Day 1: Cusco / Patallaqta à Willkarakay à Wayllabamba
Our journey to the Classic Inca Trail kickstarts early in the morning, as we will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 5:00-5:30am. From here we will drive to KM 82 of the Inca Trail where our hike will commence!
The first few kilometres of walking are relatively easy, easing you into the tougher parts to come. This gives you the opportunity to admire and appreciate nature’s beauty that surrounds you, starting with incredible views of the snow-capped mountain, La Veronica, and Urubamba River.
Further on, we will arrive at the archaeological sites of Patallaqta and Willkarakay, two stunning complexes that are representative of the charm and artistry of the Andes.
We will then stop for lunch, before continuing to out first campsite, Wayllabamba. Here we will rest and indulge in a delicious dinner among the beautiful surroundings of Mother Nature.
Day 2: Wayllabamba / Dead woman’s pass à Pacaymayo
Its another early start to our second day, with a big breakfast to fuel you through what will be undeniably the toughest of the 4-day trek. Starting at Wayllabamba (2995m), we will climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4216m), the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here you’ll face some breath-taking views of the incredible Andean mountain range and see just how far you have come.
From here we will start our descent to Pacaymayo (3610m) where we can enjoy a well-deserved lunch and rest. This will be our camp for the night, so there is also the opportunity to do some hiking, bird watching or other desired activities before having dinner together and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Pacaymayo à Phuyupatamarca à Wiñaywayna
This really is the most beautiful day of the entire trek, covering the furthest distance from the start of the jungle to the awe-inspiring panoramic views of Incan citadels set in remarkable mountain ranges.
After another hearty breakfast we will start our trek early, visiting ancient Inca cities with our expert guides. We will explore the life of the ancient inhabitants of the magical Andean cities of Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñaywayna; testament to the agricultural experimentations found along this spectacular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Equally, this path is exemplar of the abundance of wildlife that the Inca Trail holds, such as wild orchids, birds, bears, condor, pumas and more!
The day ends at Wiñawayna where we will have dinner together and get some rest before another day of adventures.
Day 4: Wiñawayna à Sun Gate à Machu Picchu à Cusco
This is by far the most anticipated part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu by all of visitors! We will have our final breakfast in the morning and then return to the trail. That is to say, we can take advantage of the cooler hours of the morning, making sure to arrive in time to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu.
After one hour of walking, we will pass through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the perfect panoramic viewpoint that will leave you in awe of Machu Picchu and its astonishing mountainous backdrop. We will then proceed along the Inca Trail until we reach the renowned Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Here you can take your ‘postcard photo’ and visit the main sites that await you. Your guided tour of approximately 3 hours will then commence, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the life, culture and history of the Incas. Passing through sacred springs, rooms, squares, the temple of the sun, the house of the Inca, the agricultural sector, urban and more, you will be immersed in a unique splendor that defines this outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you will be able to wander around, have some food and buy souvenirs before our train and bus back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco in the afternoon or evening.
At this point you will have experienced one of the classic Inca Trail routes in Peru, that to this day unites thousands of people from around the world. This experience is only possible through the Inca Trail Tour, so come and join us on this exclusive trip which promises to be an unforgettable adventure!