Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights
Description of 4/3 Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
This is the classic 4/3 Inca Trail Hike that most people do.
There are thousands of kilometers of Inca trails remaining throughout South America built to serve the empire and used by their citizens and runners communicating messages. 5AM Cusco hotel pickup and 2 hour drive to km 82 on the rail line to start the hike. Hike high up into the mountains and over the next 4 days pass the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. On sunrise of day 4 enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate where you will first see Machu Picchu.
|Category:||Adventure Peru Treks, Culture/History, Train Journey|
|Destinations:||Cusco – Piskacucho – Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Paqaymayu – Chakicocha – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu|
|Inca Trail Tours Machu Picchu ( 04 Day – 03 Night)|
Cusco – Piskacucho – Wayllabamba.(Day 01).
We will depart from Cusco by bus and pass through the town of Urubamba before stopping briefly in Ollaytaytambo in case anyone needs to buy last minute gear or personal supplies.
Next we move on Piskacuchu (Km 82) and the start of the inca trail hike. We will have lunch in Miskay and relax a bit before hiking to our first campsite. Along the way we will visit the Patallaqta archaeological site.
Wayllabamba- Warmiwañusca – Paqaymayu.(Day 02).
We’ll start the day early in the morning with a hearty breakfast before hiking to the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here we can literally see the various ecological zones and microclimates from a panoramic viewpoint. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. After lunch we will continue on to the Pacaymayo campsite where we will enjoy dinner at our campsite.
Paqaymayu – Chakicocha – Wiñaywayna.(Day 03).
Day 3 begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to the second highest pass on the Trail (3,850 meters/12,631 feet above sea level). Along the way we will visit the Runcuracay archaeological site.
Throughout the day we will also visit the Sayaqmarca and Phuyupatamarca archaeological complexes. After lunch we will head to the Wiñaywayna ruins where we will spend our last night on the trail.
Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.(Day 04).
After a very early breakfast we’ll begin the final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu. First we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”) to take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After an hour take the bus to Aguas Caliente for your bus up to the visitors entrance of Machu Picchu. For 3 hours the guide will lead you through Machu Picchu explaining everything about how the city was designed and the significance of the buildings. You will have time to experience Machu Picchu on your own after the tour before descending to Aguas Calientes by bus for taking your train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will be driven 90 minutes to Cusco’s San Francisco Plaza where you can easily walk back to your hotel
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- Airport, hotel and train station transfers.
- English or Spanish speaking professional guides.
- All meals mentioned in itinerary.
- Camping equipment and tents (2 people per 3 man tent).
- Porters to carry group equipment (personal porters can be hired for additional cost).
- Backpacker class train from Aguas Calientes – Poroy (Cusco).
- Bus from Aguas Caliente – Machu picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Machu picchu and inca trail entrance tickets.
- Bring passport to receive Machu picchu stamp.
- Mention when you book tour if you prefer vegetarian meals.
- Travel Insurance
- Private Porters
- Sub-zero sleeping bag
- Personal Expenses
- Personal Porters
What to Bring:
- UV lip protection
- reading glasses
- brimmed hat
- trekking shoes
- insect repellent
- pocket knife
- lighters / matches
- small travel binoculars
- toilet paper (buy in Cusco)
- small towel
- waterproof day back pack for clothes and personal items
- lightweight plastic rain gear or poncho to fit over you and your backpack
- collapsible umbrella for rain and shade
- non-disposable water bottle (stainless steel)
- water purification tablets (Micropur available in Cusco)
- small notebook and pen (notes for your blog, sketches)
- foam ear plugs. Good for long bus rides and better rest. S. America is noisy.
- Imodium-D (you won’t need it but its better to have it)
- white sports tape
- treat shoes with waterproof silicon spray before leaving home
- Personal clothing for trek, extra socks
- waterproof hiking pants
- don’t wear jeans
- ziploc plastic with hiking energy food
- ziploc plastic bags to keep clothes dry
- personal sub-zero sleeping bag (available for rent) if hiking
- passport: to receive Machu picchu souvenir stamp
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