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4 days
Availability : Mar - Jan
Cusco
Cusco
Min Age : 4+
Max People : 24
Description

The Inca Trail is the classic tour that crosses the old Inca trail to the ultimate destination of Machu Picchu. It is one of the best walking routes in the world, surrounded by fascinating natural and cultural beauty.

This path will guide you through different ecosystems, from the Andean mountains to the cloud forests. You will explore mysterious archaeological sites, some still covered with vegetation, that will give you the sensation of discovering them for the first time. The walk ends with the impressive view of the sunrise at the entrance (Puerta del sol) of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail tour or also called the Inka Trail requires to be booked up to 6 months in advance in high season (March-September).

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Huayllabamba

On the first day of the Inca Trail we will pick you up at your respective hotels around 7:00 am. We arrive at Km. 82, where the trek will begin, and after passing the control, we will walk for about 3 hrs, or until we reach the archaeological complex of Llactapata.

Along the way we will have the opportunity to see different archaeological sites, as well as interesting fauna and flora. From this point you can also see the snowy Veronica mountain. Close to Llactapata we will have lunch and then we will walk for about 30 min. more to finally reach the isolated community of Huayllabamba, where we will arrive at around 5.30 pm. At this point we will camp and have dinner around 7 pm.

Includes: lunch and dinner

Maximum height: 2.954 m.s.n.m. / 9694 ft
Minimum height: 2,670 m.s.n.m. / 8761 ft
Height camp: 2.954 m.s.n.m. / 9694 ft
Distance traveled: 12.00 km / 7.47 ml
Approximate walking time: 5 – 6 hours.

Day 2Huayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo

Surrounded by birds and other exuberant nature will be the perfect setting to enjoy our breakfast. Then we will continue along the Inca trail ascending for about 4 hrs to the highest point (Warmiwañusca 4,200 m.s.), from where we will have the best panoramic views and we will have the opportunity to observe different ecosystems that go from the dry puna to the high jungle. Around 2 pm, after lunch the group will descend for about 3 hrs until reaching the Pacayamayo valley. In this journey of the Inca Trail we will pass through ancient stone paths, tunnels and wooden bridges. We will camp and have dinner near the river.

Includes: lunch and dinner

Maximum Height: 3974 masl / 13039 ft
Minimum height: 2729 m / 8954 ft
Camp Height: 2650 masl / 8692
Distance Traveled: 16.00 km / 9.94 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours

Day 3Pacaymayo - Puyapatamarka - Wiñayhuayna

After breakfast, we will continue descending for 45 min along the Inca trail. We will explore the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca city of Sayacmarca, and if we are lucky we could run into some Andean deer and foxes. Later we will go to the town of Puya Patamarka, where we will enjoy a delicious typical lunch and after a break the group will continue walking for 2 hrs approx. until we reach the impressive archaeological complex of Wiñay Huayna and we will camp nearby. Around 7 pm. We will have dinner and enjoy a night full of stars.

Includes: lunch and dinner

Maximum Height: 3974 masl / 13039 ft
Minimum height: 2729 m / 8954 ft
Camp Height: 2650 masl / 8692
Distance Traveled: 16.00 km / 9.94 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours

Day 4Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Around 5:00 am, on the last day of the Inca Trail, we will have breakfast and then we begin our journey. After 1 hr of trek ascending through the high forest we will arrive at Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol), from where we will have the most impressive view of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu and with a bit of luck we will be able to see the beauty of the sunrise.
After passing the entrance, we will have a guided tour for 2 hours, visiting the main monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the royal rooms, the temple of the Three Windows, among others. After this tour, the group will be able to enjoy the place on their own, always keeping in mind the return time of their train. Later you will go down on foot for about 30 min to the town of Aguas Caliente and then travel by train for 1.45 hr approx. to the town of Ollantaytambo, where the private bus will be waiting to take you back to the city of Cusco. Our Inca Trail tour ends at the main square.

It includes breakfast

Maximum height: 2,732 m.s.n.m. / 8964 ft
Height Machu Picchu: 2,400 m.s.n.m. / 7872 ft
Distance Traveled: 4.00 km / 2.49 ml
Walking time: 2 hours

Tour Details

Important details for the Classic Inca Trail tour: 

Start & Return

Cusco

Start Time

6:00 am

Included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Tent (2 people)
  • Sleeping mats
  • All meals included
  • Experienced official guide
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip transportation to Machu Picchu (Train - Bus)
  • First aid kit
  • Porters for the camping equipment

Not Included

  • Water, snacks, anything else
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Travel insurance
  • Hot springs at Aguas Calientes
  • Porter for carrying personal equipment

Recommendations

  • Clothes for four days of hiking
  • Hiking shoes and rain jacket
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent
  • Lantern, batteries, chargers
  • Cash for extra expenses
Important

Due to the demand of this tour and at the request of UNESCO, the Peruvian government has limited access to 500 people per day among tourists and staff (guides, cooks and porters). For those interested in making the classic Inca Trail between the months of March and November, it is recommended to make a reservation up to 6 months in advance due to the high demand.

Note
  • The itinerary of the tour may undergo changes without prior notice. This implies that the guide can modify the route during the trip as necessary, for which you agree to before booking the excursion.
  • We can not guarantee that we will camp in Wiñaywayna because that is determined by the DRC (Regional Directorate of Culture), which is the state agency that controls the Inca Trail network.
  • By hiring an extra carrier or porter, you are contributing to the economy of the carrier directly and to the community in general.
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