We will pick you up from your hotel at 4 a.m. for the four-hour drive to the trail head, where you will have breakfast with your trekking staff. Here, you have the opportunity to give them your duffel bags. After breakfast, you will start your adventure to Machu Picchu. The first four hours are downhill, until your reach your lunch stop at Chikiska. This is a small village with fruit plantations. Along the way, you will have great views of the Apurimac River and the valley, as well as the snow-capped peaks. After lunch, It will be another two hours until we arrive at the bottom of the valley, and see the famous Apurimac River. Following, you will pass a bridge, and have a two-hour, uphill hike to the campsite at Santa Rosa.
Walking Distance: 18 km, Campsite Elevation: 1,800 m, Weather: Hot and dry
After an early breakfast you will continue your adventure, starting with a two-hour, uphill hike to Marampata. Take note that this section has many zigzags. Marampata is at an elevation of 3,100 meters, where you will see amazing views of the canyon and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It will be another two-hour, gradual downhill hike until you arrive at the famous Choquekiraw Inca site, where you will enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Inca site and explore the most important places, such as the religious area, the observatory area, and llama terraced sections. You will also enjoy the sunset over the valley and mountains. Following, you will return to your campsite for the night.
Walking distance: 14 km, Camp site elevation: 3,300 m, Weather: Hot and humid
You will have an early breakfast with your team, and prepare for today’s expedition, starting around 6:30 a.m. It will be about 40 minutes, uphill, to reach the first pass of Choquekiraw at 3,500 m. This is a great place to look through the dense vegetation for the famous orchids and flowers, which bloom here most of the time. Then, it will be about 30 minutes of flat, elevated walking, before starting to descend along the zigzag path for an hour and a half, where you will arrive at the Inca site of Pinchaunuyoc. It was used as an agricultural site by the Incas, after a brief explanation by the guide, you will keep walking downhill for another hour and a half until you get to the River, Calle Rio Blanco, at 1,750 m, where we will have lunch. Be sure you bring a good mosquito repellent, especially for this section. After lunch, we’ll take a four-hour, uphill hike until we reach the campsite at Maizal. Here, we’ll see amazing views of the Andean mountains.
Walking Distance: 14 km, Campsite Elevation: 2900 m, Weather: Humid
Wake up with a hot drink, followed by breakfast and the magical sunrise over the mountains. After that, we’ll start with a four-hour uphill hike along a rocky and muddy path. In some sections there will be great views of the surrounding mountains, lush, green valleys and also some arid mountain peaks. Once you reach the top of the pass (at 4,200 m), you will enjoy the lunch. The views will include snow-capped peaks, valleys, and perhaps some condors. After snapping a few fantastic pictures, you will start three hours downhill to our campsite at Yanama. This is a small charming village where; we will spend the night.
Walking Distance: 15 km, Campsite Elevation: 3,800 m, Weather: Humid, dry and cold
We leave at 7am, and walk a gentle path for about 3 hours through a nice scenery, we will see some amazing views of the mountain, alpacas and if we are lucky some condors then stop for lunch after a good siesta we catch the car in order to go to Lucmabamba for camping that night. Along the way, we get to enjoy the gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.
Walking Distance: 5 km, Campsite elevation 2000 m, Weather hot and humid
On this day, we walk for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through the cloud forest to Llactapata Inca remains, an Inca site (2,700m/8,907ft), which is located right in front of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there, we enjoy the unique perspective of Machu Picchu from far away. Then, we hike downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. We continue to walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu.
Wlaking Distance: 18kms, Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge, Weather hot and humid
This last day starts very early. We will wake up at around 5.00 am, have breakfast, and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu, telling the history of Machu Picchu and the most famous temples and buildings. First climb a little bit to the classical viewpoint, this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole Inka city. After that, we descend to the lower sector and explore this magical sanctuary. You will see places as the sundial, temple of the sun, the sacred rock and temple of the condor, once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch. Then We will take our train ride to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Note: if you want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain you need to book this in advance as spaces are limited
* Please note the driving and walking times, time at each site, and departure/arrival time are approximate and depend upon many factors such as road conditions, weather, van size, group pace, etc.