Inca Trail 4 Days/3Nights
Day 01: Cusco to Wayllabamba
We will leave Cusco (3,350m/10,990ft) at 5:30AM by tourist bus and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point at km. 82, we take a short break in Ollantaytambo to have breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called Piskaycucho (km 82). Here we will meet the rest of the group and check in at the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2,200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day of the trail is easy to walk and is a good warm-up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small riverbank eatery, while receiving information on the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Afterwards, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3,100m/10,170ft) and ascend to Yunkachimpa (3,300m/10,826ft) the camping site where we spend the night. From here, catch amazing views of the mysterious Nevado Verónica.
Day 02: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day'(meaning, everybody should walk in his/her own pace) of the course. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the valley of Llulluchapampa (3,850m/12,631ft). The first 3km are steep – enjoy the humid woodlands and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the path for 2-3 hours until you crest to the highest point of this section, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass) at 4,200m/11,378ft, known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, we continue our hike down a long and steep descent to the Pacaymayu River (Sunrise River) towards the Runturakay Pass (3,050m/10,007ft) until we reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at 3,650m/11,975ft. Here we will relax our bodies from the tough day of hiking while taking in calming sensational views below the mountains.
Day 03: Pacaymayu to Wiñaywayna
This day is the most beautiful of the trek. You will notice a change in the ecosystem while walking the Inka Trail, seeing the tropical forests of Wiñaywayna. On our walk we will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3,950m). It’s a gentle climb through the soothing cloud forest and a small Inca Tunnel before the third pass (3,700m), offering a grand view over the Urubamba River Valley. The nearest settlement is Phuyupata marca («Town above the Clouds») at 3,600m (11,811ft). A well-preserved site with a long chain of Inca baths where one can enjoy the impressive ancient engineering. Then we will pass the Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna-«Forever Young» at 2,650m (8,694ft). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site with the help of , and also a location with hot waters (S/.5) and bottled drinks.
Day 04: Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu/Return to Cusco
After our breakfast at 4:30AM, we will head (equipped with our flashlights) to the Inti Punku to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take at least one hour before our visit to the magical citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,874ft) around 8:00AM. Enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about 2 hours) that helps you understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. Afterwards, you will ample time to explore the archeological site at leisure (ex.: Go to the Inca Bridge, visit the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama). Later take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you can visit the hot springs (S/10) to relax and soothe your aches and pains or eat lunch before our train departure to Cusco.
- Pre-departure briefing.
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
- Private bus to the start of the trail.
- Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
- English-speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons).
- 4-person Dome Igloo tents (2 persons per tent with plenty of space for your backpacks)
Double thickness foam sleeping mattress.
- Cooking equipment, experienced cook, Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) – food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including: coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn).
- Porters (to carry the tents, food & cooking equipment), Dining tent, Kitchen tent.
Accommodation for our porters and cooks.
First-aid kit, including emergency Oxygen bottle.
- Bus from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes (many companies don’t include this), tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Backpacker/Cerrojo).
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
Free transfer from the airport if requested.
- The price of the trek includes all local sales taxes.
Services Not included:
- Porter to carry your clothing, sleeping bag etc. Hire personal porter 6kg US$55. per person. If you hire a third porter (maximum 9kg/20lb per person) for an additional US$40., we will provide you with a lockable porter bag to safeguard your equipment but you supply the small padlock).
- Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service.
If not, we stop in Ollantaytambo on the way to the start of the trek, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy your breakfast.
- Entrance ticket to Wayna Picchu.
- Meal (lunch) in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
- Upgrade your train service to Vistadome (First Class) additional US$40.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional) US$ 3,00.
- Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for the 4-day trek at US$20. per person (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use), all sleeping bags are synthetic (easy to wash). Weight: 2,5 kg, rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice & warm even during the coldest nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
- Extra night in Aguas Calientes, along with accommodation, meals, entrance fees, bus tickets, etc. are not included. (we can make all the arrangements at an additional cost. Please, let us know at time of booking or if you decide afterwards advise us 1 week before the trek so we can change the train departure date.
- Additional nights in case of bad weather/flight cancellations.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Personal expenditures: laundry, phone calls, etc.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal equipment.
The above trek itinerary is typical of the 96% majority of our Inca Trail, 4-day group service. However, campsites used during the trek may be subject to change depending on availability of spaces as issued by the UGM. (Main government authorities that control access to the Inca Trail). The UGM are responsible for allocating the campsites to the various trekking companies. Although we try to make Wiñaywayna our last campsite (from here, a 2-hour trek to Machu Picchu) it is not guaranteed as on occasions we have been allocated space at Phuyupatamarka (nearly 5 hours from Machu Picchu). These matters are the same for all trekking companies and travel operators, and are outside of our direct control.