Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Camping

Destination: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco Peru
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour Type: CAMPING Adventure, Peru Nature, Moderate to Challenging Inka Trail Trek
US$ 585.00

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Price per person based on double occupancy, fixed departure dates with a minimum of 2 people per group. Go to Dates & Prices or ask for private service prices.

The surrounding area of Cusco has plenty of attractions to offer visitors and travelers. Trekking along these places will allow you to walk by the long trail network made by the Incas and pre-Incas. These Inca Trails offer you the possibility of discovering Machu Picchu by yourself experiencing an adventure travel, nature and the Andean culture in a way that you will never forget.

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DESCRIPTION

This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour allows you also to discover Cusco Peru and its surroundings. Trekking along these places will allow you to walk by the 24 855 mi (40 000 Km) long Inca Trail network made by the Incas and pre-Inca cultures, which communicated the whole Empire from Ecuador on the north to Argentina in the South. These Inca Trails offer you an adventure travel, nature and experiences that you will never forget.

This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most traditional, the most famous, and most visited Inca Trail routes, used only by the Inca aristocracy. This Inca Trail is paved with blocks of stone; it has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges. It crosses rivers, streams, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests, cold highlands, a perfect mixture of Andean mountains and jungle exuberance! Along the way you will find Inca archaeological sites that will make you feel like they are being discovered for the very first time.

Many countries have mountain ranges with beautiful scenery and Cusco Peru itself is richly blessed in this respect with many other areas for hiking. However the scenery is only one of the elements responsible for the magic of the Inca Trail. Can there be any walk anywhere in the world with such a combination of natural beauty, history and sheer mystery and with such an awe-inspiring destination? The various archaeological sites along the way before ending the Inca Trail in the Sungate of Machu Picchu serve to heighten the hiker’s sense of anticipation as he or she approaches what would surely find a place in any new list of archaeological wonders of the world – Machu Picchu.

Walking the Inca Trail can be very rewarding and is possible for all ages as long as you are fit. Over the course of the Inca Trail, you gain and lose 1000 meters several times, all of which is over 3000 meters where oxygen is noticeably thinner. Acclimation to the altitude is a must, and good physical condition advised.

Come and experience your favorite trekking route, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying for at least two – three days in Cusco Peru prior to the trek.

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ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE TO CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco – Piscacucho – Wayllabamba

Pick up from your hotel. Start the Inca Trail at the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad. Cross the bridge over the Urubamba River. Follow the trail along a flat terrain towards Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to ascend and see the Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). Trek along the valley created by the Kusichaca River until reaching the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), the first camp. Enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level (19129ft).

Distance: 12 km / 7.47 ml
Minimum Altitude: 2650 masl / 8692 ft
Maximum Altitude: 3000 masl / 9840 ft
Approximate Time: 5-6 hrs
Gradient: moderate

Overnight at campsite.

(B, S, L, D)

 

DAY 2

Huayllabamba – Abra Warmi Wañusqa – Pacaymayo

Begin the most difficult part of the trek, an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Cross the first mount pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft). Cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). (Recommendation: Stock your daypack with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness). Descend to Pacaymayo Valley (3600m/11808ft).

Distance: 11 km / 6.84 ml
Minimum Altitude: 2950 masl / 9676 ft
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13776 ft
Approximate Time: 6-7 hrs
Gradient: moderate to challenging

Overnight at campsite.

(B, S, L, D)

 

DAY 3

Paqaymayo – Abra Runkuraqay – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñay Wayna

Visit numerous archeological sites. Climb the second pass the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). Arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations. Trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector close to where the camp is located.

Distance: 16 km / 9.94 ml
Minimum Altitude: 2700 masl / 8856 ft
Maximum Altitude: 3900 masl / 12792 ft
Approximate Time: 8 hrs
Gradient: moderate to challenging

Overnight at campsite.

(B, S, L, D)

 

DAY 4

Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Leave Wiñaywayna and climb to the Inti Punku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. Descend to Machu Picchu, enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians”. Begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. Free time to walk around, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge.
In the afternoon you will regroup in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. Take the train back to the city of Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.

Distance: 4 km / 2.49 ml
Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl / 6560 ft
Maximum Altitude: 2700 masl / 8856 ft
Approximate Time: 2 hrs
Gradient: moderate to challenging

Overnight at campsite.

(B)

LEGEND
B Breakfast
S Snack
L Lunch
D Dinner
BL Boxed Lunch

NOTES:

  • All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability (500 people per day).
  • Recommended period: March to October.
  • Minimum number of people: 02 people per group.
  • Extra Services (not included): extra porter to carry your belongings, sleeping bag, walking poles, duffel bag in case you do not bring your backpack for the porter can carry your belongings.
  • Group Services Fixed Departure Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all year except FEBRUARY (CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE).
  • Student Discount (International Student Identity Card required): US$ 45
  • Teenager Discount (under 15 years old; passport Copy at booking required): US$ 45
  • Children Discount (under 7 years old): US$ 90
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley

PRICES

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Price per person / double occupancy tent
Group Service (minimum 2 people) US$ 585
Private Service (based on 2 people) US$ 1,465
Single Supplement (additional to have single tent) US$ 30
Extra porter to carry your belongings (1 porter shared by 2 people) US$ 80
Sleeping bag rental for 4 days US$ 30
Buffet lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (only hotel located at the top of the mountain) US$ 40

INCLUDED

Included in Tour Price Not included in Tour Price
Pre-departure briefing. International and domestic flights.
Transfer in private transport to km.82 (starting point of the trail) from Cusco or Sacred Valley (only for hotels located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo). Visas required for entry.
English speaking professional guide. Airport Taxes.
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees. Drinks.
Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent (4 seasons). Tips.
One foamy sleeping pad per person. Inflatable sleeping pad only in private service. Breakfast on day 1.
Dining tent with tables and chairs. Lunch and dinner on day 4.
Kitchen tent. Porters to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 16kg/35.2lb (including sleeping bag weight of 2kg/4.4lb and sleeping pad) included in shared and private service price. One porter can be shared between two people.
Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets). Sleeping bag in shared and private service.
Inflatable sleeping pad included only in private service.
Cook and cooking equipment. Walking poles.
Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment). Duffel bag in case you do not bring your backpack for the porter to carry your belongings in shared and private service.
Meals (03 breakfast, 03 lunches, 03 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day – vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost).
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Transfer train station – hotel in Cusco.
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees.

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