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Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Inca Trail hike to
Machu Picchu
4 days / 3 nights

Price:

$620 USD

Per person.

• The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known hikes around the world, considered a must-see destination by many tourists and among the 10 best treks in the world by Lonely Planet.
• The Inca Roads originated in the Capital of the Inca Empire, in the city of Cusco, or Qosqo.
• The Inca Roads extended through much of South America and were used by the Incas to connect different towns that were either conquered in battle or joined the Inca Empire voluntarily.
• The roads were used by the Incas to politically and culturally connect and influence the different communities that made up the empire throughout South America and in this way, maintain all the communities under their control and dominion.
• The Inca Trail traveled by tourists to Machu Picchu today was originally an Inca Road, connecting the Capital City of Cusco to the high mountain getaway at Machu Picchu.
• Today’s route begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (District of Cusco) in the town of Pisca Cucho, also known as Km82 (8907ft/2750m), and covers 26 miles (43 km) filled with breathtaking climbs and impressive descents before arriving at Machu Picchu.
• From the start, the Inca Trail is challenging, climbing immense mountains dotted with archeological remains and crossing vast and amazingly beautiful Andean landscapes filled with great biodiversity in plants and animals and awe-inspiring history.
The Inca Trail is a great place to delight in the Peruvian cuisine prepared on the trail and try the famous Coca tea or Inca tea, highly recommended to combat altitude sickness.
• The local people call the coca leaves kuka (Erythoroxylum coca).
• The Inca Trail not only offers coca tea with a beautiful view, it offers you the opportunity to get to know a little better the Andean culture as you travel with your team of guide, porters, and cook, and perhaps even learn a few words in the language of the Incas – Quechua.
• As you’re huffing and puffing along the trail, or relaxing around the dinner table of your campsite at night, you will hear the languages of hikers from all over the world.
• When you come to hike the Inca Trail, you will become a part of an international community of adventurous hikers, putting forward the best of themselves in order to make the tiring, but rewarding journey along the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.
• The mix of natural elements, culture, and human history makes the Inca Trail unique, and considered by many tourists as one of the best hikes in the world. We invite you to join in this experience.

Day 1:

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho (km 82) – Qanabamba – Meskay – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
The first day you will be picked up at the door of the hotel for transfer.  We recommend that you eat breakfast at the hotel.  Later we will drive to the town of Ollantaytambo which is 1:40 hours from Cusco.  Here we will take a break for half an hour to buy the last few things you might need for the rest of the trip (batteries, sunblock, water, coca leaves, and caramels/candies) or to eat an extra breakfast if you like.  Later from this stop we will drive to km 82 (Piscacucho) where we will leave our transport and we will prepare to begin the hike.  Here we will encounter the first control, where we are required to present documents (passports, entrance tickets for the Inca Trail).  If you paid a student rate, you must show your student ID card (university only).  It is important to remember to bring your documents.  If you cannot show them at the checkpoint, you cannot enter the Inca Trail.  Next we will begin the hike.  Mid-hike on day one we will have lunch and a short rest before continuing with the hike towards Llactapata, the first archaeological site where your guide will give you information about the history of the site.  We will continue on to the village of Wayllabamba (9840ft/3000m) where we will spend the first night.
✓ Distance: 6.2mi / 10km
✓ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 9840ft / 3000m

Day 2:

Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass) – Pacaymayo
This day is considered the most difficult day of the hike.  Today we begin the ascent very early to take advantage of the cool morning air.  We’ll leave the small village of Wayllabamba, make the climb in front of the snow covered Wayanay, and cross through the cloud forest toward Llulluchapampa where we will have lunch.  Later we’ll continue the ascent towards Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point on the Inca Trail (13,780ft/4215m) where we will take in the view of the snow-capped Wayanay and the amazing landscape of the Andes.  After taking lots of pictures, we will continue on the descent towards the camp at Pacaymayo, where we will spend the second night.
✓ Distance: 7.4mi / 12km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 13,780ft / 4215m

Day 3:

Pacaymayo – Sayacmarca – Puyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
Today is the longest and the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail.  After breakfast, we will visit the first archaeological site called Runkuraqay.  Later we’ll continue the hike toward the beautiful citadel of Sayacmarca where we’ll take a 30-minute rest before continuing toward Chaquicocha, a dry lake, where we’ll have lunch.  After regaining our strength, we’ll continue the hike through the cloud forest.  We’ll arrive at Puyupatamarca, a village surrounded by the clouds.  Here we will take in the real magnitude of the Andes, and view the back side of Machu Picchu.  From this point we will make the descent towards the camp called Wiñaywayna where you can take a shower and drink a cold beer or Coke.  We’ll spend the third night here and have our last dinner together.  Here we will leave our staff (cook and porters).
✓ Distance: 10mi /16km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 12,795ft / 3900m

Day 4:

Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Today we will begin the day very early; it is the final part of the Inca Trail.  Finally, we will arrive at Inti Punku – the Sun Gate.  From here we can see Machu Picchu (the old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (the young mountain).  After enjoying the panoramic views, taking lots of pictures, and a rest, we’ll continue our descent to Machu Picchu.  We will arrive at Machu Picchu after having hiked for 2:30 hours.  You will have a guided tour for 2:30 hours.  Later you will have some free time to explore the city.  If you reserved entrance to Huayna Picchu, it will take an hour to reach the summit.  Later you will come down the mountain and take a bus from Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes.  Here you can eat lunch and will receive your train tickets to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
✓ Distance: 3.7mi / 6km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast
✓ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft / 3400m (Cusco).

WHAT'S INCLUDED

✹ Pick up from your hotel
✹ Transportation from Cusco to km 82 (the start of the Inca Trail)
✹ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu
✹ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort)
✹ Sleeping mats
✹ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request)
✹ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs)
✹ First aid kit and oxygen on hand
✹ Bus tickets: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only)
✹ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
✹ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
✹ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

✹ First breakfast and last lunch
✹ Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits)
✹ Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $20 for the trip)
✹ Bottled drinks (sodas, beers, etc.)
✹ Entrance to Huayna Picchu
✹ Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
✹ Tips for guide, cook, porters

Inca Trail Trekking Company, recommends a tip of approximately $40-$50 (U.S.) per staff member (split between your tour group).          The staff receives a fair salary for their work.  The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
✹ Passport (Important)
✹ Student Card (Inca Trail)
✹ Sleeping Bag (warm and comfortable / Inca Trail)
✹ Shoes (waterproof, comfortable)
✹ Sandals (Flip flops /thongs, Inca Trail)
✹ Socks (Warm and Cushioned)
✹ Swim Wear
✹ Thermal underwear/Long Johns
✹ Hiking Pants (Light, Zip Off Legs)
✹ Shirts/long sleeve shirts (Warm clothing for night time
✹ Vest (Warm light clothing)
✹ Jacket (Waterproof, Clothing, micro polar, smooth, warm)
✹ Flashlight (important item)
✹ Sun Hat (sun protection)
✹ Warm Hat/Gloves (small garments)
✹ Sun Glasses
✹ Backpack (comfortable, safe and dry)
✹ Camel bag/Water Bottle
✹ Hiking Poles (support for walking)
✹ Watch
✹ Cameras (electronic devices)
✹ Rain poncho (waterproof rain cover)
✹ Sunblock
✹ Insect Repellent
✹ Disinfectant (Antiseptic hand gel, hand wipes)
✹ Toilet paper.
✹ Pocketknife / Lighter / Whistle
✹ Toiletries
✹ Personal First Aid Kit and Medication,
✹ Snacks

Hikes Inside Machu Picchu

• The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known hikes around the world, considered a must-see destination by many tourists and among the 10 best treks in the world by Lonely Planet.
• The Inca Roads originated in the Capital of the Inca Empire, in the city of Cusco, or Qosqo.
• The Inca Roads extended through much of South America and were used by the Incas to connect different towns that were either conquered in battle or joined the Inca Empire voluntarily.
• The roads were used by the Incas to politically and culturally connect and influence the different communities that made up the empire throughout South America and in this way, maintain all the communities under their control and dominion.
• The Inca Trail traveled by tourists to Machu Picchu today was originally an Inca Road, connecting the Capital City of Cusco to the high mountain getaway at Machu Picchu.
• Today’s route begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (District of Cusco) in the town of Pisca Cucho, also known as Km82 (8907ft/2750m), and covers 26 miles (43 km) filled with breathtaking climbs and impressive descents before arriving at Machu Picchu.
• From the start, the Inca Trail is challenging, climbing immense mountains dotted with archeological remains and crossing vast and amazingly beautiful Andean landscapes filled with great biodiversity in plants and animals and awe-inspiring history.
The Inca Trail is a great place to delight in the Peruvian cuisine prepared on the trail and try the famous Coca tea or Inca tea, highly recommended to combat altitude sickness.
• The local people call the coca leaves kuka (Erythoroxylum coca).
• The Inca Trail not only offers coca tea with a beautiful view, it offers you the opportunity to get to know a little better the Andean culture as you travel with your team of guide, porters, and cook, and perhaps even learn a few words in the language of the Incas – Quechua.
• As you’re huffing and puffing along the trail, or relaxing around the dinner table of your campsite at night, you will hear the languages of hikers from all over the world.
• When you come to hike the Inca Trail, you will become a part of an international community of adventurous hikers, putting forward the best of themselves in order to make the tiring, but rewarding journey along the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World.
• The mix of natural elements, culture, and human history makes the Inca Trail unique, and considered by many tourists as one of the best hikes in the world. We invite you to join in this experience.

Day 1:

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho (km 82) – Qanabamba – Meskay – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
The first day you will be picked up at the door of the hotel for transfer.  We recommend that you eat breakfast at the hotel.  Later we will drive to the town of Ollantaytambo which is 1:40 hours from Cusco.  Here we will take a break for half an hour to buy the last few things you might need for the rest of the trip (batteries, sunblock, water, coca leaves, and caramels/candies) or to eat an extra breakfast if you like.  Later from this stop we will drive to km 82 (Piscacucho) where we will leave our transport and we will prepare to begin the hike.  Here we will encounter the first control, where we are required to present documents (passports, entrance tickets for the Inca Trail).  If you paid a student rate, you must show your student ID card (university only).  It is important to remember to bring your documents.  If you cannot show them at the checkpoint, you cannot enter the Inca Trail.  Next we will begin the hike.  Mid-hike on day one we will have lunch and a short rest before continuing with the hike towards Llactapata, the first archaeological site where your guide will give you information about the history of the site.  We will continue on to the village of Wayllabamba (9840ft/3000m) where we will spend the first night.
✓ Distance: 6.2mi / 10km
✓ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 9840ft / 3000m

Day 2:

Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass) – Pacaymayo
This day is considered the most difficult day of the hike.  Today we begin the ascent very early to take advantage of the cool morning air.  We’ll leave the small village of Wayllabamba, make the climb in front of the snow covered Wayanay, and cross through the cloud forest toward Llulluchapampa where we will have lunch.  Later we’ll continue the ascent towards Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point on the Inca Trail (13,780ft/4215m) where we will take in the view of the snow-capped Wayanay and the amazing landscape of the Andes.  After taking lots of pictures, we will continue on the descent towards the camp at Pacaymayo, where we will spend the second night.
✓ Distance: 7.4mi / 12km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 13,780ft / 4215m

Day 3:

Pacaymayo – Sayacmarca – Puyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
Today is the longest and the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail.  After breakfast, we will visit the first archaeological site called Runkuraqay.  Later we’ll continue the hike toward the beautiful citadel of Sayacmarca where we’ll take a 30-minute rest before continuing toward Chaquicocha, a dry lake, where we’ll have lunch.  After regaining our strength, we’ll continue the hike through the cloud forest.  We’ll arrive at Puyupatamarca, a village surrounded by the clouds.  Here we will take in the real magnitude of the Andes, and view the back side of Machu Picchu.  From this point we will make the descent towards the camp called Wiñaywayna where you can take a shower and drink a cold beer or Coke.  We’ll spend the third night here and have our last dinner together.  Here we will leave our staff (cook and porters).
✓ Distance: 10mi /16km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
✓ Maximum Altitude: 12,795ft / 3900m

Day 4:

Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Today we will begin the day very early; it is the final part of the Inca Trail.  Finally, we will arrive at Inti Punku – the Sun Gate.  From here we can see Machu Picchu (the old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (the young mountain).  After enjoying the panoramic views, taking lots of pictures, and a rest, we’ll continue our descent to Machu Picchu.  We will arrive at Machu Picchu after having hiked for 2:30 hours.  You will have a guided tour for 2:30 hours.  Later you will have some free time to explore the city.  If you reserved entrance to Huayna Picchu, it will take an hour to reach the summit.  Later you will come down the mountain and take a bus from Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes.  Here you can eat lunch and will receive your train tickets to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
✓ Distance: 3.7mi / 6km
✓ Meals:  Breakfast
✓ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft / 3400m (Cusco).

WHAT'S INCLUDED

✹ Pick up from your hotel
✹ Transportation from Cusco to km 82 (the start of the Inca Trail)
✹ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu
✹ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort)
✹ Sleeping mats
✹ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request)
✹ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs)
✹ First aid kit and oxygen on hand
✹ Bus tickets: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only)
✹ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
✹ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
✹ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

✹ First breakfast and last lunch
✹ Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits)
✹ Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $20 for the trip)
✹ Bottled drinks (sodas, beers, etc.)
✹ Entrance to Huayna Picchu
✹ Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
✹ Tips for guide, cook, porters

Inca Trail Trekking Company, recommends a tip of approximately $40-$50 (U.S.) per staff member (split between your tour group).          The staff receives a fair salary for their work.  The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
✹ Passport (Important)
✹ Student Card (Inca Trail)
✹ Sleeping Bag (warm and comfortable / Inca Trail)
✹ Shoes (waterproof, comfortable)
✹ Sandals (Flip flops /thongs, Inca Trail)
✹ Socks (Warm and Cushioned)
✹ Swim Wear
✹ Thermal underwear/Long Johns
✹ Hiking Pants (Light, Zip Off Legs)
✹ Shirts/long sleeve shirts (Warm clothing for night time
✹ Vest (Warm light clothing)
✹ Jacket (Waterproof, Clothing, micro polar, smooth, warm)
✹ Flashlight (important item)
✹ Sun Hat (sun protection)
✹ Warm Hat/Gloves (small garments)
✹ Sun Glasses
✹ Backpack (comfortable, safe and dry)
✹ Camel bag/Water Bottle
✹ Hiking Poles (support for walking)
✹ Watch
✹ Cameras (electronic devices)
✹ Rain poncho (waterproof rain cover)
✹ Sunblock
✹ Insect Repellent
✹ Disinfectant (Antiseptic hand gel, hand wipes)
✹ Toilet paper.
✹ Pocketknife / Lighter / Whistle
✹ Toiletries
✹ Personal First Aid Kit and Medication,
✹ Snacks

Hikes Inside Machu Picchu

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