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INCA TRAIL

the inca trail 4 day 3 night trek to the lost city of the inca’s and machu picchu is a magical adventure. making this historical journey high into the andes will hold special memories that stay with you the rest of your life. this cultural, educational and spiritual journey will bring you back to experience more of this magical place. walking or trekking into machu picchu is truly a special moment to cherish. why not climb huayna picchu overlooking the lost city of machu picchu, giving you a different perspective of this wondrous place. this trekking experience deep in the peruvian andes gives you insight into how intuitive and resourceful the inca people were. these true mountain tribes were genuinely remarkable people, completing the entire inca trail in one day.  on the inca trail 4 day trek to machu picchu, we will be following the traditional inca trail in one of the world’s most unique and famous trekking trail.

DAY 1.

the inca trail starts with the transfer from your hotel, in the early morning and transfer until kilometer 82 (inca trail check point) in a private bus. we will stop for photos and inca trail control. the first part of the inca trail is considered a gentle training section for about two hours.  from the trail we will see llactapata or “inca archaeological site”, also from the trail it is possible to appreciate the impressive landscape, flora, fauna and villages with native people who still follow traditional inca traditions. the place for lunch is at river bank, and after the trek continues ascending lightly to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until the camp ground at wayllabamba 3100 m/ 10,137ft.

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DAY 02.

we will rise early this morning for breakfast before we start the part of  the inca trail which leads to the highest point, passing through different climatic and ecological zones as we ascend the dead women’s pass at 4,215m/ 13,776ft.  we will ascend up to the high pass; the first section presents abundant vegetation with trees of wild origin. because of this reason its known by many as the worlds highest cloud forest, where the landscapes flora and fauna start at 3,800m/ 12,467ft.  after this section of the inca trail, it tends to be less forested up to the high point, and is typical of the andean mountains, covered with icchu, or straw, and mountains with perpetual snow. after an strenuous,  approximately 6 hour trek, you will get to the summit to celebrate.  we will rest up, take photos and start to trek down hill over mixed rock steps and dusty terrain.  from the pass we will see the beauty of the deep valleys and distant snow cap mountains, and move slowly to our second camp ground at pacaymayu 3,500m/ 11,480ft

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DAY 03.

after a good nights sleep and a early start,  the trail moves steeply up the opposite side of the valley wall, towards the second pass. about halfway up there is a small round roofless stone building, this inca archaeological remains is known as runcuracay. the building is thought to have been an astronomic site. after the trail continues climbing towards the second pass “the abra de runcuracay”, which is at around 3,900m/ 12,795ft. tonight we will camp at winaywayna.

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DAY 04.

the final leg of our journey on the inca trail, from winaywayna to inti punku is an easy trek, following a broad level path, which winds comfortably through scrub and light woodland, where colorful butterflies flutter across the trail. after no more than an hour, the trail comes to a narrow flight of stone steps leading upwards into a small stone structure with a grass floor a few meters square. this is intipunku, the gateway of the sun, and through the rectangular doorway you can see machu picchu. from intipunku, a pathway leads directly downhill to machu picchu itself which takes about an hour. from here we will take pictures and enjoy the beauty of the sight of this spectacular city and you may choose to climb winya picchu with great view looking back on the lost city.  the tour of machu picchu usually takes two hours and after that you can take time to explore the area for yourself. the bus drive is provided to get us to aguas calientes town where the train station is and we will head back to cusco to clean up and celebrate!

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INCLUDED

- professional bilingual guide

- briefing before starting the trail

- assistant to the guide ( only for groups of 9 or larger)

-pick up at the hotel

-transportation from cusco to km. 82 and return train (expedition service)

- bus ollantaytambo – cusco

- water ( for the first 4 hours of walk, after this we will offer boiled water)

- entrance fee to machu picchu and inca trail + guide in machu picchu

- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 meals, 3 dinners and various snacks along the day

-tent dinning room with tables and chairs

-cook

- tent for two people

-carriers (for the cooking and camping equipment)

- oxygen tank

-first aid kit

-vegetarian food previously asked for, no extra charge.

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NOT INCLUDED

- sleeping bag ( we rent them)

- carrier for personal belongings

- breakfast on day 1

- entrance fee to huana picchu ( 10$ aditional)

- travel insurance

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WHAT TO BRING

- student id card isic if it applies ( for student discount), original passport

- raincoat (depending on the season)

- warm coat or jacket

- hat and gloves

- shirts

- comfortable pants

- sunscreen (spf 35 or above)

- bug repellent

- personal toiletries

- personal medication if it applies

- flashlight

- camera

- recommended: extra cash for personal expenses

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DAY 1

we will pick you up from the hotel very early in the morning, to be on our way to urubamba – ollantaytambo. the km. 82 in the pisacucho area is the starting point of our trail. here we will meet our quechua speaking carriers. after a little bit of relax time, stretching and breathing techniques you will be ready to start the 4 day walk. we will cross the river vilcanota with beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain of la veronica (5900m- 19000ft) and continue our walk admiring the archaeological site of llactapata, arriving at the river huayllabamba for lunch. after lunch, we will go on and visit the archaeological site of patallacta. this first day we will walk around 05 hours approximately. we will set camp at huayllabamba. after arriving on our first camp site, we recommend you take a shower to help calm any pain you may have.

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