4-Day Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - Cusco
OverviewThe Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in America and also it gives you an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The Inca trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views.The Incas used this itinerary for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
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1st Day: Cusco - Km 82 Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by a tourist bus heading to the Sacred Valley .Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for breakfast (optional). The official beginning of the Inka Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m). The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay well have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), where we will spend the night. From here, we have a great view of themysterious Nevado de Vernica.
2nd Day: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa Warmihuausca pass - Pacaymayu - Runkurakay pass - Chaquicocha
Early in the morning we will start the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, theWarmihuausca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
3rd Day: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca Wiayhuayna
The third day is the most beautiful one. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). Its a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m). The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/"Town above the clouds" (3600m/11811f). We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiaywayna/"Forever young" (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site.
4th Day: Wiayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head - equipped with our flashlights - to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00 am. You will have a guided tour through the ruins of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours and then free time to explore the citadel. A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. From where we will have our train to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to Cusco.
Inclusions for 4-Day Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
- Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82.
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo.
- Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated
- Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco.
- Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
- Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, asanitary tent).
- Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes,omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable fortrekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude.
- Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker).
- Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock).
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
- Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag.
Exclusions for 4-Day Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch/dinner in Aguas Calientes Town.
- Sleeping bag
- Walking pole
- Entrances to Wayna Picchu/Machupicchu Mountain
- Entrances to hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Entrances to Hot showers on 3rd day
- Extra porter for personal belongins
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional and then well guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well
(2) Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer luggage mustnt exceed 15 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The Service costs $ 250.00, and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
(3) Tips: Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
(4) Camping sites: the camping sites on the Inca Trail can be different from the ones described in our itinerary (Yuncachimpa, Chaquicocha and Wiaywayna). This is due to a limitation of the places (Wiaywayna is almost always fully booked). The camping sites (especially Wiaywayna) are well known with the public. Therefore they will book their places well in advance (certainly when you want to go in the high season from May to September you have to book months in advance). If there isnt any place anymore, the Ministry of Culture (entity of the government which supervises and controls the availability of the quotas for entering the Inca Trail) will assign other camping sites (Wayllabamba, Pacaymayu and Phuyupatamarca).
(5) Return ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55pm or at 6:45pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover you can visit the Hot Springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel in Cusco either at about 6:00pm or at about 10:00pm.
(6) Your health: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail it must be easy. It is not. The Trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather the trek can be hard work. Therefore we strongly recommend ensuring that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy. This way you will enjoy your trip from the beginning on. A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.
(7) Weather: The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Inca Trail lies in the forested.
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