The Inka Trail Discovering the Andes

by / Tuesday, 06 December 2016 / Published in Adventure
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Cuzco Peru Travel is a 100% Peruvian company, which has created this package to meet ambitions people who want to venture into the youngest mountain range in the world known as the ANDES heading towards one of the new wanders of the world “MACHUPICCHU”.

The famous INKA TRAIL which is basically a pilgrimage to the Historical Sanctuary of Machupicchu, camping in stunning locations with fabulous landscapes through archeological sites with beautiful locations and best of all with personalized attention A-1 that our company offers to you.

This adventure lasts 4 days and 3 nights, this package offers:
NATURE TOURISM (Natural landscapes, natural biodiversity, flora and fauna).
CULTURAL TOURISM (Inka trails, archeological sites and Inka history basically).
ADVETURE TOURISM (Hiking through the ANDES over 14.000 feet).
Do not wait more and come to enjoy with us the enigmatic INKA TRAIL.

Day 1:

  • Cusco – Piscacucho (beginning of the trail or Km. 82) by bus.
  • Piscacucho to Wayllabamba (first camp site) Hiking.
  • Overnight Wayllabamba.
  • Minimum Altitude (2680 meters or 8800 feet)
  • Maximum Altitude (3000 meters or 9850 feet).

Day 2:

  • Wayllabamba – Dead women pass (highest point) – Pacaymayu (second camp side)
  • Overnight Pacaymayu.
  • Minimum Altitude (3000 meters or 9850 feet).
  • Maximum Altitude (4200 meters or 14000 feet).

Day 3:

  • Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna (Third camp side)
  • Overnight Wiñaywayna.
  • Minimum Altitude (2,650 meters or 8700 feet.).
  • Maximum Altitude (3,950 meters or 12 950 feet),

Day 4:

  • Wiñaywayna to Machupicchu.
  • Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes Town – Cusco.
  • End of the Adventure.
  • Minimum Altitude (2400 meters or 7900 feet).
  • Maximum Altitude (2700 meter or 8900 feet).


Day 1, Cusco – Piscacucho – Wayllabamba

Cuzco Peru Travel professional Tour guide provides a deeply information in your hotel the evening before the trek starts. This meeting will give you more information about the trail and equipment you need to bring.
Early in the morning is the transfer from Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (around 5am) to travel by bus (with the trek guide and porters) to the Kilometer 82 or Piscacucho (2,680 m or 8800 ft above sea level) – the beginning of the Inka Trail. There will be a short stop at Ollantaytambo to use toilets and buy walking sticks, water and last minute snacks. If you have spent the night in Ollantaytambo it would just be a short drive to Kilometer 82 or Piscacucho.

Day 1 consists of a relatively easy, reasonably flat, 5 to 7-hour, 11-kilometre or 7 miles of walk. Depending on the walking speed of the group, camp is Wayllabamba (at approximately 3,000 meters or 9850 feet altitude).

We will call this day ACCLIMATIZATION because is the first day of the adventure.

Day 2, Wayllabamba -Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu

Early in the morning after the breakfast offered by our staff (around 6 am), we begin with a gradual ascent covering around 2 km or 1.2 ml, followed by a challenging 7 km or 4.3 ml constantly uphill (on dirt tracks and stone steps) to reach the highest pass at Warmiwañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ (4,200 meters or 14000 feed). The views of the mountains and valleys are spectacular as you make your way slowly towards the pass. This section is the most demanding of the whole trail and reaching Dead Woman’s Pass is quite an achievement. However it is not technically difficult and can be completed by anyone of any age who leads a reasonably active life. It is very important to take this section entirely at your own pace. Usually the first people in the group to reach the pass will wait for the rest of the group to finish so celebratory group photos can be taken. The pass offers fantastic views of the surrounding peaks and a wonderful feeling of being ‘on top of the world’! After the high pass it’s a further 3 km or 1.8 ml downhill, winding along old Inca stairs to the campsite Pacaymayu (3,600 meters or 11800 feed).
This day we will have change to see different microclimates and bio diversity (Flora and Fauna) without mention the beautiful sceneries.

We will call this day THE GREAT CHALLENGE because is the hard day of the adventure and we will reach the highest point.

Day 3, Runkurakay – Winaywayna

Day 3 begins with another early start after a breakfast (6am) we will star with a gradual 2 km or 1.2 miles hike uphill to the second high pass, Runkurakay (3,950 m or 12 950 ft.a.s.l.), on the way we will visit the Inka site of RUNKURAKAY (Traffic check point). Once at the second pass again the excellent views of the magnificent Andes. Most of the next 6 km. or 3.7 miles is downhill and we have a chance to explore the fascinating inka remains of SAYACMARCA (A multifunctional residence located in the middle of the Andes). The scenery becomes lusher and amazing as we continue towards the third high pass at Phuyupatamarca (3,580 m. or 11750 ft.a.s.l). PHUYUPATAMARCA ( Place above the clouds) From here we have a further 5 km. or 3.1 miles downhill to arrive the final camp site at Winaywayna (2,650 m. or 8700 ft.). But on the way we will pass by INTI PATA (agriculture inka place) although downhill most of the way, this section has many steps as the path winds around the side of the mountain and can be demanding on your legs – particularly if you are stiff from the climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass! The camp at Winaywayna is a welcome sight and your efforts can be rewarded with a cold drink and a shower.
We will call this day THE CULTURAL because is the day when we will visit and explore more Inka places.

Day 4, Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Cuzco

This morning our awake will be earlier (4am) to begin the final section of the trail to the famous ‘Sun Gate’ (Intipunku) where we will see the first spectacular view of MachuPicchu.

Today our way is easier and quiet are only 6 Km. or 3.7 miles to the citadel known as the lost city of the Inkas, it take about 2 hours walking slowly, once in the place we will feel that our effort was worthwhile.
Once in Machupicchu our professional tour guide start with the guided tour showing to you the highlights of the place for about 2 hours or more if you need it, after you will have time for you to explore the place by your own.
Returning to Aguas Calientes town by bus you may decide to have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included), soak in the nearby hot springs or meander through the markets. We then catch the late afternoon train back to Cuzco arriving mid-evening

Included-Not Included & Costs

What is Included:

  •  Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in your hotel.
  •  Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  •  Porterage service to carry: (sleeping bag, mattress, extra clothes 6 Kl. Or 14 Pounds).
  •  Private bus to km 82 –Piskacucho village (the beginning of the trail)
  •  11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  •  Permit and fees for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  •  Porters to carry (camping equipment)
  •  Professional Tour Guide.
  •  2 expert mountain cooks.
  •  Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  •  2 people per tent clean, new, spacious (4 person dome igloo tents).
  •  Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress.
  •  Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  •  Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  •  Tourist train and bus back to Cusco

What is not Included:

  •  Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  •  Personal gratitude trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters at your discretion.
  •  Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes. Optional (10 soles)
  •  Travel Insurance.- eg: World Nomade Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)


  •  Personal porter for 9 Kg US $75.00 We lend a porter duffle bag.
  •  Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 25.00 for the entire trek)
  •  Inflatable Thermal-rest mattress US$25.00 for entire trek.
  •  Single tent US$ 70.00 (If you travel solo and is your choice.)
  •  Trekking poles US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek)
  •  Backpack (30 Liters) US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek )
  •  Ticket for waynapicchu Mt. USD$ 75.00, USD$ 40.00 with ISIC student card.
  •  Vistadome Train + car return to Cusco (Up-grade train return) extra USD$ 60.00 per person. (This service generally departs at 15:25 pm from Aguas Calientes Station and arrives at 18:40 pm to Poroy (Cusco) Train Station then a 30 minutes private vehicle to Cusco.)

We recommend that you bring

  •  Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  •  A daypack to carry your personal belongings
  •  We provide a duffle bag.
  •  Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  •  Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  •  Trekking poles with rubber tips.
  •  Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  •  Thermal underwear.
  •  Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  •  T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
  •  Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  •  Camera and extra batteries.
  •  Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  •  Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  •  Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  •  Toilet paper, small towel
  •  Water bottle or camel back.
  •  Extra money for drinks in soles.
  •  Emergency money.


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