• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Classic Inca Trail Panaka Adventure 4d/3n


4 days

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Welcome to the Classic Inca Trail, the most famous and most spectacular hiking route in South America! This ancient 43-kilometer / 26 mile trail follows the footsteps of the Inca pilgrims to the gates of the sacred city of Machu Picchu, one the 7 Wonders of the World.

Our exciting itinerary offers 4 days of trekking along the original Inca pathways, passing indigenous local communities, spectacular Incan ruins where we are going to contemplate the ancient engineering and architecture as well as lessons in Andean folklore. The trail is located high in the Peruvian Andes climbing gradually from the valley floor (2,700m / 8,856 ft) to the most spectacular mountain passes (as high as 4,215m/13,825ft). At every turn, the surrounding scenery will take your breath away!

Hiking the 4 day Inca Trail is a strenuous and awe-inspiring adventure. For four days we will push ourselves to our physical limits, resting each night under the spectacular Andean night sky. On our final day, any feelings of pain and exhaustion simply disappear as the mist lifts to reveal the emerald peaks and terraced ruins of the mystical ancient city.

Panaka Adventure invites you to awaken your senses through this awe-inspiring trekking experience to Machu Picchu. The trek is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Hiking, Camping, Adventure, History, Culture, Gastronomy and Tradition
Total Distance: 43 km/26 miles
Good For: People that enjoy hiking and a sense of adventure
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging depending on fitness level
Considerations: Permit required (Trail closed in February)
Price: $840 per person


  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees (Cable and car and Moon Valley)
  • Box lunch water, banana apple and chocolate
  • Departure Taxes
  • Entry Fees
  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Huayllabamba

Panaka Adventure will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco is at 4:00AM, from Urubamba 5:30AM and Ollantaytambo at 6:30AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on location. In the morning, we will drive to Km 82 (the trailhead), arriving at approximately 7:00AM. After a delicious breakfast prepared by your trekking chef, we will go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca village and checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu

From Patallacta, we hike another 2 hours to our lunch stop at Huayllabamba. In this community, we will enjoy a meal that is only served on special occasions called Pachamanka meaning “Pacha” mother and “manka” pot. We will enjoy lunch with local people and our porters. After lunch, we will have time for a short siesta. Then for those that would like, a local farmer will take us to the field for couple of hours to help with a farming activity depending on the season. Once you are back to the camp, you can enjoy a hot shower before we will have some of the local ladies show us an example of a traditional Andean dancing. The three typical dances are the míztisa ccoyacha, condor tusuy and wallata tusuy. During the show, we can enjoy an alcoholic beverage, soda or water followed by a light dinner during which your guide will give you a briefing for the following day.

Total Distance: 11 km (6;883 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 4 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 2950 m (9,842 ft)
Weather: Warm, cold and very humid

Day 02 Huayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo

Wake up time is 6 am to begin our ascent to Dead Woman´s Pass. The views of the snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest are fantastic. This first stretch is the most difficult part of the trek. It consists of a steep ascent that stretches for nine kilometers, which will bring us to the first mountain pass in the Inca Trail, Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass). We will stop at Llulluchapampa to relax and have lunch. From Llulluchapampa, we have approximately 2 more hours of hiking. The landscape begins changing from cloud forest to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). We will have the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas, who graze on ichu (one of the few plants that grow at the altitude). At our first pass we have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and a refreshing cup of coca tea. After we've made it to the pass, the rest of the day is downhill. After about two hours, we'll stop for our second camp in the Pacaymayo Valley.

Total Distance: 10 km (7,376 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 6 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Weather: Warm, cold and very humid

Day 03 Pacaymayo – Runcu Raccay Pass- Sayacmaraca Ruins – Phuyupatamarca- Winay Wayna Camp

Your porters will wake you up early with a cup of hot coca tea to get you ready for the longest day of the adventure. After breakfast, we will continue our hike up the opposite side of the valley, to the second pass on the trek. Along the way, we will see fantastic views of waterfalls and flora and fauna. Half way up the second pass, we will visit the Inca site of Runcu Raccay (an Inca Chaski station). There we can catch our breath before we continue our climb to the pass (4,000 meters). From the pass, we will once again begin our descent back into the cloud forest. After about an hour, we arrive at Sayacmarca, one of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail, where we'll have a one hour, guided tour. From Sayacmarca, our journey continues to Chaquicocha (dry lake) then we will walk along Inca flat (gradual inclines) making our way towards our third lunch at Phuyupatamarca (3,680 meters). This area of the Inca Trail has stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountain range, we start to get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain; however, the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka, we have a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

During our descent, we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun) before arriving at the campsite around 4:00PM. Around 4:30PM, your guide will take you to the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna and give you a short orientation explaining the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu. We enjoy spoiling our guests with our last dinner feast. We will take this opportunity to introduce the Panaka team to the trekkers to thank them for a job well done. If you wish to provide tips for the porters, chef and facilities (toilet) staff, you can do so at this time. We strongrly advise all our trekkers to go to bed at a reasonable time as tomorrow will be our earliest start.

Walking distance: 9.1 miles/16 km (10 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered: moderate difficult-challenge due to uphill and downhill
Area: High Cloud Forest
Weather: Warm, cold and very humid

Day 04 Sun Gate - Machu Picchu – The Lost City Of The Incas

Wake up time is at 3:30AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking. Gates open at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). At the Sun Gate, we’ll have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s an hour trek down stairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city get better and better! At about 7:40AM, we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour.

After the tour, you’ll be given your bus tickets which takes you to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountain. If you wish to climb Huaynapicchu this must be arranged when you book your trek. The additional cost to hike Huaynapicchu is $75. Your guide will offer to meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. Lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, he will hand out train tickets, so if you choose to skip, please arrange to get these before your guide departs at Machu Picchu.

Unless you arrange for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 4:20. Please make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes ahead of time. This train will be 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where Panaka Adventure driver will meet you and drive you back to the city in our bus, then we will drop you off at your hotel.

Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM)
Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

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