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The Royal Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu is our private flagship tour. We can depart at any time as long as there are permits available.
Trekking with Happy Gringo Tours would offer you an authentic cultural experience. Our experiences and knowledgable local guides are fluent in English. They have an extensive knowledge and awareness of Inca culture, traditions and history. Happy Gringo Tours’ staff are determined and work very hard to offer you an unforgettable experience.
On any trek with Happy Gringo Tours, you will be served with plentiful and nutritious Organic Meal at all times. We at Happy Gringo Tours will take care of everything from your pre-trek briefing to logistics with an intention of offering you an authentic and stress-free experience.
Our Inca Trail Royal group is ideal for families with young children, group of friends and/or honeymooners. With smaller groups you get the full attention to detail of our expert guides and with each trekker having a personal porter to carry 8kg of your hiking gear to enjoy the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu vacation.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Happy Gringo offer daily departures to Inca Trail, excluding February when the Inca trail is closed».
It is highly recommended to book your Inca hike at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out. Therefore, the Inca Trail Peru is available to book from March 01st to January 31st every year.
Inca Trail Tours 4, 5, 6 and 7 days – The campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Government. for more details let us know.
Today begins your adventure of a lifetime, the Royal Inca Trail. We will be picking you up from your hotel in our private van. The pickup will be at around 05:30 in the morning.
On the way, we will have a brief stop in Maras. Salt Terraces of Maras are a myriad of salt terraces. It precariously nestles against the steep mountain sides. Steady stream of mineral rich water trickles down with a silent gargling that somehow defies time.
On the way, to the trail head at to Piskacucho or kilometre 82, we will stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo. Upon reaching kilometre 82, we will be crossing the first check point.
We will cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right. The first day is relatively easier, a warm-up along the Inca flat terrain. There are great views of the Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), and the beautiful snow-capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft) known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC depending on the month.
Our crew will be serving breakfast to you. We will be then starting a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at 4200m/13779ft. On this day, you will be feeling a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we will begin the descent to where we stop for lunch, which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).
On our way up to the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a combination of other species of bird life. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the ´Polylepis´ or Q’ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft! After lunch, begins the second two-hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.
Campsite will vary according availability of spaces on the trail and will be confirmed the day of your briefing one or two days before your trail; Also the inca trail campsites can vary on the way according the health condition of our travellers or weather conditions.
This is the most impressive day so far; keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’). Here we reach the third highest point on the Inca trail (3680m/). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!. The Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass.
After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of ‘Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna. (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at camp by lunchtime! Temperatures during the night are about 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are feeling tired after your day’s trek, it´s a moment you cannot miss, the most impressive site on the Inca trail.
Campsite will vary according availability of spaces on the trail and will be confirmed the day of your briefing one or two days before your trail; Also the inca trail campsites can vary on the way according the health condition of our travelers or wheater conditions.
You will be woken up at 0400 in the morning. After a nutritive breakfast, we will start our day 4 on the Inca trail. This is the final part of your journey. We will be arriving by 6:00am to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. You will be getting a first glimpse of the conic Machu Picchu as the rays of the rising sun would uncover the clouds.
The reality of what the Inca people must have encountered on their taxing journey to this expansive temple of Machu Picchu. At this point, we walk downhill towards the Machu Picchu Citadel. (2400m/7872 ft.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there we proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual centre by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.
You will then descend to Aguas Calientes in a tourist bus (included). Here you will be boarding the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Our representative will be meeting you and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.