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Classic Inca Trail To Machupicchu 4D/3N

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Compared to other famous hikes, its rather short - but along the way you enjoy a mixture of incredible ruins, snowcapped mountain peaks, beautiful waterfalls and luscious jungle. At the end of the trail you will walk through the Sun Gate for your first site of Machu Picchu, where you will see the ruins from above at its most beautiful.

The government has sanctioned a small portion of the thousands of miles of Inca Trail preserved for this hike. The classic most popular route is 26 miles or 42km and takes 4 days. You can do this same route at a slower pace for a 5 day trek. There is a longer version for those trying to make it more challenging - a 7 day trek that combines the Salkantay pass with the Inca Trail. And there is a short 2 day version which is really just one day hiking and the second day is spent at Machu Picchu. No matter which route you choose, you will need a PERMIT to do the trek.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the best hikes the world has to offer. It is also one of the most approachable, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete. Some good health and fitness will help you get from the trailhead to the end, Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Llactapata- Ayapata:

Vidal Expeditions team will pick you up from where ever you are staying in Cusco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo. Pickup from Cusco will be at 4:30AM, from Urubamba 5:30 AM and if you stay in Ollantaytambo, you get to sleep in a bit with your pickup at 6:30 AM. At your briefing, these times will be confirmed as they might fluctuate based on where you staying. We will then drive to Km 82, arriving at about 7:00AM. After to be ready we’ll go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin our trek (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. From Patallacta it’s another 30 minutes  hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Wayllabamba (2950 meters/9678 feet). On this last stretch we pass through 2 small communities. If you want to buy any energy drinks or snacks you can do so here, you can also buy any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten. We’ll arrive to our campsite by 5:00PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. By 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well-deserved rest.

Walking distance: 6.7 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2950 meters/9678 feet (high) above sea level
Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
Weather: Warm and windy

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Dead Woman´s Pass - Pacaymayu:

Your porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our hardest day and we will start early. We’ll hike for roughly 5 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley - Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and we spend the night here we arrive there in the afternoon where our delicious lunch is watting for you, then we have free 3 hours where you can rest or play some games with your guide, After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold!

Walking distance: 4.94 miles/9km (7-8 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)
Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
Weather: Cold and rainy

Day 3: Pacaymayu- Second Pass - Wiñaywayna:

Completing Day 2 and beginning Day 3 certainly deserves a pat on the back! We begin early again, waking up at 5:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass (3950meters /1295 feet), it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).
We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and take all the pictures the we keep walking to Chaquiqocha (Dry Lake)  where we have lunch,  after relax we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We arrive at our campsite around 4:00PM to have té time and then if you still have enoughenergy we can go to see Wiñaywayna Inca ruin  (Forever Young) or you can just relax and ready for your final day at Machu Picchu.
We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in the hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu.

Walking distance: 11.2 miles/16km (11 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered: longest day - all downhill!
Area: High Cloud Forest
Weather: Warm and very humid

Day 4: Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - The Lost City Of The Incas

Wake up time is at 3:30AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downstairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better! At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour. After the tour you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes and you’ll have plenty of free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountain - Huaynapicchu  (must be arranged ahead of time). Your guide will offer to meet you down in the village of Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. At lunch, he will hand out train tickets, so if you choose to skip, please arrange to get these before leaving him at Machu Picchu.
Unless you arranged for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 14:55hrs. Please make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes ahead of time. This train will be 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where an our driver will meet you and drive you back to the city in our bus, then we will drop you off at your hotel.

Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM)
Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

Included

  • Professional bilingual Guides (English-Spanish)
  • Permits Inca trail and Machupicchu tickets (They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated.)
  • Briefing the night before your trek.  You will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike.
  • Porters we include a personal porter. Who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag (7 kg). There is no additional fee for this
  • Transportation all your transportation is included in this trek.
  • Equipment.  We use tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
  • Food.Vidal Expeditions chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about.
  • Water after the first pass.We will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth.
  • First Aid.  Our guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February.
  • Mattress. We provide inflatable mattress to our costumers which will be blowing for our porters

Not Included

  • Rentals
  • Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. And walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • Sleeping Bag: $20
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20

From: USD 0.00 per person

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