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
Porters to carry equipment (porterage for personal equipment (10kg for the group) can be organized as part of the trip)
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 organized as part of the trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organized as part of the 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 2022 we’re offering a 15% 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 Cusco at around 6:00 am heading to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll have a 30-minute stop to buy the last things for your trek and you can also stop to have a coffee. From Ollantaytambo there is about 45 more minutes to reach the head of the trail at km 82.
Here you’ll have 30 minutes or so to organize your things and from there this epic trail begins. It takes around 2.5 to 3 hrs to reach Tarayoc from where you’ll take lunch; then a further 3 hrs before arrival to Wayllabamba where you’ll camp for the evening.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Altitude Range: 2,700masl to 3,000masl
Distance Covered: 12 km
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Waking early at 5:00 in the morning, you’ll begin preparations in readiness to leave before 7:00 in the morning. The trail today takes in around 7 km of ascent; in order to reach the pass of Warmiwañusca (4,215 masl)
Taking 5 to 6 hrs to walk steadily you’ll reach the top of the pass; without any rush. From the top of the pass there is a further 2 hrs of descent. Trekking for 4 km to get to the Pacaymayo camp where you can have lunch and the remainder of the afternoon to rest.
Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs
Altitude Range: 3,000masl to 3,600masl
Distance Covered: 11 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Again waking up at 5.00 in the morning; you’ll make your preparations in readiness to leave before 7.00 in the morning. It is a 2hr climb to reach the second pass; Runkurakay which is at 3,980 masl. Descending for an 1 hr to reach Sayacmarka archaeological site and from there it’s 2 more hours to get to Puyupatamarca where you’ll have lunch.
It’s about 5 to 6hrs continuing along the way and then it’s 3 hrs downhill to get to Wiñaywayna where the last camp is an 8 a 9hr walk including visits to the archaeological sites on the trail. Traversing up and down the trial of around 400m to reach Puyupatamarca. From there it’s 1,000m downhill to reach Wiñaywayna located at 2,700 masl.
Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs
Altitude Range: 3,980masl to 2,700masl
Distance covered: 16 km
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
Altitude Range: 2,700masl to 1,700masl
Distance Covered: 6km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overall Excellent Rating.
The service was excellent throughout the trip. The best camping food we’ve ever had also 🙂
The trek itself was challenging but fun!
James, el camino Inca fue una experiencia muy linda, el equipo que estuvo a cargo de nosotros, todos amables. Linda experiencia 🙂
Las comidas del cocinero les gusto a todos
Cuando puedas, nos envías las fotos que tomo el guía, me dijo que me las enviarías a mi para yo enviarle al grupo 🙂
Gracias por todo!