Classic 4 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Wake up early for the morning for a bus ride to (Km82), where the trek begins. After meeting our porters you’ll cross the Urubamba River by bridge. Continuing on our way along the winding path, between the sloping banks of the Urubamba River, we experience a stunning view of the Urubamba, Vilcabamba mountain ranges and Mount veronica (18,950 ft.). Our route takes us through the narrow Cusichaca valley, with slopes that show the clear imprint of an ancient culture and its agriculture practices. Later, we pass the small indigenous community of Hatunchaca (8,525 ft.), where we will stop for lunch, the trail continues through the narrow hanging valley, you begin to see a cloud forest that harbors the Queuña tree, a rarity of the Andes. From here, the trail ascends steeply to a large pampas below the first pass. Camp overnight at Llulluchapampa (12,300ft.), where you awake to the breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay.
Physically, this is the hardest day of the trek, as the trail ascends steeply toward Warmiwañusca pass (13,950 ft.). From the pass, the trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past the ruins of Runkuraqay. A lower pass takes you from Runkuraqay to the ruins of Sayacmarca (12,628 ft.). The way, observe a marvelous section of Inca engineering, and then come upon the beautiful ruins of Phuyupatamarca (12,000 ft.), where you camp for the night.
Day 3: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu
Today, begin by the passing the Phuyupatamarca ruins, and follow the flag stoned trail that winds sharply down into the cloud forest and to the ruins of Wiñay Huayna (8,855 ft.). Wiñay Wayna is located along the same watercourse as Phuyupatamarca and boasts well-restored Inca ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest along the Inca Trail, discover Machu Picchu (7,875 ft.) entering through Intipunku, the sun gate. After a brief tour, stay overnight in a hotel.
On our second day at Machu Picchu we will have the opportunity to climb to the famous Wayna Picchu peak or the Sacred Machu Picchu peak for a perfect view of the entire Inca City, Lunch at the town of Aguas Calientes before the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.