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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 1 Walking along small ruin sites
Today we weak up early to join a bus with our team of porters, cook and guide, who’ll pick us up from the hotel in Ollantaytambo and will take us to the starting point of the Inca trail.  As we begin the hike, we’ll pass smaller ruin sites, and the first one in our way is Llactapata.  After some walking, we’ll camp near the town of “Huallabamba”, located around 3,000 meters above the sea level.

Day 2 Over the highest pass
Our first goal today is climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, also called “Dead Woman´s Pass” and located at 4,198 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest point of the trek.  The second pass of the hike (Runkurukay), is at 3,998 meters, where in clear days, it’s possible to have super views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. The trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climbing to the third pass, where we’ll walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both of them original lnca constructions.

Day 3 Over the third pass to spectacular Inca ruins in a cloud forest decor
The third highest pass is at 3,700 meters above the sea level, and it’s possible to get beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below from this point (on clear days). We keep walking and soon we’ll reach the serene-looking ruins of Phuyupatamarca, also known as “The Town above the Clouds”, located at about 3,650 meters above the sea level. After some walking, we’ll camp close to Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) for the final night, which is a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and located just from a short hike to Machu Picchu.

Day 4 The Sun Gate and Machu Picchu
We get up really early today to ascents over some mountains, but our walk will be rewarded with a panoramic and unique view of Machu Picchu.  We´ll have a guided tour of the site, and then you will have time for yourselves to wander around this amazing Inca Ruin, and if you are feeling energetic, there will be time for going up the steep to the “Huayna Picchu,” known as the “young mountain,” which rises behind the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.  From the Huayna Picchu Mountain you’ll have a great view of Machu Picchu from a totally different angle. In the afternoon, we’ll take a train back to Cusco, where we’ll spend the night.
 


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