We recommend following the basics of ecotourism. We must respect and protect the environment, as well as the archaeological complexes and local customs.
This is the ultimate tour for people who have sufficient time, good health and are in good physical shape. ATTENTION: A large part the Inca Trail consists of steps. People with bad knees or ankles should keep this in mind!
In four days we will pass in incredibly varied landscape of sharp mountain passes, rugged grasslands and dense forests. We will walk over mountain passes with incredible views, parts of the original Inca Trail, and along the Inca ruins will appear out of nowhere from the green jungle.
DAY 1: BUS CUSCO (3350M) – KM. 82 PISKAKUCHO (2600M) – WAYLLABAMBA (3100M).
We will pick (05:00 am) to your hotel, in our comfortable private bus, after crossing the towns of Chincheros, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo the “Sacred Valley” proceeded to Piskacucho at Km. 82 of the road railway Cusco – Machu Picchu, the starting point of our trek, we had lunch at Tunas moqo after a short break we will restart our walk to Wayllabamba for dinner and then we can spend the night in our first camp site.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Total distance: 11 km
Estimated time: 6 hours
Positive unevenness: 2600m.s.n.m – 3100m.s.n.m (+500 m)
Mislevelments: Negative: 0
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA (3100M) – WARMIHUAÑUSCA (4200M) – PACAYMAYO (3500M).
The second day of trekking will be the toughest as we are going to cross the highest mountain pass on the tour, the Warmihuañusca pass. We leave early in the morning Wayllabamba and starts ascend up to Llulluchayoc. From Llulluchayoc we will walk in the cloud forest upwards to the Llulluchapampa point (3850m) where we will have a beautiful view of the valley behind us.
In front of us we now have an intense climb to the Warmihuañusca pass, and will pass a river up to the páramo vegetation above 4000m altitude. The view from the Warmihuañusca pass in an altitude of 4200m is impressive. The Warmihuañusca pass is from Quechua translated to “dead women pass”.
Before we reach our campsite we need to complete a significant descend to the bottom of the valley to the Pacaymayo River (3600m).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Total distance: 12 km
Estimated time: 7 – 8 hours
Positive unevenness: 3100m.s.n.m – 4200m.s.n.m (+1100 m)
Mislevelments Negative: 4200m.s.n.m – 3500m.s.n.m (-700 m)
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO (3500M) – RUNKURAKAY (3800M) – SAYACMARCA (3600M) – PHUYUPATAMARKA (3600M) – WIÑAY WAYNA (2700M).
The program of the third day is filled with historical and natural beauty, and will therefore also be the longest day of the trail, because we use time enjoying this. From the campsite we ascend to the ruins of Runkurakay (3800m) having a view of the Pacaymayo Valley. During this part the Inca trail really shows its beauty because a large part until the second pass (3950m), is original Inca paved road. The trail follows us to amazing Andean peaks, deep gorges and through a beautifully designed staircase to Sayacmarca (3600m). This name signifies ‘inaccessible city’ and with good reason as the ruins are protected by steep cliffs.
From here the nature show us forests full of orchids, hanging moss and tree ferns, and we will pass through an Inca tunnel up to the third pass in 3670 meter. From here we will be able to see beautiful views of snow captured mountain such as the mighty Salkantay (6300m) and Veronica (5750m).
The ‘city in the clouds’, Phuyupatamarca is the next stop along the trail. These impressive ruins can only be reached by a long set of steps. After our visit in Phuyupatamarca we will have to descend down of hundreds of steps before we reach Wiñay Wayna.
Wiñay Wayna will be our final campsite before reaching the ruins of Machu Picchu. Wiñay Wayna will be a more comfortable camp site with toilet and shower facilities. The shower can be used against a smaller charge. Close to the campsite lies the beautiful ruin of Wiñay Wayna. Wiñay Wayna mains “forever young” in Quechua witch also is a name of a pink orchid that grows in the surrounding area. Because ten Inca baths are located in the area, it is assumed that Wiñay Wayna was a place for ritual bathing before entering Machu Picchu.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Total distance: 16 km
Estimated time: 8 – 9 hours
Positive unevenness: 3500m.s.n.m – 3950m.s.n.m (+450 m)
Mislevelments Negative: 3950m.s.n.m – 2700m.s.n.m (-1250 m)
DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA (2700M) – INTIPUNKU (2700M) – MACHU PICCHU (2400M) – TRAIN BACK TO CUSCO.
We will wake up more early (04.00am ) After we will have our breakfast, Then we begin the walk towards the sector Intipunku, where we will can appreciate the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu. We will enter the citadel where we checked our arrival in control, then we began our tour of about 2 hours, then we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to finally board the train to Ollantaytambo where we will be waiting to take you to Cusco
Total distance: 5 km
Estimated time: 3 hours
Positive Unevenness: Easy
Mislevelments Negative: 2700m.s.n.m – 2400m.s.n.m (-300 m)
– Your passport number
– If you have any special diet ( ex. Vegetarian)
– The hotel and address.
– If you have any special dieses that we should be aware of (you are responsible to bring your own medicine). We will provide basic first ad kid and oxygen.
Because there is a limit of the daily people entering the Inca Trail it is important to book well in advance. It has been forbidden to walk on the trail privately for several of years. Only local operators with a permit are allowed to provide this tour. Due to the increase in popularity of the trail we can not guarantee availability for access to the Inca Trail and train tickets back to Cusco if booked on short notice. The local operators have to provide a passenger list well in advance to the local authorities and once submitted these cannot be altered.
In February the Inca Trail 2-day and the 4-day trail are closed to maintenance of the trail.