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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

The 3 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is the most legendary and by far the most well-known hike in Peru. If you’re moderately healthy, this Inca trail involves 3 day hike to Machu Picchu with your professional guide, chef and porters. After a night in Cusco, you’ll begin on the 82 km path along the old Inca trade route that winds its way up through the Andes to the out-of-the-way, and practically out of reach, Machu Picchu. Hiking for three days continuous and traversing across the highest pass at 4200m, the Inca Trail is not for the weak, but it’s definitely an experience that you won't forget and a real climax of your Peru trek. The landscapes across the peaks of the Andes are amazingly dazzling and it's hard to explain the blissfulness you'll get when you finish your three day hike.

It's the most notable Peru Treks – even the world – and a life-altering adventure. Trekking the 3 day Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is both difficult and magnificent. three days of being chilly, aching and exhausted dissappear as the film ascends to show the rich green summits and terraced relics of the occult very old city.


Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa

Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Wiñaywayna

Day 03: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • 3days hiking with a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters,
  • Walking in the best Inca Trail route with many varieties of flora and fauna
  • Visit of Incan monuments inaccessible by road,
  • Visit Wiñaywayna and Phuyupatamarca ruins
  • See the sunrise of the Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour on the trail
  • Discover the amazing hike of the world
Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and extra Porters for your personal belonging. 

Accomodation: 2x campsite.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 2x afternoon tea

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).

Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment!

Group Available: Min: 2 - Max: 8  


Highlights by Archaeological Sites 

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel 
  • Visit Wiñaywayna ruins 
  • Walk among the cloud forest 
  • Beautiful views from vegetation, animals and mountains 

Best moment from the Trek 

  • A guided tour of Machu Picchu and on the road

Interesting Information:

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho- Wayllabamba – Llullucha pampa

This route was first examined by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and was opened for hikers in 1970. The legendary ruins of Machu Picchu are not the only historical remaining parts within the region, many other fascinating sites are in places that are only accessible on foot and have barely been explored.Early in the morning you will start out to Piskacuchu, an area situated on the 82nd km waymarker (51mile) of the Cusco (2,680 meters from sea level) – Machu Picchu railroad- the beginning of the Inca Trail. After a briefing you will cross a bridge and walk together with the bank of the Urubamba River as it streams north-west with the Sacred Valley along a horizontal landscape, then turning right and moving up abruptly from the river. After passing through a small village, the relics of the Inca hillfort Huillca Raccay appear high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca (happy bridge). When the Incas conquered this area they constructed a fort here as the site commands a wonderful vista across the Urubamba Valley and guarded the entrance to the Cusichaca Vally. You will also visit the very large Llactapata. You will have lunch in Chamana and then carry on along the river observing various Incan agricultural stepped terraces and irrigation channels until reaching the attractive village of Wayllabamba. After that in the afternoon you reach the village of Llullucha Pampa, the location of your first campsite (3,850m). You will have dinner and a rest.

 

Estimated trekking time:  8  hours
Trekking distance: 15  Km
Max. elevation: 3, 850  m
Min. elevation: 2, 750  m
Difficulty: Almost challenging

Day 2: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha - Wiñay Wayna

The second day is the hardest but one of the most fascinating days, you reach 4,200 m, traversing the first and highest Warmiwañusqa Pass and later the second pass at 3,800 meters above sea level but also get to see more exciting sites, like Runquracay, the site is fenced with alcoves that might have been little resting locations, guard posts or ceremonial places, If feeling the effects of the altitude when crossing the first high pass its best to not stop or descend quickly to the valley of the Pakaymayu River, where you have lunch. Then you continue hiking through the valley to the Inca ruins of Runkuraqay and then climb up over the second pass – Abra Runkuraqay. After that you descend down to Yanacocha (The Black Lagoon) and then trek up a trail with stone steps to arrive at another cluster of distinct buildings. This location is called Sayaqmarka, a pre-Hispanic site with slender streets and buildings that stand at different levels; sanctuaries, patios, canals and an outside protective wall. From the top of the arch end, you can see various buildings that look like they once were temples and an astronomic watchtower with constant water supply and superior food storage. 
Sayaqmarka is a location brimming with enigma and enchantment; the rough distance from Runkuraqay is about 5km. It takes about 2 hours. This site covers over 3,600 meters above sea level. There’s a wonderful trail and a tunnel traversing across the site. We walk past beautiful subtropical vegetation and great archaeological sites. We get over the Phuyupatamarca Pass and just behind it are the Phuyupatamarca ruins which are better preserved than the ones we have seen up to now. A few km’s down a steep descent and via a cloud forest takes us to the last campsite at Wiñay Wayna Visitor’s center where you can purchase food and drink and use the restrooms.


Estimated trekking time:  8  hours
Trekking distance: 15  Km
Max. elevation: 4, 200  m
Min. elevation: 3, 600  m
Difficulty:  Challenging

Day 3: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu

The third day begins at 3 am when we hike the last 4km to Machu Picchu. Pursue the path indicated which is plainly marked by the signposts (and be careful not to wander too near to the edge of the cliff). Cherish your time at the most valuable masterpiece of the continent. You have plenty of time to enjoy your visit to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco.
If you go straight from the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), its only 2km from Puente Ruinas station to Machu Picchu. It takes about 20 minutes to go down a narrow path which runs side-by-side to the rail line.

Included

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (2 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 2x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment and and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Inca Trail;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town,
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit Wiñaywayna ruins
  • Walk among the cloud forest
  • Beautiful views from vegetation, animals and mountains

Best moment from the Trek

  • A guided tour of Machu Picchu and on the road

Encampment Equipment

 

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

Here is everything you need to know about 3 days trail to Machu Picchu.

Where is located Machu Picchu?
"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

Altitudes in Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour
During Cheap Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Piskacuchu" at 2,680 m.a.s.l.
  • "Llullucha Pampa" at 3,850 m.a.s.l.
  • "Warmiwañusqa Pass" at 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Runkqurakay" at 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wiñnahuayna" at 2,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour and how many hours do we walk per day?
  • Piskacuchu to Llullucha Pampa: 15 km (Trekking Time: 8 hours)
  • Llullucha Pampa to Wiñay Wayna: 15 km (Trekking Time: 8 hours)
What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour?
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 

Is it possible to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour on my own?
If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.
Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
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