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Classic Inca Trails

Tipo de Tour: Senderismo.
Distancia: 45 km-26 Millas
Duracion: 4 Dias/3Noches
Altitud max: 4200
Dificultad: Moderado
Máximo: 29°C Mínimo 0°C

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the best hikes the world has to offer. It is also one of the most approachable, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete. Some good health and fitness will help you get from the trailhead to the end, Machu Picchu (Mapi).

Compared to other popular hikes, its rather short – but along the way you enjoy a mixture of incredible ruins, snow capped mountain peaks, beautiful waterfalls and attractive jungle. At the end of the trail you will walk through the Sun Gate for your first site of Mapi, where you will see the ruins from above at its most attractive .

The classic most favorite route is 26 miles and takes 4 days.

Trek Details:

  • Difficulty:​ Moderate
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 Nights
  • Elevation Gain: 428m/1404ft.
  • Seasons: From March 1 until January 31 (February is closed for maintenance).​
  • Hike Trail Map: See below
  • Cusco Drive Time: 2hr 45min+
  • Nearest Hike: Ollantaytambo Town
  • Highlights: Dry Andean valley, Last stretch of Sacred Valley, Urubamba mountain range views, scenic trail, Cactus area, local villages, wildlife: prairie horses and dogs, Vizcachas and Andean foxes, Birds; torrent Tyranulett, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Chiguanco thrush.
  • Activities: Hiking trail, nature, archaeological site tours, and Andean community visits.​

What You get:

  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Pick up the hotel.
  • ​Round trip transportation to kilometer 82.
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (Expedition train) and bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco town.
  • Water (Not included for the first 4 hours of trek, we will provide you with boiled water for drinking for the remainder of the tour).
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day. (Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes are not included).
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • ​​Basic foam sleeping pads.​
  • 2 person tent.
  • One way bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • First Aid kit.​
  • Oxygen bottle.

ITINERARY

Day One:

Day 1: Cusco – Km82 – Ayapata.

Start time: Between 04:30 am. and 05:00 am.

Trip:

Two hours by bus from Cusco to Piskacucho or the famous 82 Km.

We will get across the Urubamba river, one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river in Peru.  View the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay and the Inca city of Llactapata (patallacta).  Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow capped peak Veronica, which stands at 5860m / 1922ft.

Difficulty level:

Moderate. The trail starts at 2720m/8923ft  climbing to 3000m / 8984 ft, this is a gentle day on Inca Trail.

Meals:

Breakfast on way to Piskacucho. Lunch during hike and dinner at campsite. Vegetarian options are available in the Meal. Please advise us if you require this option, Please.

Accommodation:

Camping in tents at a campsite in the small village of Wayllabamba.  The temperature at night is usually around 10°C / 50°F.

Other information:

Entrance tickets, passports and student ID’s will need to be shown at the  start of the  trail.

Day two:

Start time: 06:00 am
The fauna and flora on this part of the trek is incredibly varied and you will see many birds such as hummingbirds and plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m! You will feel a real sense of achievement reaching the top of the pass today.

Difficulty level:
Very difficult. A steep and difficult ascent from our campsite at 3000m/10700ft to the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft. After a rest we have a 2 hour descent to our campsite at Pacaymayu.
Meals:
Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.

Day Three:

Start time: 06:00 am
Visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’. Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from Runkurakay pass. Explore the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarca’ and gazet at the magnificient scenery as you pass through the lovely cloud forest. Visit the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning town in the clouds) and then walk through the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’. This is the most amazing day of the trek, Because relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the Inca Trail has to offer.

Difficulty level:
​Difficult. Climb from 3550m / 11646ft to 4000m / 13123ft to the second highest point on the trail and then a steep descent to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca and then a further ascent to 3680m / 12073ft.

Meals:
Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.

Other information:
A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘WiñayWayna’. Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Day Four:

Day 4: Winay  Wayna – Machu Picchu.
Start time:

On this last day the wake up time is at 3:30 am. We start the day early in order to allow our porters proper time to pack all our campsite and head down to their train stop to catch their train to Cusco. After a quick early breakfast, we will head to the last checkpoint of the Inca trail where we will wait for about an hour until the gate of the check point opens at 5:30 am.
A visit to ‘Inti Punku’ (Sun gate) 2730m / 8792ft before sunrise and your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu 2400m / 7873ft with the sun rising over it! Please read more about the sunrise at Machu Picchu below.
From the trail a chance to take the famous picture postcard photograph of Machu Picchu. A walking tour (2 hours) of Machu Picchu by your guide. Optional climb of Huayna Picchu 2720m/8923ft (a 45 minute climb to reach the top).
After the tour you are free to wander around the stunning site for yourself and then return by bus or foot to Aguas Calientes. From there you will take the scenic train back to Cusco.

Difficulty level:
​Moderate. A gentle one hour ascent to Inti Punku and then a 40 minute descent toward Machu Picchu 2400m / 7873ft

Meals:
Breakfast at campsite very early. Lunch in Aguas Calientes on.

Other information:
What is the sunrise at Machu Picchu? For over 5 decades people visiting Machu Picchu have wanted to arrive there to watch the sunrise. The best time of the year to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu is during the winter solstice on June 21st of every year. Watching the sunrise is a beautiful thing reserved mainly to the people hiking the Inca Trail during that particular time of the year. However, this event is conditioned to season (summer annand weather changes that might prevent people from doing it. Mapi Trekking Peru does not guarantee that you will watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu.

You will be given your train tickets by your guide. The train usually leaves about 2:55 pm and arrives back in Cusco at 7:45 pm although this may be subject to change. You can opt to have an extra night in Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu on your own further and visit the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes.