A network of well-made roads connect the inca cities to their imperial capital, Cusco. The Machu Picchu, Cusco road was part of this system. The Inca Trail crosses dense forests and deep canyons across many altiitudes and enviroments. The surroundings are impressive and the balance achieved between nature and inca architecture is striking to watch.
The Vilcabamba mountain range presents peaks higher than 6,000 meters, such as the Salkantay and Huamantay among others. The blend of mountains, jungle, and valleys create the feeling of being part of a fantasy world where the spectacular dawn and sunset are shrouded in mystery and legend.
The Vilcabamba mountain range its located within the boundaries of the Machu Picchu historical sanctuary, which is a protected reserve, set up by the peruvian government in 1981 in order to preserve and protect the natural beauty and Cultural Patrimony of our country which are of great scientific and historic value.
CUSCO - CHILLCA - PATALLACTA - HUAYLLABAMBA
Our vehicle takes us to the starting point of our trek.
The Trail follows the left bank of the Urubamba River with views of Veronica Mt. arriving to Llactapata ruins which were recently restored, we can explore this incredible place before continuing upstream to the Indian community of Huayllabamba.
HUAYLLABAMBA - PATALLACTA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA - PACAYMAYO
From our camp the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass where we will be able to have lunch and rest for a moment before resuming our trip.
Hiking gradually uphill in about two more hours we get to Warmiwañuska pass that is located at 4,050mts /13,280ft, here we will find the first and the highest pass, that possesses a breath-taking view of Mount Huayanay.
From here a quick descend by a recently restored trail with staircases will take us to Pacaymayo River where we will set up our camp and spend the night.
PAQAYMAYU - WIÑAY WAYNA
This day will be the longest and the most interesting day of all, the trail will take us to the impressive ruins of Runkuraqay, then we will slowly continue to the second pass with incredible views of the Vilcanota mountain range.
After that, the trail will descend to Sayaqmarka, a pre-Hispanic complex with narrow streets and buildings erected on different levels, shrines, patios, canals and a protecting outer wall.
Moving on, we will continue to Phuyupatamarca constructed near the third pass with extraordinary views of the Mountain chains and the Urubamba canyon. Now a flagstone trail will take us down into the cloud forest arriving to Wiñay Wayna ruins a place with wonderful agricultural terraces, a small religious sector, and the residential area where the houses are located.
WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
We start this day with a two hours hike that will take us to Inti Puncu pass (the gate of the Sun) where we will see the magnificent lost city of the Incas at our feet. After One more hour downhill we will get to the ruins.
At Machu Picchu: A Fascinating tour of temples, houses, terraces for growing crops and even gardens are provided by the guides, because being honest, words and pictures will never do this place justice, it is truly a magical place to be in and experience.
Later in the afternoon we return to Cusco by train. Or if you wish we can provide a hotel in Aguas Calientes for an extra night.
Transportation to the km 82
Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Bus Tickets to Aguas Calientes
Train tickes to back to Cusco Vistadome direct to Poroy
Transfer from the Train station to the hotel
Cook and assistance
Porter ( they carrie the camping gear and food)
All the meals in the program
Tent and Mat
Porter for a personal staff
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Lunch the last day in Machu Picchu
Breakfast the fist day
Second Entrances fees
Original passport (student + ISIC card valid )
Hat or cap
Medium back pack for the way
Rain coat or ponchos
Bottle of water
Sun blocker with high protection factor
Additional storage memory