Day 1 – Depart early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco to Piscacucho (Km. 82), which is the start point of the Inca Trail. You’ll wmake a stop at Ollantaytambo Town for 15 to 20 minutes. Once you reach Piscacucho, you’ll begin hiking through the dramatic landscape until reaching a nice and quiet campsite near Wayllabamba where you will stay overnight under the stars. Hike 5 – 6 hours (7.7miles)
Day 2– After having breakfast, begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent toward the highest pass on the trail known as Warmi wañusca (4,200m / 13,776ft). The views from the top have to be seen to be believed and are well worth the effort! Begin the descent to your second campsite in Pacaymayo, where we will have lunch and dinner. Hike 6 – 7 hours (7.2 miles).
Day 3– the longest day of your trek, but also the most impressive and the most interesting due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest, rich with Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo you climb to Runquracay Pass. Next up, an easy climb, until you reach Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,700m / 12,073ft), walk on through the cloud forest until you reach uour final campsite at Wiñayhuayna (8,792ft). 8 – 9 hours and 10 miles of hiking.
Day 4– After a bright and early breakfast, depart from the campsite in time to arrive before sunrise at Inti Punku (The “Sun Gate”); entrance gate to the spectacular Machu Picchu. From here, you will experience your first extraordinary view of Machu Picchu at dawn before descending to the citadel. Walk on to this iconic ancient city, where your guide will lead a 2 hour tour.
After visiting Machu Picchu continue the adventure and hike Huayna Picchu, a stunning mountain where the Incas built temples and platforms. Once at the top, you will have a unique view of the famous Machu Picchu citadel.
An incredible experience that demands a decent level of physical fitness!