Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is listed as one of the best hikes in the world and is so exquisitely beautiful with wonderful natural surroundings. Also you can see different ecological zones from deserts to Andean rainforests. Following this ancient Inca Trail walk through mysterious archaeological sites which are partially covered by jungle makes it look as if we discovered for the first time. After the four day walk we finally arrive at the Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu.”

Our journey is led by experienced guides which make our trip more pleasant and safe. Similarly all our luggage will be carried by porters who speak native “Quechua” that will make the trip something totally unique. We only use quality equipment, professional guides and expert chefs who prepare delicious menus under strict sanitary measures. If you have vegetarians in your group, we advise you to communicate with the chefs and they will accomodate your dietary needs.

During the Inca Trail we emphasize an ecological service, including removing all trash. Also we provide a good deal for our carriers, which carry no more than 20 kilos and give them food, tents and a decent wage.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 82 -WAYLLABAMBA.

Very early in the morning at 5:00 am we pick up the group from their hotel in a private bus that takes us to kilometer 82 (2700 m), where we will arrive at approx. at 9:00 a.m. This spot is the main control where we show all travelers’ original passports or documents with which they made the reservations. This first day is beautiful and the first kilometers are easy to walk (the road is hilly). We have a beautiful view of Mount Veronica, the sacred river, and some archaeological sites like: Qqanabamaba and Llaqtapata. Our first lunch will be in a small town called Tarachayoc (2800 m) After we have our lunch there will be a 2 hour hike to our first camp called Huayllabamba (2950 m)

– Hours: 7 h.

– Distance: 9 km

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYO

This day we wake up very early (5:00 am); this day will be the most difficult. After breakfast, we begin the trail which is uphill for about four hours. After climbing this portion of the trek, we will come to the highest point of the Inca Trail called Warmihuañusca Pass, known also as Dead Woman’s Pass. The elevation is 4,215 m above sea level. Here, you will have an incredible panoramic view of the whole area, which will include different types of microclimates in the surrounding areas. After taking pictures of the beautiful landscape we will begin to descend for 2 hours to our camp called Pacaymayu (3700 m). At this place will be our lunch and camp site.

– Hours: 8 h.

– Distance: 11 km.

DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – RUNKURACCAY PASS – PHUYU PATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA.

We wake up at 5:00 am, and after breakfast we start our walk where the first two hours the road will rise to the second pass called Runcuraccay (3900 m.) After taking pictures of the beautiful landscape we will begin to descend for 1.5 hours to a small archaeological site called Sayacmarca (3750 m), and after visiting this place we will start our walk for 1 hour and a half until the third pass called Phuyupatamarca (3700m) The road will be hilly in this place and we will have lunch. After lunch we start to descend for 3 hours until our last camp called Wiñayhuayna (2700m).

– Hours: 9 h.

– Distance: 15 km.

DAY 4: WIÑAY HUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.

This last day wake up very early at 3:00 am. After our breakfast we will walk for 5 to 10 minutes to a control point and wait there for 1 hour and a half. The control opens at 5:30 am, at which point we start our trek for one hour and a half on a hilly path to the small archaeological site of Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, known as the Sun Gate (2700m) From here we are able to take in the most impressive panoramic view of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. After taking pictures we will start to descend for 1 hour and a half until the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. After arriving to Machu Picchu we will go to the special spot to be able to take the class postcard picture of the famous site. After this, for about two hours we have the guided tour of the more important places in Machupicchu (temples, plazas, sacred sources, agricultural and urban sector). After our tour we will have free time to explore more places in Machu Picchu. We will reconvene as a group and take the bus together  to the village of Aguas Calientes where we will eat lunch.  From there we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station. Here our private bus will wait for us and take us to the City of Cusco – hotel.

– Hours: 3h.

– Distance: 5km.

*90% of the Inca Trail is made of stones (including the steps going up and down)

Included / Not included

Included:

  • Shuttle from Cusco airport to hotel/back
  • Transportation: Private bus from Cusco to km 82
  • Tickets: Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide in Spanish and English
  • Cook: In charge of meal preparation
  • Extra porters for extra bags
  • General porters: Chargers tents and cooking equipment
  • Equipment: double occupancy tents and sleeping mats, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and first aid kit.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners / snacks
  • Return train tickets: Expedition (tourist train)
  • Bus: From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (train station)

Not included:

  • First breakfast
  • Lunch in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag ($ 20 to rent in our office for 4 days walking)
  • Tips
  • Hiking poles (The price is $12 for 2 poles)

Recommendations

RECOMMENDATIONS

Original Passport
Sleeping Bag
Backpack/ Daypack
Water Bottles
Raincoat or Poncho
Sunblock/ Sunglasses
Warm jacket
Hiking Shoes or Boots
Wool Hat
Flashlight
Trekking Pants
Tshirts
Shorts/ Sandals
Camera
Insect Repellent
Snacks
Extra money
Personal medication
Walking Sticks
Sun Hat

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