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: Cusco or Sacred Valley to Huayllabamba
Day 2: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo
Day 3: Pacaymayo to Winaywayna
Day 4: Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary:
* Stopover in the cultural Cusco and stay at some of the beautiful boutique hotels we have to offer. Ask us about our 3 night Pre and Post Cusco Package which includes a comprehensive Cusco City Tour and more
* Choose from our range of deluxe to luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands
* Extend your stay in Peru and explore some of its other highlights including Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca
* Add in a 3 or 4 day trip to an Amazon lodge or upgrade to an Amazon Luxury Cruise
Cusco or Sacred Valley to Huayllabamba
Early morning you will transfer from the Sacred Valley to the head of the trail at 82Km from where you continue along the Urubamba River to the first archaeological site of "Llaqtapata". Here enjoy lunch in a beautiful ancient Incan outpost with the Urubamba River flowing nearby. After a rest you continue into the valley from which point the trekking remains uphill until you get to the last village Huayllabamba where we camp for the night.
Total Distance: 12km (7, 47 miles)
Walking time approximated: 5 - 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,000m (9,840 ft.)
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo
After a healthy breakfast you start climbing up to the first pass "Warmiwanusca" (Dead Women's Pass 4200 Mt / 14'200 ft.). The climb will take you most of the morning. Part way you walk through a cloud forest where the ever present clouds bring constant moisture and in turn lush vegetation to the area. Breaking from the forest Dead Women's Pass is seen in the distance. Once reaching the highest altitude on the trip - Dead Women's Pass - you descend for about 2 hours into the valley to our next camp "Pacaymayo".
Total Distance: 11km (6, 84 miles)
Walking time approximated: 6 - 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4,200m (13,776 ft.)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Pacaymayo to Winaywayna
Today is going to be the most diverse day. You 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 outpost you continue on the original stone path of the Incas through semi-tropical cloud forest and onto the third pass "Phuyupatamarca" (3800 Mt/ 13'600 ft.). With good weather you have spectacular views of the surrounding snow peaks and the valley below. From here it is all downhill to our camp at "Winaywayna" (one of the most beautiful sites in the area for its construction and setting).
Total Distance: 16km (9, 94 miles)
Walking time approximated: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 3,900m (12,792 ft.)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early after a tasty breakfast you hike another 2 hours through cloud forest to the famous sun gate "Intipunku" from where you will have the first breathtaking view and best panorama of the mysterious "Machu Picchu". A short walk brings you down to the site. After refreshing a little you will visit "the lost city of the Incas" in a guided tour for app. 2 hrs. After that you descend by bus to the village Aguas Calientes. Late afternoon you take the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo and then transfer by bus to Cusco.
Total Distance: 4km (2, 49 miles)
Walking time approximated: 2 hours
Maximum altitude: 2,700m (8,829 ft.)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
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
- Transportation to Piscacucho, where the trek begins
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Sacred Valley hotel or Cusco hotel. (fourth day)
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes one way (fourth day)
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (fourth day)
- Full meals during the trek.
- 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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
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 day your own Private Inca Trek can be arranged, please contact us.
- Trekking groups operate with a minimum of 2 walkers.
- Actual group size may vary but is based on 1 lead guide for every 8 trekkers.
- Guided tours in Machu Picchu are regulated to 1 guide for every 16 visitors.
- If your Inca Trail trekking group is over 16, you will be broken into two separate groups each not exceeding 16 people.
- A copy of your passport and an additional, non-refundable deposit, is required at the time of booking to secure your Inca Trail permits and the passport on which you book your trek must be presented when entering the trail on day 1.