4-Day Classic Inca Trail Trek

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Among the world’s top hikes is the Inca trip that leads you towards Machu Picchu. Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous forest hike leading to the holy Inca city of Machu Picchu. The massive 33km trek normally takes 4 days to complete, combining a remarkable mix of Inca remains, green cloud forest, mountain scenery, and a vivid sub-tropical jungle. More than 250 orchid species have been discovered in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Those who wish to conquer the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will require a certain degree of fitness. However, age shouldn’t obstruct your path. It is very essential to be properly acclimatized to this altitude.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba

Stop At: Mirador de Llactapata

Llactapata, by name in Quechua means "High City". This shows us its incredible condition located 2.840 meters above the sea. Llactapata fulfilled religious and agricultural importance is reflected by its proximity ceremonial resorts as important as wealth and fertile lands which were very well used were made. The strategic location indicates its importance which expressed the Inca domination.

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Campsite.

Duration: 7 hour

Day 2 From Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu (Crossing the highest point)

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• After breakfast we will begin our demanding day with a sharp climb to the Warmiwañusca Pass, also called the Dead Woman´s Pass (4,200m/13,776ft). Along this path, the surroundings begin to transform to a mountainous terrain where we may see local alpacas and llamas grazing on the Ichu grass.

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• We will continue downhill from here using a winding path that bypasses a valley beside our next campsite. We will also go by an area known as the cloud forest, a habitat for various species of birds such as sparrows, hummingbirds and also the Andean bear better known as the Spectacled Bear. • After 6 hours of trekking we will descend into the valley of Paqaymayu (3,500m/11,480ft) where we will find our campsite. You will enjoy a wonderful meal and rest after an exhausting day.

Day 3 Paqaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (Descending into the Cloud Forest)

Stop At: Runkuracay

• After Breakfast we will make our way along the longest and most remarkable part of the trail. The presence of numerous archaeological sites as well as the green cloud forest and the rich presence of Andean flora and fauna will take your breath away. We will make our way from Paqaymayu to Abra Runkurakay, the second pass (3,955m/12,975ft). • Midway along the Inca trail, you will come upon the remains of Runkurakay, a semi-circular Inca domicile overlooking the Paqaymayu valley.

Duration: 13 hour

Stop At: Sayacmarca

After a short visit, we make our way into the Cloud Forest to the Archaeological site of Sayacmarca where you will have a chance to explore.

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Continuing the hike, we will approach the third mountain pass at Abra Phuyupatamarca and descend to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, also known as “The Town in the Clouds" where you will have a chance to explore this astounding Inca vestige.

Stop At: Winay Wayna

• Next, we will make our way down a long stone stair case that will lead us to Wiñayhuayna (2,700m/8,858ft), an inspiring Inca center consisting of a thriving agricultural complex, an urban sector and a religious hub in close proximity of our camp. Wiñayhuayna becomes the last official camp before Machu Picchu. Ensure that you are well rested so that you wake up in time to catch the marvelous sunrise at Machu Picchu.

Day 4 Hike to Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary & Back to Cusco

Stop At: Machu Picchu

• At around 04:00am you will get up, have breakfast and continue on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This is the last part of the journey so we will arrive at the Sun Gate by 06:00 am. • Out of the blue every part of Machu Picchu will materialize before your eyes stuttering with its immense beauty - an incredible sight for all to see. The sight is overwhelming and you can imagine what the ancient Inca must have perceived after their taxing expedition to this expansive temple. At this point we move downhill towards Machu Picchu (2,430m/7,972ft), after a period of 40 minutes we will enter the citadel through the “House of the Guardians”. •At 08:00 am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you through the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.

Duration: 2 hour
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