The classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu! Booking 2020

Live an unforgettable experience

Inca Trail is arguably one of the most famous and most popular multi-day hikes in the world, the privilege to walk in the footsteps of Incan Pilgrims to their spiritual citadel at Machu Picchu. It’s popularity is unsurprising, as this ancient trail scales spectacular mountain passes with breathtaking views across the majestic Andes; it passes the ruins of numerous Inca settlements, many of them meticulously preserved by the passage of time; it winds through remote Andean communities still active in the livelihoods of generations past and it leads us through contrasting ecological environments from the barren mountainside, to eerie Cloud Forest to the lush green valleys.

We will camp for 3 nights in the most spectacular and remote locations. Far from the crowds and the lights of the city, the skies in the Andes are a wonder all to themselves and the display of constellations is truly mesmerising. We pride ourselves on making your camping experience as comfortable as possible, using only the highest quality equipment, and with a team of porters whose skill and experience will ensure your safety at all times. Perhaps the jewel in our crown though are our chefs, who are truly culinary masters on the mountain. You will be amazed at the delicious meals they prepare for us!

We take care of booking all transfers, transport and tickets, ensuring that the tour goes as smoothly as possible. Our guides are especially selected for their trekking experience, their historical knowledge and thier first aid in the wilderness; keeping us on the right path, setting the pace for the hike and providing historical commentary and context for the many sites that we will see along the way.

Our time on the trail demands a number of steep ascents to passes above 13,800ft. As such we consider this trek to be ‘Challenging’ and recommend it for people with a good level of fitness, and some trekking experience.

  • Trek with top traind guides
  • Camp with high quality outdoor gear
  • Visit the amazing Incan sites along the trail
  • Book with us Trek with us
  • End your jouney in the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Fantasitc organic Peruvian food

Day 0: Briefing

At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our guests have the opportunity to ask very last questions about the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding cash balance for the tour.

Day 1: Warm-Up Day - Cusco to Wayllabamba

Day 1: Inca TrailDay 1 kicks off with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco. From there we take a three hour drive through picturesque villages along the way to the starting point of the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu at PISQACUCHO, also known as Km. 82, where we will meet our team (porters), who will be in charge for carrying all the equipment and cooking for us.

Our Classic Inca Trail starts along a trail surrounded by cacti and a dry forest, with a view of WAQAYHILLCA mountain with 5.800 m / 19.030 feet of elevation (the tallest mountain along the Sacred Valley mountain range). After about two hours of hiking we will stop for lunch.

The last 2 hours of the hike, the vegetation becomes jungle and you have a chance to spot the biggest hummingbird (Patagonia’s gigas). We can expect to arrive at our campground by 4 pm.

Our porters will provide you a bowl of warm water to wash. After you clean yourselves, we will have Inca trail happy hour with hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, etc. and dinner will be served by 7pm.

Quick Facts

  • Distance Covered: 12km (7.4miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Lowest Elevation: 2700m (8,858 feet)
  • Highest Elevation: 3000 (10,168 feet)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Challenging Day Through Dead Woman’s Pass - Huayllabamaba to Paqaymayu

Day 2: Inca TrailYou will have an early wake-up call in the morning by one of our porters with a nice cup of coca tea served in your tent. You will also be given a bowl of warm water to wash yourselves before having a delicious breakfast; the hike begins around 7am. This day is especially demanding because of the high altitude and the ascent to the highest point on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Warmiwañusqa - 4.215 m / 13.776 feet)

The four hours of our hike winds through a high altitude jungle and all uphill, with beautiful mountain views. Once we reach the top of Warmiwañusqa or Dead Woman’s Pass (4.215 m / 13.776 feet), we descend to the campground at Paqaymayo (3.650 m / 11.975 feet), where we will spend the night. Here the temperatures may drop down to 0°C / 32° F in winter (from May to August).

Quick Facts

  • Distance Covered: 11km (7 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Lowest Elevation: 3000 (10,168 feet)
  • Highest Elevation: 4215m (13,776 feet)
  • Difficulty: Chalenging

Day 3: Jungle Hike - Paqaymayu To Wiñayhuayna

Day 3: Inca TrailWe undertake the longest stretch on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but in return, you will have amazing views, many Inca sites to explore, orchids along the way etc. We start with one and a half hour ascent to the second pass on the Inca Trail, Runkuraqay (3.450 m / 12.959 feet). After taking some time to rest here and taking pictures, we descend to explore the Inca ruins of Sayacmarca before we head to our lunch spot. After lunch, we start one and a half hours hike up and down and descend for about 3 hours towards the camp at Wiñayhuayna, where we will spend the last night. Here you have a chance to take cold shower.

Quick Facts

  • Distance Covered: 16km (9.9 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Lowest Elevation: 2650m (8,694 feet)
  • Highest Elevation: 3950m (12,959 feet)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to chalenging

Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour and Train Back to Cusco

Day 4: Inca TrailToday you will have the earliest wake up call at 3:30 am, but you are not leaving the camp site until 5:30 am, so, after you pack and have the last breakfast (until 4:15 am), you will walk to the check point of the camp site that is just 5 minutes from your tents, where you will line up for more than one hour until the gate opens at 5:30 am. All that is because our porters have the train that leaves really early from the bottom of the valley - it is the only train during the day they can load the equipment back to Cusco, so we thank you for your understanding.

Leaving at 5:30 am, you hike towards the Sun Gate, where you will have the first view of Machu Picchu. After that you will descend for fortyfive minutes down to Machu Picchu, where you will have two and a half hour tour given by your guide. Afterwards you will have time to enjoy Machu Picchu at your leisure. If you are brave enough and have more energy, you can climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, i you booked your permits in adnace.

When you are ready to leave Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you can have a farewell lunch and a Peruvian Pisco Sour to celebrate your trek with the rest of the group, before taking the train back to Cusco which will mark the end of your journey to this magnificent site.

Quick Facts

  • Distance Covered: 6km (3.7 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 2 hour hike and 2.5 hour walking tour in Machu Picchu
  • Lowest Elevation: 2400m (7,874 feet)
  • Highest Elevation: 2700m (8,858 feet)
  • Difficulty: Moderate


  • Area: Machu Picchu
  • Trip type: Camping, historical, hiking
  • Lengh: 4 days
  • Hiking distance: 28 miles
  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Organic meals (4B, 3L, 3D)
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Porters, who will carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Personal porter who will carry your belongins such as sleeping bag, sleeping pad or cloths for the ninght up to 6kilos / 13Lbs.
  • Chef.
  • Boiled drinking (cooled down) in the intire trek.
  • Professional trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora. Our guides are trained in Wilderness firts responder in USA standars, we believe your safety is our priority.
  • Walkie talkies, we are conected with Machu Picchu park is case of any emergencies we can conect them in real fast time.
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide.
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed (in time you get your briefing with you guide, you can request for a duffle bag or email us before comming so we can have it ready for you)
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition). If you prefer vistadome service, we will upgrade it at additional cost of US$ 25 per person
  • Toilet tent with toilet sit.

Trip exclude: Lunch and dinner on Day4, tips or gratitudes for your guide, porters and driver (tip recomended 10% of the total trip cost (guidelines will be provided throuhg email)

Packing list

  • Original passport - please remember to bring your original passport, which should be the current one; if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both (the one you used for booking your trip and the new one). The information you provided us in time of your booking have to match with your tickets in the Classic Inca trail.
  • Down sleeping bag - Recomended at least 5°F (If you don’t have one, you an rent from us for $ 20)
  • Good hiking shoes - they should be breaked already; if you have acquired new ones, make sure to break them down before you come. They should be comfortable for your feet and possibly have ankle support.
  • Down warm fleece - jacket has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket that is a wind breaker and/or waterresistant.
  • Few t-shirts - made for hiking; as you will sweat a lot, you may consider bringing at least 3 or 4 of them, one for the hike, one for the night and one clean for Machu Picchu.
  • Socks - bring at least 3 pairs.
  • Sun hat - as some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
  • Light long pants - trekking pants are the best ones, especially those that you can zip off the legs, plus they dry fast.
  • Clothes for sleeping - warm long underwear; you can use your fleece to sleep in and you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp site.
  • Head lamp - all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.
  • Sunscreen - SPF 35+ recommended.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Trekking poles - they are very helful, they can take 30% of you weigh (if you don’t have them , you can rent them from us for $10 per pair for 4 days hiking)
  • Camera - with spare batteries or just phones take greta pictures nowadays (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Bug repellent - there are mosquitos all year round so make sure you pack your bug spray.
  • Book to read - you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us: Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Timeby by Mark Adams)

Accessories list

  • Water bottle - Machu Picchu national park does not allow to bring plastic bottles, please make sure you have a Nalgene bottle or camel bag, before we leave the hotel in Cusco make sure you have filled up water bottle for the hike.
  • Toiletries - during the hike there are bathrooms but they don’t provide toilet paper, make sure you some with you.
  • Prescription medicines - please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking.
  • Food restrictions - If you have any allergies or preferences of food let us know in advance.

Why Peru by Locals

  • Peru by Locals offers tailor-made treks and tours and we cater to your individual interests when we plan your tour.
  • We are committed to providing world-class tours based on exceptional customer service.
  • We are a locally owned and highly experienced travel company based in Cusco, Peru.
  • Our staff consists of members which have decades of first-hand experience in the Peruvian tourism sector.
  • All the management and staff at Peru by Locals speak English, Spanish and Quechua (the language of the Incas).
  • Our guides and staff members are professionally trained and educated in the history of the Incas, Peruvian history, culture and traditions, first aid in the wilderness, guiding treks and tours, the fauna and flora of the region, and tourism management.
  • We are committed to protect and cherish our environment.
  • We are committed to create jobs and empower local people. We believe in fair labour practices and honoring and treating all our employees with dignity.
  • We have programs to help with the development of the porters’ families and communities, such as planting trees and buying school books and school equipment for poor local communities.
  • We have also started an Education Fund to support the education of the children of porters. A percentage of income from every tour and trek is allocated to this fund.

With year round departures and diverse unique itineraries from 1 to 12 days in length, we offer wide range of tours and treks, and all the tours will be customized according to your needs. We guarantee you the experience of a lifetime!

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Our tours are designed for those who love adventure, want to explore new places, experience the local culture, love food, like history or photography, for all the ages whether you are travelling alone or with friends.

Small groups are the best and average tour or trek group is around 3-12 people. Why is this great? Well, have you ever waited in line while 40 other people get a coffee in the morning? Believe it or not, it is not fun. Taking small groups allows us flexibility to take you on adventure to places that nobody else goes.

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Peru by Locals guides are knowledgeable about the Peruvian culture and fun loving folks with a passion to show you the real Peru. We select only the most enthusiastic, professional and committed guides for tours and treks, as we believe that the most important ingredient for a successful tour is a GREAT GUIDE.

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Traveling with us is also going Green, we love protecting our Home - Ecosystem for the future, we use the lowest plastic products posible, we re-use, we use bio-degradable products.

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