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The Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is our private flagship tour. We can depart at any time as long as there are permits available.
“The LEGENDARY stone paved Inca trail to Machu Picchu ” is Peru’s number one trail to Machu Picchu. This 4-Day trek is also one of the most famous & impressive treks in South America. Inca Trail Trek tops the bucket list of many travellers.
In order to protect the authenticity of the trail, local authorities restrict the access to just 500 trekkers a day. This includes porters, chefs and guides. Often the Inca Trail permits tend to sell out six months in advance.
The trail takes you from the snow capped Andean peaks to the cloud forests of Peru. The trail is dotted with many interesting archaeological sites, this includes, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate or Inti Punku and more.
This is a high altitude hike and involves hikes through high mountain passes. The highest point of the Inca Trail is the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 metres (13828 ft.) above sea level. You will be hiking to the pass on the second day of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu.
We highly recommend you to spend at least four days in the City of Cusco before the trail to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness during the trail.
We are a fully locally owned tour company and a certified Classic Inca Trail Operator.
While hiking the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with us, you’re going to travel with healthy organic food. We are a licensed and an official Inca Trail tour operator to offer this Organic Group Service to Machu Picchu.
Trekking with Happy Gringo Tours would offer you an authentic cultural experience. Our experienced and knowledgeable local guides are fluent in English. They have an extensive knowledge and awareness of Inca culture, Inca ruins, traditions and history. Happy Gringo Tours’ guides and porters are determined and work very hard to offer you an unforgettable experience.
On any trek with Happy Gringo Tours, you will be served with plentiful and nutritious Organic Meal at all times. We at Happy Gringo Tours will take care of everything from your pre-trek briefing to logistics with an intention of offering you an authentic and stress-free experience.
Our Inca Trail Royal group is ideal for families with young children, groups of friends and/or honeymooners. With smaller groups you get the full attention to detail of our expert guides and with each trekker having a personal porter to carry 8kg of your hiking gear to enjoy the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu vacation.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station.
Here, you will be boarding the Aguas Calientes bound train and will be getting down at Km.82. This is the trailhead of the Royal Inca Trail To Machu Picchu. The local authorities will be verifying your passport and your Inca Trail permit.
The first two hours of the trail will be on a flat surface along the course of Urubamba river to Llactapata archaeological site. After a guided tour of the complex, we will be hiking for another two hours to our lunch camp. Here we will be serving you an exquisite Organic and nutritious meal.
After lunch comes the first uphill but you’ll get some time for breaks and continue for another couple hours to reach our first campsite Ayapata- Base camp.
We will begin the day with an organic breakfast. Then we will be hiking up the hill for five hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Dead Woman’s pass locally known as Warmi Wanusca at (4215 meters/13779 feet).
This is the most challenging part of the Inca Trail. We will have a short break here so you can rest and rejuvenate.
We will then start hiking for two hours down the hill through original Inca steps. These are quite steep steps. We will then reach our campsite for lunch.
After lunch, we will be hiking for another two hours up the hill. On our way, we will be stopping at different Inca sites.
The popular ones are Runkurakay and Sayamarca. From Sayamarca it’s a 30 minutes hike to our exclusive campsite in Chaquicocha.
After relishing a typical breakfast, we will begin the third day of this 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu by hiking to the last mountain pass, Phuyupatamarca. This is the best area to witness the highland flora and fauna.
In Quechua, Phuyupatamarca means “City in the Clouds” and IntiPata ” Sun above the terraces” .
We will then stop for lunch at our campsite. After lunch we will hike to the iconic site, Wiñay Wayna “Forever Young”. This is one of the interesting sites on the Inca Trail. After a guided tour of the ruins we will walk back to our campsite for dinner.
After dinner, we will be bidding goodbye to our porters.
The highlight of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. We will be leaving the campsite early in the morning to Inti Punku or Sungate. You will get a stunning view of Machu Picchu citadel from here.
We will then hike down to the citadel. We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trail head.
After a half day trip of Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo.
Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.