PREMIUM INCA TRAIL
5-DAY PREMIUM EXPERIENCE ON THE PATH TOWARD MACHU PICCHU
The network of Inca trails (Qhapaq Ñan) is considered one of the most impressive hand-made engineering works in existence, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was key in converting a small family caste into the largest empire in America by uniting territories of the current nations of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
The Inca Trail, a legendary 43-kilometer walking trail, can be seen tiny in a network of 60,000 kilometers, only representing a proportion of 0.07%. However, it is an almost perfect sample that combines the different natural landscapes and ecological floors -from the high Andean mountains, passes through deep valleys and ends in tropical rainy and cloud forests- through which the Incas walked, in addition to archaeological remains of superfluous magnitude that are at the level of a world wonder, the goal: Machu Picchu.
A phrase that becomes common in these times is 'Enjoy the Way, not only the Destination'; The Inca Trail is a living representation of this that will make those who walk it forget how wonderful the goal may be and have an experience of walking a physical path with many years and many stories, which is also a cosmological way, with spirit, which congregates sacred places and, in turn, considered alive since it was built in a perfect adaptation to the rugged nature of this part of the Andes mountain range, which denotes the Incas' concern to preserve and worship the environment.
The Inca trail, which for decades has been walked by visitors from around the world as a challenge, is rewarding and enriching. Worth every step of every walker in the world that dares to take the challenge. Meritorious that each step is an appreciation, provoke reflection, generate learning and even walk more slowly because in calmness is where wisdom manifests itself.
In fact, many offer it, it is such a good experience that several companies have decided to sell it and operate their services. There are different prices and some very competitive ones that give accessibility to passengers with low budget. That is why in order to appreciate it in the manner described above, we have sought to offer an option that, without being luxurious, raises the standards of its operation considerably.
We introduce a 'Premium Quality' option, which means that comfort and innovation in camping services are highlighted, providing a combination of a spectacular trip with excellent facilities, using state-of-the-art camping equipment, such as back-up chairs, great innovations with a 4-inch inflatable mattress attached to your warm sleeping bag, baths, canes and other details of the camp you will enjoy during the walk. It also means that you do not need to bring extra weight or equipment from your home or rent it separately from your budget.
Every trip is conducted by professional adventure tour guides who, will make your trip pleasant, personalized and safe. Our service includes native "Quechua" porters, for your personal luggage and camping gear. Our Andean Chef will provide delicious and balance meals during the trip with gourmet features, using organic products and Andean super foods. Our campsite is a 100% environmentally friendly and green powered, without use of disposable batteries and leave no trace philosophy.
The additional 5th day to the regular offering, allow us to walk the all journey in a different timing and avoid crowds, without any hurry to leave our lovely campsites or to reach the next, you can hike under our own pace plus, the chance to have an extra day just to visit and explore the city of Machu Picchu and why not to hike up to Wayna Picchu mountain.
As the Inca trail to Machu Picchu goes by the hearth of a National Sanctuary, are allowed only 500 visitors per day. It makes that the reservation system have big demands from May to August so, entrances are bought and block since December of previous year. We recommend to arrange and confirm it in advance.
DAY 1: CUSCO - Km. 82 – HIKE TO HUAYLLABAMBA
Pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Inca trail check in at Km. 82, where we will meet our field staff loading the gear. Our guide will present the all team, including cooks, porters and guest aswell. After check in with park rangers, We start our trek going up and down through a gentle trail by a semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. After an impressive view of Llactapata Inca remains, We will leave the Urubamba valley and keep walking by the Kusichaca River valley until reach our first camp site near of Huayllabamba village (around 3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 f.a.s.l).
(Snack/lunch/tea time/dinner included)
Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km (6-7 miles) 6 hours approximately.
DAY 2: HIKE HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYO
After a healthy breakfast. We will begin to walk uphill towards our first challenge of Warmihuañusca or death woman pass (4230 mts - 13877 ft. approximately). The trail cross by the last village called Huayllabamba and the second park rangers check point. According with our ascent will find different ecosystems such a primary Andean forest and Andean grassland. We reach the top of the pass, from where is possible to see, 360 degrees along the Urubamba and Huayllabamba valleys that We are leaving behind us. Also overview of the other side of the way, down to Pacaymayo valley, our next campsite, leading by Runkurakay ruins in the top. Now We have to descend hundreds of stairs, until the bottom of the valley.
(Breakfast /snack/lunch/tea time/dinner)
Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo: 7km (4.5 miles) 7 hours approximately.
DAY 3: HIKE PACAYMAYO TO PHUYUPATAMARCA
We will depart from Pacaymayo and a while later a zigzagging but short ascent by an original ancient pathway that take us to the Runkurakay circular Inca site. There is no sign of human life, only great forests and abrupt hills. It is the beginning of mixt Andean and Amazon rich vegetation with high chances of sight bird and wild life.
After a rest and our guide explanation, we keep going up until reach Runkurakay Pass (3971 mts. – 13028 ft.) and start our way down and then we will clearly notice that the Inca Trail is well preserved from this point with an amazed constructions using the natural landscape and geography. In a short while, we will get the steps which go up to Sayacmarca site (3640 mts – 11942 ft approximately). From Sayacmarca the stone path keep going down, like suspended in the mountain side surrounded now by tropical forest and patches of grassland. Continuing our trek towards Phuyupatamarca site, with brief moments going up and down, the trail crosses the Chakiocha a dry lake and will cross "The Tunnel", a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. The trail well-traced borders continue on the hills full of moss and fern. After crossing a small pass, we will see some steep steps and under them the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca site (above the clouds) (3670 mts – 12040 ft approximately), where our third campsite will be set up.
(Breakfast /snack/lunch/tea time/dinner)
Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca: 6 km (3.7 miles) 6 hours approximately.
DAY 4 PHUYUPATAMARCA TO WIÑAYWAYNA AND MACCHU PICCHU
After an early wake up and a participative meeting with our trekking staff, to say good and thanks for their services and off course, to take some pictures in this spectacular sightseen point and start walking down to explore this Inca site, now more and more into the Amazon vegetation. The trail show us in all the way, the high engineering skills of the builders. Hiking downhill for the next 3 hours we reach Wiñaywayna (2700 mts – 8,856ft approximately), the main archaeological site before reach the lost city of Machupicchu. We will visit and explore the site, from where we can see the Urubamba valley and the river far below. The path continues towards Inti Punku (2740 mts - 9042 ft approximately), or the sun gate, our last pass from where we will have the first sight of the unique and impressive site of Machu Picchu. Lunch will be provided. From this place, Machupicchu (2450 mts - 8085 ft approximately) looks unreal and beautiful. We will have an over view orientation of the citadel. Then we will head down Aguas Calientes town, where we will spend the night. (Hotel and dinner are not included)
Pacaymayo – Machupicchu: 9 km (5.5 miles) 7 hours approximately.
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO:
After an early breakfast, passengers will be met by their guide at the hotel’s lobby to start our visit to the Sanctuary of Machupicchu. Exploring this magical Inca city and enjoy learning about how it was builded and discovered.
After this awesome visit, passengers will return to Machupicchu town (known before as Aguas Calientes), here passengers will enjoy lunch (not included). After lunch take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo train station, passengers will be transferred in a private vehicle back to their hotel in Cusco.
VIPAC invites you to live a unique experience that shows that it is possible to live the Inca Trail in a premium way, in communion with the Pachamama and the greatest culture of the Andes.
- Orientation meeting or phone call to your hotel a day before to departure date
- Pick you up in a private van to Km.82 from the hotel.
- Inca Trail entrance reservation fee
- All balanced meals during the trekking (from snack on day 1 to lunch on day 4), preparing by our expert cooking team, using organic and Andean super food products (optional diets for vegans, vegetarians and so on upon request),
- One cup of best Peruvian wine per night.
- Hi-tec common camping gear, such kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, state of the art dining tent set up with tables and back rest chairs, toilet tent with biodegradable treatment (when permitted),
- 3 people extra room, 4 season mountain tent for 2 people equipped by Big Agnes inflatable 4 inches sleeping mattress
- Tent amenities, like 01 solar flash light per tent, inflatable pillow, hot water bottle bag and extra polar liner.
- Walking sticks with rubber protection https://www.bigagnes.com/Gear/Trekking-Poles/All-Trekking-Poles
- Facilities to our guest to recharge phones and cameras every night, using solar energy.
- Well treated staff of porters to transport 07 kilograms of passenger’s personal luggage (duffle bag with clothes and personal items) and common camping gear.
- Complete first aid kit with oxygen bottle and evacuation/emergencies protocols.
- Professional trained and licensed bilingual guide/host (English – Spanish). Ratio of max 8 passengers per guide.
- Including a textile bag to be reuse for snacks as souvenir
- Short-wave radios
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. (4th day)
- Bus tickets RT from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes (5th day)
- Train tickets back to Cusco (5th Day)
- Overnight in Aguas Calientes
- Sanitation care during the trip (disinfected dishes, filtered water, hand sanitaiser)
- Environmental care (classified garbage goes back to Cusco, portable bio toilet treatment)
- Solar powered campsites. 100% of our operation is without disposable batteries
What to take to Inca Trail?
- Original identity document.
- Medium backpack for the walk.
- Camera, extra batteries, chargers and adapters.
- Personal hygiene items, especially wet wipes
- Personal first-aid kit
- Boots or shoes for walking and sandals for outdoor.
- Hat or cap.
- T-shirts and / or polos.
- Long sleeve shirts.
- Gloves and scarf
- Poncho for rains.
- Long hiking pants, preferably lightweight and can be turned into shorts
- Fleece and a jacket or thermal jacket
- Small face towel, preferably of micro fiber and that occupies little space
- Insect repellent.
- Reusable water bottle: canteen
- Extra Snacks: Dehydrated fruits, candies and chocolates are provided each morning. If you want something more (which is not really necessary, you can take it)
Front headlight and batteries.
Take note: the trail is closed every February for maintenance.