Cusco / Sacred Valley - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba
Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
Pacaymayu - Winay Wayna
WinayWayna - Machu Picchu
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, you will begin the trek with your private guide 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. Your experienced guide will be aware of each detail, observing each passenger pace and giving you the best recommendations for the coming days.
At the Km 82 we will pass through the control point where they will check the proper documents with the authorization for entering to the Inca Trail and the weight for each porter (according to the Porter Law the maximum weight they can carry is 20 kilos per porter), at this point also you will be introduced to our great team of porters and cooks coming from indigenous communities that will accompany us the 4 days of our trek .
Today we will have a light trek enjoying some spectacular views of the landscape and archeological sites, getting into the feeling of the Inca Trail and preparing ourselves for the next days that will be more demanding physically but full of incredible experiences.
We will camp this night on a terrace near the small village of Huayllabamba (3,000 mts / 9,842 ft).
15.8 km –9.8 mi / 6 hours walking approximately.
Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at camp-site.
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.
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.
We recommend to consider the walking time this day to arrive early before 5:00pm to explore Winay wayna as it is one of the most important archeological sites in the route that definitely worth the visit as the next day you will leave the camp very early in the morning and there will be no chance for visiting the site.
15 km – 9.3 mi / 7 hours walking
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Overnight at camp-site
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 have one of the most beautiful trails through the real Inca paths hidden in the forest in an enigmatic route until we reach the Intipunku or The Sun Gate. On our way we will enjoy the abundant flora and fauna contrasting the perfect Inca stairways.
Once we get the Intipunku we will be reworded with the most spectacular view of the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the famous Huayna Picchu Peak. You will feel that all your energy is renewed by the satisfaction of getting to Machu Picchu on your own feet!
We are sure that this journey will be one of the best experiences in your life.
From Intipunku, 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 Machu Picchu With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures.
The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more. Afterwards you will take the bus down to Machu Picchu town, where you will be able to find many restaurant options for lunch.
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.
* Additionally if you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain for about 2 hours, it can be possible before 11:00 am which is the last schedule to enter to the Mountain. You would do this climb on your own and entrance tickets need to be booked in advanced. Please ask your travel consultant for this option.
- A briefing two days before your hike. In this information meeting we will give you all the general information about the hike, review the terms and conditions of the trek, your Travel Insurance, your medical condition and check if you have the proper equipment, also here you can let us know if you would like to rent trekking poles, sleeping bags or extra mattress.
2. Entrance permits to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Once we have received the confirmation of your reservation and your deposit, we will proceed immediately to buy your permit at the Ministry of Culture (the institution which regulates the Inca Trail) to ensure that there is enough space for you and the necessary porters on the right dates. We can also reserve tickets for Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain*(we recommend to climb this Mountain if you have one extra day at Machu Picchu.
*Please notice that these are optional at an additional rate.
3. Our great team:
Professional Guides: Our guides are specialized in trekking, fluent in English and have many years of experience in different hikes of the region. They have been trained at first aid and rescue techniques and lately on the bio security protocols to prevent the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19). All of them they are perfectly qualified to manage any emergency.
Cooks: They have been trained in local gastronomy schools and also every year by our company so we can guarantee that they will provide delicious healthy food with high control of hygiene during preparation. They know how to prepare different food styles from Andean typical food, traditional Peruvian food to International meals and also vegetarian cooking.
Porters: Responsible for carrying all the group gear and also your 7.5kg (16.5lb) of personal items. To support the local economy, we hire porters coming from various indigenous communities from the Cusco region where they still maintain their local customs and traditions. We provide them with accident insurance during the trek and with appropriate clothing for their work. Our porters will try their best to make your journey a once in a lifetime experience.
4. Camping Equipment
Mountain Hardwear tents (3-person tent for every 2 individuals)
Therm-a-Rest self-inflating mattress
Cooking equipment, mess tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, accommodation for theporters and cook
5. Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks; food is programmed for trekking and is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and proteins from vegetables and meet sources in a complete and balanced diet that will give ypu the energy that you will need for the hike.
We’ll have variety of food throughout the hike, all of which will be loaded with the necessary protein, vitamins and carbohydrates in a well-balanced diet that will give you all the energy that you’ll need on the hike.
Water: We’ll provide you with boiled water every day of the hike.
From Cusco or the Sacred Valley to the trailhead at Km. 82
A bus from Machu Picchu citadel down to the town of Aguas Calientes
Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station after your visit to Machu Picchu
Transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy station to your hotel in Cusco
7. Biodegradable products and bio security kit against COVID-19: Personal hygiene products for our staff and clients, and soap for cleaning cooking and camping equipment.
According to the new protocols because of the Sars-Cov2 (COVID-19) pandemic for sanitization and disinfection of the equipment we will use Fifth generation quaternary ammonium and other cleaning supplies.
8. Emergency Equipment.
First Aid Kit: we carry all the necessary medication and elements in case of emergencies such us alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, tincture of iodine, germicidal soap, cotton, gauze, bandages, adhesive medical tape, surgical gloves, analgesics for muscle and stomach pain, antipyretics, anti-allergy medication, anti-inflammatories, oral rehydration salts, burn cream, splints. Because of the Sar-Cov2 (COVID-19) pandemic we also carry a pulse oximeter, face masks and infrared thermometers.
IMPORTANT: If you have a medical prescription, you must bring your own medication.
Breakfast on the first day.
The entry tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (please ask your Travel Consultant if you would like to add one of these tickets).
Lunch and dinner on the last day
Travel Insurance: We highly recommend to have Travel Insurance specially on these pandemic times