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.
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Pick up with our private transportation from your hotel/hostel. We will 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 keep on driving to Piskacucho (Km 82). Here you will have some time to get ready for the trek (organise our backpack, use the facilities, apply sun cream, etc.)
By around 10 in the morning we begin our journey along the Inca trail.
This is the first checkpoint where you are required to 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 you are also able to see a small Inca Site across the valley. After around 2 ½ hrs we will be reaching Meskay, where our chef is waiting with a nutritious lunch for us.
After lunch we walk for 2 more hours until we reach the archaeological site of Llacta pata. From this site you have an amazing view of the Vilcanota mountain range far in the distance with its highest point Veronica (5860m/19225ft). Your guide will be giving you an overview of the site and afterwards we continue downhill to the valley of Cusichaca. Arriving at our camp site at Hatun Chaka (2990m/9810ft) where Happy Hour and Dinner is already waiting for us.
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 start ascending slow and steady, leaving our camp behind and hiking among beautiful tall Tara trees. After approximately 3 ½ hrs we reach our lunch point Llulluchapampa. We are now only 2 hours away from the highest point of the trail, this is a beautiful area surrounded by small Polilepys trees and high land grass.
Not much longer until we finally reach the dead woman’s pass (4200m/13776ft) High five! You did it!
From the first pass it is a 2hr descend to the Pacasmayo (3580m/11742ft).
This will be the end of Day 2. Dinner is served and camp already set up in this beautiful valley.
We will let all the other groups of hikers go and start the day after them, so we have the trail just to ourselves. 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 get to see a beautiful variety of flowers and birds, try to spot the shy white tailed deer.
Exactly half way to the top we get to visit the temple of Runkuraqay. Downhill on the way to our lunch spot we have the chance to visit the archaeological site of Sayacmarca and after an informative tour we arrive to Chaquicocha (3600m/11808ft), A dry lake where our chefs and porters are already waiting for us with a nutritious lunch.
After lunch 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.
Our third campsite is nearby the astronomical observatory of Phuyupatamarca (3680m/12074ft).
Today it will be downhill until lunch so we 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 also pass by 2 Inca sites.
Our lunch break at Winaywayna which will be reached after approximately 4 hours (2680m/8792ft).
After lunch we continue for about 1 hr along this flat undulated path towards the sun gate. Here you have your first sight of Machu Picchu! Time to take one of the best pictures you can get of this magnificent city!
After a short break we continue for 45 more minutes downhill towards Machu Picchu itself. From here we catch a bus to head to the town of Aguas Calientes. We will check-in at our Hotel and enjoy a lovely dinner.
Early in the morning we will catch the bus to Machu Picchu where your guide takes you on a tour around the city for 2 hours. Afterwards you have free time to explore 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).
At around 1pm (recommended time) you are leaving to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will be catching the train 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 and private transport to km 82 (starting point of the journey)
- Breakfast on the first day!!
- 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 morning snacks, 4 Happy Hours (afternoon Snack), 4 dinners
- VEGETARIAN OPTION AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST
- Round trip 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)