Cusco, Peru

Inca Trail to Machupicchu

with Hernan H.

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Hernan H.

Inca Trail – 3 days

Trek the challenging ancient route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: This 43-km trek combines the visit of mysterious archaeological sites along the Inca Trail, amazing mountain scenery and lush cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna, ending at the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. This 3-day program is an excellent alternative for fit hardcore trekkers having less time in their visit as it covers the same route as the classical 4-day version but just in 3 days.

Day by Day Itinerary

Type Service: Privately Guided
Itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Inca Trail, Machu picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History

Day 1 – Cusco to Llulluchapampa

Pick up from the Hotel at 6:00am and drive to Km 82 the head 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. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184 ft) to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692 ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba. Continuing through the trail, we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, we only climb half way up the pass, stopping at Llulluchapampa, where we camp and spend the night.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 17 km (10, 56 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3850 m (12628 ft)

Day 2 – Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

After breakfast, we continue our hike up the highest point in the Inca Trail, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo Valley (3600m/11808ft), from which we then start to climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Half way up, we 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. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means “town over the clouds”. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We set our camp in Phuyupatamarca and spend the night there.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4200m (13776 ft)

Day 3 – Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu / Back to Cusco

Breakfast; we wake up at 4:00am and start our way through the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft) Wiñaywayna is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail besides Machu Picchu and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, offering spectacular views over the already narrower Urubamba River valley. After our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Intipunku (Sun Gate). From here we descend into Machu Picchu, 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians”. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon take bus to Aguas Calientes town where we take the train back to Poroy Train Station and transfer to your Cusco hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Total distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3600m (11808 ft)

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$450
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Hernan H.

Adventure travel specialist, Oficial Tour Guide. I offer a wide range of services, from specific treks and expeditions to fully customized programs around Peru, among others. For trekking lovers, our offer ranges from the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to the less known Ausangate or Lares treks, the enigmatic Vilcabamba expedition or any tailor-made trek that you may dream to do. Full profile Leave a Review


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