What this trip includes

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  • Professional guide fluent in English
  • Assistant guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Private bus to the start of the trail
  • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Two-people tents with plenty of room for your belongings
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food that is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day
  • Boiled water to refill your Camel Back and water canteen
  • Happy hour including hot drinks such as mate de coca and locally grown coffee which is prepared by our cook.
  • Snacks every morning.
  • Porters to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

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Not Included

  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu

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What you need to bring

  • Original passport
  • Sleeping bag
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs pants (1 for hiking, 1 for when you are relaxing)
  • Thermal underwear for sleeping
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water beginning from the second day until your last breakfast will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water  Camel Back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal
  • We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
  • Toiletries/ Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cash (in Peruvian nuevos soles)


In order to guarantee your reservation please send us a tour deposit of 200 dollars per person including the 6% service fee and the picture of the passport of each of you

Please read well the payment instruction

The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. After purchasing the ticket, we cannot change the date of the trek departure or change the name or passport number on your Inca Trail permit or Machu Picchu entrance ticket.

Our payment options:

We work with a visa online for sending your deposit. You can use Visa,Mastercard,Dinner and American Express credit cards. The deposit is $200 per person. Visa online charges a 6% service fee (for the international transaction) so the total deposit per person you need to send is 212 dollars per person. Please note that Visa doesn´t add the 6% automatically. The 6% the Visa charge is not part of the tour price.

Please click on this link to access to our Visa online

Note: The visa website will ask for the purchase number Please write just the number 4 and fill in the other items

When we receive your booking deposit via Visa, we will send you a booking invoice and confirmation that we have received your deposit and your tour has been booked. Expect to receive your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail in the next 3 day after you have sent us your tour deposit

The remaining balance will be due in our office in Cusco. We accept US currency and Peruvian currency based on the exchange rate of that paying day. Any denomination is accepted as long as bills are in good condition – no torn bills are accepted.

Peru in general works mostly in cash. The use of credit cards is still relatively new here and not a normal practice, in fact only tourist destinations accept credit cards. For us to run an efficient business, cash is STRONGLY encouraged. We do understand that carrying a large amount of cash is uncomfortable,


Refunds: If we fail to confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded in full.

Cancellation: Because of the strict regulations of the Machu Picchu site, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation. Please double check the date for your visit to Machu Picchu before paying your deposit.

If you need to cancel, your deposit will not be refunded and there may be additional cancellation fees. The terms of your cancellation are based on how far in advance of your trip you notify our office and they are listed clearly below.

We understand that there are many unexpected complications that will lead you to cancel your tour. You the client are responsible under the terms below no matter the cause of cancellation: sickness, pregnancy, health of family, accidents, work schedules, strikes or any other factor. There are absolutely no exceptions.

Cancellation due to COVID: In 2020 the Inca Trail the authorities and the railroad companies (Inka Reail, PeruRail) did NOT make any kind of refund of all the reservations we have made with them, however they just gave us the option to reschedule or transfer all the tickets to a Friend or Loved

In case the Peruvian government decides to declare a state of emergency and lockdown the county again in the month in which your tour will begins, We will not be able to make a refund of your money, and we can only reschedule your trip or transfer to other clients


Cancellation By Terms

  • If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel one day before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.

Finally, in the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, you must pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You may join the group in Machu Picchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!


Tour Price


Inka Trail Backpacker has been a Licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator since 2014. All companies managing the Inca Trail must be certified and have an Inca Trail operators license. This license is issued annually each December and Inka Trail Backpacker is licensed through the year of 2025 and can be renew for other 10 more years
Our license as an Official Travel Agency is under the name Inka Trail Backpacker E.I.R.L
Our License as an Inca Trail Operator is under the name of INKA TRAIL BACKPACKER E.I.R.L


check the itinerary day by day

This package is the classic 4 Day / 3 Night Inca Trail Trek, specially designed for travelers on a budget who don´t mind carrying a little extra weight! While we provide and carry food, tents, and guides, you will save money by carrying all of your own gear, including sleeping bags and mattresses. Together, the sleeping bag and mattress weigh about 2.5 kilos (4 pounds); most trekkers end up carrying about 7-10 kilos (14-20 pounds) total. (Worried it might be too much weight? Check out our Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with Personal Porter!)

Day 1: The Start of the Adventure

We will start our journey by picking you up early from your hotel between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. We will travel by bus to a breakfast stop (not included in the price of this trek) in Ollataytambo. After breakfast, we will reload the bus and travel to Piskacucho (also referred to as Kilometre 82) where we will begin our trek. Upon arrival at Kilometre 82, you will need to present your entrance tickets, passports, and (if paying the student rate) student cards.

The start of the Inca Trail is at an elevation of 2,720 m/8,923 ft. From here, we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up on the flat Inca terrain. We will have great views of the Incan fortress Huillca Raccay, the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata (officially called “Patallacta”), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as Veronica. Our first campsite at Ayapata will be a 90 minute hike up from the small village of Wayllabamba, at an elevation of (3,000m/9,842ft) in the temperate green valley. The temperature at night here is usually around 10°C / 50°F.

  • Walking distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km (6-7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,842 feet above sea level.
  • Difficulty: Moderate (warm up to the Inca trail)
  • Weather: Warm and windy

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Day 2: The Trail´s Most Challenging Day

After an early wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. for a hearty breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass of the trail, Abra de Huarmihuañusca, or “Dead Woman’s Pass”, at (4,200m/13,779ft). En route, we will be able to see hummingbirds and other wildlife. We will also have time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the Polilepys or Q’ueuña, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest at (3,650m/11,972ft) above sea level. When we reach the top of the mountain pass, you will a true sense of achievement—many consider this the most rewarding moment of the trek. After a break at the top of the pass, we will begin the descent to the lunch stop, which is located at Pacamayu, at (3,550m/11,646ft). After lunch is another steep climb to the Runkuraqay Pass, at (4,000m/13,123ft). We will arrive at our campsite by 5:00 or 5:30 p.m. This will be a very long day, but filled with spectacular views. The temperature at this campsite will be around 6°C / 43°F at night.

  • Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3600 meters / 11,811 feet above sea level (chilled weather)
  • Difficulty: Challenging (we will summit two passes)
  • Area : Andes and the cloud forest
  • Weather : Cold and rainy

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Day 3: Trekking Through the Past — The Most Impressive Day of the Trail

We will wake up for breakfast at 6:00 a.m. and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ” the town in the clouds”. This will be the third highest point on the trail, at an elevation of 3,680m/12,073ft. The views of the mountains, canyons, and surrounding areas are spectacular. The ruins of Phuyupatamarca is located a few minutes walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we will continue walking onwards through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata before reaching our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna, at 2,680m/8,792ft. Day 3 requires approximately only 5 hours of walking to reach Wiñay Wayna, which means “forever young”. An Inca site of the same name is located a short distance from this campsite. Even if you are tired after Day 3, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

  • Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2,600 meters / 8,530 feet above sea level. (Chilled weather)
  • Difficulty: Easy (downhill walking)
  • Area : High cloud forest
  • Weather : Warm and very humid

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Day 4: Tour in Machu Picchu and Train back to Cusco

We wake up very early for breakfast at 4:30 a.m. to hike to Inti Punku, or “Sun Gate,” in time to witness the sunrise. This is where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 2,400m/7,873ft. After some time admiring the view from the Sun Gate, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we enter Machu Picchu itself!
Once you arrive in this modern wonder of the world, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of the ancient site. After the tour, you will have several hours of free time for your own exploration of the city.

At about 1:30 p.m. we’ll meet at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch together. After lunch, you will be given your train tickets for your return journey to Cusco. We’ll arrange to meet 40 minutes before your train departs and then go together to the train station.

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