Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Huayllabamba
Early in the morning, we will go from our hotel to Km 82 of the railroad that leads to Machu Picchu. Here we will meet the porters and the rest of the team that will be joining us. We’ll start our trek led by the porters. We will walk down the Urubamba River, as we enjoy a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks, until we reach the ruins of Llactapata. We then leave the Urubamba Valley behind and follow the Kusichaca river until we reach Huayllabamba, about 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level. There we will spend our first night in a comfortable campsite. We will stop for lunch along the way. Walking time: 11 kilometers approximately (7 miles) in 6 hours.
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo
This morning we will get up very early, and after a nutritious breakfast we will start our ascent to the Warmiwayñusca (Dead Woman) pass, at 4200 meters (13780 feet) above sea level, through a narrow path filled with vegetation. After about 5 hours of hiking, we will have arrived at the summit of the pass. From here we will enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful snow-capped mountains punctuating the blue sky. We will stop along the way for lunch. Once we reach the end of the pass, we will stop at Pacaymayo, located at 3600 meters (11811 feet) above sea level, where we’ll set up camp to spend the night. Walking distance: 7 kilometers approximately (4.5 miles) in 7 hours.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna
Today we’ll pass through one of the most beautiful stretches of the Inca Trail, due to the number of archaeological en route. After breakfast, we will go up a small hill leading to the circular ruins of Runkurakay, which was used in the Inca era as a military vantage point. We will rest for a while, and then we will begin our descent down a very well-preserved stretch of the Inca trail until we reach the stairs leading to the ruins of Sayacmarca, located in a natural promontory at 3620 meters (11877 feet) above sea level. Throughout the hike we will enjoy spectacular views and we will see many birds and a wide variety of orchids. From Sayacmarca we will enter the cloud forest through a stone path that will lead us to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (City on the clouds) after crossing a small pass. After that we continue to descend until reaching the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful structures after Machu Picchu, at 2650 meters (8695 feet) above sea level. After visiting the ruins we will go to the camping area where we’ll spend the last night of the trip. Walking distance: From Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca 7 kilometers approximately (4.5 miles) in 6 hours, from Phuyupatamarca to Wiñay Wayna 4 kilometers approximately (2.5 miles) in 3 hours.
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Macchu Picchu – Cusco*
Prepare to have the experience of a lifetime. We will leave behind our campsite early in the morning and will head towards the Inti Punku, or Gate of the Sun, the last pass on the Inca Trail at 2740 meters (8990 feet) above sea level. From this point, Machu Picchu will appear to be wondrous and unreal. After a guided visit through the citadel, we will have some free time to walk through it again. We will be assisted at the predetermined time in boarding the train to Cusco from the Aguas Calientes station. Arrival at Cusco and transfer to hotel. Walkinf distance: From Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu 5 kilometers approximately (3 miles) in 4 hours. From Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu 9 kilometers approximately (5.5 miles) in 7 hours. *Lunch this day is not included.
Please note: This schedule is for reference only and is subject to change.