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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tours Detailed Itinerary

The 4-day Ceremonial Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but decidedly worthwhile, and within the ability of most reasonably fit travelers. Go for it. As Harold Mueller once said, “The saddest words ever coined by mouth and pen, what might have been.”

Day 1 Inca Trail (L,D) Day one of the Inca Trail Tours is considered ‘the easy day’. We’ll depart Cusco or Ollantaytambo early for Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour as we begin our first ascent and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to lunch. After a couple hours of relatively easy ascent you arrive in Huallabamba. Depending on your particular trip, you may camp for the night near the small village of Huallabamba or continue trekking about 1 more hour to our first campsite at  Allapata campsite (3,300mts)

* Accommodation: Tents
* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 12km

Day 2 Inca Trail (B,L,D) After full and nutritious breakfast you’ll begin trekking toward today’s goal, Dead Women’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. Today, you must take your time, find your own pace and stop to appreciate the views, for this is why you have chosen to hike the Inca Trail. Once you summit, have a few minutes for photos followed by a steep decent accompanied by insane scenery takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. Depending on your particular campsite assignment, following lunch you’ll either have the afternoon free to relax, or continue on to summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). With some luck we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serine ruins of Sayacmarca, we will pitch our tents for the night at Chaquicocha or ‘Dry Lake’ in hopes of crystal clear views of the Salkantay range at dawn the next morning.

* Accommodation: Tents
* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 11km

Day 3 Inca Trail (B,L,D) On day 3, the magnificent views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba are still visible. After breakfast, set off through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions from about the 14th century. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136ft). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon after the pass, you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca (poo-yu-pata-marca), or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650m (11972ft) above sea level.

After a short explanation and guided visit at Phuyupatamarca, begin the decent to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. Our campsite is located 5 minutes from the archaeological site, which even if exhausted after a full day, we recommend you visit. Enjoy an afternoon tea, hot shower and final dinner. Before calling it a night, say good bye to your porters, cook and crew.

Tomorrow you’ll get an early wake up call, have breakfast and set off by torch light in route to the steps of the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous city appears in front of you.

* Accommodation: Tents
* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 14km

Day 4 Machu Picchu/Cusco (B) An early morning start from Wiñay Huayna takes us to the steps of Intipunku, or the ‘Sun Gate’. Here you are rewarded with your first, distant views of the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. From the Intipunku decent another 1 hour to Machu Picchu. Following a short break, you’ll then begin a 2 hour guided tour visiting the principle temples, plazas and shrines within the Citadel.

After the guided tour,  you’ll want free time to explore independently, rest, meditate or simply chill out, which you will have. Climb Huayna Picchu (Young Peak not included), hike to the Moon Temple or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes, soak in the thermal baths before an afternoon train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

*Included: Breakfast, Expedition Train service to Ollantaytambo or Cusco

* Today’s walking distance approximately 8km
* Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

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