Hiking the Inca Trail to Machupicchu in Peru is South America's greatest trekking adventures. And ranked as one of the three best treks of the world.
The trail starts at an altitude of about 2,800 masl from Km 82/Piscacucho and traverses the Andes, crossing exciting sites like Dead Woman's Pass which, at 4,200 meters high, is the peak point of the trek. A few other impressive Inca sites are waiting for you such as Wiñayhuayna or "Forever Young" before descending towards the always fascinating Machu Picchu (2,450 m).
It takes four days to reach the legendary Inca city and, with the exception of the Dead Woman's Pass, getting to Machu Picchu is not too demanding.
The Inca Trail is rightly famous for its spectacular Andean scenery, full of snow-capped mountains between June and October, as well as the captivating Inca ruins you could meet along the way.
The history of Peru is brought to life by our professional tour guides as we walk in the footsteps of the Incas in the company of their modern day descendants, our porters from the Sacred Valley.
Inca Trail Expeditions Perú offers you different trekking options on the Inca Trail, so you can combine this adventure along some other highlights from this fantastic country. And as always, all the different travelling ingredients on this tour have been precociously selected by specialists of voyaging so you just have to enjoy the wonderful landscapes while hiking to Machu Picchu.
At 6:30 am our guide goes pick you all up from your hotel so you can be transported by bus to Km 82 where we arrive at approximately 10 am. Here we are happy to present you the team that is going to accompany us during this Machu Picchu HIKE tour, such as the insanely strong porters, the camp assistants, or even the various and talented cooks. We can begin our hike.
This first day is pretty easy for the first kilometers; we could enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Veronica and trek along the river Vilcanota until the Patallacta's archaeological site. After lunch we continue until Huayllabamba where we set up our camp for the night.
Meals: Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After an energetic breakfast, we start our second day of hike, perhaps the most difficult of this 4 day hike to Machu Picchu as we have to climb to the pass of Warmihuañusca, at 4,200 meters high. In this place, the highest in the Inca Trail, we enjoy a spectacular view of the whole Andes range.
After lunch we start the descent towards the valley of Pacaymayo, where we prepare our new camp.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
On a quite early morning after our delicious breakfast we return to the path. We head off towards Runkuracay to visit its archaeological remains, and then continue hiking to the 3,900 meters mountain pass of the same name, where we begin our descent to the ruins of Sayacmarca. After lunch, our hike takes us to WiñayWayna, which is our last night in camp.
Optional: we can use the showers of the restaurant we have lunch at, always a good option to remember warm water.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.
After breakfast we continue the hiking to reach Intipunku ('Door of the Sun'), where we have a spectacular panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu. We descend to the city of Machu Picchu and start a hike tour (of approximately 2 hours) alongside your guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. You also have the option to visit to the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes where the entrance fee at the door is US$4.
You later meet your guide in Aguas Calientes, to take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.
The itinerary and campsites provided by the INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail) are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.
|Duration||4 Days & 3 Night|
|Tour Type||Archeological Cultural Ecological Jungle Adventure Discovery|
|Level Service Standard||
|Accommodation Tourist class||
Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for their location and atmosphere.
|Difficulty level Moderate||
Moderate physical activity involving a generous time of walking through the Inca Trail, archaeological sites, Amazon forests,sand meadow village paths. For instance you are to walk for about 6-7 hours during the 1 day of Inca Trail.
|Trip Style Active||
Designed for outdoor adventurers. You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.
|Departure Every Day||
No more than 500 people per day are allowed to start the Inca Trail trek at km. 82 and 104 . Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made. Reservations are not held on the Trail and all permits to trek must be bought as far in advance as possible with complete and correct passport information.