Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and then we will go by private bus to Piscacucho located at kilometer 82 (2,800 m. / 9,200 ft), on the way we will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, through the towns of Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, to make a short stop here to visit the local market and buy some groceries for the walk, then we continue our journey to Piscacucho. Upon reaching Km 82 Piscacucho, pass the control to start the walk bordering the Urubamba river. In this first section of the Inca Trail, visit the small community of Miskay (2,800 m. / 9,200 ft), then start ascending towards a small plateau, where we will enjoy a magnificent Andean landscape and an Inca construction known as Patallacta, located at 2,750 meter. / 9,030 ft., here we can see some agricultural terraces that served to feed travelers from different places who took this route to reach Machu Picchu. Then we continue walking through a crowded area where with a lot of vegetation you can most likely see the giant hummingbird, after walking for about 2 hours we arrive at our first camp in the Huayllabamba area 3,000 meters above sea level. / 9,900 ft. Huayllabamba is a small town surrounded by fields of corn, potatoes and other products. Here we will have our first camp. Note: This first day is usually hot during the dry season (May to September), so it is recommended to bring light clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a good hat or cap.
On this day we will have a great challenge, ascend to the Warmihuañusca pass, to begin with we will have a refreshing breakfast and then we will begin our walk to the Ayapata Valley which took 1 hour to reach this area, this is known for having a microclimate of the valley altoandino. Then we will go through a narrow path full of vegetation, through a small bridge that will take us through a cloud forest, of incomparable beauty, until we reach a sector called "Llulluchapampa", this is a good place for travelers to meet. stop to rest before climbing the last part of Warmihuañusca, which is the highest point of the walk with a route of 11 kilometers (6.84 miles) ascent to the highest point of Warmihuañusca, Quechua name means "When the woman dies", this point has a height of 4,200 m (13,779 ft), along the ascent you will appreciate how the vegetation changes, however this place is one of the most beautiful and once the summit is conquered, we will be offset by a beautiful view of the mountains and Andean landscapes. Then we will descend through a winding valley until we reach a point where we will stop for lunch. In this way it is possible to observe various types of birds. We follow the path until we reach the Pacaymayu River Valley (3,600 m / 11,811 ft), where we will have our second camp.
For many visitors, this is one of the longest days, but at the same time one of the most beautiful, due to the presence of Inca sites along the way. After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike up a steep path. We will go through a second opening where the archaeological sites of Runkuracay (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) are located, which receives its name from its unique half-circle shape. This semicircular shape allows shelter from the strong winds in the area. Then we will ascend towards the Yanacocha lagoon (Black Lake) and then we will proceed to Sayaqmarca (3600 m/11,811 ft), “The dominant town”, where we will see interesting Inca ruins, and we will have a panoramic view of the Acobamba valley, the only how access to these buildings is via a steep stone staircase. During the tour you will pass by Conchamarka, a small archaeological site recently discovered. Then we continue uphill and we will arrive at the first tunnel on the road, then we continue going up until we reach the third and last open, where we see the town of Phuyupatamarca (m/12.024 3,665 ft), "Town on the clouds", which is undoubtedly one of the most original citadels along the Inca Trail. It is located on the edge of a ravine. Here we will find many cultivation terraces and ceremonial fountains. After visiting this site, descend some 2,000 cobbled stairs to the citadel of Winaywayna (2,700m/8,858ft), which means "Forever Young", sits at an altitude of 2,490m/8,675ft, and the name derives from the typical orchids that can be found throughout the year with flowers in red, yellow and purple. This is possibly the most attractive of all the palaces along the Inca Trail, and the last urban center before reaching Machu Picchu. It was built on the slopes of the mountains, it is divided into four main parts: the house in the lower part, with more than 20 buildings, the area where the ritual fountains are held, the area of cultivation terraces and the area of the tower. . After exploring all the corners of Winaywayna, we headed to our last camp, which is located a few meters away. In this last camp, hikers will have access to the best hot showers and toilets. There is also a restaurant here where you can buy drinks. This is the night we say goodbye to our porters and tour staff, so at night a small party to thank everyone for sharing this beautiful experience with the group.
Today is the highlight of the walk. Waking up early, you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu, and once the site opens, you can continue on to Puerta del Sol, where you'll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a 2-hour guided tour of the site during which you will learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site on your own and, if you have permits, to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will continue by bus back to Cusco.