South America’s most famous trek is the most stunning and unforgettable way to reach the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Inca people on this 4-day hike to Machu Picchu along the sacred pilgrimage route of the Inca Trail. During the challenging trek to this world-famous citadel and UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll explore ancient ruins, drink in majestic mountain views and see diverse plant and animal life. This tour includes transfers to and from the start of the trail, entrance fees, an experienced guide and porters, camping equipment and meals during the hike.
– Guided 4-day trek to Machu Picchu
– Hike the famous Inca Trail
– Visit the ruins of Runkurakay and enjoy spectacular views of the waterfalls on the snow-covered mountain Palcay
– Enjoy the sunrise at Machu Picchu, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo to KM 82 and Trek to Wayllabamba Camp (11 kms).
Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 5am and 6am. Take the bus to Ollantaytambo where you will have breakfast (not included) and purchase snacks and water for the upcoming days. Board the bus again and head to Piscacucho (KM 82) where your Inca Trail experience starts. You will hike along the hills in the Vilcanota River Valley passing by a few small archaeological sites, followed by lunch, and then relax a bit before reaching Wayllabamba camp. (L,D)
Trek to Pacaymayo Camp (10 kms).
After breakfast we will start the most challenging day of the Inca Trail with a vertical hike of 6km
(5 hours) to reach Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215 meters, followed by a 3 km hike down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo Camp at 3,600m (about 2 hours). Be ready to ascend 1200 meters in the morning and enjoy the surrounding waterfalls and natural setting just before your reach Pacaymayo Camp.
Trek to Winay Wayna High Jungle Camp (15 kms).
This unforgettable part of our journey will include ancient Incan stairways, mountain lakes, archaeological sites and humid jungle scenery. After hiking uphill for one hour to reach the Pacaymayo archaeological site, we will trek for one more hour to Runquracay Pass (3,950m) where you can climb to the tip-top of the mountain for breath-taking views. By late afternoon, you will reach Winay Wayna or Phuyupatamarca High Jungle Camp (2,650m), set above a river valley.
Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco (7 kms).
Wake up between 3:30 and 4:30am for breakfast (depending on the camp). Hit the trail early and head to the Winay Wayna checkpoint, joining the lineup for the gate’s opening at 5:30am. Once the gate opens, hike about an hour to reach the Portal of the Sun. Catch the first glimpses of light over the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu and continue down the final portion of the trail for 40 minutes to reach the Machu Picchu archaeological complex. You will enjoy a guided tour and have time to explore on your own, opting to hike Huayna Picchu if you have the permits. Later, head to Aguas Calientes where you can explore the market close to the train station before returning to Cusco via Ollantaytambo by bus.
– 4-day trek to Machu Picchu Hotel, pickup and drop off in private bus to the start of the Inca Trail.
– Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees
– English speaking guide and Igloo tent (2 people in each 4-person tent)
– Dining tent with tables and chairs / Kitchen Tents/ Cook and cooking equipment
– Sleeping bag
– Porter for group camping equipment (no personal belongings such as backpacks, sleeping bag)
– All meals on the trail except lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes/ Dinner in Cusco.
– First-aid kit
– Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
– Train ticket from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco
– Transfer from the train station back to hotel in Cusco
– Gratuities (optional)
– Extra porters (up to 15lb weight= US$ 108) (up to 26lb weight =US$ 216)
– Confirmation will be sent within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
– We travel with a minimum of 2 people. Our average group size range from 8 to 12 people.
– It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 to 6 months in advance as permits quickly sell out.
– The Inca Trail is closed in February due to road maintenance
– Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
– If booked in advance, the cost for an additional porter is $108 (15lbs). If an additional porter is booked on short notice, the cost remains the same, but there is no guarantee of confirmation or availability given the high demand of this tour.
– To walk the trail, you need to join a group of fellow hikers led by a licensed guide. Trail permits are limited, with only 500 hikers permitted on the trail, so you need to book ahead.
– Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Government.
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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