Day 1. Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba
11 km – 7.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,700 meters – 8,990 feet / Maximum Altitude – 3,100 meters – 10,000 feet.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 5:00–5:30 am (later in case you have just booked for the 4 four day trekking and your hotel is in the Sacred Valley). Private transfer.
The trail will continue to Pisqacucho (also known as Kilometer 82). At Kilometer 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student cards.
Crossing the Urubamba River we begin our adventure by trekking through a classic dry forest area. We will walk approx 6 km to Llactapata, the first archaeological site on our journey.
After lunch, we continue on with another four kilometers, walking uphill through peaceful farmlands to reach our camp in Wayllabamba.
Day 2. Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo (Challenging)
11 km – 7.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 3,100 meters – 10,000 feet/ Maximum Altitude meters 4,220 – 13,780 feet.
Day three is considered to be the most challenging part of the trek, but definitely not the least rewarding.
We wake up early to get a good start. You will continue to be marvelled on this trip, as we travel through small villages and farmland to then enter the sub-tropical forest; where we will stop for a well deserved lunch in Llulluchapampa.
After we´ve had a moment to rest we will begin a steep ascent towards the Highest Dead Woman’s Pass 4,220 meters – 13,779 feet.
Reaching this significant peak, you cannot help but feel a great sense of achievement, but the journey is not over yet. After that, we continue down 600 meters, 1980 feet over 3 km (1.8 miles) through a very humid forest to the evening campsite of Pacaymayo.
Day 3. Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka – (moderate)
16 km – 11.5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,670 meters – 8,760 feet / Maximum Altitude 3,950 meters – 12,965 feet.
After breakfast, we start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 meters (12,632 feet).
Our descent will include a guided tour to the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca, where lunch will be served.
We then continue hiking towards Phuyupatamarka (a cloud-level town), which is an important archaeological monument.
After a short break, we continue our hike to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit. This is a remarkable archaeological site from which you can enjoy a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 4. Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
End of the Tour
7 km – 5 mile walk / Minimum Altitude 2,400 meters – 7,870 feet / Maximum Altitude 2,720 meters – 8,920 feet.
As we are nearing our destination, we have a very early start in order to arrive in time for an amazing sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the monument.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a two and a half hour guided tour around the citadel. While the clouds clear and the morning sky emerges, your guide will share with you the history and other insights surrounding the Lost City of the Incas.
Those who climb Huayna Picchu, a 45-minute hike, will be rewarded with an amazing overview of Machu Picchu. Though, from this year onwards, a new permit system requires that all visitors need to buy a separate ticket to hike up Huayna Picchu. After the tour, you are free to wander around, taking in all the sights of Machu Picchu. Later, you will meet with the rest of the tour group to drive by bus or go on foot down to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to the Ollantaytambo train station, you will be transferred to your hotel for a comfortable night´s sleep.
IMPORTANT: Government regulations will not allow reservations to be made unless accompanied by full passport customer details and full payment of the entrance fee to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. This is to comply with the the rule that only allows 500 people a day to trek the Inca Trail.
Therefore, to guarantee your place on the Inca Trail trek or tour you must provide a scanned copy of your passport and a non refundable deposit of USD $250. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands. In case of passport number change this information must be relayed to us or you will lose your booking. Original passport must be carried on the trail.