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INCA TRAIL 4D/3N

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Wayllabamba.

After an early morning pickup at your hotel in Cusco we’ll set out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a two–hour bus ride we reach Ollantaytambo Village where we take a dirt road to Piscacuchu (2700m/8858ft), a community located at Km. 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad.

This is our starting point on the Inca Trail! We cross a bridge to the left shore of the Urubamba River, which flows northwest through the Sacred Valley. Following a flat trail along the river, we reach the small community of Miskay. A steep path leads us to a scenic outlook where we’ll have a fantastic view of Patallacta (2750m/9022ft), an Inca archeological site. We’ll learn about the history and demise of Patallacta before we continue our walk through an ancient valley cut by the Kusichaca River. After a gradual two-hour climb, lunch and another two hours of walking, we reach our campsite in the village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft). We have dinner with a beautiful view of Nevado Veronica (5800m/19000ft).

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

An early rise and hearty breakfast prepare us for a climb along a narrow valley, Polylepis woodlands and beautiful streams. The trail is steep with numerous steps and leads us to the Abra Warmihuañusca Pass (4200m/13780ft), the highest and most famous mountain pass on the Inca Trail.

We descend through a winding path of steps and through a narrow valley. During lunch we enjoy the spectacular landscape before we continue walking to our campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley (3350m/10991ft). We’ll have a well-deserved rest, showers and flush toilets!

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna.

Our third day out is a full day of multiple vegetation changes and numerous archeological sites. An early rise and breakfast sets us on our way - a steep trail to our second pass, Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13024ft). Half way up, we’ll stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. This Inca site, located at 3700m (12139ft) gets its name from its prominent oval structure (Runkurakay is Quechua for "egg") and may have been a resting stop for Inca messengers. . After going over the pass, we descend to Yanacocha and arrive at Sayacmarca (600m/11811ft). The Sayacmarca ruins are most likely those of an Inca fortress. There are remains of semicircular buildings, water fountains, and irrigation channels. We leave the ruins behind and enter the cloud forest until we reach our last climb and the third pass - Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12139ft). Walking downhill from the pass we look down upon Phuyupatamarca (“town over the clouds”), one of the best preserved Inca archeological sites along our trek. The numerous baths, fountains and platforms, all with spectacular views of the Urubamba River, may have been built for sacred rituals.

Our day ends at the Wiñay Wayna ruins, considered the most spectacular Inca site after Machu Picchu. This fantastic site, located on a steep edge overlooking the Río Urubamba, is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming. The name Wiñay Wayna (“forever young”) is also the name of a beautiful orchid found here. We camp in Wiñay Wayna and say goodbye to our cooks and porters as they will be leaving for Aguas Calientes before dawn. The porters take the camping equipment and our backpacks, which we will pick up in Aguas Calientes before returning to Cusco the following day.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu - Cusco.

On the fourth and last day we rise very early, eat breakfast and hit the trail toward Inti Punku (Sun Gate). After walking through the cloud forest along a narrow trail, we arrive at the Sun Gate in time to see the sun rise over the sacred Machu Picchu Mountain. We walk down the path to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the wonders of the world. Our guide will spend the next two and a half hours taking us through this Inca architectural treasure after which you can explore the amazing ruins on your own.

We catch the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes and from there, the late afternoon train back to Cusco.

Weather

The dry season is from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April.

Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, from about 10ºC/50ºF to 28ºC/82ºF with nighttime temperatures from 10ºC/50ºF down to around 0ºC/32ºF, though seldom much lower.

INCLUDED

  • Transportation from the city to ollantaytambo kilometer 82
  • A predeparture information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map.
  • A duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in
  • Cusco)
  • Meals according to the itinerary and a last lunch in a restaurant before returning to Cusco
  • Bottled water to refill your canteen.
  • Accommodation in machupicchu
  • Enytrance Tickets to machupicchu arqueological site

STAFF

  • Bilingual guide on the trek and in Machu Picchu
  • Equipped with a first aid kit
  • An oxygen tank
  • Porters
  • Kitchen crew
  • Provisions

NO INCLUDED:

Meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear or items.

WHAT TO BRING

  • A small day pack to carry your sunglasses, sun hat, sun and insect lotion, camera, water
  • bottle, a wind jacket and rain gear.
  • One complete change of clothing per day (trousers, socks, T-shirts, and underwear).
  • Sweater and jacket for cool days or nights, gloves and winter hat recommended.
  • Warm sweat pants for evening around camp and in tent.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Original passport.
  • A head or flashlight and batteries.
  • Personal toiletries and medications.
  • Medium sized towel.
  • Peruvian currency (soles) for tips and small purchases along the way (cold colas, shower
  • fee for last night in Wiñay Wayna, etc).
  • Camera gear (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended), with enough charge/battery power for
  • the duration of the hike.
  • Sleeping bag (check and contact about it with our company)
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