Classic Inca Trail
In this trip that consists of 4 days you will live the experience of traveling the legendary route of the Inca people and that concludes with the arrival at the sacred site of Machu Picchu. During the journey, you can enjoy a unique route where we will discover magical places such as the Inca city of Llactapata, the Pacaymayo valley or the archaeological complexes of Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca. The last day we will live a unique moment, access Machu Picchu through the Puerta del Sol, where we will enjoy the magical sunrise over the sacred citadel of the Incas.
DAY 1: Cusco – Piskakuchu – Llaqtapata – Wayllabamba
Between 06.00 – 06.30 am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley.
Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River,Gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp.
All along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Warmihuañusca – Pacaymayo
We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude.
We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking.
DAY 3: Pacaymayo – Puyutamarca – Wiñayhuayna
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so rich in Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft).
This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain.
Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp.
DAY 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machupicchu.
From Intipunku we descend into Machupicchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks.
We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day, If you want to upload you need to book well in advance), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
- New Entrance fee -Sernamp Park Ticket at Km 82.
- Porters: We include a carrier that is responsible for carrying your bag with your personal items (up to 5 kilos / 11 pounds). and camping tents, Cosina equipment ect. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your canvas bag in the briefing the previous night, and it should be filled with the things you need for the night and the next day. You will not have access to your canvas bag until you arrive at the night camp.
- Bus Ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town. after visiting machu picchu.
- Accommodation: 3 nights of camping in Tents, programmed in camps destined by the government.
- Tourist Transportation, Return from ollantaytambo to Cusco in Private for The Group and drop off at the hotel.
- Personal tents: Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts. 2 people are accommodated in each tent for 4 people for added comfort and luggage security. Our tents are prepared for 3 seasons and are highly maintained to ensure excellent performance during our walks. They are of the brands Kailas, Pro Aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter and are used when double accommodation is requested.
- Train ticket (EXPEDITION | VOYAGER) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no additional cost) Prepared by our Professional Cook.
- 01 Personal canvas bag: to put your personal belongings (up to 5 kilos / 11 pounds), within 5 kilos your sleeping bag is included, to be carried by the porters.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and all cooking equipment (carried by porters).
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
- Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transportation in a private vehicle to Km 82 (the starting point of the trek).
- Trekking Cook: a chef specializing in road cooking, with an assistant, will prepare all your delicious meals throughout the trip to replenish energy. You will never go hungry!
- Ticket : Permit and Entrance Fees for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
- Last lunch after the visit to Machu Picchu.
- Sleeping Bags: You can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
Inca Trail, Inka Trail. Keep in mind that the weather is different according to the time of the year and that it changes along the route, since we pass through different ecosystems, so we recommend taking:
- Comfortable footwear (if possible waterproof mountain shoes).
- Raincoat / waterproof poncho.
- Personal hygiene products.
- Walking sticks.
- Extra money (soles or dollars).
- Original Passport.
- T-shirt and shorts for walks.
- Waterproof backpack cover.
- Hat or cap.
- Personal cleaning (Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Etc).
- Rain Jacket.
- Sleeping bag (-15º).
- Small backpack from 30 to 60 liters.
- Hat & Scarf.
- Camera or camcorder.
- Personal snack and water in bottle.
- Flashlight or torch with extra batteries.
- Sun Glasses.
- Insect repellent.
2020 LAND COST
Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek or tours. Please write us to firstname.lastname@example.org or write at (+51) 978 292996 with any questions or to confirm availability over the whatsApp or phone.
Locations Visited: Ollantaytambo, Piskakuchu, Llactapata, Wayllabamba, Warmihuañusca, Pacaymayo, Puyupatmarca, Wiñayhuayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Trip Style: Trekking, Cultural, Adventure, Nature
Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Frequency: Pickup is at 6:00 am from your hotel lobby and drop off will be around 10:00 pm aproximately.
Group: 2 person minimun, to more…
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate