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Day 1: Driving to Km82 – Hike to Ayapata campsite
Day 2: Crossing the dead woman & pacaymayo pass
Day 3: Hiking to Phuyupatamarca pass, Cloud Forest and Wiñay Wayna Incan site
Day 4: Hiking to the Sun gate, visit Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Each journey provides a different experience to the traveler and is incredibly magical
Explore far from the beaten track and city streets, hike by rugged, unpaved roads; over rough, steep, and sometimes slippery paths without handrails with amazing views of peaks, lakes, unique countrysides; and climb many high and uneven stone steps at Inca sites.
Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid STUDENT CARD at the time of the journey (Students must be under 25 years of age) or who is 17-years-old or younger. The discount is $25 USD per person.
To book a tour you need to enter in contact with our consulters and make an initial payment of $ 200USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online in full or installments up to 30 days prior to start date, or in cash on our office upon your arrival. Also, we are going to require a scanned copy of your passport.
Our team will pick you up from where you are hosted either in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. The time for us to pick you up in Cusco will be at 4:30 am, Urubamba at 5:30 am and if you are in Ollantaytambo at 6:30 am. The schedule will be confirmed in your briefing as it may fluctuate according to the place where you are staying.
Then we will head to the km 82 making a pre-stop in Ollantaytambo for any last-minute shopping or to have breakfast, arriving at approximately 7:30 am.
To start our hike we will pass by the first checkpoint of the Inca Trail. The first 2 hours of the Inca trail are relatively easy until Patallacta Inca site, which is an old checkpoint of the Incas. From Patallacta we have a 2-hour hike to our lunch stop in Hatunchaca.
After lunch, we will hike 2½ hours to reach the first campsite at Ayapata (3300 masl). In this last stretch, we will pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy energy drinks or snacks, you may do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten.
Our staff will wake you up early in the morning with a hot coca tea to start the day, today is the longest day and we will start early. We will hike approximately 4 hours up to the highest point (Abra Warmi Wañuska 4215m).
When reaching the pass, we will stop to take a short break and enjoy the views before starting again to descend to Pacaymayu (Hidden River) for another 1h30 for lunch and to refill our water bottles.
After lunch, we will start to climb again to the second pass of the Inca Trail. It is a 2-hour hike to the pass, on the way we will stop at a small Inca site colled Runcu Raccay (round construction) to have an explanation by our guide and also to watch the two waterfalls located on the opposite side of the valley.
After the second pass, there’s another down trek in order to reach the magnificent Inca site of Sayacmarca, We will stop to rest and get a quick tour of the site and watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range.
Then we will continue for another 20 more minutes approximately until the second campsite at Chaquicocha (Dried lake, 3600 meters above sea level). After dinner, if you’re not tired, we will appreciate the fascinating Inca constellations In the magnificent sky of the Southern Hemisphere, far from any artificial lighting.
We begin early again, waking up at 5:30.m. to begin what is commonly considered the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We will walk for 2 hours along what we call “Plano Inca” (graded slopes) until Phuyupatamarka. As we hike, we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of the second highest mountain of Cusco Salkantay, and the fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
From Phuyupatamarka, we are to 3 hours walking down a path of stairs towards our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu. During the descent, we will visit 2 Inca sites, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).
We will arrive at our camp around 2:00 PM for lunch, and then we will relax a little to be ready for the last day in Machu Picchu. Around 4:00 pm, your guide will give you brief information and visit the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna, spending approximately an hour and a half there.
In the evening we have a goodbye celebration. It is a tradition on the Inca Trail to organize a celebration to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done. It is recommended to go to bed at a reasonable hour to get up early and arrive at Machu Picchu at sunrise expecting the weather to gives us a beautiful sunrise over Machu Picchu.
Waking-up time is at 3:30 a.m. Breakfast at 4:00.m. and we will wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to begin the hike when they open the doors at 5:30.m. We will hike to the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) for two hours, from here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. Then it is only one hour’s walk down to get to the Lost City of the Incas, as we get closer, the views of the city will become more impressive.
At approximately 7:40 AM, we arrive at the final control point and enter Machu Picchu to begin our guided tour of 2 hours. After the tour, you will receive the bus tickets down to Aguas Calientes and you will have plenty of free time to explore on your own the rest of Machupicchu or climb one of the nearby mountains of Machu Pichu or Huaynapicchu if you booked. Your guide will offer to meet with you in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy the last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. During lunch, he will hand out the train tickets.
Be sure to be at the train station with at least 30 minutes in advance of the departure time. This train is 2 hours to Ollantaytambo, where a driver will meet you and take you back to the city on our bus, then we will leave you at your hotel.
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For any Trek, you need sleeping bag. We recommend a warm sleeping bags for a low temperature as -15C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t have or want to bring all these items, we have for rent.
Departure: We offer guaranteed departures since two travelers, this tour departs According the spaces availability, along the 12 months of a year.
A group tour means that you are going to explore with other travelers with different fitness abilities
Price: All our tours are priced in US Dollar and it is per each person (not per room) according your selected category.
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A private tour means, The tour is just for your group, are available on any date and the prices are according to the group size.