A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean mountains and Inca culture awaits you! 4 days of trekking, 50 kilometers through the heart of the Andes, the only trek to take you along the the original Inca Trail, an authentic hand-built stone footpath where you will walk in the footsteps of ancient Inca royalty and enter Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) at sunrise for awe-inspiring views as the ancient Incas did a thousand years ago. Climb from 2,380 meters to 4,210 meters at Dead Woman's Pass, then pass through unforgettably beautiful jungle scenery and hidden labyrinth-style ruins to reach the most spectacular Inca archaeological site in South America at sunrise.
Departure Times Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday 06:00
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Departure Point Hostel Pick-Up
Arrival Point Bus Station Drop-Off
PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING: Please visit our Cuzco office at Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel for your mandatory brief one day prior to your departure at 6:00 pm. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel is located at:
Calle Quera 270, Cuzco, Peru, (1.5 blocks from Avenida del Sol)
Hours of Operation: 9:00 - 19:00 hrs Daily
Tel: +51 84 232151, Emergency Tels: 984285801 Darwin, 984280529 Ruth
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: sleeping bag, hiking poles, rain pants, plastic rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals/flip flops, 4 pairs of warm socks, 4 t-shirts, 1 sweater, thermals, hiking trousers (avoid jeans in the wet season), hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is no electricity available during the trek, please plan ahead!), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs.
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.
Arrive to Cuzco anytime and please make your own way to Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to walk around town and make last minute preparations for your big trip ahead. Attend your pre-departure briefing and get a good night's sleep at Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel.
Hostel Pick-Up between 6:00-6:30 am. Please make all of the necessary preparations one day prior to the trek. You will be taken by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo where you will have an hour to eat breakfast and purchase last minute snacks, water and walking sticks. Then you will hop back on the bus to Piscacucho (KM 82) where the famous Inca Trail journey will begin. Bring your original passport, student card (if applicable) for the first Inca Trail check point. Your guide will have your tickets for you. Hike along rolling hills in the Vilcanota River Valley passing by several small archaeological sites along the way. Lunch will be prepared half-way and you will have time to relax before reaching Wayllabamba camp (2,980m). (11 km trek; 6 hour duration).
Today is the most challenging day along the trail with a vertical hike of 6 km (approximately 5 hours) to reach Dead Woman's Pass at 4,215m followed by a 3 km hike down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo camp at 3,600m (approximately 2 hours). After an early breakfast around 6:00 am you will start off for the big hike. Take your time and rest as much as you feel necessary as you ascend more than 1,200 meters over the course of the morning. Don't miss awe-inspiring views of the valley as you reach the pass and remember to take your photograph at the top! Just after you cross Dead Woman's Pass you will be rewarded with spectacular views of nearby snow-capped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. Stroll slowly down to Pacaymayo Camp (3,660m) to enjoy the scenery. Arrive in time for lunch and a well-deserved nap to the sounds of the nearby waterfalls and nature. Then you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the camp before dinner and an early bedtime. (10 km trek; 7 hour duration).
An unforgettable journey along ancient Inca stairways, mountain lakes, intriguing archaeological sites and humid jungle scenery awaits you. Start with a one-hour hike uphill to visit the oval-shaped Pacaymayo archaeological site believed to have been either a crop-storage structure or an Inca military fortress overlooking the valley to control the region. Continue one hour to Runquracay Pass (3,950m) where you can climb to the tip-top of the mountain for incredible views of surrounding peaks. Visit 2 more archaeological sites called Sayacmarca & Phuyupatamarca with your guide and have lunch along the way. By late afternoon you will reach Wiñayhuayna High Jungle camp (2,650m) set above a river valley in a high jungle / rain forest climate. After dinner, say a big THANK YOU to your porters and guides. (15 km, 9 hours duration).
A unique and magnificent experience is in the cards for you today. Wake up before the sun (depending on your guide, between 3:30 - 4:30 am) for breakfast. Get on the trail before the rest of the groups and hike about an hour to reach Inti-Punku (Sun Gate). Walking through magical Inti-Punku to glimpse the first sights of Machu Picchu is truly a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience. Then continue down the final length of the trail for a 40-minute downhill hike to reach the wondrous Machu Picchu archaeological complex perched delicately on the top of the sacred Machu Picchu mountain. You will have time to check your backpacks (bring water, sunblock, sunglasses, hat and sweater or rain poncho with you), grab a quick bite at the snackbar and use the restrooms before re-entering the site with your guide. (7 km; 2 hours duration).