The probably most famous walk in Peru is very popular and often completely booked up. If you don't have too much time but still want to see the world famous ruins, you can go on the two-day tour. With this group service you will join one of our groups, where you will meet like-minded people from all over the world.
After the pick-up of the guests at their hotels we go by train to kilometre 104 where we start the hike. We will first see the ruins of Chachabamba (2'250 m) and keep walking until Wiñaywayna (2'650 m). On the way you will see different beautiful orchids. After the dinner we will go to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the first and only night.
After the breakfast at 4.00am we will continue our hike until the Machu Picchu and reach the Inti Punku where we will see a beautiful sunrise. There we are going to have a guided tour and you have time afterwards for yourself to look around for a while. After that we are going down again to Aguas Calientes where we will take the train back to Cuzco.
Again at around 6.00am we are having breakfast. After one and a half hour uphill we will visit the archaeological site of Runquracay. Views of the mountains and surrounding area, from these point, are spectacular. Then begins a steep descent form the pass leading to the Inca site Sayacmarca. After this site the path continues through a magnificent cloud forest and we begin a new ascent up to 3'680 m. We also get the chance to visit the site Phyuupatamarca where we will afterwards start to hike down to Wiñaywayna, which takes about two hours. There we have a guided tour through the whole complex, we are going to eat dinner and then spend the night there as well. The nightly temperature is around 12C.
We will wake up early in the morning that day, at around 4.30am. After the breakfast we make for the Inti Punku (the Sun door) or the Entrance to Machu Picchu. Thirty minutes later we will arrive to the Machu Picchu itself. We will have a guided tour and visit the most important ruins. You have afterwards some time to walk alone through the ruins before we take the bus to Aguas Calientes. There we will take our lunch and then take the train back to Cuzco where we will arrive at around 9.30pm.
Medium to difficult. The first and fourth days are almost only on flat paths. On the second and third days we go through three pass. However, the difficulty level depends a lot on your fitness, acclimatisation and habit to take part in trekkings.
All year long the temperature doesn't vary a lot. The maximum is beween 18C-22C and the minimum around 0C-6C. Temperatures change depending on the altitude. As parts of the trekking are in cloud forest, it may be a bit wet. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but gets quite cold at night. It is important to bring warm clothes for the nights.
Students in possession of a valid ISIC Student Card are entitled to 30.00 US$ discount. When making your reservation, please send us a scanned version of your Student Card to entitle you to the discount.
We recommend to book as soon as you know the dates for your trip. Until now we have always received the limited tickets for the Inca Trail. Check this website out http://www.inc-cusco.gob.pe/ to see if there is availability for your requested dates: In general we have groups every day.
The registration allows a maximum of 500 people daily on the Inca Trail (300 staff members and 200 tourists). That's the reason we recommend to book as early as possible. Especially during the high season (May-August) the Inca Trail is usually completely booked up months before.
Typical group size are 10-12 people, maximum is 16.
1. Personal porter: For your personal belongings (clothes…) you can get a porter for the whole time. It costs USD 17 extra.
2. Extra night in Aguas Calientes: An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be organized. The additional cost are paid from you directly.
4. Vegetarian food provided: For all our tours we can provide vegetarian food if wished without extra costs. Also if you have an allergy or another problem let us know and we can organize a tour without any problems.
3. Sleeping bags: We can rent you sleeping bags. They get washed and cleaned after every use. For the 4 days a sleeping bag costs USD 15. You can see and choose them in our office.