The Inka Trail (Hiking) – 4d
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
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
- Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Camping equipment
- Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners)
- Tea time everyday
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
What Do I need to bring
- Backpack with rain shelter.
- Sleeping back.
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- Rain pants and lightweight pants.
- Trekking shoes.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
- Rainponcho and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport and extra money in soles.
- Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
- Extra food
- Evacuation costs
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes if you want to spend an extra night
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
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
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. HIKING DISTANCE: 10km DIFFICULTY: Moderate HIKING TIME: 6 hours MEALS: Breakfast- Lunch-Dinner
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
Peru Sensations is a local travel agency based in Cusco, Peru, founded by two local tour guides (Jaime and Elias), together with over 30 years of experiences. We offer personalized and high quality one-stop shop service focusing on treks and adventure tours from Inka trail to Amazon jungle. The company is established with clear visions – to support the sustainability of local communities and the preservation of the nature.