–Day 1: Cusco - Salkantay Pampa - Pampa Japonesa
We will leave Cusco at 5:45am and head to Cruz Pata (3400m/11155ft). From Cruz Pata, we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains: Humantay and Salkantay. Our campsite will be at Salkantay Pampa (3900m/12795fg).
After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards the highest mountain pass in the park of MachuPicchu: the Salkantay pass (5200m/17060ft). From there, we will have an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). From the pass, we will descend to Sisay Pampa (3700m/12139ft), our next campsite.
Day 3: Pampacawa – Canal of the Inca – Wayllabamba
At dawn, our trek leads us to the Secret Valley of the Incas. We will pass streams and visit several small archeological sites. We will settle at Wayllabamba (3000m/9843ft) which is both our campsite and the starting point for the Classic Inca Trail the next morning.
Day 4: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
To enjoy the beautiful panorama and mystical atmosphere, our day starts early in the morning. The trek takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa (3300m/10827ft) and Lulluchapampa (3850/12631ft) and finally leads us to the Warmiwañusca pass (4200m/13780ft), which offers an impressive view of the snow-capped Wayanay. After a short rest at the summit, we will continue walking down to our camping place: Pacaymayu (3500m/11483ft).
Day 5: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna
We begin the most beautiful day of the trek after a delicious breakfast. The first ruin of the day is Runkurakay (3050m/10065ft). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site was supposed to be a Tambo. We continue the ascent to a pass, at an altitude of 3950m/13035ft. On our way to the campsite, we pass through the Sayacmarca ruins (3600m/11880ft). This is an ancient city composed of winding, narrow streets. Later, we pass an Inca tunnel and walk through a forest before reaching the last pass. Below, you will see the ruin of Phuyupatamarca: "City above the clouds". This is an impressive site composed of circular walls and an ingenious system of aqueducts that still function. As we decend, we will pass through a thick canopy of bamboo. The last campsite is in Wiñayhuayna.
This is where we will spend our last night in tents.
Day 6: Wiñayhuayna–MachuPicchu Aguas Calientes Cusco
On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and prepare for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of our lives, arriving at MachuPicchu. We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30am, and after an hour of walking we will arrive to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘The Sun Gate’) at 2730m/8792ft. From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over MachuPicchu.After soaking in the view, we will walk down the final part of the trail and approach the ancient city, where we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together.
We will descend to the main entrance, where we can leave our backpacks, go to the bathroom, and enjoy a quick coffee. After our break, we will re-enter MachuPicchu for a walking tour of the mysterious city, followed by four hours of free time for your own exploration of the site.
In your free time, you can choose to climb for 45 minutes to the peak of Huayna Picchu (2750m/8940ft). To climb this mountain, you must first buy tickets, which are available on line in this website http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/. The tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited to 400 people per day (200 from 7am to 9 am and 200 from 10 am to 12pm). After enjoying our final hours at MachuPicchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. You will then be given your train tickets for the return trip to Cusco.
Private bus to the Soraypampa
Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts,lunches,dinners,and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
Vegetarian/special diet options available
Dining and kitchen tents
First aid kit including oxygen bottle
Inca Trail entrece fees Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
Dining and kitchen tents
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
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US$ 20) every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
Tips for the guide, cooks and wranglers
Important: Campsites may be subject to change depending on allocations by the official authoritie who controls access to the Inca Trail
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
• Personal medication
• Camera and film
• Torch or headlamp
• Cash (500 Peruvian nuevos soles)
Optional items to bring:
• Walking stick
• Plasters and bandages
• Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes town
We offer a discount of US$20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC)