Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days
The Inca Trail is the most legendary and by far the most well-known hike in South America. If you’re moderately healthy, the Inca trail hike is the most wonderful way to get to the secret Inca city. After a night in Cuzco, you’ll begin on the 44km path along the old Inca trade route that winds its way up through the Andes to the out-of-the-way, and practically out of reach, Machu Picchu. Hiking for three days continuous and traversing across the highest pass at 4200m, the Inca Trail is not for the weak, but it’s definitely an experience that you won't forget and a real climax of your Peru trip. The vistas across the peaks of the Andes are amazingly dazzling and it's hard to explain the blissfulness you'll get when you finish your three-day Inca Trail..
Highlights of the Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu:
- 4-days hiking to Inca Trail with professional guide, cook and porters
- Guided tour of the Inca Trail
- View the beautiful Incas ruins
- Enjoy the flora and fauna
- Taste the food of the trail
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Watch everyday the sunrise on the trail
- Oberve the landscapes of the mountains
- Survival of the Warmiwañusca high pass (4220 m)
- Explored the Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu citadel
Inca Trail information
- Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
- Departure Time: 05:30
- Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
- Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
- Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
- Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, extra porters and private transport.
- Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
- Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- 4 Day Inca Trail Tour Operator: Mundo Mapi Adventure Travel
- Crew: A professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and extra Porters for your personal belonging.
- Accomodation: 3x campsite.
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Food on the route)
- Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
- Group Available: Small Group - Min: 2 - Max: 8
Day 1: Cusco – Piscacucho – Wayllabamba
Our breakfast is served from 5:00 am at your hotel. At 6:00 am everyone is collected early from their hotels and we all travel by bus for a bit more than three hours, passing by the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, until reaching the kilometre 82, actual start of our Inca Trail adventure.
We start our trek escorted by native "quechua" porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River valley, with magnificent views of the snowcapped mountain Veronica (20,200'). We cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through a small village, and after a simple descent down to the 'Happy Bridge' Cusichaca River, we can perceive the ruins of the Inca hill fort of Huillca Raccay. For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the village of 'Grassy Plain' Wayllabamba (3,000m) where we spend the first night beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have some energy left, we have plenty of time to explore.
Day 02: Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayu
After another delicious breakfast, we start our second day of trekking, perhaps the most difficult, as we have to climb to the pass of the impressive 'Dead woman's Pass' Warmihuañusca at 4,200 meters high, a challenging experience offering us in return a spectacular view of the Andes. The path continues on following a mountain stream up past hummingbirds and amazing stunted cloud forest. We pass by the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchapampa (3680 meters), an additional opportunity to enjoy the outstanding views down the valley.
After lunch, we start the descent towards the valley of Pacaymayu, where we make the next camp for our Inca Trail adventure.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.
Day 03: Pacamayu – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna
From Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the small circular ruins of Runkuracay occupying a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. Another 45 minute hike along some original and cautiously preserved paving brings you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). This section of the trail till the 3rd pass, with pretty steep steps up, is especially beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour after that 2nd pass you reach 'Inaccessible Town' Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase, quite an appropriate name as the site is definitely protected on three sides by sheer cliffs.
You have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca, which was probably a Tambo for weary travelers on their way to Machu Picchu. From then on the path descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel on the way, carved into the rock, until climbing up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view here offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750m). Back on the trail for a few more minutes after the last pass and meet 'Town in the Clouds' Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far with an access through a steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for the ritual worship of water. You have to leave the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins (the far end from the baths) and descend a thousand or so steps. Luckily you are soon at the campsite, with a full night ahead of you to rest your tired knees after this exhausting day.
Day 04: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snowcapped mountains of Salcantay and Veronica, we leave our porters with a traditional song and dance. Our final day of hiking brings us into the cloud forest with a succession of Inca stairways to Winay Wayna, another fascinating site full of swallows and orchids. And, finally, we are in Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We pass through the ruins and take a bus down to our hotel in the colorful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formally known as Aguas Calientes) and celebrate our return to civilization (or not if you were more at ease with the company of wild nature and silent landscapes).
In the late morning we have Machu Picchu virtually to ourselves for a full guided tour, with time to climb Huayna Picchu or else just wander around, soaking up the unique atmosphere. Note: due to permit restrictions, please let us know at the time of booking whether you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain so we can ask for your tickets the soonest possible.
In the afternoon, we board the train for an exciting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once at the terminal, our bus carries us back to Cusco and your hotel. Of course if you have some energy left, you could always explore Cusco's mixed nightlife.
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