Classic Inca Trail Hike
4 days - $862

Updated: Oct 04, 2016

Trip Overview

Open Groups (Specific Dates):
Days/Nights: 4 D/3 N
Price Per Person: $862
Groups Depart: Every Tuesday
Private Groups (Any Date):
2-3 4-5 6-8 9+
$946 $906 $862 Call

All prices USD, per person. Single room supplement: N/A.

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This is the classic Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. The four-day trek (or 5-day Inca Trail trek) takes you over amazing peruvian paths of large stones with carefully made stairs in the steeper parts, passing through impressive tunnels, valleys and high passes. It finally crosses the mountain at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, for your first glimpse of the magic and splendor of the Machu Picchu citadel below. We invite you to escape your life for just 4 days to experience the bliss of wandering along the famous Inca Trail in the footsteps of the ancient ones. We guarantee all reservations, even if others may cancel.

Inca Trail Permits 4-Day Hike

Note:   When 2016 Inca Trail permits went on sale last January, permits for the month of May sold out in about 3 hours. For 2017 we recommend that you have 3 choices for dates for Inca Trail hikes in May.  Not matter how early you book, no one can buy permits until the opening day of 2017 season.  (January 2017)

We guarantee all reservations. Some operators may cancel the hike if not enough people make reservations. But we guarantee all our reservations.  We do not cancel hikes if no one else signs up.

What if your group has members who cannot do the strenuous 4-Day Inca Trail hike? We can organize trips that offer 3 choices: 4-Day Hike, 1-Day Hike and by train. 

Want to sleep comfortably on your hike?  Click here to see our LUXURY Inca Trail hikes.

It is wise not to underestimate the affect that altitude can have on hikers coming from lower elevations.  Please allow at least 2 or even 3 days to acclimatize before beginning your hike. We can arrange trips that include these extra days with activities.  Click here to see 9-Day Cusco, Sacred Valley & Inca Trail hike package trip

Click each name to see hikes that don't require permits:  Choquequirao, or Cachicaata or Lares Valley or Salkantay

The Inca Trail is one of the most popular & amazing hikes in Peru.  In order to protect and preserve the heritage of the trail, access to the trail is regulated by the Peruvian government, the INC (National Institute of Culture) and the INRENA (National Institute of Natural Resources).  There is a limit of 500 people per day allowed on the trail, including 300 porters and guides.  Foreign visitors total no more than 200 per day. If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail,
 we recommend booking several weeks or months in advance.  Click here to contact us any time regarding availability. 

We intentionally organize the logistics for our hiking groups to limit exposure to other hikers.  This ensures a quality hiking experience.  For most, this is a once in a lifetime experience and worth the extra attention it takes.  It's possible to have a moment when you think you are the only hiker on the Inca Trail! There are stories all over the internet about bad experiences on Inca Trail hikes due to lack of attention to group dynamics, poorly prepared meals or inexperienced guides.

Adios Adventure Travel hikes are not bare bones hikes. ALL the hikes we offer have superior  "comfort upgrades" including: air mattresses, 2 porters per person, trail cook, high quality meals & well-trained guides.  This is not special treatment.  This is our minimum standard for all hikes.  It is certain that you can find cheaper hikes, but you will not find "better" hikes. Inca Trail "pee pee" Tent

Our groups are limited to 8 people & because we organize everything ourselves, we control the factors that make your hike enjoyable.  We do not sub-contract.  We pay our porters and guides living wages. We attract & retain exceptional guides & porters.  Our cooks prepare meals using high quality ingredients. (Contact us if you have a large group, we can structure the hike to make it enjoyable even for large groups)

The process for applying for Inca Trail permits is best if arranged in advance.  It is advisable to book at least 4-6 months before your planned travel dates and 1 year in advance for a large group.  CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW FOR 2016

Campgrounds are available on first-come, first-serve basis and operators do not find out which campgrounds you have been assigned to until the permits are completed.  It's possible the hike to Machu Picchu on Day 4 could be 12 KM or 5 KM depending on the campground you are staying in the night before.  This affects the amount of time you have to visit the ruins.  We have the option to schedule later departure times on the train back to Cusco.  Travel time to Cusco is 4- 5 hrs.  This makes a long day.  The only other option is to add another day to your itinerary and stay overnight in Aguas Calientes so you can return to Machu Picchu the next day.  We can book a hotel & defer your train tickets if we know in advance.  We do our best to make sure your visit to Machu Picchu meets your expectations.  Let us know your preferences.  

The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance.  

5 Day Hike - Spend more time on the Inca Trail and 2 visits to Machu Picchu ruins

We offer private Inca Trail hikes for 5-days/4 nights - includes 1 night hotel on Day 4 and 2nd visit to Machu Picchu on Day 5.
Cost:  $1078 USD pp for private hike - minimum 2  (offer available through the end of January 2014 - we cannot guarantee 5 Day will be available in 2015 until confirmed by National Park service when the office reopens for the 2015 season in January)

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4 - Day Inca Trail Hike Itinerary:
Day 1 Hotel in Cusco - Wayllabamba/Max alt 3000m/9900 ft. Distance - 10 km/6 mi

Our team will arrive at 6:00 am to pick you up for your departure from Cusco to Km 82 in Piskacucho, with a brief stop in Ollaytaytambo, where you can buy last minute gear and personal items. We arrive in Piskacucho where the hike begins on a strolling, flat path along the Urubamba River and then shifts upward until our lunch stop. Along the way, we will get a close-up view of the archaeological ruins of Llactapata before we arrive at our campsite for the night.

Day 2 Wayllabamba - Warmiwanusca - Papaymayu / Max alt 4270 m/14,000 ft Distance - 12 km/7.5 mi

We'll start the day early with a healthy breakfast prepared by our chef and then hike up to the highest point of the Inka Trail (Dead Woman's Pass). We may notice several ecological zones and be able to discern between the different microclimates. The chef will have lunch ready and waiting at midday prior to passing the highest point, Warmiwañusca Pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. Our descent will eventually take us to the campsite Pacaymayo, where will enjoy our dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 3 Papaymayu - Chaq 'icocha - Winaywayna / Max alt 3600 m/11, 800 ft Distance - 15 km/9.3 mi

Our day begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45 minute hike up to the second pass on the Inka Trail (3950 meters/12,959 feet above sea level). Along the way we are able to visit Inka ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, and Puyupatamarka. Your guide readily provides additional information about the history and signaficance of ruins, wildlife and plants throughout the hike. After lunch we hike to the Wiñaywayna Camp site, for our last night on the Trail.

Day 4 Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco / Max alt 2440/8000 ft Distance 5 km/3 mi

After an early breakfast, we begin the final trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. We cross over the top of the mountain at Inti Punku “ the Sun Gate”, where we get our first inspiring and panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Then we descend to Machu Picchu where we will register at the check point and enjoy our private, guided tour of the ancient Inka ruins.  After the tour you can choose to rest or explore the ruins on your own before we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco.


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