The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is without doubt the symbol of the Inca civilization. The royal path that carried pilgrims and authorized officers of the empire to the sacred city was “The Inca Trail” as we know it today.
The tour of this Andean path is an unforgettable experience. The road is paved with stone blocks and has stairs, tunnels and wooden bridges that cross rivers, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands. All this together makes the visitor meditate about the intellectual and spiritual grandeur of Andean man whose highest achievement was the Inca civilization.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of a system of more than 30,000 kilometers of roads that integrated the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyo from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through Quito, Ecuador; Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga and Cusco in Peru; La Paz and Cochabamba in Bolivia to Salta and Tucuman in Argentina. These roads ran mainly along the coast and the mountains and in some cases reached the Amazon rainforest such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
In this web site you will find information on our itineraries and tour packages, useful information for the trip, and a full gallery of photos sorted by date.
Day 1: Cusco (3,350m) – Km82 (2,800m) – Wayllabamba (3,000m)
Early morning rise. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the start of the trail takes 2 hours taking you through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where we stop to take a break and have a look at the typical local market and where you can buy your last provisions for the trip if you forgot to in Cusco.
We continue for another hour and arrive at Km82, the start of the trail. We have breakfast whilst enjoying the view of Veronica Snow Mountain (5,720m). We then commence walking for about 3 hours, whereafter we take lunch close to Llactapata Ruins and then continue our trek through lush farmland and woodlands to our first camp at Wayllabamba.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m)
After breakfast, we begin to walk the toughest part of the trail. After 3 hours walking we finally reach the highest point in the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or more commonly known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the area. After lunch we continue walking down to Pacaymayo where we set up camp and have a nutritious dinner.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)
After breakfast we start the ascent towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 4,000m. There will be a guided tour at the Inca Ruins of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. We continue trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break we continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), a beautiful Inca construction, and receive a guided tour. We camp near to the ruins and have well deserved nutritious dinner.
Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machupicchu (2,500m) – Cusco
A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machupicchu. We walk for about an hour through the forest before arriving at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where we will have our first inspiring view of Machupicchu. We admire the view before setting off for the short walk into the ruins. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. We drive by bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred back to your hotel.