4days-3nights
Duration
Cusco, Peru
Destination
10/10
Physicality
Trekking
Tour Type

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world and just one example of the approximate 40000 kilometres of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from Colombia in the north to Chile in the south! The Traditional or Classic Inca Trail tour starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in a jungle region going through a range of vegetation types in route. The Classic Inca Trail trek is a once in a lifetime experience, never to be forgotten. Check out our porter welfare information.

INCLUDED
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water
Porters (for equipment and personal items) They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire a porter, please contact us for costs
Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest
Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu – $60 extra)
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
Bus down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary
Transport from Cusco to the trailhead
Tents for our staff to sleep in
Pre trek briefing
Toilet tent
NOT INCLUDED
Breakfast on the first morning Tips for the guide, cook and porters
Lunch on the last day Dinner on the last night
Entrance to the thermal springs Entry to Huayna Picchu ($60)
RECOMMENDED TO TAKE
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs
Small towel or sarong
Sun block
OPTIONAL
Aguas Calientes Extra Day & Upgrade –comfortable 3star hotel, nicer restaurants and Vistadome train upgrade $150 per person
Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($2.00 per day, per stick) two sticks are recommended for tough hikes
Single tent supplement (ie you don’t want to share a tent) $25.00 per person
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg. $5.00 per trip day)
Comforting Camping trek upgrade $40.00 per trip day
Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg $4.00 per trip day
Thermarest inflatable mattress – $4 per trip day
Porter to carry your things ($30 per day)
Inflatable pillow – $2 per trip day
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Day 1.- Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba

You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning in private transport. You should have breakfast in your hotel or bring some snacks. We will stop in Ollantaytambo for 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. On arrival at Kilometre82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card. Crossing the Urubamba river we begin our trek through typical dry forest growing cacti, prickly pears and the Tara tree. We will walk around 3 hours (6kms) to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey. 4 kilometres of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Wayllabamba and our campsite for the night.

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Day 2.- Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayo

This is generally considered 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 sub tropical forest and lunch around Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). There is an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top. We will continue downwards 600ms (1980 feet) over 3 kms (1.8 miles) through very humid forest to the evening campsite of Pacaymayo.

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Day 3.- Pacaymayo – Sayakmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna

After another early breakfast we will walk to the beautiful Inka site of Runkurakay one of the check points and the beginnings of the original royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We will continue on to Sayakmarka one of the most beautiful Inka remains on this, the Classic Inca trail. After lunch we trek through some very beautiful scenery ,with, the entrance to the cloud forest and the fabulous examples of orchids and humming birds we will walk for another hour to Phuyupatamarca (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). There are also wonderful views of Salkantay Mountain. From here we have 3 hours of downhill into the forest and Wiñay Wayna and 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!

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Day 4 WiñayWayna – IntiPunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

We will rise very early on this day in order to arrive at the (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This early morning hike is the final part of the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and 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 postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself! A walking tour (approximately 2.5 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. (New system requires permit purchased separately) You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Note: The train included in all tours is the Backpacker service (to Ollantaytambo) and then bus to Cusco. For those who wish a more flexible train timetable, you might like to upgrade to a Vistadome train. This is an extra $30 per person and must be nominated AT BOOKING.

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