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4 DAYS

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu




TREK INFORMATION


Duration 4 Days
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Range of Altitude 2,380m to 4,200m / 7,800ft to 13,780ft
Distance Covered Approximately 43km

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu needs no further introduction. Visit Peru’s most renowned attraction and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world on the famous Inca Trail.

This 43km trek takes you through famous archaeological sites such as Runkuraqay, Puyupatamarca and Winaywayna, luscious Andean scenery with dramatic sights of the mountainous backdrop, ending with a visit to the sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu, no doubt the highlight of the trip.


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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS



  • We depart Cusco early in the morning by private transportation to Piskacuchu (2,700m/8,856ft), a community located near the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad, the starting point of the Inca Trail

  • Following the trail along flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2,800m/9,184ft) from which we can see the Inca city of Llactapata (2,750m/9,020ft)

  • We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for approximately five hours until we reach the farming community of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,840ft) where we set up our 1st camp. Along the way we are treated to spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range, with Mount Veronica (5,832m/19,134ft) looming in the distance

  • Total hiking is about 12km or five to six hours
  • After breakfast, we embark on the most difficult part of the trek, which is a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km to the 1st mountain pass called Abra Warmihuanusca or Dead Woman’s pass (4,200m/13,776ft)

  • We then descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600m/11,808ft) where we spend the 2nd night

  • Total hiking is about 11km or six to seven hours
  • We begin the day by climbing to the 2nd pass, Abra Runkurakay (3,970m/13,022ft). Halfway up, we visit an archaeological complex (of the same name), which consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower

  • After the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624m/11,887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals

  • Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the 3rd and final pass, Abra Phuyupatamarca (3,700m/12,136ft). We go through an Inca tunnel to arrive at this pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, with impressive views of the Urubamba River valley

  • We take a long descent to Winaywayna (2,650m/8,692ft), which is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail apart from Machu Picchu, and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, with spectacular views of the Urubamba River valley

  • Total hiking is about 16km or eight hours
  • We hike for an hour to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), from where you will enjoy panoramic views of the sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu. We may see the sunrise as well

  • From Inti Punku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance from where we continue with a guided tour of Machu Picchu that will take approximately two hours

  • You will have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge

  • In the afternoon, we reconvene in the town of Aguas Calientes where you can visit and relax in its hot springs if you like. We then take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall

  • Total hiking is about 4km or two hours (excluding the tour of Machu Picchu)


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