Day 1: The Start of the Adventure - Cusco - Wayllabamba
Stop At: Wayllabamba Camp, 08680, Peru
Today, begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic Inca Trail!! We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van around 5:00 am. From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop in Ollantaytambo here you can but some snacks, bottle of water or things that I could have forgotten.
Duration: 6 hours
Accommodation included: Camping
Day 2: Wayllabamba - High Pass - Pacaymayo
Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,200m/13,779ft). On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent towards our lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft).
On our way up towards the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at (3,650m/11,972ft)!
After lunch, we begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.
Duration: 9 hours
• Lunch: (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation included: Camping
Day 3: Pacaymayo - Chaqicocha - Wiñay Wayna (short walk to camp).
Stop At: Winay Wayna, Calle Wiñaywayna, Aguas Calientes 08681, Peru
This is the most impressive day by far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Here, we reach the third highest point along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!
The Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at camp by lunchtime! Temperatures during the night are about 12º C.
A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ which means `Forever Young` in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the area.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: camping
Day 4: Wiñawayna - Inti Punku(Puerta del Sol) - Machu Picchu
Stop At: Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
At around 4:00am, it is time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail. This is the final part of your journey, and we arrive by 6:00am at the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. Finally, we walk downhill towards Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.). After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there, we proceed towards the control point, where we register and leave any large backpacks or walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into the citadel, such as camera bags. Walking poles are not allowed because they can damage the stones. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its most important areas. You can wander around the incredible architecture, as well as climb the intricately carved stone stairways. Machu Picchu is considered one of the world’s most important spiritual centers.
You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose. These options require an additional fee.
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. These extra hikes must be requested at the time of booking.
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or a relaxing soak in the hot springs.
You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and will have plenty of time to have lunch on your own. We board the Expedition train which departs at 18:20pm to head towards the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This is where you will meet our private van and will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 10:00pm.
Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation included: No accommodation included on this day.