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4-Day Trek from Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru

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  • Family friendly
  • Round-trip train fares
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Vegetarian meal option available

Overview

You will depart from Cusco and enjoy a 4-day trek in which you'll see wonderful landscapes and reach the citadel of Machu Picchu, to truly experience the legacy of the Incas. See itinerary for details.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Huayllabamba (L) (D)
Today is the climax day hiking through the most popular ancient past through highlands to Machu Picchu citadel of the Incas. Around 5:30am the travelers will be collected for their hotels in downtown Cusco. The travelers will be transferred by private van with enough room for the backpacks, foods and the other personal items. This journey goes through Andean village of Chincheros, Ollantaytambo Urubamba and finally Chilca. The tour guide will recommend stopping at Ollantaytambo to have country breakfast (not included in the trek price). After 3 hours of drive the journey ends at kilometer 82, this point is the trail head of the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Before to start the hike the hiker will make the check in at the control point, this is the place to check everything before to start the hiking. The trail takes you to the first Inca ruins as Huillca Raccay, this offer spectacular view of Urubamba valley and the Cusi Chacca River. The trekking includes break stop for pictures and relaxing according your felling. Continue hiking on the left bank of Urubamba River the hiker will be awarded with spectacular views of Veronica snow capped mountain, this is considerate one of the highest mountain with 5870 meters above sea level on the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba Mountain range). After 3 hours of hike you will enjoy the lunch near of Llaqtapata ruins (Upper Town in Quechua ancient language) and surrounded by pure nature and amazing views and of course guided visit of the ruins.3 hours more of uphill and following the ancient path by the left bank of the river (around 7 kilometers) the hikers will arrived to the little village of Wayllabamba. This place will be to set up the tents and spend the first night at 3000 meter above the sea level.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead woman Pass -Paqaymayo (B) (L) (D)
After country breakfast you will be ready to leave the first campsite and start the hike following the ancient path along the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc River. Today we recommend to hike very slow and take your time because is the hardest day to climb up the pass. After 1 or 2 hours arrival to Tres Piedras (Three Stones), there is small bridge to be crossed named Wayruro (seed of good fortune) and there the hiker will stop for break and use the toilets facilities before to continue going up through cloud forest. Uphill hike for around 3 or 4 hours depending your physical condition and seeing spectacular views of Lluyucha Pampa (3680m). Continuing going up and following the amazing landscape you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca trail, called in Quechua ancient language "Abra Huarmy Wañusca" or Ingles means "Dead Woman's Pass" (4200m). The final part of the uphill trail will be the hardest because the altitude start to make effect to the hiker don't got good acclimatization before to this trek. At the Abra Huarmy Wañusca normally many people reach this altitude and this is the best award for celebrate. Some hikers bring some special drink to share with the others taking resting, making pictures and if weather permit seeing spectacular scenes of uphill trail where some people still are making the effort to reach top. After plenty time on the top we start a nice downhill path to the second campsite at Paqaymayo valley (3600 meters above sea level). This valley offer nice views of the mountain range

Day 3: Paqaymayo- Runkuracay- Puyupatamarca-Wyñayhuayna (B) (L) (D)
Today you will have breakfast at 7am and the start another 15km of hiking passing through archaeological site as Runkuracay (Pile of ruins). This circular complex is located on the top of a mountain and between the border of the Andean climate and the cloud forest. To reach these ruins the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass. After a guided tour of Runkuracay you follow the trail leads us to the second larger Inca ruins as known Sayaqmarca (Dominant Town or Inaccessible Town). On the way to the ruins the hikers passing through two small beautiful lagoons next of the trail. After Sayaqmarca the trail winds through jungle with orchids and bromeliads, through a tunnel, and along ridge above Urubamba River to Puyupatamarca (Town in the clouds). With stunning views of Salcantay, Veronica, and Pumasillo. Puyupatamarca, spreads out on either side of the trail with many agricultural terraces, a long series of baths (one and than a run of five going down the slope), and at the top of the site a large bedrock platform. Some archaeologists interpret the site as primarily a place to worship the mountains, but also see important water source association with the springs feeding the baths. Puyupatamarca offer spectacular place to have lunch seeing the surrounded mountains. From Puyupatamarca descends via steep staircase to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) is an Inca complex neighbor to Machu Picchu, on an elevated perch overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures, beside the houses lies and area of agricultural terraces. This place was discovered in 1941 by Paul Fejos. After exploring the ruins you go to the campsite, there is a little lodge and restaurant where you can purchase some drinks available and hot shower for 10 Soles.

Day 4: Wyñayhuayna - Sun Gate- Machu Picchu (8km) – Aguas Calientes- Cusco (B) (L)
Wake up at 4:30am for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu for sunrise. You will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. You will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. You continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". Enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located in front of Machu Picchu. According with the time and how you feel, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain). This climbing takes around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City (If you want to climb to this mountain, you should book in advance and pay an extra $65). Return in the afternoon by Expedition train arriving in Cusco at around 8:20pm. Then, you'll be transferred to the hotel in Cusco.

Information

Includes:
  • Pre-information night before of your Inca Trail
  • English-Speaking guide(2guides for over 8 people)
  • Private transport Cusco–Ollantaytambo - Km 82
  • Private transport Poroy station – Hotel in Cusco
  • Porters to carry food and camping equipment only
  • Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
  • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
  • 3 nights of camping along the Inca trail
  • 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent ( plenty space
  • Sleeping mattress ( Thermarest
  • All buffet meals
  • Water supply (boiled) after every meal
  • Bus Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
  • First Aid Kit & Oxygen bottlet
  • Personalized service
  • Government sales ( 19% know as IGV)
Excludes:
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Towel can be hired for $2 USD at the hot spring
  • Alcoholic drinks and Breakfast on the first day
  • Gratuities
  • Personal porter (9 Kilos $USD80 or 18 Kilos $USD160)
  • Sleeping bag ( -Minus 20ºC) US$30 for whole trip
  • Single tent ($USD30) for 3 nights
  • Trekking poles USD$30 a pair
  • Hot shower on 3rd camp (10 soles)
  • Energy snack will be very useful as chocolate bars.
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu ( $USD65, book in advance)
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra night in Aguas calientes ( $USD75 per person)
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train ( $USD75 per person)
  • Additional tours in Aguas calientes village
  • Hotel accommodation in Cusco at your return
  • The extra porter must be booked in advance
  • No any internet access along the trail
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Important: Name and last name, passport number, Nationality, date of birth is required at time of booking. No tickets can be purchased without this information
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

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