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Inca Trail Trek

Inca Trail Trek

Inca Trail Trek involve 9 days tour in Peru, visit the Lima and Cusco city, explore ruins and local markets in the Sacred Valley, walk the Inca Trail 4 days. You start the tour by a picked up in Lima where you spend the night. So you can see the Peruvian capital and walk around the city. 

Then you fly to Cusco - the capital of the Incas, do a Sacred Valley of the Incas and hike the 4 days Inca Trail Trek that finishes at the Machu Picchu citadel on the last day of the trail. 

The trail contains beautiful ladscapes and many kind of animals around the cloud forest with a green vegetation, among the Inca Steps and seeing the architecture of each monument we'll observe.

Considered a strenuous hike because the roads are challenging and the weather is varied, is recommended acclimatize a few days before the excursion for avoid the mountain sickness. If you suffer this sickness take a pill or a coca tea, another advice is bring additional clothes and waterproof especially in rainy seasons for which the trekking boots will be essential too.

After trekking to Machu Picchu, you return by train and bus to Cusco at the evening of the same day. Come to Peru to enjoy a unique and life changing experience. There is only one Peru!

 

 

 

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Lima
Day 02: Cusco City
Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
Day 04-06: Hike the Inca Trail Trek
Day 07: Hiking to Machu Picchu
Day 08: Cusco City

Day 09: Departure

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • The tour starts in Lima so that you can comfortably enjoy the visits of Lima, Cusco
  • Local flights Lima-Cusco
  • Get to know the Cusco City
  • Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • 4days hiking on the classic Inca Trail with a professional Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Rest in Cusco after the hike

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representatives in Lima and Cusco as well as professional bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook and Porters on the Inca Trail trek.
Accomodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), campsites (3 nights).
Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon tea duringt the Inca Trail (Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included).
Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment here!

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

 

Interesting Information

Day 01: Arrival to Lima

The tour begins when we collect you from Lima International Airport and taken to your hotel where you check in. You will be met by our representative at the airport who will be hold a board with your name on it.

 

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time.

We can organize guided city tours in Lima, or sightseeing tours in Lima.

Day 02: Flight to Cusco City

In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude.


The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!

Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
 
Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.

 

Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Early in the morning a bus will pick us up to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It starts out in Pisac, a picturesque town with colonial and racially mixed features. In the archaeological centre of Pisac one finds a hill called Intihuatana with and an impressive view of the valley. We continue our trip to Ollantaytambo that was at the times of the Tahuantinsuyo a giant centre for agriculture, administration, social, religious and military activities. We spend the night in this small town before heading for the start of this famous Inca Trail trek the next morning!

Day 04-07: Inca Trail Trek

Hiking Inca Trail on this 4-day trek is physically challenging, but worthwhile!! Its difficulty is within ability of the most reasonably fit. This 44-km (27 mile) Machu Picchu hike is often steep including 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 m (13,776 ft). Temperature at nights may fall below zero so it is important to get ready for that! It also sometimes rains, even during a dry season!

 

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Itineray


Day 01: Starting the Inca Trail Trek

The tourist bus takes us to km 82, also called Piscacucho. Here is the control point where you have to show your original passport and your tickets entrance fee to the Inca Trail, and also meet the support team who will be accompanying you on the walk (cook and porter). We set out on the walk until our first break and lunch Miskay. Later, we continue walking until we arrive to the first campsite Llullucha Pampa. Previous, you have a guided visit to the rest of the archeological site of Llactapata.

 

Day 02: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha

The second day of the walk has the most arduous section of the Inca Trail, with adifficult climb until you reach the top of the first pass called Warmiwañusca (dead womans pass) After celebrating at the pass we decend until Pacasmayo where we have lunch and afterwards we visit archeological site of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca. We camp in Chaquicocha, where we enjoy a well deserved dinner.

 

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna

We begin the day with a small assent, later followed by a desent until we reach the town of Puyupatamarka. Another group of archelology where after we have a brief rest stop. Then, continuing until we arrive to the archeological site Wiñay Huayna (forever young), we have lunch and we have a guided visit to the ruins, have dinner and stay overnight.

 

Day 7: Hiking to Machu Picchu

We begin the climb to the Inti Punku or also called Sun Gate. After taking in a magical sunrise, we decend to the most important archelogical site on route, Machupicchu, where we have a guided tour for the surrounds of the citadel and we can climb por su cuenta Waynapicchu mountain. Afterwards, we decend to the town of Aguas Calientes and take the return train to Cusco.

 

Please note!

Inca Trail is closed during Februaries due to general maintenance. Also, closures sometimes may occur as a result of inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. In this case, we may hike the 4 day Lares Valley Trek.

FREE OPTION: Those, who are not able or interested in to hiking Machu Picchu, can get back to Cusco or just stay at the Sacred Valley of the Incas and spend the following 2 days there. In this case, they reach Aguas Calientes by a tourist train (Expedition Service). They overnight in a hotel and they take a shuttle bus the next morning to Machu Picchu where they reunite with that first group consisting of the Inca Trail hikers. This option is for no additional cost!!

IMPORTANT: If you decide not to do the trek, you must advice us enough time in advance (usually, a couple of weeks ago) in order to secure your train tickets!! Otherwise, we are not able to guarantee you this option for free!!

If you have any query, please do not hesitate contacting us!

Day 08: Cusco

Today is a realxing day, free time to explore the fascinating imperial city of the Incas, visit its market, buy souvenirs, take optional activities, and get ready for one last night in the city

Day 09: Departure

Transfer to the Cusco´s airport to take your flight to Lima.
Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arragend upon request! or  a good time to extend your trip!

Included

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival to Lima.
  • 1x domestic flight: Lima - Cusco.
  • All transfers from/to all airports.
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), camping (3 nights).
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary, an Inca Trail permit including.
  • Bilingual local Tour Guides as per the itinerary.
  • A professional Cook for the Inca Trail.
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff during the Inca Trail.
  • Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages during the Inka Trail.
  • Camping equipment for the Inca Trail: personal double tents (Term-a-rest mattress), sleeping foam matts; 
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the Inca Trail.
  • Tourist land transportation in accordance with the itinerary.
  • Tourist train (Expedition) from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo.
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight Cusco-Lima,
  • International flights and airport departure taxes.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Inca Trail.
Local flights: There is one local flight included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! National flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Sacred Valley
  • Hiking among the Inca ruins
  • Amazing landscapes around the mountain

 

Best moment from the Trek

  • The landing to Machu Picchu citadel for then arrive to Inca ruins

 

Encampment Equipment


Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inca Trail Trek

Here is everything you need to know about Inca Trail Trek, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco, Capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and the citadel of Machu Picchu. The alternation of mountains and valleys along the walk offers incredible and diversified landscapes.

Altitudes in Inca Trail 
During Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Llulluchapampa" at 3,850 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chaquicocha" at 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Wiñaywayna" at 3,670 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,700 m.a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail and how many hours do we walk per day?
The Inca Trail is 43 kilometers long or 26.12 miles long. There are camping sites assigned by the Ministry of Culture that are between 10 and 13 kilometers away from each other, so the daily walking time can vary between 5 to 8 hours per day for the first three days and approximately 2 hours for the last day. The hours of walking and the distance covered may vary according to the physical condition of each person.

What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. The most difficult part comes the second day, when we climb a number of stairs and start from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to climb to more than 4000 meters (13,123 feet) walking through a small space, later things become more easy as the road continues downhill. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 

Is it possible to do the Inca Trail on my own?
If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.
Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
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