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US$ 705Price per person in shared service based on double occupancy. Departures every day minimum 2 people, including extra porter to carry your belongings. See our prices below or ask us for a private service quote.
Duration:4 Days
Destination:Cusco - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu (CAMPING)

INCA TRAIL “JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME”

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most traditional, the most famous, and most visited Inca Trail in Peru. In its time, it was only used by Inca aristocracy. Now, it is your chance to follow in their footsteps and live an adventure that you will never forget!

BACKGROUND

The Inca Trail network was built by Inca and pre-Inca cultures, and it is an impressive 24,855 mi (40,000 Km) long. The network connected the whole Inca Empire from Ecuador in the north to Argentina in the South. Today, the trail’s paved stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges remain for those with an adventurous spirit.

This journey takes you across rivers, streams, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests, and cold highlands. Along the way, you will find Inca archaeological sites that will make you feel like they are being discovered for the very first time. No other trek anywhere in the world combines such beautiful scenery, history and sheer mystery with an awe-inspiring destination–Machu Picchu.

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INCA TRAIL DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco for at least 2-3 days prior to the trek.

ITINERARY FOR THE INCA TRAIL

DAY 1

CUSCO – PISKACUCHO (KM 82) – LLACTAPATA AYAPATA

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel between 04:30 – 05:00AM and transfer to Km 82 on the trail. After breakfast, go through the first Inca Trail checkpoint to begin the trek. Please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail.

The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as you make your way to the first Inca site, Llactapata, an ancient Inca checkpoint. From Llactapata it will be a 2-hour hike to your lunch stop. After lunch, hike for another 2½ hours until you reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300m absl). On this last stretch, you’ll pass through 2 small communities where you can replenish on energy drinks, snacks and other essentials. Arrive at the campsite by 17:00PM, and after settling in, relax with a hot drink and snack. Your dinner will be ready by 19:30PM, so you can get some well-deserved rest.

Walking distance:8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite Altitude:3300 meter high above sea level
Considerations:Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
Weather:Warm and windy

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 2

AYAPATA – DEAD WOMAN´S PASS – RUNCURACCAY PASS – CHAQUICCOCHA

The porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca-leaf tea to get ready for the day. This will be the longest day, and you will start early. Begin by hiking for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass on the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet), and stopping for a short break to enjoy the views. Afterwards, descend for the next hour and half to the Pacaymayu Valley (Hidden River) to your lunch spot.

Following lunch, begin a 2-hour upwards hike to the second pass of the trek. On the way, visit a small Inca site (Runcuraccay), and admire two large waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. It will be another hour downhill, after the pass, to reach the magnificent Inca site of Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).

Stop here for a while to take a quick tour of the site and catch an amazing sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. After a 20-minute hike, arrive at the second campsite, Chaquiccocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). This evening, if the skies are clear, enjoy the stars and learn about the Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, the sky is something to behold!

Distance:9.94 miles/16 km (7-8 hours)
Altitude:3600 meter high above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered:Most challenging day (you will have survived the two highest passes)
Area:Andes and Cloud Forest
Weather:Cold and rainy

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 3

CHAQUICCOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA CAMP

Wake up at 06:30AM to begin the most beautiful stretch of the Inca Trail. The morning hike takes place along the “Inca flats” (gradual inclines), which begin to enter the jungle (Cloud Forest). Enjoy fantastic views of the Salkantay, the second highest snowcapped mountain in the Sacred Valley, as well as of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Towards the end of the Inca flats, begin to make your way up the last peak, Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters). Enjoy great views of the Urubamba River, and the first views of Machu Picchu Mountain. It will be a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to your last campsite, close to the spectacular Wiñay Wayna Inca site.

On your descent, you’ll visit the 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun).  Arrive at the campsite at around 13:00PM to have lunch and relax. At around 16:30PM your guide will give you a short orientation of Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll spend the next hour and a half exploring. The significance of the site combined with all the information given during the trek will prepare you for your visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

On this last night, enjoy a special dinner with the local Inca Trail team to thank them for a job well done (this is the perfect opportunity for tipping). Go to bed early so that the following  morning you arrive at Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Walking Distance:6.2 miles/10km (5 hours)
Campsite Altitude:2.600 meter high above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered:Easy day – all downhill!
Area:High Cloud Forest
Weather:Warm and very humid

Overnight at campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 4

MACHU PICCHU, “THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS” – AGUAS CALIENTES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO:

Wake up time is at 03:30AM. Breakfast is at 4:00AM so you can be among the first people on the trek when the checkpoint gates open at 05:30AM. Make your way to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) from where you’ll behold spectacular views of the mountains cradling Machu Picchu. It should be an hour downhill to reach Machu Picchu and the final checkpoint. Here, you’ll begin your 2-hour private guided tour of the “The Lost City of the Incas”.

Enjoy 3-4 hours to explore Machu Picchu, on your own, after the tour has concluded. We recommend an optional 45-minute hike up the Huayna Picchu Mountain from where you can enjoy fantastic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding scenery (not included in your quote).

At approximately 13:00, you will regroup in the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can visit the town’s hot springs (not included in quote). Transfer, on your own, to the station to take the Expedition Train departing at 16:22 and arriving at 18:10 to Ollantaytambo (1hr 30min from Cusco). A person with a sign with your name will be waiting at the station to transfer you to your hotel.

Note:The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 03:30AM)
Area:High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
Climate:Hot and very humid (drink lots of water)

Overnight in Cusco (not included).
(B, S)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

  • All Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability (500 people per day including guides, cooks, porters and travelers).
  • Recommended period: March to October.
  • Minimum number of people: 01 person per group.
  • Extra Services (not included): sleeping bag; walking poles; inflatable sleeping pads; upgrades to Vistadome Train (return only); entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains; buffet lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
  • Group Departures: every day of the year except FEBRUARY (CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE).
  • Student Discounts (International Student Identity Card required): US$ 45
  • Children Discounts (under 7 years old): US$ 45

INCA TRAIL PRICES

ServicesPrice per person / double occupancy tent (US$)
Group Service (minimum 2 people) includes extra porter to carry your belongings*.$705
Private Service (based on 2 people) includes extra porter to carry your belongings*.$1,220
Single Supplement (additional to have single tent).$35
Sleeping bag rental for 4 days.$30
Inflatable sleeping pads for extra comfort.$25
Pair of Walking Sticks.$15
Upgrade to Vistadome Train (return only).$95
Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains.$80
Buffet lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (only hotel located next to the entrance to Machu Picchu).$40

*Pricing based on Expedition Train.

INCLUDED IN PRICE

All Items Included Not included
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).
English-speaking tour guide.Airport Taxes.
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees.Drinks.
Only 2 people per tent (4-person tents giving lots of room for your personal items – clean & waterproof).Tips.
Foam sleeping mat (1/2 inch/1.25 cm thick).Sleeping bag per person for 4 days.
Small pillows for sleeping, more comfortably!Inflatable sleeping pads for extra comfort.
Rain ponchos.Pair of Walking Sticks.
Day Pack Rain Covers.Upgrade to Vistadome Train (return only).
Dining tent with tables and chairs and kitchen tent.Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains.
Private, portable toilet tent for your group’s use only.Buffet lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (only hotel located right next to the entrance to Machu Picchu).
Cook and cooking equipment.  Visas Required to Enter Peru.
Team of porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
Porters to carry your belongings (up to 7kg/15.4lb per person) – at no extra cost!
Permits and entrance fees for our porters, cooks and guides.
Meals (4 breakfasts, 4 snacks, 3 lunches, 3 happy (social) hours, 3 dinners. Vegetarian food and special diets are available upon request and at no extra cost).
Boiled water provided after breakfast, lunch and dinner to refill your water bottles.
Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank.
2-hour private guided tour within Machu Picchu ruins.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes. 
Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to your hotel in Cusco.
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees.

 

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