Hiking the Inca Trail
Hiking the Inca Trail
- South Peru
- Base City:
- 5 days 4 nights
- US $1050*
- Five Days
- Machu Picchu
- Sturdy Tents
- Daily Hikes
Giving you time to take in this remarkable site, when you are hiking the Inca trail on our five day programme you have time to experience the views, the archaeology, and the remarkable mystery of Machu Picchu. Camping for the first three nights you will enjoy great meals and sturdy tents while taking in the surroundings. Hikes average 6 to 7 hours each day giving the Inca trail difficulty a Medium rating.
- Inca Farming Terraces
- Urubamba Valley
- Sacred Valley
- Urubamba Canyon
Day 1: Inca Trail: Piskakucho (Km. 82) – Huayllabamba
The Inca Farming Terraces and the Urubamba Valley
We drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas early in the morning to our trailhead. You are now introduced to the trail crew with the Inca trail guide and we set out. First we cross a small bridge to hike gently for two hours down the Urubamba canyon then to visit the sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.
Day 2: Inca Trail: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo
Looking back from Warmiwañusca
Starting where we left off in Huayllabamba, you start a steeper ascent to climbing the Llullucha valley along a stream flowing by native unca woodland. We will then find ourselves in the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. Here a stretch of open trail climbs beneath mighty crags to our first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Looking back from Warmiwañusca, you will then see the spectacular snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, and forward to a distant view of tomorrow’s trail to the second pass. We then walk down a stepped stone trail to find our campsite in a forest clearing.
- Incan Stairway
- Aobamba Valley
- The Inca Trail
Day 3: Inca Trail: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca
Walking up an Incan stairway past the small site of Runkuracay, you will reach the second pass where the landscape opens onto views of the snowpeaked Pumasillo range. We then walk down to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate pattern of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful section with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass we camp by pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms, overlooking the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
- Inca Stone Towers
- Cloud Forest
- Wiñay Wayna
- Machu Picchu
Day 4: Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu
The Best Shots of Machu Picchu
You will today investigate the Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that cling to the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca then we trek down through the changing layers of cloud forest. Carved into the granite is an Incan stairway we follow to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most photogenic of the Inca Trail sites (pictured at the top of this page). Trekking the last stretch of the trail across steep mountainside through humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human art. This is where you will take the best shots of the unforgettable Machu Picchu.
The royal flagstone walkway then takes us past outlying shrines and buildings through the heart of Machu Picchu. We camp in a meadow by water-moulded boulders of the Urubamba valley. This is close to where Hiram Bingham crossed in 1911 to find his historic archaeological discovery.
- Machu Picchu
- Aguas Calientes
- Inca Settlements
- Wayna Picchu
Day 5: Inca Trail: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Exploring Machu Picchu
We now return to Machu Picchu by bus to spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. You might want to take the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, or you may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, we return to Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Cuzco.
Note: park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicated.
Machu Picchu: Hiking the Inca Trail Rates
Fixed Departures in US Dollars
Fixed departure days: Please enquire.
5 d/ 3 n & one night at Inti Inn: US $1050*
Single Supplement: $128
or the Sanctuary Lodge: US $1550*
Single Supplement: $409
Price per person based on two people in double tent/accommodation
Please add the Inca Trail fee
Inca trail permit fee: USD 105 (Net rate and subject to change by authorities)
Quoted with standard rooms
Hike Inca trail for groups:
We have discounts available for group bookings
Inca trail reservation required well in advance due to application for trail permits.
We reccommend booking at least 2 or 3 months in advance to guarantee a place.
Inca Trail Discovery Platinum Service
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