Day 3 (afternoon) - Hike through the sacred Valley of the Incas
We’ll leave Cuzco and make our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting our hike at Piscacucho, or Kilometre 82 as it is known by the locals. From here we’ll spend the day hiking alongside the Rio Cusichaca, surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Inca ruins and semi-arid forest. We’ll visit a couple of small villages along the way, then have lunch and rest a while on the way to our first camp, Pisonay. When you arrive at camp, you’ll find our porters have set up your tent so you can simply relax with a hot drink and get to know your fellow travellers. Tonight our cooks will prepare the first of many sumptuous hot meals for us to enjoy in our dining tent – you’ll be impressed how well we take care of you on the trail.
Classic Inca Trail camp (3,000 metres (9,842 feet)) (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.3 miles), 5-7 hours
Elevation Gain: 400 metres (1,312 feet)
Day 4 - Hike Inca Trail to Pacaymayo
Today is an unforgettable day. You’ll be woken with a cup of coca tea brought to your tent door. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our hike on what will be our most challenging day. Today we climb 914 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ altitude 4400 metres (14,435 feet). The trail winds its way up through a beautiful mountain pass with stunning panoramic views of the alpine wonderland. It’s a challenging hike to the pass, and the 360º views make every step worthwhile. After celebrating our ascent, we’ll walk down cobbled steps paved by the Incas over 500 years ago to Pacaymayo Valley, our camp for the evening. Again, we’ll already have tents set up so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the evening.
Classic Inca Trail camp (3,580 metres (11,745 feet)) (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (7 miles), 6-8 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,200 metres (3,937 feet)
Elevation Loss: 600 metres (1,968 feet)
Day 5 - Hike Inca Trail to Wiñay Wayna
The scenery gets even better today! We’ll explore several fascinating Inca fortresses as we descend, with the cloud forest becoming more and more lush as the air becomes warmer and denser. The ancient ruins and increasingly verdant surroundings lend an eerie mood to the day as we make our way down to our next camp, Wiñay Wayna. This is our final night on the trail, with breath-taking views and another hearty dinner!
Classic Inca Trail camp (3,600 metres (11,810 feet)) (All meals)
Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.3 miles), 6-8 hours
Elevation Loss: 800 metres (2,624 feet)
Day 6 (morning) - Hike to Machu Picchu
After a very early breakfast, we hike about an hour in the dawn light to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. We’ll wait here for the sun to rise and the morning fog to lift, giving us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. It’s a moment to savour before we make our way down to explore this mysterious ancient city!
Hiking Distance: 7.3 kilometres (4.5 miles), 6-7 hours
Elevation Gain: 600 metres (1,968 feet)
Wander around the ruins: 3 hours, +/- 200 metres (656 feet)