AAPT03     Inca Trail (classic route)    4D/3N


A hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be one of the most wonderful trekking experiences in South America. This trekking takes you through enchanting scenery with different landscapes and climates before arriving at the spectacular city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place).

Walking time (aprox. 4:30 to 5 hours)

The day begins early, between 06:15 to 07:00hrs with picking up the passengers from their hotels in Cusco. We will drive across the villages of Yucay, Urubamba, etc. and after a 3-hours drive by bus we arrive at kilometer 82 (2600m / 8528ft). At this point, where the first control is located, all tourists must register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42 kilometers of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. In our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, the first part of the trek is mainly flat, with slight ascents and it will take approximately 2 ½ hours until we reach the Llactapata's (town in the heights) archaeological group. Then we will continue towards the valley of the Kusichaca River from where the route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba' s camp located at 3100 meters (10168feet). LB, D.

Day 2: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacasmayu Camp.

Walking time (aprox. 5 to 6 hours)

After breakfast, we start our second day considered by many trekkers the most difficult since it is essential to do an ascent of 1100 meters up to the highest point of the whole circuit, the Warmihuañusca ("dead women") pass at 4200m (13776ft). The slow ascent will take approximately 4 ½ and 5 hours. From the pass, we can enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so it is important to wear warm clothing. Overcoming the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacasmayu Camp located at 3500m (11480ft). B, LB, D)

Day 03: Pacasmayu – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna:

Walking time (aprox. 6 to 7 hours)

The third day besides being the longest is also the most interesting. It begins with one and a half hour ascent to the Runku Raccay's Pass located at a height of 3950m (12916ft). On the way down, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12464ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way is a descent towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600 meters. In the Inca times, this place was used as a control post for the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Then through a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, ("town above the clouds") at 3670m (12038ft). From here, we will descend following an impressive way of endless rock steps until we arrive at the beautiful Inca remains of Wiñayhuayna ("Forever Young") located at 2700m (8856 ft). Camp. (B, LB, D)

Day 4: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Walking time to Sun Gate (aprox. 2 to 3 hours)

The day begins earlier than usual, at about 04:30 a.m. in order to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hour, we arrive to Inti Punku ("Sun Gate") at 2700m (8856ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here, it is only 1km more to arrive at the city and enjoy a guided visit of the most important places. At about 1:00 o'clock we will transport you by bus from the citadel down to the village of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, we take our train back to the city of Cusco. (B, LB).

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Included: All transfers, transport to/from trek start point, professional English speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, porters, first aid kit.

Not included: one-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy) (Vista Dome: $130. - pp; Tourist Class train (Expedition: $115.-pp), Inca Trail entrance fee (us$110.-pp), international and domestic flights, airport taxes, extra personal porters (us$200. - per porter), tips, personal trekking gear, extras, personal travel insurance.

Grading: Moderate

Personal items weight allowance per passenger: 10 kgs (this to be carried by porters). Passengers must carry a day backpack (suggested 30-40 lts) with their personal belongings for the day hike (lunch box, warm clothing, photo camera, etc.).

Inca trail Special remarks:

1) Bookings for the Inca Trail, and according to the Peruvian Government new regulations, are possible only if there are available spaces for the Inca Trail (now is not allowed to be within the circuit more than 400 hundred people including passengers, porters, helpers, guides, etc.). So to guarantee your booking, and once we get your request we need first to check spaces availability. If we find them, we will notify you immediately and then we need an urgent prepayment of $200. - per passenger to buy the entrance tickets (boletos). Please take into account that once bought the tickets, the prepayment amount is not refundable in case of tour cancellation.

If you are interested in doing the Inca Trail, it is necessary to receive your formal request as soon as possible. Together with this, we need the following information:

  • •    Full name (as per is stated in your passport)

  • •    Passport number

  • •    Nationality

  • •    Date of birth

  • •    Age

  • •    Gender

  • •    Dates for your trip

The Confirmation of your booking we will give you on the following day after your pre-booking has been received and the prepayment has been done.

If Inca trail spaces are not available, we offer other trekking possibilities to Machu Picchu including the beautiful and awesome Salcantay – Machu Picchu Inca Trail.

2) Use of Ski Poles or Sticks:

In case passengers desire to carry sticks or ski poles to facilitate the trekking on the Inca Trail, these should be with rubber tips (metal tips are not permitted).

3) Weight allowance for Inca Trail:

For the Inca Trail, you must put in a duffel bag those things you will need when you arrive to each camp (sleeping bag, extra clothing, cleaning goods, foam or termarest mattress, etc.). This duffel bag will be carried by our porters and must have a total weight of maximum 10 kgs. Those items you will need for the day trek (photo camera, warm clothing, wind jacket, box lunch, etc.), you must carry yourself in a day backpack (suggested a 30-40 lts back pack). If desired, we can provide for you a personal porter at an extra cost of us$200. - per porter (also in this case this extra porter availability will depend of spaces availability for the Inca Trail).





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