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Inca Trail Challenge (3D/2N)

Overview

A hike along the Short Inca Trail  is a unique experience that you have to try at least once in your life: intense and fabulous through a series of spectacular Inca ruins while contemplating some of the most wonderful landscapes along the way.

Duration 3 days and 2 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Back Packer Train
Importarnt

VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2019 
The Inca Trail (traditional or shorter version) 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 2019 (from March 2019 ) 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. So book in advance and avoid to loose an unforgettable experience.

More information: Inca Trail vs Salkantay Hike

Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

We will pick you up at your hotel / hostel at 8:20 a.m. To take you to the Sacred Valley in a private van.Then we will begin our journey througha beautiful landscapes that you can appreciate from the tourist bus, finally we will go towards the sacred valley. In our tour we will descend approx. 500 meters to visit the town of Pisaq where we will visit the craft market and can buy some presents for their families. Then we will head towards the archaeological complex of Pisaq, which offers impressive landscapes of the entire valley. In the guided tour we will see the areas that were used as residences, temples and other architecture, etc. If you prefer to spend more time in the artisanal market instead of visiting the archaeological complex of Pisaq, you just need to tell your guide.

 

After the visit to Pisaq we will continue to Urubamba, where we will stop for lunch, then we will go to Ollantaytambo which is surrounded by spectacular scenery. Here again we will be surprised by the magnificence of the Inca culture, with the amazing temple of the sun with its huge blocks perfectly carved and finished, the water sources, and the traditional way of dressing of the communities that live around this beautiful place . After you have finished visiting this beautiful place we will transfer you to your hostel where you will spend the night and rest.

Day 2: Ollantaytambo - km 104 -Machu Picchu- Aguas Caliente

The short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu starts from pick-up at your hostel (6:00 am approx.) We will drive to the train station where you will board the train that leaves from Ollantaytambo train station heading to Km 104 (start of our walk). The train trip lasts an hour and a half, in this tour you will appreciate beautiful landscapes and different ecosystems. When you reach km 104 and then cross a suspension bridge to reach the checkpoint, you must present your passport or document with which you made your reservation. At the end of the respective controls, we will start the trek uphill for 4 hours until we reach the Inca Wiñaywayna site, which in Quechua means (forever young) Wiñaywayna has a height of 2680 meters above sea level and is considered one of the most attractive sites of this route . After your guided tour we will stop to eat our snack.

 

After recharging our energy we will continue our hike for an hour and a half until we reach the Intipunku (Sun Gate) where you can enjoy the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu. Finally we will continue walking through the last section of the Inca Trail until we reach the place where you can take the classic photo (postal photo) with the old citadel. After this short break, we will descend to the main entrance, here we will get on the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will have time to relax at the hotel before your dinner and then plan the tour in the citadel on the last day of the tour.

Day 3: Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

On this day you can enjoy and know the wonder of Machu Picchu and can do it in two ways: You can walk up an hour and a half from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu through a path with stairs or  You can take the bus for about 25 minutes heading to Machu Picchu, you only have to tell us.

If you are interested in seeing the sunrise in this ancient Inca city, you should get up very early to go to the bus station where you will have to wait for the first busses to Machu Picchu; Once you have arrived at Machu Picchu, you will have your guided tour for 2 hours from this historic site, followed by enough time to make your own tour.

From 3:30 p.m. we will meet at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes for our last lunch together (optional and not included in the tour price). After lunch you will receive your train tickets for your trip back to Cusco.

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer to and from Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to Inca Trail at Km 82- Piscacucho (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Weight Allowance: 7kg per trekker (weights to be carried by porters).
  • Visit & entrance ticket to the different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Return Expedition train ticket on Day 3 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, transfer to your hotel.
  • Multilingual Inca Trail leaders.
  • Assistant Tour 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)
  • 2 Nutritious Breakfasts, 2 High-energy Lunches, 2 Delicious Dinners.
  • 2 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 pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen assistance.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dish washing detergents 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 three-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
  • One complete change of clothing
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle, ideally non-disposable canteen
  • Torch / Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries, 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.

Plan your Inca Trail Challenge with us!!

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Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Services  Price per Traveler USD$
Train 1 Person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 to more
Expedition
1400.00
875.00
835.00
785.00
730.00
690.00
660.00
620.00
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 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 execusive)

The Sacred Valley for the Incas

With the river feeding the valley, its fertile lands were one of the main centers of food production during the Inca era; Some places even, like Moray, were used as agricultural laboratories, to experiment with plant species that like the whole empire. The Incas cultivated, potatoes, white corn, coca, fruits and vegetables, and terraces like those that can be seen in many villages of the valley. Currently the valley produces lucuma, peach, avocado, and one of the best grains of corn in the world. But it was more than just an important agricultural center; The valley of the Urubamba River, "Willcamayu" for the Incas, was one of the most important elements in the religious cosmology of the Incas. They believed that the flow of Urubamba was closely linked to the constellations and mountains, also believed that the counterpart of the Milky Way in the land.

How is the valley climate?

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located at 2,800 masl, 600 meters below Cusco, and enjoys one of the best climates of this region, temperatures during the day vary between 19° and 24 °C. This privileged climate made the Incas take it as their main center of production, experimentation and agricultural research. Nowadays, travelers use the valley to acclimatize, before starting their tours through Cusco and Machu Picchu, and without doubt one of the best ways to avoid altitude sickness

What to see in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

Known by the Incas as Willcamayu, the beautiful valley extends from the town of Pisac to Ollantaytambo, along the Urubamba River. The old Inca settlements in these cities are presented as checkpoints, before entering the "Inca Trail" that leads to the sacred city of the Incas, Machu Picchu; They are simply amazing, and one of the best previews to what you will see in Wonder.

  • The town of Pisac is located 33 kilometers from the city of Cusco and is presented as the door to the Sacred Valley. It is world famous for its artisan market and its impressive archaeological remains, located on a mountain above the town. This town was a kind of capital of the region in the time of the Incas, very important for its excellent location and fertile land. The Inca and colonial constructions that are exhibited in its territory, are admirable for their great invoice and for the platforms that surround the mountains and polished stone structures, assembled to perfection. On the other hand, the town of Pisac has become the spiritual center of the Sacred Valley, in it you can have all kinds of experiences and spiritual retreats, as well as meet people from all over the world interested in this.
  • Urubamba is one of the most important cities of the valley at present, it is a city that was born during the colony and is considered the world capital of corn. This is possible because it is watered by numerous rivers that are born in the peaks of the glacier mountains; all this territory was very appreciated by the Incas due to the fertility of their lands and the great qualities for cultivation. It is one of the best places to relax in the valley, you will see many foreigners, but beware, they are not tourists, they are people who left their countries and decided to stay and live in this cozy town.
  • Ollantaytambo, also known as Ollanta, is located 97 km northwest of the city of Cusco; approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. It was during the time of the Incas a fortified city, with temples, urban, agricultural sectors and walls of defense. It is known that the Inca city of Ollantaytambo served as an administrative control post. After the Spanish invasion, it became one of the favorite places of the viceroys. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America; In addition, many people consider that after Machu Picchu, the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo contain the most impressive Inca stone work in Peru; however, it is not the only amazing thing about this place. Only a few years ago, global positioning systems allowed us to discover that Ollantaytambo is aligned with other ancient constructions throughout the world; the pyramids of Giza, the islands of Pascua, the Nazca lines, are just some of them; In addition, the most important archaeological remains from all over the world are aligned around this line. We recommend you visit the Inca city of Ollantaytambo, otherwise you will be missing something very big.

What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is the most famous hiking route to Machu Picchu. In total it travels 43 kilometers in 4 days and 3 nights, this shorter version will take you on the 2 last days of the classical. Through an ancient network of trails made by the Incas hundreds of years ago, you will discover the most impressive inca archeological remains that can only be seen by this way. The start of the journey isat 104 km. The end is at the Intipunku (Sun Gate) in the Inca City of Machu Picchu.The Inca Trail is considered among the 5 best hiking trails in the world!!!. Daily they only allow a maximum of 500 people to enter their roads. Of them, approximately 200 are tourists. The others are support staff: guides, porters, cooks. This route is the way the Incas formerly arrived at Machu Picchu.

How long before booking the entrance to the Inca Trail?

  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail Trek  must be reserved with a minimum of 5 or 6 months before. However, if you plan to visit during May, June or July; You must get your ticket 7 or 8 months in advance.
  • Short Inca Trail Trek tickets are not that hard to get. It is recommended to make the reservation weeks in advance. In the months of May, June or July; try to book a month before.

How to buy the ticket to the Inca Trail step by step?

Booking an entrance to the Inca Trail is easy and safe. You should only look for availability in an online travel agency. Payment is by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard).

  • Search for an authorized agency online:
    In the network there are several agencies dedicated to offering entry tickets to the Inca Trail like us. Choose the one that seems most reliable. The website must have an Internet security system that protects your personal information. All agencies must be authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru.You can read about us here!!!
  • Find free spaces
    After choosing the web page (tourism agency) go to the section 'availability'. Remember that the reservation is made approximately 6 months before. Find the day and month in which you want to do the Inca Trail. If you found availability, click on 'Reserve'.
  • Complete the data and special requirements
    To buy your tickets to the Inca Trail you must provide personal information such as names, identity document number (passport), email, among others. In addition, you must indicate some extra special requirement as a carrier, vegetarian food, canes, etc.
  • Make the payment
    Payment is through various payment methods. Currently the most used is PayPal because it accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Some agencies ask for an advance payment and then complete the transaction in the city of Cusco. Finally, you will obtain the permits to do the Inca Trail.

Inca Trail Programs

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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