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THE INCA TRAIL
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best known and most popular hike in Cusco Peru. The Inca Trail links a range of stunningly preserved Inca ruins. Along the way the natural scenery is breath-taking, with views of snow capped mountains and the cloud forest in Peru; enjoy the most amazing vacations Peru now! Visit our travel guide full of maps, photos and travel tips for the Inca trail to Machu Pichu and Machu Picchu hotels.
Inca Trail specialist SAP ADVENTURES is a specialists tour operator and travel agency offering challenging small-group treks and tours, throughout Peru, as well as individually created tailor made itineraries, we aim to discover the spectacular wilderness areas, fascinating native cultures and diverse wildlife of this spellbinding country.
SAP ADVENTURES Tours is run as a Inca Trail professional tour operator with experienced office staff and guides.
We take pride in looking after our team and paying our trekking staff such as cooks and porters well above average wages.
A large percentage of our profits go towards funding local community-based projects or for those organized directly by ourselves.
We run all of our trips in a responsible manner, socially, culturally, economically and environmentally, and we ask you to 'police' this for us.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
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Day 1 : CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISCACUCHO – HUAYLLABAMBA (About 4:30hrs. – 12 Km/7.5 ml) (L), (D)
Around 6:15a.m. your guide will pick you up from your hotel. At this time you will meet your co-trekkers and will begin your journey in a bus to Ollantaytambo which will take approximately an hour and a half. Once in Ollantaytambo, you will be able to make your last-minute purchases for your trek such as walking sticks, water bottles, snacks, etc. After leaving Ollantaytambo, the ride to Piscacucho will take approximately 30 more minutes. This point is also called Kilometer 82. Here a snack will be provided by your tour guide and you will give your personal belongings to our porters. At 9,000 feet above sea level, you will start your trek by going up short hills and walking on flat land for about two hours. At your arrival at Meskay, you will enjoy your lunch and a short rest. After another two and a half hours of hiking, you will arrive at your first campsite, called Huayllabamba, at 9,840 feet above sea level. Here dinner will be served at about 7:00p.m.
Today you will be able to observe the ruins of Q’anabamba and Willkarakay and visit the ruins of Patallacta during your trek. Also, you will enjoy an unforgettable astronomical view at night.
Day 2 : WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSKA – PACAYMAYU (About 7:00hrs. – 12 Km/7.5 ml) (B), (L), (D)
The cook’s assistant will awaken you about 6:00a.m., offering you hot tea. Breakfast will be served at about 6:30a.m. and after that you will officially meet your crew. Today will be the most difficult day of hiking with mostly uphill walking for the entire morning. Once again, you will receive an energizing snack for the day. The first hour and a half will take you to the first resting point, called Yuncachimpa – Ayabacha, at 10,820 feet above sea level. After another hour of hiking, you will arrive at the second resting point, called Lulluchapampa. Sport drinks, candies, and other groceries will be sold here.
The hardest part of the trek will take you to the “Dead Woman Pass” or “Abra Warmiwañusca” at 13,776 feet above sea level. This portion of the trek will take you about two hours. Here you will have an amazing view of both sides of the valley. A descent on native stairs will take you to the next campsite, called Pacaymayu, at about 11,800 feet above sea level. Here, lunch and dinner will be served.
Today you will enjoy different views of the trail, including a small waterfall, a view of the morning’s campsite from far above, and various vegetation. If you are lucky, you may even see a condor. At the end of the day, you will experience a feeling of great accomplishment for a hard day’s work!
Day 3 : PACAYMAYU - CHAQUIQOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA (About 8:30hrs - 16 Km/10 ml) (B), (L), (D)
Once again your cook’s assistant will wake you up around 6:00a.m. with a cup of hot tea. After breakfast at about 6:30a.m., you will start the most beautiful day of the trek. Your hike will start with a snack and a short ascending hike until get to the ruins of Runkuraqay or “Egg Hut.” After a presentation from your guide, you will continue your hike until you reach the second pass, called “Abra Runkuraqay,” at 12,400 feet above sea level. Your next stop will be the ruins of Sayacmarca at 11,472 feet above sea level, where your guide will talk to you about the ruins. Your last lunch with your group will be served at Chaquiqocha at about 11:30a.m.
After lunch, a stony road will take you to your next campsite, called Wiñaywayna, at 8,692 feet above sea level. On the way you will enjoy the amazing views of the green mountains, rivers, and snowy peaks, as well as the ruins of the Phuyupatamarca, where again your guide will make a presentation. This portion may take you about four and a half hours. Once at the campsite, you might visit the ruins of Wiñaywayna, take a shower, or just rest. After your last dinner, there will be a small ceremony to say thanks to the hard work done by your crew. You will also have the opportunity to tip your crew at this time.
Day 4 : WIÑAYWAYNA - INTIPUNKU - MACHU PICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO ( About 2:15hrs - 6 Km/4ml) (B)
Today you will need to wake up at 4:30a.m. and eat an early breakfast because the police control office opens at 5:30a.m. A hike of an hour and a half will take you to the Gate of the Sun, also called Intipunku, at 8,920 feet above sea level. If it is not cloudy, you will be able to get an amazing view of Machu Picchu, which is located at 7,875 feet above sea level. At about 9:00a.m., your guide will start your tour of the “Lost City of the Incas.” After that you will have time to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain or just wander around. In the afternoon, one or two hours before your train departure, you should take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo.* Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, transportation to your hotel in Cusco will be provided.
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