Today, we have a free day to look around Cusco. Optional extras include visiting the Pisac ruins, going white water rafting or relaxing in the city before meeting up in the evening to celebrate our challenge achievement together, well into the night!
We rise early today in time to see the early morning sun lighting up the magnificent Machu Picchu ruins from the ‘Inti Punku’ or ‘Door of the sun’. From here, we descend to the world’s most famous ruins built in the 15th century, where we will have a guided tour. In the afternoon we continue to the town of Aguas Calientes and return by train to Cusco, ready for an early night.
We climb again, passing the Inca ruins of Runcu Raccay and on to the next pass giving us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on a well-preserved Inca pathway, we pass Sayacmarca ruins, allowing plenty of time for a tour of the site. We continue along the ridge, up to the Phuyupatamarca ruins before a steep, downhill Inca staircase brings us into the Cloud Forest and the outstanding site of Winay-Winay, which we explore before heading into our camp.
Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the highest point of the trail - the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass 4200m), with striking views into the valley. We then descend into the Pacasmayo Valley and settle in our camp for the night.
We start early, transferring after breakfast at the hotel, to the start of the challenge at Ollantaytambo at Kilometre 82. We trek along the banks of the Urubamba River until we reach the magnificent ruins of Llactapata. Here we will get our lunch. In the afternoon we continue our walk towards the first campsite Huayllabamba.
We have an acclimatisation walk above Cusco to the ruins of Saksayhuaman to help us adapt to the altitude in preparation for the Inca Trail. The rest of the day will be free day to explore a little more of the exciting city before spending a second night in our hotel in the centre of Cusco.
We connect with a short domestic flight to the breathtaking southern city of Cusco (3,300m). We transfer to our central hotel and have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy one of the most celebrated cities in South America. We will then regroup in the evening for a welcome meal and briefing on the days ahead.