Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

(4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and important trails in South America, which shelters along its more than 40 kilometers impressive Inca remains, mountainous landscapes, cloud forests and a divers flora and fauna. The ancient inhabitants of Tahuantinsuyo used this route to make a pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
Follow their tracks and make your visit to Cusco an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1: CUSCO - PISKACUCHO KM 82 - LLACTAPATA- AYAPATA:

Very early, we will pick you up from your hotel, to take you to Pisacucho, commonly known as “Km 82”, thus starting our Inca Trail Cusco Tour; then we will go to Patallacta. Once there, we will continue walking to the place where we will have lunch and then walk to Ayapata, where we will spend our first night.

DAY 2: MUJER MUERTA PASS (DEAD WOMAN´S PASS) -RUNCURACCAY PASS- CHAQUICCOCHA:

This will be our longest day. We will touch the highest point of the trek at 4215 meters above sea level. At this point we will rest and appreciate the landscape. Then we will begin the descent towards the Valle Pacaymayu (Rio Escondido), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will start our second ascent to Runcu Raccay, the second pass. Finally, we will descend to the place where we will spend the night: Chaquicocha (dry lake, at 3600m.a.s.l.).

DAY 3: CHAKICOCHA - WIÑAY WAYNA:

This will be the most beautiful day of the tour. As we walk, we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow mountain in the Sacred Valley and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Then we begin to make our way to the last peak in Phuyupatamarca (3600m.a.s.l), from where we will have excellent views of Urubamba River. Going down the valley, we have our first views of the Machu Picchu Mountain, which will be our goal on the last day.

PUERTA DEL SOL (SUN GATE) - MACHU PICCHU – THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

This day we will have our reward for all the effort made: we will have the opportunity to get to know one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World: the Machu Picchu Citadel. We will begin our trekking to the top very early. As we get closer to Machu Picchu, the view of the Inca citadel becomes better and better. At approximately 7:40 in the morning we will arrive at the final control point and enter Machu Picchu, to begin our guided tour of 2 hours. After the visit, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town); you will have time to have lunch and visit the hot springs. In the afternoon we will board the return train to Ollantaytambo station.

Includes:

  • Professional guides: All our guides studied English and tourism in the best universities in Cusco. They all grew up in this region and have a real passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun, but professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Instructions: The night before your walk, you need to visit us in our office for your information session. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with the porters while you walk. This bag should not exceed 7Kg/14pounds and you need to include your sleeping bag and an air mattress.
  • Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your night camp.
  • Transport: All your transportation is included in this walk. You will be picked up directly from your hotel at 4a.m. (unless you stay in Ollantaytambo) and taken to Km 82 to begin your walk. The return train from Aguas Calientes is included. This is the Expedition or Voyager class, but you can upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco. Your bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.
  • Equipment: We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that only 2 people share. You will also have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
  • Food: We honor all dietary restrictions. Be sure to remind your guide about your food restrictions before the walk. The food is typically served family style. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the walk, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided with a snack every morning, so you can enjoy during the trek. Lunch on the last day is not included.
  • Water: From your first lunch until your last breakfast, all the water you need will be supplied. This water will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it is distributed. You must supply your own bottles of water. We recommend carrying around 3L. We will fill the bottles at every meal.
  • First aid kit: Each guide has received training in first aid from a specialist doctor. We carry out mandatory training sessions during the month of February (period in which the Inca Trail is closed), which each guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen. If necessary, we will get you out of the trail as quickly and in any possible way and we will make sure that you go directly to the clinic to receive treatment.
  • Extras: Each hiker receives a small pillow to sleep, a foam mattress for insulation, a day cover to protect his/her things while walking and a rain poncho.
  • Satellite telephones: Our highest priority will always be the safety of our customers and our team. We are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the problems that customers have in the mountains, being one call away from a doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel confident that they are safe. The radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can get, so satellite phones have been added for every walk. Each guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere in the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can also be used by our clients for cases that are not emergencies. While they are not cheap to use, they are available in case you need to use them.
  • Taxes and fees: All taxes and permit fees associated with this trip are included in the indicated price.
  • Rentals: Every hiker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and canes (with rubber tips) are optional, but are recommended. If you do not wish to bring any of the above, all are available for rent: - Sleeping bag: $20 - Inflatable air mattress: $ 15 - Canes (pair): $ 15
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute walk to the top. Going down again is quite steep, if you are afraid of heights. This is done after your visit to Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements must be made at least one month in advance, due to its popularity. Please understand that the weather is beyond our control.

DAY 1: CUSCO - PISKACUCHO KM 82 - LLACTAPATA- AYAPATA:

We will pick you up from anywhere you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pick up from Cusco will be at 4:30a.m. If it is from Uurubamba, it will be at 5:30a.m.; if you are staying in Ollantaytambo- at 6:30a.m. One day before the trip we will have an informative session, where these times will be confirmed, as they may vary depending on the place where you will stay. Then we will go to Km 82, arriving approximately at 7a.m. We will go through the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail to begin our walk (be sure to have your original passport to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of walking are relatively easy as we head to our first Inca site, Patallacta, which is an ancient Inca checkpoint, to approach Machu Picchu. From Patallacta, we will start another 2-hour walk to our lunch stop. After lunch, we will walk for another 2 hours until we reach the camp for the first night in Ayapata (3300meters). In this last section, we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy energy drinks or snacks, you can do it here; you can also buy any essential items like batteries that you may have forgotten. We will arrive at our campsite before 5:00p.m. and after settling down for a while, you can relax and have a hot drink and a snack next to your equipment and guide. At 7:30 p.m. your dinner will be ready and then you can get a well-deserved rest.

DAY 2: MUJER MUERTO PASS (DEAD WOMAN’S PASS)- RUNCURACCAY PASS- CHAQUICCOCHA:

Today is our longest day and we will start early. We will make a walk of approximately 4 hours to the highest point of the trek, El Paso de la Mujer Muerta (Dead Woman’s Pass, 4215meters-13829feet). Upon reaching the pass, we will stop to take a short break and enjoy the views before leaving again to descend to the next valley (Valle Pacaymayu- Rio Escondido). It is another hour and a half by the side of the valley to our lunch place and the opportunity to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin to ascend again to the second step of the walk. It will take 2 hours to reach the pass and on the way we will stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and we will see two huge waterfalls on the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it is a downhill walk for another hour to reach the magnificent Inca site of Sayacmarca. We will stop here to rest and take a quick tour of the site and then watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. We have only 20 minutes until we stop to spend the night in our second camp, Chaquicocha (dry lake, 3600m.a.s.l.). After dinner, if you are not too tired, we can look at the stars and point out the fascinating Inca constellations. The sky is worthy of admiration!

DAY 3: CHAQUICCOCHA - WIÑAYWAYNA:

We start early again, waking up at 6:30a.m., to begin what is commonly considered as the most beautiful day of the entire Inca Trail. We walk for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca Flat” (gradual slopes) and we start to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. While we walk, we will have the opportunity to see the majestic snowy Salkantay, the second highest snow mountain in the Sacred Valley and we can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Near the end of the Inca Flats, we begin to make our way to the last peak in Phuyupatamarka (3600m.a.s.l.) from where we will have excellent views over the Urubamba River. Down the valley we have our first views of the Machu Picchu Mountain, but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka we start a 3-hour walk along a flight of stairs to our last camp, near Winay Wayna (“Always Young”). Winay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the road after Machu Picchu and the most popular camp due to its proximity to Machu Picchu. During the descent, we will visit 2 Inca ruins: Phuyupatamarka (“People in the Clouds”) and Intipata (“Terraces of the Sun”). We arrive at our camp around 1:00p.m. for lunch and then rest throughout the afternoon so that we will be relaxed and ready for our last day in Machu Picchu. Around 4:30p.m., your guide will give you a brief orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Winay Wayna, spending about one hour and a half there. We will explain the importance of the site and combine all the information provided during the walk so that you are ready for your visit to Machu Picchu the next day. It is advisable to rest as soon as possible, in order to wake up early in the morning and get to see the sunrise in Machu Picchu, while hoping that the weather will give us a beautiful show of the ruins of Machu Picchu.

DÍA 4: PUERTA DEL SOL (SUN'S GATE) - MACHU PICCHU - LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

This will be the most anticipated day. We will get up at 3:00a.m. and we will have breakfast at 4:00a.m. and we will wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start the trekking when the doors open at 5:30a.m. Then we will continue forward to the Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku). From here, we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its splendor. We arrive at the Puerta del Sol at 6:30a.m. and then it’s just an hour’s walk down to get to the Lost city of the Incas. As we get closer to Machu Picchu, the views of the city become better and better. At approximately 7:40a.m. we will arrive at the final control point and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2-hour private guided tour. After the tour, you will receive the bus tickets to go down to Aguas Calientes and you will have plenty of free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountains- Huayna Picchu (must be organized in advance). Your guide will offer to meet you in the town of Aguas Calientes to have your last lunch at a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. During lunch, the guide will distribute train tickets, so if you decide to make a change, arrange to get them before leaving you in Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we will board the return train to Ollantaytambo station, where our staff will be waiting for you to transport you in our bus to Cusco.

Includes:

  • Professional guides: All our guides studied English and tourism in the best universities in Cusco. They all grew up in this region and have a real passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun, but professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Instructions: The night before your walk, you need to visit us in our office for your information session. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with the porters while you walk. This bag should not exceed 7Kg/14pounds and you need to include your sleeping bag and an air mattress.
  • Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your night camp.
  • Transport: All your transportation is included in this walk. You will be picked up directly from your hotel at 4a.m. (unless you stay in Ollantaytambo) and taken to Km 82 to begin your walk. The return train from Aguas Calientes is included. This is the Expedition or Voyager class, but you can upgrade to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco. Your bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.
  • Equipment: We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that only 2 people share. You will also have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals.
  • Food: We honor all dietary restrictions. Be sure to remind your guide about your food restrictions before the walk. The food is typically served family style. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the walk, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided with a snack every morning, so you can enjoy during the trek. Lunch on the last day is not included.
  • Water: From your first lunch until your last breakfast, all the water you need will be supplied. This water will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it is distributed. You must supply your own bottles of water. We recommend carrying around 3L. We will fill the bottles at every meal.
  • First aid kit: Each guide has received training in first aid from a specialist doctor. We carry out mandatory training sessions during the month of February (period in which the Inca Trail is closed), which each guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first aid kit for basic medical problems and oxygen. If necessary, we will get you out of the trail as quickly and in any possible way and we will make sure that you go directly to the clinic to receive treatment.
  • Extras: Each hiker receives a small pillow to sleep, a foam mattress for insulation, a day cover to protect his/her things while walking and a rain poncho.
  • Satellite telephones: Our highest priority will always be the safety of our customers and our team. We are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the problems that customers have in the mountains, being one call away from a doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel confident that they are safe. The radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can get, so satellite phones have been added for every walk. Each guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere in the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can also be used by our clients for cases that are not emergencies. While they are not cheap to use, they are available in case you need to use them.
  • Taxes and fees: All taxes and permit fees associated with this trip are included in the indicated price.
  • Rentals: Every hiker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and canes (with rubber tips) are optional, but are recommended. If you do not wish to bring any of the above, all are available for rent: - Sleeping bag: $20 - Inflatable air mattress: $ 15 - Canes (pair): $ 15
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute walk to the top. Going down again is quite steep, if you are afraid of heights. This is done after your visit to Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements must be made at least one month in advance, due to its popularity. Please understand that the weather is beyond our control.

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