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  • Pass through diverse wilderness, amazing scenery & numerous Inca ruins
  • Witness spectacular landscapes and mountain views
  • Trek the most popular & historical path in the world
  • Trail or relax and take the train
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best trekking routes in the world due to the exquisite natural beauty and the archaeological importance of the sites that lead to Machu Picchu.

On this stunning trek, we'll enjoy the landscapes, the flora and fauna and the stunning views between the sections of the Puna and the cloud forest. This action-filled Peruvian tour also gets you closer to the secrets of the elusive Inca civilization on a breathtaking adventure.

We are looking forward to providing a unique experience on one of the best trekking trails in the world.

Please see the day-to-day itinerary for more information.
Camping
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card.

Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike.

Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail checkpoint, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes.

At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands.

After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys.

After lunch, another 3-4 hour will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft) you will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hour to our night camp at Chakicocha.

We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck, we will see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles.

We will soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman's Pass, the first of two that we will cross today.

Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest.

In the afternoon we begin the second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman's Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Pumas Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca.

After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June.

Tea time and buffet dinner.
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Camping
At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today´s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna, and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today´s hike is much more down than up and significantly shorter than yesterday´s.

In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints.

Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna the last of the remarkable ruins en route, which we will explore and have a guided visit (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terraces on the left side of the road. There are a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here.

After visiting the complex of Wiñaywayna we have our lunch and time for a rest before we continue with the last section of our trek for about 1.5 hours toward the Sun´s Gate Inti-punku, natural mirador of Machupicchu here you can make really nice pictures and contemplate the beauty of the grounds.

From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guides. Now on front of Machupicchu you will have time to appreciate this marvelous and magical place from the top levels near farming terrains permitting spectacular views, after we dedicate enough time we start to walk down for 10 minutes toward Machupicchu´s main gate to board a private bus to Aguas Calientes town, where staff of Viajeros Hotel is waiting for us.

After settling in private rooms, your guide will take you to the natural hot springs for a couple of hours to relax and indulge your muscles then return for our dinner at the hotel.
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We will get up very early around 4:30 am we will take the first bus to Machupicchu ( 30 minutes) then walk for 10 minutes to the higher part for overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise.

The formal tour will end around midday, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central Plaza area. For those still with energy and interested to climb the Huaynapicchu mountain this can be arranged by your guide.

Additional options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities. So if you are interested, talk with your guide at the initial briefing for the trek, and remind them on the third night to make arrangements. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site, but staying at Aguas Calientes town you will have a big chance for this.

In the early afternoon, lunch will be provided at Viajeros Hotel down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley
  • Private Transport to km 82 –Piskacucho (trek starting point)
  • 11 full meals for the entire tour (4 breakfast, 4 lunch 3 dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan, gluten, wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants
  • Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
  • 2 excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • Visit and guided tours of the 7 Inca archaeological sites en route
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Tea and hot drinks
  • Boiled water provided from the 2nd day
  • 2 people per tent (new spacious 4 person dome igloo tent)
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress (pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Emergency first-aid kit and oxygen assistance
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable system
  • 3-4 hour guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself
  • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu tour
  • Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village
  • 7 Kg porterage service for your personal belongings
  • Confirmed Vistadome train return to Cusco
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • hiring extra porter
  • sleeping bag
what's excluded
  • Sleeping bag (to hire for 4 days US$ 25)
  • Trekking poles (US$20 for entire trek)
  • Entrance fee for Huaynapicchu mountain, extra of USD$ 75.00 pp incl guide
  • Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters etc. ( US$25-US$30 approx )
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, german & spanish
Maximum altitude 4200 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in cusco, Peru
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationWalking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability, and other factors. Suggested packing list: Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable). A backpack to carry your sleeping bag, roll mattress and personal belongings. A daypack to carry your personal belongings only in case you hired a porterage service, (we provide a duffle bag when you hire a personal porter). Warm sleeping bag minus 8ºc . Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough runners/sneakers, rubber-soled sandals or (flip-flops). Warm clothes, Polartec or Polar fleece, layers for variable temperature especially at night. Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights. T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort. Torch (flashlight), head torch and extra batteries. Camera and extra batteries, small size binoculars. Wide-brimmed hats, wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face, Sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent. Sunglasses Rain gear Water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site). / Water purifying tablets (optional), since we provide boiled water, also bottled water available to buy. Bathing suits for hot springs in Aguas Calientes town. Trekking poles with metal tips are not allowed on the trail (rubber tips can find in Cusco).
Cancellation20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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