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The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most famous and popular hike to Machu Picchu and even one of the most famous and favourite treks in the world. You will see the pristine landscapes of Peru and experience an Andean journey to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. You will hike hrough high mountain passes, highland meadows and tropical cloud forests. This 4 day hike to Machu Picchu ends up by entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate ("Inti Punku" in Quechua native language). Be one of the many adventurers from around the world, who has successfully done this moderate to difficult Machu Picchu 4 day hike. See itinerary for details.
Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa Early morning, you will be picked up from your Cusco hotel and taken by private vehicle to the starting point of the trail - Pisacucho, also called Km 82. Receive a briefing and then start the hike as you cross the Urubamba River visiting the archaeological sites of Willca Raccay and Llactapata. Then, you cross through the Cusichaca River and can admire the views of the Andes, including the Veronica Mountain. Enjoy lunch at Chamana nand head to the picturesque village of Wayllabamba. You will then ascend as you appreciate the various ecosystems. Reach Llullucha Pampa where you'll have dinner and rest for the night.
Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours Trekking distance: 17 km Max. elevation: 3,850m (12,630 ft) Min. elevation: 2,600 m (8,530 ft) Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Day 2: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha Early after breakfast, you will reach the highest point of the hike - Abra Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200 meters as you pass through the cloud forest. You can admire the snowcapped peaks as you go and then you'll descend to the Pacaymayo Valley to have lunch. You will continue hiking to reach the Inca ruins of Runkuracay where you'll have a guided tour of the site. Then, you will climb to get over the second pass, Abra Runkurakay (Royal Inca's Highway) walking on this pass down to the site of Sayacmarca. You will then reach the campsite of Chaquicocha to rest for the night.
Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours Trekking distance: 12 km Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft) Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft) Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Chaquicocha - Winaywayna You will start hiking and pass through subtropical vegetation and some archaeological sites. You'll reach Phuyupatamarca Pass and see the Phuyupatamarca Inka complex, one of the best and most preserved sites. It is located at the top of a mountain and its Quechuan name means 'Town above the Clouds'. You will enjoy a guided tour, have lunch and then descend via a cloud forest admiring the rich vegetation and fauna. You'll reach the campsite of Winay Wayna and have a guided tour of the complex, to then have dinner and sleep for the night.
Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours Trekking distance: 10 km Max. elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft) Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco This is the last day of the hike. You will have breakfast early in the morning and start climbing the antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the citadel of Machu Picchu. Then, you will enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of the site and have a chance to climb uup to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain on your own to take in some panoramic views. You will then descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where you'll take the train back to Cusco.
Estimated trekking time: 3 hours Trekking distance: 4 km Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft) Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft) Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
Accommodation: camping (3 nights);
Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
Experienced bilingual Tour Guide
A professional Cook;
Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment;
Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
A blanket per person
Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
DayPack (for your personal belongings);
A T-shirt of the Classic Inca Trail Map;
Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
Shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (USD $12 one way, USD$24 - round trip)
Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (USD $80);
Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD $130 - the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 people)
Other extras not mentioned
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Minimum age is 12 years
Not recommended for participants with back problems
Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
If you are a vegetarian, please advise at time of booking
Note: If you suffer from altitude sickness, please bring any necessary medicine and/or consult with your doctor before the day of your tour
Note: In early 2001, the Peruvian government proposed to reduce number of trekkers on the trail to 500 per day. An extra 200 people are allowed during July and August. It is highly recommended that you make your reservation weeks or months in advance to guarantee you will get a spot