1DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCACHIMPA (L, D)
Today you must rise bright and early as we will have picked you up at your hotel, after you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, at 5:30am you will be brought by a private transportation to the town of Ollantaytambo – an ancient town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will take a short break for you to get any snacks or last-minute supplies before embarking on the trek. From Ollantaytambo, you will be transported to Km 82 – the official beginning of the Inca Trail. Here you will meet your guides and porters who will make this journey incredibly special. We will carry 7 kilos of your personal staff, we will provide the walking poles, snacks, water, sleeping bags, air mattresses and a duvet for your warm camping night.
Once you cross the Urubamba River (2,200m), you will have officially started your trek on the ancient steps of the Incas. The path today is very easy and is a great warm-up for the challenging days to follow. Around lunch time we will arrive in Miskay where you will enjoy your meal with an amazing view. Your guides will tell you about the nearby ruins of Llactapata that you will have time to visit. From lunch the trail heads towards Wayllabamba (3,100m) then climb up to Yuncachimpa (3,300m) where you will find tonight’s comfortable campsite. Here you will enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by some of the best cooks on the trail. Tonight you can relax in your comfortable tent amongst the tranquil mountain surroundings.
- Minimum altitude: Km 82 – 2675 masl/ 8776.3 ft.
- Maximum altitude: Wayllabamba campsite – 2970 masl/9744.1 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
2DAY 2: YUNCACHIMPA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYU – RUNKURAKAY PASS – CHAQUICOCHA (B, L, D)
Day two of the Inca Trail is accepted as the most difficult because you have to tackle Warmihuañusca well known as Dead Woman’s Pass. In the morning you will enjoy a hot cup of tea and a hearty breakfast before starting the hike. This part of the trail is free hiking, meaning you should walk at a pace that is comfortable for you – of course we will meet up for lunch and at the most challenging parts of the trial to rest. Early in the morning the trail goes through the Llullachapampa Valley (3,850m) where you will enjoy the beautiful cloud forest. After the valley you will begin the ascent, the first 3km of the 6km trail are extremely steep but you will be walking through gorgeous thick woodlands and enjoy the complete isolation of this magical area.
After following the path uphill for another two or three hours you will finally come to the peak of Warmihuañusca (4,200m). Once there will take time to rest and to appreciate this incredible moment. From here we take the steep path down to the Pacaymayu River (Sunrise River) where you will walk towards the Runkurakay Pass (3,050m) where you will get to see more ruins. Later in the afternoon you will reach Chaquicocha (3,650m) where your campsite is located, you will enjoy a delicious dinner and some well-earned rest.
- Minimum altitude: Ayapata site – 3328 masl/ 10918.7 ft.
- Maximum altitude: Warmiwañusca Pass – 4215 masl/13828.7 ft.
- Difficulty: Challenging.
3DAY 3: CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA (B, L, D)
Today is known as the most beautiful day of the trek as you will see a quick change in the environment and surroundings to the thick tropical forest of Wiñayhuayna. You will come to the second pass at 3,950m where you will encounter mountain lakes. After the pass an easy walk await us through the forest and then an Incan tunnel before reaching the third pass that will give you sweeping views of the Urubamba River Valley. You will pass the ancient site of Phuyupatamarca (The Town Above the Clouds, 3,600m) where you will see Inca baths that really show you their genius engineering.
From the baths you will continue through another Inca tunnel towards the famous Wiñaywayna ruins (Forever Young, 2,650m). After these incredible ruins you will follow an Inca staircase up a zig-zagging trail to a red-roofed building that will be the last campsite. Tonight you have to option of taking hot showers (s/5) and bottled drinks are for sale. Enjoy your last night in the wilderness and delicious farewell dinner.
- Minimum altitude: Chaquicocha site – 3535 masl/ 11597.8 ft.
- Maximum altitude: Runkurakay Pass – 3955 masl/12975.7 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
4DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU –CUSCO (B)
Today you will wake up very early to witness the sunrise lighting Machu Picchu. You will have your last breakfast on the trail at 4:30 am then we will hike towards the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). Once you sit and appreciate the beautiful sunrise over the lost city of the Incas, you follow the trail on your final descent to Machu Picchu (2,400m).
You will arrive to the ruins at about 8:00am where you will have a full private tour of the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu that will last around two hours. When the tour is over you will have time to explore the ruins on your own before returning down to Aguas Calientes. Once there you will board the standard train back to Cusco where you will be greeted at the train station by a representative and then you will be transfer to your hotel.
- Minimum altitude: Machu Picchu citadel – 2430 masl/ 7972.4 ft.
- Maximum altitude: Intipunku site – 2750 masl/9022.3 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate
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