Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Wayllabamba
An early morning bus transfer to Piscacucho, Km marker 82 of the Cusco – Machu Pichu (Machu Picchu) railroad, drops you at the trail´s starting point. You will start out following the Urubamba River at a pace for you to acclimatize to the altitude. The first stop will be the Llaqtapata archaeological complex, where a delicious lunch is served in this beautiful setting, perfect with a glass of wine. After a rest, the journey continues towards the Sacred Valley, this time uphill until you reach the village of Wayllabamba, the first day´s campsite, at which point you will receive your relaxing and soothing massage.
Total distance: 12 Km (7.47 miles)
Approximate time: 5 – 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 3000 m (9840 ft)
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo
After a healthy breakfast, we head out on the trail, ascending to the first pass along the Inca Trail: Warmiwañusca (4200 m). It will take the better part of the morning to climb there. But after that, for about a further two hours, you will be descending into a valley to your next campsite: Pacaymayo. The day´s end again promises a therapeutic massage to help recharge your batteries to continue the adventure.
Total distance: 11 Km (6.84 miles)
Approximate time: 6 – 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4200 m (13,776 ft)
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna
Today you will enjoy a trek through completely different countryside, beginning with a morning ascent to the Inca Trail’s second pass at Runcuracay (3900 m), from which you will descend for another two hours to the extraordinary Sayacmarca archeological site. After exploring this remarkable area, it´s off once again along an original, stone paved Incan path that runs through a semi-tropical cloud forest to the third pass, Phuyupatamarca (3800 m), a location that will captivate you with its spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valley. The last part of this day´s journey is the descent to the mysteriously beautiful Wiñaywayna archeological site and final encampment. Before going to bed, the masseuses await to give you your soothing massage.
Total distance: 16 Km (9.94 miles)
Approximate time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 2650 m (8692 ft)
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Pichu – Cusco
You will start the hike towards the Punku sector, also called the Sun Gate, a place from where you will catch your first sighting of the impressive lost city of Machu Pichu. The journey along this trail, used by the ancient dwellers of these lands, will be an unforgettable adventure for you. Rediscovering the “Lost City of the Incas” in your own way will be the reward for your efforts. Following a short hike, you will arrive at the archeological complex and, after a refreshing break, you will begin your guided tour that will last roughly two hours. You then will board a bus that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch, and afterwards it is back to the city of Cusco in the Vistadome train.
Total distance: 4 Km (2.49 miles)
Approximate time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude: 27000 m (8829 ft)
Altitude of Machu Picchu: 2400 m (7872 ft)
You should bring:
Backpack, sleeping bag, clothing for warm weather and cold, such as waterproof jacket, fleece, pants and hiking boots, poles, rain poncho, hat, sun block, insect repellent and disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and purification tablets, camera, flashlight and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, student card “ISIC” in the case of students under 26, and extra money in soles.
- Private bus transfer to Km 82, the starting point for the Inca trail.
- Professional guides
- Gourmet food (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners) Vegetarian Option available.
- Alcoholic beverages like wine, pisco, champagne, and beer (one bottle for 4 pax per night).
- Camping gear: tents, cots, environmentally friendly portable toilets
- Cooking utensils, kitchen tent, dining tent, tables, and very comfortable chairs.
- Portable shower with hot water
- Massage tent (01 massage per day)
- Chef and assistant
- Tickets for the Inca trail and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
- Canvas backpacks for carrying personal gear (20 lbs./person)
- Porters for camping gear, including the backpacks for personal items (20 lbs./person)
- Bus ride from Machu Pichu to Aguas Calientes
- Luxury Hiram Bingham train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- First aid kit with oxygen
- Satellite phones
- Short wave radios
- Boiled water during the trek – Evian water (one bottle per day per pax)
- Box breakfast fourth day
- Complete hotel dishes and glasses for wine and champagne.
- We offer fully customizable tours
Does not included:
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the fourth day
- Sleeping Bag
- Hotels and meals in Cusco and Machu Picchu
- Extra services not listed in the program
- Tips and additional expenses