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.
Itinerary: Classic Inca Trail Hike
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.
Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu (6 or 7 hours walking aprox.)
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.
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.
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
- 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:
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- 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.