Machu Picchu & Inca Trail Trekking
(7 or 12 days)
Join Mountain Guides International for a classic Inca trail trek through the heart of the ancient Incan Empire to Machu Picchu.Â Your Peru trek will explore the ruins and mystery of this fascinating area.Â A series of visits to local villages and markets will also give us plenty of opportunity to experience the colorful culture of modern Peru!
LIMA: Lima is the starting and finishing place for our Inca trail trips. It is an interesting city with colorful markets and fascinating history to explore.
CUSCO: The historic capital of the Incan Empire, and an UNESCO world heritage site, is situated at 11,200 feet. Â We’ll enjoy local ruins and the colorful culture as we acclimate for our trek.
HIGHLANDS: Our trip will take us through the Andean Highlands. This is beautiful country that is home to native people who are the descendants of the Incas. We will have ample opportunity to explore the villages we pass along the way.
THE ANDES: The Andes provide a stunning backdrop for this trip. We will travel through some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. The views are incredible; don’t forget your camera!
OUR GUIDES: Mountain Guides International Inc. instructors and guides are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being in the mountain environment. They bring a wealth of experience from guiding throughout South America, and the world, to every trip. All of our guides are also climbing instructors who genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge.
7 DAY ITINERARY:
Days 1-2 – Begin your Inca Trail adventure flying to Lima, Peru on Day 1. Your guide will meet you at the airport.Â After an orientation and an evening in Lima, weâ€™ll fly the following day to Cuzco, at 11,200 ft on Day 2.Â Charming red-roofed Cuzco is the ancient capital of the vast Inca Empire. The Spanish conquistadores destroyed significant portions of the Inca civilization while leaving their mark on Cuzco. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets add to the historic richness of the ancient Inca city.Â Upon arrival, weâ€™ll check into the hotel and enjoy an afternoon tour exploring Cuzco.
Day 3 (7 miles): We travel by bus, through the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, for the 3Â½ hour scenic trip to the start of the trail.
We cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca. It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca River.
The path follows the left bank of the river up to the village of Wayllabamba (10,000 ft) where weâ€™ll spend the night.
Day 4 (6.6 miles): We climb up from Wayllabamba for about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings us to the treeline and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (12,150 ft). It is another 1Â½ hours climb to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de HuarmihuaÃ±usca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass) at 13,900 ft.
The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult; we follow the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd night’s campsite at Pacamayo (11,800 ft).
Day 5 (10 miles): From Pacamayo it takes about an hour toÂ climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. Another 45 minute hike brings us to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (13,200 ft). This section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase.
From then on the path descends into magnificent cloudforest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way.
We then climb up to the 3rd pass (12,200 ft.) A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means ‘Town in the Clouds’.Â Another hour of hiking through the cloud forest brings us to Winay Wayna, our last campsite before Machu Picchu.
Day 6 (3.6 miles): Weâ€™ll get an early start in order to see the splendor of Machu Picchu as the sun rises. Â After spending the day exploring these famous ruins, weâ€™ll head back to Cuzco on the train.
Day 7- Fly back to Lima and connect with evening flights home.
INCLUDED: Transfers, hotels in Lima, all trekking and park permits, local transportation, park fees, porters, food during the trek, group camping equipment, Professional guides, and local support.
NOT INCLUDED: Travel to/from Lima, food in restaurants in Lima, bottled water, soda, and alcohol.
LENGTH: 7 or 12 days Lima to Lima. We also offer a variety of other climbs and treks throughout Peru and South America.
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.