The Classic Inca Trail

Self Guided & 4 Days Guided on the Inca Trail - 9 Days/8 Nights

This classic trek along the historic Inca Trail is considered by many to be one of the great short treks of the world, and is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. Ascend jungle trails and cloud forest to appreciate the panorama of Andean peaks that would have inspired the Inca people as we make our way to Machu Picchu. Words cannot describe the exhilaration of the first sighting of these enigmatic ruins.

Highlights:

  • Cusco and the Sacred Valley - wander the Quechua Indian markets and discover a variety of Spanish colonial and ancient Inca heritage.
  • Inca Trail Trek: Hiram Bingham's discovery of Machu Picchu high in the Andes in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece. On the trail, our unsurpassed expertise in organising treks in the Andes comes to the fore as we descend from the snow capped Andean peaks to the lush jungle to complete a spectacular approach to Machu Picchu – the grand finale.

Your Journey

Day 1 Cusco

Arrive in Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and home to the ancient Inca empire. A transfer will be provided to your hotel.

Day 2 Cusco

Today discover the highlights of Cusco on a walking tour including the Cathedral, the ruins of Sacsayhauman and the Temple of the Sun.

Day 3 Cusco to Sacred Valley

Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu. The hike starts at the fascinating circular ruins of Moray, thought to have built by the Incas as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see which crops would grow where. After exploring Moray you take a mainly downhill trail through the fields. Along the way enjoy views across to the snow capped Viilcanota Mountains. At the salt pans of Maras. watch local families extract the salt by hand, much as they have done for centuries. Reach the Sacred Valley, where once llamas, then horses carried out the salt to be sent across the empire.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 4 Ollantaytambo & The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo for a look around the extensive hill-top ruins. Drive to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82) to meet the porters and cooks who will support your journey to Machu Picchu. With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba River to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft).

Day 5 Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu - Llactapata to Llulluchapampa

Climb gently up the Cusichaca Valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail.
A little steeper now, you head up the beautiful Inca path, past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest to your camp at Llulluchapampa (3,680m / 12,073ft).

Day 6 Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu - Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating.
Climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m / 13,819ft), the high point of the trail before dropping into the Pacasmayo valley. Climbing once more you pass the Inca control post of Runkuracay to the second pass of the day (3,998m/13,117ft). On a clear day there are spectacular views towards Pumahuanca Mountain in the Vilcabamba range.
Continue on well preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca, then on to your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m / 11,975ft).

Day 7 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu. As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m / 19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet. Descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Wiñay Wayna. Finally you contour the hillside to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. Catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Day 8 Machu Picchu Tour & Return to Cusco

Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering - Machu Picchu.
Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River. Reach the ruins by a twenty minute bus ride up to the site with your guide, before they get too busy. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free. Return by bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the Vista train jolts softly along...

Day 9 Depart

Free day in Cusco and departure.

Terrain

Moderate. In order to undertake this trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter! The most important factor is acclimatising to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonderful city of Cusco, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals

Breakfast daily, 6 lunches & 3 dinners.

Price

Please note that pricing is in US Dollars

2017: Share twin US$2547 per person.
4 people travelling together US$2354 per person.
Single supplement - US$370 per person.

Schedule

2017: Every Saturday from 18 March until Christmas.

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A Walker’s World has been offering walking holidays in Europe and around the world since 1991.

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