The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is without a doubt one of the most famous and incredible hikes of the Andes. On the time of the Incas Empire, they stablished a long system of trails all around their territory, building an enormous road system with lodges called Kallankas and Ayllus. It is until the present day that we can witness the most of the trail preserved and be proud to walk through it. The trek is about 40 km long (25 miles) and starts at Km 82, where the train leave us to start hiking. The journey will take us to to witness sublime landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, and lead us directly to Machupicchu, one of the wonders of the world, still shrouded in wonder and mystery.
Early in the morning, we will depart towards the train station of Ollantaytambo to depart towards Km82. During the journey, we will a stop to use the bathroom or make the last needed purchases. We will take the train and stop at Km82 (stop named Piscacucho) to begin the excursion; there will be a control booth to check entrances and passports. Here we will meet the team that will be carrying the necessary equipment and food for the 4-day hiking. The first part of the hike is easy and begins with a gentle ascent. We will pass through a cactus forest and native shrubs. A few hours later, we will arrive to the Inca town of Llactapata (Town of terraces). This special way of construction was used during Inca times for the cultivation of corn, quinoa and other cereals. After a short break, we will continue the trail for 15 minutes to have lunch at Tayaroc site. After lunch, we continue with our walk for approximately 3 hours until we reach the town of Wayllabamba, the place where we will set up camp and have dinner. Overnight in Wayllabamba camp.
After breakfast, we start the day with a gradual climb through the woods, bushes and along a stream. Today is the day that we will have our greatest challenge, to reach the summit, the highest pass (4250 m // 13,943 ft.). After getting to the summit we will be delighted by the extraordinary landscape, part of it includes an ancient Inca staircase made of stone. The ascent will be steep through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where some species of birds can be seen. Hopefully, we will see small hummingbirds, falcons, eagles, or maybe with a lot of luck we could see the king of the heights, the Condor, highly respected and venerated in the Andean culture. From here, we will be able to see the summit and our goal, called Paso Warmiwañusca (The Dead Woman's Pass); we will continue hiking uphill for 2 more hours until we reach the highest pass. We will take a short rest before beginning the descent to Pacaymayo Valley, where our camp and dinner is. Arrival to Pacaymayo, dinner and overnight in camp.
After an energetic breakfast, we will begin the ascent to the archaeological site of Runkurakay. This is our second challenge of the hike since is located at 3800 m or 12,467 ft. above sea level. Arrival to Runkurakay and guided visit of the archaeological complex, where we will find important vestiges of the Inca Culture. We will continue to Sayacmarca and then arrive to Chaquicocha, the place where we can have lunch. After resting a while, we will continue our journey observing how the geography changes from a dry climate to a tropical and rainy jungle. The trail will take us to Phuyupatamarca (town in the clouds), another important archaeological monument, and after a short walk we will arrive at the last camp in Wiñaywayna, Dinner and overnight in Wiñaywayna.
We will wake up very early in the morning to start the last path of our journey and reach the Intipunku (La Puerta del Sol // The Gate of the Sun). After 1 to 2 hours depending on pace, we will reach the ancient gate to Machupicchu, and exceptional overlook of the whole Incas city. We will arrive just in time to appreciate the first rays of sun on the Inca sanctuary. After resting for a while and enjoyed the panoramic views, we will descend peacefully to the citadel of Machupicchu to register. A few minutes later, we will re-enter to the archaeological complex and have a guided tour (around 2h); you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this magical place built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun. We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories. After the guided tour, we will descend on a shared bus to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco) Arrival to Poroy, transfer to your Hotel in Cusco and end of the services to continue with another destination or side trip.
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced) Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).
From $ 1.000,00 / Person