The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is, without a doubt, one of the best walks in the world and for those who visit Peru in search of a good adventure, this is definitely the best option. This ancient path was traced by the Incas and is one of the many paths that used to connect different cities and temple of the Inca Empire.
The Inca Trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu combining different ecosystems, microclimates and a lot of history, giving visitors a truly amazing experience. People enjoy from the beginning of this walk watching how the spectacular landscape of the Andes Mountains merges into the cloud forest to finally reach the magnificent complex of Machu Picchu that is located on a green plateau where architectural art is in perfect harmony with nature
Before the walk, your guide will meet you at your hotel for a detailed information session. This provides the opportunity to ask questions and make last minute purchases before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an example. Walking times are an average and will vary according to the group, in addition, lunch and camps may change to meet the needs of the group.
DAY 1 CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA A / C
The trekking team will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning, to take a private bus to the city of Chilca at Km 82, where the trek begins along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The bus trip is beautiful and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of the Peruvian Andes. The first stop is for about 20 minutes in the well-known Inca town “Ollantaytambo” to continue the trip by bus to the starting point of your trek. Here we unpack and get ready to start the walk with the guide and trekking team (please have your passport at hand). After approximately three hours of walking and passing a viewpoint, where you will appreciate a beautiful Inca building known as “Llactapata” at the base of the mountains, this is the lunch stop. In the afternoon continue walking to the first camp at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Dinner will be at the camp.
DAY 2 WAYLLABAMBO – PACAYMAYO D / A / C
Early in the morning accompanied by a good and hot cup of tea we will prepare for this beautiful day. After breakfast, you will begin the most difficult and surprising part of our adventure, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail, from where you will have an incredible panoramic view of the entire area and observe different types of microclimates (4,250 meters). After a 5-hour walk, you will reach the first step, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman Pass, where you will get a tremendous sense of achievement mixed with relief of having reached the step. After reaching the top, continue the walk to Pacaymayo, where lunch is located and overnight in the camp (altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level).
DAY 3 PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA D / A / C
We consider this to be the most beautiful and longest day due to the different microclimate and the arrival in the cloud forest. After breakfast, the walk begins towards the second most important step of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. Along the way, you have a guided tour of the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel Sayacmarca. The walk goes to Phuyupatamarca (cloud level town), another important archaeological monument where we will have our lunch. After a short break, the descent is reduced to one of the most beautiful Inca sites on the road, Wiñay Huayna (means Forever Young). The camp is right next to this complex, we will leave our belongings and then enjoy a guided tour of this impressive archaeological site. Dinner will be served in our camp, also tonight we will have the opportunity to say goodbye to our porter friends and chefs, with a small party to thank everyone for sharing this amazing and beautiful experience in the Andes together.
DAY 4 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO D
After breakfast, very early we will begin our journey to arrive at dawn in time at Inti Punku. After an hour and a half of walking through the cloud forest you will arrive at Sun Gate, where the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu is located. Upon arrival at the citadel, the guided tour is approximately two hours around the magnificent archaeological complex, visiting the main sites and monuments. Machu Picchu is 2,400 meters above sea level. After touring this extraordinary location, you will have free time to walk on your own and then take a bus to Aguas Calientes. From there you will take a train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (time and destination indicated on your train ticket). With the arrival in Cusco, the adventure will come to an end.
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To secure a permit and a ticket to Machu Picchu, government regulations require complete and updated passport information for all hikers. The permits are not transferable and can be easily exhausted, it is recommended to make your reservation at least 4 months in advance.
Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent option for a trip to Machu Picchu. It offers really beautiful views, but it is a steep climb that can last about three hours.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and at scheduled times, visitors must request a place in advance if they wish to consider climbing. While it is not as physically demanding as the entire Inca Trail, hikers must be in good physical condition.
Please note: we offer a daily snack in the morning and our meal service is very complete and well provided. The recommendation to have your own snack only applies to customers who like a specific snack that may not be on our menu.
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