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Inca Trail Machu Picchu 4D/3N

4D/3N

This tour is the most popular ann is visited by thousands of tourists during the year, the hike is approximately 43 km, across the sacred valley of the Incas, to reach  Machupicchu, along the way you can appreciate the variety of flora and fauna of the place

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Itinerary

FIRST DAY: CUSCO TO WAYLLABAMBA

The pick up will be from your hotel to go to  Piskacucho (2700 meters / 8856 feet), it is located at km 82 of the rail between Cusco – Machu Picchu where we will get ready to start our hike throught the sacred valley, arriving at Miskay ( 2800m / 9184ft), where we begin an ascent to reach the highest part of the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m / 8692ft). We will continue along the valley next the Kusichaca River. After 5 hours we will arrive at the community of Wayllabamba (3000m / 9840ft), where we will have our first camp where we will enjoy the spectacular view of the Vilcanota river opposite the Urubamba river both at the foot of the Veronica snowfall located at 5832 meters above sea level,

  • Meals included: A, C
  • Total distance: 12 km (7.47 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Altitude of the highest point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
  • Camp altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

SECOND DAY: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYO

The second day we will wake up very early at 6:00 am, we will have breakfast and then we will start with the most difficult part of the whole trip that consists of a slightly steep climb of about 9 km, on this way we will appreciate the change from sierra to puna a dry and high area with little vegetation) on the way to the first opening of our tour Abra Warmihuañusca (“The passage of the dead woman” – 4200m / 13776ft), we will appreciate llamas and domestic alpacas feeding on ichu (one of the few plants that they grow at this altitude) we will also cross the cloud forest which has a variety of flora and fauna, it is the habitat of the Andean bear which  the scientific name is (Tremarctus Ornatus). We recommend for this day to bring candies and coca to combat altitude sickness, when we reach the highest point we descend to  Pacaymayo Valley (3600m / 11808ft), where we will camp after 7 hours of walking

  • Meals: D, A, C
  • Total distance: 11 km (6.84 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Maximum altitude at this point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
  • Camp altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

THIRD DAY: PACAYMAYO TO WIÑAYWAYNA

This is the day where we will walk the most but also is the most interesting one there are a lot of archeological sites and the cloud forest area with abundant flora and fauna. From this it passed the Abra Runkurakay (3970m / 13022ft). Half an hour walk ,we will find the archaeological center of runkurakay This place is located at 3800m / 12464 feet, which consists of a small oval structure that is said to have sacred purposes or maybe it was a watchtower After we descend towards Yanacocha the path It is paved where you can appreciate the Inca engineering and finally enter Sayacmarca (3624m / 11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made in a semicircular way enclosing different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, courtyards and irrigation canals, ascending we reach the third pass Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m / 12136 feet). On this route we will pass through an Inka tunnel and then we  arrive the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca. This complex is in a good state of conservation along the Inka Road to Machupicchu, it is located in the highest part of the mountain, curiously Phuyupatamarca means “village above the clouds” we will see a complex formed by water sources with solid bases also an impressive view of the valley and Urubamba river, we will continue our walk down stone steps that will lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650 m / 8692 feet), an Inka complex formed by agricultural terraces with religious and urban sectors, near our camp there is the  hot water baths, after visiting the complex we will enjoy our farewell dinner.

  • Meals: D, A, C
  • Total Distance: 16 km (9.94 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 8 hours
  • Altitude of the highest point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
  • Camp altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

FOURTH DAY: WIÑAYWAYNA TO MACHUPICCHU

This last day we will start very early 4.00 am approx. to leave Wiñaywayna in the direction of Intipunku, (Puerta del Sol). This will take us 1 hour prox. For the steps that will make us see the impressive jungle eyebrow. Arrived at intipunku we will appreciate the sunrise in the sacred city of Machupicchu. From this point we will descend to Machupicchu, then re-enter, we will go to the control point where we will register and leave our backpacks to immediately start our tour in Machu Picchu for approximately 2 hours, then you will have time to explore more and climb to Huayna Picchu (Prior reservation and payment of US $ 70 dollars) where you can appreciate the beauty of Machu Picchu from the highest point. In the afternoon you can visit the thermal baths in the town of aguas calientes and then go to the station 30 min. Before your train leaves.

  • Meals: D.
  • Total Distance: 4 km (2.49 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 2 hours
  • Highest point altitude :: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
  • Camp altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
  • eparture and arrival times are approximate,
  •  Campgrounds are subject to change according to the designation that the ministry of culture sees as convenient in the use of the Inka Trail.

Include / Not include

IT INCLUDES:

  • Bus up to kilometer 82.
  • Entrance  to the Inka and Machupicchu road.
  • Information meeting before the tour.
  • Guide in Spanish / English.
  • Tents (Doubles)
  • Camp equipment.
  • All meals except the first breakfast and the last lunch and dinner in the town of Aguas calientes
  • (Vegetarian option available).
  • Porters who will load the equipment and food.
  • Return train to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus Ollantaytambo-Cusco
  • First aid kit.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • First Breakfast.
  • Last lunch and dinner in the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket down Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes ($ 12).
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us for the entire trip for US $ 25)
  • Canes with plastic tip (only for Inka road) you can rent them for the entire trip at US $ 6 each
  • Tips for staff.
  • Porters for personal equipment
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Water and Snacks for the trip.
  • Wayna Picchu mountain entrance ticket (US $ 70 adult and US $ 50 student)

Recommendations

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO TAKE:

  • Original passport and if you applied to the ISIC discount you will have to show both at the entrance gate to the Inka Trail and also from Machupicchu.
  • Waterproof walking boots recommended.
  • Walking sticks with plastic tip: METAL POINT ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE ROAD (but you can rent them from us for the entire trip at US $ 6 each.
  • A backpack (30 to 40 liters) with enough change of clothes for all the way.
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 liters).
  • Micropur tablets to purify water.
  • Impermeable Waterproof clothing, such as a jacket, pants or rain poncho, (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
  • Warm clothes, including t-shirts, long-sleeved polo shirts, thermal clothing that is highly recommended and can be used at bedtime in the sleeping bag.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool hat for cold nights.
  • Sandals for walking in the camp.
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us for the entire trip for US $ 25)
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • Binoculars.
  • Camera, and extra batteries (since these are easily consumed at low temperatures)
  • Hat or hat to protect you from the sun and rain.
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal kit
  • Cash for extra purchases in Aguas Calientes,