DAY 1: CUSCO- PISCACUCHO- WAYLLABAMBA
We will pick you up from your Hostel/ Hotel and head to the town of Ollantaytambo (2 hours).
In Ollantaytambo you can have breakfast and buy some coca leaves for the journey. We also recommend buying a pair of walking sticks (10 soles). After last minute shopping we will continue our bus trip to Piskacucho (2700 m.a.s.l.), a community located at Km. 82 of the Cusco–Machupicchu railway. All guests must show their original passport here to enter to the Inka Trail. It is 12km on trail to our Camp at Wayllabamba.
We begin by crossing the Urubamba River and walking mostly flat terrain to the small community of Miskay (2800 m.a.s.l.). At Miskay we will take a quick break. There, you may sample local chicha (corn beer) from the Andean ladies sitting along the trail. Past Miskay we climb a steep hill to a plateau overlooking the valley. The vista provides an amazing view of Patallacta (2750 m.a.s.l.), one of many Inca ruins we will encounter along the Inca Trail. After our guide explains the significance of the sight, we will gradually climb along the valley for 2 hours to our lunch spot. Our cook and porters will be waiting with lunch ready.
After lunch we will ascend another 2 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000 m.a.s.l.). Hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota Ridge across the valley, and appreciate the snow capped Veronica Mountain (5832 m.a.s.l.) from camp.
DAY 2 WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO
Day 2 of the Inca Trail is considered one of the most difficult, so we will get an early start after a hearty breakfast. We will begin the 9km ascent of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4200 m.a.s.l.). This section climbs steeply up a beautiful valley full of lush vegetation and clear mountain streams. Guests are encouraged to move at their own pace and enjoy the scenery. Halfway up the pass we will reach the small village of Lluluchapampa where guests can rest, use the restrooms and buy snacks and bottled water. From Lluluchapampa it is a steep 2 hour hike to reach the pass. If the pass is strenuous for you, you won't be doing it alone; our guide will be there until the top for encouragement. The group will reconvene at the pass for photos and celebration. We recommend carrying chocolates, candies and coca leaves in your daypack to keep your energy level high and to ward off altitude sickness.
Although the view from the pass is spectacular, the thin air and cool breeze will encourage a quick stop before descending into the valley below.
The decent is almost as spectacular as the view from the top as we wind 2.5 km down Inca cut rock steps. The valley is the habitat for hummingbirds, sparrows and the seldom seen Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). Our porters and cook will have lunch for us en route to our campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley (3600 m.a.s.l.). This special camp is nestled on the valley floor with views of dramatic rocky peaks, cascading waterfalls and lush jungle vegetation far below. A well-earned snack, dinner, tea and good rest will rejuvenate you after such a difficult and rewarding day.
DAY 3 PACAYMAYO- WIÑAYWAYNA
At 15 km, the third day on the Inca Trail is the longest. It is also the most historically rich day, due to the number of archaeological sites along the way. We will start climbing to Runkurakay pass (3970 m.a.s.l.). Halfway up we will visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay which may have served as a watch or signal tower in Inca times. After a guided tour and explanation of the ruins, we will cross the pass and head down toward Yanacocha, eventually arriving at the impressive Sayacmarca ruins (3624 m.a.s.l.). After exploring this archeological site we will enter the cloud-forest. This is a transitional area between the sub alpine and tropical jungle zones, and is filled with beautiful flowers, orchids, and bromeliads. The path meanders up and down through the forest, passing through impressive Inca tunnels. After lunch we will climb the third and final pass, Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 m.a.s.l). This leaves only the gradual decent into the Machupicchu Valley. On the way down to our camp, we will visit the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, a sophisticated complex of water fountains and Inca terraces.
The end of the day leads to our camp at Wiñaywayna. Wiñaywayna offers a small restaurant where visitors may enjoy a hot shower, cold beers and party in the evening. This will be the last night with our team of porters and cook. We will say a gracious goodbye to them after a delicious dinner.
DAY 4 WIÑAYHUAYNA - MACHUPICCHU- CUSCO.
The fourth day is the one you have worked for! We will wake up before the sunrise to begin a one hour walk towards Inti Punko (The Sun Gate). From The Sun Gate you will be able to experience the Sunrise over Machupicchu Mountain (weather permitting). After a brief stop for photos and explanation we will descend into Machupicchu. The decent from the Sun Gate is euphoric as the city reveals itself, becoming more and more impressive as we near the city. Once in the famous Inca citadel, our guide will give us a complete tour of the complex, viewing all of the important sites and explaining their significance. The tour will last approximately 2½ hours.
After the tour we will have time to take more photos, explore the ruins unguided or climb Wayna Picchu, the huge mountain that appears in every classic picture of Machupicchu. The hike to Wayna Picchu takes about an hour ascending very steep stairs. Although the hike is strenuous, at the top you will be rewarded with incredible views of Machupicchu, the Sun Gate, and the surrounding valley. After visiting Machupicchu you can catch a bus to Aguas Calientes (US$6), or hike down to the village (1.5 hours).
In Aguas Calientes you can visit the thermal baths, located on the upper section of the village. There is also an artisan market and many restaurants for lunch. Your guide will provide your train tickets back to Cusco, where you will arrive after nightfall.
Private Bus transportation to the KM 82.
Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and the Sanctuary of Machupicchu.
English speaking professional guide.
Mattress and Tents, with capacity for 2 Cooker and cooking equipment.
Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and at lunch time.
Tables & seats.
Meals (03 B – 03 L - 03 D).
Porters to carry tents, food supply and cooking equipment.
First aid kit, emergency oxygen bottle.
Backpacker Train ticket or tren bus.
Transfer to your hotel upon your arrival.
Breakfast on the first day.
Lunch and dinner on the last day.
Sleeping bag– rent cost for four days Down Sleping Bag US$ 15.00.
Extra personal porter( can be hired for US$120 .00 2 people for all trek).
Entrance fees to the thermal pools of Aguas Calientes.(10 soles).
Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes ($10.0 u.s ) tips.
YOU SHOULD BRING :
Cap or hat .
Water purifying tablets.
Personal medical kit.
Water bottle .
Original passport .
Isic student card if applicable.
Extra money in Soles& dollars.
* The camp site of the Inca Trail 4D/3N are changable because we don't choose than the gouverment office asigned them for all the agency of operating trips of inca track.
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