This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 10 Year(s)
The Inca Trail is a mountainous jungle hike leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45km trek is usually covered in 4 days, arriving at Machu Picchu at daybreak on the final day before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon. The trek is rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging and has an altitude of 4200m, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco (3 days is better) prior to commencing the trek. This should allow plenty of time to acclimatize yourself and give you sufficient opportunity to visit the city of Cusco and nearby Inca monuments like Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, as well as spending a day or two exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting the traditional town of Pisac and the fascinating Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
Day 1: Start of the Inka Trail:
The Inca trail begins in Cusco with a nice breakfast from where we will trip to our start point of the trail (82km). There you will begin the journey, warming up on a relatively flat part of the trail. After two hours, you will reach the first archaeological center of Patallacta, where we will appreciate the impressive landscapes, flora and fauna. This site and others will show the importance of this valley in the context of the Incan history. After lunch, we will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at our camp, Huayllabamba, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Huayllabamba â€“ Pacaymayo
After an early breakfast, we will start hiking and passing through different climatic and ecological zones. We will ascend to WarmiwaÃ±usca. We will walk among abundant vegetation with various types of trees. This pass is known by many as the worldâ€™s highest cloud forest. After the toughest part of the journey, which is nearly 5 hours, we will arrive at the highest point, known to some as the Dead Womanâ€™s Pass. From there we will take a well-deserved break and observe the beauty of the deep valleys and its beautiful landscapes. If we are lucky, we will see the magnificent condor which appears from the thick clouds in the sky.
Day 3: Pacaymayo â€“ WiÃ±ay Huayna:
We will climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley, towards the second pass. About halfway up a small, round, roofless Inca construction is located. This Incan monument is known as Runkuracay, a building known as an astrological site and a sort of checkpoint for couriers following the trail to Machupicchu. After a short tour, we will continue to ascend towards the second pass, the Abra de Runkuracay. The next part of the path descends towards a valley and a shallow lake. At this point, the trail changes from a dirt path to a narrow stone roadway, containing the same stones which were presented when the Incas walked the trail.
Day 4: To Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco:
On the last day of our adventure, we will wake up early and follow a wide, relatively flat path. After about an hour and a half, we will climb a narrow path of stone steps leading to Intipunko, the Sun Gate. After three and a half days of trekking and struggling, we will look through the rectangular doorway of the sun gate and finally take the first views of the lost city of the Incas and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machupicchu. From there, we will descend into Machu Picchu.