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The Classic Inca Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the adventure-seeker wanting to hike a famous trek in Peru. Each day brings something new as you travel from Andean tundra to cloud forest, passing incredible Incan sites along the way.

The Inca Trail trek has 7 archaeological sites along the way, has a variety of flora and fauna, and the area is rich in history. The 4 day trek is 45 km (27 m) and goes up to 4,215 m (13,828 ft) and is classified as a moderate trek. If you love the idea of trekking the classic way to Machu Picchu and don’t mind crowded trails and campgrounds, then the Inca Trail Trek is the one for you!

This trail requires a permit and a limited number of people are allowed to trek per day. These spots fill quickly so booking well in advance (at least 7 months recommended) is essential. Minimum passengers necessary for trek departure: 2 people (1 person or private/custom treks possible with extra fee). Maximum trekkers per group: 10 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum)

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Adventure Rating

Moderate, high altitude

Solitude Rating

Famous, touristy trail, crowded

Best Time to Visit

Best from March to November

Cost Per Person (USD)

4+ Trekkers: $1,290
2 trekkers: $1,800

Is This Trek Customizable?

Private, custom, add-ons all available.


Classic/famous trail

7 ruin sites

Original Inca steps

Ends in Machu Picchu


Many stone steps
Multiple high passes
Rocky terrain


3 day acclimatization and multi-day trekking experience recommended


4 Days 3 Nights


45 km (27 miles)


2,400m (7,874 ft) to 4,214 m (13,828 ft)


Daily with 2 or more people, book 7+ months ahead



The Inca Trail trekis not as high altitude as others in the region, therefore the weather is warmer overall. The nights on this trek are usually around 45 F (7 C), except for the second night that can be below freezing (roughly 25 F (-4 C)). During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-80 F (15-26 C). Keep in mind if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll want to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and appropriate sun/rain protection. And yes, snow is possible (though unlikely) on the Inca Trail.


  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions

  • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning of the first day

  • Private bus transport to the starting point of the trek

  • Personal porter up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs) to carry your overnight gear

  • Duffel bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail

  • 3 person tents (2 people in large comfortable tent)

  • One inch thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag

  • English speaking professional guide

  • Full meals on trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail)

  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

  • Dining tent with tables and stools

  • Chef and cooking equipment and cooking tent

  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes

  • Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon

  • Inca Trail Permit

  • One entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (6 am to 11 am)

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

  • Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

  • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco

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