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Inca Trail Backpacking

Inca Trail Backpacking

Cheap Inca Trail Tour or Backpacking is designed for those trekkers, who prefer to get to budget travel such as the Classic Inca Trail. This hike to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and popular treks in Peru. Getting to Inca Trail is the highlight of many trekkers experience. Explore one of Machu Picchu's most important route and experience an Andean journey to the lost city of the Incas at a good price with our Cheap Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour. Hike through Warmi wañusca high pass (4200 m), highland meadows and tropical cloud forests to enter this Inca Sanctuary through the famous Sun's Gate ("Intipunku" in Quechua). Be one of the many adventurers from around the world to successfully hike this moderate to difficult trip.
Enjoy the many archeological ruins such as Llactapata, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Puyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna along the way and journey alongside route of Capac Ñan revealing to you her surrounding snow-peaked mountains, the amazing diversity of flora and fauna.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: The start of the Inca trail - Cusco to Wayllabamba

Day 2: Hiking to the Inca Trail, Wayllabamba - Chaquicocha

Day 3: Continue the hike the Inca trail - Chaquicocha to Wiñay wayna

Day 4: Finish the Inca trail - Wiñay wayna to Machu Picchu


Included Highlights in Inca Trail Backpacking

  • 4 Day hike to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with professional guide, chef and porters
  • Explorer the famous Capacñan of the inkas
  • Guided tour of the Inca Trail
  • Discover the lost city of the Incas
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu tours

Is this tour for you?

Activity: Trekking/Hiking, Cultural & Natural

During the hike you will see the Inca sites, Inca Path, mountains and beautiful natural landscapes.


Service Level: Backpacking

Necessary camping equipment: Double tent and systetic mattress


Crew: A Representative in Cusco, professional guide, a cook

Our guide and cook will accompanying during the hike to Machu Picchu


Responsible Porters: Porters during 4 day Inca Trail

The trekker will be responsible to carry their personal beloging, sleeping bag, mattress or any extra equipment rents


Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.


Small Group: 8 Travellers Max

Small group experience


Age requirement: 8+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Tour Operator: 100% Local tour operator

Tierras Vivas is specialist to operate since 2007


Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea

If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!


Transportation: Tourist transportation, EXPEDITION TRAIN.


Inca Trail Backpacker Avalaibility 2020


You can check the Inca Trail Permits Real-time Availability for 2019 and Book Online!


Inca Trail Superior vs Cheap

What is the difference between them? The Inca Trail is the most popular hike to Machu Picchu and only different is the service. Please visit the Cheap vs Superior Inca Trail


Inca Trail All Inclusive

If you would like the best Inca Trail tour all inclusive, choose the best option hike:

             Cheap Inca Trail Advisor

Resposinble TravelThank you for choosing Tierras Vivas for your trip.  


Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba

Our journey to Machu Picchu through the classical Inca trail begins at your hotel, from where you will be picked up after the breakfast (optional) around 6.00 – 6.30. From your hotel you will have a transfer 2 – 2.5 hours with your guide to our starting point which is called km 82. At the starting point you need to show your Inca Trail permission card, your original passport, and your ISIC card if you have one.Here the Inca Trail begins and we will start hiking for 2 hours to Miskayl, where we are going to enjoy a nice lunch. The hike to Miskayl is a flat and a beautiful walk, where we can enjoy the incredible flora of the landscape around us.


After the lunch we are going to have another two hours hike to Wayllabamba (3.000 m.) which will be our camping spot. We will arrive there at 5. Pm in the afternoon, and we will enjoy a nice dinner from our personal professional chef at 6.30 pm. After the dinner we will settle down for the night.


Day 02: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu campsite

At the second day the guides wakes us up at 5.30 with warm tee, so we can get a good start of the day at the Inca trail and we will eat breakfast at 6.00. Our first hike of this day begins at 6.30 and it will take around 5 hours (7 km) to get from our camp to the high spot which is called dead woman pass (4.600 m), where you can experience the female spirit, a woman that lives on the side of the mountain.


From this place we have a 2 hour hike down to our second camping spot (Pacamayu 3,600 m), where we finally will have our lunch after 7 hours of hiking in total on the Inca trail. At the camp we will rest and around 6.30 we will have dinner. Later we will get comfortable under our blankets, so we can stay warm for the cold night.


Day 03: Pacaymayu - Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna campsite

We get up at 6.00 am and breakfast will be served by the chef at 6.30. At 7.00 we will start hiking. This day is a very special and beautiful day where we will pass 3 Inca ruins along the Inca trail. To get to the first Inca ruin Runkqurakay (3.800 m.), we have to hike one hour up; thereafter we have another hour of walking to the second high spot, Runku Pass (4.00 m.). After the second Inca ruin it will get easier, from there we will walk down for 45 m. to Sayacrmarka (3580 m.).


After the visit we will have 25 min. to chakicoccha (3.600 m) where we will enjoy our lunch in natural surroundings and incredible landscape. After the lunch we have a one hour hiking to Phuyupatamarka (3.60 m), which is the last hike on the Inca trail of this day. On this place we can find the last Inca construction for today.


From this point we will have an easy two hour walk down to Wiñnahuayna (2.600 m), where we will settle our camp and our chef will make a nice buffet to everyone so we can say goodbye to the chefs and the porters in a very nice way at 6.30. If you still have energy left after the hike, you can visit the archaeological site of wiñahuayna, only 5 minutes from our camp spot, a really delightful site on the Inbca trail with a lot of terraces and ruins.


Day 04: Phuyupatamarca or Winaywayna - Machu Picchu

Begin hike overlooking the Urubamba River to the sun Gate or INTIPUNKU to see the sunrise on Machu Picchu. We enter the site early in the morning for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the Ruins, free time in Machu Picchu. Meeting for those interested in visiting Aguas Calientes for lunch or to visit the hot springs otherwise, in the afternoon return to Cusco by tourist train from Aguas Calientes (actual town of Machu Picchu) to Cusco


What is included?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by Tourist transportation to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment ;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents;
  • Sleeping Mattress;
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

No Included

  • First breakfast and last lunch.
  • Sleeping bag (U$ 20)
  • Thermarest mattress (inflatable mattress for more comfort in the trail)
  • Extra porter for carry your personal beloging ( USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons)
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Tips and extra expenses to souvenir.

Tierras Vivas Representative and Professional Guide

Our guide will visit your a day before the trek and He/ She will give you a briefing and more information about your Inca Trail. It very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco, our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek for your briefing.


All Tierras Vivas trekkers are accompanied by a Tour Guide. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.

Starting point & Pick up

Usually our hike is starting from Cusco, but we can pick you up from your hotel outside of Cusco. Please check your trip and location for pick you up.


Trip/ Hiking Starting point & pick up
Inca Trail  Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo 
Salkantay Trek  Cusco
Lares Trek  Cusco, Pisac
Rainbow Mountain  Cusco
Ausagante Trek  Cusco
Choquequirao trek  Cusco
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu   Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
Inca Quarry Trail  Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara
Cusco Day tours  Only from Cusco

Inca Trail Difficulty

This famous Inca Trail has two traditional versions of 4 days and the short version of this, which consists of 2 days, now we will explain the degree of difficulty for both routes, so you are prepared before starting your walk.


Day 1: Cusco- Ollantaytambo - KM 82 to Llulluchapampa Campsite.

Distance: 16km approx

Starting Altitude: 2,650m

Finishing Altitude: 3,700m

Walking Distance: 8 - 9 hrs

Degree of difficulty: easy


Day 2: Lluchapampa Campsite up to Dead Womens Pass.

Distance: 8 km approx.

Starting Altitude: 3,700m

High Pass Altitude: 4,200m (Dead Womens)

Finishing Altitude: 3,950m

Walking Distance: 7 - 8 hrs (walking slowly)

Degree of difficulty: difficult


Day 3: Trek Pacaymayo Valley Campsite up to Runkuraqay - Phuyupatamarka.

Distance: 16km approx.

Starting Altitude: 3,950m

High Pass Altitude: 3,600m (Phuyupatamarca)

Finishing Altitude: 2,700m

Walking Distance: 6 hrs

Degree of difficulty: difficult


Day 4: Trek Winay-Wayna Campsite to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), then to Machu Picchu!

Distance: 5km approx.

Starting Altitude: 2,700m

Finishing Altitude: 2,300

Walking Distance: 4 hrs

Degree of difficulty: moderate

Camping Equipment

Our tents are of the brand Eureka Timberline Outfitter 4 person designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 4 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent.


During the Classic Inca Trail we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you: you need only carry your day pack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with.


Single Supplement: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to for this to be done and confirmed to you.

Packing List

  • Original passport
  • For students: original ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for when you are relaxing)
  • Thermal underwear for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water for the first day
  • Toiletries/ Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Cameraand Batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cash (in Peruvian nuevos soles)

Inca Trail Alternative hikes

If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous Machu Picchu, then the Cheap Inca Trail Tour is for you. but usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend the Inca Trail alternative hikes:

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Map


Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Superior

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Superior

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Superior service is the best option hike for you. This hike is all-inclusive camping equipment and extra porter. You don´t have to worry about what do you need to bring or rent on your hike. Our porter will carry your camping equipment and personal belonging. Only you will need to walk with your daypack and water.

The Inca Trail is the most famous and popular hike to Machu Picchu and even one of the most famous and favorite treks in the world. Discover one of the most pristine landscapes of Peru and experience an Andean journey. Through the high mountain passes, highland meadows and tropical cloud forests. BOOK ONLINE the Inca Trail Superior service 

4 day Salkantay Trek Cheaper

4 day Salkantay Trek Cheaper

The 4 day Salkantay Trek Cheaper has created by Tierras Vivas tour operator. This hike is included the basic equipment such as double tent, sleeping mattress, food (3 B, 3 L, 3D), professional guide, cook and entrance fee to Salkantay and Machu Picchu horses for your camping equipment and train service at 18:20. The other tour operator companies offers this service and the price is expensive.

On this 4 day Salkantay hike you overcome the highest point of the trek, On the first day it is easy hike, you walk between the Challacancha to Soraypampa (3700 meters). On the second is hard day, you will walk up between Soraypampa 3700 meters to Salkantay Mountain.4,550 meters above sea level!, Camping on Chaullay, Third day you will walk 4 hrs from Chaullay to la Playa Sahuallaco, then local bus to Santa Teresa, Hot spring option, the fourth day you will walk from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes, spend a night on the hostel, option ZIP Line, and the last day Machu Picchu 

Days 4
per person
$ 500.00
Activity level
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