On this Classic Inca Trail tour , you will hike on the Inca Trail. Known as one of the world’s ten best hikes, the Inca Trail is unparalleled for its ecological diversity and wealth of archaeological treasures. The Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary covers 32,952 hectares and it is home to a network of Inca highways, scores of archaeological sites, ten ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical forests), over 450 species of birds and 350 hundred species of orchids, as well as the legendary city of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Huayllabamba
An early morning scenic bus ride will take us to the starting point of our Classic Inca Trail hike at Km 82. From here we will follow an easy path along the Urubamba River towards the first archaeological site at Llaqtapata (2650 meters / 8,750 feet). After a short rest, we will continue to the Cusichaca valley, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will follow the course of the Cusichaca creek on a gentle climb to our first camp at the village of Huayllabamba (3000 meters / 9,900 feet).
Day 2: Inca Trail: Huayllabamba – Pacasmayo
On day 2 of your Classic Inca Trail tour, after an early breakfast we will start the long and steep climb up to Warmiwañusca Pass (4200 meters / 13,900 feet), which is the highest point of the Inca Trail. The ascent takes us through different ecological zones and a variety of flora and fauna, including endemic bird species. From the pass there is a fine view of the second pass and the ruins of Runcuracay. We will reach our next camp in the valley in the afternoon, after a descent of approximately two hours. On a clear day the camp offers fantastic views of the glaciers of Mount Veronica.
Day 3: Inca Trail: Pacasmayo -Wiñaywayna
Today’s hike offers many fascinating attractions. In the early morning we will start the day with a climb to the second pass at Runcuracay (3900 meters /12,900 feet). In good weather the views of the Vilcabamba range from the high pass are stunning. After a two hour descent, we will arrive at the fascinating archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After exploring this beautiful Inca settlement we will continue along stone Inca pathways, passing through the lush vegetation of high cloud forests, and glimpsing waterfalls, deep valleys, canyons and glacial peaks, including Mount Salkantay. In the afternoon we will arrive at the last high pass of our trip: Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters / 11,900 feet). From here we will get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. In clear weather there are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding snow peaks and it is possible to see far down into the Urubamba Valley. The hike continues with a long and steep descent along an Inca stairway to the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, considered one of the most beautiful sets of ruins on the Inca Trail, due to its location and architecture.
Day 4: Inca Trail: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
After breakfast we will say goodbye to our Quechua porters and continue our hike through the high cloud forest with its diverse flora and fauna towards the famous Sun Gate, or Intipunku. From here we will have a fine view of the Lost City of the Incas: legendary Machu Picchu (2400 meters / 8,000 feet). Sunrise from here is a magical experience, with Machu Picchu in the foreground. Arriving at the ruins, we will explore the site in the company of a knowledgeable guide, and you will also have time to wander around Machu Picchu independently. We will descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes in the afternoon for the train ride to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, from where we will board a bus for the drive to our hotel in Cusco.
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