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Official Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days from Cusco

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Duration

4 days, 3 nights

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Languages

English, Español

Overview

The Official Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 4 day 3 night trek which is considered as one of the world’s oldest routes and one of the ten best hikes in the world. On this trek you will be able to follow the old traditional trail  used by the Incas to reach Machu Picchu over hundreds of years. At the same time you will enjoy  incredible sacred landscapes and you will be able to immerse within the mystic history of the Inca Empire. As a reward the last day this mystic trek will end in Machu Picchu (ticket included), the Inca citadel.

 

Departure time: 4:30am on day 1
Pick from hotel in central Cusco between 3:30-4:00am

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba
Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu
Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco by transport

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Official trek to Machu Picchu within the Inca Trail
  • Walk along the original paved Inca pathways
  • Machu Picchu Circuit 3 access (no need to buy Machu Picchu ticket)

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba
 Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba

You will be pick up in your hotel in Cusco at around 4am. After 1.5 hours of bus journey you will be dropped off in Piskacuchu (Sacred Valley), also known as “km 82”. This is the starting point of the Inca Trail where your trek will start.
On day 1 the trek is relatively easy. After a break to eat, this day you will be able to see the Inca city of Llactapata along with the military post of Willkarakay. Then you will continue your trek through the valley of Wayllabamba walking along the Kusichaca River where you can enjoy the local flora and native fauna. You will continues on the trail gradually within the Andean forest until arrive to the first campsite in Wayllabamba, where you will have a dinner and stay for the night.

Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu
Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu

On this second day you will have an early wake up (6am) and after a breakfast, you will start a more intense walk. The Trek will go through the densely Andean forest until you reach the campsite, where you will take a short rest. In the afternoon the trek will continue and you will see the landscape changing from sierra to puna (a dry landscape with much less vegetation). After another rest, you will make the final ascent to a 4215 meters point which is the highest point of the trek. There you will be able to enjoy panoramic view. Then you will descend to the Pacaymayo valley (3600 meters), where the camp will be set up, you will eat and stay for the night

Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna
Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna

After a breakfast you will visit the archaeological site of Abra Runkurakay. 45 minutes later you will reach the second highest pass of the Inca trail (3970 meters above the sea). You will continue with a descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3624 meters).
Once your archaeological site visit is completed, the trek continue down and you will make lunch break. From here you will enter the high Andean cloud forest. Then you will continue on the route, passing through an original Inca tunnel to reach the archaeological complex Phuyupatamarca. Finally you will continue the walk along the long descendant stone steps to reach Wiñaywayna where you will camp and spend the night.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu

On this last day you will get up early to walk the final part of the Inca Trail. One hour later you will reach the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) known as Inti Punku, where you will see the sunrise over Machu Picchu (subject to weather conditions). Then you will take a 2-hour tour to learn more about this history and discovery the secrets of this mystic place. After you will have time to explore the citadel at your own.
The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is possible but optional (you will be able to book it as extra).
Once your Machu Picchu visit is completed, in the afternoon you will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes town, where you will take the train to Ollantaytambo. Finally you picked up at the Ollaytaytambo station and you will be driven by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

Included/Exclude

  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Porters to carry equipment
  • Pick-up at your hotel in Central Cusco
  • Drop off in Central Cusco
  • Transportation from hotel to the start point of the trek by bus
  • Transportation back to Cusco by train and bus
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, and 3 dinners)
  • Water (excluding the first day when you need to bring your own bottles)
  • Accommodation (3 nights)
  • Machu Picchu Circuit 3 access (excluding Huayna Picchu and Mountain Hike)
  • Breakfast on day 1, and lunch and dinner on day 4
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent)
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain a hike (available with extra $81 per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and personal expensive

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Important Information about the tour
The train departure/arrival times may vary depending on availability. Once your reservation is made we will be able to confirm the exact timetables of the trains.
The order of the visits could change, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports are subject to modifications.
What do I need to bring?
Your original passport
Student card (if student)

We recommend not to forget:

Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Warm jacket
Walking boots
Swimwear for rafting
Hat and trek gloves
Various T-shirts and comfortable trousers
Sun cream (preferable 50+ due to altitude)
Insect repellent
Sun hat
Toiletries
Personal medication
Flashlight with extra batteries
Camera and/or mobile phone with camera
When and where does the tour start?
The tour start on Day 1 with a pick up at your hotel at around 6:00am. The exact pick up time will be communicated in a confirmation email.
When and where does the tour end?
On Day 4 after the guided visit to Machu Picchu you will be stay in Machu Picchu on your own. You will need be sure to have enough time to arrive on time to take your train to Ollantaytambo. Then you will be dropped off in Central Cusco at the end of the day. The exact train time and time of arrival to Cusco will be communicate to you by the staff.
When is recommended to arrive to Cusco?
It is recommended to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before the trek in order to acclimatize and get used to the altitude.
This tour is not suitable for:
Pregnant women
Visitor with strong back problems
Visitors with heart problems

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Donna - United States

2019-06-12
We hesitate to go to Machu Picchu by train or book a trek. We finally booked this inca trek and we are happy with the decision. We spent 4 unforgeable days.
You are on the best way!

John - Germany

2019-03-12

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We book this trek as part of our 2 weeks trip to Peru. Well organized, amazing landscapes and great Machu Picchu visit. We recommend it if you come in group (we were 4 ) or as single traveler. We met nice people and Pedro the guide was just perfect. Thanks Pedro!
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Good fast service. We booked last minutes tickets for the Machu Picchu and mountain without issues

Jason, USA

Pick from the hotel to transport terminal and then directly to Ollantaytambo. Perfect service

Selena Gomez

Transport from Cusco to Machu Picchu within our budget, and met nice people. Jose the driver is amazing.

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Good fast service. We booked last minutes tickets for the Machu Picchu and mountain without issues

Jason, USA

Pick from the hotel to transport terminal and then directly to Ollantaytambo. Perfect service

Selena Gomez

Transport from Cusco to Machu Picchu within our budget, and met nice people. Jose the driver is amazing.

Sophie Moulin
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