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Inca trail; one of the most important and incredible treks in the world!! And this time we have the chance to enjoy without rushes due to the 5 days which will give you enough time to explore each part of this ancient trail. So now just we have to join to this 45 km or 27 miles’ section of approximately 30,000 kilometers of trails built over the Andes running from the southern of Colombia passing the jungles and mountains of Ecuador, as well astonishment trails over the highlands of Bolivia and Peru then connecting with the desert areas of northern and central Chile and to the northwest part of Argentina. The classic Inca Trail trek starts in the Andean region going through the mountains, where we have original sections of Inca trails, Incan tunnels, as well going through the cloud forest. Without doubt is the best opportunity to go back to 16° centuries and live with the Incas for 5 unforgettable days.
Cusco/Inca Trail: Wiñayhuayna – Sungate – Machupicchu
You take your time and hike short distances every single day, enjoying the escenary of this world-famous trail and the new 7th wonder of Machu Picchu!
Today we will meet at your hotel at 6 a.m. (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) we will go to Ollantaytambo which is located 2 h. from Cusco, here we stop and we will have the chance to provide more things such as extra snack, batteries, etc. then continue for 1 more hour driving until Piskacucho or Km. 82 (2,720m./8,923ft.). Here we stop to organize our equipment and then going to the first control point, where we will show the entrance tickets and passports (if paying a student rate, we show the student card). We cross the Urubamba river and then we continue to the west along the Andean flat terrain for along 3h. until Patallacta, time to explore as well a brief history about the Incas. following 30 minutes to the lunch at Tarachayoq village. Are two more hours through the Kusichaca valley until Wayllabamba campsite. Around 6pm. tea time then a delicious dinner made by your chef.
Wake up time around 6:30 am. Your chef will surprise us with a delicious breakfast then we will go uphill for 4 hours enjoying the green valley where also we may enjoy the spectacular views of native trees, different microclimates with a myriad of flora and fauna, once in Llulluchapampa (around noon) we will have the lunch. Then we continue for two more hours towards the highest point of our trek; ‘Warmiwañusca pass’ (Dead woman´s pass) located at 4,200m./13,779ft. here is just to enjoy the sights of a magnificent mountains, the snowcapped peaks, and beautiful green valleys located at both sides.
Afterward we start to descent for two hours enjoying all the beautiful scenery we have through this valley with native trees, hummingbirds, and variety of flora and fauna, average time to reach to Pacaymayu campsite is 4 pm.
We will wake up at 6:30 am. After the breakfast we walk uphill for 1 hour until Runkuracay (3,800m./12,540ft.) an Inca site where will have time to explore it for a while then continuing for one more hour until the next pass. (Runkuracay pass – 3,977m./13,127ft.) from here we will see the Vilcabamba mountain range with snowcapped peaks as well the green valley at the bottom.
After the top 2 hours downhill until our next archeological site, ‘Sayacmarca'(3,600m./11,877ft.) this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites on the Inca trail, here we will know the history behind this magical place. After 30 minutes from here we reach to the lunch spot (Chaquicocha – 3,600m./11,800 ft.) from lunch spot onwards still the most beautiful afternoon in our own opinion, we are talking about the next two hours (andean flat – gradual inclines) along the original Inca trail where we will have great views of the mountains, one Inca tunnel and the green scenery surrounding us and finally the ‘Phuyupatamarca campsite’ which is located at 3,650m./11,975ft. (average time to reach 4pm.), this campsite is a perfect place to see the sunset, to see the Incan constellations at night and a great moment of the sunrise. Again the best campsite on the trail!!!
After enjoying the breakfast, ten minutes downstairs until the town in the clouds or ‘Phuyupatamarca’ after exploring this place, almost 3 h. until Inti Pata which was an agricultural center, then 30 minutes to reach to the biggest archaeological site on the trail ‘ Wiñaywayna’ (2,650m./8,700ft.) here we will explore this stunning place, as well here we will enjoy the last lunch with our team of porters and chef. Here after lunch we will continue with an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony and to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done, if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time.
Afterward One hour following the andean flat to reach to the Sun Gate, on this way still the green scenery with the sounds of the birds are living in this national park, the spectacular views of the mountains and again the Urubamba river at the bottom. From the Sun Gate (2,720m./8,923ft.) we will have the first view of Machupicchu in all its majesty. Plenty time to enjoy the views! then 45 minutes downhill reaching directly to Machupicchu, exactly where we can take the classic postcard picture. Finally, by bus 30 minutes until Aguas Calientes and check-in in your hotel.
*This afternoon you have the option to go and enjoy the hot springs (this is not included).
Today we will wake up very early, breakfast will be organized at your hotel and then we will walk 10 minutes until the bus stop and wait there until 5:30 am. when the buses start to go to Machupicchu archaeological park, is 30 minutes to reach there and then (if the weather allows) enjoy the sun rise.
We will have 2 hours a private guided tour. After, you will have free time to re-explore on your own, or to climb Machupicchu mountain or Waynapicchu mountain (must be arranged ahead of time).
Afterward again by bus to Aguas Calientes, where your guide will be waiting for you in a local restaurant to enjoy the last lunch (this lunch is not included), you should be 30 minutes in advance at the train station and wait for the departure time*. By train 2 hours until Ollantaytambo, then 2 hours to your hotel by private bus.
You have to bring with you for this trek.
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.
We will hand out a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
Included in the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
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