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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N – 2024

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N - 2024

The Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every adventure seeker needs to journey. This iconic 4-day hike leads to one of the most beautiful wonders and archeological sites of the world: Machu Pichu. Trek back in time as you walk in the footsteps of the Inca and discover astonishing ecological diversity and gain appreciation for the rich history and traditions of the Incan people. Witness first hand the incredible engineering feats of the historic sanctuaries: Runcuracay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna, and Machu Picchu itself.

The Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary covers 32,952 acres and accompanies 10 diverse ecological zones from glacial peaks to tropical forests. It also homes over 450 species of birds and 200 species of orchids!

Along the 42-kilometer or 26-mile trail, you’ll walk along the original cobblestone path and staircases the ancient Incan kings walked nearly 500 years ago. Experience altitudes of up to 4,200 meters, famous archeological sites, diverse landscapes, and an array of plants and wildlife. This challenging hike never has a dull moment and is perfect for any adventurer looking for a rewarding and illuminating experience.

Itinerary For Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Hatunchaca – Wayllabamba – Ayapata

Welcome to the start of an incredible journey—the Classic Inca Trail awaits! Bright and early, at 4:30 am, your guide will be waiting for you outside your Cusco hotel in our private vehicle. Our first destination is Piskacucho, or Kilometer 82, the starting point of the renowned Classic Inca Trail. Embark on this adventure, make a pit stop in Ollantaytambo around 6:30-7:00 am for a hearty breakfast to fuel ourselves for the exciting day ahead. Please note that breakfast is not included.

Once we arrive at Km82 at 8:30 am, have time to organize and prepare yourself. This is a great time to use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else you might need to get ready. Here, hand over your duffel bag to the porters, keep with you only a small daypack with your hiking essentials. If you are wondering what to bring, our packing list has all the information you need. Before the hike begins you must present your passport, or if you booked as a student your student ID card, to the checkpoint. Your guide will have all the necessary permits and tickets for your group.

The journey begins as we step onto the trail at an elevation of 2,720m/8,923ft. Cross the Vilcanota River and follow its scenic route. The first day is relatively easy, allowing us to warm up on the rolling terrain known as the “Inca flat”. Following the Vilcanota river to kick off our journey automatically gives you the opportunity to witness incredible sights. These sights include the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay, the majestic Inca site of Llactapata (also known as Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range, the Andes Mountains.

Add to that the breathtaking snow-capped peak of Veronica (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as “W’akay Willca” and you get a diverse set of incredible and stunning views. After a thrilling morning, stop for a gourmet lunch presented by our team of porters at Hatunchaca. From there, it’s about a three hour walk to reach our beautiful campsite.

Our first campsite is located approximately 2 hours past the charming village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft), nestled in the verdant and temperate valley that shares the same name. Depending on the season, temperatures at night can drop as low as 5ºC or 41°F, especially during the dry season from May to September.

Once you arrive at camp, delightful afternoon teas and tasty appetizers will greet you into your new home for the night. Take a moment to savor a hot drink, unwind and settle into your tents. Our team will already have everything set up, allowing you to relax and spend time preparing for tommorows upcoming journey. While you relax our team of porters will begin making dinner, you will be invited into a banquet to satisfy your undoubtably hungry appetite after a satisfying first day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5mi (about 6 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayu – Ch’Aqui Qqocha

Start your day on a high note as your guide brings you a steaming mug of tea or coffee at 5:30 am. Savor the warmth and flavor of your hot drink while still snug in your sleeping bag. Once you’re ready to rise, a delicious and hearty breakfast awaits, providing you with the energy for the day’s exciting adventure. Remember to keep your backpack as light as possible as we embark on a steep ascent towards the highest peak of the trek. “Abra de Warmihuañusca”, more commonly known as “Dead Woman’s Pass”, reaches an impressive altitude of 4,200m/13,779ft and involves many steep inclines and stairs.

Depending on your experience with hiking high altitudes it may be wise to bring altitude pills in order to avoid altitude sickness. While this may be the most difficult part of our journey; a true sense of accomplishment awaits you at the summit! Take a well-deserved break to enjoy the impressive view and to capture some memorable photos before commencing the descent towards our lunch spot at Pacaymayu, situated at 3,550m/11,646ft.

As we make our way through the pass, keep an eye out for a delightful array of hummingbirds and other fascinating bird species. The journey will also unveil a stunning variety of native plants, including the remarkable Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, flourishing in the captivating cloud forest at 3,650m/11,972ft!

After a gourmet lunch embark on the second leg of our adventure—a two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass at 4,000m/13,123ft. By 5 pm, we reach our campsite, where afternoon tea and appetizers await. During the night, temperatures at this campsite hover around 4ºC or 40°F, so be prepared for a cozy evening bundled in your jacket.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16kms/10mi (about 9 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Challenging/Difficult

Day 3: Ch’Aqui Qqocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna

Get ready for a day that will leave you awestruck as we begin another ascent on day three of our journey! Rise and shine at 6 am as your guide brings you another comforting mug of tea or coffee. Take a moment to enjoy this delightful morning wake up before joining us for a satisfying breakfast. Today’s adventure begins with a gentle ascent towards the captivating archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, aptly named “Village in the Clouds.” At an elevation of 3,680m/12,073ft, this is the third highest point along the Inca trail, offering breathtaking views of the majestic mountains, awe-inspiring canyons, and gorgeous surrounding landscapes.

Just a short walk away from the third pass lies the expansive Inca site of Phuyupatamarca. After immersing ourselves in its ancient wonders and receiving a well prepared historical tour, we continue our journey by descending around 3,000 stairs through the enchanting cloud forest, arriving at the impressive Inca site of Intipata. As we make our descent, you’ll beging to notice a change in temperature—a sign that we’re getting closer not only to Machu Picchu but also to the gateway of the Amazon jungle! Take some time to explore beautiful Intipata before we head to our third campsite nestled at an elevation of 2,680m/8,792ft. This trek will take approximately 4 to 5 hours, ensuring we arrive at our campsite just in time for a well-deserved lunch.

A short stroll away from our campsite lies the renowned Inca site of Wiñay Wayna, which translates to “Forever Young” in the local Quechua language. This exceptional site derives its name from a remarkable orchid species that thrives abundantly in this area. Take a moment to explore and marvel at the wonders of Wiñay Wayna, immersing yourself in the rich history and natural beauty that surrounds you. This will be our last night camping and having dinner as a group and will be a great time to thank our porters for all their hard work. During the night, temperatures hover around 12ºC or 53°F, so you can anticipate a comfortable evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2mi (about 5 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Fair/Moderate

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Rise and shine! It’s an early start at 3:30 AM. Gather for a quick breakfast at 4:00 AM and make our way to the checkpoint where we will have a short wait, eager to be among the first to enter at 5:30 AM. This is the final leg of your journey with only one more incline to conquer. By 6:00 AM, reach the iconic Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. The awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Citadel will unfold before your eyes, exuding its mystical beauty—a sight that will take your breath away, leaving you wanting more. As you step through the Sun Gate, witness the sunlight cascading down over the citadel like molten gold as the sun rises behind you. Now, begin the descent towards the remarkable Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.).

After approximately 40 minutes of walking, enter the Citadel of Machu Picchu from the top, passing through the renowned “House of the Guardians,”, capture beautiful snapshots of Machu Picchu. Continue towards the control point, where we register and leave behind any large backpacks or walking poles. Please note that you can only take small bags, such as camera bags inside Machu Picchu, walking poles can potentially damage the ancient stones so they are not allowed into Machu Picchu.

Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with a comprehensive tour, diving into the rich history and significance of the ruins. This tour will take approximately two hours. Have the opportunity to explore the most relevant areas of Machu Picchu and gain insights into how it divides into three sectors: agricultural, residential, and religious.

Once you’ve taken in the remarkable vistas of Machu Picchu to your heart’s content, take a bus back down to beautiful Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). This is a great time to reflect on your journey and share pictures and memories with your guide and group. Depending on your train departure time, you may also have the chance to indulge in some shopping, sightseeing, or even a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition Train, departing at 2:55 PM or 3:20 PM, will transport you back to Ollantaytambo, tracing the magnificent Urubamba River and giving you one final look at the beautiful mountains and valleys surrounding Machu Pichu. The canyon narrows as we near Aguas Calientes, the river showcases stunning sections of exhilarating whitewater. Keep an eye out, you might even glimpse Wiñay Wayna high on the steep canyon wall! On arrival into Ollantaytambo, the private driver will be waiting for you at the train station exit, ready to accompany you back to the hotel in Cusco. Reach your hotel by around 7:00 PM, where you can unwind and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your journey.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

*** The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know about it at booking time.


  • On the 4-day Inca Trail, we will be doing Circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu (US$57).
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the exact times, 2:55 or 3:20, 4:22, or 4:43 pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by request and it has to be done by booking time.



  • A quick briefing about what to expect/what to pack. This will be done the night before your trek at 6:00pm in our office.
  • Early hotel pick up the first morning of the trek.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Piscacucho. (in our company van)
  • A duffel bag to place your belongings that our porters will carry. (you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day)
  • 4 season Eureka Timberline Tents, (large & comfortable)
  • Comfortable foam mattresses and pillow
  • Professional English-speaking guide who has tremendous experience in trekking
  • Delicious and nutritious meals as indicated in the itinerary. (optional: vegetarian or other dietary needs upon request)
  • First-aid kit, including an emergency oxygen tank.
  • Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment.
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback. (your chef will provide clean water after each meal)
  • Hot water for washing hands/face.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transportation to Cusco. (in our company van)
  • Permit to the Classic Inca Trail & entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
  • Private toilet tent, with a normal toilet seat – this is only for our group
  • Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs.
  • Chef and cooking equipment.


  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD – This needs to be booked in advance and please let us know when booking. (it books out very quickly). 
  • Last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • VISTADOME Train – $67 USD per person. (Return only)
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook, and porters of SAM CORPORATIONS. (not mandatory but highly suggested)


  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (A larger Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (These are professional poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Please request when you book your trek)
  • Additional night in Aguas Calientes – from $60 USD per person (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – $67 USD per person (Return only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

**Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel that do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers

GROUP SERVICE – $677 USD per person

***Personal Porter is included in the price!

***Discount of $15 USD per person for groups of 5 or more people


  • $997 USD per person – 2 to 3 people
  • $897 USD per person – 4 to 6 people
  • $797 USD per person – 7 to 8 people


  • 18 to 25 years old:$30 USD. Information required from the student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking to obtain government approval for the discount.
  • Under 18 years old:$30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old:$40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent– $30 USD- (For solo travelers only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD per person (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – $67 USD per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43 pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional hikes within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. You usually do the climb on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like your extra hike to be guided, please request it in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


At SAM CORPORATIONS, we are more than just a travel agency and tour operator. We are a family-owned business, deeply rooted in the vibrant city of Cusco, Peru. With our extensive personal experience and exploration of every corner of this remarkable country, we have developed a deep love and understanding of its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes.

Our mission is to provide exceptional tours and treks tailored to each individual’s preferences. We take great pride in delivering personalized and high-quality service, ensuring that every aspect of your journey exceeds your expectations. As a family-owned company, we commit to upholding our values and never compromising on the luxury and attention to detail we offer.

Being a responsible and sustainable tour operator is of utmost importance to us. Our staff members are not just employees; they are an integral part of our extended family. We prioritize their well-being by providing fair salaries and financial support, fostering long-term growth, and creating a positive working environment. It is through their dedication and expertise that we are able to provide our clients with the best service and unforgettable experiences.

We understand the significance of trusting a reliable and honest operator when embarking on an adventure in Peru. At SAM CORPORATIONS, we take this responsibility seriously. We stand by our word and deliver on our promises, ensuring your journey with us is unforgettable.


At SAM CORPORATIONS, we prioritize personalized service by limiting our tour groups to a maximum of 10 people. This distinguishes us from other companies that operate with larger groups, ensuring a more intimate and tailored experience for our guests.


We take immense pride in our exceptional guides at SAM CORPORATIONS. Not only are they highly professional, but they also possess fluency in English, allowing for seamless communication with our guests. Their knowledge and passion for their homeland are truly remarkable and will make for a more genuine experience.

Our guides commit themselves to their own personal and professional growth, constantly seeking to expand their understanding and expertise. Through extensive research, they ensure that they provide accurate and reputable information on Inca and Andean culture, offering you a deeper insight into the rich history and traditions of Peru.

Being adventure and travel enthusiasts themselves, our guides share only the finest experiences they have personally encountered, making your journey all the more memorable. They bring delightful and lively energy to the group, embodying a spirit of camaraderie and creating an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.

In terms of education, our guides hold degrees in various fields, including Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History, and Anthropology. This diverse academic background equips them with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, cultural, and natural aspects of Peru, enabling them to offer engaging and enlightening tours. All guides have been trained in cases of medical emergencies to ensure your upmost safety at all times.

Our knowledgeable and passionate guides will enrich your exploration of Peru, as they dedicate their time to ensuring that you receive the highest level of service and an authentic and insightful experience throughout your journey with us.


Embarking on a trek with SAM CORPORATIONS is an experience that will truly change your life. Our fully portered treks are for your comfort and enjoyment as our utmost priority. We strive to provide you with the best possible experience during your holiday in Peru, allowing you to interact with the locals, explore magnificent sites, and rediscover remote ancient Inca towns.

To ensure your convenience, our dedicated porters will take care of all the heavy lifting. Additionally, they will carry your gear, prepare delicious meals for you, and set up comfortable tents in secluded campsites, away from the crowds. Their unwavering support not only enables you to relax but also allows you to fully immerse yourself in the journey.

We believe in treating our porters with the utmost respect and care. In line with this commitment, we provide them with essential items at no cost. These include jackets, sun hats, warm hats, t-shirts, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffel bags, canteens, girdles for spinal protection, sleeping bags, mattresses, and travel insurance. By equipping them properly, we not only prioritize their safety and comfort but also demonstrate our dedication to their well-being throughout the trek.

We hire all our porters from isolated communities, creating employment opportunities that significantly improve their economic circumstances. Additionally, this allows them to provide their children with access to education, fostering a brighter future for their families. We view our porters as an integral part of our extended family and ensure that they receive the care and support they deserve.

With SAM CORPORATIONS, you can embark on a trek knowing that your journey not only brings you incredible experiences but also contributes to the well-being and empowerment of local communities.


Our team (guides, cooks, porters, horsemen) and our equipment also make SAM CORPORATIONS stand out from all of our competitors! For all our adventurous hikes, we include the following items:

  • OUR TENTS: Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our 4 season EUREKA Timberline tents. All our tents are 4-man tents, and ONLY 2 persons will sleep in each, leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffel bags. They also include a little vestibule, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt.
  • OUR FOAM MATTS: They are included to separate and insulate you from the ground. Additional AIR MATTRESSES can be rented for $20 USD.
  • OUR KITCHEN & DINING TENTS: Our spacious dining tent is used as our meeting room at meal times. This is a great time to sit back relax and catch up for a chat.
  • OUR TABLES & CHAIRS: The interior of the dining room includes a long table and chairs with two doors on each side, adapting to the day’s weather.
  • DUFFEL BAGS: Large orange duffels will be provided at briefing time the night before the trek. They are big enough to hold anything you think you might need. Included is a platic bag to keep anything you put inside dry.
  • MORE: Pillows, rain covers/ponchos, survivor t-shirts, campsite showers, and biochemical toilets are all provided on the trek.


At SAM CORPORATIONS, we firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the communities we encounter during our treks. Also, as responsible tourism advocates, we commit to making a positive social impact and supporting the beautiful local people in the regions we operate.

Through a holistic approach to sustainability and community development, we actively participate in various social projects. Additionally, we recognize the significance of creating employment opportunities within these communities. Moreover, we take pride in employing individuals from these areas. Furthermore, we go beyond just providing jobs by ensuring that we pay our employees an above-average wage. This empowers them to improve their livelihoods and achieve financial stability. Consequently, our efforts foster a positive impact on their lives and the overall community.

Not only do we provide short-term assistance, but our commitment also extends to fostering self-sustainability and promoting long-term growth within these communities. By supporting local initiatives and engaging in responsible practices, we aim to create a positive and lasting impact that benefits both the people and the environment.

SAM CORPORATIONS is proud to be a part of the social fabric of the communities we operate in. We believe that by working together and investing in the well-being of these communities, we can contribute to their growth, prosperity, and overall development.

When you choose to travel with us, you can be confident that your journey with SAM CORPORATIONS not only provides you with an unforgettable experience but also directly contributes to the betterment of the communities we visit.

Important Info

Please read the following information carefully, as it will help you answer most of your questions about our services and the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


Before your trek begins, we will provide you with a comprehensive briefing the evening prior. The briefing will be held at our office. It is located at Calle Garcilaso 210, office 213 (second floor) in the La CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center. Briefing will be at 6:00 pm.  During the briefing, we will ensure that you have all the necessary information and address any remaining questions.


Absolutely! We understand that carrying your main luggage during the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu may not be ideal. We would like to provide you with the option to safely store your main luggage either at our office or at your hotel, depending on what suits you best. We want to ensure that you have a comfortable and hassle-free trekking experience. Simply let us know your preference, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your needs.


To secure your booking for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we kindly ask you to complete our booking form, which you can find by clicking on the “BOOK NOW” button on our homepage.

Please ensure that each participant in your group provides the following information, as we cannot proceed with purchasing an Inca Trail permit without it:

  1. Personal Information:
    • Full name (exactly as it appears on your passport)
    • Gender
    • Passport number
    • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
    • Nationality

*** It is important that we receive copies of each participant’s passport, in the order provided, as this is required for booking Inca Trail permits.

Once you have submitted the booking form, the next step is to secure your reservation with a deposit of $211.00 USD per person. To make the deposit, you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols located at the top of our homepage or on the booking page.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team. We are here to support you throughout the booking process and ensure a smooth and memorable experience on the Classic Inca Trail.


It’s understandable that you may prefer alternative payment methods to avoid high credit card fees while in Peru. We offer the following options for paying your balance:

  1. Cash Payment: You can visit our office in Cusco and make a cash payment in either US dollars or Peruvian soles. Our friendly staff will assist you with the payment process. Please note that it’s advisable to withdraw money from ATMs located within the historical center of Cusco, as they offer convenient access to cash.
  2. Online Payment via VISA or PayPal: If you prefer the convenience of online payment, you can choose to pay with VISA or PayPal. However, please be aware that a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PayPal, will apply. To complete the payment through PayPal, log into your PayPal account and use our provided email address:

We want to ensure that you have flexibility and options when it comes to settling your balance. If you have any further questions or need assistance with payment arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to make the process as smooth as possible for you.


We understand that circumstances may arise which require changes to your trekking plans. However, we regret to inform you that once the permits for the Classic Inca Trail have been purchased, the Peruvian government does not allow any changes to the dates.

In the event that you need to change the date of your trek, a fee of $100 will be applicable, as we will need to acquire a new permit for you. It is important to note that the permits are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Furthermore, we would like to inform you that in the event of a cancellation of your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek, the deposit made is non-refundable.

We understand that these policies may be restrictive, but they are set by the Peruvian government and are beyond our control. We kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation regarding these regulations.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our team. We are here to assist you and provide any necessary information to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience on the Classic Inca Trail.


To ensure a smooth entry to the Classic Trail, it is essential that you bring your original passport with you. It is important that the passport number matches the one you provided when booking your permit, entrances, and reservations. If you are in the process of renewing your passport or changing your name, please provide us with the information from your old passport so that we can secure your permit. Once you receive your new passport number or update your name, we can make the necessary changes for a fee of $25 USD per person. We will require copies of both your old and new passports to complete the process. We advise you to keep a copy of your old passport before making any changes.

Alternatively, if you prefer to avoid the fee, you can bring both your old and new passports with you to Peru. While you can enter Peru with your new passport alone, you will need to present both passports when entering the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, or boarding the train. Failure to provide both passports may result in denial of entry to these sites. We strongly recommend having both passports on hand to ensure a seamless experience during your journey.


The weather in the region can be highly unpredictable, making it challenging to anticipate specific conditions. To prepare for this variability, we recommend dressing in layers. This will allow you to easily adjust your clothing to accommodate quickly changing weather patterns. By wearing layers, you can easily remove clothing as needed to stay comfortable throughout your trek.


To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience, it is important to acclimate to the high altitude in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before embarking on the trail. Regular exercise and spending a couple of days in these areas can help your body adjust to the altitude. Typically, it takes around 1 to 2 days for most people to acclimate normally. It is reccomended you spend a day or two in cusco before beggining your trek in order to acclimate at an easy pace.

In the case of altitude sickness, there are recommended remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is essential. Coca tea, a traditional herbal beverage known for its potential benefits in alleviating altitude sickness, can also be consumed. Additionally, if necessary, oxygen can be provided by our guides who are trained to address altitude sickness.

It is important to note that our guides are unable to provide any medication for altitude sickness due to legal reasons. Therefore, if you require medication for altitude sickness or any other condition, we recommend visiting a local pharmacy or consulting your doctor before starting the trail. They will be able to provide you with appropriate advice and medication based on your specific needs.

For more detailed information about altitude sickness, we invite you to refer to the FAQ section on our website. We have comprehensive information available to help you understand altitude sickness and how to best manage it during your trek.


At SAM CORPORATIONS Peru, we specialize in small and private groups, ensuring personalized service and a maximum group size of 10 people. This ensures our guests receive a more intimate and tailored experience.


You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters will depend on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.


The night before your trek begins, we will provide you with a large duffel bag to pack your clothing for the next four days. Please note that the weight allowance for your duffel bag is up to 7kg/15 lbs. Our dedicated team of porters will carry your duffel bag along with the necessary food and camping gear. It’s important to keep in mind that you won’t have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the pack horses/porters will always be ahead of the group.

During the trek, we recommend having a day backpack that is spacious enough to accommodate your personal belongings. This includes essentials such as a warm jacket, rain jacket, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, and so on. A backpack with a capacity of 30 to 50 liters should be sufficient for your needs. This will allow you to comfortably carry your belongings while enjoying the journey.


The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a challenging 42km (24.4 miles) hike through the scenic Andes of the Cusco region. The highest point along the trail reaches an altitude of 4,217m (13,907ft). On the second day, you will conquer two mountains, making it a demanding trek. To fully enjoy the experience, it’s essential to be well-prepared and in good health. Moderate fitness levels and regular exercise are recommended. Prior to the trek, try walking 15km (9 miles) in a day or engaging in regular workouts. Acclimatizing to the altitude is crucial, so spending 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) before starting the trek is highly advised.


Our clients, particularly our trekkers, have expressed great satisfaction with our toilet facilities. We understand the importance of having a private, clean, and sanitary toilet while on the trek. At SAM Travel Peru, we provide individual tents with camping toilets that have comfortable seats. If you’d like to see how our camping toilet is set up. Rest assured, our toilet facilities are always placed at a convenient distance from our campsite.

One of the notable advantages of our toilet facilities is that they are readily accessible and well-maintained, even during the night. Unlike the often unsatisfactory conditions of the government-provided facilities, our toilets are kept clean for your comfort. In the Cancha Cancha area, we have even built our own toilet facilities that remain locked when we don’t have treks, ensuring their cleanliness and availability exclusively for our guests. It is important to note we do not provide toilet paper and require you to bring your own.


If you’re unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SAM CORPORATIONS Peru will assist you to the nearest town for transportation help. We carry oxygen for respiratory problems and can arrange a helicopter pick-up at your own expense in extreme cases (travel insurance required). No refunds are given if you can’t complete the trek. Those needing assistance are usually taken to Ollantaytambo and can continue to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu if they recover quickly (cost incurred by trekker).


Absolutely!! As part of the package, we provide a drop-off service at your hotel on the last day. If you have booked a hotel in the Sacred Valley, such as Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will also drop you off there. If you are staying in Ollantaytambo the night before the trek, we will pick you up from there as well.


The specific departure time for the train back to Cusco from Machu Picchu will depend on the availability of trains. Our goal is to provide you with ample time to explore and enjoy the wonders of Machu Picchu, while also allowing you to savor the breathtaking views during the train journey back to Cusco. Typically, the train departs at either 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm, depending on the available options. Rest assured, we will make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and convenient return to Cusco.


The Vistadome train service has more comfortable seats, panoramic windows and ceilings. You will be offered snacks and a dance show will take place on board. You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $67 USD. These trains run from Aguas Calientes to Poroy. We will pick you up in Poroy and drive you back to Cusco, which takes about 25 minutes. Please request in advance.


If you are satisfied with the services provided during your tour, it is customary and greatly appreciated to give a tip. Tipping is an important part of the tourism industry in various destinations, including those offered by SAM CORPORATION. Firstly, it serves as a way to show appreciation to the staff who have taken care of you throughout your tour. Furthermore, it can inspire them to continue providing excellent service in the future. Importantly, the amount you choose to tip is entirely up to you. It should be based on factors such as your budget, the level of satisfaction with the service you received, and the duration of your tour.


At our core, we are a local, sustainable, and responsible tourism operator. We commit ourselves to upholding the universal principles of tourism, which involve protecting the environment and supporting the well-being of local communities while respecting their culture and religion. In order to uphold these principles, we have implemented several measures. Firstly, we prioritize comprehensive training for all our local staff. This training equips them with the necessary knowledge and understanding to respect the places we visit and the local people we interact with. Moreover, we emphasize the significance of cultural sensitivity and responsible tourism practices. By doing so, we aim to foster meaningful and positive experiences for both our guests and the communities we engage with.

Packing List


  • Original passport (it has to be the same as the one you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid university card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: 2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM CORPORATIONS)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Toilet paper for during the day on the trail. At camp you will have toilet facilities.


As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the porters or horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, (15 lbs) it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos (4 pounds) for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo (1 pound) for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos (6 pounds) for your personal gear.

Booking an extra porter at an extra fee, will allow you another 7kg/15pounds. Please request at booking

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • a couple of fleece tops or thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket (the 2nd campsite temp can be as low as 3º C)
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, bring them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Battery charger: there is no electricity along the trek
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office to help keep your duffel dry – Please ask for them!
  • Sleeping bag: It should be at least -15ºC. We can rent it to you for $20 USD.


  • Face moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc


We highly recommend that you bring a small backpack of 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag which is carried by the porters during the day. You will have access to this duffel at camp each evening.

  • Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens!
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Wool hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Snacks
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho (this is provided by SAM)
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste (This is only for during the day. At camp you will have toilet facilities.)
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

Gallery Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N – 2024

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First Image Martin S Friends
Inca trail with Johny And his porters

I enjoyed this trip of my life. Specialy thanks to our ports And Johnys amazing guiding. Thanks a lot. Martina group from Czech

January 19, 2024
First Image Ariel A Couples
Inca Trail 4 day 3 night Machu Picchu

An experience of a lifetime and much of this reason was because our tour guide Jhony who is incredibly knowledgeable, personable, kind, and has a great sense of humor. There were times on the trail where I struggled and went super slow and he really helped me push through in a non-pressuring way. He was honest about conditions and provided us with plenty of interesting information. Making it to Machu Picchu was so worth it. Only two others besides my boyfriend and I so it was really intimate experience . Transportation, food, facilities, all was perfect. The nature was indescribably magical. You have to see it to understand. Book this tour!

January 19, 2024
First Image Eben W Couples
Jhony is awesome! Highly recommend

The company is amazing and jhony is an incredible guide. We had so much fun, the porters were so nice. I recommend Sam travel and jhony to anyone interesting in the Inca trail or any activity here in Peru. The food was delicious as well. This was an incredible experience with great people!

January 24, 2024
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