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Day by Day Itinerary
Type Service: Group Tour
Destinations: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and
Day 1 – Transportation to Km 82 – Wayllabamba
the head of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the
Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest. Following the
trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184 ft) to then ascend and
finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata
(2650m/8692 ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca
River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of
Wayllabamba, our first camping.
Day 2 – Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo
which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km along this climb.
The first pass Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s 4200m/13776 ft) we may see
domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at
high altitude. Walking down and cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is
the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the
Andean bear. We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with
candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help
with altitude sickness. We descend into the Pacaymayo (3600m/11808 ft), where we
Day 3 – Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna
Runkuracay (3970m/13022 ft). As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens
onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. Then we
descend towards Yanacocha and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at
Sayacmarca. This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction,
enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation
canals. Continuing up an easy climb to the third pass Phuyupatamarca, continue our
trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñay wayna
(2650m/8692 ft) where we spend our last camping.
Day 4 – Wiñay wayna – Visit Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco
Breakfast; we wake up at 4:00am an hour later and
climb to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise
over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m/7872 ft). From here we descend
into Machu Picchu, 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point
through the “House of the Guardians”. We then descend to the control point where
we register ourselves and leave our backpacks.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the
Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most
important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three
Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow
roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activity by yourself (not
included in the price):
1. Climb Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous
people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the
immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon train departure to
Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel
- Private transport from your Cusco hotel to km 82 (head of the trail)
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Vistadome upon
- Transfer from Poroy train station back to your Cusco hotel
- 4 season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
- Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
- A table and seat for each tent
- Food and drink utensils
- Dinner tent and Kitchen Tent for the group
- Professional, knowledgeable bilingual guide (Spanish-English)
- A cook to prepare your meals
- Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are
available for rent to carry your personal belongings)
- High quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging
- In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
- Hot drinks such as Tea and Coffee as well as enough water for your
canteens (taken from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
International airfares, domestic flights
- Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for
- national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during
- the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks,
- insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation
- of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal
- insurance and
meals which are not mentioned, Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain,
Sleeping bag, Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
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