Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 (Head trail) - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa camping
Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Warmiwañusca (Dead Women pass 4200m)
Day 03: Pacaymayu - Runkurakay - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna campsite
Day 04: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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
This year, 2019 is the perfect year to put the routine aside and bring out your adventurous side on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A 4-day adventure through a stone path that goes through mountains, rivers, valleys, jungle and more to end in the Inca wonder of Machu Picchu. There are many reasons to carry out this walk in 2019. Discover the most amazing ruins that can only been visited by this Inca Road, enjoy the natural environment and explore the most interesting path to Machu Picchu.
Early morning pick up from your hotel to initiate a bus ride to the trail head of our journey at the km 82 on the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After crossing the Urubamba River, we begin the hike along the Inca Trail, as we will follow the left side of the river. We will go through native farmlands and will get familiar with the various crops produced in the area. Visit of Wilkarakay and Llactapata and have a stunning view of the sacred snow-peak of Wakay Wilka (5850 meters) considered by the local natives to be the "Sacred Tears of Fertility". Enjoy a leisurely hike through the Cusichaka River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental. We will continue along the trail and start the ascent in different levels where we will appreciate different ecosystems.
After a healthy and delicious breakfast, we will initiate the hardest hiking day of our journey as we will climb up to the Dead Woman's pass (Warmiwañuska). As you go up this steep hill enjoy the forest of polylepis trees (Qeuña), considered the highest growing trees in the world in danger of extinction.Have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains from the pass before heading down to our lunch spot at Pacaymayu Alto. This is the best area to see the elusive Andean condors. After lunch, we will start a short ascent to the Inca ruins of Runkurakay and the Andean Lake of Yanacocha en route to our second pass of the day at 3680 meters. Discover the Inca ruins of Sayacmarca on our way down to our campsite at Chaquicocha. Enjoy the active bird life around the campsite.
Waken up at the call of bird songs, you will be offered a consistent breakfast. The hike to the Wiñay Wayna campsite will take you to the lunch vegetation of the cloud forest where exotic birds (Andean Guan, Gray-Breasted mountain toucan, red crested cotinga, etc.) will salute your passing: enjoy the scenic views of the Cordillera Oriental with the stunning snow-peaks of Salkantay (6.271m), Humantay (5.735m) and Pumasillo (5686 m). Walk around the inca ruins of Phuyutamarca before descending to our campsite at Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy the sunset above the Urubamba River perched amongst the many Andean Terraces of this marvelous Inca site.
After an early morning breakfast, we will hike the last 5 kilometers of the Inca Trail to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise where we will appreciate the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Heading down to the main gate, we will stop at the lookout point where your guide will explain you few facts about this important Inca site. Walk around Machu Picchu and take the time to climb up to Wayna Picchu or explore the temple of the moon before heading down to Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco.