Adventure Associates
Inca Trail

Inca Trail

In the foot-steps of the Incas

Departures every Sunday and Wednesday5 days

One of the main attractions along the route of this 5 day tour is the web of ancient settlements built in granite rock by the Incas like Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overpowering natural scenery. Hundreds of species of orchids, multicolored birds and dreamlike landscapes provide the ideal backstage for a route that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime.

Day 1 - Sunday

Cuzco - Inca Trail Treck - Q'ente

We transfer you from the hotel to Cusco train station (or from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Ollanta train station) in order to take the train that brings us to Km 88. From here, a small bridge brings you over to Q'ente where you will camp. Visit the surrounding archaeological remains of Q'ente and Machu Q'ente, located amidst Inca terracing. (Time: 4-6 hours, Distance: 11kms). LD

Day 2 - Monday

Q'Ente - Lluchuchapampa

The trail winds slowly uphill through a small forest to reach the site of Patallacta. After a short visit we continue up the Cusichaca Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the trail ascends steeply to a large pampa below the first pass, where we camp. Here we have a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the trail up this narrow hanging valley, we begin to see a cloud forest that harbours the Queñua tree (polilepis), a rare forest to be found in the Andes. Camp overnight at Llulluchapampa. ( Time: 6 hours. Distance: 9Kms). BLD

Day 3 - Tuesday

Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca

A steady ascent on an Inca Trail up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m (13,692 ft) affords a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a reconstructed Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayo river to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and the second pass at 4,050m (13,200 ft). From here we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m (12,551 ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures. Continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes, viewing Mt. Salkantay from the western side and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flagstoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (the village on the edge of the clouds) in whose vicinity we camp. (Trekking: 7-8 hours, Distance 14kms) BLD

Day 4 - Wednesday

Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu

An early departure today will have us trekking along a buttress and passing Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstoned trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site, it has well restored Inca Ruins. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest covered Inca Trail we arrive at Machu Picchu in the same way the Incas used to, watching the magnificent citadel at our feet from Intipunku, the door of the sun. Overnight at a hostel in the town of Aguas Calientes, situated in the nearby valley. (Optional overnight at el Pueblo or Sanctuary luxury hotel available). BLD

Day 5 - Thursday

Machu Picchu - Cuzco

The whole day can be dedicated to explore these extraordinary Inca remains, including a visit to Wayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel, lunch and dinner on your own. B

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail (approx 33km) is best from March to November as this is not the rainy season. Longer programmes are also available.

  • B: Breakfast
  • L: Lunch
  • D: Dinner

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