The Classic Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world the 5 day Inca Trail really gives you the opportunity to take in all the sights and experiences of the Inca Trail at your leisure. Staying at campsites that few people use you get to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and see the sunsets and sunrises in peace and tranquility. Trekking the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life and the 5 day version allows you to enjoy it to the full.
Peruvian government requires permits to hike on the Inca Trial, limited to 500 people per day, which includes support staff. Permits sell out 4-5 months in advance! So book earlyIt is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.
The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight so if you guys are two we can do it!
We pick you up at your hotel and transfer by car to our trailhead at Piscacucho, km. 82 on the train route to Machu Picchu a 3-hour drive from Cusco city. After clearing the trailhead control point, we hike along the left bank of Vilcanota River enjoying the impressive snowcapped Veronica ( highest point in the area). The valley is dry walking adjacent to fields of corn In the rapids below the trail, We explore the enormous Inca site of Llactapata, then turn south and begin to gain altitude following the narrow side valley of the Cusichaca River. We camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba (2,954 m/9,690 ft).
Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 300 m/984 feet.
Climbing up from Wayllabamba for about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the tree-line and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). After this we will take approximately 2 hours to the first highest pass of the trail Abra de Huarmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s pass at 4,215m. During this part of the trail hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.
The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here and also we relax the rest of the day.
Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 1,215 m/3,986feet
We cross a second pass (3,975 m/13,038’) where we find the first Inca site Runcuracay and follow a fine Inca highway down to the exquisite ridge-top inca place of Sayaqmarka. Further on, we pass through a tunnel amid luxuriant cloud forest vegetation. Camp at the superb Phuyupatamarka inca place (3,679m/12,067 ft) overlooking the Urubamba River far below. Phuyupatamarka is Quechua for “City above the Clouds”. The views toward the sacred peak of Salcantay are sublime.
Distance 10 km/ 6 miles,
Elevation gain 315 m/ 1,033feet
Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 inca sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites. The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted at this time of the day, so our arrival to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists around we can get great photos of Machu Picchu from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive to Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We’ve made it!
Distance 11km/ 6.146 miles
Elevation all descent to machupicchu 2,400 m/ 7,874feet
We will begin very early to take the first bus to the city of Machupicchu, where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. The tour with your guide will take around 3 hours. Then, you will have free time to explore the entire city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
If you are interested in this tour or do you have any questions about it.
To reserve your spot on the trail with travel one expeditions, each person must pay a deposit of $200.00 and then pay the rest at our office in Cusco two days before your trek beings. To get the student discount, please send us a scan of both sides of your student card through email at the time you wish to reserve your spot. The only one Accepted by Peruvian Government is the International ISIC card.
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Huaynapicchu Climbing. – You need to book in advance too as the Inca trail because it has a limit capacity of 400 people per day which is divided in to 2 shifts. The first shift is at 7 am, and the second one at 10 am, each shift allows 200 people.
The climb is 50 minutes to an hour, it is a bit narrow but safe, the view of Machu picchu is breathtaking,The sun gate, Urubamaba valley and river.The Price is $70 us dollars.
Before start the trek (104 km) will pass a control, you have to present your passport that has been used to make the reservation of the spaces, and all the information has to be the same and will be verified , after the verification you will enter to the trail, in case the information showed is not the same you cannot enter the Inca trail, if you made the reservation with your old passport and then you renewed it for another passport please be in contact as soon as possible with the office to modify this information at Inca Trail´s offices. All sections of the road are marked, which must respect for the preservation and conservation of the route and for your own safety.
The waste or trash that you will generate during the route, please collect and leave it in the dumpster that exists in the route, if you are in the camping please bring your waste to the porter or cook, they will leave it in recycling bags.
Campfires are strictly prohibited by the regulation, because the area is very vulnerable, the area has suffered many fires over the previous years.
Not permitted to climb the walls of the archaeological sites, it is not allowed pick up flowers, hunt animals or to take stones.
The route is quite safe, there are some sections that are narrow, where you need to be careful, in this place the view of the mountains is amazing, deep valleys, rivers. If you want to observe you must stop and then continue the tour to avoid any misstep or accident.
In case of any emergency, please contact immediately with the guide or trail workers who are on duty to assist any incident in the route.