Inca Trail 4 Days

The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in America and also it gives you an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The Inca trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views. The Incas used this itinerary for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machupicchu.

Inca Trail 4 Days, Trek Itinerary:

Altitude: 2050 - 4200 m. / 6730 - 13780 f.
High Season: March - January
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Route: Closed in February

1st Day: Cusco - Km 82 – Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa

We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by a tourist bus heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas.Inca Trail Depart point Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for having the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inka Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we'll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night in. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Total distance: 11km approx.

2nd Day: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca pass - Pacaymayu - Runkurakay pass - Chaquicocha

The second day is the 'Free-Hike-Day'; that means, that everybody should walk in his/her own pace – of Sayac Marcacourse you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are step - enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.

Level of Difficulty: challenge
Hiking time: 8-9 hours
Total distance: 15 km approx.

3rd Day: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna

The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to Wiñaywaynathe tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It's a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/"Town above the clouds" (3600m/11811f). A well preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna/"Forever young" (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.

Level of Difficulty: normal, unforgettable (easy)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 10 km approx.

4th Day: Wiñayhuayna - Machupicchu - Cusco

After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head - equipped with our flashlights - to the Inti Punku (Sun GMachupicchu viewate) to get the first glimpse of Machupicchu and watch the sunrise over Machupicchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machupicchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00 am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town's hot springs (S10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

Level of Difficulty: normal, unique (easy)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Total distance: 7 km approx.

Inca Trail 4 Days (Group Departure)

Included:

  • - Transport
  • - Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82.
  • - Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • - Bus going downhill from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is
  • - situated Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco.
  • - Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machupicchu.
  • - Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • - Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg,
  • - Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg;
  • - sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent).
  • - Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude.
  • - Tea and snack time everyday (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker).
  • - Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock).
  • - First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • - Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag.

Not included:

  • * Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town.
  • * Sleeping bag (if you don't have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 28.00, 4 days)

Inca Trail 4 days (private departure)

Included:

  • - Transport
  • - Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to km 82.
  • - Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • - Bus going downhill from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is
  • - situated Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco.
  • - Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machupicchu.
  • - Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • - Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light/4kg,
  • - Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kg;
  • - sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent).
  • - Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea which is excellent for the altitude.
  • - Tea and snack time everyday (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker).
  • - Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock).
  • - First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • - Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag.

Not included:

  • * Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town.
  • * Sleeping bag (if you don't have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 28.00, 4 days)

What do I need to bring?

  • - Backpack with rain shelter.
  • - Sleeping back.
  • - Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • - Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • - Trekking shoes.
  • - Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • - Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • - Long- and short-sleeved polo's/T-Shirts.
  • - Rainponcho and a hat.
  • - Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • - Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing
  • - tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • - Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • - Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • - Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • - Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won't
  • - dry at night. So take some clothes to change.