The Inca Trail is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and therefore 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 archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for the pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
- Type of Trek: Adventure, ecological landscapes, cultural and archaeological
- Departures Day: Daily departures
- Accommodation: 1 nights Hotel
- Season: from march to january
- Trek Duration: 2 days and 1 night
- Difficulty: Easy
- Group size: Small groups
- Maximum height: 2,700 meters
- Price: 450 USD per person
Day 1: Cusco – Km 104 – Wiñayhuayna – Aguas Calientes
Our journey starts early in the morning. After our arrival at km 104 by train, the Royal Inca Trail begins with a hike to Chachabamba (2270m/7448f), where our guide will inform us about the previous function of this archeological site. Thereafter, we will reach Wiñayhuayna (2650m/8694f), the most important archeological site besides Machu Picchu. After that, our trail continues towards the Sun Gate “Inti Punku”, a nice viewpoint from which we can enjoy the nightfall on Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f). Since we have to continue our walk to our hotel in Aguas Calientes, we will only spend little time in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu on the first day.
Hiking time: 06 hours Total distance: 12 km.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel towards Machu Picchu after breakfast at about 5:30 am by bus. We are leaving that early because at this time the setting is less crowded and the morning is a good time to enjoy the calmness and the ancient spirit of the best-known archaeological site on the continent. After our arrival at the citadel around 6:00 am, our guide will give us detailed information about Machu Picchu and the history and culture of the Inca. Thereafter, you will have enough free time to enjoy and explore the site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inka Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Waynapicchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you have the possibility to join the town’s hot springs (S/ 10.00 Nuevos soles). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
Hiking time: 02 hours Total distance: 4 km.
What is included in this tour?
- Transfer between hotel and train station in Cusco
- Tourist train to km 104
- Tourist train from the village of Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Tourist bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (2 ways)
- Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Meals during the excursion (1 breakfast, 1 box lunch, 1 dinner/optional vegetarian).
- Hotel with private room in the village of Aguas Calientes
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
What is not included in this tour?
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town (it costs $ 5.00)
What to Bring?
- Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
- Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
- 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 and toilet paper.
- Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
- Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
- Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles.