The Inca Trail trek to the Sacred site begins either at Km 82, Piscacucho, or at km 88 Qorihuayrachina, at 2600m. In order to reach km 82 hikers are transported by their tour operator in a minibus on the road that goes to Quillabamba. From Piri onward the road follows the riverbank and ends at km 82, where a bridge is placed. First, The Sernarp and Ministerio de Cultural will check you personal details and they will compare your full name, passport number and nationality, it is very important to take your original passport for the Inca Trail
The walk to Huayllabamba, following the Cusichaca river, is about 3 hrs and isn't too arduous. Beyond Hauyllabamba, a popular camping sport for tour groups, there is camping places about an hour ahead, at Llulluchayoc (3200m). A punishing 1 1/2 hr climb further is Llulluchapampa, an ideal meadow for camping. If you have the energy to reach this point this will make the second day easier because the next stage, the ascent to the first pass, Warmiwañuska (Dead Women's pass) at 4200 m, is an utterly exhausting 2 1/2 hrs.
Afterwards take the steep path downhill to the Pacaymayo valley, beware of slipping on the rainy Inca steps. You could camp by a stream at the botton (1 1/2 hrs from the first pass). It is no longer permitted to camp at Runkuracay, on the way up to the to the second pass (a much easier climb 3850 m). Magnificent views near the summit in clear weather. A good overnight place is about 30 mins past the Inca ruins at Sayacmarca (3500m), about an hour on after the top of the second pass.
A gentle 2 hr climb on a fine stone highway leads through an Inca tunnel to the third pass. There's a spectacular view of the entire Vilcabamba range near the top. You descend to Inca ruins at Phuyupatamarca (3650 m), well worth a long visit, even camping overnight. There is a 'Tourist bathroom' here where water can be collected (but purify it before drinking). From there, steps go downhill to the impressive ruins of Wiñay Wayna, (2700 m) with views of the recently cleared terraces of Intipata. Access is possible, but the trail is not easily visible. There is a small campsite.
The path from this point goes more or less level through jungle until the steep staircase up to the Intipunku (2 hrs), where you find a magnificent view of Machu Picchu, especially at dawn, with the sun alternately in and out, clouds sometimes obscuring the ruins and sometimes leaving them clear.
The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:
The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the governmental institution in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. There shoulnd't be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform the department booking at Tierras Vivas Tour Operator via email as soon as possible.
The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. Salkantay trek machu excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.
Departure dates to Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Daily departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. Please contact us to check departures to alternative routes. All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability, please check the following website: Ministerio de Cultura > Consultas > Centro Arqueológico: please select Camino Inca > Please select year and month.
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