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 archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
- Type of Trek: Adventure, ecological landscapes, cultural and archaeological
- Departures Day: Daily departures
- Accommodation: 3 nights in tent
- Season: from march to january
- Trek Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
- Difficulty: Moderate to challenge
- Group size: 2 – 10 person
- Maximum height: 4,200 meters
- Price: 540 USD per person
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba – Yuncachimpa
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by a tourist bus heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for having the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inka Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and 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. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night in. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours/Total distance: 11km approx.
Day 2: Yuncachimpa – LLulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca Pass – Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Chaquicocha
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’; that means, that everybody should walk in his/her own pace – of course you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are step – enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, 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) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
Hiking time: 8-9 hours/Total distance: 15 km approx
Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna
The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. 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). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours/Total distance: 10 km approx
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head – equipped with our flashlights – to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) 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 (2400m//7874f) around 8.00 am. 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 (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours/Total distance: 7 km approx.
What is included in this tour?
- Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated
- Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco
- Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent).
- Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude
- Tea and snack time everyday (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker)
- Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
What is not included in this tour?
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town
- Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 28.00, 4 days)
- Entrance Fee to Wayna Picchu (recommended to buy the ticket one to two month in advance. 65 USD)
- Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag
What to Bring?
- Original passport.
- 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, original ISIC student card 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
1; Visit to Huayna Picchu: (Recommended to buy the ticket Two to three months in advance. We charge additional 70 USD
2; Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer’ luggage mustn’t exceed 15 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The Service costs $ 140.00, and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
3; Tips: Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
4; Return ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55pm or at 6:45pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover you can visit the Hot Springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel either at about 6:00pm or at about 10:00pm.
5; Weather: The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Inca Trail lies in the forested.
Conditions And Term:
1; Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by firstname.lastname@example.org
90 days prior to departure – Subject to loss of deposit (20% trip price).
60 days prior to departure – Subject to loss of deposit (50% trip price).
30 days prior to departure – Subject to loss of 80% of trip price.
Within 15 days of departure – Subject to loss of 100% of trip price.
2; The Inca Trail is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure
3; If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted Pachamama Peru Trek does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of Pachamama Peru Trek back to the train station.
4; Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, Pachamama Peru Trek or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
5; It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client Pachamama Perú Trek cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts