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The four day Inca trail brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains. This Machu Picchu trek is gorgeous: perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views. The ultimate and greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth is the iconic Machu Picchu.
Departure time: around 6.30. Return time: depends on the train, between 17.00 – 22.00
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Don’t forget your passport!
Arrive in Cusco a few days before the start of the trek
(this is a sample itinerary, there are small differences between the diferent trek operators in Cusco)
The Inca Trail
After the Inca Trail checkpoint, you cross the narrow bridge at Kusicancha (at Km. 82). The first day is pretty easy the first kilometres. We will have a beautiful view of the Veronica glacier, and we will walk near Vilcanota River until we get to the archaeological complex of Patallacta. We will have lunch and rest before continuing to Wayllabamba where we will set the first campsite.
Today we hike the hardest part of the Inca trail: we will reach the Dead Woman’s Pass (Warmiwañusca), up to 4200. You will enjoy incredible panoramic views of the mountain chains of this area. After lunch, start to descend towards the Pacaymayo valley where we will set the second campsite.
Phuyupatamarca or Wiñayhuayna.
Early in the morning, only after a30-minute walk, we will find the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. Here we will see impressive Inca architecture, e.g. at Sayacmarca, a beautiful Inca complex. We will also go through the famous Inca tunnel to reach the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca. After that, we continue the way down through an interesting path, covered with dense vegetation of the rainforest, very rich in flora y fauna.
On the final day, we wake up early to walk the last part of the trail to the Intipunku (Sun Gate), from where we will be able to see the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the first time. We will have a guided tour of the citadel visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. After some free time to stroll around the citadel, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes from where the train back to Cusco departs.