Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu4 days
This is the most popular and frequented Trail in Cusco. Trail booking at Peru´s National Cultural Institute INC is not changeable or refundable! Highest point 4200m.
This 4 day hike takes you through mystic cloud forest and over high andean passes. You visit old Inka sites on the way and after 42 km finally reach 'Inti Punku', the Sun gate to get the first view of Machu Picchu.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
day 1: CUSCO TO HUAYLLABAMBA :
At 6 a.m. we pick you up from your hotel to travel to the Sacred Valley and to bring you to km 82, where we begin walking the Inca Trail. After 3 hours by private bus we walk about 5 hours on this first day. During the trek you see ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay and the archeologic site of Llactapata (2650 m, also known as Patallacta ), place where we stop for lunch. Llactapata means 'upper town' in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. We descend to the Cusichaca river. From parts of this trail there are great views of the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba mountain range) and the snow capped peak of Veronica 5860m. Following the bank of the river we arrive to our camp at Huayllabamba ( 3000 m, Quechua for 'grassy plain') or at another camp near by ( the `Unidad de Gestión de Machu Picchu´ gives out the camp sites once we do the reservation and get the permit for the Trail).
- 12 km
day 2: HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYO :
At 6 a.m. wake up tea in your tent to then have breakfast and start walking early. Today we walk about 7 hours, first climbing up from Huayllabamba following the bank of the Llulluchayoc river for about 1 hour to 'Tres Piedras' (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro river. Further on we enter a beautiful Polylepis forest passing a waterfall. We climb up for about 3 hours, reaching the treeline and Llulluchapampa (3,680m). We continue another 1½ hours climbing to the first and highest pass of the trail, Abra de Huarmiwañusca ('Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m. Prepare for the change of temperature. The decent from the pass is steep, following the trail on the left side of the valley and arriving to the campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m).
- 12 km
day 3: PACAYMAYO TO WIÑAYWAYNA :
From Pacaymayo we climb up for 1 hour to the circular ruins of Runkuracay, that overlook the valley. Another 45 minute hike will bring us to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). The descent is steep, we walk on inca stone steps up to Sayacmarca ruins ( 3580 m, 'Inaccessible Town') that are protected on three sides by steep cliffs. The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of snow-capped peaks such as the Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). From here we continue to Puyupatamarca ruins ('Town in the Clouds' ), our guide will explain about the ruins and inca bath we see before arriving to the ruins. We continue on an impressive Inca staircase. Then, after about an hour of walking through cloudforest, we get to the camp at Wiñaywayna ruins ( 2650 m). It´s about 7 hours walking today.
- 15 km
day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU AND CUSCO :
Breakfast at 4.30 a.m., to then walk down for about 1½ hous to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and observe the sunrise above Machu Picchu. The first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7am. Then we walk down to the ruins ( 2400 m); where we arrive about 8.00 a.m and stow the backpacks away at the entrance to do the tour of the ruins (aprox. 2 hours) before more people arrive with the train. After the guided tour you have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, and if you have some energy left you can climb Wayna Picchu. At 4 or 5 p.m. the return train to Cusco leaves from Aguas Calientes town ( below Machu Picchu). Today you by your own lunch in Aguas Calientes (economic) or in a Hotel close to the ruins ( buffet 37 US $ p. person).
- 5 km
- Price per person: 610.00 US$
4 - 8 persons
- Private bus up to km 82
- Tourist train `backpacker´ from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu for 4 days
- Oficial guide and assistent guide
- Portes to carry food, camping equipment (tents, matrasses, pots etc)
- Oxygene tank
- First Aid Kit & medicine
- All food until the breakfast of the 4th day
- double - tents and mats, tables and chairs
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it at 16 US $)
- Micropur for drinking water
- extra porter for your personal things
- Personal things
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tip for the porters
- entrance to Wayna Picchu (+ 63 US$)