The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the ultimate Peru adventure tour. The trek descends from the Andes to the edge of the Amazon and includes an amazing mix landscapes from highlands to jungle. Few other places on our planet take you through such a changing variety of ecological zones in just 4 days. You’ll be surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers and you’ll encounter a great variety of endemic plants and animals. The architectural stone masterpieces of the Incas harmonize perfectly with the natural environment and both combine to make the Inca Trail worthy of a once-in-a-time visit.
Day 1: Cusco To Wayllabamba:
Between 06:30-07:30 am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community Located on the 82nd kilometre of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the 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. Meals: B, L, D
Total distance: 12 km (7.50 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 M (9,144 ft)
Campsite altitude: Cusco 3,000 M (9,144 ft)
Day 2: Wayllabamba To Pacaymayo:
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 may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). 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 he Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking. Meals: B, L, D
Total distance: 11 km (6.87 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 M 12,801 ft)
Campsite altitude: Cusco 3,500 M (10,668 ft)
Day 3: Pacaymayo To Wiñaywayna:
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so rich in Andean flora and fauna. 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. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally 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). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas' ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means "town over the clouds". From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. This campsite hosts a trekker lodge, a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp. Meals: B, L, D
Total distance: 16 km (10 miles)
Estimated walking time: 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 M (11,887 ft)
Campsite altitude: Cusco 2,700 M (8,077 ft)
Day 4: Wiñaywayna To Machu Picchu:
On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna and an hour later and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machupicchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the "House of the Guardians". 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. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall. Meals: B
Total distance: 4 km (2.50 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 M (8,229 ft)
Campsite altitude: Cusco 2,400 M (7,315 ft)
END OF THE SERVICES
- Pick up from airport to hotel
- Briefing one day before
- Private bus from hotel to the start of the trek (Km-82)
- Entrance tickets to Inca trail
- Entrance tickets to Machupicchu
- English speaking Guide (guide assistant for groups of more than 8 people)
- Service of cook
- Porters for carry the tents and food
- Camping Equipment (tenst, mattresses, tables and seats, cooking tent, and eating tent)
- Two persons per tent
- Excellent meals, 3 breakfast, 4 snacks, 3 lunches, 3 tea breaks and 3 dinners (vegetarian option)
- Tents of accommodation for the porters and cooks
- First aid kit and oxygen balloon
- Bus from Machupicchu ruins down to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist train ticket, train expedition from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or Ollantaytambo
- Pick up from train station to hotel after of the inca trail
- Transfer from hotel to airport or bus station
STUDENT DISCOUNT: Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information. Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount..
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE:
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.
The Hiram Bingham:
is the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu. For many visitors a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience, and the Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten.
The carriages are painted a distinctive blue and gold and the interiors are luxurious, warm and inviting with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920's Pullman trains.
Each of the carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large chairs and plenty of space to stretch out. As you board, the tables are exquisitely laid, ready for your meal, with gleaming crystal and polished cutlery.
On board you will be served by a team of dedicated waiters who will attend to your every need and make sure your journey is as comfortable and luxurious as you imagined.
connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.