Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba 4 h
At 5.30 you will be picked up from your residence to go to Ollantaytambo. At 7.30 you will arrive in Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast. It’s also recommended to buy some coca leaves or a pair of walking sticks (10 soles).
After breakfast the bus will drive you to Piskacucho (2650 m.a.s.l.). Piskacucho is a small community located at the beginning of the Inca trail. From this point you will hike for about 12 km. During the hike you will walk along the Urubamba river, have a little break at the Miskay community (2800 m.a.s.l.) and you will have an amazing view of an Inca building called: Patallacta.
Around lunch time you will reach a nice natural spot where our cook and porters are waiting for you to have lunch.
After lunch you will hike up hill for about 2 hours until you reach the campsite where you will stay your first night. During the last 2 hours you will enjoying the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba river, and the Veronica snow covered mountain (5832 m.a.s.l.).
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo 7 h
After an early breakfast you will climb up for 9 km along a beautiful narrow ravine. On this section hikers will experience a hard time because of all the steps. We advise you to take it easy and take a rest at any time you wish.
After a few hours you will reach Lluluchapampa. At this point you will start to climb to the highest and most famous mountain pass: the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass 4200 m.a.s.l.). It will take about 2 hours to get to the top. We recommend you to just take it easy, without pushing yourself too much. Don’t worry if you get delayed; the group will wait for everyone at the top of the pass. Once we reach the pass, we will have a break to enjoy the view.
After our break we will continue our way downhill to (3650 m.a.s.l.). During our way to Pacaymayo we will have lunch and you will likely see different kind of birds and the Andean bear (Tremarctus Ornatus).
Once we reach Pacaymayo we will have diner. This is also the place where we are going to stay overnight.
We recommend you to carry some chocolates, candies and coca leaves with you during the hike. This will help to keep your sugar level high, and it will help against altitude sickness.
| Day 3: Pacaymayo – Puya Patamarka – Wiñay Huayna 8 to 9 h
After breakfast we will continue hiking for 15 km. Day 3 is the longest but most impressive and interesting day since you get to see a number of archaeological sites.
This day will start by hiking up a steep path that will lead you to the Runkurakay pass (3970 m.a.s.l.). During our way, you will stop to visit the archaeological ruins of Runkurakay (3800 m.a.s.l.) After you have reached the top, we will walk down to Yanacocha and arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 m.a.s.l.). After visiting this archeological place, you will enter the rainforest. In the rainforest you will be walking up and down until you will come to the last climb that will lead you to the third pass: Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3650 m.a.s.l) From this point the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. During this way you will be visiting the ruins of Phuyupatamarca.
At the end of the day you will reach Wiñaywayna, where you will spend the night at a camping site. Close to the camping site there is a restaurant where you can enjoy hot showers, cold beers and some partying. This night you will also say goodbye to the cooks and porters, since they will take an early train to Cusco the next morning.
Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
At day 4 you have to wake up at 4.00 a.m. to get to the Inti Punko trail (Sun Gate). After breakfast, around 4.30, we will hike to Inti Punko ( Sun gate). This gate will take you to Machu Picchu. It’s about an hour hiking along a narrow trail of rainforest. Our tour guide will show you around the wonderful Inca village called: Machu Picchu for about 2,5 h. After the tour you are able to take some more pictures and explore Machu Picchu by yourself. When you are done exploring Machu Picchu you can take the bus by yourself to Aguas Calientes. There is an option of visiting the thermal baths located on the upper section of the village. Ask to your tour guide how to get there. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco, where you will arrive late in the evening.
Sunrise will depend on time of the year and the weather conditions. End of our service.
- Train ticket Machu Picchu/Aqua calientes /Cusco or Ollantaytambo
- Bus to Km 82
- Entrance fee to the ruins and the Inca -trail
- Porters for tents and food.
- Cook service.
- Transfers from and to your hotel
- All applicable taxes.
- Bilingual guide
- Camping equipment including tents and air mattress, (you have to carry the mattress yourself)
- Kitchen tent and eating tent
- Medical Assistance
- Busticket down to Aqua calientes
All Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 3 breakfast / 3 lunch / 3 diner, Vegetarian food available on request.
- First day your breakfast ,last day your lunch (take some snack with you because the food at Machu Picchu its very expensive)
- Extra nights, (optional not included) at ending point Aqua Calientes, so you can stay some longer at Machu Picchu you need to tell us some days in advance so we buy your return ticket 1 day later!!
- Personal porter, you have to carry your personal belongings yourself, or rent an extra porter, If you like a personal porter, tell it together with your booking, also he need a permit!He can officially carry up to 12 kg your stuff +5 kg personal belongings of the porter. After booking its not possible anymore .
An extra porter for the 4 days cost 150 usd.
- Sleeping bag can be rented, We rent out good sleeping bags til minus 10 for 20 usd for the 4 days
- walkingstick 2 for 4 days 20 usd
- private tent 5 usd a day
- tips for porters / guide/ Coock
- * Personal insurgency
You should bring
- Your official international passport and student card, if you forget, you can’t enter the trail!!!
- Personal sleeping bag, we rent out if you don’t have one!
- Trekking shoes
- Water bottle,
- Flash light,
- Sun hat
- Micropur in order to purify the water
- Personal clothing for trek and clothes for rain
- Insect repellent
- Emergency money and money for the tip, to the guide, cook and porters