Tourists from all over the world arrive in Peru attracted by the great adventure of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Adventurers and Travelers who come to explore and experience a hike in the Peruvian Andes traveling the same original Inca trail, enjoying the fantastic nature, the beauty of the landscape and the archaeological sites of the Incas. It is the most important and famous trekking with the highest demand in South America.

Inka Trail Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco- piscacucho(km 82) - Wayllabamba - Patallacta (12 km 6 hrs).

  • 06:00 – 08:00 Pick up from your hotel and travel by bus from Cusco to km. 82.
  • Start of the Inca Trail – km 82 – Wayllabamba, Patallacta (archeological site).
  • Camping night.

We will start the tour with the pick up from your hotel around 6 a.m. to go to Ollantaytambo, where we will stop for breakfast (not included). Then, we will return to our vehicle to go to Piscacucho, better known as km 82, from where the trekking begins. After the last preparations and organization, we will start walking to go through the first checkpoint, to show the entrance ticket and our identifications. We will cross the Vilcanota River, following a relatively easy route, since we are at low altitude.

We will begin to see part of the landscape and the first ruins of the route. We will have a great panoramic view of the Quechua fortress of Huilca Raccay, the ruins of Llactapata, the Urubamba mountain range and Verónica mountain, 5860 m high. After 6 hours of walking, depending on the rhythm of the group, we will arrive at our first camp near Wayllabamba villa, to have dinner and rest in our tents the first night.

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo (16 km. 8 hrs).

  • Total Walking Time 8 hrs (16 km.) – Initial Altitude 3,000 m.
  • Overnight at the camp in Pacaymayo (Altitude: 2,650 m)

This day, very early in the morning we will enjoy a delicious coca tea and then we will have our breakfast.

We start with the walk that lasts about 5 hours until we reach the top of the mountain called Warmihuañusca 4200 m.s.n.m. (step of the dead woman). From there you will have an impressive panoramic view of the Andes Mountains and its surroundings. After a break from the journey considered the most difficult, we will continue with the descent for approximately one hour until we reach our lunch area.

Then, we will continue the tour until we reach Pacaymayo, where we will have the rest of the day to relax, have dinner and spend the night in the camping tents.

Day 3: Pacaymayo - puyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna (16 km. 8 hrs).

  • Total Walking Time 8 hrs (16 km.) – Initial Altitude 3,800 m – Final 2,650 m

We will get up to have breakfast and then we will start the trek of the day to visit the archaeological site of Puyupatamarca, at 3680 m altitude. It should be noted that as we move forward we will have privileged views of the mountains and canyons that surround the area. Also, we can see Intipata, agricultural site with very well maintained terraces.

After 5 hours of walking, we will arrive at our next camp, Wiñay Wayna, at 2680 m altitude, just at lunch time. During the afternoon, we can walk a few meters to the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, impressive ruins where we can walk and take pictures. Then, we will return to the camp for dinner and rest.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco (5 km, 2 hours).

  • Total Walking Time 2 hrs (5 km) – Initial Altitude 2,650 m – Final 2,400 m.
  • Travel by train back to Ollantaytambo, travel by private transport to your hotel in Cusco.

After breakfast, we will leave the camp very early in the morning to start the walk that will take us to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The journey is relatively short compared to what we had been doing the previous days, but we must consider that the idea is to reach the Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol (2650 m altitude) before dawn, in order to see the first rays of the sun over Machu Picchu.

After this experience, we will continue the last section to reach the citadel itself, where we will take a guided tour of approximately 2 hours in which we will know more about the history of this archaeological site. Then, we will have time to tour our own and take pictures in the places that most caught our attention. If you included the climb to a mountain, Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu, within your ticket, you must coordinate with your guide so that he gives you the last indications before doing that activity and make the most of the time during your corresponding turn.

Once our turn is over, we will go to Aguas Calientes, where we will meet again with our guide during lunch, so that he can deliver our train tickets. Those who decide to stay in Aguas Calientes at night (not included), can take advantage of the hot springs and be more rested before returning to Cusco, while the rest of the group will only have free time until it is time to appear at the train station , half an hour before departure to return to Ollantaytambo. There, there will be a vehicle to transport us to the center of Cusco.

The Inca trail package 4 days / 3 nights includes:

The Inca trail package 4 days / 3 nights Does not include:

  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Lunch or dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping bag (US $ 35 per person).
  • Inflatable insulation (US $ 25 per person).
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Extra baggage carrier (US $ 70 per person per 7 kg or US $ 140 per person per 14 kg).
  • Health insurance.
  • Tips (optional).

What to bring (Recommendations):

  • Backpack of maximum 40 liters to carry only what is necessary, since you will have to load it during the whole journey.
  • Waterproof backpack cover.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking poles (recommended).
  • First layer (synthetic shirts and pants).
  • Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Waterproof clothing (jacket and pants, or rain coat).
  • Synthetic underwear.
  • Towel.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Flip flops.
  • Cap and gloves for the cold.
  • Cap for the sun.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Headlamp.
  • Extreme battery.
  • Water (1 liter for the first morning).
  • Snacks.
  • At least S /. 200 for expenses not included in the trekking.