INCA TRAIL TREK

Follow in the footsteps of the Inca's to discover the ancient city of Machu Picchu

The Inca trail is a hiking circuit extremely important in the history of South America. This amazing route is characterized by its original Incan architecture with a series of archeological remains dispersed along the length of its trail. The trail cuts through an intermingling of the jungle and rainforest, providing a freshness for whomever desires to experience an alternative way of entering the Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
In order to best prepare for the hiking tour, it´s advisable to take two days of acclimatization in the surroundings of Cuzco so that our team can offer all the facilities and comforts necessary to enjoy the route to its fullest.

 

Activity: Trek in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, bound for the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Duration 3 days of trek + 1 Day tour-excursion.
Time of Year: May- November
Departures: Upon Request
Minimum N Paxs: 2 or more
Location: In the department of Cusco, between the Urubamba Valley and the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
Difficulty of the Walk: Moderate

 

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Inca Trail trek – A short history
Route Options and Maps
Classic Inca Trail – 4D/3N
Short Inca Trail – 2D/1N
Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo – 7D/6N
Best time for an Inca trail trek
Acclimatisation and Altitude Sickness
Inca trail packing list
Fitness and Preparation
Costs and Tour Operator Recommendations
FAQ

 

Classic Inca Trail – 4D/3N

Day 1: Cusco – km82 – Wayllabamba 
– Early morning bus departure from Hotel – headed to Km82 of the Cusco- Machupicchu train line. Where we shall begin our hike along the Urubamba River until reaching the first archaeological site of Llaqtapata-Cusichaca (2,650 m // 8,694pies), where we partake of a delicious lunch. Subsequently we climb until reaching the village of Huayllabamba (3000 m // 9,842feet), where our first campsite lies.
– Number of hours of trekking: 6h
– Ascent:
– Descent:
– Lodging: Overnight camping site.
– LD

Day 2: Wayllabamba  – Paqaymayo
– After a wholesome breakfast we begin the climb to the first pass (Warmiwañusca 4200 m // 13,779feet), which is the highest point on the Inca Trail. The ascent takes most of the morning, traversing diverse ecological levels where we can observe the wide variety of orchids and bird species that inhabit this magical landscape.
– From the summit of the pass, the second pass can be observed along with the Inca archaeological complex of Runcuracay and our campsite in the valley below where we shall be arriving after a 2-hour descent. The campsite affords a beautiful view of the glaciers of the Verónica range (Cordillera Urubamba).
– Number of hours of trekking: 7h or 8h
– Ascent:
– Descent:
– Lodging: Overnight camping site.
– BLD

Day 3: Paqaymayo  – Wiñaywayna
– This day is the most varied of our adventure, beginning with the climb to the second pass of Runcuracay (3,900m // 12,795feet) from where the snow-capped summits of the Cordillera Vilcabamba are seen. This is followed by a two-hour descent that brings us to the fascinating Inca archaeological complex of Sayacmarca. After exploring this spectacular site, we continue along the original Inca Roadway with an astounding display of waterfalls, valleys, canyons, rivers and snow-capped peaks like Salkantay that dazzle the eye. We eventually reach the third Pass – Phuyupatamarca (3,600m // 11,811feet)- from where we catch our first glimpse of Machupicchu Mountain. A long descent brings us to our final campsite in Wiñaywayna, considered one of the most beautiful of Inca sites.
– Number of hours of trekking: 6 hours
– Ascent:
– Descent:
– Lodging: Overnight camping site.
– BLD

Day 4: Wiñaywayna  – Machupicchu  – Cusco
– After breakfast we bid our porters farewell and continue on the final stretch to Intipunku, or Gateway of the Sun, where devotees of flora and fauna will find much to appreciate. From Intipunku we have our first and best view of the lost city of the Incas: the legendary Machupicchu (2450m // 8,038feet). We can enjoy the tranquility of the Inca City visiting with a guide-led visit. The rest of the morning is free to explore the site on our own.
– In the afternoon we descend to Aguas Calientes and return by train to Cusco
– Ascent:
– Descent:
– Train from town of Aguas Calientes to Cusco
– Transfer from Train Station of San Pedro Cusco to Hotel.
– Number of visiting hours in Machu Picchu: 5h to 6h
– B

 

PLEASE NOTE: On day 2 it is possible to hire the services of a personal porter to carry one’s backpack up to the summit of the first pass or as far as the campsite. We recommend doing this is you feel that you are not fit or prepared for the long climb. It is certainly more important to enjoy the trek rather than to suffer through it. Coordinate this through your guide and pay the porter directly.

SHORT INCA TRAIL – 2D/1N

Day 1: Cusco  – Wiñaywayna  – Machu Picchu
• Early morning transfer to Train Station
• Early departure on train from Cusco, passing through the highland plains to later descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, from where we follow the course of the Vilcanota (or Urubamba) river until reaching Km. 104 of the train line. We leave the train and cross the river at the point where the archaeological complex of Chachabamba is located (2,250 m // 7,381 feet). From there we ascend for approximately 3 hours to reach the fascinating archaeological group of Wiñaywayna (2,650m // 8,694 feet) where we partake and enjoy a picnic.
• In the afternoon we walk along the cloud forest toward the sun gate (Intipunku) from where we appreciate our very first panoramic -and very spectacular- view of Machupicchu.
• A short walk through the ruins brings us to the point where we board the bus that will take us down to the town of Aguas Calientes.
• There, we can (optionally) visit the Hot Springs
• Number of hours of the trek: 6 hours
• Ascent:
• Descent:
• Lodging: Overnight in the Hotel
• Box Lunch/D

Day 2: – Machu Picchu – Cusco
• After breakfast we start to walk up to Machupicchu to enjoy the sunrise before the arrival of the tourist groups from Cusco. A guided tour follows, with the rest of the morning free to explore the site on your own or you can climb to Waynapicchu mountain.
• In the afternoon we descend to Aguas Calientes and return by train to Ollantaytambo.
• Train from town of Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
• Bus Ollantaytambo to hotel in Cusco.
• Number of visiting hours in Machu Picchu: 5h to 6h

 

Best time for an Inca trail trek

Acclimatisation and Altitude Sickness

Inca Trail Packing List

Fitness and Preparation

Costs and Tour Operator Recommendations