The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.
the last day.
On arrival in Cusco there will be a transfer provided to your hotel. In the afternoon a city tour wil be amanged visiting the imperial city of Cusco (Shared Service) and it´s charming attractions. An Informative gathering will be held after the tour to brief you on the upcoming days. The nigh will be spent in Cusco. (No meals included)
Pick up to spend in the Sacred Valle of the Incas. Visit local markets. Such as the village of Pisaq, getting to see local colours, artisans and products. After lunch, you will proceed to visit the Archeological site of Ollantaytambo with its living Inca village (Shared Service). The night will be spent in Ollantayambo village. (B/L) Dinner on your own.
After a tasty breakfast drive to the redhead at Piscacucho, and start hiking for about 5 hours through a little visited section of the trail. We stop at Q’oriwayrachina for lunch and then cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente, with an option to visit Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata archaeological sites, in
whose vicinity we will camp amidst Inca terracing at 2,800 m (Shared Service). (B/L/D)
Time: 5-6 hours
Continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba.
From here the trail ascends steeply to a large Pampa below the first pass, where we camp. Here we have a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the trail up this narrow hanging valley we begin to see a cloud forest that harbors the Queñua tree (polilepis), a rare forest to be found in the Andes. Camp will be set up at Llulluchapampa (Shared Service) (3,800 m). (B/L/D)
Distance: 9 Km
Time: 6 hours.
A steady ascent on an Inca Trail up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m (13,692ft) affords a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a restored Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo River to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the second pass at 4,050m (13,200ft). From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m (12,551ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of
the cloud forest. A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures. Continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes, viewing Mt. Salkantay from the western side and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flag stoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds) in whose vicinity we camp at 3,800 m. (B/L/D) (Shared Service)
Time: 7-8 hours
An early departure today will have us trekking along a buttress and passing Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flag stoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site, it has well restored Inca Ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest covered Inca Trail we arrive to Machu Picchu the way the Incas used to come, watching the magnificent citadel at our feet from Intipunku, the door of the sun. Bus ride to the Village of Machu Picchu for an overnight at a local hotel, dinner on your own. (Shared
Service). (B/L) Dinner on your own.
Distance: 11.6 km
Time: Aprox 7 hours
A half hour bus ride will bring you back to the citadel for a guided visit which on average takes three hours as your offcial guide walks you through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, learning about the aspects of Andean life, taking you back in time. Afternoon return to the village where the train will take you to back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. (dinner on your own).(B/L) (Shared Service)
Free day and transfer out will be arranged from your hotel.
Time to go tell tales few can tell!
Transportation by vehicle from hotel to the start of the trek
Double occupancy tents with Thermarest sleeping pads
Porters, kitchen crew and necessary camping gear
Inca Trail entrance, Train ticket
Hotels, meals mentioned
Bilingual guide on the trek who will handle the First aid kit, full day guided visit to Machu Picchu
Lunch on day 5
Transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy station back to Cusco
Meals where not mentioned, alcoholic beverages, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, Insurance and airline tickets
(where applicable), sleeping bags, hiking boots and other personal gear & extras.
International flights and departure taxes.
WHAT TO TAKE
Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts , eece or Wool sweater and/or trousers, lightweight pants,
regular and long underwear (at over 13,000 ft/4,000 masl), medium weight parka with Fibber Fill or down, Light cap and
wool hat, rain poncho (or rain gear), Water bottle , light gloves, medium weight socks, hiking boots, Sleeping bag (-5º to
0ºC), small day pack , strong waterproof duffel bag, sun glasses, sun block, lip balm, flashlight with spare batteries and bulb,
Personal First-Aid Kit. On each trip we carry a medical Kit but we suggest a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. A
knee and ankle brace are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication
your doctor might suggest for you.