Let´s get back in time to follow the footsteps of the enigmatic ancient civilisation which built holy citadel of Machu Picchu. This civilisation - the Incas, were very systematic and well-organized so they developed many routes accross the majestic Andes. This Andean Road System were called "Qhapaq Ñan". The most known of them is the fabulous Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu! The trail is divided in to 4 days covering a distance of 44 kilometres overcoming altitude above 4,000 kilometres. The route leads us through three astonishing mountain passes, shows us many remote and hardly accessible Inca archaeological sites to finally reach the citadel of Machu Picchu.
One can find only a couple of treks all around the globe combining historical sites, natural treasures and mystic atmosphere finishing in such a stunning place like this! Although, the Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu might be a challenge, it can be accomplished by everybody being physically fit. During the trek, pace is usually slow since there is enough time and no rush. Each trekking group is guided by an experienced, local Tour Guide and supported by local Cook and Porters. This enables you an utmost comfort since you carry only your daily pack.
Please note: We strongly recommend you to book the Inca Trail as soon as possible (at least a couple of months in advance) in order to prevent any disappointment due to a quite limited capacity of the trek!
Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa
Day 2: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha
Day 3: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The first Westerner who examined this trek was its discoverer Hiram Bingham in 1911. In 1970, it was opened for trekkers. There are not only historical remains of Machu Picchu in this region, there are loads of other archaeological sites reachable only by foot and they still need to be explored! You start out the trek by early morning transfer to Piskacuchu (2,680 m.a.s.l.) situated on the 82nd km (51 mile) of the railway Cusco – Machu Picchu. Your Tour Guide briefs your there so that you can start the adventure by crossing a bridge and walk along the Urubamba River bank flowing north-west of the Sacred Valley. Later on, we turn away from the river at the right and begin sudden ascent. When we pass a small village, remains of Willca Raccay, an Inca fortress, appear above the mouth of the Cusichaca (Happy Bridge) River. Incas built the fortress after they had conquered this area as it offered splendid views of the valley of the Urubamba River as well as it allowed to control the access to the Cusichaca Valley. Later on, you have the opportunity to view the large fortress of Llactapata. For lunch, we stop in Chamana. Afterwards, we go on along the river observing a variety of Inca irrigation canals and agricultural stepped terraces before we get to the charming Wayllabamba Village. In the afternoon, we continue to the place of our first campsite, which is the Llullucha Pampa village (3,850 m), where we have dinner and we stay overnight.
This day is a challenge since we ascend the highest point of the Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu that we start early morning. The point is Abra Warmi Wańusqa (Dead Woman’s pass in Quechua native language) situated at 4,200 m.a.s.l. (13,780 feet) passing through the cloud forests of Corral Punku and Yunkachimpa boasting of exceptional views of the surrounding snowy peaks. From Warmi Wańusqa we descent to the valley of Pacamayo (3,300 m/10,826 ft) to enjoy well-deserved lunch. Afterwards, we trek until Runkuracay to be guided around this Incan site and later on we get ready to ascend the second pass of this busy day, which is Abra Runkuracay (3,860 m/12,664 ft) to finally start descending this so called Incan Highway passing the Yanacocha Lake to reach the next amazing Inca site - Sayacmarca. In Chaquicocha, we set up our second campsite, have dinner and a rest.
After breakfast we continue on the route, going through delightful semi-tropical flora on the way to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (3.600 mt) (11,811 feet). After a guided tour we have lunch there. We then commence a steep descent through cloud forest where we have the chance to see charming orchids and various types of birds en route to our campsite in Wiñaywayna (2, 700 mt) (8,858 feet). We then have a guided tour of the Wiñaywayna archaeological site. After we set up camp and are served dinner.
We wake up early today and have our breakfast. We start our trek with a view of the Urubamba River to the Sun Gate or Intipunku to see the sun rising over Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel early for the best photo opportunities and then devote the rest of the morning discovering the ruins. When you’re finished with the guided tour you can descend to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch or visit the hot springs or alternatively spend extra free tine at Machu Picchu. Later, you take the train back to Cusco.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!
For the sake of maintaining the Classic Inca Trail and its surroundings, the Peruvian authorities now limit the number of Inca Trail trekking permits to 500 a day, including hikers, guides, porters and other support staff. Permits frequently sell out various months before and you have to reserve well in advance to obtain your place, especially if you want to go in high season between June and August.
We advise booking your permit at least four months in advance to prevent any letdowns. You can possibly find more economic flights in May, September and October, in the off season. Permit availability can change quickly and cannot be confirmed until it is reserved in theInca Trail office ( once passport details are recieved and the deposit has been paid). Once authorized it is not possible to make any changes to your Inca Trail permit. Your Passport for the Inca Trail Trek
You need to supply us with your passport details when you request your Inca Trail Trek. We cannot make a reservation without this. Your permit is connected to your name and passport number. If you change your passport after booking your Inca Trail permit or are planning on traveling with a different passport you need to also bring the passport you used to book your Inca Trail permit or you will not be allowed to hike the Inca Trail. It is very important to make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months.
When reserving your tour you will pay your 50% deposit. We will issue a confirmation invoice, which means your booking has been accepted and a contract exists.
If we are unable to confirm a tour we will refund your deposit in full.
The Inca Trail is closed once a year (in Febuary) for maintainence and during this time we can offer you other tours. There are alternative treks the Inca Trail available where you can have a similar experience, which are usually not as difficult and follow the Urubamba River before ending as usual at the sungate at Machu Picchu.
Please note that all routes to Machu Picchu are subject to local regulations and prices for permits and transportation may change without notice. Although we will aim to deal with any changes ourselves, it may be inevitable to increase our prices accordingly even after you have booked or whilst on your tour.
If you would like to do the classic Inca Trail and it is fully booked, we can recommend the Inca Trail alternative treks, there you can find the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu and the landscapes, it is beatifully