INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Day 1: Cusco - Km82 - Llactapata
Today has a relatively relaxed start for the Inca Trail and the walking is easy going to help you settle in to the trek. Beginning at Km82 we slowly make our way along the banks of the Urubamba River with great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5900m / 19000ft) and with a variety of native plant and birdlife around us. We'll have a visit to a small Inca fortress called Vilca Raccay that is off a side spur of the main Inca Trail before heading to our main destination, the extensive Inca site of Llactapata (Patallacta) which is also where we will camp.
Llactapata (2650m / 8692ft) is mostly passed by as it is not on the main Inca Trail. As we are taking the Inca Trail at a relaxed pace further along the trail than most groups go; as we're camping further up the trail the next day's trek up to the pass is a little easier for us and with fewer tourists at the campsite we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place
Day 2: Llactapata - Paucarcancha - Llulluchapampa
Today is another relatively easy day. Most groups would be powering ahead along the Inca Trail today and would be heading over Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail. We're going to take things at a more leisurely pace and our goal for today is a campsite just before the pass, Llulluchapampa, this breaks the hardest stretch over two days making the climb significantly easier.
On the way to Llulluchapampa we'll once again go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. As we climb up to Llulluchapampa we'll pass through various biozones including the low sierra, cloud forest and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we may also spot White Tailed Deer. Our campsite for the night is at 3800m / 12460ft. and just like before it is tranquil and quiet with most trekkers either camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.
Day 3: Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca
Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we're nearly at the first pass and once we've passed the second the walking is easy with very little ups and downs to contend with. Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning.
Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3680m / 12073ft) from where we'll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu
Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you'll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.
The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted this time of day so our arrival to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists about we can get some great photos to the citadel from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive to Machu Picchu, we'll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We've made it!
Day 5: Machu Picchu!
Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
AVAILABILITY: All Year except february
DURATION: 5 Days 4 Nights
GROUP SIZE: 16 people maximum
+ Huayna Picchu US$ 50 (for day 5)
+ 01 Extra Night´s lodging (for day 5)
ISIC CARD APLICABLE (International Student Card)
• Admission: Inca Trail
• Admission: Machu Picchu
• Tourist-Class Transport: Cusco – Km 82
• Camping Equipment: Double-Occupancy Tents–Kitchen Tent –Dining Tent
• Cook and food
• Porters for camping equipment
• Professional English speaking guide
• First aid kit
• 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and snacks (vegetarian options available with prior notice)
• Train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo at 9:30pm (early trains available 16:22 – 18:45)
• Bus transport Ollantaytambo - Cusco
• Breakfast day 1, lunch day 5
• Personal porters
• Entrance fee Huayna Picchu (US$10)
• Bus Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (optional, US$10)
• Sleeping bag
• Walking sticks
• Tips for guide, porters and cook (optional)
• Water (boiled water available with meals)
• Travel insurance
• Hiking shoes
• Backpack (25 to 40 liters)
• Comfortable clothing for trekking
• Rain jacket
• Warm clothes,
• Sleeping bag
• Hiking sticks
• Flashlight + extra batteries
• Sun Hat
• Sun block
• Water bottle
• Insect repellent
• Toilet paper
• Discretionary spending (soles)
• Original passport
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