Inca Trail & Cusco Express
The Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. It’s just one example of the 40000 kilometres of road built by Inca’s some 500 years ago. The traditional (or classic) Inca Trail tour starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the jungle region, passing through a range of vegetation types, making you feel like you’ve passed through a multitude of biospheres to reach your goal. A once in a lifetime opportunity, your experience will be made all that more important as it’s conducted in partnership with Apus Peru, a Classic Inca Trail tour operator famed for treating their porters with respect.
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Highlights of the Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu:
Acclimatize in Cusco, adjusting to your surroundings and taking in the once Inca capital of the world
Trek through varieties of flora and fauna as you pass over stones laid down by the ancient keepers of the Sacred Valley
Arrive at Machu Picchu after witnessing the beauty of the Inca Trail.
Check the « Tour Plan » tab for the full Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu itinerary.
Day 1 | Cusco: Arrive in Cusco, and begin your adventure with a Cusco city tour to Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Temple of the Sun, and Tambomachay. Spend the day acclimatizing before beginning your Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
Day 2 | Cusco: Embark on a Sacred Valley tour beginning in Pisaq where you will explore the Pisaq ruins and colorful Pisaq Market. Venture on to Ollantaytambo to see the ruins before returning back to Cusco.
Day 3 | Inca Trail | Cusco to Wayllabamba: Begin the amazing Classic Inca Trail at the famed trailhead, Kilometer 82. Cross the Urubamba River, and wander through forests of native plants past the ruins of Llactapacta. Spend the night in Wayllabamba campsite.
Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Moderate ; 12km – 5 hours
Day 4 | Inca Trail | Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo: The second day of your inca trail trek it will be the longest and hardest day as you will cross Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200ms).After you will descend until you get to Pacaymayo campsite.
Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Strenuous ; 11 km – 7 hours
Day 5 | Inca Trail | Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna: On the most enjoyable day of your trek, you will visit the Inca sites of Runkurakay and Sayakmarka as you descend towards Wiñay Wayna. You will camp at the Wiñay Wayna campsite where you can take advantage of the hot shower if you so choose.
Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Moderate ; 12 km – 6 hours
Day 6 | Inca Trail | Wiñay Wayna to Cusco via Machu Picchu: Rise early for the most exciting day of your Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Today, you will cross through the Sun Gate and make your entrance into the iconic Incan ruins. Spend the day exploring the park with a guided tour before returning to Ollantaytambo by train, and then travel on to Cusco by private transfer.
Inca Trail Hike Difficulty: Easy ; 3 hours