The Inca Trail is located in the northwest part of the city of Cusco at the end reaching the citadel of Machu Picchu: the trail is 42 km (25 miles) long and to reach the starting point you have to go by bus. Scenery: the scenery on the Inca Trail changes a lot along the entire route, the first two days you will see mountains with snowy peaks, valleys, forests and small streams, the third day is more tropical you will see lagoons and lots of vegetation; it is fascinating to see how the landscape changes so quickly, along the trail you will see animals such as llamas, a variety of birds, hummingbirds, lizards and rarely you will see deer. History: The Inca Trail is one of the remaining trails to Machu Picchu and was not used to transport products or people or animals, its purpose was religious, because along the way were built many religious complexes that served to venerate the mountains that were sacred in the time of the Incas.
We will pick you up from your hotel very early in the morning, then we will go to Km 82 (Piscacucho) where we will begin our journey along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After approximately 3 hours of walking we will stop for lunch. We will continue to our first camp in Wayllabamba, guided visit of the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep climb, followed by a 3 hour hike to reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman), at 4,200 m.a.s.l. approximately, here you will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views of the entire area but you will also have the satisfaction of having reached the summit. After lunch you will descend to Pacaymayo to camp and have dinner.
After breakfast you will begin the ascent to the second most important pass of the trek, at 3,800m.a.s.l., where you will enjoy a guided visit to the Runku Rakay archaeological complex and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. Then you will continue your hike to Phuyu Patamarka (village in the clouds), another important archaeological monument where you will stop for lunch. After a brief rest you will start walking again until you reach Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), for a guided visit to this spectacularly located archaeological complex. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
After breakfast, one hour walk through the forest to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, from where you have an impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have the guided tour of the citadel, visiting the main remains and monuments, such as the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Inti Huatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Free time to walk around the citadel and then meet the rest of the group and be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to the selected hotel.