This challenging trek takes you on a journey through the different ecosystems of this beautiful area, including pampa, cloud forest, wooded valleys, riverside and mountain passes. You will explore ancient Inca ruins on the way, where our excellent guide, Flavio, will share his knowledge of this magnificent civilisation to bring your visits alive. You will brave high mountain passes before joining up with the original Inca Trail to finally arrive at Machu Picchu. With this tour, you can enjoy Machu Picchu over two full days, taking in the beautiful sunrise on your last day, as well as an informative guided tour of the ruins.
Day 1: Cusco – Tomacaya – Tocobamba
By vehicle and with a guide, the journey starts: over Tika-Tika pass with the first views of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay on the horizon, and then across the plateau of Anta (Antapampa), the “Breadbasket of Cusco”, an area important for the production of grains and cattle. The road then crosses Limatambo pass with amazing views of both the mountains and a panorama of the lush agricultural valley below. A visit to the ruins of Tarawasi, with its long asymmetric Inca stone wall, is a must before leaving Limatambo. The drive continues up a side-valley to the farming village of Tomacaya and the trailhead. From Tomacaya there are great views of the Limatambo Valley and down the Apurimac Valley towards Curawasi.
A short hike uphill ends at Tocobamba (3400m/11,152 ft) where camp is set up near a small stream. (Time: 2 hours; Distance: 4km) (B / L / D)
Day 2: Tocobamba – Tinkoc – Collpa
Upon leaving the campsite the trail ascends toward Muyuhorko Pass (3,950 m/12,956 ft). This four-hour hike to the pass ends with a lunch break and tour of a pre-Inca ceremonial site. From here there is an astounding panoramic view of Mt. Salkantay, Humantay, Yanantay and Palcay and beyond Ausangate, Ninaparayoc and Qoylluriti as well as the Pampa de Anta and the Pass of Huilki. Over Muyuhorko pass the trail descends to the Tinkoc River and Collpa (3500m / 11480ft), where the next camp is located. (Time: 6 hours; Distance: 11 km) (B / L / D)
Day 3: Collpa – Tocto – Sisaypampa
The hike continues up the Tinkoc Valley to the confluence of another river, (3,800m / 12,464ft) then up the left fork to the Tocto Pass (4,900m / 16,072ft). This long slow ascent uphill finally reaches the pass with breathtaking views of Mt. Salkantay, Yanahorco and Palcay directly opposite and views of the Pampaccahua valley and our Sisaypampa campsite below at 4,200m / 13,690ft. The decent, steep at first, drops to the valley floor for an easier hike down the valley. (Time: 8 hours; Distance: 12 km) (B / L / D)
At the campsite there is a dominating view of the eastern face of the mountains.
Day 4: Sisaypampa – Pampacahua – Paucarcancha
The trail continues to the end of the valley, turns north and enters the wider valley of Pampacahua. Along the Incan canal running through the middle of the valley are small farming settlements. At the end of the Pampa the trail begins to get steeper as it passes the tree line and continues to the campsite near Paucarcancha, and the confluence of the Pampacahua and Keska valleys (3,150m / 10,260ft). (Time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 10 km) (B / L / D)
Day 5: Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – Llulluchapampa
The day begins at low altitude with a visit to the village of Huayllabamba. From here it is a progressively steep ascent to Huayruro stream (3,400m / 11,084ft) and Yunkachimpa. At Yunkachimpa the trek is joined by a new crew of porters. From here the trail crosses over to Llullucha gorge and traverses unique forest of Unca trees, a native species, which nowadays is hard to find except in isolated areas. As the trail enters the Machu Picchu Sanctuary there are fewer people living in the area, and once out of the forest at Llulluchapampa, there is a view of Mt. Huayanay that overlooks the campsite (3,750m / 12,225ft). (Time: 5-6; Distance: hours, 8 km) (B / L / D)
Day 6: Llulluchampampa – Runkuraqay – Sayacmarca – Phuyupatamarca
A steady ascent on the Inca Trail up toward Warmiwañusca pass (4,200m/13,692 ft) affords a magnificent view of both the ascent and the trail ahead. A reconstructed trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and ascends again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and a second pass (4,050m / 13,200ft). From here the trail drops down to Sayacmarca (3,850m / 12,551ft) to join the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. The trail in this beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley becomes more leisurely as it winds through imposing scenery and continues along a ridge through amazing landscapes, including views of Mt. Salcantay and Mt. Pumasillo. The rolling flagstoned trail arrives at Phuyupatamarca, “village on the edge of the clouds”, where the campsite is nearby. (Time: 7-8 hours; Distance 14km) (B / L / D).
Day 7: Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu
This day begins with a traverse along a ridge with magnificent views of the expansive cloud forest below. This little known trail goes past the newly opened site of Intipata and then ends at Wiñay-Wayna, a great place to stop for lunch. From here another walk along the original Inca Trail arrives at Intipunku, “the Sun Gate” with a spectacular view of Machu Picchu below. (Time: 6-7 hours; Distance 10km) (B / L)
Day 8: Machu Picchu – Cusco
The whole day can be dedicated to exploring these extraordinary Inca remains, including a visit to Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking the site.
Allocations and itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
What is included?
- Pre trek briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead
- Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu)
- English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional Photographer (Assistant guide for groups of over 9 people).
- Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
- Thermarest mattress
- Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
- Toilet tent
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
- Porters & mules (for equipment and personal items) They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule or porter.
- 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower ONLY during first 2 days
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
- Tents for our staff to sleep in
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
- Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.
What is not included?
- Breakfast on the first morning
- Entrance to the thermal springs
- Entry to Huayna Picchu
- Travel Insurance
We recommend that you bring:
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
- Sturdy footwear – waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly in cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, dried fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend to swim in the hot springs)
- Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
- Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
- Walking sticks or poles (You can hire these from us. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu)
- Binoculars (if you have them)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
- Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
- Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $75
- Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24
- 1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
- With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
- Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **
Private Service Prices 2109
- 1 people US$2450 per person
- 2 people US$1650 per person
- 3 people US$1600 per person
- 4 people US$1550 per person
- 5 people US$1500 per person
- 6 people US$1450 per person
- 7+ people US$1400 per person
- STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.orgDiscounts
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
- ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $75 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $70 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour: