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Inca Trail & River Rafting (8D/7N)

Overview

Towards Machu Picchu, along the ancient Inca Trail you will discover its peculiar architectural features, landscape and the veil of mystery that has woven around it throughout history, which has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations of the planet.

Duration 8 days and 7 night
Season From January to December except February for maintenance
Departure Daily
Return Private Car
Importarnt

Please note that most visitors choose the Inca Trail during the Dry Season, which ranges from the months of May to September, but are the months of July and August, when it is literally crowded with visitors. There are just 500 spaces that are destined for the people that will arrive to the Inca City by the world famous Inca Trail. 500 pairs of mountain boots leaving their footprints along a road half a century old to the mos amazing wonder Machu Picchu. So is important to book your entrance tickets in advance. Don't miss the opportunity and Let's go Inca Trail!!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - City Tour

Welcome to Cusco!!!
Upon arrival in Cusco city, we will give you the welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel where you will have spare time for acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness in the future. On this day, at afternoon, you will start your itinerary with the visit of the most important places of the city (city tour). As the first site we’ll visit the main temple of the Incas, we are talking about the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun, then the Main Square and the Cathedral where you will find real unique pipeces of canvas of the Cusquenian School and then continue by bus to visit the archeological centers of Sacsaywaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and finally the Tambomachay, to finally return to the hotel, and you’ll have a free evening.

Day 2: Sacred Valley

Our best day to acclimatize!!!

Ready?? This day is our full day excursion to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, so we will start our day at 8:30 am. traveling along this unique valley and taking some photos of the panoramic views. Our first place to visit is the ancient Inca market town of Pisac, where you can buy some souvenirs and help to this local people. Then we will visi the fortress of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. You will have a chance to explore the ruins  to then take a short way to Chinchero where we are going to visit the typical market too and the archeological site.Finally we are going to come back to Cusco.

Day 3: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Patallaqta - Wayllabamba

Let’s start the adventure!!!!
This adventure will start at 5:30 am to 6:00 am picking you up from your Hotel. Make sure you carry your original passport & ISIC card if you book like a student. A incredible views will be waiting for us along the Sacred Valley of the Incas that finally takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 (Piskacucho) of the Machu Picchu railroad, it 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 camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during the four days of the trek. Please once in Piscacucho, you must have your passports in hand to pass the first official Inca Trail check point, and ... Let's start Inca Trail!!! Our real adventure starts crossing a suspension foot 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 unique views of snow - cape mountain Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we will take our lunch, and then continue hiking towards the extensive Inca settlement of Llactapata and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex. and finally we will spend the night in our campsite at Wayllabamba.

Day 4: Huayllabamba - Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman's Pass) - Paqaymayu

Today is the challenging day, but don't worry, we can do it my friends!!!
We will wake up at 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 complete a steep ascent reaching an altitude of 13779 feet above sea level (4200 masl) at Warmi Wañuska pass.

 

After the  breakfast,we will depart from the campsite at around 07:00 hrs.to start with an uphill hike through Llulluchapampa and it will give us 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 forest full of Polylepis or Queñua's 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 the Dead Woman's pass. Finally we will continue hiking through the slopes on the left side of the valley all the way to our campsite in Paqaymayu at 11811 feet above sea level (3600 masl). 

Day 5: Paqaymayu - Runkuraqay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna

Start the adventure after a heartwarming breakfast!!

Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the most important ruins along Inca Trail of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and 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 in control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath and realize 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.


Interesting info: The name Sayacmarca means "inaccessible town" and describes the position of the site, perfectly perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a monumental structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns.

 

On this day we will past through a Inca tunnel, and then will be waiting for us a gentle climb that will take us to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 masl), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (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 paved Inca road to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last campsite 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.
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Day 6: Wiñaywayna - Intipunku - Machu Picchu

Today is our big day!!!
Our final day at Inca Trail will start waking up very early around 4:00 am!! why??  to get to the most amazing Inca Gate called Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), here we will see Machu Picchu in a unique way, enjoying the view of 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 the incas architecture: Machu Picchu!!! , where we will spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more time 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.

Day 7: River Rafting in the Urubamba river

Let’s enjoyed the adventure!!!
We will pick you up at your hotel, then after one and a half hours drive we arrive on the banks of the Upper Urubamba River, on " CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP," our private campground. Our professional Rafting Guides will give you a safety talk and provide you with all the proper equipment for Rafting. We would be floating for approximately two and a half hours, running class II and III rapids. During the rainy season Dec. to early March, the rapids can be class IV and IV plus.


Afterward, we come back at "CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP", to have our lunch and where a hot Sauna and hot showers will be waiting. As an option you can do ZIP-LINE over four cables across the river. Our return to Cusco should be around 5 in the afternoon. That evening you can look at the pictures of your trip at our office.

Day 8: Cusco – Back Home

Thank you for trust in this tour operator e hope to see you again my friends!!!

 Today is our last day is this wonderful city and our farewell, for this reason, our Manager is going to organize an impressive Peruvian lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurant in the city to finally at afternoon transport you from your hotel to airport to back home.

What is not included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent with us).
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips.

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Three nights hotel in Cusco.
  • Visitor ticket, entrance ticket for the city tour and sacred valley.
  • City tour (transfer, tour guide, and transportation)
  • Sacred Valley (transfer, tour guide, transportation, and lunch)
  • River rafting full day (Urubamba River)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to Inca Trail at Piskacucho(Km. 82) (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Visit different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Collection from the train station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Multilingual guide for Inca Trail.
  • 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 (Marmot Limestone)– only two people per tent.
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  • 24 hours emergency Oxygen assistance.
  • 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.
  • Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are on the trek.
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate.

Recommendations

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A small backpack with change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc.

Passport for the Inca Trail

What should I know about my passport to the Inca Trail?

At the time you make your reservation with your passport, we will use the number of this, to complete the permissions of the walk. Your passport number will be clearly marked on the Entry Ticket, next to your name. When you start the walk at the entrance door, they will contrast the information of your entry permit with those of your Passport. In case the numbers do not match the authorities of the place, they will not allow you to start the walk. There is no possibility of getting another permit at the time, since it has to be booked months in advance.

 

If I do not have a passport, can I make a reservation?

Yes you can make the reservation with any identity document that is current as of the date of your visit. Consider that the document that you enter at the time of making your reservation must be shown in the Entrance Control to the Inca Trail, this document must be physical, photocopies and / or photos are not accepted.

 

I have a passport that expires or is out of date. Can I make a reservation?

No. You will have to renew your passport before booking your trip. Some companies may even accept your reservation, but there is a risk that you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will lose your walk deposit or even the total price of your hike.

Inca Trail most photographed route according to Google

According to a web tool, based on panoramio and google maps, the City of Cusco and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are two of the most photographed places in the world.

 

Cusco is ranked 81 out of 100 most photographed places on the Sightsmap planet, which places the images using a GPS and shows them on an online map, where the most visited places are yellow and the least frequented are shown in black . Machu Picchu that includes the Inca Trail, are in the 106th position with abundant yellow color, passing to the black, purple and red places. Along with New York, Barcelona, Paris and other beautiful places, Cusco and Machu Picchu appear on the map of the most photographed destinations, whose postcards are uploaded to the Internet, and compete with classic destinations such as New York, Rome, Istanbul, Venice, Monte Carlo, Florence, Budapest among the most important.

Security, Control and Surveillance on the Inca Trail

According to the regulations for the tourist use of the Inca Trail network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the following places are established as entry points, control and registration of users:

  • Km 82 - Km 122 (Intihuatana)
  • Km 88 - Wiñayhuayna
  • Km 104 - Inca City of Machu Picchu
  • Huayllabamba - Pacaymayu
  • Santa Teresa

Admission to these authorized places will only take place between 05:30 hrs. until 2:00 p.m. You can not do any kind of walk since 18:00 hrs. until 05:30 hrs. It is compulsory for walkers to identify themselves so they must carry the personal identification documents, original and current, likewise, in the monitoring posts the income of each person will be recorded, the monitoring of these records is in charge of the authorized personnel of SERNANP and the Ministry of Culture.

 

The park rangers of the SERNANP and the Ministry of Culture's guards, according to their attributions, will request, the entrance authorizations, to the tourist guides, which must be duly authorized. The security of the Inca Trail is in charge of the park rangers and the guards, who are in charge, control, and vigilance throughout the journey of the Inca Trail, its main function is to watch over the natural heritage (flora, fauna, geology) and cultural of the nation, are responsible for preventing any incident that threatens the safety of walkers.

 

Park rangers are authorized to intervene in the event of any mishap that threatens the order and safety of users of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and are also authorized to review travel equipment and can confiscate any product not allowed.

 

In case of disobedience on the part of the users (tourists, guides, porters, cooks), park rangers and security guards, they are in the competence of raising a record of infractions and can file a complaint with the delegation of the National Police of Peru .The security and vigilance in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is guaranteed, by the regulations of tourist use, of the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Tips for Rafting

What are the previous safety recommendations for any practitioner?

  • Never go alone to the river.
  • Have passive safety equipment suitable for the activity to be carried out.
  • To know how to swim or in case of very simple rivers to know how to keep calm in the water.
  • Be accompanied by at least one person with experience.
  • Not to be in situations of drunkenness or loss of physical faculties.
  • Choose a river according to the qualities of the team.

Already in the water, what security considerations can we never forget?

  • Adjust the PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) well for proper operation:
  • PFD flotation aid device,
  • Specific helmet for impacts of slow speed homologation EN 1385,
  • Neoprene or protection against the cold
  • Do not lose sight of colleagues.
  • Always navigate fast that have been analyzed before. Sometimes it can be analyzed while descending and sometimes it is necessary to stop at the shore and evaluate the path.
  • Do not tie strings or rubbers to objects that are in the water if you do not plan on releasing them.
  • Do not jump headfirst into the water as there may be stones on the surface.

Inca Trail & Rafting Facts

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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
1160.00
1120.00
1070.00
1015.00
975.00
935.00
895.00

860.00

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).

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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