The most iconic walking route to the ruins of Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is one of the most famous and beautiful treks in the world.
Not only will the scenery move you, but our personal guides will fill you in on the incredible history, legends and beliefs of the Incas perpetuated still today by the local Quechuan communities you’ll meet on the way. The route takes four days, following a sacred pilgrim path, involves visits to archaeological sites, dramatic mountain vistas and dense cloud forests rich in Andean flora and fauna, reaching Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate at sunrise on the final day.
Day 1 - ARRIVE TO KM 82
Early morning,we will take a bus drive from Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas to the head of our trail at Km 82 from where we continue along the Urubamba River to the first archaeological site "Llaqtapata". Here we enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting. After a rest, we continue into the side valley starting to gain altitude until we get to the last village Huayllabamba where we camp for today. (B. L. D.)(Semi-Private Transfer).
- Maximum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
- Minimum elevation: 2670 m / 8761 ft
- Campsite elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
- Distance: 12.00 km / 7.47 mi.
- Approximate trek time: 5 – 6 hours
Day 2 - HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO
After a healthy breakfast, we start climbing up to the first pass "Warmiwañusca" (4200 Mt/ 14'200 Ft). The climb will take us most of the morning. From here we descend for about 2 hours into the valley to our next camp "Pacaymayo". (B. L. D.)
Maximum elevation: 4226 m / 13866 ft
Minimum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
Campsite elevation: 3500 m / 11480 ft Distance: 11.00 km / 6.84 mi.
Approximate trek time: 6 – 7 hours
Day 3 - PACAYMAYO - WIÑAYWAYNA
Today is going to be the most diverse day. We start in the morning with the ascent of the second pass "Runcuracay" (3900 Mt/ 13'800 Ft) and descend on the other side for about 2 hours to the beautiful archaeological site "Sayacmarca". After having explored this unique place we continue on the original stone path of the Incas through semi-tropical cloud forest onto the third pass "Phuyupatamarca" (3800 Mt/ 13'600 Ft). With good weather, we have spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks and the valley below. From here it is all downhill to our camp at "Wiñaywayna" (one of the most beautiful sites in the area for its construction and setting). (B. L. D.)
Maximum elevation: 3974 m / 13039 ft
Minimum elevation: 2729 m / 8954 ft
Campsite elevation: 2650 m / 8692 ft
Distance: 16.00 km / 9.94 mi
Approximate trek time: 8 hours
Day 4 - WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU
Early after a tasty breakfast we hike another 2 hours through cloud forest to the famous sun gate "Intipunku" from where we have the first breathtaking view and best panorama of the mysterious "Machu Picchu". A short walk brings us down to the site. After refreshing a little we will visit "the lost city of the Incas" in a guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain-top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. The same precise stonework as in other Incan sites in evident. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record.
Once all activities are completed we descend by bus to the village AguasCalientes to your selected hotel (B.)
Maximum elevation: 2732 m / 8964 ft
Minimum elevation: 2400 m / 7872 ft
Distance: 4.00 km / 2.49 mi
Approximate trek time: 2 hours
Day 5 - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Return to Machu Picchu this morning to continue your unguided exploration of this extensive site; your return mini-bus tickets and entry to Machu Picchu are included. We recommend rising early and taking one of the first buses; the ruins are much quieter in the morning and seeing the mist clear as dawn breaks is a wonderful sight.
Morning visitors to Machu Picchu must leave the ruins by 12pm. Take a mini-bus back to AguasCalientes and have some free time for lunch or visiting the souvenir shops. Please make sure you allow enough time to collect your luggage from your hotel before returning to the train station to take the afternoon Vistadome trainto Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Cusco.
During the trek you will be sleeping on tents “NORTH FACE” designated for 4 seasons. We provide you with 4-person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of being a single traveler, we also can provide with a 2-person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary (to bring the best service to our travelers).
- Bilingual speaking guide (Spanish – English)
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail
- Private transportation to Piscacucho, where the trek begins
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Sacred Valley hotel or Cusco hotel. (Fourth day)
- Bus from Machu Picchu to AguasCalientes one way (fourth day)
- Back packer train until Ollantaytambo (Fourth day)
- Full meals during the trek. (3 Breakfast, 3 wake up tea , 4 snacks, 3 Lunch, 3 Tea time ,3 Dinners) Filtered and boiled water
- Chef and supporting staff
- Porters for passenger’s luggage and camping equipment
- Whole Camping gear : Brand The North Face tent Four Season Mountain 25 Inflatable mattress Therm-a-rest Sleeping bag -15 Co Personal duffle bag 7kls / 15.43 lbrs Dinning, tent, cook tent, bathroom tent, Kitchen dishes First aid kit, oxygen
- Communication equipment: walkie talkies.
WE RECOMMEND YOU BRING:
- Hiking boots – very comfortable, worn-in if possible, waterproof.
- Luggage: daypack designed for hiking, adjustable hip and shoulder straps. Main luggage should be easy to carry
- Wind and rainproof jacket
- Fleece pullover (layering lighter garments is better than one heavy fleece).
- Thermals – long johns and vest (it gets extremely cold at night)
- Hat and gloves (fleece or other)
- Sun hat – with visor or brim, sunglasses
- Clothing should be comfortable, light and fast drying (jeans not recommended). Cotton hiking, trousers cotton long and short sleeve.
- Shirts, hiking shorts, plenty of socks, bandana.
- Pair of trainers, sandals or other comfortable shoes.
- Water bottle canteen or Nalgene bottle
- Headlamp / torch and batteries
- Toiletries – including sun block and high factor sun cream, insect repellent, lip balm, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
- Blister treatment
- Knife (Swiss model)
- Medicines (in case you have a special requirement)
- Snacks (if you prefer one special)
- Group departures only on Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday. For any other dayyour own Private Inca Trek can be arranged, please contact us.
- you MUST bring the previous day’s ticket to enter Machu Picchu today without a guide.
- All rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates are not valid during Certain Holidays and blackout periods.
- (B.)= Breakfast
- (L.)= Lunch
- (D.)= Dinner
- (Semi-Private Transfer) =transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only
- You should ensure you have travel insurance in place to cover the possibility of unforeseen circumstances which result in the inability to participate in the tour
- The lodge program is subject to change without notice due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions
- Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization (a visa) before entering the country. It is your responsibility for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific country and nationality of the traveler
- South America Tours Pty Ltd does not provide visa services