Clasic Inca Trail 4 Days - 3 Nights

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
4 days 3 nights

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

DURATION

4 days 3 nights

PHYSICAL CONDITION

Challenging

MEETING POINT

Calle Santa Teresa

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The best of this particular trek is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through a cloud forest and finally into subtropical vegetation.
Over 400 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu historical sanctuary, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, reptiles, including several species considered to be in danger of extinction. During the days of hiking (approximately 6 hours or 12km a day), you will be looked after by our crew. This includes, a professional bilingual tour guide who will explain to you the wonders of the Inca Empire, an excellent cook, and Quechua porters. You will be staying in well-maintained campsites with flushing toilets.
You will get your first glimpse of the marvelous and mysterious Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. You will have enough free time to appreciate these amazing sights and to relax in the hot springs before you take the train back to Cusco.
In order to complete the Inca Trail, you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age shouldn’t be a barrier. Our oldest trekker so far was 76 years old. The most important thing is to be well acclimated to the altitude, as the maximum height above sea level along the way is 4200m. Therefore we recommend anyone who comes from the coast to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting this trek. This period is the ideal opportunity to visit the city of Cusco, the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas.

GROUP SIZE

The normal group size is 10 persons maximum 16.

DEPARTURES: Departures every day. (Note that the Inca Trail is closed throughout the month of February each year). You should book in advance.

GROUP SIZE : Private Group

DEPARTURES: It depends on your request (Note: The Inca Trail is closed throughout the month of February each year). You should book in advance

DAY 1 : CUSCO / KM 82 / WAYLLABAMBA (12 km.)

The first day of the trek is relatively easy and serves as training for the days to follow. We pick you up from your hotel at around 5:30 am. We will travel by bus, passing through many picturesque villages such as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo in the sacred valley of the Incas where we stop for about 30 minutes to buy some goods such as walking sticks, rain ponchos, or to have breakfast. Then we continue down river up to km. 82 (trailhead).
After taking the first group pictures we cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right. After passing through small farms, you will see the Inca fort of Willkaraccay before reaching the mouth of the Cusichaca River (Happy Legs River). When the Incas conquered the area, they built a fortress here as the site commanded an excellent view across the Urubamba Valley, and controlled the entrance to the Cusichaca valley. From this trail, there are great views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snow-capped peak of Veronica (5750 m). There is also a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata or Patallacta, which means “Upper Town“ in Quechua and was first discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.It was used primarily as an agricultural station to supply the inhabitants of Machu Picchu with maize, which was the staple crop of the Incas. The settlement is comprised of over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, and five baths.

For a further 7km, the trail follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m). The name in Quechua means “the place of the morning dew”. It is here we will spend the night. This is the last inhabited town on the way to Machupicchu.

Walking Distance: 12 km
Campsite Elevation: 3,000 meters

DAY 2 : WAYLLABAMBA / PACAYAMYU (11 km)

On the second day, you will climb up from Wayllabamba following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc river for about one hour. This will bring us to Tres Piedras (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro River. There is a small campsite here, which is sometimes used on day one if the group is making good progress. The stream is named after the Huayruro, an ornamental tree. Its seeds are red and black. Many of the porters from the Ollantaytambo district are also known as Huayruros because of their traditional red and black ponchos. A little further on, you’ll enter a beautiful cloud forest.

After a two-hour trek through steep woods and increasingly spectacular terrain, we will arrive above the treeline at a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,800m). It is another 1½ hours climb to the first and highest point of the trail (Abra de Huarmiwañusqa or Dead Woman´s pass) at 4,200m During this part of the trail, hikers are exposed to the Andean elements : first the scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, the freezing winds. Once at the top, hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail. The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult. It follows the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor to the 2nd campsite at Pacaymayo (3,600m).

Walking Distance: 11 km
Campsite Elevation: 3,600 meters

DAY 3 : PACAYMAYO TO WIÑAYWAYNA (17 Km.)

From Pacaymayo, it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small, circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo Valley below. Another 45 minutes of hiking will bring us to the top of the second pass, Abra de Runcuracay (3,900m). The descent down the steps is steep, so take care especially when it is wet. After about one hour from the 2nd pass, you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca by climbing a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town”, and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, as they are protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. You will have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca. This was probably used as a tambo for weary travelers on their way to Machu Picchu.
The path then descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock. The trail then climbs up to the third pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750 m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive of the Inca ruins so far. The meaning of these ruins is “City Inside the Cloud”, which were probably used for the ritual worship of water.
After about an hour of walking through cloud forest, we may be able to see the tin roof of the trekkers hostal at Wiñaywayna. It will probably take another two hours until we arrive. Wiñaywuayna is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.
A short trail leaves from the Southern end of the hostal to the ruins of Wiñaywayna. The name in Quechua means “Forever Young”, and is named after the variety of pink orchids, which grow here. The ruins are comprised of magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location. There are also many buildings of good quality stonework and a sequence of 10 baths, which suggests that the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water. The cleansing ritual may have taken place here for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machupicchu.

Walking Distance: 17 km
Campsite Elevation: 2,700 meters

DAY 4 : WIÑAY WAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU ( 5 Km.) - CUSCO

We’ll wake up early at 4:00am. After breakfast, we will set off on the trail to see the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu (at around 7am). The trail goes around the mountain side, and drops into a cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). It is another 30 minutes walk down to Machu Picchu itself. We’ll arrive at the Watchman’s Hut from where you’ll be able to appreciate the ruins in all their glory. This is the classic postcard viewpoint.

Then we descend to the main entrance to leave our backpacks in a secure deposit. We then re-enter the ruins for a guided tour of the major sections of the ruins with your guide. The tour takes about 3 hours, after which you’ll have free time to explore the ruins independently if you have any energy left, there is enough time to climb Huayna Picchu, which is the steep mountain you see dominating the background of the ruins, the summit offers superb views of the ruins. After exploring by yourself you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. The guide will tell you the time and location  to meet up in Aguas Calientes so your guide can give you your return train tickets. After enjoying the lunch, you may want to relax in the hot springs. then we will take the train back to Cusco, the end of our service

Walking Distance: 5 km
Machupicchu Elevation: 2,400 meters

TREK OPTIONS

Personal porter.- can be hired to help carry your personal items such as sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), complete change of clothes, etc. however the porter will not walk at your side during the trek so you will still need to bring a day pack to carry essential items such as water, snacks, camera, rain poncho, etc. If you hire an extra porter we will give you a big sack for the porter. This will be for US$ 100:00 for the whole trek

(1) Vegetarian Meals.- We can provide vegetarian meals or special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(2) Sleeping bag hire.-We have sleeping bags in our office for rent US$20:00

(3) walking stick .- we have walking sticks in the office for rent US$15:00

GROUP SERVICE

Our standard 4 days service trek is the most popular of the Inca Trail treks that we offer. This is a great chance to meet new friends from almost every part of the world. This service is also perfect for couples and small groups of friends. Of course a personal porter is not included. But you can hire one in our office.

PRIVATE SERVICE

A private service trek is organized just for you with private bus and your own personal tour guide. We don’t add other people to your group. This enables us to provide the best service possible with complete personal attention and added comfort.

Group Service Included

  • Hotel collection
  • Tourist bus to km 82
  • Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • professional bilingual tour guide
  • high-quality camping equipment (4-people tents used just for 2 persons
    roll mattress, cooking equipment,dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables),
  • great cook.
  • Meals (3b/3l/3d). Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, ( vegetarian options)
  • Boiled water to fill up your water bottle
  • hot drinks.
  • hot water every morning and every afternoon for washing
  • Porters (just to carry the camping equipment
  • food and cooking equipment)
  • return ticket on tourist train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco.

Group Service Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first morning (some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service). If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the trailhead, where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast.
  • extra porter (can be hired in our office for US$ 100 for the 4 days).
  • last lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4.
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office for US$ 20 for the 4 days).
  • inflatable mattress ( can be hired in our office for US$ 20 for the whole trip)
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expences (clothing and laundry

Optional extras not included (need to book in advance)

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 60.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 70.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome/Panoramic 360° Train Aguas Calientes-Ollanataymbo: USD75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).

Private Service Included

  • Hotel collection
  • private tourist bus to km 82
  • Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • professional bilingual tour guide
  • high-quality camping equipment (large tents 4-person tents used just for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, roll mattress and cooking equipment)
  • great cook, assistant cook, accommodation for our porters and cook.
  • Meals (daily wake-up tea, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner).
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Hot drinks.
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottle
  • Hot water every morning and every afternoon for washing.
  • We can also provide vegetarian meals.
  • Porters (to carry all the camping equipment)
  • Extra porter to carry your personal staff
  • Tourist bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Return train ticket  (VISTADOME TRAIN)from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel.

Private Service Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first morning (some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service). If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the trailhead, where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast.
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4.
  • Sleeping bags (can be hired in our office for US$ 20 for the 4 days).
  • inflatable mattress ( can be hired in our office for US$ 20 for the whole trip)
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to the tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expences ( clothing and laundry)

Optional extras not included (need to book in advance)

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 60.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 70.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).
PRICE PER PERSON

DEPARTURE: From March to January, it depends on your request.

Group service

US$ 1050 per persons

Discounts:

Students: US$ 35 (with valid ISIC cards under 25 years old)
Teenagers: US$ 35 under 15 )

PRICE PER PERSON 2024:
Price 2024 per Private

2 persons $ 1640 per persons
3 persons $ 1540
4 persons $ 1450
5 persons $ 1340
6 persons $ 1250
7 persons $ 1200
8 persons $ 1150
9 persons $ 1100
10 or more persons $ 1050

IMPORTANT: Price is based on a double room accomodation.

An aditional USD 35.00 will be charged for a single room if there’s no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.

Discounts:

students US$ 35 with valid student card under 25 years old
teenagers US$ 35 under 15 years old

BOOKING INFORMATION

Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Tour -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are registered to pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% pp. Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.

BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- Online payments.

1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300+5% card fee per person.
2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300+6% per person through Paypal.

3.-US$55 extra per person to climb Wayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain.
You have to confirm in advance if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb ) or Machu Picchu mountain as they need to be booked well in advance,  there are 2 time sessions: 07 – 08 am or 10 –11 am

4.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 300 per person, or pay with the methods mentioned above.
FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.- You must inform us of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Inca trail goes to 4200 masl. (it is highly recommended that you have to be in cusco 2 or 3 days in advance to acclimatize or to use to the altitude).
2.- You must tell to your tour guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks. If you are having any problems with the service you have to inform to the tour guide in that moment so he can solve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- If you have vertigo you do not want to climb Huayna Picchu for any reason then indicate NO in the reservation format and write this in the comments section. (If you want to climb up to machupicchu mountain or waynapicchu mountain you have to book 4 or 5 mouths in advance because the passes are sold out, this is alternative walk.
4.- You must carry your original passport and valid student card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct original passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and refuse you entrance to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is (US$ 15 ).
5.- The student US$35 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not our company. All student cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid student card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card or International Teachers cards are not accepted by the control.
6.- We include in this trek 8 kilos from each passenger for the porter, we will provide you a duffle bag to put your sleeping bag and personal clothes and mattress.
7.- Please hotel in Aguas Calientes town is 3 star hotel. If you are wanting alternative accommodation this can be organised, these are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy see Recommendations. Please let us know of this request at the time of booking.
8.- However if you are unable to participate on this tour we can organize an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your train tickets and entrance, completing the tour as normal from Aguas Calientes (Day 3 and 4, Train to Aguas Calientes, Night in a Hostal, bus to Machu Picchu, Guided tour, Lunch at Aguas Calientes and Train return to Cusco.
9.- Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and the train tickets and Machu Picchu entrance have not been finalised. US$ 25.00 is charged.
Change of dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs a further fee as Peru rail also charges for changes of dates. This administration charge of US$20.00 per ticket in this case is incurred. At times a change of date may only be possible in an upgrade to a higher standard carriage and so the difference in price would need to be paid additionally.
10- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger. If you fail to complete the tour due to illness we will assist you to meet with your group at Machupicchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
11- Our company will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. we cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
12.-Our travel agency does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENT

A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 300.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost…
C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost…
D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days – 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost…
E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost…

YOU SHOULD BRING

Backpack, sleeping bag (you can rent one in our office), warm clothes, fleece, sweater, rain jacket and rain poncho, changing clothes, hiking boots and sandals, trousers and shorts, wool socks, wool hat, gloves, baseball cap, flashlight and extra batteries, sun glasses, water bottle and purification tablets, sun block, Insect repellent, Toiletries, bathing suit, towel, your personal medical kit and your original passport.

All Cusco trekking tours are challenging for most people due to the high altitude and steep mountains. You must be well-prepared.
We rate this 4 day inka trail to machupicchu trek as moderate.
The main challenge on this trek is the second day because we will be over 4200m. that is why we recommend you to be 2 days in advance in cusco city to be well-acclimatized prior to this tour.

The best time of year to plan your inca trail trek is the dry season from april to october when there is little rain, this time is considered as winter, during the day is really sunny and hot and the night time the temperature is below freezing point
December through March is the wet season in Peru and trekking inca trail to machupicchu is not recommended but there are still people who are hiking this trek this time of year.

The average walking time per day on this trekking is 6 to 8 hours, but it is not every day, day 1 and day4 are relatively easy walking, Day 1 (6 hours), Day 2 and Day 3 (8 hours), Day 4 (3 hours) hours of hiking.

Our camping equipment is top quality (4 season tents that our staff will sets up for you at each campside and you will be gratefull for this quality tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment). Excellent cooking staff, plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day), vegetarian option. Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude). Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
we have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers and our cooks know how to cater to their needs. With adequate preparation and clear communication, we can accommodate all other types of dietary requests

What you need to carry with you each day on the trek is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry your water bottle; some extra warm layers, scarf; a camera; a sun hat; and sunscreen.
Water is extremely important while hiking. You should start each day with 2L, knowing you fill up your water bottles at meal times.
The rest of your belongings – up to 8kg  – are carried in a duffel bag that we provide you, by mules. All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

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