- Duration: 4 days/3 nights:
- Departures: Daily
- Type: Hike
First day: Cusco – 82Km – Wayllabamba
We will travel by private bus to Piskacucho, a small community located around Kilometer 82, where we will begin our long walk with a team of professional guidess who will ensure that our trip is successful. After passing the control station, we cross the bridge to begin to our long walk. Our first stop is at Miskay where we will stop for 1 ½ hours to have lunch. Afterwards we will begin our climb to see the Inca city of Patallacta and Llactapata (Guided Visit). Then we continue our long walk until reaching our first campsite of Wayllabamba where we will have a prepared dinner and where we will spend the first night.
Second Day: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
After breakfast at approximately 7am, we begin our long walk on a narrow precipitous rise to see the landscape change from mountain range to puna (mountain grassland) with little vegetation and arrive at a high passage of the mountain (4200m) well-known as WARMIWAÑUSCA (dead woman’s pass). We pass through a remarkable landscape of ichu (feathergrass). It is advisable to bring sweet snacks such as chocolates in order to maintain an appropriate level of sugar for this altitude. Then we pass through a forest inhabited by different types of animals such as mountain sparrows, and the Andean bear. Afterwards we descend towards Paycaymayu where we rest and camp for the night.
Third Day: Pacaymayu- Chaqicocha – Wiñaywayna
We rise to a very early breakfast, after which we begin our long and exciting walk that takes us to a number of archaeological sites which we will visitsuch as Pacaymayu, and then we climb to an opening called Runkurakay (3970m) and visit the archaeological complex of the same name. Later we descend to Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) to arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m) an archaeological complex of semicircular construction with diverse levels, narrow streets, patios and irrigation channels. Then we continue our long walk, an easy ascent, passing through an Inca tunnel, and arriving at Phuyupatamarca (3700), a complete archaeological complex at the high point of the mountain. Phuyupatamarca means “cloud on the city” and from here we will be able to appreciate the site and look down to an impressive view of the Urubamba River. Afterwards, we will continue to Wiñaywayna (2700m). At this site we will find lodgings, rooms with hot shower, restaurants, and a short five minute walk from the campsite we find the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna.
Fourth Day: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
We awaken at 4 am to leave Wiñaywayna, and hike towards the Intipunku or “The Sun Gate.” The walk lasts approximately 1 hour where we can observe the sun rise over the City of Machupicchu. From the Intipunku we will descend towards Machupicchu arriving in approx. 40 minutes at which point we go to the control station where we will be able to leave our gear and belongings and immediately go towards the Inca Citadel where we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours. Afterwards you will have free time during which you will beable to enjoy the landscape on your own, or walk up to Huayna Picchu to visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. Then we will reunite and descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can eat lunch or visit the thermal baths to relax after a long four day hike. At this point we will distribute the return train tickets for your return trip to Cusco, arriving around the 8:30, and provide accommodations to your hotel.
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