Classic Inka Trail 4 Days / 3 Night

Classic Inka Trail 4 Days / 3 Night

Itinerary

The Inca Trail is a well-known route in Peru, which combines an impressive mix of Inca ruins, mountain landscapes, exuberant flora and rich subtropical jungle. More than 250 species of orchids have been counted in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, as well as birds, numerous as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean condor.

Located in the Andes mountain range, the road passes through several types of environments including the Andes, cloud forest and alpine tundra. Archaeological settlements, tunnels and many ruins that are found along the track before reaching the end of the Sun gate in Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Wayllabamba

Early in the morning we leave Cusco in direction of Ollantaytambo where we make a short stop for a last minute purchases, plus an opportunity for breakfast if you wish. We will continue to Pisacucho (also known as Kilometre 82) where the trail starts. The beginning stage follows the course of the Urubamba River, located in the valley with the same name, and then gradually ascends to the Piscacucho Valley in the direction of Huayllabamba, the town where we will camp for the night.

  • Maximum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
  • Minimum elevation: 2670 m / 8761 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
  • Distance: 12.00 km / 7.47 mi.
  • Approximate trek time: 5 – 6 hours

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Paqaymayu

The day begins with an ascent to the first and highest pass on this Inca Trail tour: Warmiwañusca (4200 m). This is the spot where you will have some of the best views of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota Ranges, the white peaks, and incredible splendor that surrounds them. We continue the Machu Picchu hike on the trail to the Pacaymayo campsite.

  • Maximum elevation: 4226 m / 13866 ft
  • Minimum elevation: 2954 m / 9694 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 3500 m / 11480 ft Distance: 11.00 km / 6.84 mi.
  • Approximate trek time: 6 – 7 hours.

Day 3: Paqaymayu – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna

Today, we will climb to the second pass at Runcuracay (3900 m), somewhat lower than the first. The descent from there lasts about 2 hours, and our destination is the Sayacmarca archeological complex. After a visit, we retake the road, soon finding ourselves in the typical climate of a semi tropical cloud forest as we trek towards Phuyupatamarca, the departure point for our last campsite at Wiñaywayna, where stand the remains of the second most important Incan archeological site on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Maximum elevation: 3974 m / 13039 ft
  • Minimum elevation: 2729 m / 8954 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 2650 m / 8692 ft
  • Distance: 16.00 km / 9.94 mi
  • Approximate trek time: 8 hours

Day 4: Wiñaywayna Machupicchu – Cusco

We will head off in the direction of the famous Inti Punku or “Gateway of the Sun”, and once there we will have our first glimpse of majestic Machu Picchu. After a brief hike, we will arrive at the long awaited outpost and be rewarded with a well deserved rest, immersing ourselves in the energy that pulsates through this magical spot. Afterwards, we begin our guided tour that lasts a few hours, and then we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to board the train back to the city of Cusco. After hiking Machu Picchu, you will definitely want to return to Peru to do it again.

  • Maximum elevation: 2732 m / 8964 ft
  • Minimum elevation: 2400 m / 7872 ft
  • Distance: 4.00 km / 2.49 mi
  • Approximate trek time: 2 hours

Include / Not include

Include:

  • Briefing a night before treck beginning.
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu,)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 9 people).
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress.
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Porters (for equipment ) They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not include:

  • Extra Personal Porter ( USD  120,00, maximum weight 16 kilos) .
  • Sleeping back
  • Bus down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Breakfast first day.
  • Lunch Last Day.
  • Extra passenger charge.

You should bring:

  • Original passport
  • Original Student Identity Card
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong
  • Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles

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