The Inca Trail offers the traveler a wonderful combination of scenery including magnificent mountains, fauna, flora, and the amazing Inca ruins. Over 220 species of orchid have been found in the Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as many species of birds, animals and reptiles. In order to undertake this trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter! The most important factor is acclimatizing to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonders of Cusco which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Please note that we are not in control of the campsites we are issued with from the Institute of National Culture. Your campsite allocation is dependent on how early you book and how many spaces are left in each campsite. The first 250 spaces are generally given to Winay Wayna (3rd campsite) and thereafter you will have a longer walk to Machupicchu on the last day and it could mean you do not make it for sunrise. Do not let this disappoint you as Machupicchu is a beautiful site no matter what time you arrive. Winay Wayna ruins are also some of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail and you will enjoy these crowd free if having to camp in Phuyupatamarka.
Day 1: Cusco (3,350m) – Km82 (2,800m) –Wayllabamba (3,000m)
We collect you from your hotel. Collection from Cusco will be at 5.30am, from Urubamba 6.30am and if you stay in Ollantaytambo you get to sleep in a bit with your collection at 7am. We will confirm collection times at your trek briefing.
We drive to Km82 - the start of the trail. Here we enjoy the view of Veronica Snow Mountain (5,720m). Gathering all our gear, together we pass our first control point and commence walking for about 3 hours - the hike is relatively easy going. The first ruins that we will see are called Llactapata - here we take lunch enjoying our surroundings.
We continue our hike for around 2hours further through lush farmland and woodlands to our first campsite, Wayllabamba. Your tents will be ready waiting for you! We have a nutritious dinner for you tonight! (Lunch, Dinner)
Enroute today you can purchase bottled water and snacks at various points along the trail, however, we will be providing you with boiled water to replenish your water bottles from lunch time today at all meal times onwards.
Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m)
After breakfast, we begin to walk the toughest part of the trail. After 3 hours walking we reach the highest point in the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or more commonly known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the area. On reaching the pass we stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). We descend into the valley taking around 1.5hrs where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we continue down to Pacaymayo, around 2 hours, where we set up camp. Time to put up your feet after a long days hiking and enjoy a rewarding dinner! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)
Today we ascend towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 4,000m. We reach the Inca Ruins of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. We explore these ruins before trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served.
After a short break we continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), a beautiful Inca construction. We camp near to the ruins and have well deserved nutritious dinner. Todays hiking is around 6 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machupicchu (2,500m) – Cusco
A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machupicchu. We walk for about an hour through the forest before arriving at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where we will have our first inspiring view of Machupicchu. We admire the view before setting off for the short walk into the ruins. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred back to your hotel. (Breakfast)
GROUP SERVICES : US$780 per person
We operate small groups between 2-10 persons. We pride ourselves in our personal service on your trek. Your guide, cook and porters are dedicated to your safety and enjoyment whilst hiking, looking after you every step of the way!
OPTIONALS FOR GROUP SERVICE
Personal Porters to carry luggage: $95 for a luggage allowance of 7kg. We recommend each person hire a porter. The weight allowance includes the weight of your sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bags - $30 per bag
Walking Poles - $12 per pole
Inflatable Mattresses - $25 per mattress (if not hiring we provide foam mats free of charge)
Inflatable Pillows - $7 per pillow
Hike with only your family and friends! Our service is all-inclusive providing Personal Porters (8kg per person), Sleeping Bags, Inflatable Mats, Inflatable Pillows, Walking Poles and the Vistadome Train service (If there is any item that you do not want included in this service, we can deduct it off the price for you)
2 Persons : $ 1,330 per person
3 Persons : $ 1,230 per person
4+ Persons : $ 1,180 per person
Children – 1 to 17yrs of age : US$ 30 (copy of passport front page required for discount to apply)
Pre-departure briefing in our office
Collection from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and return in Private Transportation
Professional English Speaking Mountain Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
Experienced Cook preparing delicious meals 3x a day
Meals:3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian, gluten, wheat free options available)
Snacks enroute and tea time daily
Boiled water to replenish your supply from Day 1 – Lunch time onwards
Entrance fee onto Inca Trail and into Machupicchu Sanctuary
Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
Porters to carry the camping equipment, ie tents, tables, chairs, etc.
Duffel bags to put your luggage into when hiring Personal Porters
Spacious good quality 4 man tents (for your comfort we put only 2 persons per tent). Single tents are available at additional cost if you do not want to share.
Comfortable sleeping mats (inflatable mat available to rent)
First Aid Kit carried by the Guide
Hot water for washing in your tent every day
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
Inca Rail or Expedition train ticket for group services / Vistadome for private services
Personal porters in group service. See note under OPTIONALS
Breakfast on the first day and Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
Entrance to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountains – $85 per person payable via Paypal in advance so we can secure permits which are limited and therefore not guaranteed.
Single Tents (for persons not happy to share) - $65 per tent
Gratuities– In Peru it is customary to tip your Porters, Cook and Trail Guide at the end of the trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.
Porters:approx. Soles 60-80 per porter from group
Cooks:approx. Soles 80-100 per cook from group
Guide:approx. Double of the cooks tip from group·
Personal Insurance – We highly recommend that you take out your own Travel & Medical Insurance before you leave your country!
Holiday or Election Increments
An increment of $35 per person is applicable leaving on or over these holiday periods or during election periods: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th,25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).
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