On our Inca Trail Tours you will experience the most famous hike in all South America, the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. Thousands of people walk the Inca Trail trek every year. Although the total distance is only about 24 miles, the ancient classic Inca Trail was laid down by the Incas and travels from Cusco through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. On our Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour you will wind up and down and around the mountains, snaking over three high Andean passes. This Machu Picchu trek has become known as the Inca Trail.
Our Inca trail 4 days is one of the world´s most fascinating trekking routes. Trekking to Machu Picchu here in Peru it sought after and recommended by lovers of trekking and adventure travelers. This Peru Machu Picchu hike route is very, very spectacular. The Machu Picchu trekking tour is found between the city of Cusco and the Citadel of Machu Picchu in southern Peru.
Along the trek Machu Picchu the hiker can appreciate a great level of biodiversity. If you are lucky on your holiday you will see orchids, foxes, cocks-of -the-rock, spectacled bears, deer, and other wildlife. This best Inca Trail tour passes through several distinct biological zones which change constantly as you advance along the Trail. There are impressive Incan constructions along the way, such as Wiñaywayna and Phuyupatamarca. These sites perfectly capture the eternal spirit of the Trail. And then there is the final destination, Machu Picchu. Travel along the Inca Trail accompanied by our carefully selected team of professional guides from Travel 1 Tours. Experience the magic and share it with your family and friends when you return at home.
Huayna Picchu Mountain: Huayna Picchu is the mountain pictured on the postcards of Machu Picchu. It is a 3 hour hike. Going back down is quite steep. This climb could be done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $ 90.00 USD. Arrangements need to be made at least three months in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
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We recommend that you let us know in advance about any special needs that you might have. Before taking the Machu Picchu trek, you should acclimatize yourself in Cusco for a couple days. You should be healthy when you begin the Inca Trail tours. We can offer to take you on a warm up tour of 1 day or of half a day before you begin the Classic Inca Trail.
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To begin your Inca Trail adventure, we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:30 am. and set out for Km 81. When you arrive there you will have a great breakfast and listen to some last minute tips from your guide. You will also be introduced to your team members who will be travelling with you throughout the 4 days that you will be hiking on the Inca Trail. Then we will head out and start walking up the Trail until we arrive at the Patallacta Archeological Site. This first leg of our journey will be pretty easy, and should only take us 2 hours.
From Patallacta we will continue on for 2 more hours and then stop for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will hike for another 2 hours or a little longer until we reach our first campsite at Ayapata (elevation: 3300 masl.). We should arrive at camp around 5 pm. Our team will have camp all set up, and they will welcome you with refreshing drinks and snacks. Finally you can rest up until your dinner is served. Then you can get a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, before breakfast, our team will serve you a cup of hot coca tea or another hot drink. This will help you get ready for the day’s hike. As the sun comes up, you will eat a good breakfast. Today’s hike will be the most challenging, so we will have to get an early start. First we will head uphill for 4 hours until we reach the highest point on our trek, Warmiwañusca (elevation: 4.215 meters.) Then we will descend into the Pacaymayu Valley where we will eat lunch. There will be all sorts of interesting flora and fauna to see along the way.
After lunch we will walk up to Runcuraccay. We will continue on to Sayacmarca where we will take a break to observe the magnificent sunset over the Andes. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at our second campsite at Chaquicocha. Our chef will cook a great dinner, and you can have an intercultural exchange with our team members. Then it will be time to rest up and get good night’s sleep under the stars.
In the morning breakfast will be served to you by our team. You can relax and enjoy your breakfast in these peaceful mountains. On this 3rd day we will see some very spectacular sights. First we will head uphill for a couple of hours until we reach Phuyupatamarca (3.680 masl.) From there we will look out and see an incredible view over the whole Vilcabamba Mountain Range. We will also be able to peer out over the Urubamba River and catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
After lunch we will keep on hiking until we reach the Wiñay Huayna Archeological Center. At both Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Huayna we will have a guided tour. In the evening our chef will cook up a spectacular dinner. After dinner there will be a short ceremony during which we will say goodbye to our team of cooks and our porters. They will be leaving for Aguas Calientes and on to Cusco very early the following morning. Then it will be time to go to sleep.
The day we have been waiting for has arrived. This will be the long awaited day when we visit the Incan jewel, Machu Picchu. We will wake up and have breakfast very early. Then we will hike along the last leg of the Inca Trail. After an hour and a half we will reach the Gateway of the Sun, Inti Punku. From here we can look down into the magnificent Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and watch the sun-rise over the ruins. It is a 40 minute walk from here down into the Incan citadel itself.
At Machu Picchu we will have a 3 hour guided tour. Then there will be free time to explore on your own, and to take some fantastic photos. Later we will ride the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we will have lunch. After lunch we can catch the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From there we will ride in our private van back to Cusco. In Cusco we will drop you off at your hotel where you can rest up after your 4 exciting days of trekking the Inca Trail tours.
OMG! That is a journey that I will never forget. It wasn´t all easy but it was well worth it. The porters and the Travel 1 team were great. Very beautiful!