INKA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N

CUZCO - KM82 - WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU

  • Duration
  • 4 days
  • High Light
  • archaeology, nature and adventure
  • Level
  • moderate to strenuous

 

The Inca Trail in Peru is considered as one of top ten hikes in the world due the mixture of scenic and archaeological beauty along the 43Km - 27miles towards Machu Picchu. The trail itself winds through a combination of high altitude mountain ranges and dense subtropical forest. It is a personal challenge for the days of arduous journey, so it requires that you be in relatively good physical condition.

DAY 1: CUZCO - KM82 - WAYLLABAMBA
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO - WIÑAYWAYNA
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU

Total walking distance: ……………………………………… 43 km - 27 miles
Highest point of the trail: ……………………………………. 4200 m - 13860 ft
Highest lunch spot: ……………………………….………… 3700 m - 12210ft
Highest campsite: ……………………………….……………3600 m - 11880 ft

Temperature: ………………………………………………… Min (2°C) - Max(22°C)

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUZCO - KM82 - WAYLLABAMBA

We collect you at the hotel to transport you to the Km82, start point of the Inca trail. The first two hours of the trip is through a broad path that crosses the plain of the valley before you begin the ascent to Huillca Raccay view point (9570 ft / 2900 m) from where you can see the confluence of two river valleys (Urubamba and Cusichaca) and a very impressive view of the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata (9240 ft / 2800 m) between the two of them. After the guide information and pictures you walk down to the valley of the river Cusichaka, then, continue our walk along the valley for two more hours to the small village of Wayllabamba (9900 ft / 3000 m) where our camp is.

Overnight    :  Campsite at Wayllabamba
Meals          :  Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO

Our day starts with a climb of about three hours through a steep path which gradually turns from a rigorous to beautiful due the beauty of the landscape as you gain altitude, the road passes through the cloud forest on the rise along the stone stairs before Llulluchapampa (12210 ft / 3700 m) a small meadow that is used as a rest stop, after a brief stop you walk for an hour and half to Warmiwañusca (dead woman’s pass) which is the highest mountain pass along the Inca trail (13860 ft / 4200 m) from which you can see Pacamayo river valley, also the way up for the next day and snow-capped mountains if the weather permits. The following part of the trail is downhill for about an hour and a half to the campsite at Pacamayu (11880 ft / 3600 m).

Overnight    :  Campsite at Pacaymayo
Meals          :  Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 3: PACAYMAYO - WIÑAYWAYNA

This day is the longest of our entire journey to Machu Picchu, as well as the most beautiful day due the changes in altitude, vegetation and the visit of many Inca ruins. As usual the day begins uphill for two hours to the second mountain pass called Runkuracay (13100 ft / 3970 m), passing along the Inca ruins also called Runkuracay (12540 ft / 3800 m). After resting at the pass where the views are breathtaking, you start descending for one hour to the Inca archaeological site of Sayacmarca (11963 ft / 3625 m) and then climb back on track for two hours towards the third mountain pass called Phuyupatamarca (12210 ft / 3700 m) passing through the cliffs overlooking the valleys of the Urubamba river and Aobamba and vegetation of the cloud forest including orchids, humid mosses on the trees, ferns, flowers and also a tunnel carved in a natural rock formation. Getting to the pass you visit the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca that are on the way and then start descending more than three thousand stairs for about two hours to our camp at Wiñaywayna (8910 ft / 2700 m), where you find the nicest Inca city along the trail called Wiñaywayna (forever young) only five minutes away.

Overnight    :  Campsite at Wiñaywayna
Meals          :  Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU

Today you arrive to your destination. The day starts very early in the morning, you walk for two hours to reach Machu Picchu around eight in the morning, the trail goes across the forested Machupicchu mount to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) from where you can see for the first time this wonderful city. Upon arrival you will go to the control point to check out and then take a complete tour in Machu Picchu with your Inca trail guide, after the tour you will have some time off to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own before taking the bus down towards the village of Aguas Calientes and then take the train to Ollantaytambo town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where a bus will be waiting to transport you to Cusco.

“If arriving to the gate the sun is overcast, do not get disappointed because the traditional picture of Machu Picchu is taken from the guard house which is located in the same city.”

Overnight    :  None
Meals          :  Breakfast

 OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • A licensed professional English speaking tour guide, who will visit you at the hotel to give you a pre departure briefing
  • Duffle bag during the whole period of the trail to take all your personal staff, with a maximum weight of 10 kilos per person
  • Collection from your hotel and transfer via private transport to the Km82 (starting point of the trail)
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • A spacious three person tent to be used for each two people
  • An inflatable mattress
  • Sleeping bag during the whole itinerary
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cooking tent
  • A toilet tent and portable toilet with bio chemical waste bags
  • A chef and assistant chef to cook healthy and hearty meals during the whole itinerary with fresh ingredients
  • Porters, to carry the camping equipment, cooking equipment, food and the client’s duffle bags
  • Accommodation for our porters
  • Meals described in program itinerary
  • Snacks, everyday alter breakfast
  • Boiled cool drinking water during the whole itinerary (morning, afternoon, night)
  • First Aid medical Kit and emergency Oxygen Tank
  • One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town (day 04)
  • Vistadome service train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station, located in the Urubamba river valley
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Entrance to Hot Springs
  • Tips
  • All what is not specified in what the program includes

WE RECOMMNED YOU TO BRING:

  • Thermal clothing, it turns very cold alter nightfall all year round
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots water proof
  • Sandals or slippers, to walk more comfortably at the camps sites
  • Hat for cold and Cap for the sun or it can be used during rainy days, too
  • Sleeping bag
  • Convertible pants or zip-off pants
  • Long johns
  • Sun glasses
  • A towel
  • Swim suit, you may want to go to the hot spring in Aguas Calientes town
  • Sun cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Snacks, we recommend to bring power bars
  • Original passport, which will be used the first day at the check point before going in to the Inca trail and board the trains
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries, batteries lose charge easy in cold weather conditions
  • A canteen, one you can use throughout the journey, so do not use plastic bottles of water that can be easily discarded. We recommend Nalgene or Camel Back bottle.
  • Cash money, Soles or US Dollars
  • Walking poles that will allow you to walk with the body upright and do not exert much pressure on your knees on downhill
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