Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba
For the start of the Classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu 4 days, we will leave Cusco at 06:00 am. We will drive for about an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo village and stop briefly to buy last-minute gear, personal necessities, and stuff for trekking Inca trail. And also, here you get breakfast (Included); then we keep driving to Piskacuchu (Km 82), the Inca Trail starting point and checkPoint. Once passing the checkpoint and Urubamba river, we will start our easy stroll trekking the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. Along the way, we will be passing through Quechua Hamlets and local people, then at Miskay, we drop off the bags and sit for lunch. After all, even siesta if you want, we will walk straight to the first biggest Archaeological site of Patallacta, or Llactapata. After shooting pictures and hearing the explanation about Llactapata, we will keep walking for two more hours to get to Wayllabamba, the first camping spot at 2 900m / 9 5144 feet.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo
Today we will start trekking the Inca Trail tour 4 day early in the morning to take advantage of the fresh morning hours and shade of the mountains. That way, it is going to be convenient to walk up to the first Inca Trail pass Warmihuañusca (Dead woman’s pass 4200 m.a.s.l) and consequently the highest point of the 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The Dead woman’s pass seals the Inca trail difficulty, but the prize is we will definitely see the various Inca Trail ecological zones and notice the microclimates that make up the area in front of us. And once we reach the top, we will be able to see snow-capped Mountains, Andean Alpines, and jagged darkened lofty mountains all around. Once the resting time and pictures are over, we will start the march down to Pacaymayo Campground at 3600 m. / 11 800. Then we have lunch followed by a free afternoon for resting until the next day.
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna
Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu on the third day can’t be better with the hidden archeological gems only accessible in the Inca trail guided tours. The day begins; with a nutritious enough breakfast for the challenging hike that awaits us forward, then we will let the adventure begin from Pacaymayo campground through the Runcuracay archeological site and continue onto El Paso (pass) Runcuracay at 3,850 m. (Second highest of the Inca trail passes) for about one hour. Following the stepped stone ancient Inca path on the other side of the mountain, we will get to the Sayacmarca Inca site for a little rest and visit. Thereafter once again, we will continue along the trail, but before we get to the lunch spot at Phuyupatamarca, we will pass through a tunnel and also see the foundations of the path placed ten meters down on a mountainside. After lunch, as if with recovered energy, we will head down a zigzagging path to the Wiñaywayna camp (2 560 m / 8 700 ft ) for the last overnight on the Inca Trail. At night after dinner, we will have a farewell ceremony as it is a custom to thank our team crew on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 day hike. (Inca trail porters and cooks).
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
Machu Picchu will soon be a dream come true and what better decision it is by hiking the Inca trail trek 4 days. After an early breakfast, we will begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu. First, we will check-in at the control stall and hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the Gate of the Inca Trail, the gate for overlooking the world’s ancient wonder, all inspiring and marvelous that Machu Picchu citadel is. As the sun travels west up in the sky, so we do hike west down to Machu Picchu park to register and then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the sanctuary city, then you will be given time for visiting the more less-frequented sections. After the Machu Picchu tour, we will take the bus down or walk part of the Short Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Enjoy the resting time exploring the town of Aguas Calientes before returning to Ollantaytambo by train and then back to Cusco by bus as agreed in our Inca trail booking.