28C / 82.4F˚ Max
THIS TREK WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 2018!
The Capac Nan (Inca trail in Quechua) was one of the most important trails in the whole ancient Incan empire; connecting the 2 most important cities Qosqo (Cusco) the sacred capital and Machu Picchu the sacred and secret city.
Hiking along the Inca trail will put you in contact with nature and wild life. Along our journey you get an opportunity to spot colorful flowers such as orchids as well as native animals (e.g. hummingbirds, the majestic condor, dears, bears and more).
Hiking through valleys, the Andes and the cloud forest, this trail is truly breathtaking. The landscapes will take you back in time and history to witness what it would have been like to live in the time of the Incas. You get to admire their architecture, learn about their believes, astronomy, medicine and much more.
We will pick you up from your hotel/hostel early in the morning to drive for around 2 hours to the town of Ollantaytambo where we stop for breakfast. This will also be your last chance to get supplies for our journey e.g. snacks, water, coca leaves, candies, rain plastic poncho, etc. After our stop in Ollantaytambo we will keep on driving to Piskacucho (Km 82). Here you will have some time to get ready for the trekking (organise our backpack, use the facilities, apply sun cream, etc.)
By around 9 in the morning we will be at the beginning of the Inca trail which is also the first check point. Here you must show your original passport and if you have received a student discount your original student card (ISIC).
After the check point we will be crossing the Urubamba River onto its left bank (2720m/8923ft) and take the path along the valley passing by a couple of local communities. Along this path we will also be able to see a small Inca Site across the valley. After around 4 ½ hrs we will be reaching Hatun Chaca, where our chef will prepare a nutritious lunch for you.
After lunch we will walk for 2 more hours until we reach Ayapata our first campsite (3300m/10824ft).
The day begins with an uphill hike. This day is considered by many hikers the most difficult day of the journey. Indeed it is but it will also reward you with amazing views of the mountains, the dead woman’s pass and the valleys far below.
Today you get to challenge yourself and see how far you can go, you will be surprised how much you can do!
After enjoying a delicious breakfast we set off for the day. We will start ascending slow and steady, leaving our camp behind and hiking among beautiful tall Tara trees. After approximately 4 hrs we reach the highest point of the trail dead woman’s pass (4200m/13776ft) High five! You did it!
From here it is a 2hr descend to Pacasmayo, where we will stop for lunch (3580m/11742ft).
After a well-deserved lunch we start ascending to the second pass of Runkuraqay (4000m/13120ft). This part of the journey has even more nature and wild life to offer. For a couple of hours we will be hiking among a beautiful variety of flowers and birds, try to spot the shy white tailed deer. Exactly half way to the top you will be able to get inside the temple of Runkuraqay, this second ascension of the day will take 2 hours.
Downhill on the way to our campsite we will have the chance to visit the archaeological site of Sayacmarca and after an informative tour we arrive to Chaquicocha (3600m/11808ft), where our chefs and porters are already waiting for us with Happy Hour, Dinner and our Tents for the night.
After breakfast we will be hiking along a beautiful part of the Inca trail, with a great scenery, in the distance you get to appreciate the savage mountain (Salkantay 6271m/20568ft) and spot many different varieties of orchids. We will pass by the astronomical observatory of Phuyupatamarca (3680m/12074ft) one of the best sites along this Inca trail.
Today we finish the day at lunch so we will have plenty of time to learn more about the history of the Incas and take lots of photos. In the distance you can see the mountain of Machu Picchu and we will also pass by some more Inca sites.
Our lunch break will be at Winaywayna which is also our campsite (2680m/8792ft).
On the last day of our journey we will wake up very early at around 3am, to see the sun rise in Machu Picchu. Only 2 hours on the trail until we reach our final destination. Once we arrive to the sun gate we will be able to see Machu Picchu in the distance. And only another 45 minutes we will reach the center of the city.
Your tour guide will take you on a 2 hour tour around Machu Picchu. Then you will have free time to enjoy the city on your own.
You will also be climbing either the mountain of Huayna Picchu or the Mountain of Machu Picchu (if you have booked these options in advance). You will make your own way by bus to Aguas Calientes where you will be catching the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our private transportation will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your Hotel/Hostel.
- Professional bilingual trekking Tour Guide
- Pick up from hotel/hostel with private transport to km 82 (starting point of the journey)
- Breakfast on the first day!!
- 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 morning snacks, 3 Happy Hours (afternoon Snack), 3 dinners
- VEGETARIAN OPTION AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Entrance ticket to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Dining tent with table and chairs
- Professional chef
- Drinking water (excluding the first half of the day when you need to bring your own )
- 4 man Tents (for 2 people)
- Small bucket with hot water for washing purposes at campsite
- Hand soap and hand towels
- Foam sleeping mattress
- First Aid Kit and Oxygen bottle
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport back to Cusco.
- Gratuity (tips for guides, chef and porters)
- Ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
- Lunch on the last day
- Travel insurance
- Sleeping bag ($ 25)
- Inflatable mattress ($ 25)
- Walking Sticks ($ 10 each)
- Single tent supplement ($ 35)