This route is for adventurous people in good condition for a walk of up to 10 hours in one day. The pace can be exhausting for some, but the beauty and history of this area surround the walker at every step. The Inka Trail to Machu Picchu is a branch that goes from the Andes to the jungle and requires some physical effort.
Day 1 Cusco – Wayllabamba
Day 2 Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
Day 3 Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna
Day 4 Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu
We pick you up from the hotel at 7.00 to 7.30 on the bus that will take us directly to Piskacucho (2700 masl) a small community located at kilometer 82 of the road from Cusco to Machu Picchu, where we begin our walk and join with all the equipment of professionals who will make our trip a success. We will cross the bridge and then start with our walk along the left bank of the Urubamba River that flows to the Northeast of the Sacred Valley. After passing through a flat tenderness, we will arrive at Miskay (2800 masl) and then ascend and finally see the Inca City of Patallacta or Llactapata (2750 masl) then we will continue our walk along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, until we reach our first Wayllabamba camp (3000 masl) where we will have a restful dinner and spend the night. During the tour, we can enjoy a splendid panorama: the Vilcanota river, The Urubamba mountain range, with the top of the Veronica mountain (5750 masl), covered with snow and a great variety of flora and fauna throughout the tour
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
On this day after breakfast at approximately 7:00, we will begin our walk, the hardest day of the trek, the walk consists of a precipitous and narrow climb for about 9 kilometers. Throughout this climb the landscape will change from sierra to puna, a dry and high area with scarce vegetation. At this time the first and highest mountain pass at 4200 m.a.s.l. known as Abra de Warmihuañusca (passage of the dead woman) we can observe llamas and domestic alpacas that graze in the ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We will also cross an area of the forest where different kinds of animals inhabit such as sparrows and the Andean bear or Spectacled bear. It is advisable to bring candies, chocolates and coca leaves to maintain a high level of sugar in the body and thus counteract altitude sickness. After having passed the pass, we will descend towards the Pacaymayu Valley (3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will camp after 7 hours of walking.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna
This is the longest but most interesting and impressive day of our trek, since we will visit countless archeological sites guided and explained by our guide. From Pacaymayu we will climb to the second step the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 masl). We will visit the archaeological complex of the same name at 3800 m.a.s.l., and we will find important vestiges of the Inca Culture. After passing the pass we will descend towards Yanacona (black lagoon) to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 masl) place where lunch will be given and then continue with our walk and observe how the geography changes from dry and mountainous aspect to semitropical green, eyebrow of jungle We continue on an easy climb, we will arrive at the third pass at the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 m.a.s.l.). We will continue our walk and then go through an Inca tunnel and get to the step already mentioned. This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes located at the highest point of the mountain. Phuyupatamarca which means “The Cloud over the City” from where we can observe a sophisticated complex composed of water fountains with solid foundations and impressive views of the Urubamaba River along which we will continue ascending towards Wiñayhuayna (2700 masl) that means “Forever Young”, for a guided tour of this spectacularly located archeological complex. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu
In Wiñaywayna we get up early at approximately 4:00 a.m. to head towards the Puerta del Sol or IntiPunku where we can enjoy a panoramic view of Machupicchu and observe the sunrise after the walk on the flat stones on the edge of the mountain cliffs. From Intipunku we will descend to Machupicchu arriving approximately in 40 minutes and then head towards the Inca City Machupicchu where we will enjoy a guided tour of approximately 2 hours where you will have free time to walk around the citadel or climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu, where you will experience views spectacular valleys and mountains or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca bridge. Then in the afternoon we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we can visit the thermal baths to finally return to the city of Cusco via train. Upon arrival, transfer to the selected hotel.
|Price per person double occupancy
|INDIVIDUAL without Tourleader|
- Transportation by bus to the start of the walk (Km. 82)
- Machu Picchu bus ticket – Aguas Calientes
- Return train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco
- Entrance to the Inka Trail and Machu Picchu
- Transfer Train station / Hotel
- Professional guide English, Spanish throughout the tour
- Food: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- Camping equipment (tents, kitchen, dining room, chairs, tables, mattresses).
- First aid kit
- Emergency oxygen balloon
- Cook in charge of food preparation
- Porters in charge of transporting luggage
- Accommodation for guides, cooks and porters
- Customers’ international flights
- Airport taxes for international flights
- Transfers (except as specified)
- Meals and drinks (except as specified)
- Optional excursions
- Individual travel insurances
- Personal expenses
- Tips for porters, tour guides and drivers
- Gratuity for drivers and guides
- Breakfast the first day (usually hotels offer breakfast)
- Lunch of the last day (in Aguas Calientes)
- Visit to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (admission is US $ 1.50, towel and bath linen can be rented in Aguas Calientes)
- The population of Peru in June 2019, currently exceeds 33 050 325 inhabitants with an average density of 25 inhabitants per km² and its annual growth rate is 1.1% .2 52.6% of the Peruvian population lives in the coast, 38% in the mountains, and 9.4% in the jungle.
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