Designed by the Incas over 500 years ago, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchuit is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world! Start in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu end in the middle of the rainforest. The route crosses different climatic zones with varied and luxuriant vegetation.
Day 1. Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba (easy)
- 11 km walk – Minimum altitude of 2,700 meters / Maximum altitude – 3,100 meters
The guide will pick you up at the Cusco hotel around 5:00 am to 5:30 pm (later if you have booked only 4 four days of trekking and the hotel is located in the Sacred Valley). Private transfer.
Ausangate trek to Rainbow mountain (also known as Kilometer 82) where the journey begins. At Kilometer 82, it is necessary to show tickets, passports and student cards in your possession (if you pay a student fee). Crossing the Urubamba river begins the journey by crossing an area covered by a rather dry forest. Later, the journey continues for another 6 km before arriving at Llactapata, the first archaeological site of our journey. After lunch, another 4 km, slightly uphill with the crossing of various agricultural lands to reach the Wayllabamba field.
Day 2. Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo (challenging)
- 11 km on foot / Minimum altitude of 3,100 meters / Maximum altitude 4,220
This part of the trek is the most challenging. Wake up early and leave along a road leaving behind small villages and farmland and then enter the subtropical forest and arrive at Llulluchapampa for lunch. From here, a steep climb to the Highest Dead Woman´s Pass begins at 4,220 meters. The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is great for people who want to live an experience so equal to the Incas and the wold has to show in the Peruvian Andes, it is recognized as the iconic Trail of South America. Reaching the summit will give you an incredible emotion. Afterwards, go down 600 meters for over 3 km through a very humid forest up to the Pacaymayo campsite where you will stay for the night.
Day 3. Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka – (moderate)
- 16 km on foot / Minimum altitude of 2.670 / Maximum altitude of 3.950 meters
After breakfast, the descent to the second most important pass of the route starts at 3,850 meters. The ascent includes a guided tour of the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca , where they will have lunch. So The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is great for people who want to live an experience so equal to the Incas and the wold has to show in the Peruvian Andes, it is recognized as the iconic Trail of South America.
Then continue towards Phuyupatamarka (a town nestled among the clouds), an important archaeological monument. After a short break, the excursion will continue to Wiñay Huayna (Per Semper Giovane) for a guided tour. This is an important archaeological site from which you can enjoy spectacular scenery. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 4. Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Once again departure at dawn for Machu Picchu to arrive in time at Inti Punku or Porta del Sole . From here, you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view.
Once in Machu Picchu you will perceive a surreal atmosphere with the sanctuary immersed in the clouds while the sky gradually clears. After this unforgettable show you will tour the citadel for two and a half hours and the guide will tell you about the secrets and architecture of the Lost City of the Incas . Those who love climbing can try their hand on the Huayna Picchu. The ascent lasts 45 minutes and the effort will be rewarded by one of the unparalleled views on Machu Picchu by Train 2 Days. From this year, new rules require the purchase of an extra ticket. After the visit, you are free to freely explore Machu Picchu before departing for Aguas Calientes by bus or on foot from where you will reach Ollantaytambo by train for transfer to the hotel.