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Four day Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Join our experienced crew for the Classic four day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We offer a high class trek service including high-tech camping equipment and an experienced team of guides and supporting crew. Trek through a variety of different ecological zones including a dry arid Cactus zone, the Polylephis area with its gnarled foliage, the high grasslands and the humid cloud forest full of exotic flowers. The Inca trail is full of archaelogical sites and is considered one of the top treks in the world with the lost city of Machu Picchu as a fantastic finale. We offer a group tour trek service where you will meet people from all over the world and also a private service. Whichever option you choose we guarantee you will have the time of your life.
More information about the Inca Trail:Number of days:4 days - 3 nightsActivity:
Trekking, flora and fauna; archeologyBest season:May - OctoberTrek grade:ModerateAltitude:from 8694 to 13779 feet / from 2650 to 4200 meterReservation code:CHA-IT4D-SDestinations:Machupicchu
Day 1 Cusco / Sacred Valley - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba
This day, we will have an early start with a pick up from your hotel in either Cusco or The Sacred Valley for your transfer to the trailhead.
The starting point for the trek is at Km 82 of the way to Machu Picchu, we will begin our trek by hiking along the left bank of the Vilcanota river with a view of the summit of Mount Veronica at 5,800 mts / 19,028 ft. approximately, We will camp this night on a terrace near the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 mts / 9,842 ft).
15.8 km –9.8 mi / 6 hours walking approximately.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.
Day 2 Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
We will trek upward through native forest to Pacaymayu - the highest campsite of the Inca Trail. Today will be one of the most demanding days of the trail as we ascend to the mountain pass called in quechua "Warmiwanuska" (Dead Woman´s Pass at 4,200 mts /13,779 ft). At this point we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the peaks of Huayanay to the east, and the rugged Vilcabamba range to the west. Afterward, we will descend to our campsite at Pacaymayu (3,600 mts / 11,8011 ft).
8.6 km – 5.3 mi / 6.5 hours walking approximately.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.
Day 3 Pacaymayu - Winay Wayna
Today, we will cross a second mountain pass at 3974 mts / 13,038 ft and follow a finely-paved and well-preserved Inca trail to the restored archaeological site of Sayacmarka. This section of the Inca Trail is paved with white granite and traverses a thickly forested slope. We will camp at Wiñaywayna ( 2650 mts / 8694 ft) after a spectacular descent from the cloud forest and high jungle. Wiñaywayna is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fit together with great precision.
15 km – 9.3 mi / 7 hours walking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at camp-site
Day 4 Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu
Orchids and hummingbirds are a common sight along this stretch of the Inca Trail and the Urubamba river is a constant presence far below us. From Wiñaywayna we will continue to Intipunku or The Sun Gate, from where we will see Machupicchu for the first time stretched out below on a rocky outcropping. Overhead you will find the peak known as Huayna Picchu. From here, we need only to stroll down the final stretch of the royal trail and enter at last the enigmatic citadel, which lays hidden for four centuries before being revealed to the world by chance discovery.
(5 km – 3.1 mi / 2.5 hours walking approximately)
We will have a guided excursion of Machupicchu and in the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train, arriving in the late evening.
Overnight in Cusco
Note: Campsites may change as dictated by government regulation.
Please review our recommended packing list for the Incatrail
- Pick up at your Hotel.
- Transportation by Bus to km 82.
- Entrance Ticket to the Inca Trail and Machupicchu.
- Professional bilingual guide (two guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Mountain Hardwear tents (Three-person tent shared by two people)
- Foam mattress (self inflatable mattress can be rented)
- Cooking equipment, mess tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, accommodation for the porters and cooks
- Cooks to prepare all meals
- Meals: three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners and snacks; food is programmed for trekking and is rich in carbohydrates.
- Boiled water provided at meal times to refill your water bottle.
- Porters (to carry the tents, food and cooking equipment)
- First aid kit, Emergency oxygen
- Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is located.
- Return by Expedition train: Machupicchu to Poroy.
- Radio communications.
- Transfer from Poroy station to hotel.
- Lunch on the last day
- Sleeping Bag
- Tips for the porters, cook and guide (See Inca trail information for recommendations)