The 4 days Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco is undoubtedly an impressive way to visit Machu Picchu. Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu takes you through the protected nature of the Peruvian jungle and cloud forests, passing through several Inca archeological sites and offering stunning views. Incas used this sacred path for their pilgrimage to the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
The best thing – Classic Inca Trail Trek is the only way to witness sunrise from Intipunku or Sungate before stepping into Machu Picchu.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be leaving from Cusco at 0530 in the morning towards the Sacred Valley of Incas. Before reaching the trail head at Km. 82, we will be stopping in Ollantaytambo for breakfast.
After having breakfast, we will take a train to the trail head, Km 82. Once here, the authorities will verify your permit and passport details before allowing you the access.
We will be crossing Urubamba river ans will start our Classic Inca Trail Trek. This would be more like a warm up. We will stop in a town called Miskay for lunch.
After the explanation we will continue with our hike to Wayllabamba (3,100 m) and we will go up to Yucachimpa (3,300 m), where we will camp and spend the night from this place we will have a beautiful view of the mysterious Veronica mountain.
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Total distance: Approximately 11 kms.
The second day is the day to walk freely; That means that everyone can walk at their own clear pace that they will not feel alone when walking at their own pace since during the short breaks you will meet the other members of your group.
Early in the morning, the road takes us first to the valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m). In the first 3 kilometers we will enjoy the humid forests and the sound of the small rivers, after three hours of walking from Llulluchapampa we will reach the highest point of the trip, the Warmihuañusca Abra (Dead Woman’s Open) (4200 m) is Ascent is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail.
After a short break at the summit, we will continue the journey with a long and steep descent towards the Pacaymayo River to the open of Runkurakay (3050 m) where we will arrive at our camp called Chaquicocha at (3650 m). Here we will end the day with a well-deserved rest, while enjoying an impressive view of the mountains and the landscape.
Walking time: 8-9 hours
Total distance: approximately 15 km
The third day is the most beautiful. You may notice a change in the ecosystem when walking to the Wiñaywayna tropical forest. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second open (3950 m). It is a gentle ascent through a beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before arriving open (3700 m) from here you have a magnificent view of the Valley and laughed at Urubamba.
The nearest archeological center is called Phuyupatamarca “the City among the clouds” (3600 m). A well preserved Inca site, where you can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We will pass another Inca tunnel before visiting the “always young” Wiñaywayna ruins (2650 m). The stone stairs are transformed into a path in Zig-zag until we reach our last camp.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: approximately 10 km.
After our breakfast at 4:30 in the morning, we will go – equipped with our flashlights – to Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol) to have the first view of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise in Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The last triumphant descent will take us almost an hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400 m) around 08 a.m.
You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour of (about two hours) that helps you understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archaeological site on your own (for example, visit Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an incredible panoramic image).
Then when we return, we will take a bus to Machupicchu Pueblo. Here you can take distance from your discomfort or pain in the hot springs of the city. Continuing the trip we will take a train in the afternoon that will take us to the Ollantaytambo station, (2 hours trip) In the place we will be waiting for our transfer with a sign where we indicate our names to return in a tourist bus to the City of Cusco.
Walking time: 2-3 hours
Total distance: approximately 7 km.