The Inka Trail is Peru's best known hike, combining a stunning mix of Inka ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The star of the Sanctuary is the spectacled bear - a shy, herbivorous animal that is extremely rare and close to extinction. Also is a magnificent, well preserved Trail route which connects Machu Picchu with what once were other regions of the Inka Empire, and today it is one of the world's most popular treks. This four-day walk goes from the highlands of 4,200mts and down through the cloud forests to finally arrive at Machu Picchu - 2,380mts.
There are many trails built by Inkas in Peru, but there is one Inka Trail-the one that was the Inkas "Royal highway" to Machu Picchu. Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machu Picchu in 1911, found the trail in 1915. The highway was traced and explored in more details in 1942 by the Viking Expedition with Paul Fejos 1941
Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba
Early pick up from your hotel. We drive until Km 82 from the road Cusco – Quillabamba, on the way
enjoy panoramic views of glaciers like Chicon, Veronica and Salkantay. We arrive at km 82 and
start the inka Trail, along the journey we will observe the ruins of Patallaqta. Stop for lunch at
appropriate time. In the afternoon we have a light climb to Wayllabamba where our campsite will be
set-up, dinner and overnight.
Hike Time: about 5h00
Maximum altitude: 3000 m.s.n.m. (9845 ft)
Distance: 12 km (7.45 miles)
Welcome to Inka Trail
Day 02: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo
After breakfast, we start our second day of trekking, through Tres Piedras and Llulluchapampa till reach the peak of the inka Trail Warmiwañusca (dead woman´s pass) at 4200 m (1300 ft) we continue to the back of the mountain and stop for lunch at an appropriate time. Continue your hike and keep descending to our next camp-site at Pacaymayo at 3500 m (1000 ft), Camp, dinner and overnight.
Walking time: approximately 8h30
Maximum altitude: 4200 m.s.n.m. (1300 ft)
Camp: Pacaymayo 3500 m (1000 ft)
Distance: 18 km (11.2 miles)
Day 03: Pacaymayo - Runkurakay - Sayacmarca - Wiñayhuayna
After breakfast, the third day of trekking will take to vist the ruins of Runkurakay to get a magnificent view of the Vally of Pacaymayu, next comes Sayacmarca where we will have our lunch. Then we continue the walk to Phuyupatamarca, another important archaeological site, continue the walk by taking several steps snaking on the mountain until get our last camp Wiñayhuayna. Camp, dinner and overnight.
Walking time: approximately 7h30
Maximum altitude: 3900 m.s.n.m. (12800 ft)
Distance: 16 km (9.9 miles)
Day 04: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
This day our day begins before sunrise at about 4:30 am. After our breakfast, we begin a short hike to reach Inti Inti Punku, which offers us our first view of Machu Picchu. After sometime in here we head down to the ruins and we get our guided tour of Machu Picchu for about two hours in which we will visit the main temples, houses, plazas of the inka citadel of Machu Picchu, then get your free time to climb Waynapicchu perhaps or just have a seat somewhere and enjoy the place on
On the afternoon we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco.
Walking time: approximately 3h00
Maximum altitude: 2400 m.s.n.m. (7900 ft)
Distance: 8 km. (05 miles)
- Transportation from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 82, starting point of the trail.
- Entrance to the inka Trail and to Machu Picchu.
- Services of a bilingual tour guide.
- 3 Breakfasts / 3 Lunches / 3 Dinners
- Service of cooks and porters (camping gear only)
- Camping equipment: Double occupancy tents and sleeping pads, dinner tent, toilet tent, - kitchen tent, tables,
seats, first aids kit and utensils for your meals.
- All meals during the hike.
|Based on Shared room DWB|