INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU
DAY 1: CUSCO-OLLANTAYTAMBO-KM 82-HUAYLLABAMBA
We’ll pick you up from your hotel between 4:30-5:00 a.m, then we will travel to Ollantaytambo, where you can take the breakfast. After a delicious breakfast , we continue by the bus until KM 82, at 9:00 am we will start the hike and pass through the first Inca Trail checkpoint . The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which is an ancient Inca checkpoint for the inca trail travelers to Machu Picchu. After to enjoy this beutiful site we continue 45 min more to get , our lunch spot in Tarachayoq, in the afternoon we have to walk through 2 small communities, reaching the Huayllabamba village at 5:00 PM , once in the camping tents, so at 5.30 pm we will have a happy hour ,and the dinner at 6.00 pm.
DAY 2: HUAYLLABAMBA-DEAD WOMAN´S PASS-PACAYMAYU
Your porters will wake up you, at 5:00 am with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start early. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). The first 2 hours , you will walk into highland forest, the way is steps and uphill. Then you will get the place of Llullucha, where we will stop a long time, from this point until the dead woman pass is one hour and a half , the landescape gonna change , is a new mcroclimate, becuase the altitude it gonna be very hard, but not impossible to reach the pass, we’ll stop a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot, usually time to arrive is at 2:00 pm , this day you will sleep there. In the afternoon is a free time, to relaxing , in case you like a cold shower there is , if not just enjoy the beauty of the landescape, this day we have also tea time and the dinner.
DAY 3: RUNKURAKAY- SAYACMARCA-PHUYUPATAMARCA-WIÑAYHUAYNA
We begin early again, wake up at 5:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole Inca Trail. We begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).
We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the lunch place, in Chaquicocha at 11:00 am (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After lunch, we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in Cusco. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps, to our last campsite, arrival time is at 16:00 pm. Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.
During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). At around 16:30PM your guide will give you a short orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about half hour there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek s.
We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu.
DAY 4 : MACHU PICCHU-AGUAS CALIENTES-CUSCO
Wake up time is at 3:00 AM. We’ll have breakfast at 3:30 AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first team to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downstairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better. At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour. After the tour you will have between 3-4 hours to explore on yourself, if you booked any mountain in machu picchu to climb up, you can do. Then you will go down to Aguas Calientes Town to take the train to Ollantaytambo, arriving to the train station of Ollantaytamabo after 2 hours, then you will take the bus to Cusco, arriving to the small plaza of San Francisco.
INCLUDED IN THE TREK:
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transfer to KM 82, the start of the trek
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Porters to carry all the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, and dining tents
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
- Foam mat (1/2 inch/1.25 cm thick)
- Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day
- Boiled water provided after breakfast, lunch and dinner to refill your water bottles
- First aid kit
- Vegetarian food and specialized diets (upon request)
- Only 2 people per tent
- 2 hour private guided tour within Machu Picchu ruins
- Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo at 19:00 pm
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Sleeping Bag (rentals available in our office $20.00 usd )
- Huaynapicchu ticket ( $80.00 usd)
- Trekking poles (rentals available in our office $15.00 usd )
- Last day lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Bus Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes ( $ 12.00 usd )
- First breakfast
- Extra drinks as beer, pisco sour
WHAT TO BRING
- PLEASE remember to bring your original passport – you will not get on the Inca Trail without it.
- Your original ISIC card, if applicable (please send us a copy at the time of your booking)
- Day Pack
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots and sandals (very important)
- Trekking poles (you can rent from Eco Path Trek )
- Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night. Thermals/Gloves/scarves: wool socks and wool hat for cold nights: About 4 T-shirts for the entire trek
- Head lamp (very important)
- Camera and extra batteries
- Sunscreen/hat and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit
- Insect repellent
- Rain Gear: a good rain jacket and rain pants and plastic rain poncho.
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Camel bag – if not you can take plastic bottles for water
- Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars) At least 300 extra soles
Travel in Peru: Inca Trail Hikers operates in regions where standards of accommodation, transport and services might not be those you would normally expect. However we strive, with all due care and skill, to provide the best services for our tourists. Travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humour and understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances beyond our control (Force Majeure – see below). By booking any of our tours you agree to Inca Trail Hikers making necessary changes without liability.
FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Inca Trail Hikers could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, Inca Trail Hikers will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).
Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred.
Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Inca Trail Hikers accepts no responsibility.
Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Please forward a copy/ company name and policy number by email or bring the information when you come to our office.
Holiday or Election Increments: An increment of *$35 per person is applicable for all treks (regardless of group / private option / size of group) leaving during these holidays: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).
An increment is also applicable in order to leave during election days (people are fined in Peru if they do not vote).
We use the increments to pay staff a bonus for leaving on their holiday or it is used to pay the fines.
Sending your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Inca Trail Hikers to use either of these dates for your reservation. Inca Trail Hikers within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Making a Reservation and payment of deposit:
- For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service)
We request a $200 non-refundable deposit per person along with your personal details (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, DOB)
The deposit amount is:
US$200 per person for Inca Trail
Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) as it needs to be booked well in advance too; this is US$ 80.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 – 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time. Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.
Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:
a) PayPal. Balance can also be paid by this method (PayPal + 6% transaction fee) up to 15 days prior to departure date (we cannot accept paypal payments once you are in Cusco as paypal often refuses these for security reasons because you are away from home).
b) VISA: Important: We are unable to accept balance of Inca Trail (2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 days) by VISA.
For Alternative treks to Machu Picchu (Lares trek, Salkantay trek, Choquekirao, Ausangate, Huchuy Qosqo, etc)
Payment of the deposit can be made through the following option.
- a) PayPal. Balance can also be paid by this method (PayPal + 6% transaction fee) up to 15 days prior to departure date (we cannot accept paypal payments once you are in Cusco as paypal often refuses these for security reasons because you are away from home).
- b) Visa. Balance can also be paid by this method bu has a fee of 5%
About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 6:00pm or 6.:30pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.
Payment of Final Balance: We require you to pay your final balance in our office at least 48 hours prior to trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).
You can pay your balance in cash and in US dollars or Peruvian soles.
You can also pay your balance for any of our tours (by Pay Pal + 6%, or visa + 5%) from home before leaving for Peru – please see above for details as payment options depend on the tour (if paying via Paypal, it is necessary to pay from your own country to avoid security issues).
(1) Deposit sent for booking is non-refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour.
(2) Eco Path Trek must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
(3) Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket)
(4) A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
(5) Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).
VERY IMPORTANT (1): We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres – in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful – please ask your doctor about this.
VERY IMPORTANT (2): We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure as we may need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see Force Majeure above).
VERY IMPORTANT (3): If you want early train to back Cusco, you have to tell before, this service is extra: USD 30.00.
To train ; 14:30, 14:55 pm, 16:12 pm, 16:22 pm