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Day 1: The Adventure Begins – "Inca Flat"
You will meet your guide at the Regocijo Plaza at around 4am-4:30am and travel by bus to Piskacucho (51 miles/82 Km) where the trail starts.
Once there, you will have some time to organize (use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, and more). You will need to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point. To start the trail, you will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata. The first campsite (Ayapata) is 1.5-hours up the small village of Wayllabamba (9,842 feet/3,000 meters).

Day 2: The Trail - Crossing Two Passes
After waking up at 5:30am, enjoy breakfast and then start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 13,779 feet/4,200 meters). You will feel fulfilled and with a sense of achievement once you reach the top. Rest for a bit here and then begin the descent to Pacaymayu (11,646 feet/3,550 meters), where you will have lunch. Then, you will begin a 2-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 13,125 feet/4,000 meters) and arrive at the campsite by 5pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 39ºF (4ºC) during the night.

Day 3: Back in the Past
Start your day with a smooth climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail (2,286 feet/3,680 meters). You will continue to walk for around 3,000 steps through the cloud forest see the amazing agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata'. You will arrive at the third campsite Wiñay Wayna (8,792 feet/2,680 meters). From this campsite, you can get to the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). You can visit this wonderful site and rest for the day afterwards. Temperatures during the night are about 54ºF (12º C).

Day 4: Machu Picchu
You will wake up early and enjoy breakfast at around 3:30-4am. You will leave the campsite at around 5:30am to head to Machu Picchu. You will reach "Inti Punku" ('Sun gate') (8,792 feet/2,730 meters) before sunrise and see the wonderful Inca citadel. Then, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour and then can explore the city on your own. Meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Then reach Cusco by bus.
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Valencia Travel - Day Tours
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you complete this 4-day, 3-night trek to Machu Picchu on the ancient Inca Trail. Take the most traditional approach to this famed Incan hilltop city, tracing the Vilcanota River on day one and up past the Inca site at Llactapata. On day two, clear the 13,379-foot (4,200-meter) ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ before continuing on day three past two amazing Inca sites at Intipata and Wiñay Wayna. Wake up before dawn on day four to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu, continuing with a 2-hour guided tour of the site. Your trek also features bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, camping gear and porters to carry extra baggage.
  • Breakfast included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free snacks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Excellent once in a lifetime!!!!!

This was truly an unforgettable experience and Valencia and our guides made it much more of a wonderful experience. The door to door service as well as the knowledge of our guides made our trip so much richer than we expected. The four day Inca...More

Thank Mickintexas
Reviewed 1 week ago
Guides and Porters who genuinely care about you!

A group of my family joined a hiking tour of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in late July 2018. We had two excellent guides and 21 porters for a group of 15 hikers. A member of our family became very ill. The guides and...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile
Great adventure

Amazing scenery. Fantastic cultural immersion. Lots of food. Kind guides. Intentional i clusion. Toughest hike ever!

Thank jkbernardi
Rene Jarel H, Manager at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your comment he was a pleasure to be part of your experience in Peru.

Reviewed 8 August 2018
4-Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

Stunning views along the Inca Trail was our family's highlight. We've all seen the pictures of Machu Picchu and it definitely did not disappoint but the variation of terrain along the trail, and the peaks and valleys, and all of the effort put into what...More

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Rene Jarel H, Manager at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your time reviewing into leaving as positive comment about your experience with our company in Peru. We do really appreciate.

Reviewed 2 August 2018

The guides, porters, and chef for this trip were all amazing. They went above and beyond in sharing their knowledge with us, taking care of us, and feeding us delicious food. It was very luxurious for a 4 day hike. Not to mention the trail...More

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