This is most often used to make the Inca Trail option is the one that best combines physical effort and the pleasure of riding one of the most beautiful and world-renowned roads. We can say that this trek is the right balance for a unique adventure.
Day 1: Start of the Inka Trail:
The inca trail begins in Cusco with a nice breakfast from where we will trip to our startpoint of the trail (82km). There you will begin the journey, warming up on a relatively flat part of the trail. After two hours, you will reach the first archaeological center of Patallacta, where we will appreciate the impressive landscapes, flora and fauna. This site and others will show the importance of this valley in the context of the Incan history. After lunch, we will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at our camp, Huayllabamba, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo:
After an early breakfast we will start hiking and passing through different climatic and ecological zones. We will ascend to Warmiwañusca. We will walk among abundant vegetation with various types of trees. This pass is known by many as the world’s highest cloud forest. After the toughest part of the journey, which is nearly 5 hours, we will arrive at the highest point, known to some as the Dead Woman’s Pass. From there we will take a well-deserved break and observe the beauty of the deep valleys and its beautiful landscapes. If we are lucky, we will see the magnificent condor which appears from the thick clouds in the sky. After resting we will descend towards our second camp at Pacaymayu.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Huayna:
We will climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley, towards the second pass. About halfway up a small, round, roofless Inca construction is located. This Incan monument is known as Runkuracay, a building known as an astrological site and a sort of checkpoint for couriers following the trail to Machupicchu. After a short tour we will continue to ascend towards the second pass, the Abra de Runkuracay. The next part of the path descends towards a valley and a shallow lake. At this point the trail changes from a dirt path to a narrow stone roadway, containing the exact same stones which were presented when the Incas walked the trail. The trail after the pass leads to a second, larger Inca site, Sayacmarca (“Town in a Steep Place”). This Incan monument was built on a rock overlooking the trail and is accessible only via a single narrow stone staircase. On the left of the staircase lies an overhanging rock wall and on the right you will see expansive views of the Peruvian countryside. This site is roofless and slightly overgrown, but the walls still stand strong and the shape of the fortress can easily be seen. We will also see an aqueduct, which once carried water to the farmlands. After touring Sayacmarca, we will descend to the bottom of the valley. The roadway takes form of a long causeway leading across what may once have been a shallow lake. At this valley we will enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, we continue climbing. At this point the path will guide us through interesting Incan structures, including a tunnel that is eight meters long and wide enough to allow humans and animals to pass through. After this tunnel, we will reach the third pass and enjoy the third Incan site, Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-level Town”). We will learn about the ritual functions that the Incas used this site for. Here we will see water springs that the Incas used before they reached Machu Picchu. The highest water springs were reserved for the nobles, while the baths lower down on the side of the structure were used by the lower class. There after we will reach another site, Huiñayhuaina (“Forever Young”). At this site, we will enjoy our dinner and settle for the night.
Day 4: To Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco:
On the last day of our adventure, we will wake up early and follow a wide, relatively flat path. After about an hour and a half, we will climb a narrow path of stone steps leading to Intipunko, the Sun Gate. After three and a half days of trekking and struggling, we will look through the rectangular doorway of the sun gate and finally take the first views of the lost city of the Incas and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machupicchu. From there, we will descend into Machu Picchu. There your guide will give a thorough three-hour tour through the ruins. After the guided tour, you will have time for yourself to explore the city before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes from where, we will return to Cusco.
- Professional, bilingual (English and Spanish) tour guide
- Collection from your hotel on Day 1 to the start of the trail
- Spacious, personal tents
- Sleeping mat
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes (while hiking).
- With adequate advance notice, we can supply boiled water to fill your water bottle or hydration pack.
- Accommodations: 3 nights camping.
- Porters for days 1-4 (for equipment )
- Excellent Meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner)
- Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
- Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Inka Trail entrance fee
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optionals).
We recommend you bring:
- Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable).
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
- Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us).
- Walking boots.
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Warm jacket.
- Hat and gloves.
- Comfortable trousers.
- Sun hat.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended).
- Insect repellent.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak.
- Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek).
- Toiletries (including toilet paper).
- Personal medication.
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful).
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips for porters.
- Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for Machu Picchu locker rental. You are required to check your backpack into a locker before entering the ruins.