4D / 3N
Cusco – Wayllabamba
Between 7:00 am and 7:30 am, we pick you up at your hotel on our own private bus. Then we go to Piskacuchu (2,700 meters above sea level / 8,858 feet), a community located at kilometer 82 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railway. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left bank of the Urubamba River as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the path along a flat terrain, we arrive at Miskay (2800 meters above sea level), then ascend and finally see, from the highest part of a viewpoint, the Inca city of Patallacta (2,750 meters above sea level / 9,022 feet). We continue walking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach our first camp in the town of Wayllabamba (3,000 meters above sea level / 9,842 feet). Along the way, we will see spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Without specifying the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found throughout the valley.
Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo
We get up around 06:00 am and, after breakfast, we leave Wayllabamba to begin the most difficult part of the walk, which consists of a steep and steep ascent that extends for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation).
On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass), we see domesticated llamas and alpacas that graze in the ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that height.
We also cross an area of the so-called cloud forest, which is the habitat of different types of birds such as hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also known as the spectacled bear (Tremarctus Ornatus).
We advise that on this day especially, your day pack is well stocked with sweets, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high and help you with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend to the Pacaymayo valley (3 600 meters above sea level / 11 811 feet), where we camp after approximately 6 hours of walking.
Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna
This day is the longest, but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due to the amount of archeological sites we visit and learn from our guide. From Pacaymayo we go up to the second step, the Abra de Runkurakay (3,970 masl / 13,024 feet).
Halfway, we visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3 800 meters above sea level / 12 467 feet, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to serve the purpose of a watchtower. After passing the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Laguna Negra) and enter the cloud forest to finally reach Sayacmarca (3,624 meters / 11,889 feet).
This is a beautiful complex formed by a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, courtyards and irrigation canals. Continuing with an easy climb, we reach the third step, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3 700 meters above sea level / 12 139 feet). Throughout this ascent we can appreciate the magnitude of the ancient craftsmanship of the Incas, walking along semi-separated paths of the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill the ravines in perfect order, saving the trail of the Andean geography of several levels. We cross an Inca tunnel and then reach the mentioned step and then to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located at the highest point of a mountain. Curiously,
From above, you can see a sophisticated sacred complex formed by water fountains with solid bases, and also breathtaking views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue towards Wiñaywayna (2,700 masl / 8 858 feet). In this campsite we find a hostel with restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers.
The campsite has the same name as the complex located just five minutes from the hostel. Wiñaywayna is an impressive complex formed by an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector.
Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu
On this fourth and last day, we get up at 04:00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or the Puerta del Sol. This will take an hour’s walk along a flat-stone path along the edges of The cliffs in the highland jungle. From this fabulous place, we can see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machu Picchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians”.
Then we descend to the checkpoint where we checked in and left our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will last approximately two hours. Then you will have free time to walk, climb the Huaynapicchu mountain, where you can enjoy spectacular views of all Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you wish, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths. From here we take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after dark.