The Inca Trail is one of the most beautiful and important trails in South America, which houses along its more than 40 kilometers impressive Inca ruins, mountainous landscapes, cloud forests and a diverse flora and fauna. The ancient inhabitants of Tahuantinsuyo used this route to make a pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. Follow in their footsteps and make your visit to Cusco an unforgettable experience.
Although the regulations of Expeditions to the Inca Trail, says that reservations must be made 5 days before, the most advisable is to make the reservation well in advance, the average in high season indicates that 90 days before departure there is no more space, This is because only 500 people can go per day, only then will be able to conserve the route of erosion, pollution of the road network and the Sanctuary of Machupicchu. So it is necessary to pay in advance for permits
The work performed by porters, is to carry during the whole trip, all the luggage of the group (tents, kitchen, utensils, water, food, equipment, chairs, tables, etc.), Tourists carry their personal luggage, a backpack with things for personal use (clothes, cosmetics, ointments, canteen, flashlight, matra, sleeping bag etc., if the tourist does not want to take his personal things (which happens a little), he must hire an extra carrier to carry his personal things. The price is USD 120.00 for the first 3 days, the 4th day is not necessary.
We pick you up from the hotel in Cusco very early and we transport by road until arriving at Ollantaytambo km. In this place we will get in contact with porters, cooks and equipment necessary for the excursion. We will start the walk along the Urubamba River to reach Patallaqta, where we will have lunch, continue walking to Ayapata, where we will spend our first night.
This will be our longest day. We will touch the highest point of the walk at 4215msnm, there we will rest and appreciate the landscape. After this we will begin the descent to the Pacaymayu Valley (Escondido River) where we will have lunch. Then we will begin our second ascent to Runcu Raccay, the second pass. To finally descend to the place where we will spend the night; Chaquicocha (dry lake, 3600 meters).
This will be the most beautiful day of the tour. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snowy mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Then we start to make our way to the last peak in Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we will have excellent views over the Urubamba River. Down the valley we have our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain, which will be our last day visit.
After breakfast we will continue with our hike until we reach the highest point of “WARMIWUAÑUSCA” (where women die) at 4200 m.s.n.m., called Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, from where you have an impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival in Machupicchu, we will make a guided tour of the citadel, visiting the main remains and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and cemeteries. Free time to walk through the citadel and then be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).
In the afternoon we take the return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where we await the bus that will take us to Cusco. End of services.
Spaces to the mountain Wayna Picchu or mountain Machupicchu, are subject to availability (check with us). The month of February closes the Inca trail for cleaning and care, the other months of the year is open normally
The scenery was breathtaking, and the ruins along the way were fascinating. The campsites were comfortable and clean, and the food was delicious.