Daily (except Ferbuary)
Cusco and Machu Picchu
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- track can also be ordered in a shortened two-day trial version
- includes the visit of sights of UNESCO
- full board included
The 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely the most famous hike in Peru. The classical 43 km trek leading to the Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean biodiversity. This hiking tour is a great way to meet new people as well as seeing new places! Follow the original path built by Inca’s more than 500 years ago. This is the original and perhaps most popular trek in the world! Inca Trail offer a limited availability and must be booked well in advance.
Day 1 – Cusco – Km 82 (L, D)
Early morning we set out by bus to our trailhead at Km 82. You will get acquainted with the rest of the crew and the porters who will be carrying the camping equipment. This point is where our hiking trail begins. Don´t be afraid, the first part of the trek is quite easy with a lot of flat parts and gentle climbs. When we reach the archaeological site Ptallacta we´ll have a break for lunch. Then we climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.
Day 2 – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu (B, L, D)
We climb the steep-sided valley through steepening woods to Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), at 4200m – the highest point of the trek. Here we encounter spectacular views. Lunch will be prepared and served at Vizcachayoc and then we will descend to the campsite at Pacaymayu (3500m). Dinner and lodging waiting for you.
Day 3 – Pacaymayu – Wiňayhuayna (B, L, D)
Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 3780m. We will pass Runkurukay (small circular ruins) and Sayacmarca (inaccessible town – an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley). Take a pause and have lunch at Chaqquicocha. Then continue to Phuya Patamarka, another notable archaeological site. The day is rich in sights. The last stop of the day is Wiňay Huayna (the name in Quechua means “forever young”). Not far from here is located our last campsite.
Day 4 – Wiňay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Today begins earlier than normal. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about an hour across a humid rain forest to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory – a fantastic sight for all. We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. Lunch will be served in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.
- 4 days Inca Trail
- all meals specified in the program (B: Breakfast L: lunch D: dinner)
- english speaking professional guide
- 3 nights in tent
- camping equipment and porter
- transfer to the rail station in Cusco and back
- return train ticket Cusco – Machu Picchu
- inca Trail Permit
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- permanent English assistance by our Operations Department
- international airfare
- airport tax
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- tips for guides
- personal expenses
- optional excursions
- sleeping bag hire – USD 25
- hotel in Cusco – on request
- personal porter can be arranged on request
- single supplement
- accommodation upgrade to 4* hotel
- extended stay in Cusco
- Subject to availability! The Inca Trail is usually sold out months in advance.
- Price per person (2 people in double / twin room).
- Difficulty level of this tour – average.
- You will be staying at high altitudes (4,000 meters above the sea level).