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Cusco: Machu Picchu Inca Trail 4-Day Trek
Hike the Inca trail network throughout the Andes mountains to reach the historic city of Machu Picchu. Explore mountain towns and connect with nature sleeping in the great outdoors.
- Trek the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu
- Take in sunrises, sunsets, and spectacular mountain views
- Savour typical Peruvian meals prepared by the chef and porter
- Sleep in the great outdoors at 3 different campsites
- Walk through the Sun Gate and take in views of Machu Picchu
DescriptionTake on one of the most spectacular sections of the vast Inca trail network on a 4-day trek over 45 kilometer (28 miles) of mountain trails. The adventure ends at the famous Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco to WayllabambaThe journey begins with hotel pickup in Cusco. Make a quick stop in Ollantaytambo to buy any last-minute supplies before heading to Kilometer 82, the official starting point of the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu. Hike for 3 hours through farmland along the Urubamba river to reach the Llactapata archeological site where lunch will be served by the chef and porter. After lunch, hike another 3 hours to reach the campsite in Wayllabamba where you will have dinner and enjoy the mountain scenery. Accommodation: Wayllabamba Maximum altitude: 3,000 m (9,850 ft) Temperature during day: 10ºC - 23ºC (50ºF - 74ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 12 km (7.5 mi) Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo The day starts with breakfast at camp followed by an uphill climb of approximately 7 km (4.3 mi). This is considered the hardest part of the trail, but the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys at the end make it worth the climb. After enjoying the vistas, hike 3 km (2 mi) downhill to the second campsite where the porter will be waiting with lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the mountain scenery. Accommodation: Pacamayo Maximum altitude: 4,200 m (13,779 ft) Temperature during day: 3ºC - 20ºC (37ºF - 68ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 10 km (6.2 mi) Day 3: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna Start the day with remarkable views from the Inca lookout of Runcurakay. Learn the historic significance of this site while admiring the mountain passes below. Next, descend 1.5 hours of stairs to Sayacmarca, perched high on the ridge. Lunch will be near the archeological site of Puyupatamarca, known as the 'City Above the Clouds.' Keep descending into a rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. The day ends in Wiñayhuayna, the Quechua term for 'forever young.' Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco The adventure ends with a 2-hour hike to the Machu Picchu archeological site. Upon arrival, pass through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and marvel at the panoramic views of Machu Picchu. After a guided tour and some time to snap some pictures, travel 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo by train and then 1.5 hours to Cusco by bus (both tickets available as add-ons). Maximum altitude: 2,900 m (9,514 ft) Temperature during day: 10ºC - 27ºC (50ºF - 80ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 6 km (3.7 mi)
IncludesPre-departure briefing in Cusco Bilingual tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people) Hotel pickup and drop-off Transfers to and from the start of the trail Camping tent Air mat 3 breakfasts, 3 snacks, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners Hot drinks and happy hour before dinner Boiled water for drinking Vegetarian/special diet options available Porters to carry all the equipment, tents, food, and cooking gear Permits and entrance fees for the porters and cooks First-aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Due to entry restrictions, to ensure a spot on the trek it's recommended to book at least 6 weeks in advance The Ministry of Culture of Peru is in charge of issuing permits for the Inca Trail. Please make sure your passport will be valid for the dates of the trek, as once your permit is issued it's not possible to change the dates of the trek or the name or passport number on the permit The local partner cannot be held responsible for weather conditions during the trek Please note that porters only carry camping equipment and food