The Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience and an adventure you will never forget. The wonder of Machupicchu is one of the greatest bucket list ideas that is believed to change lives. It will provide you with astonishing jaw-dropping views scenery, along with the Inca ruins and the Peruvian Andes.
You will experience breathtaking moments on the Inca Trail’s four-day trek, especially when you reach the Sun Gate and catch your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas.
Groups from 2-6 Participants
Hiking Distance: 12km, 5-6 Hours
You will be collected from your hotel at 7am and head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas; here you will meet with your Quechua porters. From Chilca (2765).We will hike along the bank of the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views to Nevado Veronica (5900m / 19000ft). All camp gear is carried by our porters, leaving you free to walk with only a light pack with essentials for the day’s hike. Our first nights camping will be spent in the small village of Wayllabamba (2950) Km/6 hours trek. (Lunch, Dinner)
Hiking Distance: 11km, 6-8 Hours
Day 2 is the most demanding day of the Ink Trail. You will climb through the magical polylepis forest to the high camp at Pacaymayu. The highest part of the trail “Warmiwañusca” offers breathtaking views. From here you descend into the valley of the Pacamayo River, where the camp for the second night is set up.
Hiking Distance:16km, 8 Hours
This day you will hike through the most important archeological ruins in the trail, such as Sayaqmarca, Phuyupatamarca (3,600 m) The second part of this trail offers astonishing views of the Vilcabamba range and its snow-capped mountains. The trail descends into cloud forest and to the impressive ruin of Sayacmarca, then follows the side of the mountain, passing through an Inca tunnel. After entering the ruins of Phuyupatamarca with its fine ritual baths, the trail rapidly descends Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna. Following the beautiful sunset we will make our way to our camp for the evening.
This day will live with your forever. The checkpoint at Wiñay Wayna opens at 5.30am, so you usually arrive at the sun gate at approximately 7 - 7.30am, where you will catch the first glimpse of Machupicchu. The trail down to the ruins themselves takes about half an hour and a guided visit of Machu Picchu is included. You then have the rest of the morning to further explore the ruins or the surrounding area at your leisure, before catching an afternoon train back to Cusco, estimated arrival time to Cusco is 20:00 hours.
There are no hot showers along the trail except at the final campsite, but every morning and night you will be provided with a bowl of hot water to wash with. The porters also carry a portable chemical toilet which they put up in a tent at the lunch and camping stops. There are also a number of basic toilets along the Inca Trail provided by the National Institute of Culture. The guides carry basic first aid supplies, but as you will be in remote mountain areas, more advanced medical facilities are not available.
Porter will be carrying a backpack of 20 kg per participant, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping sheet with you, but please note that you can hire a sleeping bag in Cusco for approximately US$20 for the duration of the trek.
Always take a spare photocopy the main pages of your passport.
Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.
In addition to those items suggested in our packing checklist above, we suggest you consider the following:
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