Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba – Yuncachimpa
We’ll leave Cusco by private bus at 5:30am, and stop at Ollantaytambo for breakfast. Next, we’ll go to km 82, the official start of the Inca Trail, to meet the rest of the trekking team.
The first day of the trek is fairly easy and a good warm-up for the following days. After a short walk, we’ll reach the first archaeological site Llactapata, an agricultural center with large Inca terraces, and have lunch.
We’ll walk along the Cusichaca River to the village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842f), and we’ll continue walking until we reach Yuncachimpa (3300 m/10827f), where we’ll spend our first night camping. This campsite has a wonderful view of the snow-capped Veronica Mountain.
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: 12 km/7.5m
Altitude difference: Cusco (3400 m) – Km 82 (2600 m) – Wayllabamba (3000 m) – Yuncachimpa (3350 m).
Day 2: Yuncachimpa – Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca Pass – Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Chaquicocha
The second day is the most challenging, and everyone should hike at his/her own pace, taking breaks when needed. The first 3km/2m are steep, with humid woodlands and the sounds of water to accompany you.
The trail first leads through Llulluchapampa Valley (3850m/12631f), and ascends for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point: Warmihuañusca Pass (also called Dead Woman Pass due to its silhouette), 4200m/13780f).
This climb is the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, we descend to the Pacaymayo River Valley (3500m/11480f), before starting to climb again to the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3950m/12960f). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site served as a watchtower, and relay station for Inca messengers.
Next, we descend to the Sayacmarca ruin (3600m/11811f), a small city with a labyrinth of alleyways, squares, houses, terraces, and fountains. We’ll quickly reach the site of our second camp, Chaquicocha, (3650m/11950f). There we’ll enjoy an impressive view of the mountains. After an excellent dinner prepared by our chefs, it will be time for a well-deserved rest!
Level of difficulty: Strenuous
Hiking time: 8 hours
Climate: Warm with mosquitoes
Distance: 15 km/9m
Elevation gain:: Yuncachimpa (3350 m) – Llulluchapampa (3850 m) – Warmihuañuasca Pass (4200 m) – Pacaymayu (3500 m) – Runkurakay Pass (3950 m) – Chaquicocha (3650 m)
Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna
This third day will be the most beautiful of the trek. You’ll notice a change in the ecosystem throughout your walk to the rainforest of Wiñaywayna. We’ll also pass two lovely little lakes.
We’ll start cross an Inca tunnel and a forest before reaching the last pass at 3700m/12139f. Next, we’ll see the ruins of Phuyupatamarca “City Above the Clouds,” an Inca relay station with impressive, circular walls and an ingenious system of aqueducts. You’ll enjoy a superb view of the snow-capped peaks and the Urubamba Valley.
Your descent is under a thick cover of bamboo. You’ll also see the extraordinary ruins of Wiñay Wayna “Eternally Young” (2700m/8858f) on a rocky spur in the heart of the forest and overlooking the valley of the Urubamba.
Dominated by a vast set of Inca terraces, this complex is separated in two by a grand staircase that leads to a ceremonial area. The path zig-zags until we reach a red building, which is our last camping place, where there is hot water to shower (cost 10 soles).
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: 9 km/5.6m
Altitude difference: Chaquicocha (3650 m) – Phuyupatamarca (3600 m) – Wiñayhuayna (2700 m)
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We start very early – using our flashlights – to arrive at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) for our first panoramic view of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu at sunrise. This end to the unforgettable trek helps us understand the meaning and strength of worship that the Incas gave to the Sun God.
It is a magical moment that can only be appreciated after the pilgrimage we have just made in the footsteps of the Incas. After this magical moment, we will descend to Machu Picchu (2400 m/7874f), where your guide will give a 2-hour tour describing life in the citadel, the Inca cults and ceremonies, and the many temples and sacred places of the citadel.
After the tour, you can explore the magic of Machu Picchu sanctuary at your own pace. Afterwards, you’ll descend to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon where you can relax in the natural springs and explore the village. Then we’ll take the train back to Cusco.
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance traveled: approximately 5 km/3m
Altitude difference: Wiñayhuayna (2650 m) – Machu Picchu (2400 m) – Cusco (3400 m)
- Orientation in our agency with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19:00, to be confirmed when booking.
- Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Km 82
- One-way bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Vistadome train service, or Hiram Bingham train service by request (*), from Aguas Calientes to the Cusco/Poroy train station.
- Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance)
- Camping equipment: Professional tents Eureka! Timberline 4 or Doite Himalaya for 2 people, as well as inflatable mattresses and a pillow per person, kitchen tent, tent dining room, tent shower, and tent toilet.
- 1 sleeping bag per person (-10 ° C comfort) with inner sheet. Our sleeping bags are washed after each use and only used for a limited number of trips.
- Chef, kitchen equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners). The carefully-prepared meals include: pancakes, omelets, and fresh fruit for breakfast, and soups, spaghetti, rice, chicken, fish, meat for lunch and dinner. Hot drinks are served including coca-leaf tea, excellent for stamina and high-altitude. Vegetarian meals are available on request.
- Daily snack time: tea, coffee, cakes, and popcorn.
- Biodegradable personal soap
- Hot water every morning and evening to wash.
- Boiled, cold water to fill your water bottles.
- Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant.
- A team of porters to take care of all camping equipment, food, and your personal belongings (up to 10kg/22lbs per person).
- First-aid kit, oxygen bottle and safety rope.
TOUR NO INCLUDE
- Dinner on the last day
Gourmet service: kitchen, delicious dishes and the highest-quality service available on request.
Massage: Professional massages can be arranged at various campsites after the long hours of hiking. You can choose between relaxing, energizing, anti-stress or Inca messages using natural, aromatherapy products.
For all optional services, contact us in advance for rates and to book services.
We advise you to spend the night in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo the old of the first day (not included). We can, of course, help you with the transfer of Cusco and the hotel reservation. In this way, you will enjoy the best quality service.
It is still possible to leave Cusco, but it will be necessary to get up very early (around 4 o’clock in the morning)
(*) If there is no more room for the direct route Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Poroy), we offer the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then a private transport to your hotel in Cusco. This option does not apply to the Hiram Bingham luxury train.
The train “Vistadome” is ideal for those who want to be in touch with the environment and enjoy the wonderful trip back to Cusco. The wagon has large windows offering unparalleled panoramic views and the possibility of taking beautiful pictures. The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that fit your body so that you are comfortably seated during the trip.The Vistadome has a high-end service, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture, by the landscapes, the music, the dance and even the food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
TRAIN HIRAM BINGHAM
The Hiram Bingham train is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by Peru Rail. All inclusive, you will live a journey full of unforgettable experiences. The Hiram Bingham wagons are distinguished by their blue and gold color, warm and cozy interior and elegant tapestries. The service includes 4 wagons, 2 restaurant wagons, as well as an observatory wagon with bar.
THE HIRAM BINGHAM SERVICE INCLUDES
- Brunch and dinner on board
- Afternoon tea at Sanctuary
WHAT TO BRING?
- Backpack with rain cover (30- or 40-liter capacity is sufficient).
- Clothing for both warm and cold climates.
- Trekking shoes/boots.
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
- Woolen/synthetic socks and a sweater.
- Long- and short-sleeved T-shirts.
- Rain poncho/waterproof jacket and a hat.
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, toilet paper, hand cleaner/disinfecting alcohol gel.
- Camera (with rain protection), a flash light/headlamp and extra batteries.
- Snacks (e.g. chocolate bars and dried fruit)
- Original passport, original ISIC student card (to receive the student discount) and extra money in soles.
During the high season (May to August), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of departure desired – there may be only availability the day before or after. We will of course do our best to ensure the best service, but we must adhere to the daily people limits policy established on this tour.
- Permission to hike Wayna Picchu:Permission requires booking months in advance with an additional charge $70.00USD to guarantee your entrance.
- Extra porter: We can arrange for a porter to carry your backpack/luggage if your luggage weighs 15kg/33lb or less (the weight limit is mandated by Peruvian law 26702). The cost is $140.00USD, and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment for the porter.
- Tips: Porters, cooks and guides always appreciate tips for their services. The porters are also grateful for small donations of clothes and school supplies for their children.
- Camping sites:The camping sites described in our itinerary (Yuncachimpa, Chaquicocha and Wiñaywayna) may be changed due to availability and restrictions on the number of trekkers. In high season (May-September) some campsites, such as Wiñaywayna, are almost always full. If the campsites are full, the Ministry of Culture (the government entity which supervises and controls the Inca Trail) will assign other campsites (Wayllabamba, Pacaymayu and Phuyupatamarca) as needed.
- To receive the student discount of $20.00USD, we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture. It is very important to bring your original student card to validate the discount. In the event that we don’t receive the scanned copy of the student card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation at the full, adult price.
- CANCELLATION: For last-minute cancellations, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense.
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