This tour is a wonderful alternative to the 2 or 4 day Inka Trail. It is a little known route along the
banks of the Urubamba river, where we'll visit several beautiful Inka monuments.
At 6.30 am, after a small breakfast in Cusi Wasi, we will pick you up by minibus to head to
Ollantaytambo. From there we continue to Piscacucho, located at "Km 82" of the railroad to
Machu Picchu. At around 10.30 am we commence our walk on the right bank of the Urubamba
river downstream. The first archaeological site is Salapunku (Gateway Hall) at 2,623 m.a.s.l.
Along this route we may see other archaeological sites such as Q'anabamba (Green Meadow),
Pinchaunuyuq, Wayracpunku (Wind Gate)Q'ente (Hummingbird) at 2,570 m.a.s.l. The first stretch
takes us 7 km in about 4 hours.
At 1:30pm we resume our walk crossing the Cusichaca river and "Shamans´s Land" until we
reach the Inka Trail that leads us to Willkaraqay (Sacred Shed) at 2,790 m.a.s.l. The next site is
Patallacta ("People at the Top") also known as Q'entemarka (Place of Hummingbirds) with more
than 100 precolonial buildings. Later on we'll arrive at Pulpitutyoq, somewhat lower at 2,570 m.a.
s.l. After returning back to camp Q'ente, we'll have a delicious dinner and a good night's rest. The
second part of this day took us 4.5 km in about 4 hours.
At 8am, after breakfast, we head for Machuq´ente (Old Hummingbird) at 2,550 m.a.s.l. It is
possible to see the silhouette of this bird along the Vilcanota river. Some 2 1/2 miles of
Machuq´ente lies Waynaq'ente (Young Hummingbird) at 2,850 m.a.s.l. This is a wonderful day
where you'll see the most abundant flora and wildlife imaginable. We'll finally return to camp to
have lunch. This part counts 4 km and will take us about 4 hours.
Crossing the bridge, we'll continue our downstream walk along the Urubamba river towards
Torontoy, a site that features carved stones and a wall with 40 corners. The closure of the day is
spent again at camp after a delicious dinner.
After early breakfast, we board the train at 6:15am to head to Aguas Calientes where a bus
takes us further up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour in this famous citadel shows you the main
square and all the interesting sites that have countless stories to tell: the Circular Tower, the
Sacred Solar Clock, the Fourth Level, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. After
the tour, there is free time to make your own discoveries. In the afternoon, we'll take the bus
back to Aguas Calientes and from there we return to Cusco by train.
- Bus Piscacucho - Cusco
- 2 nights camping
- Meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Licensed tour guide
- Tents, drinking water, mattress, toilets and shower at the camp
- Train Ticket Piscacucho - Machu Picchu
- Round-trip bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Train tickets Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
- First aid kit
- Hot drinks
- Sleeping bag
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day
We recommend that you bring:
- Sleeping bag
- A pair of hiking boots
- Trekking clothes
- Sun block
Cost per person US$ 389 make reservations
Inka Trail 3D/2N
Your home in the Inka's land