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in the region.

Porteadores, personas importantes en el Camino Inca a Machu Picchu

Caring for the wellbeing of porters: regulations and training for sustainable tourism

Why are there porters on the Inca Trail?

These valuable workers carry heavy loads along the steep and challenging trails, allowing visitors to enjoy the trek without having to carry an additional burden.

Porters are also local experts who provide knowledge about the route, share stories and provide logistical support. Their presence not only eases the physical burden on hikers, but also benefits the local economy by generating employment and opportunities for communities near the Inca Trail.

How much weight can porters carry for the Inca Trail?

On the Inca Trail, there is a maximum load limit for porters. In general, porters can carry up to 20 kilograms of weight, while female porters can carry up to 15 kilograms. In addition to the assigned cargo weight, up to 5 additional kilograms are allowed for the tourist’s personal luggage.

¿Cuánto peso pueden cargar los porteadores en el Camino Inca?

Porteadores: Hombres cargan un peso de 20kg y en el caso de las mujeres es de 15kg

The porters accompany the group up to one day before visiting Machu Picchu.

One day before the arrival to Machu Picchu, the porters say goodbye to the group of hikers to return to the starting point of the trek and prepare to accompany another group on their journey. These valuable members of the support team play an essential role in the success of the trek, as they are in charge of transporting all the cooking equipment, camping and supplies needed during the trek.



Inca Trail trek prices can vary depending on factors such as length, season, services included and the agency you choose. Getting the right price requires research and comparison of different options.

The price of the Inca Trail trek generally ranges from $ 400.00 to $ 1500.00 per person.

Inca Trail treks typically include transportation, a guide, Machu Picchu entrance permits, meals along the way, camping equipment, and sometimes luggage transportation. It is important to note, however, that some services may incur additional costs, such as sleeping bag rentals.

For more information on the Inca Trail trek’s prices and services, we recommend contacting an authorized travel agency directly. Then, you can plan your experience on this famous trail with greater accuracy and detail.

We invite you to visit our website where you can get more information about the Inca Trail tour in its different versions and contact us.

What is the difference between a private tour and a group tour?

  • There isn’t much difference between private tours and group tours, except that on a private tour only the people you are traveling with, whether they are family or friends, will be on it. Furthermore, private tours offer free air mattress rentals.
  • On the other hand, group tour will include people from all over the world. In other words, the travel date will normally be chosen by the travel agency, and it will be an open date, so more people can be added with a limit number.


Which travel agency to book with?

The Inca Trail must be booked through an authorized travel agency that has experience in this  type of tours. The agencies handle all the details related to trekking, including permits, providing guides, and coordinating transportation, lodging, and other services.

When choosing an agency, it is crucial to verify that it is duly registered and authorized by the competent authorities in Peru, such as the Ministry of Culture or the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Basic principles for easy Inca Trail booking

How far in advance to book Inca Trail?

  • Ticket reservations for the classic Inca Trail should be made at least five to six months in advance. However, if you are planning to visit during the months of June, July, and August, you must make your reservation at least seven to eight months ahead of time.
  • There is not much difficulty obtaining tickets for the short Inca Trail. It is recommended to book at least one month in advance for June, July and August, or even 3 weeks beforehand for the rest of the year.

How to buy Inca Trail permits?

Inka Trail tickets can be booked safely and easily online. Here are the steps you need to take to get your ticket

  1. Search for an authorized online travel agency: find travel agencies authorized by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture or the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism to operate on the Inca Trail. Choose the agency you are most comfortable with. Make sure that the agency website you consult has a secure online security system
  2. Verify the availability: within the website of the agency of your choice, check availability for the Inca Trail on the dates you want. Remember to make your reservation well in advance.
  3. Make the reservation: Ensure that you provide the agency with the information necessary to purchase Inca Trail tickets, such as names, passport numbers, emails, and other details. To guarantee your reservations are complete, it is important to let the agency know if you require additional services, such as porters, vegetarian food, trekking poles, among others.
  4. Pay: the last step . the payment will be donethrough different methods, the most widely accepted being Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal and Diners Club. In some cases, travel agencies will ask you to make a down payment upon your arrival in Cusco.

Inkayni Peru Tours allows credit card bookings without any additional charges, with just 30% of the total amount.

Which tour operator should I choose?

In choosing a tour operator or authorized travel agency for the Inca Trail, it is important to keep in mind there are several companies that offer different packages. in order to choose the right one, Check the details of each option before making a decision.

Consider the following points:

  • Make sure to carefully review the itinerary offered by the agency. Take the time to verify it suits your preferences and needs.
  • Ensure that the tour operator has the proper licenses and permits to operate on the Inca Trail.
  • Confirm the guides accompanying the group have the required training and certification.
  • Make sure you know what the tour operator’s maximum group size is. The best option is to opt for small groups of no more than ten people.
  • Check the package offered by the operator carefully to see what services are included.
  • Be sure you understand what is included and that your expectations are satisfied
  • Identify which organizations have experience and a good reputation. Take a look at other travelers’ reviews and recommendations.
  • Finally, compare the prices offered by different tour operators. The price should be evaluated in relation to the services included and the reputation of the operator.

As one of the best tour operators for the Inca Trail, Inkayni Peru Tours is a great choice if you are looking for an unforgettable experience. As a result of their extensive experience, highly-trained guides, and commitment to sustainability, they provide an experience unlike any other. Aside from that, they offer small groups, full service, and meticulous attention to detail, making it the perfect choice!

Turistas en la ciudadela de Machu Picchu-Camino Inca│Tourists at Machu Picchu-Inca Trail citadel

Our passengers and Inkayni team together enjoying the Machu Picchu citadel.



The Inca Trail is definitely worth it. An Inca Trail hike is one of the greatest treasures of humanity. It combines history, nature, and spirit into an epic experience that leaves an indelible mark on the souls of those who travel it.

One of the world’s best trekking routes is the Inca Trail. Many renowned magazines that specialize in tourism, trekking, and culture have published articles and advice about the Inca Trail, including National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure, and Outside Magazine.

  • According to National Geographic, a magazine known for its focus on exploration and conservation, Machu Picchu possesses a special connection when one follows in the footsteps of the ancient Incas.
  • Travel guide Lonely Planet has praised the Inca Trail’s unique combination of physical challenge and natural beauty, recommending it as a transformative experience.
  • According to Travel + Leisure, known for their attention to luxury and adventure travel, the Inca Trail is of great cultural significance and offers travelers a unique opportunity to experience Peru’s living history.
  • Outside Magazine, specializing in outdoor activities and adventure, has praised the Inca Trail experience as a way to connect with nature, overcome personal challenges and enjoy spectacular views while discovering the grandeur of the Inca civilization

Is the Short Inca Trail worth it?

The short Inca Trail, also known as the 2-day Inca Trail, is a popular choice for those who wish to experience the scenic beauty of the trek in a short time. The effort is definitely worth it.

This short Inca Trail is worth doing as it is a faster option and presents beautiful scenery. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the best parts of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, compressed into just one day. Some additional reasons why the Short Inca Trail is worthwhile are:

  • Short Inca Trail is a faster option and is done in one day.
  • It offers beautiful scenery and a great variety of flora and fauna.
  • Less crowds and more intimate experience.
  • Unique opportunity to experience the magic of this ancient route.

Is the Classic Inca Trail (4 day Inca Trail) worth it?

Doing the 4 day classic Inca Trail is definitely worth it. It provides an unforgettable experience that both physically and mentally challenges the individual. You will be able to hike along ancient Inca trails, explore breathtaking landscapes, and discover fascinating archaeological sites, ranging from snow-capped mountains to lush valleys and cloud forests.

It is definitely worth the effort and becomes an unforgettable experience if you are up for the challenge and are devoted to history, culture and nature.

  • Experience the Inca’s ascent route in an authentic and unique manner.
  • An opportunity to challenge oneself physically and mentally.
  • Visit archaeological sites to gain a deeper understanding of Inca history and culture.
  • Landscapes that are impressive and diverse provide a connection with nature.
  • A chance to contemplate the Andes Mountains and lush valleys.
  • An exploration of the mystical cloud forest and its biodiversity.

Is Inca Trail 5 days worth it?

If you wish to experience a more relaxed and quiet trek, then the Inca Trail of 5 days is an excellent choice. Due to the short sections and reduced duration of the Inca Trail sections, it is an ideal choice for families with small children. This will allow you to take advantage of every moment of this vibrant trek.

The 5-day Inca Trail trek covers a distance of 43 kilometers/27 miles, allowing you to explore the trail at your own pace.

  • This is a more relaxed and peaceful trek, ideal for taking in every moment.
  • There will be more time to enjoy the landscapes and archaeological sites.
  • Between trekking days, there should be sufficient space to rest and recover.
  • The ability to take photographs and enjoy the environment.
  • There will be more opportunities to interact with other travelers along the way.
  • An enriching experience for all ages and levels of experience.

Is the Inca Trail + Salkantay Trek (7 day Inca trail) worth it?

Definitely worth doing the Inca Trail combined with the Salkantay Trek. This combination is unique and enriching.

Taking the Inca Trail and the Salkantay Trek together allows you to experience the best of both worlds – the beauty and rich history of the Inca Trail, and the breathtaking scenery and variety of the Salkantay Trek.

It’s a great way to walk along cobblestone paths and visit incredible archaeological sites in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. While the Salkantay trek takes you through mountains, glaciers, lagoons and lush valleys, the Salkantay trek takes you through majestic mountains.

  • Enjoy mountains, valleys, forests, and lagoons.
  • Combine history and nature for a complete experience.
  • Enjoy an authentic experience without the crowds.
  • Take on physical challenges on the Salkantay trek.
  • Connect with nature: Explore Andean wildlife.
  • Discover Inca culture by exploring archaeological sites.

Is Inca Trail dangerous?

Is the Inca Trail dangerous? As one of the most famous trekking trail in the world, the Inca Trail is considered safe, but it is essential to be aware of some risks and take precautions to have a rewarding experience. The terrain ranges from moderate to steep, and ropes, harnesses, and special technical training are not needed.

Whenever you are on the Inca Trail, it is recommended that you follow the recommendations of the guide and the authorities responsible for your safety (SERNAMP).

The following are some potential risks to consider:

Uneven terrain: The trail includes steep and cobblestone sections, so it is essential to have good footwear and trekking poles.

Altitude sickness or soroche: At the Warmiwausca pass, the Inca Trail reaches 4,200 meters above sea level, causing symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, fatigue, and dyspnea.

Weather conditions: The trails are humid and somewhat difficult to walk during the rainy season (November to March).

Landslides on the Inca Trail: It is important to note that during the rainy season, especially in February, there is a threat of landslides, resulting in the temporary closure of the Inca Trail during February in order to ensure the safety of tourists. There are three well established campsites (Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo, and Wiaywayna) which offer a safe housing option for night-time tourists.

A safe and enjoyable experience is assured by following the instructions of the guides and taking the proper precautions. Additionally, it is advisable to bring the necessary items such as appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing.



The number of people who can access the Inca Trail trek is strictly limited to 500 per day. Approximately 300 of these permits are used by cooks, porters and guides, leaving only 200 permits per day available for all visitors wishing to do this impressive trek.


Doing the Inca Trail on your own is not possible due to Peruvian government regulations. To do this route, it is necessary to be accompanied by an authorized guide and to register with an authorized travel agency. These measures are fundamental to preserve and protect the archaeological site, as well as to guarantee the safety of the hikers.

Authorized travel agencies are in charge of organizing all the necessary aspects of the tour. This includes obtaining the required permits, providing trained guides, arranging transportation and campsites, and ensuring that all established regulations are followed.

It is important to follow these guidelines and work with authorized travel agencies to enjoy a safe and respectful Inca Trail experience.


The Qhapac Ñan, an intricate system of Inca pathways commonly referred to as Inca Trails, spanned across multiple nations in South America.

This historic network of thoroughfares, constructed by the Incas, encompassed regions that presently constitute Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina, with a significant concentration in what is now Peru. These routes primarily facilitated pedestrian and pack animal, notably llamas, travel, and served as a pivotal component of the expansive communication and transportation infrastructure of the Inca Empire.


Of course, it is possible to do the Inca Trail with children. There are no obstacles for children to enjoy this trek with their parents. However, it is important that the child is used to walking.

Our recommendation is that the child is at least 7 years old, although there is nothing to prevent a younger child from doing it, as long as he/she is in excellent physical condition and does not have any health problems.


Actually, there are no age limits to do the Inca Trail. However, at Inkayni Peru Tours as an authorized and responsible travel agency, we will only accept reservations for children under 7 years old if the parents assume full responsibility for them during the trek.

  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All passengers 60 years and older are required to hire an additional porter (12 kg) for their safety.
  • We also suggest that they acknowledge all medical recommendations, even if this means canceling their travel plans. We recommend that all clients 60 years of age or older arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to their departure date so that they can acclimatize and be fit for their trek.

We recommend that passengers over 55 years of age consult their doctor before booking and also before traveling to verify their health conditions to participate in a trek of several days at high altitude.


It is not possible to do the Inca Trail without the supervision of an official tour guide. In order to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is essential to be accompanied by a guide, and this is done through an authorized travel agency.

This requirement is due to the fact that the Inca Trail is located in the “Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu”, a national conservation area in Peru.

By regulation of the Peruvian government, access to the Inca Trail is only permitted through duly authorized travel agencies and, therefore, under the close supervision of a travel guide.

This measure seeks to preserve and protect the historical and natural heritage of the area, as well as to ensure safety and compliance with established regulations.

Official tour guides have in-depth knowledge of the route, culture and history of the region, and play a crucial role in providing information, guidance and ensuring an enriching and safe experience for visitors.

It is important to note that following these regulations is essential to maintain the integrity of the Inca Trail and contribute to the preservation of the archaeological sites found within this trail.


If you decide to travel alone and are willing to share a tent with someone of the same gender, there will be no additional charge. However, it is important to note that if you prefer to have a private tent, there will be an additional cost of US$40.


During the trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you are likely to encounter limited or no phone signal and internet connection. The route passes through mountainous and forested areas, where mobile coverage and internet services may be scarce or non-existent.

It is important to keep in mind that the objective of the Inca Trail trek is to enjoy nature and the historical experience of these legendary Inca trails. Therefore, disconnecting from technology can be part of the adventure and allow you to fully enjoy your surroundings.


At the last Inca Trail camp, Wiñay Wayna, there is an electrical infrastructure available. However, it is important to note that the availability of plugs may be limited, as there is only one power source. Therefore, it is recommended to carry extra battery packs or portable charging devices (power banks).

It is necessary to carry portable charging devices, since on the Inca Trail there is no electrical power supply.
Sockets in Peru

Currently, most hotels and even residences in Peru are equipped with outlets that have both the standard U.S. outlet and the outlet used in South America. In Peru, the common voltage is 220 V. and the frequency is 60 Hz. The most common plugs and sockets are type A, B and C.


If there is luggage that is not needed during your Inca Trail trek, it can be stored at your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge).

In case the hotel does not provide this service, we will take care of storing your luggage safely in our facilities.


Preferably, we expect all outstanding payments to be made in CASH upon arrival in Cusco. We accept both US dollars and Peruvian soles.

However, we understand that carrying large amounts of cash can be a concern when traveling long distances. Therefore, we also accept most major credit cards at our office, such as Visa and MasterCard or American Express.

It is important to note that these companies charge an additional fee for transactions, for which we apply a 5% commission on the total transaction. We also offer the option of making payments through PayPal, and we will be happy to assist you throughout the process.


It is always advisable to wear hiking boots or light trekking shoes, preferably those with ankle support. This is especially useful for those inexperienced hikers, as during the hike they will face numerous steps going up and down.

The additional support offered by specialized hiking boots helps prevent possible ankle sprains. For this reason, we strongly recommend the use of these boots or shoes for long hikes.

Trekking shoes, the best option for long trekking routes such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


At each of the campsites along the Inca Trail, park rangers are present and satellite phones are available. The guides who accompany visitors on this route are properly trained in first aid and emergency situations.

The guides are responsible for the well-being of each tourist in their group during the hike. They have a first aid kit and carry a bottle of oxygen with them in case a visitor needs it.

It is important to note that the Inca Trail route is highly trafficked and accidents are practically non-existent. However, in case of emergency, the porters have the capacity to quickly transport any person while providing the necessary first aid.


Toilets have been added along the Inca Trail, in the main campsites a “squatting” toilet. The situation is not always perfect.

All bathrooms have cold running water. We recommend that you bring hand sanitizer to use after visiting the public restrooms. Hot water and soap will be provided before each meal.

You should know that Inkayni Peru Tours offers the service of eco-friendly portable toilets to guarantee a sustainable and optimal experience during the Inca Trail. Our toilets are comfortable, clean and environmentally friendly.

Toilets on the 4-day, 5-day and 7-day Inca Trail route


It is important to consider that the Inca Trail trekking tour does not allow you to take a shower every day during the trek. However, hot water is available at the third camp to take a shower. For the other days, it is recommended to bring wet wipes to help keep cool during the trek.


Inkayni Peru Tours considers your dietary preferences and restrictions during the tour. Various options are offered including fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats and carbohydrates.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is important to inform the agency so that they can provide you with food options appropriate to your needs. This way, you will be able to enjoy a personalized and satisfying gastronomic experience during your trip.

The Inca Trail menu offers a full breakfast that may include coffee, coca leaf infusions, hot chocolate and a variety of teas. Also served are scrambled eggs, omelets, fruit salad, quinoa porridge, fresh orange juice, papaya, French toast, cereal, milk and oatmeal.

Lunches are varied and include dishes that may contain beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, quinoa soups, chifa/chaufa, vegetables, stuffed potato, ceviche, meat skewers, among others, accompanied by appetizers and desserts}.

Dinners offer a wide selection that may include vegetable salads, Andean pizza, stuffed chicken, pasta, pork chop, sautéed vegetables, soups and delicious desserts.

At the end of the day, during happy hour, you can enjoy hot beverages such as chocolate, milk, coffee, a variety of teas, accompanied by cookies, popcorn and fried and stuffed wontons.


Of course! There is no additional charge for these needs. At the time of your reservation, please advise us of any dietary needs or requirements you may have, including food allergies of any kind.


We provide clean water at every meal. You are responsible for bringing water only for your first morning of hiking, as we will not have time to filter the water until your first lunch. Water is filtered, boiled and then cooled each day at each meal for hikers to refill their water bottles and hydration packs for each hiking segment.

Are you ready for an epic adventure filled with culture, nature, and unforgettable memories? Inkayni Peru Tours invites you to conquer the Inca Trail and discover the majesty of Machu Picchu.

Our team of travel experts will handle all the logistical details so that you can focus on enjoying this adventure to the fullest.

We look forward to having you explore and discover the Inca Trail with us!

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