7d/6n - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Cusco
Hike by the foot prints of the Inca Pachacuteq and his entourage as pilgrims, heading to the holy city of Macchupicchu, find it again on a mountain top as it did 100 years ago Hiram Bingham . The Inca trail is for sure one of the best trails in the world. On the route observe impressive temples and remains that are available only in this trek. The Lost City of Machu Picchu is without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Inca Civilization.
This tour package begins in Cusco (to give you some time to adjust to the altitude) with an impressive Cusco City tour that includes the most relevant Incan ritual sites and temples surrounding Cusco city. Next day we journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and see outstanding Inca ruins and archeological complexes Like Ollantaytambo to continue later to the Machupicchu citadel. If you are seeking for Inca culture and spectacular Andes landscapes, basically this tour package covers the best of what any traveler should see in the Cusco region.
• Day 1: Cusco & City tour
• Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas.
• Day 3: First day at the Inca Trail , Wayllabamba
• Day 4: Second day at the Inca trail, Pacaymayo
• Day 5: Third day at the Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca
• Day 6: fourth day at the Inca trail, Sun gate & Machupicchu
• Day 7: Transfer out to the airport or train / bus station.
Day 1 - Cusco City & Cusco City Tour
Our representative will contact you at The Cusco city airport and transfer you to the selected Cusco Hotel, observe the colonial architecture mixed with the ancient Inca buildings. As this is your first day in altitude we recommend you to relax and rest for a while, and have just a soft lunch. Later on you will have the chance to enjoy the famous Peruvian cuisine in one of the many restaurants in town. In the early afternoon experience the Cusco city tour that includes the visit to impressive Incan temples & ceremonial sites around Cusco city Like; Sacsayhuaman and its megalithic constructions, Qénko, Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay a temple dedicated to the water. Then Visit the Cathedral & observe some of the finest Inca stone work at the Koricancha, the holiest Incan ritual site in the area. Return to your hotel and free time at leisure to explore the Ancient capital of the Incas, its picturesque streets, souvenirs shops, splendid Cusco restaurants. Don’t forget warn clothing.
Overnight at Cusco Hotel.
Day 2 - Sacred Valley of the Incas. (B.)
After breakfast we travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the amazing landscapes and Andean mountains views accompany us in our journey, as we see traditional villages, farming scenes & colorful clotting. Then we descent to the sacred Valley of the Incas and note that Incan people found in this as a paradise for farming and develop advanced irrigation techniques. From The Ollantaytambo Village an authentic Inca living town we ascent to The Ollantaytambo ruins an outstanding ritual site, formed by enormous beautifully carved stones and wonder how come they could transport megalithic blocks at such a location. Enjoy of the same impressive views, Pachacuteq the great Inca emperor had over the valley. Later it was used as a fortress by Manco Inca Yupanqui in the final inca’s rebellion against the Spanish invasion. Breathe the Incan history and unique architecture. Later in Pisac town on a side of the Urubamba River visit the Pisac traditional food market and the handy crafts market, in the afternoon we return to Cusco, rest for a while at your comfortable Cusco hotel before exploring the city and have dinner in one of the many great Cusco restaurants. Remember next day we start the Inca trail and some extra rest is recommended.
Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Day 3 - First day at the Inca Trail to Machupicchu- Huayllabamba.
Early between 5:00 am to 5:30 am .we get a scenic two hour bus ride towards the Sacred Valley at Urubamba village we will stop for about 1 hour , while we pick up some equipment , food and porters our group have the opportunity for breakfast and buy some snacks or wooden walking sticks as poles with metal tips are not permitted. We continue to the small community of Piskacuchu (2,700m) located at the kilometer 82 along the rail road. Once you cross the Piscacucho Bridge over the Urubamba River, you will commence that day’s 7.5 mile (12 km) hike. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy but extremely scenic, gets a breath taking view of the Vilcanota ridge and the snow covered peak of peak of Veronica. Take a break at the small community of Miskay, later we continue on a steeper path towards a high plateau. The ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River ('happy bridge'). At the junction of three valleys you’ll also get a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata (also known as Patallacta on some maps) which was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with maize. The settlement comprised over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, including five baths. You will continue to hike for another two hours where you will meet up and eat the delicious lunch your cook has prepared. After lunch you will continue trekking for roughly another two hours For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river until you reach your first campsite near Wayllabamba a small village (3,000m). This is the last place along the trek where you can buy some snacks and drinks.
• Distance covered 12 kilometers / 7.5 miles
• Altitudes : Minimum = 2,700 meters / Maximum = 3,000 meters
• Trek time length : 5 to 6 hours
• Gradient: Moderate.
Day 4 - Second day at the Inca Trail - Pacaymayo.
After an early breakfast we start hiking the most difficult part of the trek, be ready to climb 5.6 miles (9 km) of a narrow valley. It is recommended that you take your time by taking breaks whenever you desire, after 1 hour hike we cross a small bridge over the Huayruro River, Huayruro is an ornamental tree. Its seeds are red and black. Many of the porters are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional red and black ponchos! A little further on you'll enter a beautiful cloud forest passing a waterfall. Later arriving to the village of Llulluchapampa. We get a short rest. You will climb the highest pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca or “Dead Woman’s Pass.” This hike will take about two hours; remember to take short breaks whenever you feel like and enjoy the scenery. At 4,200m. / 13,780 ft. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail. Great photos and a sense of triumph are usually the price for the commitment. Later you will decent over the opposed side of the pass a winding 2.5 km. / 1.6 miles of a path with stair ways, the landscapes will change abruptly as we decent over the valley the flora becomes more abundant as well we can observe a variety of birds, orchids, humming birds and if we are lucky the rare Andean spectacle bear. Lunch on the way, and finally we arrive to Pacaymayo valley (3,600m) the place of our second camping night. Delicious dinner at the camp, there are some proper toilet facilities here. Rest and relax after a challenging journey.
• Distance covered 9 kilometers / 5.6 miles
• Altitudes : Minimun = 3,000 meters / Maximun = 4,200 meters
• Trek time length : 6 to 7 hours
• Gradient: Challenging
Day 5 - Third day at the Inca Trail – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna. (B, L, D.)
After an early breakfast you will start a 9.3 mile trek (15 km) this day is the longest but also the most impressive and most interesting due to the many Inca ruins that we will visit along the way. An hour steep hike will lead you to the Runkurakay ruins (3800m). These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. This Inca Tambo (resting place on a path) was a Watch house. Another 45 minutes of steep climb up Incan steps leads to the second pass: Abra de Runruracay (4,000m) , which offers insurmountable views of the mountain ranges of Vilcabamba and Pumasillo. At last you'll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. You will continue trekking at your own pace on to Yanacocha with Sayacmarca (3,624 m.a.s.l.) as your destination goal. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care. This section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you'll arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m) the ruins of Sayacmarca are sheltered by daunting protective cliffs. Climbing 98 steep Incan stone steps will allow you to get a spectacular view of the ruins and the landscape that surrounds you. Once you descend, you will be able to enter the fortress. Divided into two halves, you will be able to see Sayacmarca’s solar observation point and residences. From then on the path descends into magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way you will trek through the cloud-forest to the last climb. This climb will lead you to the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3,700 m.a.s.l.).
The perspective from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,180m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. Called the “Town above the Clouds,”. Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for the ritual worship of water. As the sun sets, you will head towards the ruins of Wiñaywayna or “Forever Young” via an impressive Inca staircase you descend a thousand or so steps. Be careful with your knees which will feel the strain by the end of the day. We continue walking and arrive to Wiñay Wayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. Have the chance to use the simple restaurant and hot showers! Cold beers and a party in the evening will allow you to say good-bye to your cook and porters and tip them. A good tip amount ranges $10-$40 per hiker. Remember that these tips are voluntary. Have a good rest in the area which was the last ritual place for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machu Picchu.
• Distance covered : 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles
• Altitudes : Minimun = 2,700 meters / Maximun = 4,000 meters
• Trek time length : 8 to 9 hours
• Gradient: Moderate
Day 6 - Fourth day at the Inca Trail – Sun Gate & Machupicchu tour. (B, L, D.)
After waking at 3.50 am, you will have breakfast and be on the trail by 4:50 to reach Inti Punko or the “Sun Gate” by 6:00 am. This “gate” is the main Inca Trail entrance to the site of Machu Picchu .The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). From this point you will be able to see sunrise over Machu Picchu which is spread out before, an unforgettable experience. See the fog lift to reveal Machu Picchu in rays of sunlight. The view is awe-inspiring. From Intipunku we will descend for about 40 minutes to Machu Picchu. at the ruins you'll have plenty of time to take photos of Machu Picchu from the classic view point. Most groups wait at this point for a while so most of your photos should be 'tourist free'. When the group is back together again we descend to the main entrance where we will have to register the group will re-enter the ruins with the same guide for a complete tour of the major sectors. The tour of the Machu Picchu site will highlight this citadels exemplary position showing the civilization’s ability to build such a marvel in one of the world’s most formidable locations. Realize that about the 60% of the structures are not visible and are reinforcements over clefts & foundations that support the citadel that contrasts harmonically with the wild, verdant mountains and steep terraces that fully surround the citadel. Machupicchu complex is formed by residential areas, ritual sites and observatories. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana “Sun dial” and the Principal Bath are only a few of the impressive sights that your tour will cover. The tour takes about 2 hours so by about 10:30 you'll have free time to explore the ruins alone. And the most adventurous ones can take a 90 minute climb up the lush peak of Huayna Picchu. And takes 1 hour to descend, the excursion to Huanyna Picchu’s temple of the moon is not for the faint of heart and must be done exercising extreme caution. However, the opportunity to tour another temple and see Machu Picchu from another angle, often beckons the more adventurous of visitor.
After visiting Machu Picchu we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes village by 15:30 at the latest (assuming train departs at 16:30). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Most people, however, leave the ruins at about 13:30 and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. You may also wish to pay a visit to the town's famous thermal springs which feel great after finishing the trail. Allow 2 hours to really enjoy them. The train back to Cusco departs from Aguas Calientes which is the nearest village to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The train departs at approximately 16:30 (time can vary) and you'll arrive back in Cusco for about 21:00. Included in our standard service are the tourist bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes, the train back to Cusco and a transfer from the station to you hotel. Sometimes, however, we buy train tickets just back as far as Ollantaytambo and then bring you back to your hotel in Cusco by private bus. The later method usually is 30 minutes quicker.
(Note that this is a typical trekking itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group, group size and availability of camping space allocated by the UGM. Alternative campsites may be used.)
• Distance covered : 3 kilometers / 1.9 miles
• Altitudes : Minimun = 2,400 meters / Maximun = 2,700 meters
• Trek time length : 1 hours
• Gradient: Moderate
Day 7 - Cusco and transfer OUT. (B.)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and flight Back to Lima, nor to the bus terminal. We invite you to continue exploring Peru and Visit Lake Titicaca, Colca Valley and More see our extensions and other tour packages, a great trip is only a click away. Thanks for contacting us.
- Our Package price includes:
- Airport transfer upon arrival and depart Cusco, All transfer while in the tours Hotels to terminals and Vic.
- 3 nights’ accommodation at selected hotels in Cusco city (See our list) with breakfast included
- Excursions to: Cusco city tour, sacred valley of the Incas with English speaking guides & Our Expert Inca trail guides do a bilingual guidance work.
- Entrance fees to attractions
- Included with the Inca trail:
- Transportation & Fees:
- Private transport from Your Hotel in Cusco to the start of the trek, Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes, Transfer from Cusco train station to your Cusco hotel.
- Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance
- Camping Equipment:
- Top quality four season eureka or north face igloo tents with 3 people capacity used only for 2 people per tent for extra comfort and plenty of space for the backpacks.
- Double thickness foam mattresses
- Quality cooking equipment, food and drink utensils
- Dinning tent with camp tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Accommodation for our porters and cooks
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Accommodation for our porters and cooks
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Inca Trail Team:
- Cook & assistant to prepare your meals
- English speaking professional guide ( two guides in for groups over 9 persons)
- Porters to carry the tents, food and cooking equipment.
- Food Meals ( 03B,03L,03D) – Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, meat, chicken, fish, rice all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
- Hot drinks, herbal infusions, coffee, black tea and coca tea which is excellent for altitude
- Tea time every day with tea coffee cookies, biscuits, popcorn etc.
- Fresh Boiled water taken from streams for your canteens always available.
- What is not Included in for the Inca Trail:
- Breakfast in the first day some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If it is too early for breakfast for you, we stop at the town of Urubamba on the way to the start on the trek where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast
- Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 4 of the trek when we reach machupicchu.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US$3.50
- Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$15 for the 4 day trek
- Tips for the guide cook and porters.
- Personal porters can be hired for the full 4 days to carry your personal items for US$ 139.00 , will carry a max of 18 kilos , usually 1 porter is sufficient for two hikers. He carries your sleeping bag, mattress, clothing you personal porter will not walk at your side as walks with the crew
- you will still need to carry your small personal day pack with your camera, water. Important: If you decide to hire a porter must be done in advance as we need to purchase trekking permits way in advance.
- What you need to carry / bring for the Inca Trail:
- Hiking Backpack ( can be hired in Cusco)
- Sleeping bag ( Can be hired with Us by request)
- Rain jacket or poncho can be purchased in Cusco
- Strong, comfortable shoes
- Walking sticks , can be hired in Cusco
- One complete change on clothing, you can afford to carry more changes when hiring a personal porter.
- Warm clothing, sweater & jacket
- Canteen similar for trekking, disposable bottles are not allowed & purification tablets.
- Flashlight and batteries, camera with extra batteries and memory.
- Hat or cap , sun glasses & sun block ( sun protection)
- Insect repellent
- Small snacks, chocolates, dried fruits etc.
- Needed to bring you original passport for the control.