This epic 4-day Luxury Inca Trail is your best bet if you're looking for a glamping experience en route to Machu Picchu. You will trek the most famous hike in the world while still having fun exploring the stunning Andean scenery, discovering ancient Inca sites, and passing high mountain peaks. 

Following the Classic Inca Trail route, our luxury adventure includes a private team of porters, chefs, a massage therapist, and an Andean Shaman. Expert guides will enrich your experience as you delve into the trail's cultural tapestry. 

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From: USD 1800.00 per person

Luxury Inca Trail Tour 4 Days to Machu Picchu - Overview

This 4 day Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will take you to discover one of the most spectacular hikes in the world, only comparable with legendary hikes such as the Kilimanjaro trek, the Appalachian Trek, or the Mont Blanc tour. This tour is specially designed to provide a more luxurious and exclusive experience than the traditional Inca Trail while offering you the same incredible scenery and cultural experiences.

Over the journey, you will stay in the less crowded campsites, taste the best of Peruvian gourmet food and drinks, and relax with our intensive Inca massage sessions. You can also participate in a Coca leaf reading and Pachamama ceremony led by an expert Andean Shaman. The adventure crowns, of course, at the magnificent Machu Picchu, led by an exclusive trekking team, and a final trip in the Exclusive Vistadome Observatory train.

Join us in this adventure that combines hiking, challenge, nature, history, and glamour!

Tour Highlights:

  • All equipment is included in this 4-day Glamping Experience.
  • Stay in spacious walk-in tents with queen and twin-size camping cots and comfortable bedding.
  • Have access to hot showers and massage sessions every afternoon.
  • Try the best of Peruvian gourmet cuisine on the route.
  • Arrive at Inca sites and Machu Picchu at exclusive hours.
  • Finish with a trip at the exclusive Vistadome Observatory Train.
  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility

Luxury Inca Trail at a Glance:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba (12km, 6hrs)

Start with a pick-up from your hotel at 5:00 am and drive to the trailhead of km 82. Today, you will begin your Inca trail with a 6-hour hike exploring the impressive site of Patallacta and getting your first lunch. Later, walk for 1 hour to the first campsite in Wayllabamba and enjoy a hot shower and massage session before bed.  

  • Day 2: Huayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo (10km, 8hrs)

Wake up with the chef's breakfast and start packing for the day. You will conquer the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4,215 m (13,829 ft). After a 4-hour climb, you'll reach Papacymayo Campsite, where you're in for another hot shower, a tea time and drinks (wine, champagne, or pisco!).

  • Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarca (13km, 7hrs)

Begin with a coffee or coca tea in your tent. After breakfast, you will start a 2-hour climb to Runkurakay Pass (4,000 m / 13,123 ft) and then 2 hours down to Chaquicocha for lunch. Continue for 1.5 hours to the final campsite of Phuyupatamarca. Enjoy the sunset, tea time, dinner, and drinks.

  • Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu – Cusco (11 km, 5 hrs)

Today's the trek's grand finale. Start very early in the morning and hike for 5 hours to Machu Picchu. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the Citadel before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes. Have free time and board the Observatory Train for a panoramic journey to Ollantaytambo. Finish with a transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing in your hotel
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entry tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • All transportation during the tour
  • Return on the panoramic Vistadome Train or 360°
  • 3-night camping with luxury equipment
  • Walk-in tents, chairs, and tables
  • An exclusive team of chefs and porters
  • Personal porter to carry up to 10 kg (22 lb) of your gear
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Alcoholic drinks, water, and daily snacks
  • Massage therapists for all 3 nights of camping
  • Hot showers and private toilet tents
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, trekking poles
  • First-aid kit, satellite phones, oxygen supply
  • All taxes and booking fees 

Not Included:

  • Last day dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities for the staff

Upgrades:


Know before booking:

  • Only private tours are available
  • This tour can operate with one traveler

Full Itinerary of the Inca Trail Luxury Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba (Departure 5:00 am)

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco City around 5:00 am and travel in a private van to Kilometer 82, the beginning of the Luxury Inca Trail tour. (If you stay in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, the pick up will be 2 hours later). In Ollantaytambo, we will stop for breakfast in a local restaurant with beautiful views of the Inca Town, and do some last-minute shopping.

We'll then continue for 30 minutes to the checkpoint of km 82. The iconic Inca Trail Hike starts right here, so the first part will be a relatively easy 4-hour hike to the lunch place near the Inca Site of Llactapata. As part of our Luxury Inca Trail service, you will have an elite team of chefs preparing gourmet meals using fresh local products and also enjoy cold drinks such as beer or sodas.

After lunch, you’ll continue hiking along the Cusichaca River for 2 more hours to the Village of Wayllabamba, where we spend the night. You will have drinks like wine or Pisco Sour, hot showers, massage therapists, and luxury camping equipment, including comfortable Walk-in tents.

  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Duration: 6 hours approx.
  • Highest Altitude: 3,000 m / 9,843 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, tea time, and dinner
  • Included: Hot showers, massage therapists, and drinks

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

Rise and shine! Today, you'll start with a hot drink in your tent and prepare for the trail's most challenging part. After a stylish breakfast from our chef, the hike begins with a steep 4-hour hike through the dense cloud forest to Llulluchapampa (3,762 m / 12,338 ft). Here, you'll have a tasty lunch waiting for you to reenergize for the ascent. During this first section, you will pass through different microclimates with enough time to admire the stunning mountain views covered by native plants, including the Polylepis or Q’ueuña trees.

After lunch, you will continue hiking up to Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trail with 4,215 m (13,828 ft). It'll be a great opportunity to soak in the views and rest for a while. Next, you’ll continue for another 2-hours down to the second campsite at Pacaymayo Alto, located at 3,600 m (11,482 ft). Upon arrival, your luxury tents will be ready; shower, massage, dinner, and sleep early to recover for the next day.

  • Hiking Distance: 10 km / 6.2 m
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude: 4,215 m / 13,838 ft 
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner
  • Included: Hot shower, massage therapists, and drinks

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarca

On the third day, you will wake up to a breathtaking view of the Andes, the Urubamba Valley, and waterfalls near the campsite. Past breakfast, you will start with a 2-hour hike to Runkuraqay Pass at 3,955 m (12,975 ft), the second-highest pass of the Inca Trail. Along the way, you’ll be able to see the circular ruins of Runkuraqay, a small lake, and fantastic views of the mountains.

From the pass, there's still a 2-hour down to Sayacmarca Inca Site, a famous archeological site located in the cloud forest region; lunch is served at a nearby campsite to continue for 2 more hours to the last campsite called Phuyupatamarca (“City in the clouds”) at 3,680 m (12,073 ft).

This last campsite is arguably the most beautiful on the Inca Trail Trek; you’ll see Machu Picchu Mountain from a distance and enjoy the views of the highest snow-capped peaks, such as the Salkantay Mountain, Pumasillo, and Veronica. After setting up all in your tent, you'll be able to explore the high areas for the most beautiful sunset; the views of Vilcabamba's mountain range in the cloud forest are simply surreal!

  • Hiking Distance: 13 km / 8 mi
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Highest Altitude: 4,000 m / 13,123 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, and dinner
  • Included: Hot shower, massage therapists, and drinks

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu – Cusco

This day is to wake up at 5:00 am and wait for the sunrise as you enjoy a coffee with the mountains. After enjoying the last breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to the incredible team of chefs, porters, and masseuses and start going down more than 3,000 stairs built 500 years ago. Today's hike is mostly downhill, exploring the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna, at exclusive times with almost no people.

When you arrive at the Sun Gate around 10:00 am; you will have the first glimpse of the legendary city of the Incas. From this point, there's a last one-hour hike down to Machu Picchu, where you'll have lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, and visit the Citadel in the afternoon.

Exploring Machu Picchu after lunch allows you to see this fantastic place with fewer people and get mind-blowing views. After finishing the tour, you will go down to the city of Aguas Calientes, take some time to explore, and later board the exclusive Vistadome Observatory train to Ollantaytambo and private bus back to Cusco. The arrival to your hotel in Cusco will be around 8:30 pm.

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.8 mi
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, snacks, and lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.

Luxury Inca Trail Tour - Packing List

During the Luxury Inca Trail Trek, you will have a private porter to carry all your belongings for the 4-day trek. TreXperience will provide you with a duffel bag to put all your equipment for the Luxury Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu; remember, there is a weight limit of 10 kilograms (22 pounds).

Additionally, you must bring a small and comfortable backpack, which you will have to carry yourself during the hike. Here's a list of items that you will need for the Inca Trail: 

Essentials:

  • Original Passport - Required to access the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Daypack - Must be light and comfortable for hiking (around 25 liters).
  • Hiking boots - Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with good traction and ankle support.
  • Water Bottle or Camel Bak: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the trek (recommended 2 liters)
  • Personal care products
  • Trekking poles are provided by TreXperience on request.

What to pack in your daypack:

Your backpack must always be with you and must be comfortable and light. According to regulations, your bag should not be larger than 25 liters to be allowed in Machu Picchu. This is not about the capacity of your backpack; it is more about how big it will look on the last day of Machu Picchu. My backpack is 40 liters and is comfortable for hiking with straps; just for Machu Picchu, I will make it look small.  

  • Essentials
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen 
  • Neck gaiter
  • Rain gear or rain poncho
  • Base and warm layers
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and wet wipes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and charger
  • Power bank or batteries
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Snacks (energy bars, chocolates, etc.)
  • Extra Money

What to pack in the duffle bag:

TreXperience provides a personal porter for your staff; this way, you can go with a light backpack to enjoy the Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (10 kg. maximum); you can access the duffle bags only at the campsites.

  • Hiking pants/trousers (2 or 3)
  • Hiking socks (5 sets)
  • Long and short sleeve shirts (4 or 5)
  • Undergarments (4 sets)
  • Fleece jacket or softshell jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sandals or lightweight shoes
  • Toiletries (preferably eco-friendly)
  • Plastic bag

Provided by TreXperience:

  • Soap: Soap is provided during our tours; you can bring your preferred ones if needed.
  • Sleeping bag, liners, pillows: TreXperience provides blankets, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses, linens, pillows, and hot water bags for the coldest nights. This is outside of the 15 kg; you can bring your sleeping bags if preferred.   

Check out our Complete Guide on What to Pack for the Inca Trail

Price of the Luxury Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu

The final price is based on your group size; we only organize private Tours.

Number of Travelers Price per person
1US$ 3980
2US$ 2700
3US$ 2500
4US$ 2200
5US$ 2100
6US$ 2000
7US$ 1900
8+US$ 1800

To book the Luxury Inca Trail Tour, you need to make an initial payment of US$ 400 per person; the remaining balance can be paid online or at our office in Cusco with any card and without booking fees. 


Student Discount:

  • US$ 40 off per person

All travelers under 17 have a $40 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get the discount with your Student ID. Please send us an email to receive a code for the discount.

Valid Student ID for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu:

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date
Machu Picchu Valid student ID

Invalid Student IDs:

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student ID without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid. 
Invalid student ID for Machu Picchu

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Luxury Inca Trail FAQs

What is the difference between the Luxury Inca Trail and the Classic Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is only one route; the Classic and Luxury Inca Trail follow the same trail, but the Campsite locations differ.

The Luxury Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu will allow you to stay in an exclusive campsite along the Inca Trail with comfortable equipment and gourmet food. Also, during the Luxury Machu Picchu hike, all services are upgraded.

What is the equipment provided in the Luxury Inca Trail Trek?

During the Luxury Inca Trail Trek, you will have the following equipment:

  • Walk-in tents (for 1, or 2 travelers, we also have large group tents)
  • Queen-size, twin-size luxury camping cots
  • Blankets, Sleeping bags, pillows, sheets
  • Portable showers with hot water
  • Portable Private Toilets 
  • Luxury dining tents, tables, chairs

We carry everything for the 4 days tour during the Inca Trail, including tents, airbeds, sleeping bags, portable showers, and portable toilets. It is possible to find toilets and cold water showers at specific campsites. However, we do not recommend them for the number of people using them daily.

What services are provided in the Luxury Inca Trail?

During the Luxury Inca Trail Trek, the following services are included:

  • All transportation for 4 days
  • Peruvian food prepared by our talented chefs
  • Inca massage sessions every night of camping
  • Coca leaf reading and Pachamama ceremony led by Andean Shaman
  • Soft drinks like beer, sodas, energetic drinks
  • Wine, Pisco, Champagne 
  • 1 lunch at Machu Picchu hotel
  • Panoramic Observatory train to return
  • Optional, you can upgrade the trains. 

What are the Passport requirements?

Original passports are required to enter the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The passport number must match the number you booked your tour; if you have changed or renewed the passport, you must send us a photo of both passports or travel with the 2 passports. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of entry into the national territory. 

How challenging is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is one of the most epic hikes in the world. Also, it is one of the most challenging hikes to Machu Picchu. Hikers must be in moderate physical condition.

The Inca Trail is doable; all hikers must prepare before they come to hike at a high altitude.

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

The highest point of the Inca Trail is Dead Women’s Pass, also known as Warmiwañusca Pass, at 4215m / 13829ft. The second highest point is RunKuraqay Pass, with 4000m (13123ft).

How many miles is the Luxury 4-day Inca Trail?

The Luxury Inca Trail, 4 Days / 3 nights, starts in Km 82 – Piscacucho and ends in Machu Picchu. The total hiking distance is 42 km – 26 miles.

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