Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail can usually be found on most people’s bucket list, and at EDGE Travel Worldwide we want to help those that want to tick it off the list sooner rather than later. In just 10-months’ time, the EDGE team will be embarking on a trip that’s guaranteed to challenge even the most experienced “adventure traveller”.
Perfect for the more tenacious hill-walker and those with a higher level of physical fitness, the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Experience pushes mental, physical and emotional boundaries to the limit.
Over 8 days and trekking up to heights of 4,200m, this trip takes participants from Lima to Cusco and through Wayllabamba and Pacaymayu to allow all those on the journey to truly appreciate Peru’s most wondrous sights.
It isn’t an easy trip – walking days are up to 8 hours and can involve up to 900m or more in ascent or descent – but the experience IS challenging, unforgettable and ultimately life changing.
A brief itinerary can be found below but please feel free to request a full information pack.
The Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Experience is planned for April 2019. As such, if you are interested in coming along, you have just over 9 months to get your mind and body primed. Stamina is important so it’s advisable to be prepared for several consecutive days trekking, often at high altitudes. (Don’t worry, I can help guide your preparation as well as offer advice on recommended kit and health/nutritional assistance so don’t let this put you off).
Who’s joining me? To help you decide, have a watch of this video:
The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Lima airport with an overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Early flight departure from Lima to Cusco. Exploration of the ancient city followed by briefing with an Inca Trail guide. An overnight stay at Hotel Koricancha.
Day 3: Breakfast in Ollantaytambo before heading onto Piskacucho on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad. Here we enter the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. A hike of approx. 12km along the shore of the Urubamba river before reaching the small community of Miskay. Here, a steep path leads us onto a high plateau with an amazing view of the Inca building, the Patallacta. The next 2 hr route climbs along a beautiful valley where we settle for lunch. After refuelling, we go up hill until we reach our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m). En route, participants enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge, including the Veronia snow covered mountain(5,832m). Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: A steep climb up along a narrow ravine full of vegetation and fresh streams for 9km, heading towards Lluluchapampa. Here we start the climb to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass 4,200m). Once reaching the pass, we descend winding steps for 4km across a narrow valley, home to a wide range of bird species and the Andean bear. Overnight in tents at the campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m).
Day 5: The longest day of the trek through impressive archaeological sites, covering 15 km. A steep path takes us towards the Runkurakay pass (3,970m) before descending to Yanacocha and Sayacmarca (3,624m). Onto the third pass of Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3,650m) before making our way downhill to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. The end of the day leads us to Wiñaywayna where we spend the night in the camping zone.
Day 6: Early start towards Intipunku (Sun Gate) along a narrow trail through the cloud forest. Here, we watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu Mountain. We then descend to Machu Picchu where a local guide offers a full explanation of the Inca Citadel. Two-hour tour followed by free time to explore Machu Picchu or climb the WAYNA PICCHU Mountain. Bus ride to Aguascalientes, home to the famous thermal baths. Train back to the city of Cusco, arriving after nightfall.
Day 7: After breakfast, travel to the airport where we take a flight back to Lima and a connecting flight onto the UK.