Inca Trail 4D/3N

Inca Trail 4D/3N Trekking Hiking Tours Cusco Machu Picchu

The starting point of the trail that lead us to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is the Km 82, a town called Piscacucho, located to 40 minutes from the Ollantaytambo town.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are 45km crossing to heights of 4227 meters, the road network is located inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a place that hosts more than 500 varieties of orchids and the spectacled bear.

Along the Inca Trail we will see archaeological remains of Culture Quechua (Inca) and we will appreciate different altitude levels and their corresponding climates.


FIRST DAY: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Piscacucho - Wayllabamba

Pick up from Hotel from 5:00 am

We will drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village called Ollantaytambo, the journey from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo town is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes in this place will take a short break for breakfast and buy necessary things for the Inca Trail.

Then we boarded the bus and headed to the Piscacucho town (2650msnm), in this place our guide will give us the necessary instructions to start the walk and a brief explanation of the route, a few meters away is the checkpoint and access to the Inca Trail, here we have show the original passport or identification required to enter.

We will have lunch in the community called Miskay (2800metres high), we will visit the small town and optionally we could try the taste of the chicha (corn beer) which was a sacred drink in the Quechuas time (Inca).

After that we will begin the trek toward Wayllabamba (3000m), this place is located about 9 kilometers from the starting point, that means we will walk for about 5 hours, this is a day to acclimatization and conditioning.

Overnight in tents for mountain specialist, the meals are prepared by our cookers and only allowed camp sides.

SECOND DAY: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo

We will start the day early with a special coca tea provided by our support staff (porters) also recommended to bring some coca leaves for the road.

After breakfast we prepare our things to start the hike, we will cover a distance of approximately 12km, this is the hardest day because the Inca Trail will lead us a pass located at an altitude of 4227 meters this placed is named is the Warmiwañusca pass (dead woman pass).

After about 2 hours walking from our camp wewill get to the place called Llulluchapampa (3800msnm), here we will find some houses and places where you can buy water and some snacks for the road, we will also find bathrooms and another checkpoint where we can rest for a few minutes, it is recommended that the break does not exceed 10 minutes, as the temperature and altitude could get cold our body, making the walk more difficult.

We will have to continue the climb for about another one hour to reach the highest point along the Inca Trail, which is the Warmiwañusca pass (dead woman pass) is common for people suffering altitude sickness, (soroche), so it is advisable to ascend slowly so that the body adapts to the concentration of oxygen in this place and the rush down a little way, although people like to see the place from Warmiwañusca view point.

After about 2 hours walking down the road will take us to a place called Pacaymayo (3600masl) here we expect a refreshing drink before to hav lunch that was prepared by our chefs.

After lunch we will have the afternoon free, usually to rest because this day has been very difficult, later we will have a small celebration and snacks to celebrate having survived the Dead woman pass (Warmiwañusca) that time is very good to get some indication for the next day, after we will have dinner.

THIRD DAY: Pacaymayo - Runkurakay - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Huayna

The day also start as a coca tea before breakfast, this day is the longest day of the trip, but also the more interesting because the scenery changes constantly, we can also see the snowy mountains, and reach the cloud forest In addition to this archaeological Inca sites like Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Huayna a distance to walk is approximately 15 that means approximately 7 hours.

After breakfast, we left the camp and headed by an upward path that lead us to a small archaeological site called Runkurakay, this place is located in the middle of the mountain bearing the same name, this mountain has a height of 3950 meters.

On the way to the next archaeological interest we will see 2 small lakes in the middle of the mountain, where you can see small deers coming down to the lakes for drinking water and grazing, that the Inca Trail was built trying to harmonize with the natural environment.

After reaching the Runkurakay pass, the journey is made easier because the rest to go is largely down hill with a couple of minor roads but only short stretches upward, this path leads to the next archaeological point interest called Sayacmarca (3350msnm) this was a very important religious center, where you can see houses and water channels, that means it was a breaking point for travelers, this place now belongs to the cloud forest and rainforest, it means that we will see flora and fauna from the jungle, bamboo in large quantities, this is the favorite food of spectacled bears, you can also see a large number and diversity of orchids that around us in the lunch time.

Continuing the descent we will find another great archaeological complex called Phuyupatamarca (3600msnm), this place was discovered by American scientist Hiram Bingham, the same who is credited with the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu. Phuyupamarca was a religious center dedicated to the water, here we see large numbers of ceremonial fountains and big urban sectors that hosted a lot of people.

From the top of the mountain you can see the route of the Urubamba River on one side and thea another one the Aobamba River.

In the afternoon the road is completely down hill and the temperature increases markedly, this indicates that our final destination is near. From the top of the mountain you can see great Inca archaeological site, where we camp just close to this archaeological site called Wiñay Huayna.

In Wiñay Huayna we will find a restaurant that offers all kinds of snacks and drinks and most importantly a warm shower.

Our travel team will prepare a special good bye dinner, because the next day they will take an alternate route.

FOURTH DAY: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

This day we will get up very early (3:30 am approximately), we need to get to Machu Picchu to see the spectacular sunrise, that means the breakfast is served early, then we will go to the checkpoint to expect the doors open, the right time to start the course must be before 5:00 am.

Travel time from Wiñay Huayna to Machu Picchu is about 1 hour and 30 minutes, for the beginning of the path we will need of a flashlight beacuse the thick forest makes doesn’t allowed see the road.

At approximately 6:00 am we will arrive at the gateway to Machu Picchu, this place is called Intipunku (2725masl) (Sun Gate), in this place will take a rest while watching the sunrise.

Then a downward path leads to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, where we will have a tour with our guide to the main points of interest, then we can explore this place by ourselves.

To back to Cusco we will take a bus to Aguas Calientes, then we board the train which is usually at 7:00 pm toward to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley of the Incas) where the transfer are waiting for us to lead to the Cusco city by car.

The arrival in Cusco will be approximately at 10:00 pm.

End of our services.

  • Tourist transportation to Km-82 (Piscacucho)
  • Professional Guide
  • Cooks and porters
  • Camping Equipment
  • Access Tickets for to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals
  • First aid kit and oxygen
  • Train from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (tourist coach)
  • Tourist transport Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Bus Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cold Beverages
  • Tips
  • Original passport
  • Medium backpack
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm Jacket
  • Rain poncho or Rain Jacket
  • Shorts
  • Flashlight
  • Water Bottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun block (sunscreen)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat for the sun
  • Camera
  • Extra money
  • Personal things
  • Appropriate clothes for 4 days
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