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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cusco Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    4 DAYS

  • Avg Distance

    40 KM

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily

  • Starting Location

    Cusco

  • Price Includes

    Pre-departure Inca Trail tour briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office Collection from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to head of Inca trail at Km. 82 (trek starting point) Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail (Inca Trail Permit) Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Two hours Machu Picchu guided tour Visit different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail hike Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu complex to Aguas Calientes Return Expedition train ticket on Day 4 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Collection from train station on day 4 and transfer to downtown Cusco Professional multilingual Inca Trail Tour guides and leaders Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more people) Savvy cook and cooking equipment Well treated local porters (service to carry tents, food and cooking equipment only) 3 Nutritious Breakfasts 3 High-energy Lunches 3 Delicious Dinners Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge Nutritious Snacks Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from second day Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents – only 2 people per tent Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek Dining and kitchen tent Portable camping tables and chairs 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance First aid equipment Bio-degradable personal hand soaps Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff Accommodation, food, transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks Specialized travel advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip High-quality service and support

  • Notes

    Not included: International round-trip airfare to and from Peru Tips and gratuities Sleeping bag Travel insurance Personal trekking gear. Important note: Campsite allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (government office in charge of the Inca Trail).

Highlights

  • Walking from one ancient Inca ruin to the next is a mystical and enigmatic experience you will never forget
  • The Inca Trail is the best-known and most popular hike on the South American continent, complemented only by the iconic Inca site of Machu Picchu. Together they have become one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Be rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

Guide

Trip Info

The adventure begins today in Cusco, Peru. Before leaving the hotel, make sure you are carrying your original passport and ISIC card if student. Travelers are collected at around 6:00 am. from their hotels and start a spectacular scenic drive through the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas with beautiful views of the Urubamba river, picturesque Andean villages and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Along the way we might stop at Urubamba or Ollantaytambo for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms, before continuing to Piscacucho.
You will get acquainted with the rest of the crew and the porters who will be carrying the camping equipment. This point is where our hiking trail begins, it is also the location of the first official Inca Trail check point. After clearing the gates and crossing a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba river, the trek begins with a gentle climb. You are now approaching the Inca fortress of Willka Raccay and the Inca settlement of Llactapata (Patallacta on some maps) .
Walk at your own pace, stop as many times as you like, to catch your breath or to stretch a muscle. The last hard climb takes us right to the highest pass of the inca trail at Warmi Wañuska. Once at the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Andes, the Huananay massif and the surrounding snow-covered peaks. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment after conquering Dead Woman’s pass. Remember to have a warm jacket and your beanie at hand when reaching this altitude as temperatures may drop drastically. After a deserved rest, continue traversing the slopes on the left side of the valley all the way to our campsite in Paqaymayu .
Possibly the longest day of inca trail hiking but one that will bring splendid landscapes and vistas. A perfectly scheduled cup of hot tea will follow the wake up call at around 06:00 hrs. Enjoy breakfast with your trekking comrades and prepare yourself to hike along well preserved Inca pathway, for the most part, being original.
Take a pause at this archeological complex for an in depth tour and explanation. The name Sayacmarca means “inaccessible town” and clearly describes the position of the site, perfectly perched on the edgy rocks.
The one of a kind Inca trail, now a monumental structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads and tree ferns. Past the inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at offering incredible views of several snow capped peaks including Salkantay and Veronica
Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (cloud-level town). A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid paved Inca road to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young).
Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. The most impressive ruins until this point are located minutes away, even if you are tired after today’s hike, it is a good idea to explore the Wiñayhuayna archeological or just rest…
Today begins earlier than normal, after breakfast we say a farewell to the porters and set off on the trail by 04:00 hrs in order to get to Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about one hour and a half of hiking and is clearly marked, but you will be walking in darkness. It is highly recommended to bring a head lamp. The path is narrow, traverses a lush cloud forest of giant ferns and brings an almost vertical ascent of about 50 steps to Intipunku, the gate of the sun .
Suddenly all efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. You will have plenty of time to take photos of the Lost city of the Incas, from the classic postcard view and different angles around.A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own.
The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go, just double check your train schedule and be at the train station one hour before departure. The train ticket included departs at 18:45 hrs. arriving to Ollantaytambo at approximately 20:18 hrs. It is recommended to upgrade your train to Vistadome service giving you more train departure times and superior seat comfort for the ride back to Cusco. Whichever train station you arrive (Ollantaytambo or Poroy) transfer from this location to Cusco will be provided. You will arrive to Cusco at around 22:30 hrs. with the included service.

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