Inca Trail to Machupicchu 4 Days 3 Nights/Private Tour

Starting from $ 795.00

Per person in group Service
Dificulty:
Challenging
Maximum Altitude:
4,215 meters / 13,828 feet
Minimum Altitude:
2,680 meters / 8,792 feet
Distances:
45 km / 26 miles
Group Size:
6-12 -16 max (Small)
Season:
March - January
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Overview

Take a Private Machu Picchu Hiking Tour and Hike the Classic Inca Trail in a Private Group! Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu… with your group, and your group only!
This is the classic Inca trail built in the 1450’S by the Incan Empire and is one of the original pilgrimages to MACHUPICCHU passing through the amazing Sun Gate. This is one of Seven Wonders of The World and one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. You will be able to enjoy 7 Archaeological sites and several microclimates along the way. This is a great combination of history and beauty enjoying the views of the Andes, grass lands, cloud forests as well the history of the Inca Trail and the Incan people. We use only the best equipment and have top notch chefs who are culinary experts who use only local products to provide nutritious and healthy food while preparing it for proper digestion at high elevation. You will also be surrounded by experienced guides who are passionate about their jobs and the history of their country. They will take care of all the details all while teaching you and likely becoming your friend throughout the journey. Our team will consist of top chefs, experienced guides and our amazing porters. Here at Discover Pachamama our team is our family and we take care of them like family. This trek is recommended for all ages, families and children, as well as groups, the difficulty will depend on your level of fitness. Our guides will make sure everyone has a safe time, fully enjoying the beauty and the history of this adventure.

Type of hike: trekking with 3 nights camping in tents, exploring historical sites and visiting MACHUPICCHU
Highlights: exploring villages from the country side, high passes and visiting MACHUPICCHU
Season: March – January
Maximum Altitude: 4,215 meters / 13,828 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,680 meters / 8,792 feet
Distances: 45 km / 26 miles
Considered: A CHALLENGING ADVENTURE
ENJOY THIS HIKE WITH PROFESSIONAL MALE OT FEMALE TOUR GUIDES, LOCAL PORTERS AND CHEFS

Highlights

Family Owned Company! Discover Pachamama is owned and operated by Jose and Marizol Soto who were both Born in Peru and currently live in Cusco, Peru. They have a strong passion and love for their country and culture and they want to share it. They are also passionate about the empowerment of women throughout Peru. They are both experienced guides who have over 20 years’ experience hiking the Inca Trail. Here at Discover Pachamama our focus is our guests and you will be treated like part of our family. They both understand that operating a tour company is not simple about taking travelers on a route from point A to point B. It is the journey that allows you to learn and experience firsthand the local traditions and culture all while soaking in the incredible views along the way and possibly a journey of self-discovery. Jose and Marizol aim to fulfill their dreams of sharing the natural beauty and history of Peru with travelers from all around the world. We realize this could be a once in lifetime experience for some of you and we want to make sure you have the best experience. Jose and Marizol are surrounded by a team of experienced, knowledgeable, bilingual guides and trained chefs and amazing porters who our their family.

Camping Equipment

Discover Pachamama uses only top quality equipment including tents, sleeping bags and liners, pillows, duffel bags, and dining tents handmade locally in Cusco, Peru.

Food

While you are with Discover Pachamama you will eat like a king and queen. Our professional chefs have continued training to provide exceptional food along your journey. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients and products that are purchased at our local markets. Our service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals include soups, main courses, desserts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and hot drinks, we also provide fresh drinking water daily. We are also prepared for any dietary restrictions including vegan, vegetarian, diabetics or any other restrictions you might have. Just let us know and we will take care of any concerns you might have.

First Aid, Oxygen Tank, Satellite Phone

Here at Discover Pachamama our guides are all trained in first aid and rescue scenarios which are updated every 2 years. We carry an extensive first aid kit, oxygen tanks, a pulse oximeter and we also carry a satellite phone in the small chance of an emergency.

Portable Tolets

Discover Pachamama provides a portable environmentally friendly toilet at each of our camp sites for the private use of our guests. We also provide hand wash station, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

Door To Door Service

Discover Pachamama offers door to door service to all of our guests. We will pick you up at your accommodation at the start of your journey and drop you back off at the conclusion of our trip.

Luggage Storage

Discover Pachamama offers free luggage storage of any extra bag or belongings you might need to leave behind during your journey.

Extras

  • Small groups 6-16 people max.
  • Confirmed departures and personalized service.
  • Inca Trail Survivor T-shirt.
  • Special healthy snack consisting of dried fruits, nuts and fresh fruits native to Peru.

Weather Considerations / Good Time For The Adventure

We have two seasons in Cusco to consider. We have the Dry Season April/October and the Rainy Season November/March.
The Dry Season is characterized by blue skies and slightly breezy with day time temperatures 55 to 65 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 35 to 40 Fahrenheit.
The Rainy season is characterized by possible cloudy skies and possible rain showers with day time temperatures 55 to 60 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 40 to 45 Fahrenheit.
The Inca Trail closes for maintenance in February each year. Alternative hikes are available.

Itinerary

The day before the trip begins, we will go to your hotel to give you a briefing on what to expect and what to bring. On the first day we will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30am in our private van. We will have a 2 ½ hour drive to the site of the beginning of our hike KM 82 PISKACUCHO (2,900 meters/9,514 feet). Before we begin our trek we will have our first breakfast made by our chef. The first day will be a warmer day and is considered to be a training day in which will climb about 400 meters. We will start the hike with the views of the sacred valley facing the giant mountain range of the Vilcanota. For the first 5 hours of the hike it will be gentle and relatively easy. Along the way we will explore two extraordinary archaeological sites where your guide will point out their historical significance. We will continue walking and soon arrive at our lunch spot at about 1:00pm. Our Team will be waiting for us with cold drinks and buckets with water and towels to wash our hands. Our chef will have a delicious lunch prepared for us. After lunch it will be 2 hours up, a steep climb to our first camp site AYAPATA (3,300 meters/10,826 feet). We will arrive at about 4:00pm. At camp everything will be ready for you, your tents will be set up and waiting for you so you can change your clothes, wash up and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks, the chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.

Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.
Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 3,300 meters / 10,826 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,750 meters / 9,022 feet
Distances: 14 km / 8.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, gradual up and steep up
Time of hiking: between 7 to 8 hours

Today we will wake you up at 4:30am with a mug of hot coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. Enjoy a big breakfast because this will be a challenging day. At 6:00am we will begin our day, we will trek on the original Inca trail and reach the highest altitude of our hike on this day. We will hike for approximately 4 hours all up climbing steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. We will see different varieties of vegetations, microclimates, waterfalls, flora and fauna all while enjoying the high elevation as we ascend little by little until reach WARMIWANUSCA (DEAD WOMAN’S) Pass (4,215 meters/13,828 feet). We will take a break to congratulate ourselves and enjoy the views which we will be spectacular, 360 degrees you will be surrounded by jagged mountains and be able to see down from each side of the pass. From here it will be down for about 2 hours, this part can be challenging as well since there are a lot steep steps from the original Inca trail, it can also be windy on this section. Step by step we will make it down and eventually arrive at our lunch spot and have a break PACAYMAYU (3,600 meters/11,811 feet). Our Team will be waiting for us with cold drinks and buckets with water and towels to wash our hands. Our chef will have a delicious lunch prepared for us, which will be prepared for proper digestion at this elevation. After lunch we will continue our journey for 45 minutes ascending up steep steps until we reach RUNQURAQAY archeological site where your guide will give its historical significance and we can take some photos. From there it will be up for 1 hour more to the second pass RUNQURAQAY PASS (3,950 meters/12,956 feet). From this pass on a clear day you can look back and see Dead Woman’s Pass and snow covered peaks and the end of the Andes. We will then start descending and see the change of climates as we head into the lush and green jungle. It will be about 1 hour down steep steps until we reach to one of the most important Archaeological sites SAYACMARCA (3,750 meters/12,303 feet). At this site your guide will give an amazing tour and history of this site and he will also perform a ceremony to Pachamama. It will then be a gentle trail for about 45 minutes to our camp site CHAQUICOCHA (3,600 meters/11,811 feet). We will arrive at about 5:00pm. At camp everything will be ready for you, your tents will be set up and waiting for you so you can change your clothes, wash up and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks, the chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.
Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 4,215 meters / 13,828 feet
Minimum Altitude: 3,250 meters / 10,6622 feet
Distances: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Difficulty: Challenging, a lot of steps, steep up and steep down
Time of hiking: 8 to 9 hours

Today will wake you up at 5:30am with a mug of hot coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. This will be the easiest day of our hike with short hours of hiking and more time to explore. At 7:00am we will begin our day and walk for about 2 hours through the jungle and you will notice that the trail will gradually go up as we walk. We will enjoy beautiful views of the green valley and the snowy mountain ranges in the distance, such as SALKANTAY. Eventually we will arrive at our third pass (THE TOWN ABOVE THE CLOUDS) PHUYUPATAMARCA (3,680 meters/12,073 feet). Here your guide will show you around the archeological site and you will also be able to enjoy the views of the Machupicchu mountain range and the sacred valley. We will then begin a 3 hour challenging steep descent passing through the archeological site of INTIPATA (THE PLATFORM OF THE SUN). At around 2:00pm will arrive at our camp site (FOREVER YOUNG) WIÑAYHUAYNA (2,600 meters/8,530 feet). Our Team will be waiting for us with cold drinks and buckets with water and towels to wash our hands. Our chef will have a delicious lunch prepared for us. Again at camp everything will be ready for you, your tents will be set up and waiting for you. After lunch your guide will give you a tour of an impressive archeological site and give its historical significance. Afterward the tour you will have plenty of time to explore this site on own and take in its beauty. You can then head back to camp at your leisure and have plenty of time to rest before happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks. The chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will have a ceremony with our team as this will be the last time we are together and it will be the last time we see them. We will say good bye, say thank you and offer gratuities to them for all of their hard work along the way. After saying goodbye we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.
Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 3,680 meters / 12,073 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,680 meters / 8,792 feet
Distances: 10 km / 6.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Time of hiking: 6 to 7 hours

Finally the last day is here! This is the day where most people ask why do we have to wake up so early, the main reason is for the porters. They have to walk 1 ½ hours to take the early train from AGUAS CALIENTES. They take the early train because early in the morning there is enough room on the train to transport all of the equipment back to Cusco. Today we will wake you up at 3:00am with a mug of hot coca tea. We will be leaving the camp site at about 3:30am so we can wait at the checkpoint which will open at 5:30am. You will receive a breakfast to go this morning to eat at your leisure. Once the checkpoint opens we will have a 1 hour gradual walk until we reach the Sun Gate. Here will find the last famous gringo killer also known as the monkey steps. The last uphill, 52 steps and you will reach the Sun Gate around 6:30am. Here we will see the first amazing view of MACHUPICCHU, we will take a brief break and we will take some photos and bask in our glory. After taking it all in we will continue down for about 45 minutes facing MACHUPICCHU the whole way. Once we arrive in MACHUPICCHU we will take our official classic photo and then head to the checkpoint where you will need to show your passports to enter the citadel of the sanctuary of MACHUPICCHU. Here we will have a 3 hour guided tour through the different sectors of MACHUPICCHU such as the urban sector, religious sector, and agricultural sector. This will be a walking tour, not a hike. Plenty of time to enjoy the sites and take photos and take in the history as your guide gives you all the details of MACHUPICCHU. If you have reserved tickets to hike HUAYNAPICCHO, you will proceed there after the walking tour. After the tour we will head back to AGUAS CALIENTES by bus. You will have time for lunch and to check out the town before we will take a train back to Cusco. Usually the train we take will be leaving at 2:55pm, but this will depend on your schedule. The train will take us to OLLANTAYTAMBO and we will then take a private bus back to your hotel in Cusco dropping you off at around 7:30pm.

Meals include: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 meters / 8,856 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Difficulty: Moderate, Walking tour
Distances: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Time of hiking: 2 hours

Price

2 paxs $1340 per person
3 paxs $1280 per person
4 paxs $1195 per person
5 paxs $1095 per person
6 paxs $955 per person
7 paxs $895 per person
8 + paxs $795 per person

All our tours are priced in US Dollar.

Private tours are available and priced according to group size

Student Discount: $25 off per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.

  • Inca Trail trek permits are limited every year (only 200 spots are offered daily) and there is a high demand for this trek.
  • HOW TO BOOK. – Permits for Inca Trail trek are getting fully booked quickly. We strongly advise that you make a booking and pay a down payment as soon as possible. CHECK AVILABILLITY HERE and Register your details on Step 2, you will then generate a reservation code and pay a down payment on Step 3 with Visa or MC (US $500.00 per person) or pay through PayPal to: DISCOVER PACHAMAMA or info@discoverpachamama.com US $500.00 per person. See more directions on: Booking Information
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt.- (This hike will be closed from April 1st to 15th after 2016). If you would like to hike the Huaynapicchu mountain after the guided tour at Machupicchu, please let us know asap and add to your booking deposit, passes are also limited. The cost is USD $75 per person ($40 per person for students with ISIC card).

Inclusions

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm the night before at your hotel.
  • Private van or bus for the entire trip.
  • Permits and entrance fees for Lares, Salkantay and Machupicchu.
  • Professional and experienced guides.
  • Professional mountain chefs and assistants.
  • Full meals for the entire tour , including meals, happy hour (hot drinks) and snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten free, wheat free or special diets upon your request).
  • Boiled, filtered drinking water.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, client tents, dinning and cooking tents, tables, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, dish ware, dinning utensils and food.
  • 7 kg personal porter service for your belongings.
  • Emergency First-aid kit, Oxygen assistance and satellite phone.
  • 2 person tents which are new and spacious (4 person EUREKA tents shared by only 2 people).
  • Sleeping bags, liners for sleeping bags, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent everyday.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Private portable toilet
  • Hot mug of coca tea in your tent every morning.
  • 2 hours guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and return back to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to ollantaytambo and bus back to cusco.
  • Door to Door pick up and return hotel service.
  • Taxes and Fees.

Not Included

  • Single tent US $70
  • Trekking poles US $15 a pair
  • Energy snacks and energy drinks if desired
  • Last days lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Cash Tips for your guides, chefs, porters
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt. USD $75.00, USD $40.00 with ISIC student card.

Huayna Pichhu is the mountain that stands next to MachuPicchu. It is a 45 minute steep hike to the top and a 30 minute steep hike back down. It can be quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this hike after your walking tour of MachuPicchu. The cost of this is $75.00 and reservations must be made in advance. We don’t want to discourage you from doing this hike, it is beautiful. However please keep in mind your fitness level, this hike will take place after 3 days of hiking on the Inca Trail and an early morning wake up on this day. Also there will be no refunds given because of weather or you deciding not to do this hike on the final day.

We recommend that you bring

  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Backpack 25 liters
  • Sturdy Hiking boots with good soles (Vibram Soles)
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight or head lamp with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks: Gloves, scarf and wool hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • A good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toilet paper, small towel, toothbrush and paste, personal medication, wet wipes, moisturizer, hand sanitizer
  • Swim clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle or water reservoir, water purifying tablets (optional)
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, Tips for your crew
  • Trekking poles
  • For Your Duffel Bag – up to 7 kg – including sleeping bag, pad and pillow
  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of under garments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 warm, down jacket
  • 1 rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • 1 head lamp
  • 1 waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel
  • Portable Battery charger for phone or camera
  • Various sized plastic bags (for organization, to keep things dry)

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