Cuzco: Inca Trail starts. We´ll meet at the office at 05:45 hrs to board the bus. Make sure you have your passport and ISIC student card (if applicable). The journey to trailhead at km 82 takes approximately 3 hours. We will enjoy breakfast along the way.
Walking times are always approximate depending on weather conditions, group ability and many other factors, but you will walk about 2-3 hours before lunch. After lunch, we continue just past the village of Wayllabamba to our first camp (3000 masl). This first day we will climb to a platform overlooking the Incan site Llactapata and reward us with superb views of Mount Veronica.
Approx. 14km walking – 6 hours
2nd Day :
This is the most difficult day as you walk from about 3000 mtrs to 4200 m until reaching the highest pass of this trek (Dead Woman Pass). You can walk at your own pace, stop to get your breath whenever you like. You will find your energy returns once you continue down to the valley of Pacaymayo. Campsite at 3600 m. You can hire a porter from the village of inc-atrail-classicWayllabamba to carry your pack to the top of the pass for around US$120.00. You must organize and pay this money directly to the person who carries your items. Please check your belongings upon receiving them at the end of this service.
This is the coldest night. +2/+4 degrees Celsius (December); -3/-5 degrees Celsius (June)
Approx 12km walking – 7 hours
This part of the trail is exceptionally beautiful because of the ruins and incredible paved trails (and more importantly for your lungs, there is a lot more down than up!). There are about 2000 stairs descending from Phuyupatamarca to Wiñaywayna, so be careful with your knees. An extra porter is recommended. We will enjoy guided tours of all the ruins. Camping is usually at Wiñaywayna (2700 mtrs).
Take extra care of your personal belongings in this campsite as all the tours camp near here. As usual always keep your daypack with valuables with you. The only hot shower on the Inca Trail is on this third night at Wiñaywayna. There is a hostal near the campsite with 8min hot showers for 5 soles, and a bar and restaurant where you can purchase bottled water.
Approx 16km walking – 6 hours
Get up very early to arrive at Intipunku, “The Gate of the Sun,” and view the first sun rays illuminating majestic Machu Picchu. There is still a 20 min walk down from here to the famous view from the terraces at the end of the trail. Take your photos now before the 10:30hrs crowd arrive. Your tour of Machu Picchu should finish between 10:30 hrs and 11:00 hrs and you have free time to climb Huayna Picchu (it will take at least 90 minutes). A maximum of 400 hikers can climb this mountain per day, so start immediately after your tour! Or just collapse under a tree and quietly reflect in amazement at the mystery, the architectural achievement and beauty of Machu Picchu.
The Afternoon, we return to Ollantaytambo with train, at the train station we will be waiting for you with our private transport to return to Cusco.
Inca Trail Availability Check with our Sales Executives
Very Important: “The Inca Trail is closed during February, because of maintenance. Since March 01 you can reserve your place in the Inka Trail”
* Even though the Inca trail is closed this don’t mean Machu Picchu is as well , There are the other options to reach Machu Picchu: Train, Bus, Salkantay Inca Trail, Inca Jungle trek etc.
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS MACHU-PICCHU CUSCO
Even though the regulations for Expeditions to the Inka trail, point that the bookings must be done 5 days before the date of start, it’s recommendable to do it well in advance, the average in high season indicates that 90 days befote the start all tickets are sold out. Only 500 people can enter per day in order to protect the Inka trail and the santuary of Machu Picchu.