Travel Availibility: March to January
TRAVEL STYLE:

Trekking, Adventure, Archeological, Cultural and Natural

HIGHLIGHTS:

Wayllabamba, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna, Intipunku & Machu Picchu


Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is like reliving the grand passage of the Incas as you follow their route and enjoy the beautiful Archeological groups along the way as well as a mega diversity of ecology that you will find well conserved from times long past. This is one of the most visited hiking routes in Peru, sought after by adventurers the world-over. Finally, finish your hike in the famous Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

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DAY 1: CUSCO – CHILCA – WAYLLABAMBA (L)(D)

We will pick you up in our bus from your hotel around 6am in the morning, to drive directly to the entrance point of Km 82, Piskacucho, where we start our Inca Trail trek.  It is a comfortable and roomy transport, about a 3 hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a short stop in Ollantaytambo where we can buy some last minute items needed for the trek.  It is necessary to check-in to the government control point with original passports, as all visitors to the Inca Trail are strictly controlled.  Once past check-in, we cross the bridge and start about an hour of hiking, stopping around Miskay for our first lunch and a short half hour break afterwards.  Along the way, we will have a tour of the look-out of Llactapata, an archeological complex, and continue on our way through a small valley where we will end up in our first campsite at a village known as Wayllabamba, located at 3000 meters above sea level.

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO (B)(L)(D)

This is the hardest part of the Inca Trail, but not impossible, where we ascend continually through an area full of vegetation and trees typical of the Andes known as Q’euña.  Around half-way of our day’s trek we will arrive to Llulluchampampa where we can see the Andes mountains and the famous pass of Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) located at 4, 200 m.a.s.l.  Arriving to this highest point of the Inca Trail, hikers will not only enjoy the incredible panoramic views but also have the satisfaction and proud feeling of having reached the top.  After a break, we make our way down to the second campsite called Pacaymayo (3500 meters) where we also take a later lunch and relax for the rest of the day.

DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – PHUYUPATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA (B)(L)(D)

After breakfast, we start a part of the route that has been well conserved since past times.  After about a half hour we arrive to the Runcurakay Incan caves then continue in ascent to the second small Inca Trail pass, located at 3, 800 meters, here taking a rest next to a small lake.  We will tour another archeological complex, Sayacmarca, and then continue to another important Incan place called Phuyupatamarka (Village In The Clouds), here we pass through a small Incan tunnel, leading to where we will have lunch.

After a good break, we start out again in descent of more than 2000 steps that take us to Wiñay Huayna (Eternally Young), where we have a guided tour of this archeological complex.  This is where the route of the Inka Trail 4 Day Trek meets with the route of the Inca Trail 2 Day Trek.  It is a meeting point located in a strategic place that has always withstood earthquakes and is also where we will set-up our final campsite (2650 meters).

DAY 4: WIÑAY HUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

After an early breakfast, we head out towards Machu Picchu, arriving to the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we will have a beautiful view of the majestic ancient city of Machu Picchu (located at 2400 m.a.s.l.).  Demonstrating her splendor in a welcome to every visitor, this Incan temple is considered a world wonder thanks to the masterwork of architecture engineered to last many generations.

After registering at the control point, we enter into the Incan city, starting with a professionally guided tour, seeing the main plaza, Solar clock, living quarters, temple of the Three Windows, cemeteries, etc.  Later there will be free time to explore more, take photos, and then catch the bus that heads down to Aguas Calientes town (2000m) and finally board the return train to Cusco city.

Notes

INCLUDED

  • – Detailed explanations by your guide in a briefing 1 or 2 days prior to your tour
  • – Private transport to Km 82
  • – Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • – Bus tickets to Machupicchu / Aguas Calientes
  • – Tourist class train tickets Aguas Calientes/ Poroy
  • – Cook, assistant chef and porters (carry all equipment such as tents, cooking gear, food, etc.)
  • – Professional bilingual English / Spanish guide for all of Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • – Assistant or second guide when there are groups over 8
  • – Snacks handed out before each trek
  • – Meals according to the program
  • – Boiled water to refill water bottles for each day
  • – Wake-up tea-time each morning
  • – Camping equipment: Rainproof 3-season tents for 1,2 or 3 people
  • – Camping sleep-mattresses
  • – Vegetarian meals at no extra charge (also allergy-related menus can be accommodated)
  • – Water filters for the Inca Trail
  • – Chemical bathrooms
  • – First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • – Transfer from train to Cusco hotel

NOT INCLUDED

  • – Sleeping bag (we can rent quality down sleeping bags)
  • – Extra porter (Extra porters available to carry up to 12 kgs)

WE RECOMMEND TO TAKE

  • Original Passport for the government check-in points
  • Sleeping Bag (we can rent)
  • Sun-block
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Hiking shoes
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Warm clothing.
  • Toque or warm hat, sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic rain jacket or poncho
  • Personal day hiking pack
  • Camera, video camera