inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Itinerary: from 6:00am (first day) to 6:00pm (4th day)
Frequency: Every day (with reservation)
(B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba (L) (D)
At 6:00am we pick the passengers up from their respective hotels in our bus, and drive to Ollantaytambo, a beautiful town through which you must pass to begin the Inca Trail. Here you can buy any last minute items for the trek; here we also highly recommend the wooden trekking poles sold here because they help immensely throughout the trek. From Ollantaytambo, we continue to Km. 82 (2600 meters), where we begin the trek. After some time we get a view of the archeological site Llactapata, and then continue through the Valley of Cusichaca to arrive at Wayllabamba (3000 meters), where we spend the night.Trek duration: 6 hours of mostly flat hiking in preparation for the second day.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayu (B) (L) (D)
This is the most difficult day of the trek and requires some serious physical exertion. We ascend to the highest point of the whole trek at the summit of Warmihuanusca (dead woman’s pass) at an altitude of 4200 meters. Here you can appreciate the panoramic view of the mountains and valleys. We then descend to the valley of Pacamayu (3500 meters) where we camp. Trek duration: approximately 8 hours.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Winaywayna (B) (L) (D)
This is the day in which you can most enjoy the Inca Trail. After breakfast, we begin the hike, which begins by ascending another, significantly smaller pass named Sayacmarca (3900 meters). After this pass you will get to experience the cloud forest, where you can enjoy the abundance of plants (orchids) and animals (birds). We also visit the archeological sites of Runcuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarka, and Winaywayna (2650 meters), which is where we camp for the night. Trek duration: approximately 8 hours
Day 4: Winaywwayna – Machu Picchu (B)
We wake up very early at 4:00am and after eating breakfast begin hiking to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) to get our first, incredible glimpse of the early morning sunlight shining on Machu Picchu (weather dependent). From Intipunku, we hike down to Machu Picchu where there is a guided visit of the ruins. After the guided visit, you will have time to explore the ruins at your leisure and independently; you may also ascend Huayna Picchu or descend to the town of AguasCalientes and visit the hot springs. At the end of the day, we take the train back to Cusco. Trek duration: approximately 3 hours.
- All necessary transportation
- Train ticket (AguasCalientes – Cusco)
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket up and down from Machu Picchu
- Transportation Cusco/ Train Station / Cusco
- Professional guide (english or spanish) throughout the whole trek and in Machu Picchu
- Professional cook
- Porter service (only carry the tents and kitchen equipment)
- Food as indicated in the itinerary
- Camping equipment: tents, sleeping pad
- Vegetarian food without extra charge (optional).
- First breakfast
- Final lunch
- Sleeping bag (can rent from our office
Note: Throughout the trek, you must carry your sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and personal items. You may hire a personal porter if necessary.
Extra Porter (15 kilo limit): US $90.00
Half weight porter: US $45.00