Inca Trail

PER-91 / 4-day trip / Grade: T2

Inca Trail
OVERVIEW

The Inca Trail to the archaeological citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most visited and famous treks in the world. The feeling of reaching such an amazing place by your own means adds to an already unforgettable experience. Therefore Andes World Travel has become direct operator of this unique trek, making sure to provide an excellent service to our clientele.

The trek is 37,1 kilometres long, departing from Km. 82, and combines various ecosystems along the trail like: snowy mountain peaks, cloud forest and subtropical jungle. On top of this, the amazing Inca arquitecture which can be enjoy the sites of: Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. All this before reaching the trip’s highlight: the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and a final visit to the Incas’ state of the art city!


Day 1 Piskakucho (Km. 82) – Wayllabamba (2931 m)
Day 2 Pacaymayo (3587 M)
Day 3 Wiñay Wayna (2681 )
Day 4 Machu Picchu (2420 m) – Cusco

Important:
– Inca trail’s permits must be booked months in advance, please check availability before planning your trip.
– The trek closes once a year during the month of February.
– Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites.

ITINERARY
Day 1

Piskakucho (Km. 82) – Wayllabamba (2931 m)
Early pick up in Cusco or Ollantaytambo (There is the option to be collected at this point). An spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, down to the trailhead known as: Pistakucho or Km. 82 on the Machu Picchu´s railroad (2656 m). At this point, the group will up with the staff and do the check-in into the trail. The hike begins crossing a footbridge and then follows the main trail down the Urubamba river valley in a Southwest direction, passing Inca farming terraces, until the Cusichaca river valley. From this spot the path climbs up to Llaqtapata, the first visit archeological site to be visited, located on the river bank. The walk continues up this amazing valley to Wayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail and the first camping site.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 275 m / Highest altitude: 2931 m / Distance: 11 Km / Activity duration: 6 h
Included meals: Picnic, Dinner

Day 2

Pacaymayo (3587 M)
We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, abruptly the puna appears, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags, ascending to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4194 m). Here there are spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. The trail descends to the bottom of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where the camp will be set up.
Night in tent.
Ascent: 1263 m / Descent: 607 m / Highest altitude: 4194 m / Distance: 10 Km / Activity duration: 7 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Wiñay Wayna (2681 m)
The day starts with a quite steep Inca stairway that ascents, past the small Inca site Runkuracay, to the second pass, which bears the same name as the Inca site: Runkuracay mountain pass (3954 m). From this vintage place, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. A gentle descent to the ruins of Sayacmarca “Inaccessible Town” (3597 m), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns.
Then an almost flat traverse along the mountain side up to the third pass: Phuyupayamarca pass (3656 m) topped with Inca viewing platforms overlooking the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca “Cloud-level Town”. Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spills down the mountainside here, a long descent begins through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway finally leads to the next campsite by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna “Forever Young” (2720 m), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
Night in tent.
Ascent to Runkuracay pass: 367 m / Descent to Sayacmarca: 357 m / Ascent to Phuyupayamarca: 59 m / Descent to Wiñay Wayna: 975 m / Highest altitude: 3954 m / Distance: 11,1 Km / Activity duration: 8 h
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Machu Picchu (2420 m) – Cusco
An early morning hike across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. The ascent is not steep, as it traverses until a last short steeper section that ends crossing the stone threshold of Intipunku “Sun Gate” (2710 m) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry – a backdrop of twisting gorges and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
The final descent down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where the team will spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon, a bus will drive the group down to the small town of Aguas Calientes, located by the Urubamba river banks. An early evening train to Ollantaytambo and then a 2 hours drive back to Cusco (it is possible to stay at Ollantaytambo).
End of services.
Ascent: 29 m / Descent: 290 m / Highest altitude: 2710 m / Distance: 5 Km / Activity duration: 3 h
Included meals: Breakfast


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE INCA TRAIL TREK:
– Inca trail’s permits must be booked months in advance, please check availability before planning your trip.
– The trek closes once a year during the month of February.
– Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites.

PRICING
PER-91 – To request prices, please click on the BOOK TRIP bottom on the right sidebar and fill the information.

IMPORTANT: Due to the high volume of trekkers on the Inca Trail, there are daily restrictions to the number of people accessing the trail. Reservations should be made at least 3 months in advance.

INCLUDED

  • Local bilingual guide on the trek
  • Transportation to and from Cusco
  • A pre-departure information meeting briefing
  • Entrance fee for the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • High quality 2 people tents including comfortable sleeping pads.
  • A duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco)
  • Expedition train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer by shared bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen tank
  • Horseman and horses
  • Porters for common and personal gear (Max. 15 kg. per person)
  • Meals according to the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and international flights
  • First day breakfast and last day lunch
  • Extra price for the entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Montaña Picchu – This is in addition to the Machu Picchu entrance fee (subject to availability).
  • Personal gear
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
MAPS

Overview:


Inca Trail – Cordillera Vilcabamba:

Tags: Trekking, Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, T2, Urubamba, Iskakucho, Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo, Wiñay Wayna, Llaqtapata, Warmiwañusca, Sayacmarca, Runkuracay, Phuyupayamarca, Intipunku