Inca Trail to MachuPicchu – 4 days
Difficulty: Challenging / Group Size: Maximum 16, no minimum required.
Start Point: Cusco.
Arrive Point: Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO -WAYLLABAMBA (L) (D):
Our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. walking throught areas of (2800m/9184ft) and (2650m/8692ft). Arrive to community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp. All along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO (B) (L) (D)
We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast; we begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from Sierra to Puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft). We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – PUYAPATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA (B) (L) (D): (**)
This day is the longest but also the most impressive. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name.After we arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft); this is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). then we continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp.
DAY 4: WIÑAWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B):
On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machupicchu. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. We take our bus to the town of Machupicchu pueblo and from here we take the train back to the city of Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Arrive in Cusco after nightfall. Transfer to your hotel.
* Departure and arrival times are approximated.
** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.
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What is included:
- Pre-departure briefing.
- Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee.
- Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private to km.82 (starting point of the trail).
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
- One foamy sleeping pad per person.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs. – Kitchen tent.
- Toilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets).
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
- Chef and cooking equipment.
- Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
- Accommodation for all our staff.
- Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
- Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
- Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of MachuPicchu Pueblo.
- Tourist economic train ticket (Expedition) from machuPicchu pueblo to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley with an additional private transportation from the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Cusco will be provided.
- Transfer to your hotel.
What is not included
• Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day: After the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense.
• Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
• Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
What we recommend that you bring
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (please inform our Reservations Department if you wish to book this extra service at the moment of your booking).
- Sleeping pad: It will be provided by us but it need to be carried by you.
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
- Sun block – After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported.
- Toilet paper.
- Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended.
- Small towel – Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original passport – Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have discount)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Optional services to be hired:
- An extra porter to carry your personal items: A porter can carry up to 15kg, which should be enough for 2 people.
- An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose. Please note that if you wish to visit Machupicchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included.
- Vistadome Service train (First Class) instead of expedition one (Tourist class) – additional cost .
- Sleeping bag rent: Our sleeping bags are –10ºC-comfort (0ºF). They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
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