CLASSIC ROYAL INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

The Inca Trail is Peru’s best known hike. This 43km trek combines visits to most awesome archaeological sites, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in native plants such as orchids with many different species of hummingbird. Don´t miss it, without any doubt the best time to do this hike is during the first week of May and the beginning of June.

TIME: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 CUZCO – KM. 82 – HUAYLLABAMBA (+/- 6 HOURS WALKING UP)
5:00-05:30 am we will pick you up from your hotel and travel by private bus to Piscacucho (2700m). After passing through the small village of Miskay, the ruins of the Inca hill fort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (‘happy bridge’). It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca River.
You’ll also get a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with maize, For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). This is the last place along the trek that you can buy snacks and drinks.

DAY 2 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAMAYO (+ / – 6 A 7 HOURS WALKING UP) 

We will wake up at about 6:00 am and after breakfast we will leave Wayllabamba behind and begin the most difficult part of the trek. Following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc River for about 1 hour brings you to ‘Tres Piedras’, A little further on you’ll enter a beautiful cloud forest passing a waterfall.
A further three hours trek through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the tree line and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). It is another 1½ hours climb to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4,200m.
The decent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd night’s campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here.

DAY 3: PACAMAYO – WIÑAY WAYNA (+ / – 7 to 8 HOURS WALKING UP)

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and most interesting due to the many Inca ruins that we will visit along the way. From the campsite at Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay (3800m). Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care. This section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m) by way of a superbly designed stone staircase.  The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six ‘Inca Baths’ probably used for the ritual worship of water.
Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase you descend a thousand or so steps. After about an hour of walking through cloud forest you may just be able to see the tin roof of the Trekkers Hostel at Wiñay Wayna, although it probably won’t be for another 2 hours until you arrive.

DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO

We’ll wake early at 4.15am, have breakfast and set off on the trail again by 5.15am to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise. The sky starts getting light by 5:30am and the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7:00am. The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From this point you will be able to see sunrise over Machu Picchu which is spread out before, an unforgettable experience. From Inti Punku we will descend for about 40 minutes to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins you’ll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu from the classic view point. You can also go to the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside the entrance. With just your daypack on the group will re-enter the ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors. The tour takes about 2 hours so by about 10:30 you’ll have free time to explore the ruins alone. The train returning to Cusco departs from Aguas Calientes which is the nearest village to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The train departs at approximately 16:30 (time can vary) and you’ll arrive back in Cusco for about 21:00. Included in our standard service are the tourist bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, the train back to Cusco and a transfer from the station to you hotel. Sometimes, however, we buy train tickets just back as far as Ollantaytambo and then bring you back to your hotel in Cusco by private bus. The later method usually works out about 30 minutes quicker.

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VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE
  • PARK REGULATIONS THE INCA TRAIL IS PART OF THE MACHU PICCHU SANCTUARY, A PROTECTED AREA OF 32,592 HECTARES, MANAGED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, INRENA. EVERY VISITOR MUST OBEY PARK REGULATIONS PROHIBITING LITTERING, CUTTING OR DAMAGING TREES, REMOVING OR DAMAGING STONES OF RUINS AND THE TRAIL, REMOVING PLANTS, KILLING ANIMALS, LIGHTING OPEN FIRES OR CAMPING IN THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES (ONLY AUTHORIZED CAMPSITES CAN BE USED).
  • IMPORTANT: if you want to ascend the Huayna Picchu Mountain you need to book and buy a complete admission to Machu Picchu US $ 60.00 extra.
  • VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE Once the reservation is done and passenger change his passport is MANDATORY to bring the older passport, with which make a reservation, otherwise the passenger CAN NOT ENTER THE INCA TRAIL AND WILL PRODUCE A NO-SHOW WITHOUT ANY RIGHT TO CLAIM A REFUND OF ANY KIND. Any change in price by the entities that run the admission to the archaeological sites will be notified in advance if there is a change.
    NO REFUND FOR ANY CANCELLATION OR NO SHOW SERVICES BEFORE STARTING THE TOUR ARE ALLOWED. THE TRAIL IS CLOSED IN FEBRUARY. SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS IN ANY SEASON. THE GUIDE MAY CHANGE THE ITINERARY AT HIS SOLELY DISCRETION.DEPARTURES: EVERYDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR EXCEPT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WHEN THE TRAIL IS CLOSED. RECOMMENDED MONTHS TO DO THE HIKE: FROM END OF MARCH TO THE END OF NOVEMBER.

*Price in Group service. Price for each passenger: From US$. 540.00

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