4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Inca Trail Peru
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The 4 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu or Inca Trail Peru tops the bucket list of many travellers in South America. Dotted with many Inca ruins, on this four day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, you will be retracing the footsteps of Incas all the way on the road they built 500 years ago.
National Geographic Travel magazine recognised the trail among the best 25 trails in the world.
Inca Trail Peru offers a bit of everything. Apart from experiencing the hike on the 500 years old trail, you will also get to see different archaeological sites. You will be descending from the snow capped Andean peaks to the cloud forests. Along the way, you will be witnessing different flora and fauna, most are typical to the region.
Only those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu get to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate or Intipunku before reaching the lost city of Incas.
Inca Trail Peru:
Every part of the trail Peru is well preserved by the authorities to maintain the authenticity.
They have imposed a regulation where they restrict the access on the trail to just 500 people a day. This includes porters, guides and cooks. So barely 200 tourists gets to access this in a day. The permit gets sold 6-7 months in advance.
Why SAMEX Tours Peru?
SAMEX Tours Peru is a fully locally owned licensed tour operator based in Cusco. We have an excellent team of professionals who are passionate about what they do. They have an excellent knowledge about the routes, history and culture.
The 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is one of our signature treks. We maintain high safety standards. Our main aim is to offer you a pleasant and a safe experience on any of our tours.
We highly recommend you to spend three to four days in Cusco before the trek to Machu Picchu to avoid altitude sickness. The highest point of Inca Trail is the Dead Woman’s pass at 4,200 metres.
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Inca Trail Peru Highlights:
We operate the 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu on a daily basis. Every year in February the trail is closed by authorities for maintenance. It is highly recommended you to book your 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu at least six months in advance and the permits get sold out.
Inca Trail Information:
- Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history
- Total Distance: 43km/26 miles
- Good For: Reasonably fit travellers.
- Inca Trail Difficulty: Challenging
- Considerations: Inca Trail Permit required
- Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
- Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.
- Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles
- Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
- Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º celsius
- Overall Difficulty – Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depends on your level of fitness and aclimatization)
4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Overview
- First Day: Cusco – Pisqacucho Km 82 – Huayllabamba
- Second Day: Yuncachimpa – Llulluchapampa – Warmiwañusqa pass – Paqaymayo
- Third Day: Paqaymayo – Chaquiqocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
- Fourth Day: Wiñay Wayna – Sun gate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions
The Inca Trail is a well-established and iconic 4-day, 3-night hike. It leads travellers from km.82 all the way to Machu Picchu.
You will be entering the citadel through the Sun Gate (also called Inti Punku). Inca Trail is a lot shorter than you may expect. It is only 40 kms (25 miles).
The challenge? A significant chunk of that 40 kms is up steep, narrow Andean mountain paths at altitude.
Incan Empire was massive. It sprawled from Peru, to a large parts of modern Ecuador, western and south central Bolivia, northwest Argentina, north and central Chile and a small part of southwest Colombia.
The Incas built thousands of kilometres of trails to link their important settlements and centres of civilisation.
This specific 4 day route which is known as the ‘Classic Inca Trail’ was the most important..
Do note that if you see a tour with fewer days offered, then you are only going to be hiking a small section of the route.
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