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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

Inca Trail is one of the most popular treks in the world; because the landscape, the history and the mysterious of the Inca sites along the route.  It is a four-day adventure trip through the Andes and the cloud forest; the trail runs through magnificent scenery and lush cloud forests rich in diverse ecology.

The Incas could have followed the valley but they chose the high route to Machu Picchu; with its gorges passes and climactic mountain views. True Andean highlanders; the Incas knew and loved the countless natural zones that lay within the folds of their vast domain.

The four days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu traverses a startling variety of microclimates; beginning with an arid cactus zone on Urubamba Valley floor; rising through native Polylepis forest to bleak high-altitude grassland; and ending in mossy cloud forest draped with orchids and bromeliads.

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes you across the natonal park of Machu Picchu in Peru

Overview

INCA TRAIL OVERVIEW

TIMING: 4 days – 3 nights.
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco hotel
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
TYPE OF TOUR: Cultural, adventure and History
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenge

DESCRIPTION

The 4-day Inca Trail will reward you with stunning combination of Inca ruins, mountains and cloud forests; the Inca trail involves three high passes one of which arrives to 4,200 masl named dead woman pass, the trail ends at the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu known as the” Lost City of the Incas” which was discovered by the American historian Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1911.

We highly recommend you to book long in advance to avoid disappointment because is allowed only 500 people a day which means 200 tourists and 300 are support teams.

Our standard four-day group service trek is the most popular trek that we offer. With this service you join one of our groups so you will find yourself trekking with a variety of like-minded people from all over the world. This service is perfect for individuals, couples and small groups of friends.

PERMITS & CAMPSITES

For the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2013 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters).

If you book in advance, we can get the good campsites, specily for the last night. Camping at “Wiñay Wayna” allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu for sunrise. Only tour operators that buy their permits early can do this. However, the campsite “Wiñay Wayna” can never be guaranteed and clients have to accept that we may have to use other campsites depending on availability & allocation of trek permits.

BRIEF ITINERARY FOR INCA TRAIL

Day 1: First walking day

Early pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and we’ll transport you in our private bus to km 82 or Pisqhakucho (the starting point for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu). Today, we will trek through stunning Valley and we will visit Patallacta Inca ruins. 8 hour-trek.

Day 2: Trek across the highest pass

We’ll start at 07:00 a.m and head toward the highest pass from where you will be rewarded with stunning Mountain scenery. We will visit Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca ruins.

Day 3: Descent 3,200 Inca steps

Short and beautiful day; we will trek through cloud forest and we will visit Phuyupatamarka and Wiñayhuayna Inca ruins.

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu

Early start to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the Sun gate, and then we’ll continue to Machu Picchu and explore with your guide for two hours after which you will have free time to explore by yourself; in the afternoon, you will return to Cusco.

THE INCA TRAIL MAP

Inca Trail

Referential map for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Itinerary

DETAILED INCA TRAIL ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco – Pisqhakuchu – Llulluchapampa

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1st Walking day -Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The adventure begins with an early pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and we’ll transfer you in our private bus to Pisqhakucho or km 82 (the starting point of the Inca Trail ) for approximately 3 hours; with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba River, Andean villages, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo.

In Ollantaytambo, we’re  stop for breakfast and purchase some items for the trek; here also, we will meet our trekking crew: Chef and porters; who will carry our belongings during our 26 mile-trek; then, we’ll continue the bus journey for 1 hour more to Pisqhakúcho or km 82.

Passports in hand we head toward the check point then, we’ll cross a suspension footbridge across Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We’ll have 3 hours on relatively level topography as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Veronica Mountain (5,750 masl). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes.

At Miskay, we’ll take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay and the Inca town of Llactapata (up city) which contains plenty of Inca terraces. The terracing system were used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands.

After short rest, we’ll continue 2 hours and half to the village of Wayllabamba where the lunch will be served. After a good rest, we’ll continue 3 hours through the “Huayruru Valley” until we arrive to Llulluchapampa Campsite (3,800 masl). From there, we will be able to admire the stunning mountain views.

  • Meals: L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,800 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,750 m
  • Distance Travelled: 15 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 hours

DAY 2: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chakiccocha

Inca Trail

Paqhaymayu Valley – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We’ll leave from the Llulluchapampa camp at 07:00 a.m. Today will be the longest day, but one is rewarded with spectacular views, down several valleys and up many snow-covered peaks.  From the camp, the trail climbs for two hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion.

You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like, this hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 masl), the first of two that we will cross today. After we take the pictures and rest on the pass, we’ll descend by Inca steep into the Paqhaymayo Valley where the lunch will be served. In the afternoon, we’ll continue the second ascent toward Runcuraccay Pass (4,000 masl).

From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. From here, most of the trail is downhill to Chakiccocha camp (3,600 masl).

  • Meals: B-L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600 m
  • Distance Travelled: 15 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 – 8 hours

DAY 3: Chakiccocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna

Inca Trail

Next to phuyupatamarka – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we’ll start the hike at 07:00 a.m; today will be the shortest day with stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and hiking through the cloud forest. From Chakiqcocha camp, it will take us about 1/2 hour to the third pass named Phuyupatamarca (3600 masl) from where you can see the Mountain of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu; five minutes beyond the pass is located Phutupatamarka (spot over the clouds) ruins;

At Phuyupatamarka we will visit the Inca temple dedicated to the water were still exits six water baths; the whole day you will hike through well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries.

From Phuyupatamarka, the trail continues down through 3,200 steps, you will be rewarded with cloud forest where hundreds of birds and hummingbirds live, also different species of flowers including orchids; after three hours of descending you will arrive to Wiñaywayna camp (2,600 masl); here the lunch will be served and after the lunch, you will explore the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna located close the camp.

  • Meals: B-L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,600 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 m
  • Distance Travelled: 10 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours

DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – “Aguas Calientes” – Cusco

Inca Trail

Llamas at Machu Picchu – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We will start very early (at 04:00 a.m) to get early to “Inti Punku” (the Sun Gate), and overlook Machu Picchu for the sunrise. From the camp to Inti punku, we will hike for 1 hour and 30 min with significant upward stretches in the last half.

After we observe the Sunrise, we’ll descend to Machu Picchu. Once we arrive to Machu Picchu, you will have sufficient time to take classic pictures of Machu Picchu; then we will initiate with the guided tour of 2 hours; the guide will lead you accross this historical wonder giving you explanations on principal remains and monuments, such as the: Main Square, Temple of Three Windows, Intiwatana, The Quarter of the Mortars, The Temple of the Condor, the cemeteries and enclosures, sacred sources, urban and agricultural sector and others.

After the tour, you will have free time to continue admiring the place to take plenty of photos.

At midday we will take bus for 30 minutes down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” where you will enjoy your lunch; after that, you can wander around this picturesque town and then head to the train station to return to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Accommodation:
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m
  • Distance Travelled: 5 km approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours

Inclusions

THE INCA TRAIL INCLUDES

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our Tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82 starting point of the inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days); Bus down from Machu Picchu to the town of “Aguas Calientes”; Tourist train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, transfer to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fee: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners and delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option if you request, we provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people).
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Other Items: first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we’ll stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the starting point of the trek where you can have breakfast and buy some items you need for the trek.
  • Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes”, on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 3.00.
  • Extra Porter to carry your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide US$ 40.00 for the entire trek (US$60)
  • Sleeping Bag can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Others; the optional night in the town of “Aguas Calientes” we will assist you on this but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
  • Tips for the staff.

Price

THE PRICE

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 650
 Vistadome class US$
 Hiram Bimgham class 

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

Why not arrange your own departure? For you and your party, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs.

 PRIVATE  SERVICE PRICE FOR INCA TRAIL

  • 2 people US$ 700 PP.
  • 3 people US$ 670 PP.
  • 4 people US$ 645 PP.
  • 5 people US$ 615 PP.

CAMPING TENTS

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 Camping Tents

Our tents are 4-people capacity tent; we provide for 2 person

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