The 4-day trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – daily departures

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days. The Inca Trail was used as a communication system for the Incas to move from one place to another throughout their great empire. Which stretched from southern Colombia to northern Argentina. Relive the journey of the Incas by hiking this historic Inca Trail, rated by many, among the best trips of the world. During these Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, 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 speakers. The ones 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. Get used to the altitude, before starting the trekking is very important.

IMPORTANT TIP

If you want to see the citadel of Machu Picchu and its beautiful landscape, then book your trip in advance. Since, the Peruvian government has imposed a daily limit of visits and tickets tend to sell out quickly. Make sure to buy your tickets in time!

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be 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.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • The guide is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge
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TOUR CATEGORY
  • Active Tour
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Nature
  • Trekking

LOCATION
  • Cusco
  • Huayllabamba
  • Machu Picchu
  • Pacaymayo
  • Phuyupatamarca
  • Wiñayhuayna
  • Winayhuayna

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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