Cuzco Vacation, TREKKING Inca Trail - 4 Days and 3 Nights
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At 4am we pick you up at your hostel in order to start our journey while driving through picturesque sceneries for the next 3.5h. On our way we pass beautiful villages in the Sacred Valley such as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo and stop in one of them in order to have breakfast. The first day is an easy hike and we start the trail on kilometer 82 while getting amazing views on the Cordillera Urubamba as well as the Inca ruins of Llactapata. From here we hike another 7km in order to reach our first camp in the small village of Wayllabamba.
Maximum Altitude: 3,000masl Minimum Altitude: 2,720masl Distance: 12km
The second day is considered as the hardest day by many, as we trek up to the highest pass which lies on 4,200masl.
Today we get stunning views of the mountain ranges while crossing the first pass. As we are heading on to a spectacular terrain called Llulluchapampa, which is on 3,680masl another 1.5h of hiking brings us up to the highest pass of the trail the Dead Women’s Pass (Huarmihuanusca) on 4,200masl. This will be the most difficult part of the trail from where we will descent into the valley. This following part of the trail is steep but not difficult and we will hike down to 3,600m in order to find our second campsite.
Maximum Altitude: 3,600masl Minimum Altitude: 4,200masl Distance: 12km
From our second campsite we hike an hour up the ruins of Runkuracay and spend some time to explore before hiking another 45min to reach the second pass, the Abra Runkuracay, which is on 4000masl. Steep steps take us down to a beautiful path before reaching the 3rd pass. After another hour we arrive at Sayamarca, another Incan ruin site from where we will head on to a beautiful path in the cloud forest filled with wild orchids, mosses and an amazing amount of flowers before passing an impressive Inca tunnel. From there we head up to the 3rd pass where we are able to catch stunning views on the snowy peaks of Mount Salkantay and Mount Veronica. Before arriving at our last campsite we explore Phuyupatamarca another impressive Inca ruins.
Maximum Altitude: 3,600masl Minimum Altitude: 4000masl Distance: 15km
Our last day starts early and we have breakfast at 4:30am to be able to reach Machu Picchu for sunrise. The last part of trail takes us around 1.5h on a clearly marked path as we wander through the cloud forest before reaching an almost vertical flight of steps, which is leading up to the Sun Gate (Intipunku). From here we catch amazing views on Machu Picchu in all its morning glory.
After that our backpacks will be stored at the entrance in order to give us more freedom to explore the sites. A 2-hour guided tour to see the major sections is followed by some free time in order to explore the ruins. If you have booked in advance you can climb the Huayna Picchu.
From here you can either walk or take the bus to Aguas Caliente in order to have lunch in one of the many restaurants in the city.
Our train back to Cusco from Aguas Calients departs at 6:45pm and we are back in Cusco at 10:30pm.
Maximum altitude: 2350 masl Minimum altitude: 2000masl Distance: 5km
What do I need to bring?
How much will a porter cost?
The porter will carry your personal items up to 18kg, thus you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items with you such as snacks, water, camera. He will charge $40 per person per day.