Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Wayllabamba (L/D)
Pick up at the hotel between 07:30/8am. Bus to Ollantaytambo (+/-1h ½ from Cusco), from where you will reach KM 82, the beginning of the Inca Tail to Machu Picchu. After lunch, you will walk about three hours, slowly going up as warm up for Day 2. Your first camp is around Wayllabamba, but on the way, you will enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Dinner and overnight at campsite (3,000m).
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo (B/L/D)
After breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begins, going towards the highest point in the Inca Trail, where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and observe different types of microclimates. After a 3-hour walk, you will reach the first pass, named Warmiwañiusca (Dead Woman’s), at approximately 4,200 m. After lunch, you will continue your walk down to Pacaymayo where you will camp (3,630m) and have dinner.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Puya Patamarka – Wiñay Huayna (B/L/D)
After breakfast, another pass awaits you at 3,850 m, but en route you will enjoy a guided visit at the archaeological complexes of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. You will continue your hike towards the ruins of Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level Town), where lunch will be served. After lunch, you will continue walking down, around 2000 Inca stairs, to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit of this archaeological complex located in a spectacular setting. You will have dinner and overnight at the camp (2,700 m).
Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Very early day to be at sunrise at Machu Picchu, after breakfast first of course! After about one hour walk through the forest, you will reach Inti Punku (the Gate of the Sun) where you will have the most impressive panorama over Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas.” Your guide will take you throughout the vast complex for a guided visit of about 2 hours. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the tour, you can climb, if you have any energy left, Huayna Picchu (a 45mins climb, but only 400 people allowed per day, gate closes at noon). After your visit, you will take the bus down (or walk down if you still feel like it) to Aguas Calientes for lunch (NOT inlcuded) and meeting at the train station. In the afternoon, you will be transferred by train to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred by bus to Cusco and hotel.
*Vegetarian food available on request
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