Home Tours Treks Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N


The Inca Trail is Peru's best known hike, it combines a good mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. More than 250 species of orchids have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary. There are also numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor to spot in the beautiful scenery of Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is in total 45 kilometers and starts at Qoriwayrachina and ends in Machu Picchu. The trek is rated as moderate and therefor any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. Nevertheless the trek is fairly challenging and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so make sure that you are well acclimatized.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.

Season: From March till January (in February they clean the area)

Departure: Daily

Return: Back Packer Train, return in Vista dome available for an additional of US$30 per person

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Wayllabamba

A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley takes us to our starting point at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. We start with crossing a footbridge to hike for two hours into the Urubamba canyon, where we will visit sculpted Inca farming terraces and the site of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca river. We then climb a bit into the Cusichaca valley to Wayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we will camp.

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pakaymayu

The second day we start our hike by climbing into the steep-sided Llullucha valley. After this climb we will see the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The hike goes over an open slope that is opposite to the mighty mountains and from there we will ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m). Here we will have spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay mountains. The trail goes down into the forested Pakaymayu valley, where we will make a camp.

Day 3: Pakaymayu - Wiñay Wayna

We will climb an Inca stairway and pass the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second mountain pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular views of the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca , an interesting labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels. The Inca trail, now paved with granite stones, continues along the steep upper slopes of the cloud forest. We will find here a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass mountain peaks topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). After pausing there to explore the wonderful maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spill down the mountainside here, we will begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from granite rocks leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite site of the Inca Trail.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu - Cusco

An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountain side through lush, humid cloud-forest. Suddenly we will cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and we will be surprised by an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry and forested peaks are framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. We spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu's multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus brings us to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.

Included:

  • Transportation to the start of the hike at 82 Km.
  • English/Spanish speaking professional guide during all Inca Trail
  • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals (3 times breakfast, 3 times luch, 3 times dinner and snacks
  • A cook and cooking equipment
  • Personal matress (double foam)
  • 4P Tents only for 2P each
  • Local porters (service to carry the food and camping equipment only)
  • Dinning tent, portable chairs and table
  • English guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the trail
  • Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Backpacker train ticket Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Transfer from the train station to your Hotel in Cusco
  • Vegetarian food available, with no extra charge
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment

You should bring:

  • A backpack with an extra set of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Comfortable strong shoes or boots, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera or film camera and loaders
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block cream, insect repellent.
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable water bottle and water for the first morning.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Trail)

 

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