One important difference you’ll find between our trips and other Inca Trail Treks are the campsites. Most other trekking groups camp in open public areas where tents are set up side by side for several hundred people to camp in the same space. We avoid these crowded sites for more private and more beautiful camp areas affording spectacular views and quiet settings. We set our first camp near the Urubamba River the first night. Most trekking groups hop off the train and start trekking the same day. Instead, we camp near the river and enjoy the day hiking around the first ruins that most trekkers bypass with little notice or time to explore. This not only gives us an extra day of acclimatization, but the next morning we set out on the trail long before the next day’s group of trekkers disembarks from the train so we have the trail more to ourselves ahead of the new day’s arrivals from Cusco and our porters are in the lead to set camp in the best spot.
We use spacious 3-person tents for two people which have some headroom to sit up comfortably rather than standard dome tents. Our covered sleeping pads provide ample thickness for comfort and insulation. Synthetic down sleeping bags are available for rent, in which case we recommend you bring a thick winter liner. However, we do recommend bringing your own bag rated for freezing if you have one.
Many outfitters camp the last night at the site of Winay Wayna, a public camp and facility where many trekking outfitters congregate. On our final day trekking we depart from our last camp the night before at Phuyupatamarca. Therefore, we have lunch at Winay Wayna and see all the best sites of this day on the Inca Trail more to ourselves since most of the other trekkers are ahead of us; we arrive at the Inti Punku, Gate of the Sun, overlooking Machu Picchu in the afternoon behind the majority of trekkers who have camped closer the night before.
Do you have questions about trekking the Inca Trail with Wildland Adventures? Read our Inca Trail Trek FAQ and Inca Trail Trek: The Wild Difference. See our Inca Trail Trek itinerary.