The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the ultimate Peru adventure tour. The trek descends from the Andes to the edge of the Amazon and includes an amazing mix landscapes from highlands to jungle. Few other places on our planet take you through such a changing variety of ecological zones in just 4 days. You’ll be surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers and you’ll encounter a great variety of endemic plants and animals. The architectural stone masterpieces of the Incas harmonize perfectly with the natural environment and both combine to make the Inca Trail worthy of a once-in-a-time visit.
DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2015 (Not available on February)
DEPARTURE: Daily since 2 people subject to availability
GUIDE SERVICE: Shared (Group)
RETURN: Expedition Train
Upon request: Upgrade to Vistadome Train
Before booking this tour you should know that new regulations have been created to minimize the impact on the fragile environment of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Only 500 people per day, including guides, cooks and porters, are allowed to enter Machu Picchu though the Inca Trail. The limit applies whether you book the classic Inca Trail, the shorter Inca Trail or the Salkantay trek. We advise you to book early (at least 90 days in advance is recommended) to secure your spot.
On the other hand, you must have the following information to reserve as in your passport and from each participant in your group:
*Trek departure date:
*Prior arrival date in Cusco
*Name (as in your passport)
*Special Food Requirement
*Gender: Male / Female
*Student with ISIC card: No / Yes
*Accommodation in Cusco (Address and Phone Number)
Take note that once your Inca Trail permit is reserved and confirmed, it is non refundable and non transferable. We appreciate your cooperation in this fact as we work with the new regulations.
DAY 1: PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy day)
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred in our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we will cross the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get prepared to the walking with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and porters). At this point, the passengers will have to show their passports to the security personnel of the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able to cross a bridge that will take you to the other side of the river where they will start climbing in a parallel line to the Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”, which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca building known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point we will stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and take a little break.
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours walk we will arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the Inca Trail, seasons. (L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The challenge day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00 am. This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast before starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a narrow road covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip you should climb many stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to the highest point of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for which we will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the most difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter height; however this part is also known as one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top of the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of the Andean mountains. For this special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a winding valley until the point where we will stop and have lunch. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild birds.
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be aware that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 – 7 hours
DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The unforgettable day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk climbing through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After hearing the historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass, located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will find a little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose and other native bird species. After the pass, we will descend to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope, surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water channels that are spectacular works of hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of the most beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means “forever young” and it is said that acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is located a few meters away. (B, L, D)
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (The special day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After breakfast, we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the path that leads directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a good flashlight, because this time it is normally dark here. After walking for about one hour and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate, a magnificent point from where you can see the city of Machu Picchu. At this point we can relax for a few minutes, take pictures of the group, and finally go down to reach the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until in 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430 meters above sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an extraordinary location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing urban creation in Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continually cut in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a tour of the most impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take us about 2 hours, after which we have free time to explore each city on our own taste and preference. Then return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, to take the train that will take us back to the city. At the time indicated on the ticket of train our staff will be waiting at the station, from where we will transfer to your hotel. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
•Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
•Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
•A large tent, for each 2 persons.
•Mattress, one per person.
•Enough tables and chairs.
•English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
•An expert cook.
•Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment )
•Full meals during the trek.
•Daily snack bag.
•Daily afternoon tea service.
•Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
•Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
•Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
•Transfer train station / hotel
•Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
•Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
•Lunch last day
•Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
•Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
•A backpack with necessary change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
•Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
•Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
•Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
•Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
•Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
•Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
•Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
•After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
•Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
•Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
•Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
•Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
•Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
•Cash in soles and/or US$ (No ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
•Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
•Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information.
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
This is the ONLY Student card to apply the discount
When booking a trek:
In 2009, the government strictly limited the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail. Permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 staff (guides, cooks, porters). We recommend that you book your trekking permits as early as possible. However don’t make a booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date as these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit.
*Participants need to be in good physical health and condition. Hiking the Inca Trail involves up to ten hours of walking in a single day. Travelers who are in shape are more likely to enjoy the experience compared to those who have not exercised regularly before the trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail adventure and stay safe, we advise to start an exercise program a few weeks or months in advance. If you suffer from any medical condition, we advise you to consult a physician before joining an Inka Trail Expedition. During the trek, take only the necessary items for the days you will be walking and leave the rest of your luggage in your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Most of hotels and hostels have secure storage rooms and will safely keep your luggage until your return.
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicated on the trekking itinerary. The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones from ruins and the trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites. Only authorized campsites can be used.
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter (maximum 9kg or 18lb per person) can be hired for US$189. If you hire the services of a third of a porter (you will need to supply the small padlock). However, even with this service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why we have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you can give to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The maximum amount that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 20kg or 42lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the services of an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are synthetic (easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are guaranteed to be clean.
Cost: US$40 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
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The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.
If you will take any trek with us. we ask you to fill the customer chart regarding the commentaries or otherwise you can inform to the Operations Department.
This is a very important requirement and necessary to do after take the tour to avoid problems regarding the quality of the service and help you to resolve it before you leave to your country otherwise our agency is assuming that all your services was ok therefore we are not going to accept any claims.
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