The Inca trail is one of the most enigmatic trails in Latin America which brings thousands of visitors each year from many different parts of the world. This is an itinerary for the 4 day Inca trail which leads to Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Chilca – Wayllabamba
The appointed guide will pick you and your party up at your hotel in Cusco in the morning (early) to then take a bus to the city of Chilca where you will begin your journey along the Inca tail which leads to Machu Picchu. After the trail has started you will trek for about 3 hours before stopping and be able to have lunch. Food is very important along the trail because you will want to keep your energy level high, the terrain and the altitude can play tricks on your body and its performance. Post lunch your will continue to walk towards your first camp located at Wayllabamba, on the way to the camp you will have an archeological tour of Llactapata. Once at the camp you will then have dinner and spend the night in tents where you will sleep under the crisp Andean night.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
After breakfast, on of the toughest parts of the trail begin, this involves walking towards the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will be able to have an incredible view of the entire area, you will also be able to observe various different microclimates. After a walk of about 3 hours you will reach a pass called Warmiwaniusca or “Dead Woman’s Pass” at about 4,200 meters above sea level. After reaching this level most trekkers express a feeling of achievement and relief, after wall it’s not every day you get to reach over 4000 meters above sea level. This is where you will also enjoy your lunch and where you will rest for a bit, afterwards you will continue on your hike to Pacasmayo where you will ultimately camp for the night and have a much deserved dinner.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Puya Patamarka – Wiñay Huayna
Breakfast will be served early so you can begin going down the Inca trail early, you will make your descent towards an important pass along the trail located at 3,850 meters above sea level, here you will have a guided visit to the archeological complex of Runkurakay as well as the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. You will then continue on your way down the trail to Puya Patamarka another important monument and site where you will rest and have a quick lunch and break. When trekking has started again you will come across Winay Huana (forever young) and have a guided tour of this complex which is settled in a spectacular setting. You will then have a good dinner and camp out here to spend the night.
Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
You will begin day 4 by having a hearty breakfast and leave camp very early to arrive in time for the beautiful sunrise in Machu Picchu. After about and hour long walk through the forest towards the Sun Gate known as Inti Punku and entrance gate to Machu Picchu you will come across and impressive panoramic view of inca citadel. Once in the complex you can begin your Machu Picchu guided tour, which will take about 3 hours and you will be taken around the main sites and monuments of the ancient Inca city. After the tour, you will have free time to wander around the city, you will then meet with the rest of the group in order to take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, you will take the train to Cusco and finally be transferred back to your hotel.