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Inka Trail 4d/3n

Highlights

  • Meet the Puerta del Sol for the first sighting of the wonderful Machupicchu
  • Tour the Inca archaeological sites accompanied by a majestic passage
  • Hike from the Sacred Valley to one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Itinerary

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Day 1

Cusco (3,300 m) – Km. 82 (2,800 m) – Huayllabamba (3,000 m)

Early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel and then go in a private bus to Piscacucho located at kilometer 82 (2,800 m / 9,186 ft), on the way we will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, through the towns of Urubamba and Olllantaytambo, here we will make a short stop for you to visit the local market and buy some supplies for the hike.

We will continue our journey to Piscacucho. Upon arrival to Piscacucho Km. 82 we will pass through the control, to begin with the hike on the banks of the Urubamba River.

In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit the small community of Miskay (2,800 m / 9,186 ft), later we will begin to ascend to a small plateau, where we can enjoy an extraordinary Andean landscape and an Inca construction known as Patallacta, located at 2,750 m / 9,022 ft, in this place we can see some cultivation terraces that served to feed travelers from different places that took this route to reach Machu Picchu.

Then we will continue walking through an area full of vegetation where it is very likely to observe the giant hummingbird, after walking for about 2 hours we will arrive to our first camp located in the area of Huayllabamba at 3,000 m / 9,842 ft Huayllabamba is a small town surrounded by corn fields, potato crops and other products, here we will have our first camp.

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Day 2

Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu (3,600 m)

On this day we will have a great challenge, to ascend the Warmihuañusca pass, to start we will have a refreshing breakfast then we will start our hike towards the Ayapata Valley which will take 1 hour to reach this sector, this is known for having a micro climate of high Andean valley.

Then we will pass through a narrow path full of vegetation, passing by a small bridge that will take us through a cloud forest, with an unparalleled beauty until we reach the highest point of Warmihuañusca, Quechua name that means “When the woman dies”, This point has an altitude of 4,200 m / 13,779 ft, along the ascent you will appreciate how the vegetation changes, however this place is one of the most beautiful because once we have conquered its summit, we will be compensated by a beautiful view of the snowy and Andean landscapes.

We will then descend through a winding valley until we reach a point where we will stop for lunch. During this trip it is possible to observe various types of birds. We follow the route until we reach the Pacaymayu River Valley (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), where we will have our second camp.

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Day 3

Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna (2,700 m)

For many visitors, this is one of the longest days, but at the same time one of the most beautiful, due to the presence of Inca constructions along the trail. After a nutritious breakfast we will start our hike ascending a steep trail.

We will pass through a second pass where we will find the impressive archaeological remains of Runkuracay (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) which takes its name from its unique half-circle shape. This semicircular shape allows protection from the strong winds of the area.

Then we will ascend to the Yanacocha Lagoon (Black Lake) and continue until we reach Sayaqmarca (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), “The dominant village”, where we will appreciate interesting Inca ruins, and have a panoramic view of the Acobamba valley, the only way to access these constructions is through a steep stone staircase. During the tour we pass by Conchamarka, a small archaeological site recently discovered.

Afterwards, we continue uphill and we will reach the first tunnel along the trail, then continue climbing until we reach the third and last pass, where we will see the village of Phuyupatamarca (3,665 m / 12,024 ft), “Town above the clouds”, which is undoubtedly one of the most original citadels along the Inca Trail. It is located on the edge of a ravine. Here we will find many cultivation terraces and ceremonial fountains.

After visiting this site, we will descend around 2,000 cobblestone stairs to reach the citadel of Wiñaywayna (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), which means “Forever young”, the name derives from the typical orchids that can be found throughout the year with their red, yellow and violet flowers.

This is possibly the most attractive of all the palaces along the Inca Trail, and the last urban center before reaching Machu Picchu. It was built on the slopes of the mountains, and is divided into four main parts: the dwelling at the bottom, with more than 20 buildings, the area for holding ritual fountains, the area of cultivation terraces and the tower area.

After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna, we will head to our last camp, which is located a few meters from the site. This will be the night in which we say goodbye to our porters or staff of the excursion, so at night there will be a small party to thank everyone for having shared with the group this beautiful experience.

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Day 4

Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu (2,490 m) – Cusco

On this last day, we will get up very early to have breakfast, and continue with our hike, after three hours of walking, we will arrive at the area of Intipunku or Puerta del Sol (2,490 m / 8,169 ft). A small complex of small buildings that apparently seem to have been used as a checkpoint.

It is an excellent opportunity to take panoramic photos of the citadel of Machu Picchu. If the traveler has started the hike very early, arriving just for sunrise, this is perhaps the best place and time to contemplate the majestic splendor of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.

Machu Picchu was long thought to be part of a legend, until 1911 when the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it, Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 2,430 m / 7,972 ft in the middle of a tropical forest, and with an extraordinary location. It was undoubtedly one of the most marvelous urban creations of the Inca heyday. Its enormous walls, terraces, and ramps seem to have been naturally cut continuously into the rocky cliffs.

Then we will descend to tour the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour by our guide for approximately 2 hours, followed by free time for you to enjoy this wonder of the world independently you can visit Huayna Picchu (not included in the tour).

Then we will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft), where you can visit the thermal baths of the town (the entrance fee of 10 Soles is not included in the tour). Return to Cusco.

Included services

  • Briefing with the guide prior to the hike and delivery of the corresponding map.
  • Professional bilingual guide.
  • Tent.
  • Cheff.
  • Meals (03 Breakfasts / 03 Lunches / 03 Dinners).
  • Vegetarian option free of charge; please inform in advance.
  • Camping equipment (tents + flask).
  • Kitchen equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, utensils).
  • Porters carrying camping equipment (tents, thin flasks) and food.
  • Transportation Hotel Cusco - Km 82.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail network and Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu for 2 hours.
  • Bus Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service)
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo - Cusco.
  • First aid kit, oxygen balloon.

Not included services

  • Tips.

What you need to know

  • Minimum purchase 2 passengers.
  • At the time of booking all information must match those of your passport or identity card.
  • It is mandatory to carry the passport or original document with which you made the reservation during the entire Inca Trail tour.
  • Tips for guides, cooks and porters are not included in the tour price.(It is optional if you wish to give eye is not mandatory).

What to bring:

  • Personal toiletries.
  • Water resistant hiking boots or shoes.
    Sleeping bag.
  • Walking stick if you don’t have it you can buy it in Cusco at an economical price.
  • Camera.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Raincoats in the rainy season (pants or waterproof jacket).
  • Headlamp and batteries.
  • Long pants.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sweaters and a jacket
  • Medium backpack (approx. 40 liters) for trekking.
  • Warm clothes for the evenings.

Cancellation Policies

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