(B)= Breakfast / (L)= Lunch / (D)= Dinner
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning. You will then take a bus to the city of Chilca to begin the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After approximately three hours of walking you will stop for lunch. When finished you will continue walking towards your first campsite at Wayllabamba. On the way you will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Then dinner and overnight in tents at the campsite.
We start the day with a healthy breakfast approximately at 7:00 a.m. You will also be provided with snacks for the day. After breakfast we will begin our 2nd day, which is the most physically demanding of the 4 days. The 2nd day consists of ascending and descending paths for about 9 kilometers with a duration of approximately 7 or 8 hours.
Along this ascent the landscape will be changing to Puna, a dry and high area with scanty vegetation. Here we will arrive at the first highest point of the mountain = 4200 meters above sea level. This point is called Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass). Here we will be able to observe llamas and alpacas feeding on the Andean grass, Ichu (Quechua name), one of the few plants that grow at this altitude. Also we will cross for an area of the forest where diverse types of animals live, such as sparrows and the Andean bear or spectacled bear. It is advised to carry candies, chocolates and coca leaves to support a high bloodsugar in order to avoid altitude sickness.
After the first pass we will descend approximately 2 - 2,5 hours towards Pacaymayu valley (3600 meters above sea level) and the campsite, where we will have lunch and dinner after the 7-8 hours of trekking.
This one is the longest day but it is very interesting and impressive as well. After a delicious breakfast we trek approximately 1 hour up to the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3800 meters above sea level) and our professional guide will tell you all about it. From Runkurakay we will ascend to the second pass of the same name (3970 meters above sea level). After resting at the the pass we will descend for approximately 1 hour more to the lagoon Yanacocha (black lagoon).
Then we will visit the archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3624 meters above sea level) and after 30 minutes we will arrive to the camp of Chaquicocha (3600 meters above sea level) where we will have lunch and then to continue with our trek and observe how the geography is changing the aspect of the mountains and semitropical jungle.
We will then continue approximately 1 ½ hours through an easy path until we arrive at the 3rd pass, Phuyupatamarca (3700 meters above sea level). We will continue our trek inside TheInca tunnel (25 meters long). This is one of the most well preserved archaeological complexes. It is the highest point of the mountain Phuyupatamarca which means "Clouds on the City" in the native language, Quechua. From this point we will be able to observe a sophisticated complex of several fountains with impressive viewse of the river Urubamba which we will continue ascending along, towards Wiñayhuayna Mountain (2700 meters above sea level) where we will spend our last night on the trail.
This day is the most expected one on our excursion. We wake up very early and after breakfast we start our final part of the trek. After 2 hours of trekking we arrive at Inti Punku (meaning Sun Gate) where we have the first beautiful view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance. In Machupicchu we will start with the guided tour of 2.5 hours where our guide will lead you across this historical wonder. The guide will be giving you the necessary explanations on principal remains and monuments, such as the Principal Plaza, the Temple of Three Windows, Intiwatana, The Quarter of the Mortars, The Temple of the Condor, the cemeteries and enclosures, sacred sources, and the urban and agricultural sector.
Afterwards you will have free time to continue admiring this amazing historical site and of course take plenty of photos. Between the activities suggested for this day you can conquer Waynapicchu Mountain and enjoy the landscape. Following the visit to Machu Picchu, we will visit Aguas Calientes and spend some time in this very romantic little village. In the afternoon we will be taking the train back to Cusco.
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Note: During the hike you will have to carry your sleeping bag, pad and your personal belongings (e.g. backpack). You can request availability for a personal porter.
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