The Inca Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world, and for good reason. The four-day trek takes hikers through some of the most stunning scenery in Peru, culminating in a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu. But the Inca Trail is not for the faint of heart. The trail is notoriously challenging, with long days of hiking and high altitudes. But those who make the trek are rewarded with incredible views and a sense of accomplishment. If you're thinking about embarking on the Inca Trail, read on for a day-by-day summary of what to expect.
Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights – day-by-day summary
Day 1: Training day!
Cusco – Km 82 – LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 6hrs).- Depart your hotel around 4:30 a.m. and drive to Km 82 to start the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The first campsite is at 3300m (10826ft); we spend the night in comfortable tents.
Day 2: The Challenge!
Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Chaquicocha (16km, 10 hrs).- The most challenging and longest day of the 4-day Machu Picchu Trek, passing through 2 mountains in 10 hours of hiking: The first mountain is Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail at 4215m (13829ft). The second mountain is Runqurakay Pass at 4000m (13123ft).
Day 3: The easy day!
Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna (10km, 6hrs). On the most beautiful and relaxing day, hiking is only 6 hours through different ecological zones. Today, you’ll also visit a few archaeological sites, like Winaywayna, which is 2600m (8530ft) above sea level. We’ll camp just 2 hours from Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Discover Machu Picchu!
Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km, 2 hrs), Wake up early and hike for 2 hours to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, from where we will have a unique view of Machu Picchu. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the Panoramic train and bus back to Cusco. Return to your hotel around 7:30 p.m.