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The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle, and a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten:  Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”

 

 

Option 1
Classical Inca Trail – 4 days 3 nights route
Trekkers arrive to Machu Picchu site

Day 1: CUZCO / CHILLCA /HUAYLLABAMBA (L:lunch -D:dinner)

From our hotel we will travel in private transport as far as Kilometer 82, where the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins. During the 1­rst day, we will follow the course of the Urubamba River and enjoy panoramic scenery dominated by Mount Veronica (5,850 meters). After lunch, we will visit the remains of the Inca settlement known as Llactapata, after which we will continue through the Huayllabamba valley as far as our campsite of the same name.

Distance: 7.52 miles / 12.1 km
Altitude: minimum: 8,860 feet / 2700meters, maximum: 9,842 feet / 3000meters (Huayllabamba)
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours

Day 2: HUAYLLABAMBA /PACAYMAYO (B:breakfast-L:lunch-D:dinner)

From Huayllabamba the trail leads us uphill through Andean forest as far as the high plain of Llulluchapampa, with excellent views of the Huayanay mountain range. We will walk for another two hours as far as the high pass known as Warmiwañuska, the highest point of our route (4050 meters / 13280 feet), from where we will descend as far as our next campsite in the valley of the Pacasmayo River.

Distance: 5.47 miles / 8.8 km
Altitude: minimum: 9,840 feet / 3000 meters, maximum: 13,795 feet / 4205 meters
Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours

Day 3: PACAYMAYO /WIÑAYWAYNA (B-L-D)

As we cross the high pass of Runcuracay we will notice how the vegetation changes, for here we will have left the mountains and entered high forest. Here we will have excellent panoramic views of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. From the pass we will descend along a paved Inca path as far as the ruins of Runcuracay and Sayacmarca. Here we will enter the cloud forest, and in the afternoon we will descend along a series of Inca steps, passing the ruins of Phuyupatamarca to arrive at the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, where we will camp.

Distance: 8.33 miles / 13.4 km
Altitude: minimum: 8,860 feet / 2700 meters, maximum: 12,960 feet / 3950 meters (Runkurakay)
Approximate walking time: 7 hours

Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA /MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO (B)

From the beautiful architectural complex of Wiñay Wayna it is a two-hour walk to the Sun Gate, or Intipunku. From here we will have our 1­rst view of Machu Picchu. Once we reach the city we will have the rest of the day to explore its temples, palaces, houses and agricultural terraces, before taking the train back to the city of Cuzco in the afternoon, where you will be transferred to your hotel and have the evening free.

Distance: 2.9 miles / 4.67 km
Altitude: minimum: 7,875 feet / 2400 meters, maximum: 18,793 feet / 2680 meters
Approximate walking time: 2 hours

 

Option 2
Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – 5 days 4 nights route
Trekkers arrive to “Aguas Calientes” the only near village to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay is one of our region’s excellent trekking adventures. Altitudes of up to 5000 meters are reached during the trek, and you may experience sun, rain and even snow sometimes. We therefore recommend that you bring along warm clothing and sleeping bags designed for temperatures below zero.

Day 1: CUZCO / SORAYPAMPA ICHUPATA  (L-D)
Maximum altitude: 3869 meter
We will leave the hotel in Cuzco at approximately 6:30 am to begin our journey. We will travel west through the Anta valley, crossing the Vilcaconga pass, from where will be able to enjoyne views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. We will then descend towards the warm and dry valley of the Apurimac River, where we will visit the ancient Inca temple in Tarawasi. Beyond this point, we will begin our ascent to the small town of Mollepata, arriving at Soraypampa, where our mule drivers will be waiting to accompany us on our trek. We will hike through spectacular scenery as far as Ichupata, where we will make our ­1rst camp.
Bus journey: 3.5 hours
Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 2: ICHUPATA /MILLPO  (B-L-D)
Today we will reach the highest altitude of our trek, at Incachiriasca pass (approximately 5000 meters).
From this point we will have our ­rst view of Mount Salkantay (6271 meters / 20,568 feet). We will camp at Millpo.
Approximate walking time: 8 hours

Day 3: MILLPO /ANCASCOCHA  (B-L-D)
We will cross Chuqeñan pass (4302meters / 14,114 feet) and Aqoqasa pass (4234 meters / 13,887 feet) today,and camp at Ancascocha.
Approximate walking time: 8 hours

Day 4: ANCASCOCHA /CHILLCA / AGUAS CALIENTES  (B-L-D)

Today we will be walking downhill. After our arrival in Chillca we will board our private bus for the drive to Ollantaytambo, from where we will continue by train as far as the small town of Aguas Calientes, where our guide will accompany us to our hotel. Evening meal and overnight in hotel.
Approximate walking time: 5 hours

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES / MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO (B-L)

In the early morning we will leave our hotel to trek or board one of the 1­st buses up to the ruins of Machu Picchu, where we will be escorted in a private tour by a professional guide. After a tour of approximately three hours, you will have free time to wander through the marvelous ruins of Machu Picchu independently, after which we will go back down to Aguas Calientes by bus, in time for the return train journey to Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Cusco or next destination.

Important: Passengers are only allowed to carry 5 kilograms of personal effects on the train. This means you will only be able to take a small daypack. We will take the rest of your things back to Cuzco, where they will be returned to you.

 

 

Inca Trail is tailored made according to your dates and adapted to your other Peruvian tours.
Price varies depending on season, if you chose doing it as a private tour or together with other group tours which are scheduled along the year. Group tours vary on quality and service as well. Read more on our PDF

A reservation of 6 months is highly recommended.

Includes:

  • Private bus
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Camping equipment (twin tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent and mattress)
  • Trekking services: Cooks and mule drivers
  • Food as speci­ed in the itinerary B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner
  • First aid kit
  • Return bus to the ruins (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cuzco (Expedition Class train)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Does Not Include:

  • Tips
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Food not included in the itinerary (Breakfast on the ­rst day)
  • Guide services in other languages are available at an additional cost.

 

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING:

Passport (we recommend that you bring along extra photocopies)
A small daypack for your daily items (this will be carried by the passenger)
Warm clothing (for those places where temperatures may be low during the trek)
Rain jacket (easy to buy locally)
Long-sleeved cotton shirts
Shorts
Hat and sun glasses
Insect repellent  (easy to get locally)
Sun block    (easy to get)
Good hiking boots
Walking poles
A bottle of mineral water for the 1­rst day (we will provide you with boiled water on the other days)
Digital camera
Binoculars

 

 

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