INCA TRAIL PERU
The Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world. Offering a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life.
The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu part of the 23,000 kilometers (approx.14,000 miles) of roads built by the Incas in South America, are on the most famous trekking route in Peru, and possibly one of the most spectacular in America.
The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu consists of an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems that range from the Andean plain to the cloud forest. Travelers cross two high-altitude areas (the highest being Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m.s.) to complete the walk with a magical entrance to Machu Picchu through the Inti Punko or Sun Gate.
Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba
We will pick you up to start the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. In this place, we will have time to have breakfast (not included) and to buy the last things before starting the walk: water and snacks, which will help you maintain energy during the journey. Then, we will travel by car to km 82 in Piscacucho, where the first control is made and where we will begin our trekking. We will start the walk along the Urubamba River to reach Patallaqta, where we will have lunch. We continue our journey crossing the Huayllabamba Valley to get to Llullucayoc, where we will camp and have a nice dinner and then spend the night.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Paso Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
After breakfast in the morning, we will start the day’s walk to go before the second checkpoint: Wayllabamba. After this, we will begin a climb to reach Llullucha Pampa, at 3800 m altitude. We will rest for a moment before returning to the Warmiwañusca pass, at 4215 m. n. m., the highest point of the trekking, from where we will go to the Pacaymayo camp, where we will have dinner and we will be able to rest for the next day.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Camp Wiñay Wayna
As every day, we will start early, realizing the change of landscape. We will feel the warm temperature of the jungle climate, in addition to seeing vegetation different from the previous days. Also, we will pass through countless archaeological sites, such as Runcurakay, at 3750 m. n. m. On the other hand, there is the pass of the same name, at 3900 m altitude, and the Sayacmarka site. After this hike, we wait for lunch in Chaquicocha and a time to rest, as we have to continue walking to the next site: Puyuptamarca, at 3750 m altitude. From this last place, we will begin the descent to Wiñay Wayna camp, where we will have dinner, we will receive the guide’s instructions for the next day and we will be free to rest.
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
We will get up at dawn to continue the descent to the last checkpoint, where we will have to wait until they open the doors to continue the road to the citadel. After this point, we will walk until we reach the Inti Punku, the Puerta del Sol, place from where it is possible to see the entire citadel of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in the background. Here we will stop for a few minutes to take pictures and then continue to the citadel, where we will have a tour with our guide. There he will give us more historical data regarding the different places that are in it. Then, we will have time to climb some of the optional mountains, Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu, if you included any in your ticket entry. After this, we will go to Aguas Calientes, where we must present half an hour before the departure of our train at the station to start the return. We will arrive first at Ollantaytambo, and then, to the center of Cusco by vehicle, ending the activity.
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- Classic 4 day and 3 night excursion.
- Transportation by bus until the beginning of the trekking.
- Accommodation in double tents.
- All food and all the dishes during the trekking.
- 3 breakfasts 3 lunches 3 dinners type snacks.
- Kitchen tents, dining room and bathroom.
- Group luggage carriers.
- Official tourism guide.
- Entrance ticket to the citadel.
- Bus ticket from Bajada to Aguas Calientes.
- Return ticket by train to Ollantaytambo.
- Return bus to Cusco.
- Transfers from the train station to Plaza San Francisco.
- Extra drinks for breakfast
- Phone calls
- Sleeping bags.
- Income for other days
- Personal porter to carry your personal things
- Other costs and expenses that are not described
What to Bring:
- Backpack from 40 to 60 l for the whole circuit.
- Covers waterproof backpack.
- Sleeping bag.
- Trekking poles (recommended).
- First layer (synthetic t-shirts and pants).
- T-shirts with short sleeves and long sleeves.
- Jacket coat.
- Waterproof clothing (jacket and pants, or poncho).
- Synthetic underwear.
- Trekking shoes.
- Flip flops.
- Hat and gloves for the cold.
- Sun hat.
- Personal hygiene items.
- Toilet paper.