What To Expect
Enjoy a scenic 3-hours journey in a comfortable bus from Cusco to the beautiful Sacred Valley after an early pick up at your hotel in Cusco.
Meet the team of Peruvian porters and cooks and start hiking the legendary Inca Trail.
We follow the course of the Vilcanota River to the Inca ruins of Llactapata. This site was discovered by famous Hiram Bingham in 1912, just after great Machu Picchu. Gaze at one of the highest snowcapped mountains of the Sacred Valley, the Veronica. Then enter the Kusichaca valley and head to the small indigeneous village of Huayllabamba where we spend our first camping night.
We start our second Inca Trail hike day at around 08:00 after breakfast and climb through lush vegetation full of moss and bromelias to Llulluchapampa (3800m). We continue through the highlands and its parse vegetation. Your knowledgeable guide will point out the ichu grass that Peruvians use to feed their llamas. Hike to the mountain pass of of Warmihuanusca (4200m), the highest point of the Inca Trail. Enjoy the views and continue to Pacaymayo campsite (3550m).
Walk the Inca Trail to Runkuracay Pass (3.630m) and visit the archaeological Inca site of Runkuracay, which means the Egg Hut. Marvel at views on Pacamayo valley and Warmiwanusca pass.
Then, discover the stunning Sayacmarka Inca ruins as you head downhill off the main track. This fortress is built on a on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the cloud forest. Views on Cusco are amazing and the ruins are spectacular.
Continue along the forest and the paved Inca Trail to reach the beautiful archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka (3680m). Also known as The City Above the Clouds, this Inca site is made of agricultural terraces, fountains and a series of ceremonial connected by water channels.
The Inca Trail goes down to Winayhuayna impressive ruins built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. Observe the breathtaking landscapes, the beautiful terraces and fountains before arriving to the campsite.
Walk the last kilometers of the Inca Trail early in the morning and head to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate ruins. From there, discover the wonderful Machu Picchu lost city of the Incas and watch the beautiful sunset over the ruins. Inti Punku is one of the most important Inca site connected to the Machu Picchu and was dedicated to the cult of Inti, the Sun God.
Explore Machu Picchu citadel, the jewel of the Inca Culture discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Visit its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas with your guide. Feel the energy of this spiritual center.
Continue the exploration of this magical place at your own pace.
Then, take the bus to go down to Aguas Calientes and walk the pretty streets of Machu Picchu Village.
Take the 16:35 Expedition train to Poroy train station in Cusco. Enjoy the journey in the comfortable sits and cars completely surrounded by panoramic windows to be able to appreciate in full the beauty of the natural landscape.
You'll be dropped off at your hotel in Cusco at around 21:30.
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the starting point of the Inca Trail in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Entrance fee to the Inca Trail
5 to 6 hours guided hikes on Day 1, 2 and 3
Breakfast on Day 2, 3 and 4
Daily water refill of your flask
Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3 (soup, main course, water, tea)
Dinner on Day 1, 2 and 3 (soup, main course, water, tea)
3 nights accommodation in tents for two
Guided visits of many Inca ruins along the Inca Trail
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
2-hours guided visit of Machu Picchu
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Exploration train ticket from Aguas Calientes train station to Cusco train station
Private transfer from Cusco train station to your hotel in Cusco
Bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide during the whole itinerary
Camping mat and sleeping bag
Tips and gratuities
The following information is required at time of booking
Complete name as on passport
Date Of Birth
Good physical condition required. Difficulty of the hike is moderate. Minimum age: 8.
Porters will carry 1 backpack per person (no suitcases) of 15Kg maximum
Campsites along the Inca Trail are basic.
We recommend you to bring: a small backpack for your personal items, camping mat and sleeping bag, good walking shoes, a cap or hat, sunglasses, gore-tex jacket, light hiking clothing (pants and shorts), warm clothes at night, first aid kit, repellent, sunblock, 1L flask, torch...
Pick up time on Day 1 is between 05:00 and 05:30. The hikes on Day 2 and 3 start a 08:00 approximately. The hike on Day 4 starts at 05:00 approximately. Starting times are subject to change according to weather conditions and physical condition of the group.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.