This is the classic four-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This hike is for people who are in a good
enough condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting
for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way. On
the last morning we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before
returning to Cusco by train.
Inka Trail - 4D/3N
The first day is easy because the track is almost flat. But it's beautiful. We pass by the
archaeological rests of Llactapata, translated "town in the heights", located above the Cusichaca
River. Here, we find many "andenes" which used to provision the warehouses of the ancient Inca
Trail. After after a delicious lunch and a noon rest, our walk continues. The majestic "penacho"
which crowns the snow-capped Salkantay, gets darker: time to camp. Our first camping site is in
Huayllabamba where we'll spend the night.
On the second day we leave early to make our way to the hardest part of the Trail: the second
day. We climb to a pass of 4,200 meters high called Warmihuañusca ("the place where a woman
dies"). The long walk up is tough and tiring because of the constant ascent. However, if you
have some breath left, spectacular views of the Andes mountain chain await you. You may also
appreciate the change in the natural surrounding, which goes from the reasonably warm
temperature of the valleys, to the grassland of the cold and treeless "puna". Once we've
crossed the pass and after a well-deserved lunch and rest, we'll descend to the valley of the
Pacaymayu River, where we'll camp. The site has a public bath and a small waterfall.
The third day has the largest walking distance but is easier than the previous day. We cross a
second pass from where it is possible to observe the amazing crest of the Runkuracay. After a
short descent, we climb to arrive to a third and last pass of the day, the town of
Phuyupatamarca, translated "town on clouds", one of the most original and undisturbed citadels
on the Trail. It is surrounded most of the day by clouds but if you're lucky you have a precious
view over the Urubamba river. In the afternoon we finally arrive in the last and best equipped
camping site: Wiñaywayna (3,600 meters high). All year round there are typical orchids here that
fill the place with their red, yellow and purple colours.
In order to see the sun rise above Machu Picchu, we leave early on the fourth and last day. Along
the route we have a constant view over the spectacular Urubamba river, running its course
from the high Andes to the deep Amazon rain forest, forming numerous meanders which round
steep rock walls, covered with lush forests. When we arrive to Intipunku, "Door of the Sun"
we'll enjoy the sunrise and the unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime view over the fabled and
mysterious city of Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, we'll return by train to Cusco, but you may also spend the night in Aguas
Calientes, enjoy the thermal baths and spend another day in Machu Picchu.
- Professional bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
- Bus to km 82
- Meals during the trek (vegetarian optional)
- Camping equipment
- Porters to carry tents and food
- First aid kit, oxygen bottle
- All transfers
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inka Trail
- Train ticket to Ollantaytambo
- Bus Ollantaytambo - Cusco
- Breakfast (day 1), lunch and dinner (day 4)
- Sleeping bag (rental cost: US$30)
We recommend that you bring:
- Small backpack
- Hiking shoes
- Raincoat or poncho
- Flashlight, hat
- Sunblock, insect repellent
- Light clothes
- Bottle of water
- Chocolates, candies
Cost per person US$459 make reservations
Discount for ISIC card holders: US$25
Your home in the Inka's land