4 days
Duration
6/10
Physicality
Cusco, Peru
Location
12+
Age
Mar-Jan
Dates

Inca Trail Hike 4 days

The Classic Inca Trail Hike & Machu Picchu takes you along the Inca highway, past Inca ruins, through cloudforests and moorlands, to it’s crowning glory, Machu Picchu.

Climbing the endless Inca steps high up in the Andes and then catching your first glimpse of the Inca citadel from the Sun Gate is a memory you’ll carry with you always.

The route begins at km. 82 of railway line at the town of Pisqakucho, after crossing a modern suspension bridge over the Vilcanota river, it passes the small communities Wayllabamba, Warmiwañuska pass at 4200 msnm (13,780 feet) from here it descends to Pakaymayu, then ascends to mountain pass of the same name, descends again until Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarka and Wiñaywayna. It along a flat paht and then goes some fifty steps that lead to Intipunku. From here it leads finally to the inca city of Machu Picchu.

Remember that due to the huge amount of people that comes daily to the Inca Trail Hike, the Peruvian Government has ruled the entrance to 500 people per day including tourists, tour guides, cooks and porters.

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Itinerary: Classic Inca Trail Hike

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Day 1: Cusco- Km. 82 -Wayllabamba (5 hours walking aprox.)

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6am and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometre 82) where the Inca Trail starts.
On arrival at kilometre 82 (08:30am), it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card.

To start the trail (2720m), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata’ (officially called ‘Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m),known in books as Veronica.
Our first campsite will be in Wayllabamba (3000masl) where we spend the first night.

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Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu (6 or 7 hours walking aprox.)

After waking up at 6am (maybe at 05:00-depending on your Guide) and have breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4200m). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top After a rest here, On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of humingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of endemic plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650. we begin the descent to Pacaymayu (3550m).where we pass the secod night.
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Day 3: Pacaymayu - Wiñayhuayna

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!!!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2 Again we wake up for breakfast at 6am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca'(meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m)). Views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area, from these points, are spectacular.

The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’ , is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps). we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m)(forever young). this day we have only walked about 5 or 6 hours.

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Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu

We leave the last campsite at about 5.30am on the final day (breakfast 4.30-5am). It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730masl) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu (2400masl) with the sun rising over it, 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.

A walking tour approximately 2 hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can climb Huayna Picchu (2720masl) It takes 50 minutes to reach the top.

In the afternoon back to cusco by train backpacker.

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town.

 

INCLUDED
Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
Transportations cusco to 82 km
Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
Pick you up from your hotel
Train back (Backpacker cerrojo service to Ollanta) and bus to Cusco.
Water (you have to bring only for first day of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
Entrance fee to Inca Trail
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners vegetarian food on request at no extra cost, the last lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included)
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Cook
2-man tent
mattres
Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
Bus trip from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
Oxygen bottle
First Aid kit.
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance to Huayna Picchu – there is a fee of $75 per person payable via
Paypal in advance so we can secure permits
Sleeping Bag – $25 per bag for entire trek
1st breakfast and lunch on day 4.
1 Extra porter to carry personal items ($75)
Walking sticks ($8).

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (only until lunch time on day 1)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card, scan and email us at the time of booking.
  • If desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$40).

Optional items to take:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

Prices may vary according to type of accommodation, time of year and number of participants. Please Contact us for further information.


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Tour Reviews

February 16, 2017

Ivan, I would like to thank you for a perfectly planned and executed Peru 2015 expedition.
Indeed, I now think of you as Ivan the Spiritual Adventurer! … and your adventurous spirit is truly contagious!
Please note that due to time constraints on our departure, I was not able to fully express myself on the feedback form so please :
Pass on my thanks to those expert tour guides, especially Puma and Saul and the so very spiritual John Carlos ( Lake Titicaca where I was moved to tears by his deep love for PachaMama). Felix the Cat was very informative and evidently proud of his country and ancestry on our tour of MP.
Their pride in their heritage and their country is amazing and touches the heart!! Their knowledge and ability to share same was so very much appreciated by us all.
Congrats to Carlos on his fantastic team!

March 6, 2017

Dear Joel and Carlos
Thank you for organising our trip so well. You did a great Job. The bus trip to La Paz worked out well, however, I cannot recommend anyone to stay in La Paz. It is not a pretty city and there is not much to see!!
Under which website can I register with Trip Adviser? I will definitely give you a superb report as you made our stay in Peru a huge success!!
Best regards
Susan

April 12, 2017

We did the Machu Picchu 4 days tour in august 2011, and we were very happy with everything! Our guide Ramiro and Carlos form Best Andes Travel came to our hostel in Cuzco a couple of days before we were to go on the tour, and here they explained us about the tour, what we had to bring, the route and so on. Everything worked out fine and we felt that they knew what they were doing. All in all we are happy to recommend Best Andes Travel to any one who wants to do the Inca Trail.

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