A hike along the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be one of the most wonderful trekking experiences in South America. This trekking takes you through enchanting scenery with different landscapes and climates and finally arriving at the spectacular city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place)
The day begins early, between 06:15 to 07:00hrs with a pick-up service from the hotels in Cusco. We will drive across villages such as Yucay and Urubamba along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a 3-hour drive we will arrive at the famed Kilometer 82 (2600m / 8528ft). This point is where the first passenger control booth is located and all tourists must register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42km of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. On our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, we begin the trek, where the first part is mainly flat with slight ascent, taking us approximately 2 ½ hours until we reach Llactapata’s (town in the heights), and an interesting archaeological complex “in the clouds”. Then we will continue into the valley of the Kusichaca River, from where our route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba’ s camp located at 3100 meters (10168feet). Lunch box and Dinner included
Day 2: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacaymayo Camp
After breakfast, we begin our second day of our adventure. This is considered as the most difficult day in the trek, since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1100m to the highest point of the whole circuit known as Warmihuañusca (“dead woman”) high pass, located at 4200 m of altitude (13776ft). The slow ascent will take about 4 ½ to 5 hours approximately. From the pass, we can enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so it is important to wear warm clothing. After we overcome the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacaymayo Camp located at 3500m (11480ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 03: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna
Our third day is the most interesting albeit also the longest. We begin with an hour and a half ascent to the Runku Raccay Pass located at a height of 3950m (12916ft). On the way, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12464ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way descends towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600m of altitude. In the Inca times this was used as a control post for the travelers using the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Along a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, (“town above the clouds”) at 3670m (12038ft). continuing out descend, we face an impressive array of endless rock steps until we arrive near the Inti Pata's remains located at 2850m (9348ft), an incredible complex of terraces and platforms built in the middle of the hillside of a mountain covered by thick vegetation. The trail finally leads to Wiñayhuayna’ s camp (“Forever Young”) located at 2700m (8856ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Note: depending of the number of trekkers, the camping site of this Day 03 can be at Phuyupatamarca or at Wiñayhuayna.
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Cusco
The day begins earlier than usually and at about 04:30 hrs. we start hiking to make our final way towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hours we arrive at the Inti Punku (''Sun Gate'') at 2700m (8856ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here it is only 1km more to arrive to the city and enjoy a guided visit to the most important archeological discoveries of recent times. At about 13:00 we will be transported by bus, from the citadel down to the village of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, we take our train back to the city of Cusco to be dropped off at our hotels. Breakfast and Lunch Box included.
Personal baggage weight allowance per passenger
5 kgs (this to be carried by porters). Passengers must carry a day backpack (suggested 30-40 lts) with their personal belongings you need for the day hike (lunch box, warm clothing, photo camera, etc.).
All transfers, transport to/from trek start point, professional English speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, porters, first aid kit.
International and domestic flights; Inca Trail entrance fee (approx. us$ 100 per person; student us$ 50.-); one-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco Poroy Station (Expedition Class train: us$ 125.-), extra personal porters (us$ 200. - per porter), tips, personal trekking gear, extras, personal travel insurance.
In February, the Inca Trail closes due to the heavy rains, and for maintenance.
Our fix departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 participants however we are subjected to spaces availability according with the Government regulations (please check our remarks on this matter).
Inca trail Special remarks:
1) Bookings for the Inca Trail, and per the Peruvian Government new regulations, are possible only if there are available spaces for the Inca Trail (now is not allowed to be within the circuit more than 400 hundred people including passengers, porters, helpers, guides, etc.). Therefore, to guarantee you are booked, and once we get your request, we need first to check spaces availability. If we find them, we will notify you immediately and then we need an urgent prepayment of $200. - per passenger to buy the entrance tickets (boletos). Please consider that once bought the tickets, the prepayment amount is not refundable in case of tour cancellation.
If you are interested in doing the Inca Trail, it is necessary to receive your formal request as soon as possible. Together with this, we need the following information:
The Confirmation of your booking, we will give to you the following day after your pre-booking has been received, and the prepayment has been done.
If Inca trail spaces are not available, we offer other trekking possibilities to Machu Picchu including the beautiful and awesome Salcantay – Machu Picchu Inca Trail.
2) Use of Ski Poles or Sticks: In case passengers desire to carry sticks or ski poles to facilitate the trekking on the Inca Trail, these should be with rubber tips (metal tips are not permitted).
3) Weight allowance for Inca Trail:
For the Inca Trail, you must put in a duffel bag those things you will need for the trek (sleeping bag, extra clothing, cleaning goods, foam or Thermarest mattress, etc.). This duffel bag will carry our porters and must have a total weight of maximum 5 kgs. Those items (photo camera, warm clothing, wind jacket, box lunch, etc.) you will need for the trekking days, you must carry yourself in a day backpack (suggested a 30-40 lts back pack) unless you will pay for a personal extra porter (us$ 200.- per porter). In this case, this extra porter availability will depend of spaces availability for the Inca Trail.