Trekking the Classic Inca Trail is one of a lifetime experiences, hiking the passage that the Incas walked. People come from all over the world,not only to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu but to hike the renowned Inca Trail, the most famous trek in South America. Enjoy the wondrous, changing landscapes and scenery of the mountains, and cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. Be thrilled every step of the way visiting archeological sites and much more on route to the acclaimed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to finally bask in its beauty and magic. Please, consider that you need to book at least 3-6 months in advance because the permits sell out quickly by the official system.
An early morning departure from Cusco (3,360m/11,00ft) to Piscacucho (2,663m/8,735ft.) by bus. Here, we meet with our porters and show our Inca trail permits at the checkpoint. Walk alongside the river with views of snow-capped peaks before passing over the ruins of Llaqtapata. Continue hiking to our first campsite at Huayllabamba (2,928m/9,606ft).
Meals: L, D
Today will be the most strenuous part of the Inca trail to Machu Pichhu. You will climb up to Llulluchapampa where the hike becomes truly spectacular with scenery that more than compensates for the effort. Vegetation thins and the day warms on the approach to the highest point of the trail - Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,236m/13,894ft). Thereafter, we descend down to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,526m/11,566ft) our next campsite.
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast we will climb an Inca trail stairway to Runkurakay ruins from where the final push begins to the Runkurakay pass (3,962m/12,996ft). Thereafter, climb down to the impressive ruins of Sayacmarca (3,657m/11,998ft) for a visit and continue on to the Phuyupatamarca Ruins (3521m/ 11,552ft). The inca trail becomes increasingly more dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite of Wiñaywayna ruins. Tonight we say goodbye to our Inca trail porters because we will depart our campsite early the next morning.
Meals: B, L, D
This early morning we will walk to Intipunku (Sungate) for our first amazing views of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,870ft). Then walk down to the Sanctuary for a professional guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. Visit the many sacred temples and more. Afterwards, take the bus down to Machu Picchu town to eat lunch (on your own) before taking the train to Poroy and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Meal: B Optional extra cost: Huayna Picchu climb for lovely views of Machu Picchu and the valley below (Today or next day).
Extra day in Machu Picchu: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please advise us so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu ruins and/or climb up to Huayna Picchu. We can book your hotel in Machu Picchu, provide a guide, and purchase your entrance tickets all at an additional cost.