The most demanding yet rewarding trek of the Cuzco area, this 7 day/6 night epic journey is the crème-de-la-crème of Inca Trails. The trail offers an admittedly taxing hike —steep descents followed by equally severe inclines—but with an outrageous payout: sublime views and visits to the Incan cities of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
• English speaking guide • Cook • All meals • Gear such as tents, mattress, cook tent…. • Horses and horse guide • Lunch at Llactapata at a lodge overlooking Machu Picchu • Train tickets from Hidro to Aguas after Llactapata Inca Trail trek • Hotel in Aguas on day 6 • Machu Picchu tickets with Huayna Picchu or MP Mountain • Vistadome train home • 3 course meal at the Tree House restaurant in Aguas Calientes • Entrances into Choquequirao and campsite fees • All Tips • One way bus ticket up or down from Machu Picchu • All transport from Cusco to Cusco • Lodging at a local organic coffee farm in a locals cabin style lodge and a complete tour of the coffee plantation and the entire coffee process.
DAY 1: You will be picked up at 5 am today. After about 3-4 hours we will arrive in Cachora and we will continue on to the trail head 30 min more. After that, we will have lunch there with our cook while the horsemen load up our gear. We will hike 4 hours today.
Chiquita – Marampata – Choquequirao
DAY 2: Today we will try to make it to the Choquequirao campsite if possible. It will be a long and demanding hike today with many switchbacks. Our camp site however will be waiting with our food prepared and our tents ready. (All inclusive version)
Choquequirao – Pinchito
DAY 3: Today we will again explore the ruins of Choquequirao and continue hiking towards Machu Picchu. Depending on the groups energy we will hike on to Pincho or maybe a bit farther.
Pincho – Maizal
DAY 4: Today we will continue on to Maizal. Today is one of the hardest days of the hike. We will begin early and take breaks along the way.
Maizal – Yanama – Lucmabamba
DAY 5: The morning will bring a fairly gradual climb for 2.5 hours to a 4127m/13540 ft. pass, where you’ll discover some of the most outstanding views our planet has to offer: towering glacier mountains, brilliant purple flowers, churning rivers, and all beneath the slow circles of condors floating overhead. The relatively easy descent into the remote town of Yanama, about 1 hour, terminates at a road where a transport to Lucmabamba or Santa Teresa awaits you. While relaxing at this amazing organic coffee farm in Lucmabamba you have the opportunity to visit the amazing natural hot springs of Santa Teresa and have the chance to soak and to ease the cost of the past few days.
Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Machu Picchu Pueblo
DAY 6: Wake up and your fresh picked coffee awaits! After breakfast, we will continue on our way towards Machu Picchu. Yet another steep but short Inca trail leads you up the ruins of Llactapata. Take your time to explore. Sit and look across the valley and you will see Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain like no one else. The ruins of Llactapata are rough and only partially uncovered, allowing you to see how quickly the jungle can take hold of man’s creations. Enjoy your time here in this pleasant tranquility as tomorrow you will join some 2000 people just across the valley at Machu Picchu!
After the ruins hike 20 more minutes down to a hiking shelter where a pair of locals will cook a delicious lunch for you, a true trail luxury. Then we’ll continue down to the river and arrive with plenty of time to catch your train to Aguas Calientes. Once there your guide will take you to your hotel and give you a briefing for Machu Picchu tomorrow. Please let us know what time to make your reservations for dinner, as tonight you will dine in style in one of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes. A full on 3-course meal with appetizer, main meal, and dessert plus a drink is included.
DAY 7: Waking up early means seeing the sun ignite Machu Picchu into its brilliance. We have a fully guided tour of the city and, for those who have requested it, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is on the list. Most people usually spend upwards of five hours here. Explore the ruins, have a snack, take lots of photos, take a nap on the terraces, or do whatever your heart desires. Make it back down in time for your return train to either Cuzco or Ollantaytambo. If you arrive in Cusco transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. If you arrive in Ollanta its any easily walk to your hotel, the town is tiny!