Without a doubt, the Inca Trail is one of the most beautiful TREKS in the world, as you travel you will live and feel the beauty and energy of the Andes. A path that unites several ancient villages nestled in the middle of extreme landscapes, some surrounded by cliffs and steep mountains, others hidden by the haze at more than 4800 meters above sea level. Something is certain, you cannot stay without visiting, seeing a wonderful sunrise, incredible sunsets and meeting travelers from all over the world.
DAY 1: CUSCO – KM. 82- LLAQTAPATA – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCA CHIMPA
The departure from Cusco will be at 5:30 in the morning, after an hour and a half we will stop at OLLANTAYTAMBO for breakfast, then continue the journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas following the Urubamba River to the 82nd KM (place of beginning of the walk). The walk begins crossing the Urubamba river through a suspension bridge located at 2600 meters above sea level. After an entertaining walk through picturesque landscapes, we will discover the first Inca city called LLAQTAPATA, surrounded by agricultural terraces and the mighty Urubamba River. Here we will take advantage and enjoy our first meal before continuing our walk. We will then take the path through the valley of the Cusichaca river and walk to the town of HUAYLLABAMABA (3000 masl), climb up to YUNCA CHIMPA located at 3300 masl where our first camp awaits us, already installed by our fast porters.
DAY 2: YUNCA CHIMPA – WARMIWAÑUSQA – PAKAY MAYU – RUNCURAQAY – CH’AKI QOCHA
This day we will reach great heights. After an energetic breakfast, we will walk through the valley of LLulluch’a pampa (3800 masl) through a path that slightly ascends through a beautiful subtropical forest. The road will become steeper and the vegetation will gradually give way to the bare landscape, typical of the Andes. Exhausted, we will reach the WARMIWAÑUSQA pass (4200 masl “in Spanish translating to pass of the dead woman”). This part is known as the most exhausting of the entire Inca trail. After a well-deserved rest, we will descend to the other side, valley of the PAKAY MAYU river where we will have lunch. On the way to the second pass, we will pass through RUNKURAQAY (3550 masl) an Inca tambo that served as a place of vigilance and rest for the Chaskis (Inca messengers). Continuing our walk along the path we will go up to the second pass called PASO RUNKURAQAY at an altitude of 3950 masl, where we will begin descending through a valley adorned by a beautiful lagoon, a breathtaking view of the mountains and an even more dense forest until we reach the archaeological site of SAYAQMARKA, an Inca village located on a rocky promontory full of labyrinthine alleys, houses, squares, agricultural terraces and water sources. Soon we will arrive to our second camp in CH’AKI QOCHA located at 3650 meters above sea level, where after an excellent dinner we will take a well-deserved rest.
DAY 3: CH’AKIQOCHA – PHUYU PATA MARKA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
This day will be one of the most beautiful. We will start climbing slowly, we will pass through a tunnel that measures approximately 20 meters long, next to two beautiful lagoons that reflect the imposing mountains until we reach the last pass at 3700 meters above sea level. Next we will arrive at PHUYUPATAMARKA the “city on the clouds” (3600 msnm), a place that impresses travelers with its circular constructions and its ingenious irrigation aqueducts that continue to nourish its ceremonial sources, it also has one of the most beautiful views of the valley of the Urubamba River and the snowy peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Then the descent will be by a series of stairs built in stones that pass through a thick layer of bamboo that gives way to a subtropical valley where WIÑAYHUAYNA is located at 2700 meters above sea level. Here is our last camp, very close to the Inca village of WIÑAY HUAYNA “forever young” dominated by agricultural terraces and a zigzag path that separates the agricultural area from the ceremonial precincts, without a doubt another wonderful place we will visit.
DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After wonderful days of having walked through incredible places, we will finally arrive at Machu Picchu on this day. Very early in the morning, after a rich breakfast prepared by our skillful chef, we will continue our journey following a narrow path that goes through great cliffs, until we reach INTI PUNKU (Puerta del sol) located at 2700 meters above sea level. From this spot we will have a magical view of the sacred city of Machu Picchu. The sunrise is a magical moment that can only be appreciated from this site after the pilgrimage we have to carry out, following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. Then we will descend for about an hour until we reach Machu Picchu (2442 meters above sea level). Our guide will teach us about what life was like in the citadel, as well as the cults and ceremonies that the Incas carried out in many of their temples and plazas. After a 2 hour tour you can enjoy the magic of the sanctuary at your own pace. Later we will meet in Aguas Calientes where you can relax peacefully in the baths of natural thermal water and take a relaxing shower. In the afternoon we will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, from this place the tourist transport will take you to your hotel in Cusco.
• Meeting to receive instructions at 18:00 hours, 1 or 2 days before the start date of the tour (You must confirm at the time of booking the tour).
• Tourist train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
• Transfer by tourist bus from the train station to the center of the city of Cusco (Plaza San Francisco or Plaza Regocijos).
• Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Inca city of Machu Picchu.
• Bus to go down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Place where the train station is located).
• Professional bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English)
• Camping equipment (DOITE double tent, Kailas 3 model, Doite model Himalaya and Eureka tents, inflatable mattress, dining tent with table and chairs).
• Specialized Incan cook. The meal includes (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners).
• Lunch every day in the afternoon (tea, coffee, popcorn and crackers).
• Porters to load camp equipment such as: sleeping tents, kitchen equipment, dining room and food.
• First Aid and oxygen tank.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day.
• Sleeping bag (If you need one, you can rent with us)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
• A 45 liter backpack with rain cover.
• Sleeping bag resistant to -10 ° C / 14 ° F.
• Sufficient clothes for cold weather and warm weather (Since the weather can be cold and humid, your wet clothes will not be able to dry from one day to the next).
• jacket and rain pants and rain poncho.
• Trekking shoes
• Sandals and bikini (for bathing and the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes).
• Sunblock, insect repellent, alcohol gel, water bottle, water purifier and toilet paper.
• Photographic camera
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• Snack: chocolates, cereal bars, fruits of the jungle and nuts. etc.
• Original passport, original student card (if admitted).
• Extra money in soles.