Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu: The origins of this trail was that it was a pilgrimage route meant only for the Inca nobles; now thousands of trekkers & travellers follow this ancient footpath to Machu Picchu every year. Making it one of South Americas most well known routes it’s no wonder why this path was chosen by the Incas.
Throughout the trek, you’ll pass through cloud forests and below snowy peaks and discover the world of the Incas. Following a centuries-old sacred trail and after entering through the Sungate (Inti Punku) you’ll discover the ancient Incan citadel; including possible climbs to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu mountains (for those with energy!).
Following your time in Machu Picchu you’ll then make your way back to Cusco to reflect on an epic journey.
Note: If you’re short on time, be sure to check out the Short Inca Trail trek which follows the last day of the Inca Trail.
Embark from Ollantaytambo, one of South America’s oldest villages
Crossover Dead Woman’s Pass (4212m) for breathtaking views of Pumahuanca
Camp at Phuyupatamarca, “‘the place above the clouds”
Descend the Wiñay Wayna terraces and through the Intipunku gateway
Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking Poles)
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Cusco & transfer to hotel
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu is included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2021 we’re offfering a 25% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
Leaving early, you’ll take the route from Cusco to Km82, the start point of the trek. The trail winds along the river valley; this is a great day to begin with and will warm you up before the challenging days to follow.
Along the way you’ll pass Wilkaracay with an incredible view of Patallacta that were imorptant Incan sites. This is the start of a trail full of sanctuaries.
Today, after about 7 hours walking you’ll reach your first campsite at Wayllabamba. On reaching our camp for the evening you’ll be met by the porters who will have already set up camp and our cook who will be preparing our evening meal.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Continuing on the Inca trail to Warmiwañusta or Dead Woman’s Pass. This section is considered to be the most challenging trek day as you cross this highest point of the trail at around 4,200m, preparing for a steep ascent until you make the pass.
An ancient stone trail guides the way as you desend to your campsite either at Pacaymayo or Chaquicocha depending on progress.
Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On waking you’ll be greeted by the surroundings of the cloud forest. Continuing along this ancient trail passing small marshes, you’ll ascend the second mountain pass of the trail. It is the second highest point of the hike at around 3,900m. Descending you’ll witness the flora and fauna flourishing on the way down.
The final 2 hours, are what many consider to be the best part of the Inca Trail with stunning views and places to remember. Reaching the last campsite when the sun sets at Phuyupatamarca, which is Quechuan for ‘city in the clouds’.
Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beginning the final section of our trek to the ancient Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Descending for around 3hrs, about 1,000m below from the start point of Phuyupatamarca. You’ll encounter the Incan sites of; Intipata and Wiñayhuayna, one of the most impressive Inca sites along the route and 2 hrs before the entrance to the Sungate “Inti Punku”.
This was the original entrance to Machu Picchu for the Incas, you’ll catch sight of the citadel from far off. Arriving to the Sungate is the most iconic section of the trail.
Upon entering the Sungate; you’ll have a guided tour initially and then you can explore the ruins on your own. At the end of your time exploring, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and wait for your return train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo where transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch