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Classic Inca Trail

4D / 3N

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular treks in the world; renowned for breathtaking natural beauty and mysterious archaeological sites. The trailhead begins at the km 82 train stop, just north of Ollantaytambo. Because of the sensitivity of the trail environment, access to the trek has been limited to 500 trekkers per day. The permits are released to authorized Inca Trail tour operators and the permits sell out quickly.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco/Wayllabamba (13 km / 8 mi)

Early in the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to the trailhead and control point at Km 82. You will begin your trek along the banks of the Urubamba River arriving at the first archaeological site of Llactapata. After visiting the site, you will enjoy lunch and then continue on to your first night’s campsite at Wayllabamba.

Meals: Lunch, dinner
Overnight: Wayllabamba

Day 2: Wayllabamba/ Pacay Mayo (11 km / 6.8 mi)

Today climb a trail of stone steps to the highest point of the adventure, Warmi Wañusca pass (4,200 m / 13,779 ft.). At the top, you will feel the cold puna Winds and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and the subtropical valley. From here you will press on to your second campsite at Pacay Mayu.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Pacay Mayu

Day 3: Pacay Mayu/ Wiñay Wayna (16 km / 9 mi)

On this day you will embark on the longest stretch of the trek, 16 km or 9 miles. Fortunately, you will be descending for most of the day so going the distance should be more comfortable. On the way down you will experience a dramatic change in scenery from the dry highlands to the lush subtropical climate at the edge of the cloud forest. On this leg of the journey, you will visit the Incan sites of Runkurakay, Sayac Marca, and Phuyu Pata Marca before reaching your final campsite at Wiñay Wayna.

Overnight: Wiñay Wayna
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna/Machu Picchu/Cusco

After an early breakfast, you will take a short hike to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate. It is the ancient entrance to Machu Picchu, the amazing city of the Incas. From the vantage point of the Sun Gate, the citadel is impressive and impactful. The tour takes a pause here to allow you to absorb the experience and reflect on your accomplishment before descending into Machu Picchu to begin a guided tour. After this tour you will have time to explore on your own before taking the shuttle bus down to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes.

In Aguas Calientes, you will have time to enjoy a lunch in one of the many local restaurants offering typical Andean specialties. For those who brought their bathing suits, there will be time enough to relax in the namesake thermal baths. Afterwards, you will board the train bound for Cusco by way of the station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In Cusco, you will transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

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