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Original Inka Trail

Original Inka Trail

Summary of the program

Day 1: Cuzco – Pisqaycucho – Huayllabamba

Day 2: Huayllabamba – Abra Warmi Wañusqa – Pacaymayo

Day 3: Paqaymayo – Abra Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarka

Day 4: Phuyupatamarka – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Fauna in the area

Fauna in the area

Difficulty

It is important to remember that this trek is classified as moderate to challenging, and so it is necessary to be in good physical condition, as well as having two days to acclimatise in the city of Cuzco

Passing the control point

Passing the control point

Fixed Departure Dates

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  • Todo el año excepto febrero
  • Sujeto a disponibilidad
Inka Trail

Inka Trail

Amazing landscape

Amazing landscape

Trail to Machu Picchu

Trail to Machu Picchu

Lagoon on the way

Lagoon on the way

Flora in the area

Flora in the area

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Inka Trail to Machu Picchu - complete 5d/4n

The Inka Trail to the sacred city of Machu Picchu will take us on a journey through Inka history, with the geography and environment providing a spectacular backdrop to this exceptional trek.

The ingenuity of the Andean people is demonstrated by each step carved out of the granite rock following the steep geography of the Andes mountains in the Peruvian south-east. Surrounded by Apus or guardian mountains, the Inka Pachakuteq built this magnificent Inka city, which was forgotten upon the arrival of the Spanish, until it was rediscovered by the explorer Hiram Bingham at the beginning of the last century.

Today, 100 years after the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, we will follow the Inka Trail to one of the most important cities of the fantastic Inka kingdom.

Program itinerary

Day 1: Cuzco – Pisqaycucho – Huayllabamba

We leave the city of Cuzco early heading into the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. We will stop in the town of Ollantaytambo to do some last minute shopping, and then continue on to Piscacucho or Km 82 of the railroad to Machu Picchu, where we will register with the SHMP authorities. We will then begin our trek along this beautiful path through the mountains of Cuzco towards the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
Our path will follow the flow of the Wilka Mayo River, also known as the Urubamba or Sacred River of the Inkas. Then we will head uphill into the mountains to find the archaeological site of Llaqtapata, in a magnificent Inka location. We keep following the Inka trail, appreciating the local flora we see along the way. We will stop in Tarayoq (2670 masl / 8761 ft), to enjoy our lunch and to have a short rest.
We will resume our walk along a path skirting the mountains through a sculpted geography of granite rock. Finally we arrive at our campsite in Huallabamba, where we will enjoy our dinner and spend the night.

Meals: lunch and dinner

2954 masl / 9694 ft

2670 masl / 8761 ft

10.89 km / 6.77 ml

5 hours

Day 2: Huayllabamba – Abra Warmi Wañusqa – Pacaymayo

After a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast, we begin our walk along the Inka Trail. We will pass the highest point on the walk today, the mountain pass known as Warmi Wañuska where we will feel closer to the Andean sky.
We will begin our descent along this magnificent stone path to arrive at the campsite of Pacaymayo. Here we will have dinner and spend the night.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

4226 masl / 13866 ft

2954 masl / 9694 ft

7.10 km / 4.40 ml

5.30 hours

Day 3: Paqaymayo – Abra Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarka

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we begin our walk towards the archaeological site of Runkurakay, nestled among steep peaks.
Continuing our walk uphill we reach the pass of Runkarakay, the last high altitude challenge on our trek to Machu Picchu. We enjoy the ecological level known as Puna along this section of the trail, where the high altitude grass known as Ichu dominates the landscape and surrounds small Andean lakes.
On this trail we also find the archaeological sites of Sayaqmarka and Conchapata.
When we arrive at the campsite of Phuyupatamarka, we will enjoy our lunch, and then have a rest. After resting we can visit the Phuyupatamarka lookout (just 5 minutes from the campsite) and enjoy the sunset amid imposing snow-capped peaks. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

3974 masl / 13039 ft

3627 masl / 11900 ft

6.22 km / 3.87 ml

6 hours

Day 4: Phuyupatamarka – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

We will leave after breakfast to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka which has a view of the back of the Machu Picchu mountain.
Continuing along this incredible Inka trail, we find ourselves surrounded by native vegetation from the high jungle of the Eastern Andes of Peru. Our path takes us the site of Wiñay Wayna, now we are getting close to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
A short descent along the trail takes us to the Inti Punku and our magnificent first glimpse of the legendary lost city of the Inkas. We will cross Machu Picchu to take our transport down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where after checking into our hotels, we will have a well-earned rest.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

3688 masl / 12100 ft

2088 masl / 6850 ft

7.29 km / 4.53 ml (to Inti Punku)

4:30 hours

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we take the bus up to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu to begin our tour of this important historical sanctuary.
The geographical location of this important site is impressive. Located in the cloud forest ecological level, we can appreciate the skill developed by the Inkas to dominate this difficult environment.
Here we can see the most important site developed by the Inkas, finding observatories, temples, water fountains and sun dials, the fine Stone-work standing out in a wide variety of architectonic styles.
After our tour we will have lunch and then return to Cuzco. We will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy, where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cuzco.

Meals: lunch

2400 masl / 7873 ft

2088 masl / 6850 ft

7.29 km / 4.53 ml

4 hours

2017 - 2018 Prices - In American Dollars

Private Service - Price per Person

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Services included

  • Tourist transportation Cusco - Km 82
  • English – Spanish speaking guide for 4 days
  • Guided assistance (up to 9 passengers)
  • Sleeping bag per person (-10 ºC – Summit – Doite) our sleeping bags are cleaned after every use
  • Sleeping liner - available in private service
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest)
  • Cook and assistance
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables (Travel Chair)
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom (The Pett) tents
  • Portable environmental toilet (The Pett)
  • Food service in the campsites (4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu
  • Lunch on the 5th day in Machu Picchu
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Personal trekking food – nutritionally balanced menu
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles - National Geographic – Tacoma III)
  • Single tents available for extra cost (USD$ 15.00 per night)
  • Porter Service. As detailed in the table authorized by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and up to 6 kg (13 pounds) per passenger including sleeping bag (2 kg – 440 pounds)
  • Inca Trail entrance fee, valid for 4 days
  • Inca Trail entrance fee for porters
  • Visit to Machu Picchu on the 5th day
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters
  • Down bus ticket for passenger – 4th day
  • Down bus ticket for guide – 4th day
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu - 5th day - passengers
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu - 5th day - guide
  • Return train ticket to Poroy - Expedition/ Transportation from Poroy train station to Cusco
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • One Pachatusantrek kit of 100% biodegradable products (toiletries)
  • The loan of a waterproof Pachatusantrek bag to carry personal belongings
  • Pre trek informative briefing
  • Insurance policy for our porters

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs
  • Evacuation costs
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medications
  • Walking sticks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Camara with enough batteries
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 2 days and general good health. Pachatusantrek offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek
  • DNI / Original Passport

Please note

  • The data taken on the route is geo referenced with GPS. Later measurements may be different from the information presented here
  • Total distance covered : 31.50 km / 19.57 ml
  • The walking time calculated here is for reference and varies depending on the physical condition of the participants. These timings take into consideration stops to take photographs, rest and rehydrate.

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Important Environmental Note

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”

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