INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

The Inca Trail Machu Picchu  is an ancient paved trail which runs 45km of distance through the Peruvian Andes and the beautiful cloud forest; along the trail, you’ll visit important Inca settlements like: Patallacta, Runkuraqhay, Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Wiñayhuayna and Intipunku ; in addition, the last day of the tour, we will explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Since the Inca Trail Machu Picchu  is an extraordinary habitat for thousands of wild animals some of them in dangerous of extinction like the Andean bear. For most mountain walkers the world over, the trek to Machu Picchu is a lifetime experience; furthermore, this wonderful trekking adventure trough the national park of Machu Picchu deserves its reputation as a classic and is widely regarded as one of the challenges treks. Passing through delightful villages with Inca terraces of maize fields, awe-inspiring mountain panoramas unfold each day with the rising sun. During the trekking to Machu Picchu, our staff will transported the majority of the equipment for the camp.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Machu Picchu is the best trekking destination in Peru – Experience trekking across the Machu Picchu national park

Availability: Throughout the year except February
Style: Guided
Grade: Moderate to challenge
Maximum elevation: 4,200 meters
Accommodation: Camping tents
Transport: Bus, train and trekking
Meals included: As mentioned in the itinerary
Timing: 4 days and 3 nights
Starting and Ending point: Cusco hotel

INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU DESCRIPTION

This 4-day “Inca Trail Machu picchu” is Peru’s best known treks in the word combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. It preserves different ecological zones and extraordinary habitats for thousands of wild animals some of them in dangerous of extinction; among them, the spectacled bear and the Andean Condor. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor.

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: HUAYLLABAMBA

  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Travel 3 hours in our tourist bus to km82. The starting point of the trek
  • Trek for 6-7 hours from the starting point to Huayllabmaba camp
  • Visit the Inca Ruins of Llactapata and Willkaraqhay.

DAY 2: PACAYMAYU

  • Early breakfast in the camp
  • Start very early the Inca Trail Machu Picchu before the sun makes very hot the expedition.
  • Arrive to the highest pass for wonderful views (Dead woman pass 4,200 masl).
  • Trek for 6-7 hours from Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo camp.

DAY 3: WIÑAYHUANA

  • Trek over the second pass 4,000 masl.
  • Explore the Inca ruins of Runkuraqhay, Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka and Wiñayhuayna.
  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu runs through the Cloud forest.

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU

  • Start the day very early at 04:00 a.m.
  • Trek 1 hour and half to the Sungate and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
  • Arrive to Machu Picchu and enjoy 2-3 hours of guided tour.
  • Free time to explore alone.
  • Take bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
  • Enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll return to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

 

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1: START THE LIFETIME ADVENTURE

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

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Today, we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 05:00 a.m and board our tourist bus. Ensure you have your original passport and ISIC student card (if applicable). The bus journey to trailhead (km 82) takes approximately 3 hours and half.

Today’s trek will be for 15 km and approximately 8 hours; we shall arrive to Llulluchapampa camp where there are no other trekkers. From the beginning, we have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of Urubamba River, rewarded with superb views of “La Veronica” snow mountain (5,750 masl). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. Continuing our trek, we’ll arrive to the Inca town of Llactapata (Up city) discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam at 1915; where still exist great terracing system that was used during Inca times for growing maize; a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands.

After a short rest, we will continue another 15 minutes down to Cusichaca Valley and continue through this valley until Huayllabamba (3,000 masl) followed by an uphill climb through dense forests and along a stream to our first camp at Llulluchapampa 3,800 masl where you can see several species of birds. With luck we’ll see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles.

  • Meals: L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,800 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,750 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 15 kms approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

 DAY 2: DEAD WOMAN PASS

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

In addition enjoy the “Dead woman’s Pass” at 4,200m – Inca  Trail Machu Picchu

We will begin the tour at 07:00 a.m. After breakfast, we will continue with the uphill toward the highest pass of the trek (Dead Woman Pass 4,200 masl), you can walk at your own pace and stop to get your breath whenever you like. From the camp, you might see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion.

Once the full group arrives to this pass, we could take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley here we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll begin the second ascent, this time to the ruins of Runcuraca (Round Balcony), located a bit below of the Runcuracay Pass (4,000 masl). From the second pass in clear weather you can look back to the Dead Woman Pass and forward to breath-taking snow-capped mountains of Pumasillo (Puma’s Claw).

From the second pass, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the imposing ruins at Sayacmarca (inaccessible town) located where the Andes end and where the jungle starts; continuing the trek, we’ll cross the cloud forest and arrive to Chakiccocha camp 3,600 masl. And enjoy the sunset at the surrounded mountains.

  • Meals: B-L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 15 kms approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours

 DAY 3: BEAUTIFULL DAY

Today, the landscape will be exceptionally beautiful, the Inca ruins and incredible paved trail with white granite stones laid by the Incas hundreds of years ago (and more important for your lungs, there is a lot more down than up). There are about 3,000 stairs descending from Phuyupatamarca to Wiñaywayna, we will descend from 3,600 masl to 2,600 masl in 5km; so take care with your knees. If you have had knee or ankle injuries an extra porter is recommended so that you are not carrying extra weight.

  • Meals: B-L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 10 kms approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours

 DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Finally explore Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Today, you’ll get up very early to arrive in time to Intipunku, (The Sun Gate), and view the first sun illuminating the imposing Machu Picchu; the trail comes to a narrow flight of stone steps; after Intipunku, we still have half-hour walk down to the famous view from the terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Take your pictures now before the crowds arrive; the guided tour of Machu Picchu should finish between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m after that, you will have extra time to explore by yourself Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we will take the train to return to Cusco arriving there later in the evening.

  • Meals: B
  • Accommodation:
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,700 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,400 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 5 kms approx
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES:

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our tourist bus to Piscakucho (km 82), starting point of the trek – Bus down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes” – tourist train Expeditions class from Machu Picchu to Cusco.- Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fees: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: (3) breakfasts (3) hot lunches – 3 hot dinners delicious meals; food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option, We provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles
  • Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people)
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide 4 season tents, four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the and porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Other Items: First-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

  • Breakfast: Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we’ll stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where you will have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day, you must consider a budget from US$15.00 to US$25.00 for this meal. Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 3.00
  • Extra Porter: To carry your personal items (7kls) in duffel bags that we provide US$ 60.00 for the entire trek.
  • Sleeping Bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20.00 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Others: The optional night in the town of “Aguas Calientes”, we will assist you on this, but you must let us know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
    Tips for the staff.

PRICE INFORMATION

The Price per person : US$ 615 Group Service

BOOKING DETAILS

You should note that the government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the 4-day tour Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 2 days for the Inca trail). We recommend you to make your reservations at least 30 days in advance, however 3 months in advance is recommended especially during the months of June, July, August, September and October. It’s recommended to book the tour “4 days from the Inca trail to Machu Picchu” in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve for Inca trail at INCA and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

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