Incredible view of Huayna Picchu, the famous and historical mountain besides the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail

4 Days & 3 Nights
Starting from US$650 per person
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Experience the trek of a lifetime to Machu Picchu!

Dead Woman’s Pass - Runkurakay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best trekking routes in South America. Walk in the footsteps of our Inca nobility ancestors to their incredible Inca fortress, Machu Picchu, and dare to discover their secrets.

The Inca Trail is where those most daring choose to trek to Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit unique archaeological sites that can only be accessed on foot along this route and become enveloped in the stunning Andean mountain landscape and thick vegetation. You’ll be challenged along the way but will receive the most amazing reward when you enter through the Sun Gate to look over mystical Machu Picchu for the first time.

The Inca Trail Trek Map to Machu Picchu 4 Days - Day by Day (4D/3N) The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
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  • Before You Go
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  Overview

If you’re looking for an authentic, adventurous experience on a trek to Machu Picchu, our 4-day tour of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for small groups. Come and join like-minded travelers from across the globe on the trip of a lifetime. This package is a superb option whether you’re traveling by yourself, with a partner, or in a small group of friends.

As you set out on your 4-day adventure in the mountains and lush jungle, you’ll feel a thrill knowing that you’re going to witness some incredible sights. Your trek will start in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the quaint community of Piscacucho, around 2 and a half hours from Cusco. You’ll witness some interesting archaeological sites like Llactapata. You’ll head up to the highest part of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass before descending into the tropical jungle where the marvel that is Machu Picchu is located.

Along the rest of the route, you’ll be able to observe some truly stunning local flora and fauna, including over 250 types of orchids, 450 species of birds, and perhaps the spectacled bear, who Paddington was based on! You’ll also stop off at other fascinating archaeological sites, which include Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñay Wayna, and Inti Punku or Sun Gate.

On the last day, you’ll be entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate; something that only those who opt to hike the Inca Trail get the chance to do. Spread your arms as if you were a condor getting ready to take flight across this incredible New Wonder of the World. Explore the ancient Inca citadel with your guide and learn about its history and secrets before spending a few hours by yourself getting to know the place better. Take your time and relax as you soak up the magic of the Incas in this wonderful site before heading back to Cusco.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Piscacucho (KM 82) - Canabamba - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata

    Hike along ancient paths and explore Inca archaeological sites while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery of towering mountains and snowy glaciers.

  • Day 02

    Ayapata | Dead Woman’s Pass - Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

    Conquer the challenging hike up to the highest part of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass, to enjoy wonderful views all around. Visit archaeological sites and marvel at the Andean sky at night.

  • Day 03

    Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

    Witness your surroundings change as you enter the thick jungle and visit Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. Enjoy an evening with your trekking team to celebrate your time together.

  • Day 04

    Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

    The grand day! Hike to the Sun Gate and get your first glimpse of the Inca citadel. Explore Machu Picchu and learn all its mysteries and secrets.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the 20 best treks in the world, as named by National Geographic.
  • Walk along an ancient path and visit incredible archaeological sites that’ll take you back in time.
  • Witness the sheer beauty of the Andes with its towering mountains and luscious, rolling, green hills.
  • Discover the secrets of the Incas along the way and imagine how they lived back then.
  • Spend your nights in the protective arms of Mother Nature in our comfortable campsites.
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku), a unique experience only for hikers on the Inca Trail.
  • Explore the astounding Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Piscacucho (KM 82) - Canabamba - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata

Highlight of the day: Explore archaeological sites and take in the stunning Andean landscapes.

Take Your First Steps on Ancient Paths

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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14 km / 8.7 mi Walking Distance
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6 to 7 hours Walking Time
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2,700 m / 8,858 ft Starting Elevation
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Highest Elevation
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Campsite Elevation

Start your adventure early today as we pick you up at 4 am for a quick breakfast in Ollantaytambo before heading on to Piscacucho - KM 82 to start the hike. Today, you’ll be enjoying some spectacular scenery and archaeological sites, including Canabamba and Llactapata. You’ll be able to feel the magic of the Incas accompany you on their ancient trail. Your guide will tell you all about their history and the surrounding region. Spend the night in Ayapata and unwind after your day’s trekking.

Today, you’re off on the trek of a lifetime, and you’ll need to be up early so your guide and driver can pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4 and 4:30 am. If you’re in Urubamba, you’ll be collected between 5:30, and 6 am, and if you’re in Ollantaytambo, it’ll be between 6:30, and 7 am.

From Cusco, you’ll head for 1 and a half hours in a bus to Ollantaytambo to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, made by our talented chef, and meet the whole trekking team, consisting of cooks and porters. They’ll accompany you for the entire exciting adventure, along with your guide, to ensure you have the most fantastic time and take home some unforgettable memories from the sacred mountains.

Next, you’ll be hopping on our private transportation to take you to the first control point of the route at Piscacucho - KM 82. You’ll need your original passport here to enter the trail, so don’t forget it!

The first couple of hours of walking are relatively easy to help ease you into the tougher parts to come. We’ll stop off in front of a small Inca site called Canabamba. Here, you’ll learn all about the water canals and be able to appreciate a spectacular view of the glacier La Veronica. Then, we’ll head to Wilkarakay and see the magical archaeological site of Llactapata whose stone walls peak out amid the lush vegetation on the other side of the Urubamba River. We’ll continue for another 20 minutes to get to our lunch spot in Tarayoc. You’ll be amazed at the delicacies we’ve prepared for you in the middle of the mountains!

This afternoon, you’ll keep walking for another 3 and a half hours to get to our first campsite at Ayapata (3,300 masl/10,827 fasl). Don’t worry if you forgot to pack some batteries for your camera or didn’t stock up on snacks and drinks; in this last section, we’ll pass through 2 small communities where you can buy any last-minute necessities.

We’ll get to our campsite around 5 pm, and you’ll be able to rest your tired legs. It’s time to relax, sip on a hot drink, and nibble on some snacks while you reflect on your first day’s hike and wait for your dinner. You’ll eat around 7:30 pm and then head to bed for a good night’s rest before trekking again tomorrow.

Day 02

Ayapata | Dead Woman’s Pass - Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Highlight of the day: Reaching the highest point of the trek at Dead Woman’s Pass and appreciating the view all around you.

Enjoy Incredible Views of the Expansive Andean Mountain Range

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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16 km / 9.94 mi Walking Distance
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9 to 10 hours Walking Time
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Starting Elevation
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Highest Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation

Today is the most challenging day of trekking as you’ll be walking up to the highest part of the route, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4,215 masl/13,829 fasl. The hike is about 4 hours uphill, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views all-around at the top of the towering mountains. After descending, you’ll visit the Runkurakay archaeological site and ascend to the next pass. Enjoy a small ceremony and offering before you visit Sayacmarca ruins. End the day’s hike by watching the sun descend on the final stretch until you reach the campsite at Chaquicocha where you can observe the Andean night’s sky and Inca constellations.

You’re in for another early start when we wake you up in your tents with a hot cup of coca tea. Coca has been consumed since the age of the Incas and is an excellent way to start the day as it gives you a boost of energy and will get rid of any altitude tiredness you might be feeling. There’s a challenging day ahead, and it’s the most exhausting on the route. Make sure you enjoy all that’s on offer at breakfast to recharge your batteries and fill yourself with fuel.

We’ll start the day by hiking uphill for 4 hours to the highest point on the trek, the Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 masl/13,829 fasl). From here, you’ll get the most amazing views of the immense mountains, so open up all your senses and soak it all in. You’ll feel the spirit of the ancient Incas who walked these paths hundreds of years ago and who were at one with nature.

We’ll then descend for 1 and a half hours to the other side of the valley, where we’ll find our lunch spot. Remember, at every mealtime, you have the opportunity to fill up your water bottles. After a delicious lunch, we’ll ascend for around 45 minutes to the Inca site of Runkurakay. We’ll take our time and explore this little complex where you can observe two impressive waterfalls on the mountain slopes. Then, we’ll continue uphill for another 45 minutes to the summit at Runkurakay Pass. You’ll get the chance to rest here and enjoy the last beautiful views of the Andes section of the trek. This is an excellent spot to perform a small ceremony for Mother Earth and the mountains by leaving an offering.

Once we start walking again, we’ll be going downhill for about an hour until we reach the next archaeological site of Sayamarca. It’s almost inaccessible but is well worth the visit. You’ll learn all about the secrets of the site from your knowledgeable guide as the sun descends and lights up the Vilcabamba mountain range with a red hue.

From there, you only have 25 more minutes to walk until we reach our campsite for the night in Chaquicocha (3,600 masl/11,811 fasl). After another fantastic meal, take the opportunity to observe the clear Andean sky and stars and learn about the constellations of the Incas. The sky at night in the mountains is truly an amazing sight to behold.

Day 03

Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

Highlight of the day: Transporting back in time at Wiñay Wayna and celebrating with your trekking team.

Feel the Magic of the Incas as You Visit Ancient Sites

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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9 km / 5.59 mi Walking Distance
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4 to 5 hours Walking Time
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Starting Elevation
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3,650 m / 11,975 ft Highest Elevation
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2,650 m / 8,694 ft Campsite Elevation

The toughest day is done, and you’ll be rewarded today with beautiful sights. As you walk, the jungle will begin to thicken around you, and you’ll look back to see the Salkantay glacier behind you. Panoramic views of the Vilcabamba mountain range will amaze you. After enjoying scenes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba River, you’ll hike to your camp for the night near the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site to have lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the site and then come back for a celebration with your trekking team to thank them for all that they’ve done and to toast your time together. Head to bed early to wake up before sunrise.

The most challenging day is over, and you’re in for a beautiful reward today! After a good night’s rest, you’ll be waking up at 6:30 am today giving you a bit of a lie-in. You’ll fill up on a hearty breakfast and then walk for an hour and a half. Embrace the greenery, and fantastic landscape as the jungle begins to thicken. You’ll get to enjoy a stunning juxtapose of the Salkantay glacier (second most important in Cusco) on one side and the jungle on the other. Allow yourself to be amazed at the panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

You’ll then begin ascending toward the final summit of the route in Phuyupatamarca (3,650 masl/11,975 fasl), a mystical place above the clouds. Then, you’ll descend again for 2 and a half hours until we reach Intipata. This is a significant agricultural place from where you can take in the impressive panoramic landscape and look out over the Sacred Valley of the Incas with the sacred Urubamba River running through the middle as if it were a serpent.

There are only another 30 minutes more of walking until we reach our campsite for the night close to the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. You’re now very close to the city of the Incas!! You’ll get here at around 1 pm to enjoy a well-deserved lunch before heading to the archaeological site around 4 pm. The name of the complex, Wiñay Wayna, means forever young and is considered one of the most impressive stops on the whole route.

You’ll explore the site for about an hour as your guide conjures up images that’ll bring it all to life. This makes it easy for you to imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago and what the site would have looked like full of life.

Once back at camp, you’ll be spoiled with a small celebration together with all your trekking team of guides, porters, and cooks. Take some time to think about all they’ve done for you along the router. These guys work extremely hard to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed every day. Use this as an opportunity to thank them for all that they’ve done. This is also the perfect time to tip them as a sign of your appreciation. You’ll also say goodbye to your porters here.

After your celebration, it’s time to get to bed early to rest well as you’ll be up at dawn the next day. Relax and contemplate on all the amazing effort you’ve made until now. Tomorrow you’ll be visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We always like to arrive as early as possible so you can see the sunlight up the site as it rises, a magical spectacle that’s sure to captivate your heart.

Day 04

Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring the amazing Machu Picchu and learning all of its secrets.

Visit the Magical Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu

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Moderate Difficulty
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5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance
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2 to 3 hours Walking Time
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2,650 m / 8,694 ft Starting Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Highest Elevation
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Inca Town Elevation

Finally, the day you’ve been waiting for is here! You’ll need to wake at 3:30 am to reach the Inca citadel before other trekkers. First, you’ll arrive at the exclusive Inca rail entrance to Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate. From here, you can enjoy the first astounding views of the archaeological site. Then, you’ll make your way down to the lost city itself for a 2-hour guided tour of all the important areas. After, you’ll have a few more hours to explore by yourself before heading down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then catching the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

All your effort over the last few days will be rewarded with the most amazing prize today. You’ll need to wake up early today at 3:30 am to make sure you get to the Sun Gate early to watch the sunrise. At 4 am, we’ll provide you with water and a breakfast box, and you’ll be on your way. We’ll be one of the first groups to enter the control point and walk an hour or so to the Sun Gate. Prepare yourself because once we’re there, you’ll get your first views across the incredible marvel of Inca architecture and engineering.

Congratulations! You made it! You’re finally inside Machu Picchu. Bow down to the holy site that’s patiently waited for your arrival, and that’ll change something hidden deep within you. We have just one more hour of walking until we enter the Machu Picchu site, the Lost City of the Incas. We’ll get to the last control point at around 8 am to start our 2-hour guided tour.

As you wander around this fascinating creation, you’ll feel the intimate connection between humans and nature. You’ll see immense stones that all connect harmoniously together to form temples, alleys, houses, and aqueducts that still work over 5 centuries later. Machu Picchu was built in an inaccessible location to resist any attack.

After the tour, you’ll have a few more hours to explore for yourself. Alternatively, you can hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have pre-booked tickets. Then, you’ll catch the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch in a restaurant of your choice and then board the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Tickets are usually booked for 3:20 pm or 4:22 pm, depending on availability, and you need to be at the station at least 30 minutes before departure. Once you’re at your final train stop, one of our representatives will be waiting for you with private transport to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Medical Kit - First Aid Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Camping Equipment

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline tents or Mountain Hardwear with a capacity for four people. Besides, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food without problems.

  • One duffle bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Extras included in our service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours a day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Meals

  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets: vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water

    From the first lunch to the last breakfast, Salkantay Trekking will provide you with all the water you need. We will provide boiled water, filtered, and cooled. You need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you’ll be woken up with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your bed so that you’re warmed from the inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat.

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. Your tour leader will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., at the beginning of each day.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transport to Piscacucho KM 82, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • One Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • Porters Team

    The Porters (our Kallpa Team) carry all from personal tents, clothing, and sleeping bags to extra dining and kitchen tents, food, water, tables, chairs, and a gas bottle stove.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Permits and ticket for Inca Trail

    As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we’ll buy all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed under any circumstances. Change of passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring both your old and new passport.

  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Additional Items

Here we leave you with a brief list of extras that you can enjoy during this package.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and which can be climbed in 45 minutes. Although this excursion is up to you, our guide will take you to the place of entry. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have enough time in advance.

Your entry ticket will be purchased to coincide with the dates of your excursion on the Inca Trail. The entry can be done in two shifts: from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We buy the tickets in the second shift so that our clients can fully enjoy their guided tour of Machu Picchu. Remember, the shifts only indicate the time of entry. You can go up and down Huayna Picchu without haste.

The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 60.00 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers even more incredible views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.

The excursion entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is open in two shifts as well, the first from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.

Vistadome Train

All our tours include the PeruRail Expedition train. This train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:22 pm. The Vistadome train is a higher category service that offers more comfortable seats, a panoramic design that will allow you to see through the roof, as well as an entertainment show on board. The Vistadome train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:43 pm and goes to Ollantaytambo train station. From there, we’ll take you on our transport to your hotel in Cusco.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 75.00 per person.

Rental Equipment for Inca Trail

All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. Likewise, inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking:

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
  • Inflatable mattress: US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00
  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

Suppose you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

The Briefing

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 5 pm at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before your departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffle Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm long x 36 cm wide (2 ft x 1 ft).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15 lbs is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the hike, you can store your main luggage at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you will not need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick-ups

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city; therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our buses, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

The "The Classic Inca Trail" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 650.00 per person

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person

Balance (Cusco): US$ 250.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Trip Details

Inca Trail Classic 4D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
7 + 3 =

Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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