Hiking the Inca Trail
Experience the feeling of being in a place that has a soul, energy and a magic that makes it unique
Day 1: Piscacuchu – Wayllabamba (- / L / D)
Very early in the morning we will transfer you to Piscacucho, located at Km. 82 of the railway line, were
we will have to pass a checkpoint to enter the route and start the great adventure of the Inca Trail.
We begin to walk along the left of Urubamba River that flows towards the northeast of the Sacred Valley, among eucalyptus forests, beautiful natural landscapes and impressive archaeological remains that only those who decided to make this route have the privilege of enjoying.
The first remains, with which we will have contact almost immediately, are the archaeological groups of
Q'ente, Pulpituyoc, Kusichaca and Patallacta, etc.
Overnight in Wayllabamba
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu (B / L / D)
We will get up very early to contemplate the beauty of the mountains and breathe the pure air that nature gives us. Meanwhile, we will be taking an energetic breakfast that will help us overcome the great challenge that this day poses us, to overcome the 4,250 m.a.s.l from the summit of Warmiwanusqa, the highest pass of the route. From this place we will have a spectacular view, appreciating on one side Wayllabamba and on the other Runkurakay, which is where the trek will continue on the third day. Immediately after the pass we will descend to the valley of Pacaymayu, located at 3600 m.a.s.l., where we will make the second camp.
Overnight in Pacaymayu
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñay Wayna (B / L / D)
This day could be classified as the most interesting of the walk, due to the number of archaeological sites that we will visit. After breakfast, and having raised the camp, we will begin the ascent to the second step: El Abra de Runkurakay (3970 m.a.s.l). As the half day approaches, we will be arriving and visit the archaeological complex of the same name, located at 3800 m.a.s.l., where we can see a small and oval structure, which is believed to have fulfilled the function of watchtower. After passing the pass, we will descend to Yanacocha (black lagoon), where the landscape begins to change and we begin to enter a humid forest, typical of the "Jungle of jungles", reaching Sayacmarca (3624 m.a.s.l), a beautiful archaeological complex built in a semicircular shape, with different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. After visiting this site, we will continue our journey until we reach the third step: El Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 m.a.s.l), where we will find one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes on the route, at the highest point of the mountain.
The descent continues until we reach Wiñay Wayna, where we will make the third camp, located just 5 minutes from the archaeological complex of the same name. Wiñay Wayna was considered by the Incas as the city of eternal youth.
Overnight in Wiñay Wayna
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu (B / L / -)
This is the last section of the Inca Trail, and we will get up very early to have breakfast and start the ascent to the Inti Punku or Sun ́s gate. The excursion will take us about an hour to reach the edge of the cliffs of the mountain, from where we will have a privileged view of the sunrise over the imposing Sacred City of Machu Picchu. After living this indescribable experience, we will descend towards the archaeological center, after passing through the point of control, where we can keep our belongings to begin the guided tour of Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The tour lasts approximately two hours and then we will have free time to walk around the citadel or climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu. At the agreed time, we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where each one can choose the place of his preference to have lunch. (Lunch on this day is for each one).
Return to the city of Cusco, where our staff will be waiting to receive you and transfer you to your hotel.
End of our services.
· Medium size backpack, sleeping bag, clothes for rain (raincoats, rain poncho).
· Towels and bath linen.
· Flashlight, spare batteries, and water bottle.
· Medicines for personal use.
· For the Inca Trail, the use of rubber-soled shoes is mandatory.
· A complete change of clothes. It is important to have poles to change, a thick coat to keep warm at night and several pairs of socks because the feet should not stay wet. Sun hat, scarf and gloves.
(*) Important information on the new entrance regulations for Machu Picchu
The current restrictions on visits to Machu Picchu establish that the first entry must be accompanied by a tour guide with a maximum stay of 4 hours within the archaeological center (guided tours last approximately 2 hours). If visitors are going to take an alternative route (Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountains), they will have 3 additional hours to make those visits. If any passenger wishes to enter again in the afternoon shift or the next day, they must request in advanced an additional ticket to enter during the new shift. There is no ticket sales office at the door of the archeological zone. Likewise, it is necessary to provide the updated personal detail (full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number or identity document) of all passengers who come to Peru, the same that must match the identity document that the passengers use for this trip. This information is especially important for visits to places such as the Inca Trail or the Sacred City of Machu Picchu (including Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain), where local authorities require the presentation of updated and original documentation at the entrance gates.
· Transfer to the starting point of the Trek.
· Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
· Excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
· Meals as indicated in the itinerary
· Accommodation at the detailed locations or similar.
· Permanent assistance in each destination.
· Entrances to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
· Bus to descend from Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes.
· Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in Expedition service. (For an additional cost you can request the Vistadome Service).
· Porters who transport camping equipment, kitchen, and utensils for the camps.
· Double tents or insulators, Kitchen Tent, dining tent and bathroom tent, tables, and chairs.
· International or domestic airfare
· Services and non-mentioned meals/drinks in the itinerary
· Early check-in, late check-out, and hotel extras
· Personal expenses
· Tips for guides and hotel staff
· The passenger must load their personal items. (Backpack, sleeping bag, etc.)
· Additional personal Carrier
· Experience the feeling of being in a place that has a soul, energy and a magic that makes it unique.
· Go back in time in Machu Picchu, hidden on top of the mountain, an architectural jewel, a place of rest for Inca royalty.