This unforgettable Machu Picchu trek offers a cultural and physical journey through Peru’s Urubamba Valley along the renowned Inca Trail, traversing the very same paths once walked by the citizens of this ancient empire. Over the course of your challenging 26-mile (42-km), 4-day hike, you’ll experience fascinating ruins, incredible Andean scenery and the unique flora and fauna of Peru, culminating with your arrival at the incredible mountain stronghold of Machu Picchu. Leading you on your journey is a knowledgeable guide, who will share stories about Inca culture and provide historical context. You’ll also be accompanied by porters to help carry tents and sleeping gear, cook meals, and set up camp each night. It is recommended that you book well in advance, as the required permits to visit Machu Picchu are limited to just 500 people per day by the Peruvian government.
DAY 1 - CUSCO - PISKACUCHO - WAYLLABAMBA
Distance: 7.45 miles / 12km Estimated time: 5-6 hours Maximum altitude: 9,850 feet / 3,000m Campsite: Huayllabamba Meals: Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner.
We pick you up from your hotel very early to travel by bus to Ollantaytambo where we stop for a break to buy the last purchases. Then immediately afterwards the bus will be taking us directly towards Piskacucho (2700 m) , a small community located at kilometre 82 of the Cusco - MachuPicchu way. We begin our trek here and will set up the equipment.
We’ll cross the bridge and begin our trek along the left shore of the river Urubamba that flows to the North-east of the Sacred Valley. After approximately 3 hours we’ll come to the first Inca site, Patallaqta or Llactapata (2750 m) Then we’ll trek for approximately 30 minutes continuing along the valley created by the river Kusichaca, coming to lunch in Tarayoc. After approximately 2 hours we’ll manage to reach Wayllabamba, our first camp (3000 m) where we’ll have dinner and we’ll spend the night. During the tour, we will be able to enjoy a splendid panorama: the Vilcanota river, Urubamba mountain range, with the top of the mountain the Verónica (5750 m), covered with snow and with a great variety of flora and fauna along the whole tour.
DAY 2 - WAYLLABAMBA - WARMIWAÑUSCA - PAQAYMAYU
Distance: 6.83 miles / 11km Estimated time: 6 - 7hours Maximum altitude: 13,799 feet / 4,200m Campsite: Paqaymayu
We start the day with a healthy breakfast at 7:00 am and you’ll be provided with snacks.
We’ll begin our second day trek which is the hardest of the trip, and it consists of ascending and descending paths for around 9 kilometers or7 to 8 hours. Along this ascent the landscape will change to Puna, a dry and high area with scanty vegetation, where we’lll arrive at the first highest part of the mountain ( 4200 m). This is called Warmihuañusca (Dead woman pass). We’ll be able to observe lamas and alpacas domesticated feeding on Andean grass (Ichu Quechua name), one of the few plants that grow in this altitude. Also we’ll cross an area of the forest where diverse types of animals live such as the sparrows and the Andean bear or spectacled bear. It is advisable to carry candies, chocolates and coca leaves to support a high level of sugar in your body and avoid altitude sickness. After the first pass we’ll descend for 2 or 2.30 hours towards Pacaymayu valley (3600 m) to the camp, where we’ll have lunch and dinner.
DAY 3 - PAQAYMAYU - CHAQ´ICOCHA - WIÑAYWAYNA
Distance: 9.93 miles / 16km Estimated time: 8 hours Maximum altitude: 12,664 feet / 3,860m Campsite: Winaymayna
This one is the longest day but the most interesting and impressive as well. You'll visit the ruins of Runkurakay and enjoy spectacular views of the waterfalls on the snow-covered mountain Palcay. Trekking along, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Mountain Range of Vilcabamba and its most important peaks, Pumasillo, Sacsarayoc and Panta. From this area, you'll start a slow descent, crossing the ruins of Sayajmarca, which are still covered with vegetation. On the way down, you'll go through a tunnel formed by a soil slide adapted by the Incas. At the ceremonial center of Phuyupatamarca you'll stop for lunch. From here, descend to ruins of Winay Wayna (forever young) where we spend our last night on the trail.
DAY 4 - WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Distance: 2.48 miles / 4km Estimated time: 2 hours Maximum altitude: 8,923 feet / 2,720m
This day is the most anticipated day of our excursion. We wake up very early and have breakfast, we start our final leg of the trek and arrive in 2 hours to Inti Punku(Sun Gate), where we have the first beautiful view of Machupicchu, in all its brilliance and majesty monumentally. In Machupicchu we’ll have a guided tour of 2.5 hour. The guide will lead us through this historical wonder giving us the necessary explanations on the principal remains and monuments, such as the Principal Plaza, Temple of Three Windows, Intiwatana , The Quarter of the Mortars, The Temple of the Condor, the cemeteries and enclosures, sacred sources, urban and agricultural sector and others. Then we will have free time to continue admiring the place to take plenty of photos. Between the activities suggested for this day you can conquer WAYNAPICCHU Mountain and enjoy the landscape, and then we will go down to the village Aguas Calientes and spend time on Aguas Calientes ( hot springs) In the afternoon we will taking the train back to Cusco.
People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it. Timetable :
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De reis is achter de rug. We hebben een fijne tijd gehad. Een reis om te koesteren.
Alles was goed georganiseerd. Dank je wel.Fam. Lots . Halle
Was een fijne reis.
Compleet programma. Sloot goed aan.
Hotels, transfers,gidsen,resto aanbevelingen top!Fam. Vanderpooten. Sint Pieters Leeuw
Excursies en bezienswaardigheden waren top !
We zijn ook zeer tevreden over de gidsen en chauffeurs. Mensen waren altijd stipt op tijd. Heel vriendelijk en behulpzaam.
Fam. Nijs-Moons. Boortmeerbeek
Zelfs bij diep nadenken hebben we niets negatiefs te melden.
Het programma zat heel goed in elkaar, chauffeurs en gidsen heel stipt. Hotels prima,.
De reis was zeer boeiend en afwisselend, ik zou het zeker aan iedereen aanraden.Fam. Lagneau. Sint Genesius Rode
Alles was prima georganiseerd tot in de details, correcte timing, geen dode momenten, zeer fijne en vriendelijke begeleiding overal, overal stond alles klaar en zelfs 's nachts.Fam. Roosens - Halle