Hike the Machu Picchu Inca Trail

Trekking

The Machu Picchu Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in Peru. The Machu Picchu Hike follows an ancient path built over 500 years ago by the Incas themselves. After the four-day trek you will arrive at Machu Picchu, the legendary lost Inca city with its remarkable architecture and ancient stone constructions, perfectly melded into the steep hills of the ‘Old Mountain’.

  • 4

    Days

  • 3

    Nights

From US$

749.00

Per Person

Highlights

Multi-Day Hike along the famous Machu Picchu Inca Trail.

Visit the well preserved and largely intact citadel Machu Picchu.

Explore many otherwise inaccessible Inca Ruins, such as Runkurakay and Wiñay Wayna.

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itinerary & includes


Day 1: Cusco, Piskakucho, Wayllabamba

Day 2: Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo

Day 3: Pacaymayo, Wiñay Wayna

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Included in this tour:

Shared tranfers.
Trekking with guide.
Camping equipment and Full Board.
Entrance fees.

Day 1: Cusco, Piskakucho, Wayllabamba
Get ready for your Machu Picchu Hike! A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to your trailhead at km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with your trail crew you set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon. You then ascend to the highest point of an overlook and enjoy the view from the impressive Inca site of Llactapata (2,650 m / 8,692 ft) on the banks of the Kusichaca side river. We then gradually climb for about 5 hours the Kusichaca valley to Wayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where you camp. (lunch, dinner)
Distance: 12 km (7,47 miles)
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Max. altitude:  3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 2: Wayllabamba, Pacaymayo
Today you start with the most difficult part of the Machu Picchu Inca Trail. For 9 km you climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau you abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass Warmihuañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here you encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow-capped peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. Note the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley. The trail descends to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley (3,600m /11,811ft), where you camp. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Max. altitude: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

Day 3: Pacaymayo, Wiñay Wayna
This day is the longest but also the most impressive, due the number of archaeological sites you visit and learn about from your guide. You pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkurakay (3,970m /13,024 ft). As you reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow-capped peaks of the Pumasillo range. You descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Town over the Clouds). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways and also impressive views of the Urubamba River (2,700m/ 8,860 ft), you begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite finally leads you to your camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Walking time: 8 hours
Max. altitude: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna, Machu Picchu, Cusco
An early morning hike takes you across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest and broadleaf vegetation. Suddenly you cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. You complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where you spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the afternoon, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (or Ollanta). (without guide). (breakfast)
Distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Walking time:  2 hours
Max. altitude: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

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