4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures

Relive the journey of the Incas by hiking the historic 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures, rated by many, among the best trips of the world.  During this 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures, you will experience a walk where history, geography, local flora and fauna will fill your senses and take your breath away. Our service includes native “Quechua” porters that will carry the camping equipment as well as delicious meals during the trip.

We strongly recommend spending previous days in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, to get used to the altitude, before starting the trekking.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The time when a traveller could roll into Cusco and set up an Inca Trail trek for the following day—or week, or month—has long since passed. To limit damage to the trail, the Peruvian government now limits access to 500 persons per day (300 just between porters, guides and cooks). Permits for the peak summer season sell out months in advance.

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Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures

Are you ready to retrace the steps of the Incas in this 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures to Machu Picchu sacred City by the hand of our expert staff and knowledgeable local English/Spanish official guides?

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We offer you:

  • Reliable and high standard services (certified official local operator)
  • Rafe transportation according the highest standards
  • Excellent camping equipment
  • Delicious meals during the trek
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hours support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip.

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.  Contact us.

PRIVATE VS. GROUP SERVICES for this 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.
On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.
We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.
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TOUR CATEGORY
  • Active Tour
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Trekking
  • Nature

LOCATION
  • Cusco
  • Huayllabamba
  • Machu Picchu
  • Pacaymayo
  • Phuyupatamarca
  • Sacred Valley

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Moderate to Challenging

DURATION
  • 04 days

WHEN TO GO
  • March to December

MACHU PICCHU

  • Remain astonished by a place where the legend of the past is so vividly present while you discovered the Incas civilization best-kept secret
  • Climb Huayna Picchu or walk to the Sun Gate to sample breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area

INCA TRAIL

  • Retrace the steps of the Incas and visit great archeological sites accessible only on foot
  • Take your first look at the “Lost City of the Incas” from the famous Sun Gate

DAY 01 CUSCO - HUAYLLABAMBA

Lunch, dinner

 

Early in the morning you will be picked up by bus from Cusco to Km. 82 from where you will start these 4 days trek Inca Trail – daily departures, a network of cobblestone roads that covered the entire Empire of the Incas. Throughout the trekking you will be able to appreciate totally different attractions, the same ones that combined are wonderful. One of them is the nature that combines landscape aspects, typical flora and fauna in abundant form and on the other hand the incredible constructions of roads, fortresses and aqueducts of the Inca Culture.

At this starting point you should show your permit card of the Inca Trail and your original passport and you will meet your porters who will be very busy taking care of ordering all the camping equipment that they will then carry behind their backs. From this point, start the walk escorted by a long line of porters, for about 2 and a half hours through the Andean flora and beautiful scenery to reach the small town of Miskay, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Continue the hike for approximately 2 and a half hours until you reach your first camp located in Huayllabamba (9842f/3000m). When you arrive at your camp you will have a light snack and some free time to walk around, talk with your porters or companions of walk or rest. Dinner will be served at the indicated time.

 

Maximun altitude: 9842f/3000m

Minimun altitude: 9350f/2850m

Walking distance: 6.77ml/10.89km

Approximate walking time: 5 hours

DAY 02 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks

 

Undoubtedly, this is the most challenging day of trekking, which will start with a lot of energy after a hot drink to wake up and a healthy breakfast. After a few kilometers, you will begin the ascent to the highest pass of the entire route, the Warmihuañusca or also called Dead Woman’s Pass (13779f/4200m) where you will arrive after almost 4 hours. After a short rest at the summit, you will start the long descent down a steep path from where it is possible to see the route that leads to the spectacular ruins of Runkurakay, while observing different ecosystems ranging from the dry puna to the high jungle. At the end of the gorge, you will stop at Pacaymayo (3350m / 10990p), the place of your second camp.

 

Maximun altitude: 13779f/4200m

Minimun altitude: 9842f/3000m

Walking distance: 7.10km/4.40ml

Approximate walking time: 6 hours

DAY 03 PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYHUAYNA

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks

 

A while after leaving Pacaymayo and following a zigzagging but short ascent (1 hour approx.) you will reach the circular ruins of Runkurakay (12139f/3700m) just surrounded by forests and steep hills.

After the visit to these ruins and a short rest, continue ascending to the pass of Runkurakay (12631f/3850m) to then start the descent and you will realize that from this point the Inca Trail is in excellent condition. Then, you will reach the steps that climb the ruins of Sayacmarca (11745f/3580m) from where the path begins to enter the jungle, the trail crosses the “Dry Lake” and the “Tunnel”, a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. This great Inca Trail continues through mountains covered with moss and fern and, after crossing a small pass, you will reach the Ceremonial Center of the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (11811f/3600m) an Inca construction with truncated pyramid structure, consisting of eight fountains liturgical at different levels and an extensive work of terraces and from where you have a spectacular view of the most impressive snowcapped mountains, to finally reach the spectacular archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (8723f/2650m) with its hundreds of platforms and more than 3000 steps carved in the rock, the second most important after Machu Picchu, and where his last camp will be settled.

NOTE:  Some itineraries can have Phuyupatamarca as the last campsite as this is determined by the government agency that controls the Inca road network, we will inform you accordingly

Maximun altitude: 12631ft/3850m

Minimun altitude: 8723ft/2650m

Walking distance: 9.94ml/16km

Approximate walking time: 8 hours

DAY 04: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Breakfast

 

You will start very early the next morning following the trail, heading then towards Inti Punku or Sun Gate (8923f/2720m) your last pass, from where Machu Picchu (7972f/2430m) appears and will truly take your breath away. You will have a guided visit of this enigmatic and mystical Inca citadel.

When, in 1911, the American archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham discovered “The Lost City of the Inca Empire”, he could not imagine that he had reached the most enigmatic Inca ruins, one of the most spectacular and overwhelming places on earth that still conserves its mystery, charm and mystical appeal, despite its enormous popularity, even more so after having been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Exploring the place continues to be an exciting experience, especially at dawn, when the scenic rays of light extend over the Andean peaks. After the guided tour, you will descend from the archaeological zone to the Aguas Calientes train station (6692ft/2040m), and embark on the train, which will meander slowly through the Andean landscape until you reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred to the vehicle that will take you back to Cusco.

 

Maximun altitude: 8923f/2720m

Minimun altitude: 6692f/2040m

Walking distance: 4.97m./8 km

Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

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