The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful trails in America and also it gives you an unforgettable experience not to be missed. The Inca trail leads through the protected wild nature of the Peruvian jungle and forest steppe, passes several archeological Inca sights and offers impressive views.
The Incas used this itinerary for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel Machu Picchu.
1st Day: Cusco - Km 82 – Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa
We will leave Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 5:30 am by a tourist bus heading to the Sacred Valley . Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for breakfast (optional). The official beginning of the Inka Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m). The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), where we will spend the night. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
2nd Day: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca pass - Pacaymayu - Runkurakay pass - Chaquicocha
Early in the morning we will start the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
3rd Day: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna
The third day is the most beautiful one. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m). The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca/"Town above the clouds" (3600m/11811f). We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna/"Forever young" (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site.
4th Day: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head - equipped with our flashlights - to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00 am. You will have a guided tour through the ruins of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours and then free time to explore the citadel. A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. From where we will have our train to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to Cusco.