Day 1: Cusco – Wayllabamba
A bus will drive us to the Ollantaytambo village, where we will meet the staff accompanying us during the four days of excursion. We will then continue until the km. 82, which is the starting point of the tour. After passing by the checkpoint, we will walk for 5 or 6 hours, as far as the Wayllabamba village, where we will camp.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu
This trip will lead us through an area where the vegetation is abundant, as far as Llulluchapampa, via the Warmiwañusca pass (4,200 masl). After walking through the highest step, we will go again to the Pacaymayu valley, in which we will spend the night.
Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna
Very early in the morning, we will climb the Runkuracay pass (3,900 masl), where we will soon notice a change in the vegetation, and be able to appreciate the valley and to visit the Sayacmarca ruins. After crossing a dry lake and entering the jungle, we will enjoy a variety of orchids and parrots, go through a tunnel as far as the Phuyupatamarca ruins (3,600 masl). We will then go down to Wiñayhuayna, where we will camp.
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
After seeing the Machupicchu and the magnificent views of the fortress, we will finally walk for an hour, to reach the Gate of the Sun (Intipunku). After the visit, we will descend to take the train back to Cusco.
*Due to the Peruvian government restrictions on the number of people allowed every day on the Inca trail, we recommend you to book the excursion at least four months in advance (6 months for an excursion from May to September, as it is the high season), to make sure that you will do the Inca Trail.
The quotas for the Inca Trail are issued by the Peruvian government through the DRC (Regional Department for Culture, Dirección Regional de Cultura in Spanish). Keep in mind that they represent only 500 people a day, for all travel agencies. About 180 of them are tourists, and the others are the support staff, such as guides, cooks and porters. This is why we recommend you to book the trip several months before.
During the journey, you will have to carry your personal belongings, as well as a small mat (which we will provide you) and your sleeping bag (not included). If you wish so, you can hire another porter, who will cost you another USD 120 for the whole trip, and can be shared by two people. This way, you will only have to carry a small backpack with the stuff you will need every day, whereas we will provide a big backpack for the porter to carry. According to the porter’s law, it cannot exceed 14 kilos. (***)