The Inca Trail is the best-known and most popular hike on the continent and is walked by thousands of people every year: it is certainly one of the exceptional hikes to Machu picchu. The views of snow-capped mountains and high cloud forest can be stupendous walking from one beautiful ruin to the next is a mystical and unforgettable experience to stay in the marvel of Perú.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHUPICCHU (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)
Day 01: Cusco, km. 82 – Wayllabamba.
Travelers are collected early from yours Hotels in Cusco between 6:00 to 6:20am. We leave from Cusco about 6:30am to go to through the Sacred Valley of the Inca until the Km 82. Where we will meet with our Quechua porters and have breakfast, you can buy things that you may have forgotten such as walking cane, water and rain ponchos as well as use the last real bathroom for a while. We start walking from Km. 82 to Wayllabamba; a quite flat and beautiful walk along the Urubamba River with a view of Mt. Veronica’s snowcapped peak in 5750 m.a.s.l. Here we pass a few local villages, where people still build their houses with the traditional ichu grass roofs. Here we can see the famous tuna-cactus, some with the cochinilla louse, famous for its amazingly powerful clothes-dye. We spend a little while resting at the hill with a view over Llactapata – an important agricultural place for the Incas. After Llactapata, we turn away from the river going up the valley along the Kusichaca River. Here we have a good chance to see hummingbirds around in the flowers. We arrive to the village of Wayllabamba in the afternoon. Tents camping.
Day 02: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo.
After our big breakfast we will climb the steep -sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Then we abruptly find ourselves in the puna high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass called Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay. Tent camping.
Day 03: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna.
Early in the morning, you will wake up with the singing of the Andeans bird and ascend again to get Runkuracay archaeological site. Ones we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range and immediately we descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. From here the trail its ‘comes to be more wide and with massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, At the third pass on the way the viewing give us another archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). At the end of the day we are going to have the chance to visit Wiñay Wayna archaeological site means (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. Overnight in tent.
Day 04: Wiñay wayna – Machu Picchu.
Very early we leave our camp to reach Inti Punku in time for sunrise. From here we get the first glance of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. We all meet at Machu Picchu at a decided hour to make the tour of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the importance – religiously and historically – of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After three hours guided tour you can go to the top of Wayna Picchu, from where one has a good overview of the whole area and the full site of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to visit the beautiful temple of the moon. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
- Professional tour guide (English – Spanish).
- Private bus to km. 82 (beginning to the Inca trail).
- Entrance fee to Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- Accommodation in camping tents doubles.
- Full equipments for the camping kitchen, dining room and bathroom tent.
- Porter for all the equipments and food.
- All the meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner (vegetarian option).
- First aid kit & oxygen bottle.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco, back packer class.
- Feather Sleeping bag.
- First breakfast and last lunch.
- Extra drinks.
- Travel insurance.
- Last lunch in Aguas calientes.
What do you need to carry?
- Original passport.
- Poncho or rain jacket. Strong footwear, ideally for trekking or sport shoes.
- Complete change of clothing, towel, swimming suit if you have plan to visit the hot spring, scarf, gloves and cap or hut.
- Camera, flash light and extra batteries.
- Insect repellent, sun cream and toilet paper.
- Extra money.
We strongly recommend that you make your trek booking as soon as possible.
Book early! Permits sell out 3-4 months prior to departure on popular dates (May - September).
Price: USA $ 450. Per person.