Day 1: Cusco – Km. 82 – Wayllabamba
Very early the staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco – Machupicchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast; we begin the most difficult part of the trek, climbing to the 4,200-meter Warmiwañusca pass, (Dead Woman’s), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, passing through Llulluchapampa. At the pass, we have a spectacular view of the Andes before beginning the descent to camp in Pacaymayo.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Puya Patamarka – Wiñaywayna
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stopwinaywayna to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. After lunch, our hike takes us to Wiñay Wayna, (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. This campsite hosts a trekker lodge, a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp.
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
We start hiking early towards Inti Punku, or Door of the Sun, where we have a spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Then walk down to the Sanctuary with the professional guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. Visit the many sacred temples and more
To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu we can choose one of the two groups at 07:00 am or 10:00 am. We make the trek up the mountain of Huayna Picchu it will take us about an hour but really worth it, the view is breathtaking and the experience will be unforgettable. Enjoy it and recharge energy.
After that we walk down to Aguas Calientes, where we take the train back to ollantaytyambo and then bus to Cusco