The trail sets out from Qorihuayrachina, at kilometer 88 of the Cuzco - Quillabamba railway, and takes three to four days of tough hiking. The route runs through an impressive range of altitudes, where climates and eco-systems range from the high Andean plain down to the cloud forests. The trail climbs up through two highland passes (the higher of the two, Warmiwañuska, lies at 4200 meters above sea level) before reaching Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku or Gateway of the Sun. One of the attractions of the trail is that it winds past carved granite Inca settlements (Wiñay Wayna, Phuyupatamarca), and is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery. The forests abound in hundreds of species of orchids, brightly-colored birds and dream-like landscapes, the ideal complement to this indispensable hikers' route.
Day 1: Cusco - Piskcucho – Wayllabamba. We will depart from Cusco and go on to Urubamba where we have a brief stop, then on to Piskacucho km 82 we start the trekking. We will have lunch in Miskay with an additional rest of a half hour approximately after which we start our trek to the first campsite. Along the way we will visit the archeological site called Llactapata (lunch and dinner).
Day 2: Wayllabamba- Warmiwanusca – Pacaymayo. We will have breakfast early and start trekking to the highest point of the Inca Trail, where we can see different ecological zones and enjoy changing climates. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass at 4200 meters above the sea level. After lunch we will continue on to the campsite at Pacaymayo and enjoy dinner and a well deserved rest (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 3: Pacaymayo - Chaq'icocha – Wiñaywayna. We will walk approximately 45 minutes up to reach the second pass at 3850 meters above the sea level, and will visit Runcuracay along the way. We will also visit the Sayacmarca archaeological group and then go on to the Phuyupatamarca ruins. After lunch we head to Wiñaywayna where we will spend our last night (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu – Cusco. After an early breakfast, we start on the final leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. We will arrive at Inti Punku where we will have a panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu Picchu, we will register and start on our 3 hour guided visit. After enjoying the remaining time there, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we will have a buffet lunch and free time to enjoy the town before we return to Cusco (breakfast).
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