5 day Inca Trail:
Join us on a journey to various archeological sites while enjoying the changing ecosystems and landscapes that mother nature gives us in this region of Peru. Put your strength to the test hiking the sacred Inca Trail over 5 days and 4 nights. After being bathed in the distinct energy of the Andes mountains we will finally culminate our hike in the grand Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World in 2007.
Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo –KM 82 – huayllabamba
We will depart for your Inca Trail Tour from Cusco at 5 a.m. in a private transport and head toward KM 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail. After this beautiful drive, We start our hike walking along the left shore of the Urubamba River, following the trail along a flat terrain, to the community of Miskay (2800 m /9184 ft). The first two hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta. amazing Inca city on our inca trail. After we arrive to Patallacta, we will make our way down into the canyon to enjoy lunch and the views of Patallacta , we will continue on the trail at an easy pace, while enjoying the scenery and hearing stories from your expert tour guide. It’s about a two hour walk to reach our camping site at the village of huayllabamba (3,300 meters).
Total Distance: 12 km (7,800 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 4 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,000 m (9,842 ft)
Day 2:huayllabamba –Dead Woman’s Pass- Pacaymayo
We wake up early to begin our ascent to Dead Woman´s Pass. The views of the snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest are fantastic. This second day is the most difficult part of the trek in terms of altitude 4,215 m (13,821 ft) It consists of a steep ascent that stretches for nine kilometers, which will bring us to the first mountain pass in the Inca Trail, Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass). We will stop at Llulluchapampa to relax and to buy any last essentials. We may be able to see wildlife in this area. From Llulluchapampa, the landscape changes from cloud forest to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). We will have the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas, who graze on ichu (pampas grass). Following, it’s a two hour walk up to the pass, where we can enjoy the beautiful view after we’ve made it to the pass, it’s downhill for the rest of the day. After about two hours, we’ll stop for lunch and have a free afternoon in the Pacaymayo valley where we stay tonight.
Total Distance: 10 km (7,376 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 6 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runcu Raccay Pass-Sayacmaraca Ruins – Phuyupatamarca
After breakfast, we will continue our hike up the opposite side of the valley, as we make our way towards the second pass on the trek. Along the way, we will see fantastic views of waterfalls and flora and fauna. Half way up, we will stop and visit the Inca site of Runcu Raccay lookout point, and to catch our breath before we continue our climb to the pass (3900 meters). From the pass, we will once again begin our descent back into the cloud forest. After about an hour, we arrive to Sayacmarca inca site, from Sayacmarca, we will continue to our lunch spot at Chaquicocha (dry lake), from here you will see and find some very special flora until Phuyupatamarca our last campsite (3,680 meters). This area of the Inca Trail had stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountain range, as well as abundant flora and fauna that you are going to enjoy as soon you will arrive to this campsite.
Total Distance: 13 km (8,136 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 9 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 4,000 (13,123 ft)
Campsite Altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – aguas calientes town.
Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife .
The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted this time of day so our arrival to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists about we can get some great photos to the citadel from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to aguas calientes town where we are going to have our accommodation in a hotel.
together. We’ve made a great job!
Hotel: Inti Punku (or similar)way
Total Distance: 11 km (614 miles)
Estimated Walking Time: 5 hours
Maximum Altitude Point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)
Day 5: Machu Picchu!
Waking up early we’ll take an early shuttle bus to back up to Machu Picchu and have a 2 hour guided tour of machupicchu, during the tour you will visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have to board once again the shuttle bus to aguas calientes for your lunch. In the afternoon you will take the train to Ollantaytambo first and then board your bus until cusco.
- Very important:
- Prices Include Personal Porter to carry up to 8 Kilograms of each participant.
- Prices also Include VISTADOME/PANORAMIC 360° train on the way back to Cusco.
Sleeping Bag US$35
Walking Pole US$20
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35
NOTES: (Need to book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 85.00
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 85.00