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Tours in Peru: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu -TOUR CODE : TP-4DINKATRAIL
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The best known hike in Peru is the worldwide famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, blending a astonishing Inca ruins, a breathtaking mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The star of the Sanctuary is the spectacled bear - a shy, herbivorous animal that is extremely rare and close to extinction.
Machu Picchu trek - Inca Trail 4D - GROUP TOUR
Day 1. Inca Trail - Cusco to Wayllabamba
Early pick up in your hotel + transfer to KM 82 of rail road ( starting poin of the trek).
Trek to Wayllbamba :
-Distances Walk : 11 Km
-Walking time : 6-7 hrs
-Maximun Altitude 3150 m.
-Campsite Alt. 3150 m
-Meals: Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in Wayllabamba.
Day 2. Inca Trail - Wayllbamba to Pacaymayo
Trek Wayllbamba to Pacaymayo
-Distances Walk : 12 Km
-Walking time : 7- 8 hrs
-Maximun Altitude 4200 m.
-Campsite Alt. 3300 m
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in Wayllabamba
Day 3. Inca Trail - Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna
Trek Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna :
-Distances Walk : 16 Km
-Walking time : 7 - 8 hrs
-Maximun Altitude 3800 m.
-Campsite Alt. 2650 m
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
-Overnight in Wiñay Huayna
Day 4. Inca Trail - Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu , escorted tour / train back to Cusco
Trek Wiñay Huayna to Machu Picchu
-Distances Walk : 11 Km
-Walking time : 2 hrs
-Maximun Altitude 2700 m.
Guided tour of the Inca citadel (2 to 3 hrs.)
-Bus return to Aguas Calientes
-Travel to Cusco by Train + hotel drop off
DescriptionNCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
Day 1 Ollantaytambo, Inca Trail : Trek to Wayllabamba
Between 06.00-06.30am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 88nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp. All along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
Overnight in Camp SIte
Day 2 Inca Trail : Trek Wayllbamba to Pacaymayo .
We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking..
Overnight in Camp SIte
Day 3 Inca Trail : Pacaymayo to Wiñay Huayna .
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so rich in Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along .
this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means ¨town over the clouds¨. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. This campsite hosts a trekker lodge, a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp..
Overnight in Camp Site ,
Day 4 Inca Trail: Wiñay Huayna to Machu Picchu, Escorted Tour.
On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machupicchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours.
Our professional and expert native guide will take you through the main streets and monuments of the temple, then the tourist will have free time to explore on your own the citadel taking pictures and enjoy an invaluable landscape.
At appropriate time we will return to your hotel, rest of the day to your leisure .you can relax and enjoy this picturesque town, its traditional market or just relax in the thermal baths located just minutes walk from the village. At an appropriate time transfer to the train station and travel by train to the city of Cusco.
Upon arrival in Cusco, our local guide will take you to your hotel where you will spend the night..
the trip back to Cusco takes approx. 4: hrs..
This tour Includes :
4 Days 3 Nights Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu :
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to km.82 (starting point of the trail)
Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
One foamy sleeping pad per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets)
English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
Chef and cooking equipment
Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (04B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Bus ticket to/ from the citadel of Machu Picchu to Cusco
Entrance tickets for the Citadel of Machu Picchu
Guided tour in the citadel of Machu Picchu (approx. 3 hours).
The package does not include:
Extra tips or gratitudes
To qualify as a student, you must have valid ISIC card.
Including Hotel services and improved train services they must be requested in advance.
What to wear for the tour:
Original passport, International Student Card (ISIC) if applicable as a student
Shoes, waterproof jacket, rain poncho (Dec-Mar), shirts, pants
Sun hat, sunscreen, bottled water and personal medicines
Shorts, swimsuit, camera, extra cash
We recommend travel insurance
Travel Map to Peru Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Peru - South America
Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Inca Trail? You’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find answers to some very common questions.
Is the Inca Trail difficult? Great question! The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike; however, there are a lot of staircases to climb, and the altitude can also affect the body. We recommend renting a wooden walking stick as it helps with your balance and reduces stress on the knees. If you have mobility issues, please let your CEO know during booking
How many hours will I hike a day? Make sure you pack your comfortable hiking boots, because it is estimated you’ll be walking six to nine hours for each of the first three days and about two hours on the last day.
What are the requirements to hike the Inca Trail? To trek the Inca Trail with G Adventures you must be over the age of 12, with a moderate level of fitness, and hold a passport that is valid for up to six months.
How high is the trail? The trek begins at 2,800m (9,186 ft). The highest point you’ll reach on the trek is approximately 4,200m (13,780ft). You’ll also sleep at 3,600m (11,811 ft) for at least one night.
How cold does it get? It can get chilly due to the altitude. During the Andean winter (May – September) the temperature can drop below zero at night. It can be cool during the summer months too, so we suggest bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag.
Is altitude sickness common? It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by the altitude as your ability to adapt can vary from person to person. (We do recommend you undertake the trek in a good state of physical fitness.) Most of our travellers have no problem, as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. This might include spending a full day in Cuzco (3,249m [10,659 ft] above sea level) and drinking plenty of water.
When is the high season on the Inca Trail? Hiking the Inca Trail is popular all year round, however May to September is considered the high season. This means that permits can be sold out months in advance. However, if permits are not available, there is an option to walk the Lares Trek, which still takes you to Machu Picchu.
How far in advance should I book my tour? To reserve a spot on the Inca Trail, we recommend you book your tour at least six months in advance during high season (May to October) and three months in advanced during low season (November to April).
Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Trail? Yes. We require the following information for the purchase of an Inca Trail permit:
- Full name (as it appears on your passport)
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Date of passport expiry (*Must be valid for the date of travel , Please note that any attempts to modify your personal information will result in the loss of the permit. A refund will not be possible so make sure you double-check your information. As well, there’s a limited amount of permits in effort to preserve the trail
When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time will we spend at the ruins? Reaching Machu Picchu depends on the campsite assigned to your group on the third night. However, many groups will reach the Sun Gate at around 6:00am. You’ll have plenty of time to soak in the ruins thanks to a two-hour guided tour and some free time to explore afterwards.
How do we get back to Cuzco? After you’ve taken in all the beauty of Machu Picchu, your group will travel by bus to Aguas Calientes and then catch a train back to Ollantaytambo, where you meet you’ll take a bus back to Cuzco.
Is it possible to skip the Inca Trail even if the tour includes it? Yes! Let us know that you don’t want to hike the Inca Trail when you book. We’ll arrange for you to spend two nights in Cuzco and then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. You will rejoin your group at Machu Picchu.
What type of accommodation can I expect on the Inca Trail? We use three-man tents to accommodate two same-sex travellers. There are a few places on the trail where permanent (but very rustic) toilet facilities exist, and when they’re not available, your crew will set up portable toilet tents.
Do porters carry our luggage on the Inca Trail? Yes! We’ll provide you with a large stuff sac where you can place 6kg of your personal items (including your tent and sleeping bag). Our skilled porters will carry these bags while you hike the Inca Trail. Your other personal items will be stored safely at our hotel in Cuzco. All you need to carry is a daypack containing the things you’ll need during the day like water, camera, sunscreen, or anything else that’s over the 6kg allowance.
Will I be given a sleeping bag and mat? Great question! Sleeping bags are not provided, so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. You can also rent a sleeping bag in Cuzco; just let us know when you book. We provide our travellers with foam mats, but please feel free to bring your own-self inflating mat if you’d like.
What type of food will be served on the Inca Trail? Our cooks prepare excellent high-quality meals that are perfect for a day of trekking. The menu usually includes: pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, and eggs. If you’re a vegetarian, no problem! We’re able to cater to your needs. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let your CEO know.
Is purified water available on the trail? Bottled water can be purchased on day one and on the evening of day three of the trek. However, we discourage trekkers from purchasing bottles as it increases the amount of waste. Instead, we strongly recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, as boiled water will be provided with every meal.
Can I bring my own walking stick? Yes, as long as it is not a metal-tipped walking stick, as they are not permitted on the trail. You can rent a wooden walking stick from us as well along with additional equipment like sleeping bags and air mattresses.
What is the suggested amount that I should tip the guides and porters? Tipping is at your discretion, but is always appreciated. If you enjoyed the service you enjoyed from your guides and porters, we suggest tipping between $6-8 dollars a day.
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