Although it is a fact that the expedition books on the Incan Trail indicate that bookings to go on that itinerary must be made one week in advance, we recommend you to make them way before, as statistics show that, during the high tourism season, it is almost impossible to find space availability, since these run out three months before the excursion´s date, given that, by established official standards, only 500 people can have access to this important route per day, with the sole aim of preserving the itinerary from possible damages or erosion, as well as from pollution caused by solid residues, on that important Incan road network.
Early in the morning, we´ll head towards the community of Piscaycucho, also known as Kilometer 82, at 2,700m.a.s.l. (8,856 ft.), where we´ll meet the whole team of porters, cooks, assistants, etc., who will accompany us on the hike, and then, we´ll start our adventure along this important Incan road network. On the first stretch, the hike is not very demanding, as we´ll be walking on flat terrain, nearby the Urubamba River´s bank, and as we´ll be progressing, we´ll come across beautiful panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount La Veronica and of the area´s colorful Andean landscape. After a while hiking, we´ll get to the first archaeological compound called Patallaqta, where we´ll have lunch, and after a short rest, we´ll resume our hike, until we get to Huayllabamba, at 3,000 m.a.s.l. (9,840 ft.), where our first campsite will be set up.
After a very early and energizing breakfast, we´ll go on our second day of hiking, on a stretch considered as one of the hardest on the Incan Trail, given that we´ll have to ascend up the mountain, to get to the Warmihuañusca Mountain Pass, at an altitude of 4,200 m.a.s.l. (11,377 ft.). During our ascension towards the hike´s highest point, we´ll have a chance to observe a great diversity of wild plants, flowers and beautiful birds which can only be found in that part of the Andes. Once on top, we´ll be able to contemplate the impressive panoramic view over the Andean Cordillera, and will have lunch. After a short rest, we´ll start descending towards Pacaymayo Valley, where we´ll stay overnight at our second campsite.
Early in the morning, after a restoring night´s sleep and a delicious breakfast, we´ll go on with our hike, to get to the Archaeological Compound of Runcuracay, and from that area on, we´ll notice that the trail is totally paved. We´ll also have a chance to appreciate the beautiful harmony existing between the Incan constructions and nature. Our next visit will be Sayacmarka; a superb archaeological complex which displays the impressive quality of Incan architecture. Afterwards, we´ll go on towards the Archaeological Compound of Phuyupatamarka.
Later on, we´ll move ahead amongst beautiful landscapes and an abundant vegetation which is typical of the jungle´s edge, to get to Wiñayhuayna, where we´ll spend the night at our third campsite.
This time, we´ll get up very early, to be able to observe the sunrise at the Inti Punku (Sun´s Gate), from which we´ll have a chance to contemplate the enigmatic Incan City of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we´ll start our descent towards the Incas´ Lost City. The guided tour of Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and then, we´ll have some free time to explore the Incan city on our own.
In Machu Picchu, we´ll visit the Agricultural Sector, with plenty of Incan benched terraces and grain warehouses. Then, we´ll get to know the Religious Sector and its different temples dedicated to the most important Incan deities, and the Urban Sector, with its numerous enclosures.
After a long visit around Machu Picchu, we´ll return to the village of Aguas Calientes, where we´ll have lunch, and in the afternoon, we´ll board the train back to the city of Cusco.