- The Inca trail is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world!
The Machu Picchu Inca Trail is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Incan road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from south Colombia throughout Peru, Bolivia, northern and central Chile and to the northwest part of Argentina! The Inca Trail Tours starts in a typical Andean region and finishes in a jungle region going through cloud forests, Incan tunnels, bridges and snow on the way. Undertaking this trek is an opportunity to go back in time and live with the Incas for 4 indescribable days. Remember, the Inca Trail is not only for your feet but also for your mind!
Pick you up from the Regocijo Plaza at 4-4:30am and travel by bus to Piskacucho where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at kilometer 82.
The first day is relatively easy and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata or 'Patallacta', the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' known in books as Veronica.
Our first campsite (Ayapata)
After waking up at 5:30am (or 5:00 depending on your guide) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' . On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu.
On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located
After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass , we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the nights
His is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail . The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!
The Incan site of 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and have arrive to camp by lunch time!
A short distance from this campsite is located the Incan site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young').Day 4:
Machu Picchu in its Glory!
We leave the last campsite at about 5:00am on the final day (breakfast is around 4:30-5:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') ,we visit Machu Picchu itself!
A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.You can also climb Huayna Picchu It takes 45 minutes to reach the top, this walk is optional.You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes