The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas, from high altitude deserts to the Andean tropical rain forest. We will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by the jungle overgrowth, just as if you are discovering them for the first time. This precedes your arrival to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. You will never forget this tour provided by Peru Travel Now, which offers a classic and always surprising Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe.
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Day 1: Cusco/Wayllabamba - (Lunch and Dinner included)Transfer from the hotel to the train station. The train leaves on course to the area called kilometer 82, where we will meet up with our porters and gear. We begin our trek, escorted by the porters, through a semi arid region of crop fields and terraced hillsides, where archeological sites are scattered along the course of the Urubamba River. We will arrive at Llactapata, an Incan archeological site that always provides magnificent views of the mountains. After a rapid visit, we will say good-bye to the Urubamba Valley and continue onwards through the Kusichaca River Valley until reaching our first campsite: Huayllabamba (at roughly 3,000m)
Total number of kilometers 12 km
Initial altitude 2750 M.T Final 3,000 M.T
Day 2: Wayllabamba/Pacaymayo - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the Warmiwayñusca Pass (4200 m). A small flight of stone stairs will take us to the top of the pass that is dominated by the cold winds of the puna and the majestic vista of the surrounding mountains. From here, it is possible to see the path that we will descend to the Runkurakay ruins. At the end of a gorge, we will stop at a place called Pacaymayo (3600 m), our second camp.
Total walking hours 7:30 / 8:00 hrs
Total number of kilometers 13 km
Initial altitude 3,000 M.T. Final 3,800 M.T
Day 3: Pacaymayo/Winaywayna - (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
We will depart from Pacaymayo along a short, zigzagging, ascending path that will take us to the circular ruins of Runkurakay. There is almost no sign of human life in this region where cloud forests and rugged mountains rule. After a break to catch our breath, we will start descending by way of a section of the Inka Trail in an excellent state of preservation. After passing through several segments where the pathway is perfectly paved with flagstones, we will reach the steps leading to the Sayacmarca ruins (3620 m). From here, the trail definitely moves off into the jungle, and so do we, continuing through bamboo and unca tree forests towards the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. The trail passes by Lake Seco and, after some ascents and descents, we will arrive at El Tunel, a natural cavity produced by a landslide but developed by the Incas. The Inca Trail, with its well defined borders, continues through moss covered hills. After crossing a small pass, we will see a steep flight of stairs and, at the bottom, the Phuyupatamarca ceremonial center (3650 m). As we walk down the trail, we will see the Urubamba Valley and River. The trail will take us to the lovely ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2650 m), the most important after Machu Picchu and our last campsite.
Total walking hours 06:00hrs
Total number of kilometers 15 km
Initial altitude 3800 M.T Final 2,650 M.T
Day 4: Winaywayna/Cusco - (Breakfast)
We will break camp early in the morning and head off towards the Inti Punku or Gateway of the Sun (2740 m), the last pass on the trail. From this point, Machu Picchu (2450 m) is a surreal and marvelous site. The rest of the day is set aside for visiting the city. Afterwards, we will board the train at the Aguas Calientes Station to return to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel.
Total walking hours 04:00hrs
Total number of kilometers 6 km
Initial altitude 2650 M.T Final 2,400 M.T
Note: For the Inca Trail a trekking permit is required. Permits are limited to approximately 500 per day, included guides, kitchen staff, porters and visitors.
Our programs include all entrance fees and guides on all excursions.
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