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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 04D/03N

 

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Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.

Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.

Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles

Longest Day – Day 3, approx 16km / 9.9 miles

Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º Celsius

Overall Difficulty – Moderate

Inca trail to Machu Picchu  04 Days / 03 Nights, This is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world! The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40.000 kilometres of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from south Colombia throughout Peru, Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile and the norwest part of Argentina! The Inca Trail starts in a typical Andean region and finishes in a jungle region going through cloud forests, Inca tunnels, bridges and snow on the way! Undertaking this trek is opportunities to go back in time and live with the Incas for four indescribable days…remember, the Inca Trail is not only for your feet but also for your mind…

By booking your Inca Trail with Pacha Expeditions, you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

Our Inca Trail service is perfect for families, group of friends and honeymooners. With smaller groups, you get the full attention of our expert guides and with each trekker, having a personal porter to carry ,07.kg of your gear you can enjoy the trek to the full. Inca Trail Availability

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail: Check Availability Here.

It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

Overview

DAY 01 – KM 82 TO WAYLLABAMBA

Meals: Lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 12km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

DAY 02 – WAYLLABAMBA to PACAYMAYO

Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 11km
Difficulty: Moderate/challenge.

DAY 03 – PACAYMAYO to WIÑAYWAYNA

Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 15km
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 04 – MACHU PICCHU.

Meals: Breakfast and water for drinking.
Distance: 6km
Difficulty: Easy

*Please Note: Dificulty level depends very much on your fitness and aclimatization

Itinerary

DAY 01 – KM 82 TO WAYLLABAMBA

We pick you up from your hotel between 5.a.m and 6.a.m and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer, 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop along the way to load up on energy!

On arrival at kilometre 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card.
To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the ‘Inca flat’ terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site ‘Llactapata’ (officially called ‘Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akayWillca'(5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica.
Our first campsite will be near the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperature at night is usually around 10oC.

Meals: Lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 12km
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

DAY 02 – WAYLLABAMBA to PACAYMAYO

After waking up at 6am for breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). On this day, we will climb 1200m/3936ft and a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the campsite that is located at Pacamayu (3550m/11646ft).

On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of humingbirds and other birds. Also, we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of endemic plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m! Temperature at this campsite around 6ºC during the nights.

Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 11km
Difficulty: Moderate/challenge.

DAY 03 – PACAYMAYO to WIÑAYWAYNA

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! Again, we wake up for breakfast at 6am, and start the day with a climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’ and to reach the second highest point on the trail (Runkurakay pass – 4000m/13123ft). Views of the mountains and surrounding area, from these points, are spectacular.

Then begins a steep descent from the pass leading to the Inca site ‘Sayacmarca’. After this site, the path continues through a magnificent cloud forest and we begin a new ascent up to the third highest point (3680m/12073ft). The scenery in this part of the trail and the views from the third pass are exceptionally lovely.

The Inca site, ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’), is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking onwards through the cloud forest, through the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’ until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft).

A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, do not miss visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping facilities.
Distance: 15km
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 04 – MACHU PICCHU.

We leave the last campsite at about 5.30am on the final day (breakfast 4.30-5am). It is an early start in order to get to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

Your guide gives a walking tour (approximately 2 hours) and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco.train include in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker (to Ollanta) and bus to Cusco.t

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town – a real treat after finishing the trail!

* Allocations or Itinerary is subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by ministery of culture

Meals: Breakfast and water for drinking.
Distance: 6km
Difficulty: Easy

*Please Note: Dificulty level depends very much on your fitness and aclimatization

Inclusions

WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential.
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us).
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)

*To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card

**If desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$20).

Opcional

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

OPTIONAL SERVICES (NOT INCLUDED):

  • Hire of sleeping bag – 5 seasons ($25).
  • First breakfast and lunch on day Four.
  • 1 Extra porter to carry personal items ($140)
  • Half porter up to 7 kilos ($70) If required, please advise us when filling in booking form. 7 kilos includes sleeping bag and mat’s weigh (aprox. 3.5 kilos)
  • Walking sticks ($20).

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