This itinerary gives you introduction into Inca culture, acclimatizing properly while visiting the most important sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Previous to your trek, you will enjoy a night’s rest at our private “Camp Km 82”, not far from the entrance to the Inca trail. Here you have access to hot showers and toilets with indoor plumbing plus a firewood sauna if you like. Once on the trail, we will gain altitude slowly during the first two days, then balance out the distances and effort during the rest of the days trekking. This exclusive itinerary also stays the second night on the trail at a locally owned private campsite at “Paucarcancha” with toilets and hot showers (something no one else offers).
GRADING A SEASONApril to November PROGRAM 3 days / 2 nights
DAY 1: CUSCO/ KM 82 | INC: L/D
Starting early in the morning we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a comprehensive Sacred Valley tour the day before you enter the Inca Trail. This is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while getting acclimatized and familiar with Inca trails. We will drive over the “Ccorao” pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails through the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breath-taking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we will visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town, continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present conserves its original urban layout and many stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. From here, we’ll travel for 40 minutes on a mostly unpaved road to our beautifully situated permanent campsite “Camp Km. 82”. Set on the banks of the Urubamba River, very close to the entrance to the trail, it is located at 2700 meters above sea level (8,900 feet) and offers toilets with indoor plumbing, hot showers and a firewood sauna. From the camp, we also enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Mt. Veronica (20,275'). This private campsite is the overnight point before all our Inca Trail treks and is a wonderful place to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead.
DAY 2: KM82 / PAUCARCANCHA | INC: B/L/D
This morning, after a delicious buffet breakfast, we meet our porters and go through the entrance control station to begin our trek following the left bank of the Urubamba River. After a couple of hours of gentle hiking, we reach and visit the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata. We continue hiking, this time away from the Urubamba River ascending and following the Cusichaca River towards the village of Wayllabamba, we have a picnic lunch nearby and continue ascending to a 40 min. detour from the main trail that will take us to “Paucarcancha” a magnificent archaeological site. We find our camp set up right next to the ruins on a locally owned private campsite (with toilets and hot showers). We will have time to visit this well-kept site estimated to be a “Tambo” or resting and control place where two valleys and rivers meet.
DAY 3: PAUCARCANCHA / PACAYMAYU | INC: B/L/D
After enjoying the beauty of this special campsite and a nutritious breakfast we begin hiking on a shortcut trail above the village of Wayllabamba. We register at the Park’s 2nd control station
(now in the protected area) to continue on an ascending trail with increasingly rewarding views. Later, we hike through an interesting cloud forest of native trees before we reach our
lunch spot at “Llullucchapampa”. We have lunch enjoying views of the far away Huayllanay Glacier and, on the opposite side, our next high pass known as “Warmiwañusta” or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters above sea level). After lunch, we slowly ascend towards the high pass, our rest moments are rewarded with spectacular views. We reach the pass, take time for the classical pictures and begin to descend to our campsite at Pacaymayu.
DAY 4: PACAYMAYU/ PHUYUPATAMARCA | INC: B/L/D
An early nourishing breakfast bolsters our energy for a day’s hike, this time on the original cobblestone paved trail left by the Incas. We can appreciate the lovely changes in vegetation and geology as we pass through different ecological zones. We climb up and over the second high pass at 3,950 Mts. On a clear day, our efforts will be rewarded with unparalleled views of the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the lush valley vegetation. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail as we discover the Inca remains of Sayajmarca at 3,640 Mts., explore them, have a picnic lunch and continue to the incomparable site of Phuyupatamarca, THE PLACE ABOVE THE CLOUDS at 3,680 Mts. We camp and have enough time to soak up some of the magical charm of this marvelous campsite.
DAY 5: PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU | INC: B/L.
The view of Sacred Salkantay Mountain and sunrise in “Phuyupatamarca” are considered a highlight of the trek. We will rise early to watch the sun come up with the idea in mind that today we will reach Machu Picchu, the lost City of the Incas. After breakfast, we say good-bye to our crew and porters and we have a chance to voluntarily tip them. Most of them will take a detour from the main trail and head to the town of Aguas Calientes where they catch the train to go home. After breakfast, we hike on lush high jungle terrain for a couple of hours. We go down a clear stone paved trail with numerous incredible stairways, a small tunnel and several viewing terraces. We will come to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (FOREVER YOUNG) to visit this outstanding Inca site and have lunch nearby. We continue on to Inti Punku (THE GATE TO THE SUN). From here, we first see the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. A quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel to have a tour in detail and spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. Stay at hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes down below by the Urubamba River.
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO | INC: B.
You will have a guide tour in Machu Picchu. A ticket to hike up to Wayna Picchu is included. In the afternoon, you board the train to return to Cusco. We Pick you up at Poroy Train Station, a few minutes before Cusco City and transfer you to your hotel in Cusco by bus.
End of our service
PLEASE NOTE: Campsites in this itinerary may vary. They are subject to change according to assignments made by the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail.
- General Tourist Entrance Fees for Cusco and Sacred valley (BTG, Cathedral and Koricancha or Temple of the Sun)
- All transfers described in the itinerary.
- Service of bilingual local official tour guides.
- All group camping and cooking equipment: Passenger tents based in double occupancy. Dinning tent with tables, silverware and chairs. Toilet tent.
- Experienced Chef to cook meals during trek.
- Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Porters to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 10kg per person (10 Kg includes sleeping bag and sleeping pad)
- Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunchtime.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 6th day and Up and down on Day 7th.
Price Does Not Include:
- Meals not specified after each itinerary day.
- Airport departures taxes.
- Optional tipping to staff.
- Train tickets
- Travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
*If your clients prefer not to bring their sleeping bag or walking stick we can rent them at an additional cost. Please let us know in advance so we can book these items.
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