(Also known as Camino Inca or Camino Inka) This is the best trekking option in Peru Located in the Andes, the Inca Trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra, situated on different altitudes. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. Also we have to consider that there is an ascent beyond 4,200 meters (13,800 ft) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness, for people that live at sea level and are not used to high altitudes.
We are going to walk through settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins before reaching the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain.
The Peruvian government has put a limit on the number of people who hike this trail per year, so, please consider that an advance booking is compulsory, 500 people maximum are permitted on the trail each day, that means only 200 of them are tourists, the other part are guides, cooks and porters. So, the high season books out very quickly, we highly recommend to book at least 6 months in advance.
The Inca Trail protected area, is closed every February in order to do maintenance(but there are other trekking options that you can do if you travel on February).
DAY 1: CUSCO - URUBAMBA VALLEY - HUAYLLABAMBA
Early in the morning, we’ll collect our passengers from their hotels and travel by bus for 82km in the Urubamba Valley, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The first part of the trail will be close to the Urubamba River, then we will visit the archeological site of Llactapapa (it was an important rest stop on the journey to Machu Picchu) and we finish our first walking day in Huallyabamba (3000 masl), where we camp. Included lunch and dinner.
DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA - WARMIWAUSCA - PACAYMAYO
After breakfast, we will begin to climb the first pass, Warmiwausca (4,200 masl) or “Dead Woman's Pass", which resembles a supine woman . Here we can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below. At this pass we move from the dry puna (a high treeless plateau) to the tropical forest, where gnarled trees grow among low clouds. This is the habitat of orchids, Polylepis Incana trees (National Peruvian tree) and mammals like the Puma and Andean Beer. After crossing the pass, the trail drops steeply into the Pacaymayo valley; we will camp close to the river. Probably the second day is the hardest and coldest day of the Inca Trail; our team of professional guides and porters will be very glad to support you during this unforgettable day. Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO - RUNKU RAKAY - SAYACMARCA - WIÑAYHUAYNA
After breakfast, we will hike up towards the ruins of Runku Rakay and traverse the pass with the same name (3,800 masl). Then, we will descend to Sayamarca, which is an important archaeological complex, also known as “inaccessible city”. Here we have lunch. This day we’ll walk down hundreds of steps and we will spend the third and final night near the ruins of Wiñayhuayna (2700 masl), which means “Forever Young”. This nickname comes from the presence of various coloured orchids near the archaeological centre, which is the most attractive of the trail, composed composed of cultivation, living, ritual fountain and town areas. Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA - INTI PUNKO - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
We will get up very early so that we may watch the sunrise from Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and have our first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. We will spend approximately two hours in Machu Picchu, where the guide will explain to us about the different parts constituting the “Lost City of the Incas”. We also have free time to visit Machu Picchu on our own. At this point will be on the finish of the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. From Machu Picchu we take a bus to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon we go (by train) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo (by Van) to Cusco. Included breakfast.Note: There is the option of relaxing in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
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The Inca Trail availabilities are regulated by law(only 500 places are allowed per day), some times is hard to find places, any ways, we offer these following alternative treks that also take you to Machupicchu….