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Day by Day Itinerary
Type Service: Group Tour
Destinations: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and
Day 1 – Transportation to Km 82 – Wayllabamba
the head of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the
Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest. Following the
trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184 ft) to then ascend and
finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata
(2650m/8692 ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca
River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of
Wayllabamba, our first camping.
Day 2 – Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo
which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km along this climb.
The first pass Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s 4200m/13776 ft) we may see
domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at
high altitude. Walking down and cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is
the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the
Andean bear. We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with
candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help
with altitude sickness. We descend into the Pacaymayo (3600m/11808 ft), where we
Day 3 – Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna
Runkuracay (3970m/13022 ft). As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens
onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. Then we
descend towards Yanacocha and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at
Sayacmarca. This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction,
enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation
canals. Continuing up an easy climb to the third pass Phuyupatamarca, continue our
trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñay wayna
(2650m/8692 ft) where we spend our last camping.
Day 4 – Wiñay wayna – Visit Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco
Breakfast; we wake up at 4:00am an hour later and
climb to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise
over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m/7872 ft). From here we descend
into Machu Picchu, 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point
through the “House of the Guardians”. We then descend to the control point where
we register ourselves and leave our backpacks.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the
Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most
important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three
Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow
roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activity by yourself (not
included in the price):
1. Climb Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous
people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the
immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon train departure to
Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel