The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trekking experience. In the ranking of Peru treks, it is far and away number one, but we could also certainly claim that it is among tops in the entire world. The trail winds through some of the most sublime countryside in the Peruvian Andes and, as if that were not enough, leads to one of the Wonders of the World, famed Machu Picchu. Condor Travel invites you to awaken your senses through this awe-inspiring Machu Picchu hike.
Not operational in February. Passengers are recommended to provide their own sleeping bags or hire them locally.
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning to take bus to km 82, the entrance of the trail to begin the trek to Machu Picchu. You will walk for approximately three hours along the Urubamba river until the archaeological site of Llactapata, where you will stop for lunch. Then you will continue walking towards your first camp at Wayllabamba. Dinner and overnight in tents at the campsite.
Walking time: Between 5 – 6 hours
Approx. Distance: approx. 13 kilometres.
Highest point: 3,000 metres above sea level.
After breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begin, walking towards the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and will observe different types of microclimates. After 3 hours of walking you will reach the first pass, named Warmiwañiusca or Dead Woman`s Pass, at approximately 4,200 m.a.s.l. Here, you will feel a tremendous sense of achievement as you reach the top and gaze at the landscape below. After lunch you will continue your walking down to Pacaymayo where you will camp and have dinner.
Walking time: 6 -7 hours
Approx. Distance: approx. 11 kilometres.
Highest point: 4,200 metres above sea level.
After breakfast you will start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l. Having a guided visit at the archaeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. Continue your trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break you will continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit of this impressive archaeological complex with a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Walking time: Between 7 – 8 hours
Approx. Distance: 10 kilometres.
Highest point: 3,900 metres above sea level.
After breakfast, have a very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will take you on a tour around the citadel visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander, then you will meet with the rest of the group to drive by bus down to Aguas Calientes and then to your hotel for overnight or board the train back to the city of Cusco.
(Please note: Entrance into Machu Picchu is included for this day only)
Walking time: 2 hours
Approx. Distance: 4 kilometres
Highest point: 2,700 metres above sea level.
- All tents and equipment
- Porter to carry equipment only (personal porters available at extra cost)
- Inka Trail permit
- Meals as per itinerary (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
- Tourist train ticket Aguas Calientes - Cuzco