Many countries have mountain ranges with beautiful scenery and Cusco- Peru itself is richly blessed in this respect with many other areas for hiking.

However the scenery is only one of the elements responsible for the magic of the Inca Trail. Can there be any walk anywhere in the world with such a combination of natural beauty, history and sheer mystery and with such an awe-inspiring destination?

There the various Inca buildings along the way serve to heighten the hiker's sense of anticipation as he or she approaches what would surely find a place in any new list of archaeological wonders of the world - Machu Picchu.

The Arqueological places on the trail are all many times less crowded than Machu Picchu, and most are open for exploration without the ropes and blocked-off areas at your final destination. If you're lucky, you'll also see colorful flowers and birds, and possibly even other animals on the trail.

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1:

Day 1:
Day 1:

  • Walking Distance – 11kms/6.8   miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2700 meters ASL / 8858.268 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 3000 meters ASL / 9842.52 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 3000 meters ASL / 9842.52feet ASL
  • Difficulty:Easy/Moderate.
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner.

Today begins your adventure of a lifetime, the Classic Inca Trail and the Gem of Maras Salt Mines.  We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van very early in the morning at 5:30am.  Transfer to Maras and a Wonderfull trek to the Sacred Valley along the Salt mines of Maras, a precious gem: The Maras Salt mines.A myriad of salt crusted terraces precariously nestles against the steep mountain sides, while a steady stream of mineral rich water trickles down with a silent gargling that somehow defies time. The ponds, you ought to know, have been in use since the times of the Incas and before. An hour trek to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, where our van going to wait for a transfer toPiskacucho, which is called kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins.  On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail.  (Breakfast is not included).Upon arrival at kilometer 82 at 11:30am, we will have some time to organize ourselves,. At the Inca Trail first control point be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.

At the start of the trail (2720m/8923ft) we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the Inca flat terrain.  There are great views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft) known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC depending on the month.

During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains Veronica, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.


Map - Day 1:
Map - Day 1:

Day 2: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

Day 2: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”
Day 2: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

  • Walking Distance – 16kms/10 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3000 meters ASL / 9842.52 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 4200meters ASL / 13779 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 3600meters ASL / 11811.02 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge.
  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.

After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft.  On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent to where we stop for lunch, which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).

On our way up to the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a combination of other species of bird life. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the ´Polylepis´ or Q’ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft! After lunch, begins the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.


Map - Day 2: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”
Map - Day 2: TREKKING “WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYUC/ RUNKURAQAY”

Day 3: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA ”

Day 3: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA ”
Day 3: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA ”

  • Walking Distance – 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3600meters ASL / 11811.02 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 4000 meters ASL / 13123.36 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 2600meters ASL / 8530.184 feet ASL
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals:  Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities and hot showers.

This is the most impressive day so far; keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).  Here we reach the third highest point on the Inca trail (3680m/). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!. The Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass.  After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of ‘Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna. (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours.  We arrive at camp by lunchtime!  Temperatures during the night are about 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are feeling tired after your day’s trek, it´s a moment you cannot miss, the most impressive site on the Inca trail.

 


Map - Day 3: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA ”
Map - Day 3: TREKKING “PACAYMAYUC TO WIÑAYHUAYNA ”

Day 4: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTIPUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR ”

Day 4: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTIPUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR ”
Day 4: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTIPUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR ”

  • Walking Distance – 6kms/3.7 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2600 meters ASL /  8530.184feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 2700 meters ASL / 8858.268feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation

At around 4:00am it´s time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your journey, arriving by 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel is in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their taxing journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill towards the Machu Picchu Citadel. (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there we proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

 


Map - Day 4: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTIPUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR ”
Map - Day 4: TREKKING “WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTIPUNKU & MACHUPICCHU GUIDED TOUR ”

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHUPICCHU,HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHUPICCHU,HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHUPICCHU,HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN

  • Walking Distance – 2.5km / 1553.50miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2400 meters ASL / 7874.016 feet ASL
  • Highest Elevation – 2700 meters ASL / 8858.268 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
  • HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN

    Huayna Picchu is one of the mountains that stands next to Machu Picchu and has amazing views from above. This hike is done after your tour with  us and takes 45 minutes to the top and 45 minutes back down. Allow for time to take lots of photos, because the views are incredible. 
    The Huayna Picchu Mountain is the one that you see behind Machu Picchu on any postcard; its Incan paths hidden alongside the mountain, it may frighten those of you who have a fear of heights. For those of you who struggle with heights you may need to know that you will be steps away from hundred foot plummets into an abyss, and in some places the path can be very steep and narrow. There are times when you need to use security cables to support yourself; it is a challenge for anyone. If you suffer from vertigo or you have a hard time controlling your fear of heights we would recommend taking a different route. 
    You will have to place reservations 6 months before if you would like one of the 400 available tickets to go up to the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

    Machupicchu Mountain 

    Machu Picchu Mountain is an unforgettable and lesser-known hike above the Machu Picchu ruins with stunning panoramic view of the valley. Reaching ruins is only one part of the Machu Picchu experience. The other one is climbing the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain at 3,050 meters above sea level for dramatic views of the ruins and lush mountains separated by deep valleys and Urubamba River.As spectacular as seeing Machu Picchu is, the ruins of lost Incan city tell very little if you don’t see them in a perspective with the surrounding mountains. It’s when you can appreciate the enormous effort of Incas for building a city 2,430 meters above sea level without any use of metal tools or the wheel. Why the city was initially built still remains a mystery.

 


Map - Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHUPICCHU,HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN
Map - Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHUPICCHU,HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN OR MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN

End of our Services

INCLUDES

personalized assistance

A private,  hand-crafted and fully personalized assistance and  itinerary  from start to finish.For an authentic experience, our assistance is personalized, 24 hours a day

Sustainable tourism encompasses responsible practices for recreation:

Conservation of biological and cultural diversity,Sustainable use of ecological resources (should have a minimal impact),Support for local economies through increased local revenue, jobs for local populations, and use of local supplies and services thus helping communities to rise their standards of life.Community empowerment by sharing participation in management local ecotourism activities.Increased environmental and cultural awareness which further encourages the local population to preserve its environment.Minimal environmental tourist industry impact on local resources.

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only)

 please send us your flight information.

Briefing of your Tour

At our office or your Hotel; It will be done the same day of your arrival or day according your request

Group Size "Private Service"

A Private Custom Hiking Tour is your opportunity to hike in perfect company! You pick the place, you tell us what you want, and we put a trip together just for your group. Whether it's a group of friends, associates, or your family, the trip is only open to your group. Choose from our great hiking destinations and get started today!

Maras "The Inka Salt Mines"

Discover Salt Pans of Maras in Maras, Peru: This Peruvian canyon is filled with geometric salt pools that have been being harvested since the Incan empire.

Classic Inca Trail visit

Only 500 spaces per day according regulations of Ministry of Culture of Peru

Sun Gate visit

The Sun Gate also called Intipunku in Quechua was once a guardhouse that marked one of the most important entrances to Machu Picchu.

Machupicchu sunrise "1st on the Santuary"

“Sunrise over Machu Picchu” is such an evocative phrase that it's no surprise that so many travelers are seduced by its promise.

Pick up at your hotel

To begin your Experience from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting the trek)

Private transport

All ourTransports has Tourism Authorization , and we offer only private transfers

Train Experience

The train cars are steeped in the designs of Incan culture, making them the perfect way to start your trip in the unbelievable Andean scenery and take incredible panoramic pictures of a journey unlike any other.

Processing of tourism attraction authorizations

As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

All entrance fees

Admission Tickets to the Classic Inca trail & Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex

Modern trekking and camping equipment.

 

Hot Shower

Shower Tent With warm water – Only  For Our Group

Toilet

Private Toilet Tent With a Seat on the Toilet – Only  For Our Group

Biodegradable Toiled bags.

Disposable Waste Bags for Portable Toilets

Towels

Clean Towels changed every day

Thick Comfortable Foam Mattresses

 

Air bed and Camping cot

 

Sleeping bags

Coleman Sleeping bags -15 c° – US$20 per person

Standard walking sticks

 

Duffle bags

You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Warm water

water for washing purposes

Premium Table Ware

Premium porcelain dinnerware sets, crystal glassware, flatware & stylish Porcelain crockery.

Porter to carry tents, food and cooking equipment.

Our Porters (The Inka army) - are the best treated and are currently the best paid  of all the porters on the Inca Trail. We provide them with good equipment, uniforms, insurance , good pay and vacations but that's the least that should be done for them (but not always the case with other agencies) and it's the extras we provide that really make the difference.

Private porter to carry personal stuff:

We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. .It means you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day!

Regular Classic tent

4 season Aconcagua Doite Tents, (Large & Comfortable) please see

Glambing Tent "Luxury"

Offering a full 360° view of your surroundings the distinctively styled and eye catching Cortes Octagon 8 Orange tent can definitely be called a glamping tent.

Chef and cooking equipment

Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style.

Dining and Cooking Tents

Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs only for our group

All meals cooked on the spot with fresh ingredients by our trained chef.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian diets or other dietary needs upon  prior request)

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinners

You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.

Drinkable Water

Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, We will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.

Wine and Champagne

Best SouthAmerican Wine  for celebrate our Trekking Adventure"Customized request of wine on request".

Professional English speaking guides experienced in the mountains & knowledgeable of Inca History

Professional Guides
All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.

Machupicchu Tour Guide

2 Hour Guided tour in Machu Picchu

First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank

Our  Inca Trail guides has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.

Satellite Phones


Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While we are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the issues clients have on the mountain, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so our Operation department has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us with our Office.

Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins to Aguas Calientes (one way)

After a 4days Trek and an amazing Machupicchu experience; we just want to relax and enjoy our friends; So We don´t trek more.

Transfer Back to your Hotel

Overland private transfer from Train station to your Hotel " for clients only"

Extras

We believe it's the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.

Give back to Andean communities ."You give an automatic donation of usd 10 for the Inka Foundation"

Seize the opportunity to travel  and give back to communities or environments in need. With Us, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support long-term solutions to specific challenges. At the same time, you can explore and experience the culture in your free time.   We're looking for volunteers (Spanish speakers) who can help teachers in a child school for children mentally disabled and other disabilities "Only from Monday to Friday" from 9am until 12:30pm "only by days. www.inka-foundation.org , if you want more information please send us an e-mail.

Peruvian taxes

The money you pay in taxes goes to many places. In addition to paying the salaries of government workers, your tax dollars also help to support common resources, such as police and firefighters.Tax money helps to ensure the roads you travel on are safe and well-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks. Peruvian VAT tax stands at 18%.

Huayna Picchu Mountain/ or Machupicchu Mountain hike

The mountain Huayna Picchu is the one that appears behind Machu Picchu in its classic postal photo; Their Inca trails built on one side of the mountain can be terrifying for people afraid of heights. Spaces are limited “also we have the chance to climb the Machupicchu Mountain”, spaces are also limited

 

 

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Heaters at the bedroom tents

 

Regular Table Ware

stainless steel,dinnerware

Santuary Lodge Restaurant

Last Buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge "Exclusive and unique restaurant in Machupicchu" Last day of the trek

Inka Massage Session during the camping nights.

 

1 Yoga Session day before  the Inca trail.

 

 

 

 

YOU NEED

Packing List

  •  Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable).
  •  Walking boots.
  •  Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  •  Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
  •  T-shirts.
  •  Comfortable trousers.
  •  Sun hat.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
  •  Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  •  Insect repellent.
  •  Toiletries.
  •  Personal medication.
  •  Camera and films.
  •  Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are the best).
  •  Optional Items to Take | Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu 2 Days.
  •  Shorts.
  •  Walking stick (with rubber tip).
  •  Plasters and bandages.
  •  Sandals.
  •  Extra money.
  •  Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the entrance fee at the door is US$4.