Inca Trail to Machu picchu 4D/3N
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
In the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in private transport. Then we will continue to Ollantaytambo where you can make some last minute purchases, as well as have a chance to eat breakfast. From Ollantaytambo, We continue to Piscacucho (also known as Kilometer 82) where the trail starts. On arrival at Kilometer 82, it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports, and (if paying the student rate) student cards. Crossing the Urubamba river, we begin our trek through typical dry Andean forest growing cacti, prickly pears, and the Tara tree. We will walk around 3 hours (6km) to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey. 4 kilometers of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Wayllabamba and our campsite for the night.
Walking – 12km or 8 miles.
Minimum Altitude – 2,700ms, 8990 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000feet.
Altitude of camp – 3,100ms, 10000 feet./ Approx night temperature: 10°C, 50°F
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
Day 2 is the most challenging day of the trek. We will wake early in order to get a good start. Leaving small villages and farmland, we will enter the subtropical forest and lunch near Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). Our trekkers feel an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top. We will continue downwards 600m (1980 feet) over 3 km (1.8 miles) through a very humid forest to our campsite at Pacaymayo.
Walking – 11kms or 6.8 miles
Minimum Altitude – 3,100ms, 10000 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 4,200ms, 13780feet
Altitude of Camp – 3,600ms, 11810 feet/ Approx night temperature: 6°C, 43°F
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Sayakmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
After another early breakfast, we walk to the beautiful Inka site of Runkurakay, a checkpoint and the beginning of the original royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We will continue on to Sayakmarka, one of the most beautiful Inka remains on the Classic Inca trail. After lunch, we enjoy the trek through beautiful scenery. At this point, we enter the cloud forest and observe the extraordinary examples of orchids and hummingbirds. We walk for another hour to Phuyupatamarca (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’ in Quechua) and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680masl). Here, there are also wonderful views of Salkantay Mountain. From Phuyupatamarca, we have 3 hours of downhill to Wiñay Wayna, our camp for the evening. This is the most popular campsite with access to hot showers and a cold beer. A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail. Make sure you ask your guide about visiting this site!
Walking – 12kms, 10.5 miles
Minimum Altitude – 2,670masl, 8760 feet. / Maximum Altitude – 3,900masl, 12800feet
Altitude of Camp – 2,670masl, 8760 feet/ Approx night temperature: 12°C, 54°F
Day 4: WiñayWayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We rise very early on this day in order to arrive at the ‘Sun gate’ (La Puerta del Sol – 2730masl/8792ft) before sunrise. This early morning hike is the final part of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. From the Sun Gate, you have your first view of the mysterious and enigmatic Machu Picchu. After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture as postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we explore Machu Picchu itself! A walking tour (approximately 2 and ½ hours) is given by your guide and afterward, you can stroll through the majestic citadel independently. If you still have the energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720masl/8923ff)! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top (a new system requires a permit purchased separately). In the afternoon we descend deep into the valley to meet your guide in the quaint town of “Aguas Calientes” (also known as Machu Picchu village), which can be reached by bus, for lunch. Finally, we begin our voyage back Cusco. The train takes us to Ollantaytambo, where we will transfer over to a bus that will bring us to back to Cusco city.
- Pick-up from your hotel by your Tour Guide.
- Private transport from Cusco to KM 82
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (the famed Archaeological Sanctuary)
- Porters to carry all the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, and dining tents.
- Permits and entrance fees for our porters and Chefs
- 3 breakfasts, 3 snacks, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. All of these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.
- Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day, and to help any altitude sickness you may feel
- Boiled water after breakfast, lunch, and dinner to refill your water bottles
- Snacks every morning.
- Oxygen tank and first-aid kit.
- Vegetarian food and specialized diets upon request.
- 2 people per tent (4-person sized tents, clean, waterproof)
- All the equipment including dining and personal tents.
- 2.5 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to the village of “Aguas Calientes”
- Train return to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco.
- First-day breakfast in Ollantaytambo
- Sleeping Bag (you can rent it from us)
- Trekking poles (you can rent them from us)
- Final lunch in “Aguas Calientes”