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INCA TRAIL TREK SUMMARY

DAY 1
Start time:
 Between 4:30 AM and 5:00 AM.  Travel two hours by bus from Cusco to Piskacucho or the famous 82 Kilometer where the trail starts.
Highlights of the day: We will get across the Urubamba river, which is one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river.  View the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay and the Inca city of Llactapata (Patallacta).  Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow capped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica) which stands at 5860m (1922ft)
Difficulty level:  Moderate.  The trail starts at 2720m (8923ft)  and climbs to 3000m (8984ft) so this is a gentle day on the trail.
Meals: Breakfast on way to Piskacucho.  Lunch during hike and dinner at campsite. 
Accommodation: Camping in tents at a campsite at the small village of Wayllabamba.  The temperature at night is usually around 10°C/50°F
NOTE: Entrance tickets and passports will need to be shown at start of trail.                                  

DAY 2
Start time: 
6 AM.  We trek all day.
Highlights of the day: The flora and fauna on this part of the trek are incredibly varied and you will see many birds such as hummingbirds, as well as plants and trees, such as the 'Polilepys ' or Q'ueuña tree which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft. You will feel a real sense of achievement reaching the top of the pass today.
Difficulty level:  Very difficult.  A steep and difficult ascent from our campsite at 3000m/10700ft to the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ – 4200m/13779ft). After a short break, we descend for 2 hours to our campsite at Pacaymayu.
Meals: Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.
Accommodation:  Campsite at Pacamayu (3550m/11646ft).  Temperature around 6°C or 42°F         

DAY 3
Start time: 
6AM.  We trek all day.
Highlights of the day: Visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay.’  Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from Runkurakay pass.  Explore the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarca’ and sight at the magnificent scenery as you pass through the lovely cloud forest.  Visit the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’) and then walk through the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata.’
Difficulty level: Difficult. Climb from 3550m/11646ft to 4000m to the second highest point on the trail and then a steep descent to the archeaological site of Sayacmarca  and then a further ascent to 3680m (12073ft)
Meals:  Breakfast at campsite, lunch on trek and dinner at campsite in evening.
Accommodation: Campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft).
NOTE: A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

DAY 4
Start time: 
 4.30 AM.  We trek to Machupicchu.  Then, we take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aquas Calientes and train to Cusco.
Highlights of the day:  A visit to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise and your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! From the trail, you have your chance to take the famous picture postcard photograph of Machu Picchu.  There’s a walking tour (2 hours) of Machu Picchu by your guide.  Then, there is an optional 45 minute climb to the top of Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft).  After the tour you are free to wander around the stunning site for yourself and then return by bus or foot to Aguas Calientes, where you can soak in the hot spring of Aguas Caliente and/or have lunch in town.  From there, we will take the scenic train ride back to Cusco. 
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate.  A gentle ascent to Inti Punku and then a descent down to Machu Picchu 2400m (7873ft). 
Meals: Breakfast at campsite.  Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
Accommodation:  You will be back in Cusco sometime in the night and will stay one more night at your accommodation.
NOTE:  The train leaves Aguas Caliente in the evening (6PM) although this may be subject to change.