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.
CLASSICAL INCA TRAIL
- Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Minimum height: 2800 M
- Maximum height: 3030 M
DAY 1 ° CUSCO – KM 82 – HUAYLLABAMBA
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your respective hotels and with our mobility we will take you along the route of the Sacred Valley passing through Ollantaytambo until you reach km 82, we will arrive at approximately 11:00 am from this point we will start the trek. The first day will be beautiful and the walk will be calmer and we will observe beautiful visits of the “Veronica” snow and we will also walk through the Vilcanota until we reach the archaeological complex of LLAQTAPATA, we will settle down and then taste our first lunch, then continue until we reach our camp WAYLLABAMBA at this point we will spend the night after a refreshing dinner.
DAY 2 WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWUAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO
- Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Maximum height: 4200 M
- Minimum height: 3600 M
After our breakfast we start the trek more difficult but not impossible, we will walk to the highest point of the Inca Trail where they will have incredible views of the area and will be able to see the different types of microclimate after 3 hours of walking we will pass through the open WARMIWAÑUSCA (4200 m), in this mountain you will have a great satisfaction for having reached the top of the Inca Trail, after this enormous experience we will have lunch and then continue to the sector called PACAYMAYO where we will camp and enjoy an appetizing dinner.
DAY 3 PACAYMAYO – PUYA PATAMARKA – WIÑAY HUAYNA
- Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Maximum height: 3850 M
- Minimum height: 2700 M
After a repairing breakfast we will continue the ascent until we reach the second most important step RUNKURACAY (3850 M), in this archaeological center we will have a detailed information by our guide and the importance that should have been his moment and then we will visit SAYACMARKA another archaeological park of much importance, we will continue with our walk with some beautiful visits of the way and we will arrive at another archaeological park called PUYUPATAMARCA, and after some pleasant visits we will rest to take our lunch. After a short rest we will continue walking until we reach our last camp WIÑAYHUAYNA, at this point our guide will give us detailed information of this impressive archaeological park, after a dazzling walk we will spend the last night in our camp having dinner and a beautiful night. wait MACHUPICCHU.
DAY 4 WIÑAY HUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
- Food: breakfast.
- Maximum height: 2500 M
- Minimum height: 2400 M
After breakfast we will walk for an hour in a tropical climate of high forest until we reach MACHUPICCHU but before we will pass through the “INTI PUNKU” (door of the sun) also known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, to be able to appreciate the sunrise , from this point we will have beautiful panoramic visits of the citadel of Machu Picchu after this experience we will visit for 3 hours with our guide all the surroundings as places, sacred sources, temples, urban areas and agricultural areas etc. And at the end of our guided tour you will have free time for a walk on your own, for the previously coordinated return we will meet at the exit gate of Machu Picchu to take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes and at night train return to the Ollantaytambo station and tourist transport back to the Cusco end of our service.
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)