Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5d/4n Trek Itinerary
This 5-day system is a wonderful substitute for avoid most of the crowds of people on the 4-day ancient path and also to reach quieter, more distant and breathtaking campsites. Additionally it is recommended for households with children, because permits an improved acclimatization to altitude as well as the day-to-day walking length is leaner compared to the 4-day variation.
Day 1: Cusco to Llactapata
We depart Cusco at 8:00am in a private transportation, that may drive us to km.82, the kick off point regarding the Inca Trail. We start our hike walking over the remaining coast of Urubamba river. After the path along a set landscapes, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to after that ascend last but not least see, from tallest section of an overlook, the Inca town of Llactapata (2750m/9020ft). Out of this point, we descend towards ruins, next to which we put our camp, after an approximated 3 hour stroll. We spend afternoon exploring and going to this archaeological website.
Complete distance: 5 km (3, 11 kilometers)
Estimated walking time: 2, 5-3 hours
Optimum height point:2, 650 m (8, 692 ft)
Campsite altitude:2, 650 m (8, 692 ft)
Time 2: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa
We wake up early to continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca river, slowly climbing until we reach the agriculture neighborhood of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft). All as you go along we see dazzling views of this Vilcanota hill range in the opposite region of the Urubamba River, in which the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea-level. And of course the diversity of crazy nature available all over the area. Continuing through the trail, we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most challenging part of the trek, which is composed of an abrupt and high ascent that stretches for 9 kilometer and hits the very first mountain pass within the Inca Trail, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s pass). We only climb up half-way within the pass, preventing at Llulluchapampa, where we camp and spend night. Over the rise, the landscape modifications from sierra to puna (a dry and high location with little plant life), obtaining the possiblity to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few flowers that develop at that altitude. We additionally cross an area of so named cloud woodland, the habitat for several different varieties of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows together with Andean bear, which is also known as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that with this time as well as the next one specifically, every day pack is well-stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that may keep your sugar amount high, which help with altitude illness.
Total distance: 12 kilometer (7, 46 miles)
Projected walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum height point:3, 850 m (12, 589 ft)
Campsite height:3, 850 m (12, 589 ft)
Day 3: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca
After breakfast, we continue our hike within the highest part of the Inca Trail, achieving the hill pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Soon after the pass, we descend to the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), from where we after that start to rise to your 2nd pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Half way up, we go to the archaeological complex with the exact same name. This website, located at 3800m/12464ft, is made from a little oval structure that's thought to have served the objective of a watchtower. After exceeding the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and go into the cloud forest to finally get to Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This can be a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at various amounts, narrow roads, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy rise, we reach the next pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along this rise we could value the magnitude of this Incas´ old art, by walking along routes semi-detached from hill, and seeing rocks that refill ravines in perfect order, conserving the trail from multileveled Andean geography. We proceed through an Inca tunnel to later on arrive at these pass and down seriously to the complex of the identical name. That is perhaps one of the most full and best preserved archaeological buildings over the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and it is on the greatest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca indicates ¨town within the clouds¨. From above, you can observe a complicated sacred complex contains liquid fountains with solid fundamentals, and also impressive views regarding the Urubamba River area. We put our camp in Phuyupatamarca and spend evening truth be told there.
Complete distance: 15 km (9, 32 kilometers)
Expected walking time: 8 hours
Optimum height point:4, 200 m (13, 776 ft)
Campsite altitude:3, 600 m (12, 033 ft)
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca to Machupicchu
Today, we may possess chance to value the most dazzling sunrises when you look at the Inca Trail, supplied the sky is obvious, as Phuyupatamarca’s location offers awesome views currently of time. We after that begin our method through long-descending rock measures which will lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), where we look for a campsite designed with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite gets the exact same title while the complex located only five full minutes out of the lodge. Wiñaywayna is the biggest archaeological web site inside Inca Trail besides Machupicchu and consist of an extraordinary complex comprised of an agricultural center with many terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, providing spectacular views within the...