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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

This is Peru’s most sought-after trek for its breathtaking panoramas, vast ecological diversity, and well-preserved archeological sites. Following the ancient stone path, we traverse high mountain passes and walk through ecological areas ranging from high desert puna to Andean cloud forest and subtropical jungle. Throughout the journey, our professional guides will point out the native flora and fauna and explain important facts and legends about the magnificent Inca civilization. Our team of well-trained and respected porters and camp staff work hard to provide comfortable, clean, and ecologically-responsible campsites along the way.

In order to preserve the Inca Trail in the best possible shape the Peruvian government only allows each passenger to carry 6kgs of baggage, which will be weighted before starting the trek. Personal and shared porters can be hired to carry this weight for you.

On the fourth day, we arrive to Machu Picchu through the Intipunku, or Sun Gate, from where we catch our first exhilarating glimpse of the archeological wonder below. At Machu Picchu, we spend ample time discovering these spectacular remains before returning to Cusco by train.

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 Cusco to Wayllabamba

Distance: 12 Kilometers / 7.5 Miles

Depart Cusco early morning by bus and drive through the Sacred Valley to the community of Piscaycucho (the starting point is also called Railroad K82 – 2700m/8856ft), where we cross the Urubamba River by bridge and begin the Inca Trail. Following a trail along the left-hand shore of the Urubamba River, we enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5830m.) and the Inca archeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodlands, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000m./9840ft.)

Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea Time
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours

DAY 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles

After breakfast and an early start, we begin a steep climb through Andean cloud forest and highland puna to the highest point on our trek, Warminwanusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass (4200m/13776ft). During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower, and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate. Once we reach the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. From here, we descend into the Pacaymayo river valley and on to our second campsite

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea
Time Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours

DAY 3: Pacaymayo to Winay Wayna

Distance: 16 Kilometers / 10 Miles

This day we follow ancient stone paths and steps to the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca. Along our visit to the sites we can appreciate the Incas’ complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty. Heading down the sub-tropical Andean slope we reach another strategic and aesthetically-situated site at Winay Wayna, where we camp for the night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Tea
Time Approximate walking time: 8 hours

DAY 4: Winay Wayna to Machupicchu


Distance: 4 Kilometers / 2.5 Miles

Leaving Winay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination: Intupunku, or the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. We have the rest of the day to learn about and explore the main complex of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary before taking the train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks
Approximate walking time: 2 hours

 

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Day 1:  Chilca- Llactapata

Distance: 10 Kilometers / 6.2 Miles

We will depart Cusco early morning, by private transport, and drive through the Sacred Valley to Chilca (K77), where we begin the Inca Trail. Following alongside the Urubamba River, we enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5720 m.). We continue through lush farmland and woodlands to our first campsite at Llactapata, where we will explore the archeological remains before eating dinner and sleeping for the night.

 

Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner

App. walking time: 5 hours

Day 2:  Llactapata- Llullucha

Distance: 10 Kilometers / 6.2 Miles

 

After breakfast, we begin our ascent through the Cusicacha river valley to Huayabamba (3000 m.). Here, we enter an eco-climate that supports a wide variety of plant, flower, and bird species. Our trek continues to Yunkachinpa, where we lunch along the stream with a spectacular view of Mount Huayanay (5460 m.) In the afternoon, we head up through the cloud forest and onto the puna grasslands of Llulluchapampa (3600 m.) to camp for the night.

 

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

App. walking time: 7 hours

 

Day 3:  Llullucha- Phuyupatamarca  

Distance: 12 Kilometers / 7.5 Miles

 

After approximately one hour of walking, we make our first pass at the highest point in our trip, Warmiwanusca (4,200 m.). From here, we descend into the Pacamayo river valley, then up to the circular Inca ruins of Runcuracay. Following the ancient Inca steps along one of the most stunning sections of our trek, we descend upon the Inca complex of Sayacmarca. After wandering the site, we head for camp at PhuyuPatamarca, where we enjoy an astonishing panoramic view of both the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.

 

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

App. walking time: 8 hours

Day 4:  PhuyuPatamarca- Machu Picchu 

Distance: 12 Kilometers / 7.5 Miles

 

Our morning begins with a tour of the incredibly complex and unique Inca remains of PhuyuPatamarca. Continuing down through the tropical cloud forest, we arrive to some of the most spectacular and important ruins before reaching Machupicchu: IntiPata and Wiñay Wayna. Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we trek the last section of trail that leads us to IntiPunku (Sun Gate), where we get our first breathtaking view of Machupicchu. We will have an official tour of this amazing archeological wonder, and then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Cusco.

 

Meals provided: Breakfast, Bag lunch

App. walking time: 7 hours

 

 

 

 

Includes / Not Included

Includes:

  • Hotel transfers and private bus to trailhead
  • Entrance fees for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • High quality double-occupancy tents and camping equipment
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Hot water in the morning for washing
  • Drinking water during the trek
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent, and latrine tent
  • Oxygen bottle and first aid kit equipped for wilderness trekking
  • Professional, English-speaking guide and camp staff
  • Plentiful, nutritious meals (Vegetarian option available) 03B, 03L, 03D
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket back to Cusco, Backpacker service
  • Transfer from Poroy train station to hotel

 

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking Poles
  • Breakfast on the Day 1 and Lunch and Dinner on Day 4
  • Tips for guide and trek staff ( Not compulsory, tips are at your discretion)
  • Climb Huayna Picchu
  • Porters – INCLUDED WITH THE PRIVATE SERVICE

 

Price

Price

Group Service:

  • Starts at USD 675 per person (Minimum 6 person for this price) (2017 Price)
  • Starts at USD 720 per person (Minimum 6 person for this price) (POOL GROUP) (2018 Price)
  • Starts at USD 750 per person (Minimum 6 person for this price) (The Private Service could be 2 to 5 person group without problem(The prices depends of how many people are in the group)) (PRIVATE GROUP) (2018 Price)
  • IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR CLASSIC INCA TRAIL ENTRANCE PERMITS WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BOOK ALREADY BECAUSE THEY ARE AVAILABLE AND THE DATES ARE GETTING SOLD OUT

In case there are only 1 – 2 people signed up for a departure we will join our group with another company.

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