(Known as Camino Inca or Camino Inka) the famous Inca Trail is the best trekking option in Peru Located in the Andes, the Inca Trail passes through several kinds of Andean atmospheres including cloud forest and alpine tundra, situated on different altitudes. Tunnels, Settlements and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain. Also we have to consider that there is an ascent beyond 4,200 meters (13,800 ft) above sea level, which can result in height sickness, for people that live at sea level and are not used to high elevations.
The Peruvian government has put a limit on the number of people who hike this trail per year, so, please consider that an advance booking is compulsory, 500 people maximum are permitted on the trail each day, that means only 200 of them are tourists, the other part are guides, cooks and porters. So, the high period books out very fast, we highly recommend to book at least 6 months in advance.
The Inca Trail, protected area, is closed every February in order to do maintenance (but there are other trekking options that you can do if you travel on February).
DAY 1: CUSCO – URUBAMBA VALLEY – HUAYLLABAMBA
Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and travel in our private car until 82km in the Urubamba Valley, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The first part of the trail will be close to the Urubamba River, then we will visit the archeological site of Llactapapa (it was an important rest stop on the journey to Machu Picchu) and we finish our first hiking day in Huallyabamba (3000 masl), there is located our camp site. Included lunch and dinner.
DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAUSCA – PACAYMAYO
After our breakfast, we will begin to climb the first pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200 masl) or “Dead Woman’s Pass”, which resembles a supine woman. Here we can appreciate a great view of the valley below. At this pass we move from the dry puna (a high treeless plateau) to the tropical jungle, where gnarled trees grow among low clouds. This is the habitat of Polylepis, orchids, Incana trees (National Peruvian tree) and animals like the Puma and Andean Beer. After crossing the pass, the trail drops steeply into the Pacaymayo valley; we will camp near to the river. Probably the second day is the hardest and coldest of the Inca Trail trek; our professional guides and porters will be very glad to support you during this memorable day. Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – RUNKU RAKAY – SAYACMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
After our breakfast, we will hike up towards the ruins of Runku Rakay and traverse the pass with the same name (3,800 masl). Then, we will descend to Sayamarca, which is an important archaeological complex, also known as “inaccessible city”. Here we have lunch. This day we’ll walk down hundreds of steps and we will spend the third and final night near the ruins of Wiñayhuayna (2700 masl), which means “Forever Young”. This nickname comes from the presence of many coloured orchids close to the archaeological centre, which is the most beautiful of the trail, composed of cultivation, living, ritual fountain and town areas. Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We will get up very early in the morning in order to see the beautiful sunrise from the Inti Punku (sun gate). Our first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. We will spend about two hours in Machu Picchu, where the guide will explain to us about the different parts constituting the “Lost City of the Incas”. Then we will have a free time to visit Machu Picchu by ourselves. At this point will be on the finish of the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. From Machu Picchu we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon we will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, place where our private transfer will be waiting for us in order to take us to our hotel in Cusco. Included breakfast.
- Briefing the night before the tour.
- Private transportation to Km 82 (Beginning of the Trail).
- Professional English/Spanish speaking guide
- Guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
- Entrance fees for the Inca Trail and Machupicchu
- Time to go to the hot springs and walk around the town
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Vistadome train return to Ollantaytambo Station.
- Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Double Occupancy tents
- Camping Equipment: Bathroom tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables and sleeping pads
- Porters to carry food, tents, and cooking gear, our porters do not carry the personal belongings of the clients, if you want a personal porter, you’ll have to pay US$ 135 additional per porter(each porter can carry 12 kilos), if you don’t have experience walking, we hardly recommend you to hire a porter, because it be hard for you to carry all your personal belongings during 4 days(sleeping pads and sleeping bags too).
- Coffee breaks in the afternoons
- All meals (not including breakfast the 1st day, not including lunch on the 4th day). We can arrange a vegetarian menu for you, please let us know before the tour.
- First aid kit / Oxygen
- Entrace fee to the Hot Springs of in Aguas Calientes (S/. 15.00)
- Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu.
- Tipping for guides, cooks, porters
- Travel Insurance.
WE RECOMMEND TO BRING
- Sleeping Bag, walking poles (If you don’t have, please, see our camping equipment in Web site)
- Toilet paper, small towel
- Flashlight o Frontal Lantern with extra batteries
- Original Passport in a hermetic bag
- Warm clothes, fleece, hat, sunglasses, and personal belongings
- Pants that zip off to short pants
- Extra money to buy additional water during the trek (normally we’ll give you water since the first lunch and with all the meals), but if you get thirsty you’ll have small stores on the trail with fresh water bottles.
- Additional money for tipping
- Additional money to use bathrooms once you get to Machu Picchu
- Backpack and Daypack.
- Hiking shoes or boots with good ankle support
- Raincoat or poncho
- Bottle of water, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses
- Warm clothes, light clothes, 4 or more pairs of socks (is really important to have the dry and warm feet during the trek)
- Insect repellent
- Personal First aid kit
- Chocolates, candies or other snacks
- Photo Camera with extra Batteries
- Bathing Suit in case go to the thermal baths.
Prices in American Dollars per person
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