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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Daily Departures
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 2-10
Tour Details

The real way now called “Inca Trail” is the one that carried pilgrims and authorized officers of the empire to the Lost City of the Incas, to “Machu Picchu”.

This trek is an unforgettable experience; it consists of a set of paths, all strategically located and with an ergonomically designed beauty and excellent structure. These roads are surrounded by a magnificent landscape with a varied vegetation and endless climatic zones. The trail is paved with stone blocks, and there are stairs as well as tunnels and wooden bridges which cross the rivers. You will pass through temperate valleys, cloud forests and the cold Andean Highlands. The whole set puts the visitor in an intellectual and spiritual grandeur of the Andean people, whose greatest achievement was the Inca civilization. If you are excited about the cliffhanger and you want to walk one of the world’s most famous trails, get ready and start the adventure! .

Duration:

04 Days / 03 Nights

Destination:

Machu Picchu

Departure Dates:

Daily Departures

Difficulty Level:

Moderate

Max. Altitude:

3,335 m

Group Size:

2-10

Trip Category:

Treks

Itinerary

DAY 01: CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA

We will pick you up from your hotel betwen 5.30am and 6.00am by bus and we will go straight to Piscacucho (2.700m), a small community located at km 82 of road from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Here we meet the entire team of professionals, who will enable that our trip will be a full success. We start the legandary hike! The Inca Trail begins with crossing the traditional bridge at km 82, before hiking along the left bank of the Urubamba River, flowing northeast of the Sacred Valley. After passing through several flat terraces, we ascend to Miskay (2800 m) and finally we will see the Inca city of Patallacta or Llactapata (2750 m). From here our way fallows along the valley created by the river Kusichaca, until we reach our first campsite Wayllabamba (3000 m), were we will have our dinner and spend a restful night. During the hike on the Inca Trail, you can enjoy a magnificant panorama: the river of Vilcanota, the mountain range of Urubamba, with the top of Verónica Mountain (5750 m), covered with snow. Throughout the whole trek you will be accompanied by a wide variety of flora and fauna.

DAY 02: WAYLLABAMBA - WARMIWAÑUSCA - PACAYMAYU

On this day, after our breakfast at around 7am, we will start our hike. This day is said to be the hardest one! The walk consists of a narrow precipitous rise of 9 km. During this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna, a dry and high area with little vegetation. At this point we reach the first and highest mountain pass at 4.215m, known as Abra de Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass). Here we can see lamas and domestic alpacas, grasing on ‘ichu’, one of the few plants which grow in that altitude. We also cross an area with forests, where several kinds of animals like the sparrows and the Andean Bear or the spectacled bear are inhabited. It is advisable to carry some candies, chocolate bars and coca leaves to maintain a high level of sugar in the body and counteract the altitude sicknes at the same time. After overpowering the pass, we descend into the valley of Pacaymayu (3600 m), where we will camp after 7 hours of hiking.

DAY 03:PACAYMAYU - WIÑAYWAYNA

This day is the longest, but at the same time also the most interesting and impressive one. We visit countless archaeological sites, always guided and explained by our guide. In Pacaymayu we climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 m). We visit the achaeological complex with the same name at an altitude of 3800 m, where we will find significant traces of the Inca Culture. After letting the pass behind us, we descend to Yanacona (Black Lagoon) and finally we reach Sayacmarca (3624 m) where we will have a guided tour for approx. 20 minutes. Afterwards we hike to “Chaquicocha”, where we will have our lunch. Continuing our trek, we will observe the changing geography. The landscape converts from dry and hilly to a green semi-tropical jungle. We keep on going up an easy climb, until we reach the third pass of Abra de Phuyu Patamarca (3580 m). Our way will lead us to an Inca Tunnel, where we will climb above. Here we can admire one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological founds on a peak of a mountain. Phuyu Patamarca which means “The Cloud Over the City” is a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations and breathtaking views over the Urubamba River. Along the Urubamba River we will continue descending on our trail until Wiñayhuayna (2650 m) meaning “Forever Young”, where we get a guided tour through this spectacular archaeological complex. We get dinner at the campsite where we also spend the night.

DAY 04:WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHUPICCHU

In Wiñaywayna we will get up early, around 4am, and head in the direction of the ‘Sungate’ or “Inti Punku”, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Machu Picchu and from where we can observe the sunrise, after hiking on flats stones to the cliff of the mountains. From “Inti Punku” we descend to Machu Picchu, where we will arrive after 40 minutes. Then we head down to the Inca City of Machu Picchu for enjoying a guided tour of approximately two hours. Afterwards you have free time to stroll around the Citadel and to glory in the spectacular view over valleys and mountains or to visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon we descend down to Aguas Calientes, where we can visit the hot springs. Finally we have to board the train back to the city of Cusco.

Included

  • Transportation by bus to the head of the trail (Km. 82).
  • Return train ticket Aguas Calientes - Cusco Tourist service called “Expedition” or similar.
  • Transfer from the train station to Cusco.
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Professional guide (English and Spanish) during the whole trip (2 guides for more than 9 passengers).
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
  • Camping equipment (tents, kitchen, dining chairs, tables and mattresses).
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen tank.
  • Cook, who is responsible for the preparation of the meals.
  • Porters to carry the camping equipment and food.
  • Accommodation for the guides, cooks and porters.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day (hotels usually offer breakfast).
  • Lunch on the last day (in Aguas Calientes).
  • Visits to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (the entrance fee is US $ 4.00. Towels and swimming suits can be rented in Aguas Calientes).
  • Extra services like tips.

Optional

  • Extra porter to carry your personal gear (US $ 140.00. If you need to carry personal items, you can hire a porter who can carry up to 15 kilos).
  • Return train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo in tourist service “VISTADOME”, add US $ 35.00.
  • Sleeping bag for the hike: made of Polar (US$ 15.00) or made of Down Feather (US $ 30.00). You can rent this in our office.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain (Confirm this income at the time of booking, subject to availability of spaces, the cost is US $ 65.00).
  • One extra night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes can be reserved for those who want to stay a day longer. Prices from US $ 25 per person at a double room.
  • If you want to go back to Machu Picchu the next day, you have to pay the entrance fee again (the first entrance fee is included in package of the Inca Trail).
  • Rubber coated walking sticks for the trek.
  • Snacks: Cookies, energy bars, dried fruit, etc.
Recommendations what to bring
  • Original passport.
  • A backpack.
  • Sunscreen/sun blocker.
  • Passport or Identity document.
  • Rain coat (“poncho”).
  • Shirts with long sleeves.
  • Long pants.
  • Sneakers or lightweight shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Hat.
  • Binoculars.
  • Sunglasses and plastic bag.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Water bottle or bottle of mineral water.
  • Medicines and personal belongings.
  • Carry small denominations in Soles or US Dollars.
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