Brief Classic Inca to Machu Picchu (4 days – 3 nights)

The Inca Trail is without a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in the Americas and therefore an unforgettable experience, not to be missed. The trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest-steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this route for the pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
 
Information: 
 
  • Altitude:                2050 – 4200m/6730 – 13780f 
  • High Season:        March – January 
  • Duration:              4 days – 3 nights 
 
What do you need to bring? 
 
  • Backpack with rain shelter. 
  • Sleeping bag. 
  • Clothing for a warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket. 
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants. 
  • Trekking shoes. 
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs). 
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater. 
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts. 
  • Rain poncho and a hat. 
  • Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes). 
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper. 
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag). 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit. 
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles. 
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change. 
 
 
DAY 01 - CUSCO - KM 82 - WAYLLABAMBA - YUNCACHIMPA 
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by tourist bus and head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point, KM 82, we will have a short break in Ollantaytambo and have the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called KM 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration formalities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm-up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archaeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night on. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
 
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate 
  • Hiking time:         6-7 hours 
  • Total distance:     11km approx.
 
DAY 02 - YUNCACHIMPA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA - WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS - PACAY-MAYU - RUNKURAKAY PASS - CHAQUICOCHA 
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’, this means that everybody should walk in his/her own pace. Of course, you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are steps - enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayu (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our campsite called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains. 
 
  • Level of difficulty: challenging 
  • Hiking time:          8-9 hours 
  • Total distance:     15 km approx.
 
DAY 03 - CHAQUICOCHA - PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA 
The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñayhuayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/"Town above the clouds" (3600m/11811f). A well-preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñayhuayna/"Forever young" (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.
 
  • Level of difficulty:  normal 
  • Hiking time:          5-6 hours 
  • Total distance:      10 km Approx.
 
DAY 04 -  WIÑAYHUAYNA - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO 
After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head, equipped with our flashlights, to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take almost one hour before visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archaeological site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Huayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). From Machu Picchu, there will be a bus awaiting you to take you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
 
 
  • Level of difficulty: normal 
  • Hiking time:          2-3 hours 
  • Total distance:     7 km approx.
 
Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer’s luggage mustn’t exceed 12 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The service costs the US
 
 
What do you need to bring? 
 
  • Backpack with rain shelter. 
  • Sleeping bag. 
  • Clothing for a warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket. 
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants. 
  • Trekking shoes. 
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs). 
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater. 
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts. 
  • Rain poncho and a hat. 
  • Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes). 
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper. 
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag). 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit. 
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles. 
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change. 
 

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