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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - 4 days
The classic Inka Trail is the most popular and most frequented trek in Peru. Due to the limit (500 persons per day) advance booking with an authorized operator - like Amazon Trails Peru - is necessary. Permits are not changeable or refundable. Highest point 4200 m.
4 - 8 persons
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This 4 day hike takes you through mystic cloud forest and over high andean passes. You visit old Inka sites on the way and after 42 km finally reach 'Inti Punku', the Sun gate, to get the first view of Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco to Huayllabamba
At 6 a.m. we pick you up from your hotel to travel to the Sacred Valley and to bring you to km 82, where we begin walking the Inca Trail. After 3 hours by private bus we walk about 5 hours on this first day. During the trek you see ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay and the archeologic site of Llactapata (2650 m, also known as Patallacta ), place where we stop for lunch. Llactapata means 'upper town' in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. We descend to the Cusichaca river. From parts of this trail there are great views of the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba mountain range) and the snow capped peak of Veronica 5860m. Following the bank of the river we arrive to our camp at Huayllabamba ( 3000 m, Quechua for 'grassy plain') or at another camp near by ( the `Unidad de Gestión de Machu Picchu´ gives out the camp sites once we do the reservation and get the permit for the Trail).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 2: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo
At 6 a.m. wake up tea in your tent to then have breakfast and start walking early. Today we walk about 7 hours, first climbing up from Huayllabamba following the bank of the Llulluchayoc river for about 1 hour to 'Tres Piedras' (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro river. Further on we enter a beautiful Polylepis forest passing a waterfall. We climb up for about 3 hours, reaching the treeline and Llulluchapampa (3,680m). We continue another 1½ hours climbing to the first and highest pass of the trail, Abra de Huarmiwañusca ('Dead Woman's Pass) at 4,200m. Prepare for the change of temperature. The decent from the pass is steep, following the trail on the left side of the valley and arriving to the campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m).

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñaywayna
From Pacaymayo we climb up for 1 hour to the circular ruins of Runkuracay, that overlook the valley. Another 45 minute hike will bring us to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). The descent is steep, we walk on inca stone steps up to Sayacmarca ruins ( 3580 m, 'Inaccessible Town') that are protected on three sides by steep cliffs. The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of snow-capped peaks such as the Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). From here we continue to Puyupatamarca ruins ('Town in the Clouds' ), our guide will explain about the ruins and inca bath we see before arriving to the ruins. We continue on an impressive Inca staircase. Then, after about an hour of walking through cloudforest, we get to the camp at Wiñaywayna ruins ( 2650 m). It´s about 7 hours walking today.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | camping in double tents

camping in double tents

Day 4: Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu and Cusco
Breakfast at 4.30 a.m., to then walk down for about 1½ hous to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and observe the sunrise above Machu Picchu. The first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7am. Then we walk down to the ruins ( 2400 m); where we arrive about 8.00 a.m and stow the backpacks away at the entrance to do the tour of the ruins (aprox. 2 hours) before more people arrive with the train. After the guided tour you have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, and if you have some energy left you can climb Wayna Picchu (extra ticket required). In the afternoon we take the return train from Aguas Calientes town (below Machu Picchu). Today you by your own lunch in Aguas Calientes (economic) or in a Hotel close to the ruins ( buffet 38 US $ p. person). Arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | - (not included)

- (not included)

included
  • entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 1 night DWB in hostal, incl. breakfast
  • train tickets Expedition (round trip)
  • tours as describes with english speaking professional guide
  • optional
  • sleeping bag (for rent at our office)
  • entrance to Wayna Picchu (optional, limited, 18 US$)