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Classic Inca Trail

Itinerary

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.

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

End of Services

Includes / Not Included

Included

  • Briefing where our guide will explain about the walk and give us the maps.
  • Transfer from the hotel in Cusco to kilometer 82.
  • Income for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Professional guide in bilingual tourism.
  • Additional guide for groups over 9 people.
  • Cook expert in roads.
  • Assistant chef for groups over 9 people.
  • Porters carrying camping equipment and food.
  • Food during the trip: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner plus an energy snack every day, hot drinks, boiled and drinking water all the way included.
  • Vegetarian option is free; just inform us in advance, please.
  • First aid kit plus tensiometer.
  • Oxygen balloon.
  • Biodegradable bath.
  • Camping equipment: Doite brand tents for 2 people (although their capacity is 4 people), foam mattress, chairs, tables plus bathroom tent.
  • Kitchen equipment: kitchen tent, dining tent, kitchen utensil.
  • Bus descending from Machu Picchu towards the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour of approximately 2 ½ hours.
  • Expedition train returning from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer of arrival of the train station to the hotel in Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the fourth day.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking Stick
  • Drinks not mentioned in the tour.
  • Tips to the staff.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance to Wayna Picchu.

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Useful information

Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots or shoes, hat, light jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen.

What to bring?

  • A light day pack to carry all the necessary things for you.
  • Water bottle, after drink them, please keep the plastic bottles
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, disinfecting alcohol and gel, toilet paper, repelent and lantern.
  • Full charged camera, cellphones or electronic devices.
  • Money for snacks, souvenirs, etc. (in Peruvian soles).
  • Two kind of clothes, temperature in the morning is cold, during the day is hot, and during the afternoon is cold/windy.
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof clothes (In rainy season from December to March).

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