The Inca Trail is the most popular trek in South America, and one of the most famous in the world. This unique experience takes you to inka sites, beautiful landscapes, and amazing varieties of plants, orchids, and animals.
This fascinating trek it is a must in your bucket list. Whether you are planning ahead or just want to escape from your routine, this is a memory for a life time.
Reservations for the Inca Trail should be made at least 4 months in advance. The Peruvian government has a strict limit on the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail. Permits are issued to about 200 trekkers and 300 porters per day.
Day 1: Lets footprint the inka trail!!! Cusco / Huayllabamba
We will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning for the journey in private bus to Piskacucho, a community located at Km 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad. After crossing the Urubamba River, we will begin our trek.
The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up on the flat Inca terrain. We will have great views of the Incan fortress Huillca Raccay, the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata (officially called "Patallacta"), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W'akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as Veronica. Our first campsite at Ayapata will be a 90 minute hike up to the small village of Wayllabamba, at an elevation of (3,000m/9,842ft) in the temperate green valley. The temperature at night here is usually around 10°C / 50°F.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance: 7.52 miles / 12.1 km
Minimum Altitude: 8,860 ft / 2700 m
Maximum Altitude: 9,842 ft / 3000 m (Huayllabamba)
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Day 2: A challenging and rewarding day: Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo
After an early wake up for a hearty breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass of the inka trail, Abra de Huarmihuañusca, or "Dead Woman's Pass", at (4,200m/3,779ft). En route, we will be able to see hummingbirds and other wildlife. We will also have time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the Polilepys or Q'ueuña, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest at (3,650m/11,972ft) above sea level. A true sense of achievement is felt when reaching the top of the mountain pass. After a break at the top of the pass, we will begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayo, at (3,550m/11,646ft). After lunch is another steep climb to the Runkuraqay Pass, at (4,000m/13,123ft).
This will be a very long day, but filled with spectacular views. When you will recall this, you will know that worth it!
The temperature at this campsite will be around 6°C / 43°F at night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3600 meters / 11,811 feet above sea level (chilled weather)
Difficulty: Challenging (we will summit two passes)
Area: Andes and the cloud forest
Weather: Cold and rainy
Day 3: A wonderful and beautiful day! Pacaymayo / Wiñaywayna
We will began the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, meaning: "Town in the Clouds". This will be the third highest point on the trail, at an elevation of (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons, and surrounding areas are spectacular. The Inca site Phuyupatamarca is located a few minutes walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we will continue walking onwards through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata before reaching our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna, at (2,680m/8,792ft). Wiñay Wayna, means: "Forever Young". An Inca site of the same name is located a short distance from this campsite. Even if you are tired after Day 3, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (5 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2,600 meters / 8,530 feet above sea level. (Chilled weather)
Difficulty: Easy (Down hill walking)
Area: High cloud forest
Weather: Warm and very humid
Day 4:An amazing arrival to Machu Picchu !!! Wiñaywayna / Machu Picchu
The much-anticipated day has finally come. We will wake up very early to hike to the Inti Punku, the "Sun Gate" in time to witness the sunrise. This is where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, at an elevation of (2,400m/7,873ft). After some time admiring the view from the Sun Gate, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we enter Machu Picchu itself!
Once you arrive in this modern wonder of the world, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of the ancient site. After the tour, you will have several hours of free time for your own exploration of the city.
We´ll arrange to meet 40 minutes before your train departs and then go together to the train station.
Distance: 2.9 miles / 4.67 km
Minimum Altitude: 7,873 ft / 2400 m
Maximum Altitude: 8,793 ft / 2680 m
Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours
- Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- 3 x lunch, 3 x dinner, 3 x breakfast (optional: vegetarian)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Transfer from Cusco to Km. 82
- Bus from Machupicchu to aguas calientes town
- Pick up bus from hotel
- Service of porters to carry our camping equipment
- Chairs and dining tables
- Tents for 2 persons plus mattresses
- Roomy dining tent
- Private cook and assistants
- First aid kit
- A bilingual professional guide specialized in the Inca trail
- Personal care ítems
- Sleeping bags
- First breakfast, lunch and dinner in the last day
- Gratuities for the porters and guide
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu (upon request and availability)
- A lightweight backpack per person
- Sweater and thick jacket
- Long and short pants
- Long sleeve shirts
- Personal items
- A sunblock with a UV factor of minimum 40
- Hat or cap
- Rain coat
- Walking shoes or tennis shoes
- Bottle of water
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Protein snack bar
- Sunglasses and plastic bags
- Camera with charger
- Some cash in change (soles)