Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu
5 days | 4 Nights
This is our celebration of the highlights of Peru, you will experience the grandeur of the Inka civilization. Explore the most impressive natural sights of the Inca Trail. And the top of the Inca heritage site Machu Picchu, including the sacred mountain of Huaynapicchu. Contact us and one of our specialized consultants will help you find the perfect solution for your vacation. Preparing with us your Inca Trail experience This trek is often referred to as the "five-day Inca Trail on Huaynapicchu Mountain".
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ITEP "Imperios Travel Experiences Peru" is dedicated to ensuring that we have the best camping available on the Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu.
Here is everything you need to know about our style of camping on the Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu. Our team (Guides, Cooks, Porters and Riders) and our equipment is what really makes ITEP Imperios Travel Experiences Peru stand out from all our competitors.
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Classic Style "Classic Tents and Foam Mat".
Enjoy a good night's sleep in our spacious Pro-Aconcagua 4-season tent. All of our tents are built to be four-person tents, but will only be used for two people. This leaves plenty of room to spread out comfortably and store your gear. They are an A-frame design, with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a vestibule at the front, giving you extra outdoor space to leave your boots and poles. A foam mat is included to separate and insulate you from the ground. For added comfort, you may want to consider upgrading by renting an inflatable mattress, which adds three inches of comfort on top of the foam mat provided. We use Thermarest inflatable mattresses.
Luxury Glamping Style "tent and bed".
Peru Glamping is where breathtaking nature meets modern luxury camping. Experiential travel is an authentic way to connect adventure with nature. Together, the experience is about getting off the beaten path, away from superficial tourist activities and embracing an immersive cultural environment. Some call it luxury camping. Some call it glamorous camping. Either way, this style of camping is dedicated to inspiring and guiding those who are looking for a different kind of travel, the kind that encourages cultural immersion, expanded horizons, and a deeper engagement with their surroundings with the enjoyment of this luxury approach to sleeping under the stars.
Day 1: Transfer by ITEP van from Cusco to the Maras Salt Mines and then hike to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then transfer to Km 82 "Inca Trail Entrance".
Trekking Km 82 "Piscacucho to Wayllabamba".
Today begins the adventure of a lifetime; Our Classic Inca Trail includes the Gem of the Incas "The Salt Mines of Maras". We will pick you up from your hotel in our private van very early in the morning at 5:30am. Transfer to Maras and a short hike through the Maras Salt Mines, a precious jewel: The Maras Salt Mines. A myriad of salt-crusted terraces nestle precariously into the steep mountain slopes, while a steady stream of mineral-rich water slides down with a silent gargling that somehow defies time. The ponds, you should know, have been in use since the time of the Incas and before.
After an hour's drive we will transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where our van will take us to Piskacucho, which is called kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30 a.m. to recharge our energy for our start of the trail (breakfast is not included). Arriving at kilometer 82 at 11:30 a.m., we will have time to get organized, at the first Inca Trail checkpoint you will be ready to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if you pay a student rate) your student card.
At the beginning of the trail (2720m/8923ft) we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its course to the right. The first day is relatively easy, a warm up along the flat Inca terrain. There are great views of the Inca Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called 'Patallacta'), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft) known in the books as Veronica. Our first camp Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the green and temperate valley of the same name. Night temperatures are around 5ºC depending on the month.
During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped Veronica Mountains, (5,860m/19,337ft), the lush green valley surrounding us and a myriad of flora and fauna.
Meals: Lunch, afternoon snack, tea and dinner.
Lodging: Camping facilities.
Distance: 11kms/6.8 mls (6 hours or so of hiking)
Hiking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Hike and Terrain: Hiking, cantering, on open roads, some steep and ascending trails.
Day 2 : Wayllabamba - LLulluchapampa - Pacaymayo
After rising from 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we begin a steep ascent to the highest pass, the Warmihuañusca pass or "Paso de la Mujer Muerta" at 4200m/13779ft. On this day, you will feel a real sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit! After a well-deserved rest, we begin our descent to our lunch stop, which is located at Pacaymayuc (3550m/11646ft).
On our way to the pass, we will be able to see a variety of hummingbirds and a combination of other bird species. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and 'Polylepis' or Q'ueuña trees growing in the amazing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft! After lunch, the second two-hour climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000m/13,123ft) begins. We arrive at our campsite at 5pm. The temperature at this campsite is around 4ºC during the night.
Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snack, tea and dinner. Accommodation: Camping facilities. Distance: 16kms/10mls (9 hours more or less of hiking) Difficulty: Moderate/difficult.
DAY 3: Hike "Pacaymayuc to Wiñayhuayna".
This is the most impressive day so far; keep it in mind as you ascend on day three! We rise for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Village in the Clouds').
Here we reach the third highest point of the Inca Trail (3680m/). The views of the mountains, canyons and surroundings are spectacular! The Inca site of 'Phuyupatamarca', is a few minutes walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue down 3000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive Inca agricultural site of 'Intipata'. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we reach our third camp Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we will only walk for 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at the camp at lunch time! Temperatures during the night are around 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Inca site of 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you feel tired after your day of hiking, it's a moment not to be missed, the most impressive site on the Inca Trail.
Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snack, tea and dinner. Accommodation: Camping facilities and hot showers. Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (5 hours or so of hiking) Difficulty: Moderate
DAY 4: Trek "Wiñayhuayna - Guided visit to Inti Punku and Machupicchu".
Around 4:00am it's time to get up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your trip, arriving at 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu is in front of us with its intense beauty - an incredible sight for all to see.
The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their exhausting journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill to the Machu Picchu Citadel (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the "House of the Guardians". From there we proceed to the checkpoint where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will lead you through the amazing ruins and its main streets. You can stroll through the city squares and climb the intricate stone staircases. Machu Picchu is considered the spiritual center of the world for esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.
You will also have time to enjoy some of the following activities on your own if you wish (not included in the price). Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or a dip in the hot springs.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and have a restful night in this beautiful little town.
Meals: Breakfast Distance: 6kms/3.7mls Difficulty: Easy
DAY 5: Machu Picchu Second entrance with the Sacred Hill of Machu Picchu or Sacred Hill of Huaynapicchu.
1. "The Sacred Mountain of Machupicchu is different from the Inca City of Machupicchu.
2. -Huaynapicchu Mountain is located in front of the Sacred Mountain of Machupicchu, Machupicchu Inca City is located in the middle of the two mountains "The spaces are limited both in the mountains and in the Inca City of Machupicchu".
3. The Sacred Mountain of Machupicchu is higher than the Mountain of Huaynapicchu.
4. -The ascent of these mountains is without tour guides, that is, by yourself "the duration of the hike on each mountain "one way" is 1 hour to 1:30 hours.
5. The trail is full of signs and park rangers and this day is an exclusive personal day for you".
Waking up early (05:00am) we will take one of the first buses back to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens (06:00am), after which you will have free time to explore the site on your own and with your permits, you will have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (2 hours round trip) or Machu Picchu mountain (3 hours round trip). Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or a dip in the hot springs.
Return to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and then board the Expedition train "Train schedule will vary according to availability" The train is to Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls "By bus in 25 minutes".
- Transportation from Cusco to Km 82/Piscacucho (where we start walking).
- Professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish).
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the way.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- 2nd. entrance to Machupicchu and Machupicchu or Huaynapicchu hill.
- Bus tickets to the Inca city of Machupicchu and Machupicchu town.
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and several snacks to eat throughout the day.
- Professional cook: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodized water before serving and we only provide boiled, filtered or iodized water for drinking. Vegetarian food on request at no additional cost! All vegetarian dietary needs, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for as long as advance notice is given when booking the trip.
- Porter service (to carry tents and cooking equipment only).
- Drinking water along the Inca Trail.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- First aid kit.
- 1 Oxygen tank.
- 1 night in a basic hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- One way bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
- 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
- Porters or additional horses for transportation staff (Optional US$ 80.00 for 4 days)
- Others not mentioned
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