The surroundings of Cusco offer incredible hiking possibilities besides the famous Inca trail. Below you will find information about three impressive trekkings which you can do from Cusco. If you are interested in doing one of these trekkings, you can contact us for more information or to book the trail right away.
Inca trail to Machu Picchu
The incredible treasure of Machu Picchu at the end makes the Inca trail the world's most famous trek. But you will already see plenty of other wonders along the way! The Inca Trail is set in the ‘Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu’ (National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu). The Peruvian state set apart an area of more than 32,000 hectares to protect its ecological niches from 6271m at the high Andean glacial peak of Nevado Salcantay down to the Amazon cloud forest in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu at less than 2000m. Acting as a bio-corridor between the Andes in the Cusco area, the Sacred Valley and the lowland Amazon forest. The sanctuary possesses over 370 species of birds, 47 mammal species and over 700 butterfly species.
You can walk the Inca Trail throughout the year. The trail is only closed every February for cleaning. You can visit Machu Picchu in February, but you cannot walk the trail. The sanctuary authorities have imposed a limit of five hundred people a day on the Inca Trail, including guides and porters. Trekkers must go with a licensed guide or tour and the agency will take care of the required registration for the trail. Because of the limited access it is essential to book many months in advance, especially in the high season, which is from May to September.
The Inca trail is one of the most popular and most famous trails in the world. Walking the Inca Trail is walking a part of the ancient road system of the Incas. This road system was really extensive and highly advanced for its time. The road system covered a part of South America that is now known as the countries of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentine, with Cusco as the center and the capital of the Inca Empire. The extensive network of roads was used by the Incas as the main way of transport and communications. The Inca trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu is without doubt the most special part of the trail and one of the reserved parts of the Inca road system. The classic Inca trail takes you in four days to Machu Picchu.
Inca trail day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Huayllabamba
You leave by bus from the city of Cusco early in the morning on the way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After almost two hours you reach the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, where the team of porters will join the group before we continue to the trail head at the spot known as Piscacucho or Kilometer 82. After passing the control points for access to the park we will start walking the first part of the trail. Along this section of the trail you will encounter a number of archaeological sites. At midday the group halts for a rest and lunch. Finally, after a short day's walking, we reach the village of Huayllabamba, where we will make our first camp. From here you can see the snow covered peaks of the Cordillera of Urubamba.
Inca trail day 2: Huayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo
This is the most demanding day of trekking. We will climb through the first pass of the trail, Dead Woman's Pass at 13,779 feet or 4.200 meter above sea level. From here you will have an unbelievable view. From here you will descent to the second campsite in the Pacaymayo valley at 11,483 feet or 3500 meter.
Inca trail day 3: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna
On the third day you walk along an authentic Inca highway. After breakfast the trekking continues towards the second pass on the trail, Runkuraqay (13,123 feet or 4.000 meter). Along the way you visit the Inca ruins and we continue over the 12,467 feet (3800 meter) pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, which means "Town in the clouds". This ruin is one of the most beautiful e