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Classic Inca Trail

Classic Inca Trail, 4 days

The Inca Trail follows the ancient footsteps of the Incas towards the world famous Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The road network was once used by the locals to connect the different villages of the empire, and today the 45 kilometer (28 mile) hike is probably the most famed in South America.

Day 1: Cusco / Wayllabamba
Our team will arrive at 6:00 am to pick you up for your departure from Cusco to Km 82 in Piskacucho, with a brief stop in Ollaytaytambo, where you can buy last minute gear and personal items. We arrive in Piskacucho where the hike begins on a strolling, flat path along the Urubamba River and then shifts upward until our lunch stop. Along the way, we will get a close-up view of the archaeological ruins of Llactapata before we arrive at our campsite for the night.

Max. altitude 3,000 m (9,900 ft) / Distance 10 km (6 miles)

Day 2: Wayllabamba / Warmiwanusca / Paqaymayu
We'll start the day early with a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef and then hike up to the highest point of the Inka Trail (Dead Woman's Pass). We may notice several ecological zones and be able to discern between the different microclimates. The chef will have lunch ready and waiting at midday prior to passing the highest point, Warmiwañusca Pass at 4,200 m (13,780 ft) above sea level. Our descent will eventually take us to the campsite Pacaymayo, to enjoy our dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Max. altitude 4,270 m (14,000 ft) / Distance 12 km (7.5 miles)

Day 3: Paqaymayu / Chaq 'icocha / Winaywayna
Our day begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45 minute hike up to the second pass on the Inka Trail (3,950 m / 12,959 ft). Along the way we are able to visit Inka ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, and Puyupatamarka. Your guide readily provides additional information about the history and significance of ruins, wildlife and plants throughout the hike. After lunch we hike to the Wiñaywayna campsite for our last night on the Trail.

Max. altitude 3,600 m (11,800 ft) / Distance 15 km (9.3 miles)

Day 4: Winaywayna / Machu Picchu / Cusco
After an early breakfast, we begin the final trek to the Lost City of the Incas. We cross over the top of the mountain at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we get our first inspiring and panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Then we descend to Machu Picchu where we will register at the check point and enjoy our private, guided tour of the ruins, after which you can choose to rest or explore on your own before taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco.

Max. altitude 2,440 m (8,000 ft) / Distance 12 km (7.5 miles)
Ruins along the trail<br />
Ruins along the trail
Incan ruins<br />
Incan ruins
Urubamba valley<br />
Urubamba valley
Machu Picchu outline<br />
Machu Picchu outline

− Transportation to beginning of trek.
− Private English-speaking guides.
− All meals during the trail.
− Entry to Machu Picchu National Park.
− Camping gear and porter service.
− Permits for the Inca Trail.

Does not include:

− International and domestic flights.
− First breakfast and last lunch.
− Personal camping equipment (sleeping bag, daypack).
− Travel insurance.
− Tips.


− Personal gear is limited to 5 kg/11 lb per person.
− The Inca Trail is closed in February for annual maintenance.
− Hike permits cannot be changed, transferred, modified or cancelled
   at any time for any reason as mandated by the Machu Picchu
   National Park. Permits are non-refundable.
− It is advisable to reserve spaces 4 to 6 months in advance.