Hiking the Inca trail, it’s the most original way to go to Machu Picchu. You will do a true journey through time on this path that was used by the Incas to go the perched citadel, from Cusco, their capital. You will pass by the foot of snowy summits in an arid landscape before walking down to the tropical forest and its luxurious vegetation. In 4 days of hiking, you will combine two very different natural environments. Your efforts will be rewarded by an original approach to the Machu Picchu site, which you will discover in the mist and silence of the early morning since the Sun Gate.
Warning! The access to the Inca trail is limited to 500 people per day, guides and carriers included. It is imperative to reserve your places several months in advance.
DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – Km 82 – HUAYLLABAMBA (2850m)
You will leave Cusco in the morning to go to Ollantaytambo by bus. After the visit of the village, you will go to km 82, where you will meet your team of carriers and cooks. Your trek can begin. Overlooked by the immaculate summit of the Veronica mountain, you will walk by the Urubamba river towards Llaqtapata (in the Quechua language “city of above”), and then go up the narrow valley of Kusicacha until Huayllabamba.
5.5 hours of walk
DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA (2850 m) – WARMINWAÑUSCA COL (4200 m) - PACAYMAYO (3550 m)
The path will lead you to the heights, going through a beautiful forest whose trees are covered in moss and bromeliaceaes, plants that are important to keep humidity from the fog going up the valley. Leaving the forest, you will be faced to the Llulluchapampa (3800 m), dominated by a bare landscape where only grass called ichu can grow (grass used as food for llamas) and a few other types of plants adapted to this rough and cold climate. The path then goes up to the Warmi Huañusca pass (4200 m), highest point of the trek. Descent to Pacaymayo.
6 hours of walk
DAY 3: PACAMAYO (3350 m) – RUNKURACAY PASS (3900 m) – WIÑAYWAYNA (2700 m)
On this day, you will take on the second important climb of the trek by which you will reach the Runkuracay pass. On the way, you will visit the Inca site with the same name. Then, on the other side of the pass, you will discover the Sayacmarca site. This little citadel is located on a rocky spur hidden in the clouds. The surrounding trees seem to have a beard of lichen and moss where orchids and bromeliaceaes can grow. True reserves of water, bromeliaceaes can hold up to 3 liters in their leaves. After the visit of Sayacmarca, you will continue your journey on a rocky path which weaves through the forest to arrive at Phuyupatamarka (3680 m), the “city above the clouds”. Descent using a path with 2500 steps to Winaywayna.
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA (2700 m) – INTIPUNKU (2750 m) – MACHUPICCHU (2450 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m) – CUSCO
You will leave the local team to go to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, offering one of the most beautiful views of the lost city of the Incas. You will discover, still enveloped in its morning mist, this architectural complex built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. Discovered on the 24th of July 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu remains a jewel of the Inca architecture. With your guide, you will walk through the streets, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories. After the visit, descent by shuttle to Aguas Calientes. Train to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- The meals mentioned as “included”
- Private and group ground transportation
- Private English speaking guide
- Trek of the Inca trail with the group logistic: tents, meals, carriers…
- The entrance to the Inca trail
- The entrance to the site of Machu Picchu
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)
- Drinks and individual expenses
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)
- Individual pharmacy
- Personal trekking equipment: sleeping bags (possibility to rent one on the spot), trekking poles…
The trip will be escorted by a local private English speaking guide.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:
-Camping: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and mule-driver(s), you will be able to truly rest after a good day of walk, do not worry! We have at your disposal a kitchen tent, a dining tent and a toilet tent. For two people, we will provide a 3 place tent for more comfort. We will also provide a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your personal wash. And of course, we will prepare complete and hot meals!
All the meals during the trek are included.
Your transfers will be in private transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.