Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Huayllabamba.
Early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven (with your trek group) through the Sacred Valley to the trailhead at Km 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail where our Crew of Quechua Porters will be waiting for us to start our Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu. After crossing the Urubamba River we set off on our four-day adventure, we hike through the eucalyptus groves having amazing views of the Vilcanota Mountain Range and the snow-capped peak Veronica, we stop to have a view of Llaqtapata, a massive Inca complex of agricultural terrace; after passing some small Quechua villages we arrive at our first campsite near the community of Huayllabamba (hiking time: approx 6 hours).
Day 2: Huayllabamba - Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayo.
Today is the most challenging day of our four-day trek to Machu Picchu; we start with a consistent breakfast in order to be able to reach the highest point of our trek, the dead woman Pass (13,780 feet/4,200 meters); we hike through the thick forest and stop at Llulluchapampa, where our guide tells us the story of this place. The trail climbs steeply towards Warmiwañusca Pass, known as the dead Woman Pass from where we will have an impressive vista of peaks and our route to Pacaymayo, our next camp site. We start to descend by a rock stepped trail, slowly and carefully, finally we arrive at Pacaymayo valley (11,810 feet/3,600 meters), our next campsite where we will have our tents already set up by our Quechua Porters (hiking time: approx 7 hours).
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Day 3: Pacaymayo - Wiñaywayna.
This morning, we will climb up for almost one hour through an Inca stairway to Runkurakay ruins, a construction to rest used by Incan Couriers following the Royal Inca Trail during Inca times; the trail continues to climb toward Runkurakay pass (12,630 feet/3,850 meters) from where we have spectacular views of the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range; then we descend gradually towards the Inca Complex of Sayaqmarka (11,772 feet/3,588 meters); on the way we will pass through a green tunnel formed by the forest turning it into a fantasy walkway, beautiful orchids start to appear; it is so impressive how the Incas built these roads along the mountains and rainforest. We visit one of the most impressive Incas’ sites, the archaeological center of Phuyupatamarka (11,722 feet/3,572 meters), a strategic point with a beautiful view.
Finally, we camp near Wiñaywayna (8,829 feet/2,691 meters), the most spectacular archaeological complex of the entire Inca Trail (hiking time: approx 8 hours).
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Day 4: Sun gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
After a very early wake up, we start our way to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) where we are rewarded with our first vista of Machu Picchu!
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of this impressive Inca city and learn about the history of this site, who lived here, how it was discovered in modern times and why the Spaniards never found it. You will have some insight into the various features of this sacred city and have free time to really enjoy yourself alone in this spectacularly located site, an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever!
Afternoon: Tourist train Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
On your arrival at Cusco train station you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Hotel (hiking time: approx 2 1/2 hours).
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