Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: CUSCO – HUAYLLABAMBA
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to Ollantaytambo, where you will have time to do some last-minute shopping before starting your trek. You will then head to Piscacucho community, at Km. 82, where you will find the starting point of your excursion. You will take the course and walk about 3 hours along the Urubamba River, enjoying unparalleled landscapes and beautiful wildlife along the route. You will arrive to Willca Racay at the archaeological complex of Llaqtapata, where you will have some time to enjoy and appreciate the ruins have lunch and rest before continuing with your walk. You will resume the journey to ascend to the community of Huayllabamba, where the camp will be established.
Hike: 5.5 hours approx.
Total walking distance: 12 km
Minimum height: 2700 masl
Maximum height: 3000 masl
Difficulty ranking: 2 of 5.
Day 2: HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO
After a healthy breakfast, you will begin to ascend towards the first and highest pass of the Warmiwañusca route (4215 m.a.s.l.), from where you will have a spectacular view of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. This ascent will take you almost all morning, arriving at Lllulluchapata at lunchtime. After having time to rest and eat, you will continue your walk to Pacaymayo, where the camp will be set up at 3600 masl, basically the most challenging day of the walk.
Hike: 8 hours approx.
Total walking distance: 11 km
Minimum height: 3000 masl
Maximum height: 4215 masl
Difficulty ranking: 2 of 5.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA
Your third day of trekking will begin with an ascent to the second step, Runcuracay, which is a little lower than the first one (4000 m.a.s.l.). Then, you will descend for a couple of hours to Phuyupatamarca, where you can rest and have lunch surrounded by the beauty of the place. At the end of your lunch, you will continue your journey to Wiñaywayna, enjoying the view of the snowy mountains and the valley as you go. Finally, you will arrive at the area where you will camp, This day is the longest of the entire walk, passsing trought cloud forests and visitng few archeological sites builted by The Incas.
Hike: 9 hours approx.
Total walking distance: 16 km
Minimum height: 2650 masl
Maximum height: 4000 masl
Difficulty ranking: 4 of 5.
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO
Your last day will also start very early and with an energetic breakfast. The journey will start towards Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, from where you will have an impressive view of Machu Picchu. You will walk a little more and you will find yourself inside Machu Picchu, where -after a short break- your guide will explain the history, organization and mysteries of the place. At the end of the almost 2-hour tour, you will board the bus that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have the option of walking around town or having lunch, as you prefer.
Then, you will board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo station, from where you will be taken back to your hotel.
Hike: 3 hours approx.
Total walking distance: 6 km
Minimum height: 2400 masl
Maximum height: 2700 masl
Difficulty ranking: 2 of 5Distancia.
Transfer from the Ollantaytambo station to the hotel in Cusco.
**End of services**
Bilingual speaking guide (Spanish – English)
Entrance fee to the Inca trail.
- Private transport to Piscacucho, where the trek begins.
- Private transport from train station to Ollantaytambo to hotel. (Last day)
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – one way (fourth day)
- Train services of your preference (Expedition or Vistadome) back to Ollantaytambo.
- Full meals during the trek. (3 Breakfast, 3 wake up tea, 4 snacks, 3 Lunch, 3 Tea time ,3 Dinners)
- Filtered and boiled water.
- Chef and supporting staff.
- Porters for passenger’s luggage and camping equipment.
- Whole Camping gear:
- The North Face Mountain 25, 4-Season Tent
- Inflatable mattress Therm-a-rest.
- Personal duffle bag 7kgs / 15.43 lbs.
- Dining tent, cooking tent, bathroom tent,
- Kitchen dishes
- First aid kit, oxygen.
- Short wave radios and satellite phone.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic beverages
- Others not mentioned in the service
April-November (dry season) / December-Marc (rainy season)
*Inca Trail does not operate in February for security reasons.
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