The classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in 4 days is one of the most famous treks in South America, and for good reason. Mixing history, wildlife, and spectacular scenery, this three-night adventure is an unforgettable experience, with a final destination -- Machu Picchu itself -- that ranks among the world’s most impressive archaeological sites.
The classic Inca Trail is only about 42 km (26 miles) long, but it goes up and down and along mountains, rising up through three mountain passes, and generally takes a circuitous route through the tricky terrain in this part of Peru. That makes it a more strenuous 42 km than most, but also one with spectacular scenery, passing through various Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra.
Along the trail, you’ll be trekking through an area of great biodiversity. At any moment you could come across orchids, foxes, cocks-of -the-rock (Peru’s national bird), spectacled bears, deer and many more species of flora and fauna. As you trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you’ll also pass by other impressive Inca ruins, such as Wiñay Wayña and Phuyupatamarca. It’s an incredibly rich trekking experience, and that’s before you even reach your destination: the sublime mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
It’s impossible to overstate the beauty of Machu Picchu, from its incredible architecture to the surrounding mountains and mist-filled gorges. But we won’t describe it all here, as it’s far better if you come with us to explore the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu over a 4 day period. With our professional guides, porters and talented cooks, you can have the experience of a lifetime while discovering this magical trek for yourself.
How long is the Classic Inca Trail (4 Day Route)?
When compared to other long distance trekking routes around the world, the Classic Inca Trail is relatively short. This world-famous trail in Peru is 26 miles/42 kilometres long and leads up to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, an important site that dates back hundreds of years and is tied to the elites of the Incan civilization.
Is the 4 day Inca Trail worth it?
While the question of whether the 4 day Inca Trail is worth it is completely subjective, we believe that the answer is a resounding yes! Trekking 26 miles through rainforests and the rugged landscape of the Andes Mountains, the Classic Inca Trail is both a physical and spiritual journey that connects trekkers with not only the world around them, but the culture and history of the Inca civilization of the past. Combine that with a breathtaking sunrise at Machu Picchu and it’s hard to believe why anyone would say that the 4 day Inca Trail is not worth it!
Can a beginner do the Inca Trail?
While the Inca Trail is a physically demanding long distance trekking route, with a good amount of preparation it can certainly be completed by a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts, even beginners. The main things to get used to are the altitude and the constant physical activity that you will engage in day after day, so make sure to practice similar activities well in advance if you are planning to complete the Classic Inca Trail.