Day 1 - Start The Inca Trail (B, L, D)
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. These include different ecological areas from high deserts to Andean tropical rainforest. Following this ancient Inca trail we will be walking through mysterious archeological sites, half covered by jungle overgrowth, that looks like you are discovering them for the first time and finally arriving to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay, to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata. Continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba. All along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the impressive Veronica peak.
Day 2 - Second day of the Inca Trail (B, L, D)
We will have breakfast early and start trekking to the highest point of the Inca Trail, where we can see different ecological zones and enjoy changing climates. We will cross the Warmihuañusca pass at 4200 meters above sea level. After lunch we will continue on to the campsite at Pacaymayo and enjoy dinner and a well deserved rest.
Day 3 - Third day of the Inca Trail (B, L, D)
We will walk approximately 45 minutes up to reach the second pass at 3850 meters above sea level, and will visit Runkurakay along the way. We will also visit the Sayacmarca archeological group and then go on to the Phuyupatamarca ruins. After lunch we head to Wiñaywayna, an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector.
Day 4 - Arrive in Machu Picchu, overnight stay (B)
After an early breakfast, we start on the final leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. We will arrive at Intipunku or Sun Gate where we will have a panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu Picchu, we register and start on our guided visit. After enjoying the tour, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have free time to enjoy the town thermal baths. Overnight stay.
Day 5 - Huayna Picchu and the Sun Gate. Return train ride (B)
Tour guide at disposal for a morning hike to the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking view of the site (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or further enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins. You can also stroll to the Sun Gate or to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca's army. Or just relax at the town thermal springs. Afternoon return train ride.