The appeal of this trek is the stunning combination of Inca vestiges, magnificent snow-capped mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes and through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with unforgettable views of the great scenery,it continues through the cloud forest and finally ends into the subtropical vegetation.
The Inca-Trail is part of a 20,000 kilometer highway system that integrated the vast Inca Empire called Tawantinsuyo (the four regions ). It runned from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through the cities of Quito (Ecuador) Cajamaraca, Huamanga, Cusco (Peru), La Paz and Cochabamba (Bolivia ), finishing in Salta and Tucuman (Argentina ).
Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, reptiles, including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.
In order to complete the Inca Trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness; age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well acclimatized to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the way is 4215m/13,907ft, so we recommend anyone coming from the coast to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting the trek. This period of time is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, the nearby remains of Sacsayhuaman and the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We pick you up you early in the morning at your hotel (6:30am), then we drive in our private van to Ollantaytambo passing the picturesque villages of Chinchero and Urubamba. Once there we visit the stunning Inca vestiges of Ollantaytambo. Afterwards we drive until the 82Km where we start walking for 3 hours toward Patallacta (2,650m/8,747ft). There we have lunch and set up our first camp. In the afternoon we explore the amazing archaeological site of Patallacta enjoying all the buildings and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
We wake up at 6:30am and after a delicious breakfast we start trekking through the Kusichaca Valley, enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna. We arrive at Wayllabamba for lunch. Then we walk up a moderate hill for 4 hours through the Llulluchapampa Valley to reach our second camp at Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,537ft). Time to have our high tea enjoying all the beautiful surrounded scenery.
Today is the longest day of our trek but the most beautiful as well. After a delicious breakfast we walk uphill for two hours to reach the highest point of our trek: the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman pass) located at 4,215m/13,907ft. From here we may enjoy the spectacular views over different micro climates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valleys and a myriad of flora and fauna. After time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend for two hours to Pacaymayu for lunch. Afterwards we ascent towards the archaeological site of Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore it. Then we ascend up to the second Runcurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft); from here we can enjoy the breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and the glaciar lakes. After time to enjoy all the beautiful sight we descend for one hour to the next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft) and finally we walk for two more hours through the rain forest to our third camp at Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft). From here we can enjoy the gorgeous views of Machu Picchu Mountain, the citadel, the Urubamba Canyon and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
This day is the most expected of our trek. We wake up early in the morning for breakfast and afterwards we walk down hill towards the vestiges of Intipata; then we keep on walking up to Wiñaywayna (2,650m/8,747ft) for lunch. After that we will visit this stunning city from where we enjoy our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentallity. Then we descend at one of the world´s Wonders: Machu Picchu. Finally we take our bus to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a private hotel.
We leave our hostel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu remains. Once inside the citadel, we start the guided tour for three hours visiting all the important places such as: the temples, sundials, sun temple, cemeteries, enclosures and much more. After that we will have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and eventually climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains. Then it will be time to head back to Aguas Calientes and take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.
The Inca Trail Trek 5 days is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers
***This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffle bag, where you can put your things.