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Day 1

Time : 6:00 am


Very early in the morning Your guide will pick you up from your Cusco hotel in our private van
at 4:30am. From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as Kilometer 82, where the
Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at about 6:30-
7:00am to load up on energy for our first big day. (Breakfast is not included)
Arriving at KM82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves, use the restrooms,
apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Here you need to give your duffel bag to the porters,
keeping only a small daypack with the essentials you need during the hike. Check our packing
list for more information. Once at the Inca Trail checkpoint, be ready to show your passports
and your student ID card, if you booked as a student.
At the start of the trail (2,720m/8,923ft) you will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its scenic
route. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the rolling “Inca flat terrain.” There you
will enjoy an incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (also called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain
range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of
Veronica (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as W’akay Willca. You stop for your first lunch at
taralloc , after which you only have about three hours of walking to camp.
When you arrive at camp, your afternoon tea and appetizers will be ready for you. Enjoy a hot
drink and settle into your tents, which will already be set up for you.

Day 2

Time : 6:00 am


At 5:30am an early wake up call to continue hiking the Sacred Trail. Enjoy your hot drink in
your sleeping bag before getting up for a delicious and hearty breakfast. With your daypacks as
light as possible, Today we climb Dead Woman`s Pass, the highest pass of the trek at
(4,200m/13,779ft). On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the
top! After a well-deserved break for photos, you begin the descent towards your lunch spot,
which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).

On your way up towards the pass, you will see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other
species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native
plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest.

After a gourmet lunch, you begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass
(4,000m/13,123ft). You arrive at your campsite by 5 pm, where your afternoon tea and
appetizers are waiting for you. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner, boiled water at lunch and
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16kms/10mls (about 9 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenging
  • Day 3

    Time : 6:00 am


    Today is the most impressive day so far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! Your
    guide will wake you up with another hot mug of tea or coffee in your tent before you get up
    for breakfast. You start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of
    Phuyupatamarca, which means “Village in the Clouds”. Here, we reach the third highest point
    along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding
    areas are spectacular!

    The extensive Inca site of Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,650 m/11,975 ft) . This trail is particularly
    beautiful and from the pass we will see Machu Picchu mountain, the Vilcabamba range, and
    the Urubamba river. After this pass we will continue downhill for 3 more hours to our third
    campsite Wiñaywayna (2,700 m/8,858 ft). As you descend from the mountains, you will feel
    the temperature rise. You are approaching not only Machu Picchu, but also the beginning of
    the Amazon jungle! After taking some time to visit Intipata, you continue to your third
    campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). You will arrive at camp by lunchtime.

    A short walk from your campsite is the famous Inca site of Wiñay Wayna which means
    “Forever Young” in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner, boiled water at lunch and
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (about 5 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Day 4

    Time : 6:00 am


    Today wake up time is at 3:30 am in order to reach the entrance to Machu Picchu at daybreak,
    and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at
    5:30 am. This is the final part of your journey, and you arrive by 6:30am at the Sun Gate, also
    known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of you
    with its mystic beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. At the Sun Gate, you will watch
    sunlight spreading down over the citadel like melting goal, as the sun rises behind you. Finally,
    we walk downhill towards Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.)

    After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the Citadel of Machu Picchu from the top through
    the “House of the Guardians”where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu
    Picchu. From there, we proceed towards the control point, where we register and leave any
    large backpacks or walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into Machu Picchu,
    such as camera bags.

    Your guide will give you the full guide tour and educate you about the history of the ruins
    which takes about two hours. You will see most of the important parts of Machu Picchu.

    After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hike up Huayna Picchu will
    have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional
    views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not

    The Expedition Train at 2:55 or 3:20pm will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the
    spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has
    many beautiful sections of whitewater. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the
    exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You
    can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7mls
  • Difficulty: Easy

    • Briefing in your hotel. This will be done the night before your trek at 6:00pm or 7:00pm
    • Hotel pick up the first morning of the trek
    • Private transportation from Cusco to Piscacucho (in our company van)
    • Extra porter for your belongings (you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day)!
    • 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (large & comfortable)
    • Comfortable foam mattresses and pillow
    • Professional English speaking guide who is highly experienced in trekking
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional: vegetarian or other dietary needs upon request)
    • First-aid kit, including emergency oxygen tank
    • Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
    • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback
    • Hot water for washing purposes
    • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco (in our company van)
    • Permit to the Classic Inca Trail & entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
    • Private toilet tent, with a normal toilet seat – this is only for our group
    • Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
    • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
    • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
    • Chef and cooking equipment


    • .Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD – This needs to be booked in advance and please let us
    • know at the time of booking (it books out very quickly).
    • Last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
    • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Nomad In Peru


    • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
    • Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
    • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (These are professional poles that can be extended)
    • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Please request when you book your trek)
    • Additional night in Aguas Calientes – from $60 USD per person (depending on availability)
    • Huayna Picchu Mountain  – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)


    A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek. Maximum of 10 trekkers in a group.

    • .Personal Porter is included in the price!
    • Our price: USD $ 750.00 per person for 2 people.
    • Our price: USD $ 730.00 per person for 3 people.
    • Our price: USD $ 700.00 per person for 4 people . The best price!

    * Discount of $20 USD per person for groups of 5 or more persons



    • Original passport (the same used for booking your trek)
    • Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
    • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
    • Water storage:  2-3 L 
    • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented from Nomad In Peru)
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Toilet paper
    • Good rain gear.


    As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and include  an extra porter, who will carry up to 7 kgs/15lbs including your sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs).  All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

    • 2 t-shirts
    • 2 hiking pants at least
    • 4 sets of undergarments
    • 3 sets of hiking socks
    • Fleece/ Thermals
    • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
    • Waterproof gloves 
    • Comfortable shoes for camp
    • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
    • Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
    • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20 USD


    • Face moisturizer
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Personal medications
    • First aid kit: band aids,  etc.


    We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

    • Water: we will provide you with cold boiled water  at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
    • Sun hat and sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Headlamp
    • Wool hat and gloves
    • Rain gear
    • Fleece or warm layer
    • Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
    • Personal First Aid kit and personal medications
    • Camera
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste

    Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

    The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm OR 7pm in your hotel.

    Of course! During the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, whichever is more convenient for you. Please pack what you will need for the trek.

    FIRST, to book your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu , we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.

    Please be ready with the following information (From Each Participant in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca Trail permit without the following information:

    Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • We require copies of every participant’s passport, in order, to book Inca Trail permits!

    SECOND, we require a deposit of $200.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Classic Inca Trail. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page.

    If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPALaccount and use our email address info@nomadinperu.com

    Unfortunately, the answer is NO. Once permits have been bought, the Peruvian government does not allow any changes so we can’t change any date after the permit has been bought. If you must change the date of your trek, the fee is $100 because we have to buy you a new permit. Permits are also not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is not refundable at all!

    Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number, you sent to us to book your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. Your passport will be checked when you enter Machu Picchu , the Inca Trail and when you board the train. In case, you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us a copy of your old passport to secure your permit and we can change it when you get your new passport. If so, please send us a copy of your new passport as soon as possible.

    In general, if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.

    The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are usually between 2-6 persons. Nomad In Peru specializes in small and private groups and provides personalized service.

    The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a small duffel bag to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters and animals. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad (foam or air). This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.

    The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 43km (26.7 mile) hike through the Andes within the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is at (4,217m/13,907ft). On the second day of the trek, we will climb two mountains. The trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. In preparation: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or working out in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

    This has been highly appreciated by most of our clients, especially by our trekkers, who want a private, clean and sanitary toilet! Nomad In Peru toilet facilities have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat. Our toilet is always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

    In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to health reasons, Nomad In Peru Travel Peru will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on our treks for any respiratory problems. (Travel insurance is required and recommended). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
    Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they continue the journey towards Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to the original plan.

    It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco while on the train. Therefore, you will take the train at 2:55 or 3:20pm, depending on availability.

    If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Nomad In Peru destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you want, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    Yes, we are a local, sustainable and responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff of Nomad In Peru to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.

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