Inka rail Trek Tours is one of the best routes to Machupicchu. and here is our detailed information about friendly Machu Picchu Inca trail hike for all family and friend tours
Prior to your trek, you will have a Pre-departure briefing in your hotel lobby the night before. Here your tour leader will answer any questions you may have and give you some tips prior to your Inca Trail adventure. On the following day, between 5 am to 5:30 am your tour leader will pick you up from your respective hotel. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the Inca Trail.
You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up and down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and of the many remnants left. You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards Yuncaypata campsite. A happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn awaits you here followed by dinner. Afterward, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.
Wake up time will be at about 5:00 am followed by an early breakfast. Today will be the most challenging day of this entire trek so we make sure to head out early. Your hike begins going slowly and gradually uphill over Dead Woman’s Pass. This path is composed of original steps used by the Incas.
We highly recommend you take walking poles to assist you during this hike. (Walking poles are available for rent in our office) This is the highest point in this entire trail and takes about 4-5 hours to hike this entire pass. When we all reach the top we will have a short break to take pictures and appreciate the view. We will then descend the steps of this pass which takes us about 2-3 hours until we reach our lunch spot at Paqaymayu.
After lunch, we head out to the second pass called Runkurakay. This pass is a lot shorter and it will take about 2 hours to trek this entire pass. This pass is also composed of original Inca steps. After finishing Runkurakay pass you will begin to feel a different type of weather and microclimate.
You will appreciate a striking sunset and feel amongst the clouds. Few groups do this second pass the same day but we believe it is too beautiful of a view to be overlooked. After a much-deserved rest, we continue walking to our campsite in Chaquicocha where we will have our happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn followed by your gourmet dinner. We will go to sleep early for the next day is an unforgettable day.
Today your hike will only be for a half-day walk so you can sleep in till 6 am. Breakfast will be served gourmet style, as are all of your meals. After breakfast, we begin our walk to one of the most beautiful days of this trail. You will walk along the Andes Mountains where you will appreciate stunning views of cloud forests, glaciers, the affluent Urubamba River, and the beginning of tropical valleys. Once you reach the Phuyopatamarca summit you will have a short break and adjust your walking sticks for the descent. A 1000 meter/ 3,280 ft. of steps downhill will follow.
Prior to reaching your last campsite, you will connect with Intipata Inca remains. Here you will see massive terraces left by the Incas and have the chance to take photos. You will continue your descent until you reach your last campsite of Wiñayhuayna. Your happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn will be waiting for you followed by your gourmet dinner. A good night’s rest will follow as Machu Picchu awaits for you the next day.
Today begins earlier than usual. After breakfast we say a farewell to our Chaskis (porters) and set off on the trail by 4:00 am in order to arrive by sunrise in Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about 1 1/2 hr of hiking. This trail is clearly marked but knows ahead of time that you will be walking in darkness prior to sunrise. It is highly recommended to bring a headlamp, as the path is narrow.
Your first stop will be at Intipunku, where the famous Sun Gate to Machu Picchu is located. Suddenly all efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art, and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu will be available for you to see as the sun is rising.
You will have plenty of time to take photos of the Lost City of the Incas, from the classic postcard view and different angles around. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 hour guided tour of the citadel.
The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is including in your tour. This departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go. Make sure to double-check your train schedule and be at the train station one hour before departure.
If you wish to travel in more comfortable seats we recommend upgrading your train ticket to the Vistadome service. Your package includes the Expedition train service but can easily upgrade for an extra cost. Here you have the option of an earlier departure and superior comfortable seats for the ride back to Cusco. Whichever train service you choose to Cusco, we arrange for your pick up and drop off at your hotel. This is included in your service.
Important Note: Campsite allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (Government officials in charge of the Inca Trail).
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