Day 1 - Cuzco - K.82 - Piscacucho - Huayllabamba
A mid morning you will be met by our guide and transferred by private bus to the starting point at
k. 82. in Piscacucho. After a short hike you will enter into the National Park at Llactapata where you
will be registered and the porters will be adjusted for the proper weights of all the equipment.
At one time this was used as utilitarian center of large settlement of farming terraces which probably
supplied the other Inca trail sites.( All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the
time to enjoy the beautiful scenic views. Today you will get your first taste of the environment
with all the diversity of plants as you hike along the Cusichaca river then on to Huayllabamba which
leads into the Amazon basin. All the camping gear is carried by our staff giving you the time to
enjoy the beautiful scenic views like the snow capped peak of Mt Veronica that tops out at 19,200
ft. As you make your way through the most intricate pre-Columbian highway system of the Americas
(some say the world) you will continue to the village of Huayllabamba. Here we will settle in for
the day and the camp site will be set by the porters at Huayllabamba.
(Camp)( L/D )
Travel time Cuzco – Piscacucho: 91 kilometers / 56.5 miles (Paved road: 77 kilometers / 47.4 miles; dirt road: 14 kilometers / 8.7 miles); 3 hours
Trekking distance - 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles; 5-6 hours
Altitudes - Cuzco 3400 meters / 11,159 feet; Piscacucho (Km 82): 2650 meters / 8692 feet; Llactapata: 2610 meters / 8563 feet; Huayllabamba: 2968 meters / 9737 feet
Meals - Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 - Huayllabamba - Warmiwañuska Pass - Pacaymayo
After a early breakfast we depart from the village of Huayllabamba the trail climbs steadily through
high Andean woodland to the plain known as Llulluchapampa, where there are excellent views of the
Huayanay mountain chain. After a 2 hour climb of the most difficult part the Inca Trail trek we will
reach the highest point(4205 meters / 13,795 feet)the Warmiwañuska Pass. After a time is spent to catch
your breath and take some fabulous photos we will begin descending into the canyon of the Pacaymayo
River (3604 meters / 11,821 feet), where we will make our second camp.
(Camp)( B/L/D )
Trekking distance - 7.6 kilometers / 4.7 miles; 6 - 7 hours
Altitudes - Huayllabamba: 2968 meters / 9737 feet; Llulluchapampa: 3767 meters / 12,359 feet; Warmiwañuska: 4205 meters / 13,795 feet; Pacaymayo: 3604 meters / 11,821 feet
Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Pacaymayo - Runkuracay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna
After breakfast you will proceed on the hike to the second pass at Runkuracay(3950 meters/12,956 feet),
from where there are views of both the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. After a short rest we
will descend along a paved Inca road to the ruins of Runkuracay and Sayacmarca, which have been recently
restored. Here we enter the cloud forest and in the afternoon the trail continues via a series of stone
steps past the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3640 meters / 11,942 feet) We will continue a rapid descent through
the cloud forest where a variety of flowers and tropical vegetation, mosses & tree ferns escort you to the magical
ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2665 meters / 8743 feet). Here there are several baths and terraces that we will have
time to admire before we will camp for the night.
(Camp)( B/L/D )
Trekking distance - 7 kilometers / 4.3 miles; 5-6 hours
Altitudes - Pacaymayo: 3604 meters / 11,821 feet; Runkuracay Pass: 3950 meters / 12,956 feet; Phuyupatamarca: 3640 meters / 11,942 feet
Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Wiñay Wayna - Inti Punku Pass - Machu Picchu
After a very early breakfast we depart camp (4:30 a.m.)and start the final portion of the trail hiking approximately
2 1/2 hours. As we enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way, we will see the Urubamba River far below, until we reach the
Inti Punku Pass or "The Gate of The Sun." From this vantage point you will get your first magnificent view of the
forgotten city of Machu Picchu. As we make our 40 minute decent into Machu Picchu passing several Inca structures /
temples along the path to which the guide will point out as you make your way into "coliseum" like site. As we
arrive Machu Picchu site your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder.
Several ideas or possibilities have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion.
Whether this site was pre Incan, a previous leaders sanctuary for his retirement, maybe a location for the virgins
to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca rulers or even sacrificial for the gods. It seems that
the world will never know. After a time spent visiting the more important locations, you will have ample time to explore
on your own. Mid day continue by tourist bus to the base of Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes then proceed to
the train station and board the by Expedition or Vistadome train (Hiram Bingham train available on request.)for your return to Cuzco.
After your arrival into the Cuzco our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel of choice.( B ) ( NOTE: hotel night not included.)
Trekking distance - 4.6 kilometers / 2.9 miles (2 1/2 hours)
Altitudes - Wiñay Wayna: 2665 meters / 8743 feet; Intipunku: 2693 meters / 8833 feet; Machupicchu: 2460 meters / 8071 feet; Aguas Calientes: 2070 meters / 6791 feet.
Meals - Breakfast
NOTE : Inca Trail permit allows for 1/2 day visit of Machu Picchu. Additional 1/2 day entry are available for $50.00 U.S.
The Silver, Gold & Platinum services operates in Private services year round. (except February)
Platinum Class includes: a personal Massage Therapist for days 1 - 4 of the trek, teas, coffees, wine plus all our award winning ammenities.
Bronze Class are in group daily year round. (except February)