Along the hike you will have the opportunity to explore a number of breathtaking archaeological sites and farming terraces, which were left behind by the Inca Empire; finishing the trek in Machu Picchu – one of the most majestic and spectacular places on earth.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82– LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 8hrs)
Day 2: Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Runcuraccay – Chaquicocha (16km, 10 hrs)
Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna (10km, 6hrs)
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco (6km, 2 hrs)
DAY 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – AYAPATA
We will pick you up from your hotel between 4:00am (depending on your location) and drive you to KM. 82. After a delicious breakfast we will start your Inca Trexperience! The first part it’s a relatively easy two-hour walk to Patallacta; the first Inca site along the trail. It’s then another two-hour walk to Hatunchaca – located in the heart of the Inca trail – where lunch will be waiting. We will walk for another two hours to the first campsite located in Ayapata, arriving at approximately 5:00pm. You will then have some time to rest and enjoy the view of the mountains before dinner.
DAY 2: AYAPATA – WARMIWAÑUSKA– RUNCURACCAY – CHAQUICOCHA
Wake you up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea. Today will be the most challenging. After breakfast we will start the 4-hour trek uphill to Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4215m / 13829ft., at the summit, we will take time to appreciate the serenity of this location. After a 2-hour downhill trek to lunch. The second pass is an easier 2-hours climb and we will take time to explore two Inca sites along the way; RuncuRaccay and Sayacmarca. It’s then a 20-minute walk to the second campsite at Chaquicocha (dry lake, 3600m / 11811 ft.), this is the perfect place to stargaze!
DAY 3: CHAQUICCOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA
Today’s route is extremely varied and it is only a 5-hour walk to the final campsite. Along the way you will pass through a number of different ecosystems, experience the atmospheric cloud forest and observe the magnificent panoramic view of Salkantay Mountain. We will visit two Inca sites; Phuyupatamarka (City in the Clouds), and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We will reach the campsite at approximately 1:00pm to have lunch and you can then enjoy some free time to relax and unwind. Later in the afternoon we will visit another impressive Inca site – Wiñay Wayna – We will then return to the campsite for tea and dinner and a special surprise!
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU
On our final day we have to get up very early to prepare for the highlight of your Trexperience; visiting Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. We will go straight to the checkpoint and wait until it opens at 5:30 am. We will walk for an hour to the Sun Gate. On a clear day you can watch the spectacular sun rise over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, which is truly an unforgettable sight. We will then start our one-hour decent towards Machu Picchu. Your guide will take you on a two-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The Trexperience Team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED.
- Airport pick up and drop-off
- All transportation from beginning to end
- Chef, porters, full camping equipment
- Professional Native Tour Guides
- All meals included
- Entrance ticket to all places we visit
- Free airport Pick up and drop off
- Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
- Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun
- Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
- Peruvian food Cooking lessons
- Enjoy our hot showers after a long day of hiking
- Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
- Meet our multicultural team going with us Including women Porters and Chefs
- We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
- 2% of the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects