INCA TRAIL CLASSIC
Following the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we will pass through mysterious archaeological sites, environments covered by vegetation, which create the impression that they are being discovered for the first time, to finally reach the lost city of the Machu Picchu Incas.
The Classic 4-Day Inca Trail is renowned worldwide, attracting people from many countries, because it includes visiting wonderful Inca archaeological sites, seeing wonderful landscapes all the way and finally the arrival at one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.
- - Day 1: 6:00-8:00 a.m. We will pick you up at your hotel and go on private bus to the km 82, outside of Cusco city, the beginning point of the Inca Trail. We will hike to Patallacta and Wayllabamba, place for our campsite.
- - Day 2: The hike includes Wayllabamba, the Warmiwanuska pass (4.215 meters above sea level), Pacaymayu, Runkuraccay. Night on campsite.
- - Day 3: Runkuruccay, Phuyupatamarca, Winayhuayna. Night on campsite.
- - Day 4: Hike from Winaywayna to Inti Punku (Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu). We will have a professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu from 6:30 to 8:20, then go from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo by train between 8:30 and 10:30. Finally from Ollantaytambo to Cusco city on a private bus.
GROUP SIZE2 - 12
LEVELModerate - Changing
Inca Trail – Km 82 to Wayllabamba (Meals: L,D)
Your Classic Inca Trail begins early in the morning; our private bus with the professional guide will pick you up and go to the starting point of the hike, which is km 82, outside Cusco city. There you will register and meet the porters and chef who will do the Classic Inca Trail with you.
Please don’t forget to have your passport at hand and a valid ISIC card if you are a student; these documents are required for registration.
From km. 82 (located at 2.700 meters or 8.850 feet above sea level) we will hike until the Wayllabambacampsite on day 1. The first two hours of the hike are light and then we’ll reach Miskay, for an energizing and healthy lunch prepared by our professional staff.
Afterwards, there will be a great uphill hike for about 3 or 4 hours. On this section, we will visit the first Inca site of the trail, Patallacta, take many pictures and have a guided tour.
Finally there’s the arrival to Wayllabamba, where our cooks and porters will be waiting for you with dinner ready, and also the whole campsite. After dinner, you will have free time to enjoy the campsite and the wonderful Andean night.
Total walking time 4:30 / 5:00 hours (12 km.) – Initial altitude 2750 m. Final 3,000 m. Overnight at Wayllabamba Campsite (Altitude: 3000m, 9850ft)
Inca Trail – Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo (Meals:B,L,D)
Early in the morning you will wake up to a delicious cup of coca leaves tea, then have breakfast and resume the hike.
Initial altitude for day 2 is 3.000 meters or 9.850 feet, starting level of a 5-hour hike until 4.200 meters or 13.800 feet at the Warmiwanuska or Dead Woman’s Pass, a place that offers a unique view of the Andes range and all around; it is the highest point of the Trail.
After Warmiwanuska, which is the hardest part of the Inca Trail, there is a 1-hour downhill hike until the lunch area, which our professional team will have ready. After lunch, the hiking continues for 1 hour until the campsite at Pacaymayo, and you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the campsite.
At night, our kitchen staff will treat everybody with a delicious dinner.
Total walking hours 7:30 / 8:00 hrs (13 km.) – Initial altitude 3,000 m. – Final 3,800 m.
Overnight at Pacaymayo Campsite (Altitude: 3600m, 11800ft)
Inca Trail – Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna (Meals: B,L,D)
After breakfast early in the morning, the hike continues; on this day the Trail includes several wonderful Inca sites.
The first stretch will go from Pacaymayo (3.600 meters or 11.800 feet above sea level) to the Runkuracay pass (3.900 meters or 12.800 feet above sea level); after this pass, the hike is mainly downhill, reaching Sayaqmarca, an almost unreachable Inca site.
Next we will arrive at the lunch area for day 3. Afterwards, the hike resumes until the amazing Winaywayna Inca complex and our campsite, you will have the rest of the day to relax and at night dinner for day 3 prepared by our kitchen staff.
Total walking hours 10:00 hrs (15 km.) – Initial altitude 3800 m. – Final 2,650 m.
Overnight at Wiñay Wayna Campsite (Altitude: 3700m/12150ft)
Inca Trail – Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu (B)
After breakfast early in the morning, the hike resumes from Winaywayna (Quechua for “forever young”) to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate, where the arrival will be after two hours.Congratulations! At this point the Classic Inca Trail is officially finished!
The magnificent view you can enjoy of Machu Picchu, Sanctuary of the Incas, is surely a great reward! Next, there is a short hike to the Machu Picchu citadel and then the unforgettable professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu to see and learn about the astonishing sacred Inca citadel.
After the guided tour, you will have free time to continue exploring the citadel the way you like! The afternoon in Aguas Calientes is free for you to go visiting or shopping around the village, enjoy the hot springs and have lunch.
At 18:45 you will board the train to Ollantaytambo, and our staff will pick you there after a 1:30-hour ride and go to Cusco city on our private bus; in Cusco city we will transfer you to the hotel at around 22:30.
Total walking hours 2:15hrs (6 km) – Initial altitude 2650 m. Final 2,400 m.
Train back to Ollantaytambo, bus back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.