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Classic Inca Trail

4D/3N

Prices from: USD 595.00 per person

The Classic Inca Trail makes its way through the high Andean mountains, sculpting the rock in a fantastic sample of the high degree achieved by the Inca engineering. It is a Royal road since it was used by the Inca and his court to reach the sacred city of Machu Picchu; for that reason important Inca archaeological remains are observed along the way.

Overview
DURATION 4 days and 3 night  
SEASON From January to December except February for maintenance  
DEPARTURE Daily  
RETURN Back Packer Train  
IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2018
The Classic Inca Trail permits are limited to just 500 persons per day, and this includes all the staff such as tour guides, porters, and cooks. The government have announced that trek permits for departures in 2018 (from March 2018 ) will go on sale from the beginning of October which is earlier than previous years. The months April, May, and June will sell out very quickly. Last year the entire month of May sold out in a couple of hours if you are thinking to hike the Inca trail you must need to book in advance
 
Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Patallaqta - Wayllabamba

Let’s start the adventure!!!!
Early pick up from your hotel will be around 5:30 am to 6:00 am. Make sure you carry your original passport & ISIC card if you book like a student.
A spectacular morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 (Piskacucho) takes about 3 hours. Along the way, we will stop in Ollantaytambo to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft.). There we will meet our cook and the porters who will carry our belongings during the four days of the trek Passports in hand; we explain the first official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension bridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb.
We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of snow mountain Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take our lunch, you will continue hiking towards the large Inca settlement of Llactapata and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex.
The Inca Trail follows the left bank of the Cusichaca side river up to the village of Huayllabamba at 9840 feet above sea level (3000 masl) where you will enjoy dinner and camp for the night.

DAY 2: Huayllabamba - Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman's Pass) - Paqaymayu

Today is our challenging day, we can do it my friends!!!
We wake up 6:00 am, with hot coca tea brought to your tents, to prepare for today's trek which is considered by many people, the hardest day of the Inca trail. You need to complete a steep ascent reaching an altitude of 13779 feet above sea level (4200 masl) at Warmi Wañuska pass.
After breakfast, depart from the campsite at around 07:00 hrs. The uphill hike through Llulluchapampa will give you the opportunity to appreciate several species of birds (with luck you may see hummingbirds, Falcons or some black-chested eagles).
From here the trail traverses a beautiful cloud woodlands full of Polylepis or Queñua trees before entering the Puna, a zone characterized by treeless grasslands only found at this altitude across the Andes. Walk at your own pace, to catch your breath or to stretch a muscle. The last hard climb takes us the right to the highest pass of the Inca trail at Warmi Wañuska.
Once at the top you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Andes, surrounding snow-covered peaks. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment after conquering Dead Woman's pass, continue traversing the slopes on the left side of the valley all the way to our campsite in Paqaymayu at 11811 feet above sea level (3600 m.a.s.l.)
(About 6 - 7 hr. trekking).

DAY 3: Paqaymayu - Runkuraqay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

After a heartwarming breakfast!!
Today’s hike is beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Winayhuayna and we enjoy dramatic views of the Aobamba Valley. Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 masl) and passing through a circular Inca control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath, and the rest of Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day.
The name Sayacmarca means "inaccessible town" and describes the position of the site, awesome perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a great structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 masl), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including Salcantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m). Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid Inca road to the important agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last camp site at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 masl). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. Tea time and Dinner.

DAY 4: Wiñaywayna - Intipunku - Machu Picchu

Today is our big day!!!
We will get up very early around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), to view Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. That will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours.
The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu.
A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town.

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to head of Inca Trail at Km 82- Piscacucho (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Weight Allowance: 7kg per trekker (weight to be carried by porters).
  • Visit & entrance ticket to the different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket down Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Return Expedition train ticket on Day 4 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo transfer to your hotel.
  • Professional multilingual Inca Trail leaders.
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Professional cooks and cooking equipment.
  • Well treated local porters.
  • Porters service (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 3 Nutritious Breakfasts, 3 High-energy Lunches, 3 Delicious Dinners.
  • 3 Tea times.
  • Vegetarian food is available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Nutritious Snacks.
  • Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning.
  • One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from the second day.
  • Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents – only two people per tent.
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek
  • Emergency oxygen.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable detergents to dishwashing used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks.
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate.

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Sleeping bags ( can be hired in our office for US$20 for the thre-day trek
  • Tips for the guide, cook, and Porter

Recommendations

  • A small backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mattress (we will provide you with this)
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  • Strong, comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle, ideally non-disposable canteen
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repelleToiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of films and spare batteries, Cash in soles and US$
  • Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
  • Optional: Walking Poles /sticks (rubber covers necessary)
  • You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.

Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Services  Private Service Price per Traveler USD$
Train 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 to more

Group Service

Expedition
895.00
855.00
805.00
750.00
710.00
680.00
650.00

595.00

If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.

Optional services

  • USD 35 Train Vistadome one way 
  • USD 20 Sleeping bag rental(-18°C) for the whole trek
  • USD 20 single tent accommodation
  • USD 130 Personal porter (15 kl or 33 lb)
  • USD 30 Walking Poles (Pair)
  • USD 80 Huayna Picchu entrance ticket or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance ticket
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (check the details with your account executive)

Note

Camp site allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (government OFFICE IN CHARGE OF THE INCA TRAIL). The Government department assigns us to campsites People who want to visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, must let us know as soon as they can because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb them.

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9D
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12D
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
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We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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