Day By Day Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – KM 82 – Ayapata
On the night before your trek, there will be a briefing with your trekking tour guide, at 6:30 p.m. at your hotel. This can be arranged at a different time, if needed. In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel with our private transportation (time depending on your location). You will take a stunning drive to the trail head, KM 82 and see a great view of the Andes along the way. Your chef will prepare breakfast at the trail head and display your passport to the checkpoint. Finally, you will start the first two and a half hours of the hike. It will be pretty flat until you arrive to the Inca site of Llactapata. This is where you will have the first taste of Incan culture, and where our tour guides will begin to explain the history of Peru and the Incas. After your first Inca lesson, it will be another hour and a half until we arrive at the lunch stop. After lunch, we will have some time to rest and then continue for another two and a half hours until we reach our first camp at Ayapata.
Walking Distance: 14 km
Camp Site Elevation: 3,300 meters
Day 2: Ayapata – Dead Women’s Pass – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha
You will be woken up with a hot cup of coca tea at 4:45 a.m, followed by a nutritious breakfast. At 6:15 a.m., we will begin hiking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail, Dead Women’s Pass (4,215 meters). It will be a four hour climb, through different microclimates, with amazing views of the mountains. It is difficult trekking at this elevation, so there will be a lot of breaks along the way. Once you reach the summit, your porters will be waiting with a hot glass of tea and you will have some time to enjoy. You will then hike for another hour and a half downhill through Inca steps, until you arrive at your lunch spot. After lunch, you will have another four hours, including breaks, you will reach your campsite at Chaquicocha, You will get to visit two Inca sites, Runku Raccay and Sayacmarka. The day will be finished with dinner at the campsite.
Walking Distance: 16 km
Campsite Elevation: 3,600 meters
Day 3: Chaquiccoha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
You will be woken up with a hot cup of tea, followed by breakfast. Following, you will begin your two hour hike to the last pass of Phuyupatamarca, which is at 3,680 mm. This section has special views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and Salkantay mountain. On the three hour continuation to our campsite, we will visit two Inca sites, Phuyupatamarca (Village above Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).
Along the way, you will discover different types of plants, flowers and birds in the forest. After lunch, you may take the five minute walk to the most beautiful Inca site of the trail, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). This place is filled with impressive buildings and terraces. Around 5:30 p.m., you will go back to the campsite for your last happy hour and dinner, followed by a small ceremony to say "thank you and good bye" to your amazing “green machine” porters. You may leave an appreciation, if you choose. For more information, check our "What's Included?" section.
Walking Distance: 10 km
Camp Elevation: 2,600 meters
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Return to Cusco
Breakfast will be at 4 a.m., and then we will head to the check point. Walking this one hour section to Sun Gate is exciting because you will see Machu Picchu for the first time. After taking some photos, it will be one more hour to the actual ruins.
After you are finished, you will walk to the checkpoint of Machu Picchu, where you can get a stamp on your passport and store your bag if you so choose. Your guide will walk around the Machu Picchu complex with you for two hours teaching, and showing you about this amazing place. Once the tour is over, you will have time to continue on your own, or if you have previously arranged to hike Huayna Picchu, you will begin then. Around 1:30 p.m. you will depart from Machu Picchu and take the bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch, on your own. Your train out of Aguas Calientes will be at 2:55 p.m. or 4:45 p.m., depending on availability. You will return back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station, and we will transfer you back to your hotel around 7 or 8 p.m.
Walking Distance: 5 km
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400 meters