The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is without doubt one of the world’s best treks and for those who visit Peru looking for good adventure this is definitely the best choice. This ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is one of the many trails that used to connect different cities and temple of the Inca Empire.
The Royal Inca Trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu combining different ecosystems, microclimates and lot of history giving the visitors a really amazing experience. People enjoy from the very start of this trek looking at how the spectacular scenery of the Andes Mountains merges into the cloudy forest to finally arrive to the magnificent complex of Machu Picchu lying on a green plateau where the architectural art is in perfect harmony with the natural environment.
Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an example. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
DAY 1 CUSCO – KM 104 – WIñAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU
We will take you from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo. The train will take you to kilometer 104. At this checkpoint, after checking our tickets and passports with a Machu Picchu Park Ranger, we will start trekking (for approximately 3 hours), up to the well-preserved remains of Wiñay Wayna (2900 m.a.s.l).
After lunch, we will have some time to rest and to explore the site’s houses, terraces, towers, as well as to visit the Inti Punku, the Inca Gate of the Sun, where we can catch the first sight of Machu Picchu. After an overview and orientation about the city of Machu Picchu, you will take the shuttle bus to Aguas Caliente, where we will spend the night.
A lunch box will be provided at noon.
** You´ll stay overnight at 3 Stars hotel.
DAY 2 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast, you will get picked up by your guide to go visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and have a day filled exploring. After this amazing visit you will go back to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) and after lunch you´ll take the Expedition train back to Cusco. Upon arrival at the train station in Ollantaytambo train station you´ll be taken in a private vehicle back to your hotel.
RENTALSHiking poles – US$15.00
Departure Time ; 5am at your hotel (Everyday, including holidays)
2 Days 1 Night
Departure time comments
You will be picked-up at your hotel in Cusco in the morning between 5:00 -5:15 am Hrs. the transport will pick up passengers from several different hotels in Cusco, so your pick-up time may vary. Please be ready and waiting at the lobby.
Your Cusco hotel
Your Cusco hotel