CLASSIC INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4DAYS / 3NIGHTS
The Inka Trail to Machu Picchu considered as one of the most amazing trekking trips in the world, following the original path that Incas used to arrive to the mythical Machu Picchu llaqta. It will be an unforgettable experience sharing nice time with the porters who will carry the complete camping equipment.
The trek is fairly challenging nevertheless, the highest pass is at 4200m (known as Warmihuañusca – dead woman pass), so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. Therefore we recommend you to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to start the trekking.
DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO (KM 82) – WAYLLABAMBA:
The guide will meet you at your hotel, transfer to Piskacucho (km 82) starting point of the Inca trail; here you will meet the trekking crew (our porters) who will carry all our camping equipment.
You will start the trek crossing the Vilcanota River Bridge and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. The landscape views are magnificent surrounded by snowcapped mountain and the valley below you.
After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (‘happy bridge’). It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river.
We will leave the Urubamba valley and will have an overview of the inca site of Huillca Raccay (hillfort) before setting off up to the Kusichaca River ‘happy bridge’, It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river.
Finally you will arrive to Wayllabamba our first campsite.
- Camping altitude: (3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 feet)
- Hiking distance: Km 82 – Wayllabamba: 12km (7.5 miles)
- Hiking time: 6 hours approximately
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO:
You will start our day with a good breakfast. This is the most difficult day of the trail.
For about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain you will get to the top of the first pass (Abra Warmiwañuska or “the dead woman pass” at 4215m.a.s.l./13828 Ft). Once there you will have an amazing view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba Mountain Chain. The descent from the pass is steep, following through a winding valley till you reach the area where we will have lunch.
Finally, you will ascend again until the Pacaymayo Gorge where you will set up the next campsite.
- Camping altitude: Pacaymayo (3600 mts. – 11181 ft.)
- Hiking distance: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo: 11km (6.8 miles)
- Hiking time: 7 hours approximately
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA:
Today, it will be one of the longest day trek, but one of the most beautiful and amazing. Along the way you will appreciate many archaeological places which accomplished different functions in the Inca time.
You will start ascending through a steep trail until get the second Pass where the impressive archeological rests of Runkuracay at 3800m.a.s.l./12467ft (circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below). Afterwards, you will descend till get to Sayaqmarca (3600m.a.s.l./11811ft) known as “The Dominant Town”.
From Sayacmarca the stone road begins to go into the magnificent cloud forest, full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way; continuing your trek towards the third pass Phuyupatamarca, the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca ruins at (3650m.a.s.l./ 12045 ft), the name of this archaeological site means “Town above the clouds” without a doubt one of the most original towns on the whole Inca Trail. Afterwards, you will descend using around 2000 stone steps until reach Wiñaywayna Citadel “Forever Young” (2700m.a.s.l./8856ft), the main archaeological site after Machu Picchu in the
- Inca Trail, here you will spend the last night camping.
- Camping altitude: Wiñayhuayna (2700m.a.s.l./8856ft.)
- Hiking distance: Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna: 16km (9.9 miles)
- Hiking time: 8 hours approximately
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACCHU PICCHU – CUSCO:
You will get up very early and have breakfast. Along the route, you will be able to see a great variety of flora and fauna typical of the area (presence of high variety of orchids). To get Inti Punku “Sun Gate” (2740m.a.s.l/9042 ft) you will have to climb 50 which will consume your last forces. Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory. It is an excellent opportunity to take panoramic pictures of the Machu Picchu Citadel (2450 mts – 8085 ft). You will have the rest of the day to visit the entire citadel. Then you will head down to Aguas Calientes town where you will take the train back to Cusco. Arrival to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
- Hiking distance: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu: 6km (3.7 miles)
- Hiking time: 3 hours approximately
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- riefing at hotel prior to departure
- Private transport to Km. 82 (Piscaycucho – starting point of the Inca trail)
- Transfer from Poroy train station to hotel (last day)
- Professional bilingual guide
- All balanced meals during the trek (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner, including 04 snacks + 03 tea time and + 1
- Boxed Lunch on the last day)
- Train service (VISTADOME – first class or EXPEDITION – tourist class) Machu Picchu to Cusco
- Entrance fee to Inca trail & Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- All common camping gear: 3 men mountain tent for 2 people, sleeping mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs
- Cook & assistant Cook
- Porters for the whole camping equipment including personal luggage. Porters will place campsite before
- passenger’s arrival to campground.
- First-aid kit with oxygen
Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips and extra expenses
As the Inka trail is into the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Park, the Ministry of Culture disposed some regulations to preserve the citadel and the road networks which lead to Machu Picchu.
One of the regulations was to limit the number of people doing the Inca trail per day.
- 500 PERMITS available per day for the CLASSIC INKA TRAIL 4DAYS/3NIGHTS which starts at KM 82, approximately the 40% of these permits are allocated to visitors and the 60% to porters, cooks and guides.
- 250 PERMITS available per day for the SHORT INKA TRAIL 2DAYS/1NIGHT starting at km 104; for this route it is not necessary porters, because it is a full day hike arriving to Machu Picchu the same day.
The entrance fees for the Inka trail are bought using this information:
- Complete name (as your passport shows)
- Passport number
- Date of birth
These details cannot be changed after the permits have been purchased.