Inca Trail Classic Tour: Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most important example of the extraordinary Inca civilization. In order for the pilgrims and authorized officials of the Empire to accede to the citadel, it was necessary to cross the Camino Real through the rugged Andean geography. Today, this road is known as the Inca Trail.
Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and unforgettable views, this road covered more than 23,000 kilometers, integrating the Tahuantinsuyo empire, which covered southern Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, reaching the center of Chile and northern Argentina.
At present, you can make this unforgettable trip through valleys, rivers, tunnels and bridges, in one of the 6 existing routes (up to 39 kilometers). For this you must contact us G.T.P expeditions SAC tours and reserve your quota in advance.
To carry out this map you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter! The most important factor is acclimatization to height. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200 m, so we suggest you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before trying to walk along the trail. During this time you can explore the wonderful city that is a world heritage site. We can offer you many other short tours, which would be ideal for exploring in and around the city for a day or two.
Day 1 : Cusco (3,350m) – Km82 (2,800m) – Wayllabamba (3,000m)
Early morning rise. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the start of the trail takes 2 hours taking you through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where we stop to take a break and have a look at the typical local market and where you can buy your last provisions for the trip if you forgot to in Cusco. We continue for another hour and arrive at Km82, the start of the trail. We have breakfast whilst enjoying the view of Veronica Snow Mountain (5,720m). We then commence walking for about 3 hours, whereafter we take lunch close to Llactapata Ruins and then continue our trek through lush farmland and woodlands to our first camp at Wayllabamba.
Day 2 : Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m)
After breakfast, we begin to walk the toughest part of the trail. After 3 hours walking we finally reach the highest point in the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or more commonly known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the area. After lunch we continue walking down to Pacaymayo where we set up camp and have a nutritious dinner.
Day 3 : Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)
After breakfast we start the ascent towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 4,000m. There will be a guided tour at the Inca Ruins of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. We continue trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break we continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), a beautiful Inca construction, and receive a guided tour. We camp near to the ruins and have well deserved nutritious dinner.
Day 4 : Wiñay Huayna – Machupicchu (2,500m) – Cusco
A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machupicchu. We walk for about an hour through the forest before arriving at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where we will have our first inspiring view of Machupicchu. We admire the view before setting off for the short walk into the ruins. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. We drive by bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred back to your hotel. TRAINS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY! BOOK EARLY TO GET THE BEST TRAIN SCHEDULES!
NOTE: IF YOU WISH TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE CAN ARRANGE YOUR HOTEL AND RETURN TRAIN FOR THE REQUIRED DATES.
What is Included
- Private Transportation solely for Pachamama Explorers passengers to start of Inca Trail
- Professional English speaking Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
- Pre-Briefing at your hotel/our office
- Duffles to put your luggage into including plastic bag to keep your gear dry during rainy season
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian options available)
- Water from lunch-time on the 1st Day onwards
- Entrance fee onto Inca Trail and into Machupicchu Sanctuary
- Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Spacious tents
- Sleeping mats
- Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent
- Tables and chairs for the group
- Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Porters to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
- Backpacker train ticket back to Cusco
- Transfer from train station to hotel
What is not Included
- Sleeping Bag – can be hired from our agency
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
- Personal Porters to carry luggage:
- Half Porter = $50 to carry 7kg
- Full Porter = $100 to carry $14kg (can be split between 2 persons)
What precautions should I take if I am walking to Machu Picchu?
If you plan to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the main recommendation is to make the reservation of your minimum trip with 4 months in advance, because it is the minimum time of the permits.
Make sure you go with a trained guide with the guarantee of a specialized agency.
- Original passport to register on the Inca Trail and trains
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the walk
- Jacket for rain or poncho (plastic ponchos can be bought in Cusco)
- Sturdy shoes, ideal for trekking or sneakers
- Warm clothing, including jacket, wool and sweaters
- Sleeping bag
- Wet wipes for cooling
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect against sun, rain or cold
- Sun block / Insect repellent / toilet paper
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
- Bottle of water and cleansing tablets (for example Micropur)
- Small towel and thermal bathing suit
- personal medical kit (although we have our own first aid kit)