There is nothing more extraordinary than after 4 days of climbing and descending mountains, inter-Andean valleys, forests of impressive clouds, finding these incredible constructions of beauty and perfection, walking on ancient stones, this unique eternal Inca road and finally reaching the last path, last watchtower last dwelling, the "Sun Gate" or Inti Punku, and see in front of you, Machu Picchu, beautiful, enigmatic, unique, the lost city of the Incas. The city of eternal tranquility and reaching on foot, walking as the Inkas did, is like stepping back in time and feeling a strong magical and mystical sensation of connection with the Inkas. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a classic excursion, you have to do it once in your life. There are few places in the world where one finds a mixture of peace, joy, strength, natural beauty, tranquility for the spirit, a place of symbiosis of jungle, landscapes, mountains, archeology, fine architecture, etc. There are still many exquisite isolated ruins to explore on the route to Machupicchu. The Inka trail offers wonderful views of mountains, snow-capped peaks, jungle around, offering a unique sensation of ending this wonderful trek in the most famous place on the continent Machu Picchu. Many reasons not to miss ... !!! "Machupicchu a spiritual connection that will last your whole life !!! Inca Trail is a very famous excursion worldwide. It is considered one of the 10 most famous walks in the world. Before 2001 any tourist could enter and do the tour on their own, however due to the great demand that was having this route, the Peruvian government decided to regulate this route and it is so since 2001 they can only enter the road network Inca either the 4 days as well as the 2 days through an authorized guide and / or an authorized travel operator agency. Now a very important detail to keep in mind is that for each day there are only 500 places, 200 for tourists and 300 for support staff (guides, porters, cooks, assistants, etc). The high season for this tour is from April to September, so if you want to do the tour in April, May and June we recommend you book up to one year in advance.
Day 01: Cusco - Starts Inca Trail to Km82 (Head trail)- Wayllabamba Campsite
Day 02: Wayllabamba - Chaquicocha campsite
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna campsite
Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco
The permits for the Inca Trail are very limited, there are only 500 income per day of which 300 will be used by trekking teams, cooks, porters and guides, this means that you must reserve many months in advance if you want to secure a place; we recommend doing it six months before. However, if you want to come during the high season (from May to September) you must make your reservation 8 or 10 months before.
The high season on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is from May to September, because this time coincides with vacations in the Western Hemisphere. These months probably offer the best trekking conditions with a dry and sunny climate. However, as we said before, you should reserve the permits many months before. April, October and November are also great months to make the Inca Trail; There are fewer hikers, although it is likely that at least one day it rains during the trek. It is also easier to find available permits, although they must still be booked months in advance. The rainy season goes from January to March, and if you decide to come during this time, expect some frequent rains. However, it is perfectly safe to do the walk, with the equipment of waterproof that are adequate. Again, it is much easier to get permits to travel the Inca Trail at this time of year.
Children accustomed to walking can do the Inca Trail, although personally we believe that to enjoy a route like this they should be at least 12 years old. But we have witnessed smaller children who complete the walk. If you want to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as a family, contact us to discuss the physical status of your children in more detail.
It is recommended that you have a good level of fitness, however, you do not have to be a fan of exercise. If you are not in shape, it would be a good idea to start a regular walking workout (uphill) a few months before your adventure. Altitude is one of the biggest challenges about trekking in Peru; the highest step of the Inca trail is at 4.125, at the pass of the dead woman. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we recommend the following:
The Inca Trail is part of the National Heritage of Peru and its access and the conditions of the excursions are managed and regulated by the Ministry of Culture Cusco. Only they can give access authorizations.
The start of the excursion can be from the outskirts of the city (Treks of 4 days) or, for the most hurried or less athletic, from an intermediate point (2 day trek). It is worth mentioning that the Inca Trail can only be done in one direction: from Cusco to Machu Picchu; the return is always done in a motorized way (usually by train but it is also possible to return by bus).
This does not happen very often; However, if it happens, our guides are very experienced and know how to act in case of any emergency or unexpected occurrence; They will do everything possible to help you complete your walk. In addition, first aid kits and oxygen tanks are brought for emergencies. However, if you become seriously ill and need to return to Cusco, you will be treated quickly and arrangements will be made for you.
The surroundings are impressive and the balance achieved between nature and Inca architecture is amazing. The mountains of Vilcabamba have wide and high peaks that reach up to 6,000 meters as well as Salkantay and Humantay among others. The mixture of mountains, jungles and valleys create a fantastic world where dawn and sunset are shrouded in mystery.
This first day we will pick up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer to kilometer 82. Place where we will take our breakfast before starting our walk, then we start with our tour: the first part is quite simple around two hours there we will visit the archaeological center of Patallacta from where we will appreciate an impressive landscape of flora, fauna, indigenous peoples with Inca traditions and archaeological centers that show the importance of this valley in the first section, after lunch we will continue ascending slightly through the semi-tropical valley for two more hours until we reach our camp Wayllabamba (3000m.a.s.l) where we will spend the night.
This day is considered the most exhausting as we will reach the highest point of our route known as the Warmiwañusca pass at 4200 meters above sea level. After breakfast we will start our ascent, the first two hours we will walk among abundant vegetation with trees of jungle origin, for this reason known by many as the highest forest in the world because of its landscapes and flora at 3800 m.a.s.l, from there to the high point is typical andean mountain covered with ichu or straw, mountains with perpetual snow between the mountains, after an arduous walk of 5 hours approximately we will reach the high point, from there we will observe the majesty of the andes the deep valleys and the distance the third day road with luck the over flight of the condors and we will feel between us the thick clouds and close to us the sky. After a deserved rest we will descend to our second camp Chaquicocha.
After the very special and delicious breakfast, the walk starts again to the second step, only an hour and a half walk away, this place arrives very early and it is simple, before we will arrive at the archaeological center of Runkuracay interesting for its construction where we will do our visit to know its importance, 30 minutes later we will reach the second step from there we descend to the archaeological center of Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna. This day, for the most part, is an original Inca trail that challenges time, a path that is perfectly guarded by time. We will pass Inca tunnels, viewpoints, within the jungle, with abundant flora and fauna, especially a variety of orchids and hummingbirds and many others. We will arrive at our third Wiñayhuayna camp at 2650 meters above sea level.
This is the most important day of our journey, that day we will wake up at 4:00 AM, after breakfast we will go to our final destination in the freshness of dawn to 40 minutes more we will arrive at the door of the sun the famous "Sun Gate " or Inti Punku in quechua where we will have the first view very impressive of the enigmatic citadel of MACHU PICCHU surrounded by mountains covered with vegetation, valleys, rivers. After a break we will descend to the same citadel to visit the most important places, after the visit we will have a free time to explore ourselves, in the afternoon we will take our train back to Cusco.
During the hike to the Inca Trail, you should not miss a good hydration. It is necessary to always carry water with one, either in bottle or canteen. You should drink before starting the walk, and a few sips during this, during the day we should have taken 2 liters of water. Likewise, to avoid dehydration it is advisable to rest in the shade, wet your head and forearms, this practice is usually very comforting.
Special attention must be paid to the care of certain parts of the body, which are the most affected on the Inca Trail.