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Discover the ancestral paths of the Andean man, beautiful stone paths that connect the entire Inca empire, mainly Machu Picchu. Inca trail tours.

Itineraries

Day 1 : CUSCO / KM 82 / WAYLLABAMBA (12 km)

Time : 7:00 am

Trek Km 82 to Wayllabamba

The first day of the trek is relatively easy and serves as training for the days to follow. We pick you up from your hotel at around 6:30 am. We will travel by bus, passing through many pictures villages such as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

We will stop for about 30 minutes to buy some goods such as walking sticks, rain ponchos, or to have breakfast. Then we continue down river up to Km. 82 (trailhead). After taking the first group pictures, we cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right.

After passing through small farms, you will see the Inca fort of Willkaraccay before reaching the mouth of the Cusichaca River (Happy Legs River).

When the Incas conquered the area, they built a fortress here as the site commanded an excellent view across the Urubamba Valley, and controlled the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley.

From this trail, there are great views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow-capped peak of Veronica (5750m). There is also a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata or Patallacta, which means “Upper Town“ in Quechua, and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911

Day 2 : WAYLLABAMBA / PACAYMAYU

Time : 6:00 am

11km of trek

On the second day, you will climb up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc River for about one hour. This will bring us to Tres Piedras (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro River.

There is a small campsite here, which is sometimes used on day one if the group is making good progress. The stream is named after the Huayruro, an ornamental tree.

Its seeds are red and black. Many of the porters from the Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional red and black ponchos.

A little further on, you’ll enter a beautiful cloud forest.
After a two-hour trek through steep woods and increasingly spectacular terrain, we will arrive above the tree line at a meadow known as Llulluchapampa.

It is another 1½ hours climb to the first and highest point of the trail (Abra de Huarmiwañusqa or Dead Woman´s pass) at 4,200m.

During this part of the trail, hikers are exposed to the Andean elements : first the scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, the freezing winds. Once at the top, hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.

The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult. It follows the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor to the second campsite at Pacaymayo (3,600m).

Day 3 : PACAYMAYO TO WIÑAYWAYNA

Time : 6:00 am

17km of trek descen

From Pacaymayo, it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small, circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo Valley below. Another 45 minutes of hiking will bring us to the top of the second pass, Abra de Runcuracay (3,900m).

The descent down the steps is steep, so take care especially when it is wet. After about one hour from the second pass, you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca by climbing a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town”, and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, as they are protected on three sides by sheer cliffs.

You will have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca. This was probably used as a tambo (rest stop) for weary travelers on their way to Machu Picchu.

The path then descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock. The trail then climbs up to the third pass (3,700m).

The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750 m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive of the Inca ruins so far. The meaning of these ruins is “City Inside the Cloud”, which were probably used for the ritual worship of water.

After about an hour of walking through cloud forest, we may be able to see the tin roof of the trekkers hostal at Wiñaywayna. It will probably take another two hours until we arrive. Wiñaywuayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.

Day 4 : WIÑAY WAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU (5 Km) - CUSCO

Time : 4:00 am

Trek to Machu Picchu and train to Cusco

We’ll wake up early at 4:00am. After breakfast, we will set off on the trail to see the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu (at around 7am). The trail goes around the mountain side, and drops into a cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate).

Suddenly, the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you. It is another 30 minutes walk down to Machu Picchu itself. We’ll arrive at the Watchman’s Hut from where you’ll be able to appreciate the ruins in all their glory. This is the classic postcard viewpoint.

Then we descend to the main entrance to leave our backpacks in a secure deposit. We then re-enter the ruins for a guided tour of the major sections of the ruins with your guide. The tour takes about 3 hours, after which you’ll have free time to explore the ruins independently.

If you have any energy left, there is enough time to climb Huayna Picchu, which is the steep mountain you see dominating the background of the ruins; the summit offers superb views. After exploring by yourself, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch.

There are regular buses down to the village ( it takes 25 minutes) or you can walk (60 minutes), so you can return whenever you want. The guide will tell you a time and location for the group to meet up in Aguas Calientes so your guide can give you your return train tickets. After eating lunch, you may want to relax in the hot springs. We then take the train back to Cusco, the end of our service

  • Tourist bus to Km 82
  • Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • High-quality camping equipment (4-person dome igloo tents used just for people, roll mattress, cooking equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables),
  • Great cook
  • Meals (3B/3L/3D) in all inca trail tours
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks. (Vegetarian options).
  • Porters (just to carry the camping equipment, food and cooking equipment)
    Return ticket on tourist train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco
  • Breakfast on the first morning (some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service).
  • If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the trailhead, where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast.
  • Extra porter (can be hired in our office for US $80 for the 4 days)
  • Bus ticket from the ruins to Aguas Calientes.
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4.
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes US $3.50
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office for US $25 for the 4 days)
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
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