The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in America and also it gives you an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The Inca trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several inkan archeological sites and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
TYPE OF TOUR: Cultural and Adventure
SEASON: March to January
PRICE: $550 per person
Day 1: Cusco- Piscacucho- Huayllabamba
We will leave Cusco in the early morning by a tourist bus heading for The Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, also known as Piscacuaco, we will make a short break for having the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inka Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. After lunch we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba, the camping site we will spend the night in.
- Meals: lunch and dinner
- Level of difficulty: moderate
- Hiking time: 6 hours
- Total distance: 10km
Day 2: Huayllabamba- Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass)- Pacaymayo
The highest point of this section is the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) until you reach our camping site, here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view.
- Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Level of difficulty: challenge
- Hiking time: 5.30 hours
- Total distance: 7 km approx
Day 3: Paqamayo- Abra Runkuraqay- Sayaqmarqa- Phuyupatamarka- Wiñaywayna
You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/”Town above the clouds” (3600m/11811f). A well preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna/”Forever young” (2650m/8694f). Here we will have dinner and spend the night.
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Level of difficulty: normal
- Hiking time: 8.30 hours
- Total distance: 11km
- Day 4: Wiñaywayna- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes- Cusco
We will get up very early and head to Inti Punku (Sungate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own. A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here we will have lunch and catch our train to Ollantaytambo where our bus will be waiting for us to take us to Cusco.
- Meals: breakfast and lunch
- Level of difficulty: normal
- Hiking time: 4 hours
- Total distance: 7km