Trekking the Inca Trail: 5D/4N

Active, Cusco to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Peru's ancient Inca Trail is one of the country's most revered, yet challenging, treks to accomplish. Are you up for the challenge? This five-day tour gets you from Cusco to the jaw-dropping site of Machu Picchu, passing Inca ruins, stunning mountain vistas, and rambling rivers along the way. An experienced team of guides, cooks, and porters ensures you can focus on the path ahead and the views that await you.

What’s included

  • Hotel night in Cusco
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit ancient incan ruins
  • Porters carry the majority of gear
  • Climb the long steep path to warmiwañusca
  • Catch a glimpse of the snow-capped cordillera vilcabamba
  • Walk through original incan constructions
  • Take a guided tour of machu picchu at sunrise.

Itinerary

Cusco Arrive at any time.
Cusco/Inca Trail Depart Cusco by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
Inca Trail Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Machu Picchu/Cusco The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes, return to Cusco in the evening where the tour ends upon arrival.
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