This is one of the most famous and incredible treks in the world. The Inca Trail to MachuPicchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximately 40,000 kilometres (24,854 miles) of roads built by the Incas nearly 500 years ago. Incan roads were built across the deserts, highlands, and jungles stretching from southern Colombia to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The Inca Trail starts in a typical Andean climate and finishes in a jungle climate. Along the way, you will find yourself going through cloud forests, Incan tunnels, bridges, and sometimes snow. Hiking this trek is an opportunity to go back in time and experience the Incan path for four days. Remember, the Inca Trail is not only for your feet but also for your mind!.
Day 1: The Start of the Adventure, Inca Flat
We pick you up from your hotels between 4:30AM and 5:00AM and travel by bus to a breakfast stop (not included in the price of this trek) in Ollataytambo to load up on energy. After breakfast, we reload the bus and travel to Piskacucho (also referred to as kilometre 82) where the trail starts. Upon arrival at kilometre 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports, and (if paying a student rate) student cards.
At the start of the Inca Trail (2,720 m/8,923 ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the flat Inca terrain), and we will have great views of an Incan fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site Llactapata (officially called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of W'akay Willca (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as Veronica. Our first campsite at Ayapata will be a 90 minute hike up the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft) in the temperate green valley. The temperature at night is usually around 10°C/50°F.
Day 2: The Trail
Day 3 is what most people consider to be the most impressive day.
The Inca site Phuyupatamarca is located a few minutes walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue walking (3,000 steps) onwards through the cloud forest, to the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata, and on to our final campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Day 3 requires approximately only 5 hours of walking.
A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name, Wiñay Wayna/Forever Young. Even if you are tired after Day 3, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.
Day 4:Tour in Machu Picchu
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.
You will later meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch (this lunch not included in the cost of the trek) and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. train included The price is the Expedition (to Ollantaytambo ). Once you arrive in Ollanta, a bus will take you back to Cusco.
Included in the price:
-Professional guide fluent in English
-Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
-Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks!
–Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
Vegetarian/special diet options available
-Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
-Dining and kitchen tents
-First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
-Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes
-Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Cusco
-Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
-Breakfast on the first morning.
-Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles).
-Sleeping bags .
-Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
What you need to bring:
• Original passport
• For students: ISIC card
• Insurance card
• Hiking boots
• Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
• Warm jacket
• Hat and gloves
• 2-4 t-shirts
• 2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
• Long underwear for sleeping
• Hand sanitizer
• Comfortable trousers
• Sun hat or cap
• Insect repellent
• Water and/or water purification tablets
• Toiletries/ Toilet paper
• Personal medication
• Camera and film
• Torch or headlamp
• Cash (in Peruvian nuevos soles)
Optional items to bring:
• Walking stick
• Plasters and bandages
• Extra money
• Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes town