The Inca Trail is one of the best treks in the world and Machu Picchu is the end point of this amazing journey; but there are some things you need to know before traveling to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail; The Inca Trail is the most amazing way to have the first view of Machu Picchu, exactly from the Sun Gate. That first vision of the Inca City is the same as the people who arrived at Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail almost 600 ago. years. The Inca Trail with Machu Picchu as its final destination, is the most popular and well-known route among tourists. The trek has a total distance of approximately 43 kilometers and takes 4 days to complete, including a day of visit in the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. The surrounding nature is wonderful, with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, the walk through the jungle with its amazing archaeological remains is an unforgettable experience. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular excursions for those who seek adventure when visiting Peru, its spectacular landscapes of the chain of the Andes, shows a great mix of forest and mountains that you will enjoy from beginning to end. There is no other natural circuit anywhere that leads to a natural world with changing ecological floors constantly adorned with towering snows, rivers and a great fauna and flora. To all these natural wonders are added Inca constructions that are worth visiting, the architectural art harmonizes perfectly with the natural environment.
Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 (Head trail) - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa camping
Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Warmiwañusca (Dead Women pass 4200m) - Pacaymachu Valley Camp
Day 03: Pacaymayu - Runkurakay - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna camppsite
Day 04: Wiñaywayna - Inti Punko (sunrise) - Machu Picchu
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:30
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, extra porters and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
Age requirement: 10+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
4 Day Inca Trail Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike + Machu Picchu ticket. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance
Crew: A professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook
Extra Porters: Our porter will carry your personal belonging, included sleeping bag and sleeping roll mattres.
Accomodation: 3x campsite.
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Group Available: Small Group - Min: 2 - Max: 8
Early morning, we pick you up from your hotel and take you by our private transport to the starting point of this 4 day Inca Trail hike - Piscacucho, also called Km 82 (2,350 m). There, your Tour Guide gives you a briefing about the following Machu Picchu trek and after that, you cross the checking point of the Classic Inca Trail. Then you hike along the Urubamba River visiting the Incan archaeological sites of Willca Raccay and the enormous Llactapata. Later on, you continue up to the Cusichaca River Canyon offering magnificent views of the Oriental mountain range; particularly, the Veronica Mountain (5,850 m). You have lunch in Chamana to later continue along the Cusichaca River observing several Incan agricultural stepped terraces and irrigation channels until reaching the picturesque village of Wayllabamba. Thereafter, you start ascending while appreciating various eco-systems along the way. Later in the afternoon, you get to the village of Llullucha Pampa, a place of your first campsite (3,850 m). There you have dinner and a rest afterward.
Today, we start hiking passing through lovely subtropical vegetation and many important archaeological sites. Before we reach the first site, we get over Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,670 m) and just behind it, we can see the Phuyupatamarca Inka complex (3,600 m), one of the best preserved and most completed sites of this 4 day Inca Trail hike. The complex is located on the top of a mountain and it corresponds with its Quechuan name that means the "Town above the Clouds". After a guided tour, we have lunch there. Then, we start a steep descent via a cloud forest offering an opportunity to see beautiful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,700 m). There, we have a guided tour of the same-named impressive archaeological complex consisting of a religious sector, urban sector and an agricultural centre with lots of stepped terraces. Afterwards, we are served dinner and then we go to sleep to get ready for the exciting Machu Picchu hike!!
This is the last day of the 4 day hike to Inca Trail so we get ready early in the morning and after breakfast, we start climbing antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called "Lost City of the Incas"!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb either the peak of Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) or Machu Picchu Mountain (1 hour, 30 minutes up and down) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! This 4 day trek to Machu Picchu finishes by afternoon's descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we take a train back to Ollantaytambo, there you will take the tourist bus to Cusco. Arrival in the evening.
Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing. Our guide will provided the duffel bag for your personal belonging,
Note: It is very important let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco;
Experienced bilingual Tour Guide. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Note: A group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides
Our tents are of the brand Eureka Mountain designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent.
We provide with inflatable mattresses of the brand Therm-A-Rest. The mattresses are 3 cm heigh that will ensure you a sufficient isolation from the cold earth!
This inflatable mattress for more comfort to sleep in the trail
We use only feather sleeping bags that are suitable up to minus 16°C. This means you do not need to be worry about cold as temparature at night at each trek reaches just up to 0°C (maximum -5°C)!!
Included the Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu.
3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages, Snack
The Tierras Vivas chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. If you are a vegetarian or have any restrictions, our chef will prepare special food, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost. Food is typically served and buffet.
Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own, Tierras Vivas will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.
Our porter will carry your personal belonging + Sleeping bag + Inflatable sleeping roll mattress and other porters will carry all camping equipment,
Tierras Vivas DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!!
From Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, there are two companies train (Incarail and Perurail),you can choose two time of your train return to Cusco
If you take the train return at 14:55, you will be in Cusco at 18:00
If you take the train return at 19:00, you will be in Cusco at 22:00
On the high season, it is very important let us know in advance, because it is very difficult find spaces available.
Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town
Our guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen.
Adventure in the Inca Trail Inca is the name that has been given to the road networks or roads that made up the road system of the Inca Empire, in this sense the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an Inca route through which you get to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. On the way you know and enjoy different archaeological sites, beautiful landscapes, beautiful panoramic views and also enjoy the coexistence with a new group of people during the walk; The hours dedicated to food and overnight are made in tents in the middle of nature along the route.
The Classic or Traditional Inca Trail is 40 kilometers long and it will take four days to complete it, so you must get in shape before venturing into it. The Inca Trail will take you through the mountains, to the Amazon rainforest where Machu Picchu is located, on the way you can see the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, before entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. In most cases, after traveling the Inca Trail, you will return to Cusco by train, so you must book the tickets in advance; Some people decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), so relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco the next day.
The Inca Trail is considered a difficult expedition not only due to the fact that it will be trekking for 4 days, but it starts at kilometer 88 of the railway to Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, right in the town of Ollantaytambo, but as the height advances it will be greater; that is why, unless you come from places as high as Cusco, it is best to take a few days of acclimatization preferably in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and avoid altitude sickness. The highest point of the road is at 4,224 meters. altitude sickness or Soroche, can cause headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and lack of energy and complicate if not attended to in time; Luckily our guides are very experienced and will know how to act in a case like this. There are prescription medications that can help with side effects, as well as internal resources: however, experience teaches us that there is nothing better to prevent altitude sickness than drinking plenty of Coca tea (infusions of coca leaves). ), but you can also chew it while you walk the Inca Trail.
If you are an experienced or particularly hard-working hiker, you may want to take a tour of the Inca Classic Trail independently, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the trail. That, however, is no longer possible. The walk along the Inca Trail without a guide is prohibited since 2001. In accordance with the official Inca Trail Regulations (Tourist Use Regulations of the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu), the use of the Inca Trail to the effects of tourism should be carried out in organized groups of visitors through a travel or tourism agency) with an official tour guide
No, the Inca Trail is closed in February; during this month the rains are stronger and can make it very difficult to walk the trails of the Inca Trail; As the Inca Trail is empty throughout the month of February, the guards take advantage of the maintenance of the road and the Inca structures, to make it ready for March. So remember you can book the Inca Trail for any time of the year, except February.
The entire southern region of Peru is marked by two different climatic seasons. The rainy season runs from November to March and the dry season occurs between the months of April and October. Most people who travel the Inca Trail tend to choose the dry season to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, however coming to Machu Picchu in the rainy season also has its own; In addition, as we already told you, the only month in which you can not travel the Inca Trail is in February; so if you travel the Inca Trail in rainy weather, you will have to come prepared.
Test your body with the best 4 day challenge of the Traditional Inca Trail. Climb up stone steps, advance on steep trails, resist the climate of the sub tropical jungle and show your will until you reach Inti Punku, where the Inca wonder awaits you.
From the beginning of the route until the last step of the stone path the diversity of elements in the Inca nature will surprise you. High mountains of snowy peaks, arid hills, silent esplanades, streams and rivers, fruit trees, thick sub tropical forests, songs of birds and sounds of insects, the lovely orchids, all this under the sun that illuminates since the Inca era. Take a close look at the orchids on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Orchids are the jewel that adorns the Inca Trail. A thousand photographs will not be enough to capture the beauty of the route, so you have to make space in the camera! Do not hesitate to sit down and contemplate the landscape. Close your eyes and feel the spirit of the Inca empire.
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