This route offers the chance to explore the eastern extension of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This little-known trail is an alternative to the well-known traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will follow in the footsteps of the Incas who built a great road from the imperial capital of Cusco, west through a rugged mountain landscape, where they erected astonishing temples and royal residences. We will camp at elevations that will allow us to fully appreciate the peace and beauty of Andean valleys, with splendid views of the 18,000 foot snow peaks high above the Urubamba, in the Huayanay range. We will pass the enormous stone blocks worked by the Incas in the 15th century, in their quarry at Cachiqata. From here, we will descend towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas as far as the Inca royal city of Ollantaytambo, with its fabulous Temple of the Moon. In Ollantaytambo we will board the train for the trip to Machu Picchu, where you will have ample time to explore the ruins of this famous city.
During the four day walk you will cover a total distance of 39 kilometers (24 miles), beginning at an altitude of 3224 meters (10,575 feet), and ending at 2850 meters (9315 feet) above sea level. The route crosses two high passes, with the trail reaching a maximum elevation of 4625 meters (15,170 feet).
While the trail is generally in good condition, some steep sections require caution and a good sense of balance. Adequate trekking boots should be worn, and walking poles are recommended. However, thanks to our relaxed pace, specialist guides and professional support personnel, individuals without experience hiking routes of this kind can participate in this activity.
The support group is composed of porters, cooks, assistant guides and the guide. The cooks are responsible for preparing all meals during the entire route. The support group is composed of specialist personnel and they are specifically entrusted with ensuring that your experience with us is an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure.
To ensure that you get a good night’s rest on the trail, we provide high quality tents, sleeping bags and everything needed to guarantee a warm, refreshing sleep, preparing you to enjoy the next day’s walk in optimal physical condition.
We are the most trusted company on the market, and we possess the necessary expertise to ensure you will receive the very highest standards of service.