Inca trail to 5 days takes more time to do the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu), leaving more time to appreciate the nature and archaeology along the way. We spend one long fourth day visiting Wiñay wayna and Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day we return to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate. We encounter valleys that contain wildlife endemic to high deserts or the tropics, between stretches of puna and cloud forest. We encounter mysterious archaeological sites half covered by jungle overgrowth, which look like you are discovering them for the first time. Machu Picchu is one of the world greatest cultural treasures, and of these is the most enigmatic.
DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2015 (Not available on February)
DEPARTURE: Daily subject to availability
GUIDE SERVICE: Private
RETURN : Expedition Train
Before taking this tour you must know about the new regulations created to minimize impact on the fragile environment of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, now days only 500 people in total including guides, cooks and porters on the classic Inca Trail, the shorter Inca Trail and the Salkantay trek 7 days are allow to enter in Machu Picchu though the Inca trail daily.
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)
Important: Take note that once your spot is reserve and confirmed is non refundable neither allow to do any modifications like names, passport numbers or so.
We appreciate your cooperation in this fact as we work with the new regulations.
Briefing the night before the departure
DAY 1 CHILCA / LLACTAPATA
At 6 in the morning our private van picks passengers up from their hotels. We drive down through the Sacred Valley to Chilca. Here we meet the porters, the Quechua-speaking natives of this rugged country. Tonight we camp at Llactapata, an important fort along the Urubamba River.
DAY 2 LLACTAPATA / LLULLUCHA
After a healthy breakfast We climb up away from the river, heading straight for Salkantay, a snow-capped mountain that reaches 20,600 feet high and the most imposing peak in this region. At Huayllabamba the streambed forks, and we turn away from Salkantay to the SW and head NW along the trail. We camp at Llulluchapampa, part way up to the high pass of Warmiwañuscca.
DAY 3 LLULLUCHA / PHUYUPATAMARCA
Today the first part of the trek takes us over the Warmiwauska pass at the height of 13,500 feet. At its heights, the amazing stone trail is better preserved than when it passes through lower lands. As we descend, we leave the tundra vegetation and enter the elfin forest of bonsai trees covered by a profusion of creepers and orchids. We pass the important ruins of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca and camp at Phuyupatamarca, the city above the clouds, from which there are spectacular views of snow covered mountain ranges.
DAY 4 PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU
Passing through the Inti Punku (gates of the sun), we arrive in Machu Picchu , the lost city of the Incas. We will visit the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy a relaxing bath at the local hot springs and later we will camp by the river.
DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO
We will rise early in the morning. After breakfast we will take a bus up to visit the lost city of Machu Picchu. An optional hike for the more dynamic people in the group would be to hike up to Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu. We will take the late afternoon train back to Cuzco.
Note: There is the option of relaxing in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
• Private service
• Professional English/Spanish speaking guide.
• Private transportation round trip to Chilca (km 104)
• Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machupicchu (Machu Picchu)
• Transportation by bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
• Round-trip Transfers
• Double Occupancy Tents
• Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and comfortable mattresses
• Porters to carry food, tents and cooking gear
• Coffee breaks in the afternoons
• All meals (including breakfast the 1st day, not including lunch the 5th day)
• First aid kit/Oxygen
• Train ticket back to Cusco
WE RECOMMENDED TO BRING:
• Personal Sleeping Bag (We rent it upon request)
• Backpack and Daypack
• Hiking shoes or boots
• Raincoat or poncho
• Water bottle, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
• Warm clothes, Light clothes, 4 pairs of socks
• Insect repellent
• Chocolates, candies or other snacks
• Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)
-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).
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: The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 4 months in advance!! 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 since “these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit”
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an Inka Trail Expedition.
Take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the rest of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals has an storage rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicate 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 of 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).
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.