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CLASSIC INCA TRAIL & SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS

The walk goes through the most majestic places in the Andes of Cusco. It is a trek that few visitors go to. The highest mountain during the expedition is Salkantay, (6,271 m / 20,574 ft). This Sacred Mountain is higher than any mountain in North America. On this hike, you will see beautiful blue lakes, impressive glaciers, cloud forest with green vegetation, and many archaeological ruins. This hike is a great combination of the two very popular hikes, with an incomparable variety of flora and fauna. So anyone who knows anything about Peru knows about the Inca Trail, and with good reason. It is an amazing way to get to Machu Picchu, while making the most of what this ancient trail has to offer: fascinating Inca ruins, cloud forests, subtropical jungle, not to mention the incredible llamas and alpacas you will find along the way and the local flora. you will be amazed.

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure wish list, defined as “The 20 most extreme, creepy and legendary adventures on the planet. And because we know that it would also be a difficult choice between these, we have carefully designed an incredible trekking tour, giving you the best parts of both: the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With this walk, you will enjoy the impressive landscape offered by the Salkantay trek for the first 2 days, then you will enter the Inca trail used by the Incas to visit the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu; This route was traveled only by the upper class of the Inca empire.After having enjoyed the snowy peaks of Salkantay, you descend to the Huayllabamba valley, where your porters will wait for you and you will be officially starting the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Basic Tour Information

Tour duration: 6 days

Travel Difficulty: challenging

Maximum altitude: 4850 m

Trek distance: 78 km

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Reservation from $1200

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the best wild landscapes of the Andes of Peru, with beautiful glaciers, turquoise lagoons, and waterfalls.
  • Explore the best preserved Inca trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Share your experiences with local people who still live in nearby villages practicing their customs and organic farming.
  • Disconnect from the city and live an atmosphere of harmony and full of peace, adorned by the beautiful sunsets.
  • Taste one of the best cuisines in the world, Peru is the best place where you can savor the most exotic dishes and gourmets that are prepared by our expert chefs.
  • Enrich your knowledge of one of the most advanced civilizations in architecture, astronomy and engineering of pre-Columbian America, the Incas.
  • Bird watching on the Inca Trail is very special, it is something unique. Since then, very few places in the world can generate these emotions.
  • The great variety of colors and shapes that we see. Certainly, they create experiences that captivate all those who take a break to enjoy the richness of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Activities

It is considered na of the most vigorous routes, since in some points of the tour it reaches altitudes of 4800 meters (15,748ft), and several segments in which it must go up and down well pronounced stairs. You are physically well prepared, since in one day you could earn more than 2000 meters or have descents of more than 1000 meters per hour. The weather will also be a very important factor since there are very drastic changes in a matter of hours. Therefore it is recommended to do many exercises and adapt to height before leaving for the trek.

Accommodations

  • Comfortable camping tents with foam mats and blankets, 05 nights.

 CLASSIC  INCA TRAIL & SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS

DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE – ICHUPATA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents
  • Distance: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Highest point: 3,800 meters
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold

DAY 2: SALKANTAY PASS – PAMPA JAPONESA – INCA CHIRIASKA – PANPACAHUANA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents
  • Distance: 15 km /9.3 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny/Dry / Windy / Cold/Snowy

DAY 3: PAUCARCANCHA – HUAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents
  • Distance: 16 km /10 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Highest Elevation: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Cold / Windy

DAY 4: DEAD WOMAN PASS – PACAYMAYU – SAYACMARKA – CHAQUICOCHA

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents
  • Distance: 11 km /6.8 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 5 – 6  hours
  • Highest Elevation:4,200 m / 13,780 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,000 m/ 9,842 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet

DAY 5: PHUYUPATAMARKA – INTIPATA – WIÑAYHUAYNA

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Estimated walking time: 4  hours
  • Distance: 10 km /6.8 miles
  • Highest Elevation:3,600 m / 11,811 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,400 m/ 7,874 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet

DAY 6: SUN GATE – TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU – RETURN TO CUSCO

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Estimated walking time: 5  hours
  • Distance: 8 km /4.9 miles
  • Highest Elevation:2,700 m / 8,858 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m/ 6,560 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather Conditions: Sunny  / Warm / Wet
Day 1

SALKANTAY TREK: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – HUMANTAY LAKE – ICHUPATA

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 12 km

Altitude: 4200 m

We start the day picking you up at your hotel at 05:00 a.m. Through the bus windows, you can clearly see the white and snowy mountains of Apus Salkantay and Humantay. You will also see a spectacular landscape of high peaks and low valleys in a colorful and contrasting panorama that will fill every direction you look. After the first two hours of driving, we will stop at Mollepata to take advantage of the bathrooms, the souvenir shops and an optional short breakfast. Then we will continue to Soraypampa, the starting point of our walk. We will meet with our support staff, who will organize all the equipment and cargo mules. Around 09:30 am, we will begin the trekking to Lake Humantay (3850 meters – 12631 feet) After enjoying the views in Humantay, we go to the campsite in Soraypampa for lunch, then we will start the trekking to Salkantay Pampa and finally Ichupata, where we will sleep Tonight it’s going to be very cold. Our expert chefs will surprise us with delicious hot dishes.

Accommodation: Confortable Camping Tents

Included Activities:

  • Salkantay Trek – Challacancha trail to Soraypampa, Photo stop viewpoint
  • Salkantay Trek – Humantay lake, Photo stop viewpoint

Meals Included:

  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2

SALKANTAY TREK: ICHUPATA – PANPA JAPONESA -  PAMPACAHUANA

Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 18 km

Altitude: 4850 m

After an early wake up and hearty breakfast, we start on a gentle uphill to Incachiriasca pass (4850 m/15908 ft) the highest point of the trek,  we enjoy the views of this imposing mountain in front of our eyes , the mountain of  Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca gods called “Apu”. As we ascend, we will make stops along the way to enjoy the outstanding mountain scenery of the Vilcabamba range, then we will descend towards our lunch spot at Sisay Pampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. After lunch, we will gradually continue descending to our campsite in Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.

Accommodation: Confortable Camping tents

Included Activities:

  • Salkantay Trek – Inca Chiriaska Pass, Photo stop viewpoint
  • Salkantay Trek – Pampacahuana Valley, Photo stop viewpoint

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

SALKANTAY TREK: PAMPACAHUANA – PAUCARCANCHA – HUAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA

Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 14 km

Altitude: 4000 m

After saying goodbye to our muleteers who have accompanied us along the Salkantay route, we continue with the descent to the Paucarcancha valley, where we will visit an Inca ruins, which was used as the main control point for travelers to Machu Picchu. Following our journey we will arrive at the town of Huayllabamba, which is one of the last towns on the Inca Trail network, and traditional agriculture is still practiced, of potatoes and corn. This is the point at which the two routes join, and from where the mythical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will begin, for two hours you walk along a steep path through the mountains of the Queuñas and Chachacomos forests. We will have lunch at the site of Ayapata, with an incredible view of the Huayllabamba valley, and the Wayanay mountain.
After a rest we continue with our walk to the Llulluchapampa camp (4,000 masl). In this camp we will be the only ones who will spend the night and we will enjoy a magical Andean sky full of stars and constellations.

Accommodation: Comfortable Inca trail camping tents

Included Activities:

  • Inca Trail Hike – Ayapata, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Mountain forest of Queuñas and Uncas
  • Inca Trail Hike – Llullupampa, Viewpoint photo stop

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL: AYAPATA – DEATH WOMAN PASS – SAYACMARCA – CHAQUICOCHA

Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 16 km

Altitude: 4200 m

Today, we will reach the highest point on the Inca Trail (pass of the dead woman) (Warmiwañusca) (4,200 Meters – 13,776 feet). Upon reaching the pass we will stop for a short break to enjoy the views before leaving again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River). It is another hour and a half by the side of the valley to our lunch spot and the opportunity to fill our water bottles. After lunch, we begin to ascend again to the second step of the walk. After a descent of two hours, we will arrive at the Valley of Pacaymayo (3,600 meters / 11,808 feet) where we will have lunch. Then we will continue to the second pass (Runkurakay) (3,970 meters / 13,022 feet), stopping halfway to visit the impressive archaeological site of Runkurakay. Passing the pass, we descend to Lake Yanacocha and enter the Cloud Forest to reach the ruins of Inca Sayacmarca (3,624 Meters / 11,887 Feet). Our campsite is located in Chaquicocha (3,400 meters / 11,154 feet).

Accommodation: Comfortable Inca trail camping tents

Included Activities:

  • Inca Trail Hike –  Warniwañusqa Pass, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Pacaymayu valley, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Runkurakay, Archeological Site
  • Inca Trail Hike – Runkurakay Pass, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Sayacmarka, Archeological Site
  • Inca Trail Hike –  Chaquiqocha, Viewpoint photo stop

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

 CLASSIC INCA TRAIL: CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA

Difficulty: challenging

Distance: 12 km

Altitude: 3700 m

Today, we will take an easy climb in the morning to the last pass with its Incan ruins of the same name (Phuyupatamarca, 3700 Meters / 12136 Feets). Here, we will also have remarkable views of the Urubamba River Valley. Afterward, we go into the rain forest. We will walk downhill for 3 hours. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Inti Pata. Along this path you will take the most  beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail. After Inti Pata it is a further 30 minutes to our campsite we descend to the Wiñaywayna campsite (2650 Meter / 8692 Feets) and visit the archeological site there after lunch.

Accommodation: Comfortable Inca trail camping tents

Included Activities:

  • Inca Trail Hike – Phuyupatamarka, Archeological Site
  • Inca Trail Hike – Intipata Terraces, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Wiñaywayna, Archeological Site

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL: WIÑAY WAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 6 km

Altitude: 2700 m

Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu. After an early start to our day, we arrive at the campsite exit gate where we must wait in line until 5 AM. The Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. Subsequently, we will hike one hour until we arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipunku) which looks down onto Machu Picchu. We will arrive early to enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. From there, we will walk downhill on a stone path to enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas with impressive panoramic views all the way down. We will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today

When you are finished exploring the extraordinary city of Machu Picchu you will travel to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where our  van will be waiting to transport you back to  Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will according the train back Schedule we have at 14:30 pm and 19:00 pm.  So the total time combining trail plus van is like 4 hours.

Included Activities:

  • Inca Trail Hike – Sun Gate, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Guardian’s House, Viewpoint photo stop
  • Inca Trail Hike – Exploring the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail Hike – Train ride along the Vilcanota river

Meals Included: Breakfast

WHAT IS INCLUDED CLASSIC INCA TRAIL  & SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 6 DAYS

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek).
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to classic inca trail.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent,
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (5 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
  • Porters: We include your personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before and this should be filled with the things you need for night and the next day. You will not have access to your duffel until your evening campsite.
  • Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 05 Breakfasts, 05 Lunches, 05 dinners (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
  • Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco
  • We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike.

NOT INCLUDED CLASSIC INCA TRAIL  &  SALKANTAY TREK

  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  • Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -15ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Last Day Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition,  in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

WHAT BRING TO THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL &  SALKANTAY TREK 6 DAYS

  • Medium Backpack ( 40 Lt)
  • Camelback or canteen for the water
  • Original passport (if you changed for a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Trekking boots, warm fleece jacket
  • 6 sets of t-shirts, socks
  • sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents (can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra money in soles
  • Personal medication just in case, becuase our tour guides only carry the first aid kit
  • Some snacks like dried fruits, chocolates, cereal bars

INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU FAQs

1.- BEFORE YOU GO INCA TRAIL TREK 

  • Where are the Departure points for our Treks?

Pick up from your hotels at 04:00 am, please provide a clear contact details of your accommodation at your check-in in the Cusco office. Your guides will provide procedure`s details at the “pre trek briefing” the night before you depart.

We assume most people try to arrive to Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to allow adequate time for acclimatisation and a buffer in case of transport delays. Once you have settled in and rested you must come to the Cusco office to view and reconfirm the information we have pertinent to your trek, personal requirements and sign the conditions ( even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions when local holidays or unrest may require last minute changes to departure times or some additional information and so we have a short briefing day before your trek in our office (you can came from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm)

  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?

On the trek/tour, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things in your hotel or abnb. We can keep your luggage in our office just in case you will don’t have reserved your hotel for the back of the trek.

What should I pack?

  • Good rain gears
  • Hiking shoes
  • hat
  • gloves
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Trekking poles
  • sun glasses
  • Mosquito repellent

 

  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag. Can I rent one?

YES you can just organise it at the time of booking or at your arrival to Cusco. Our sleeping bag supports  -15º Celcius US $ 20.00

  • I don`t have a sleeping mat. Do I need one?

We include in the cost of the tour a foam sleeping mat.

This is a fairly thick bulky mat that weighs 1 kg and we still say if you are travelling with a termal-rest or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead!

  • How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?

Sleepmat weight = 1 kg aprox.

Seeping bag weight = 2-5 kg aprox.

  • I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with?

Yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek)

  • Will I need any extra money?

YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks, tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money that hopefully you will return to Cusco with! Also, for the passengers that are concerned about health, it may be prudent on your part to keep in mind that a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes costs approx US$50-80 (in the case you need to leave the trail early).

  • Do the guides speak English?

Yes all our tour guides speak very well the English, mostly of then have studied in th university of Cusco, aslo are Archeologist, Biologist, and the most important are really funny guys.

  • How many people will be in my group?

We  work with small groups, we use to have 4 to 8 persons per tour guide. If there are more persons we will add another tour guide. Our staff for a group of 8 passengers are: 1 cook, 1 kitchen assistant, 1 head  porter, 10 porters.

  • Should I hire an extra porter?

If you have not trekked in altitude before we would suggest your organise the extra porter. Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your day backpack. 75% of our travellers hire the extra porter.

The half porter who will carry only 7kg cost $70.00 USD

A full porter who will carry 14 kg cost  $ 120.00 USD

Inca Trail Expeditions  provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco.

Even if you do hire a porter you will still need a day pack with you so that you can carry such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, remember glucose is a big help and imperative in the heights), sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) and anything else you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.

Please note that there are fines and notifications if you give an excess, If it is overweight at the weigh station, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight.

2.- ON THE TREK

I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Inca Trail trek ?

Most people have that concern but don`t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy.

The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It’s not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles and have an early night before the trek!

  • Are Trekking poles really necessary?

For this trek more than any of the treks, we DO recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

  • How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail?

46 Km/ 28 Miles

This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:

Day 1: 12 kilometers (8.6 miles) 6-7 hours Ayapata camp.

Day 2: 18 kilometers (10.9 miles) 7-8 hours (“Dead Womans Pass,” the highest pass of the trek at 4,200m, is on this day and the longest day )

Day 3: 10 km (7.3 miles) at 5-6 hours.

Day 4: 6 Km around 2 hours walk before arriving to Machu Picchu.

You will wake up around 4.30 am, 1 hour to Inti-punku \”Sun`s Gate\”

The entire trail is about 46 kilometers (27 miles) long from start to finish. If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check for the free passes with your tour guides.

  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail is 4200m/13818 ft. You will sleep at 3340m/10988 ft for two nights.

  • What if I am unable to finish the inca trail trek ?

In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due health issues, Inca Trail Expeditions will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though.

Generally if due to altitude sickness people can`t make it over the pass on the 2nd day they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day (Day 3) and we look after them in Aguas Calientes and then they rejoin your group in Machu Picchu early on Day 4 and continue the tour as normal. the additional costs for this such as train ticket and accomodations is payable by the passenger and usually is between $60 and $100 total .

  • Can Inca Trail Expeditions accommodate my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

Not to worry, Inca Trail Expeditions  is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.

Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.

  • Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 litre bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.

Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, and of course at Machu Picchu.

  • Are there bathrooms along the  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace Please do not litter.

  • Is there a chance that my Inca Trail hike  will be canceled?

There is very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek by the DRCC (Park Office) even under extreme weather circumstances or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Culture Ministry  cannot change the date of a trek if there is a general strike. We do everything possible to ensure you get to the trail head to start the trek for the permit date and this means that we must have correct contact details as about 4-5 times a year there is a general strike. This means no land transport is allowed to travel and so the night before the trek /strike date we have to gather everyone together and drive to the trail head area to camp the night before so we make sure that the trek goes ahead.

  • Is the Inca Trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe?

The Inca Trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one who doesn’t mind the rain, then we say ‘Go for it!’ You will just have to bring good rain gear and waterproof boots.

  • What kind of weather can I expect on the Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu? Temperatures?

During the “rainy season” (1 Dec – 1 Apr), you could have some rain any day but you can expect that it could rain every day in Feb and could be heavy! Often in Dec and Jan you may just get some light continual showers or it could be fine and then a heavy afternoon downpoor but in truth you could also have fine days. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 2 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as 0 to -5 degrees Celsius.

It is always best to dress in layers during anytime of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.

  • How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group?

For a group of max 16 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 18 porters or carriers.

If the group is 8 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 12 porters or carriers.

  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?

Tips for the above mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional not mandatory. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the third night of the trek at Wiñaywayna camp after the evening meal since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.

Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Porters:On the third night at dinner time someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take plenty of small denomination bills in Peruvian Soles. We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual or representative of porters rather than given to the guide or cook.

Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. Inca Trail Expeditions pay our trek staff fairly and treat them with respect and try to provide good working conditions. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided. The tip should therefore be optional and not mandatory. However, if you have enjoyed the service, we recommend that each person in the group contributes between 80 – 110 soles ( US$ 30-40 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and porters.

Tips for the Assistant Guide: The assistant guide will accompany the group to Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, he is incharge of getting the passes for Wayna Picchu climbing. We therefore recommend that you tip the assistant guide at the lunch time on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide between 50 and 80 soles. (US $ 25) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.

Tips for the Guide: The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch in Aguas Calientes We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between 150 and 200  soles. (US 80 ) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.

SUMMARY:Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between 80 and 110 soles ( US$ 30-40 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff. However if you think that you have received poor service you are under no obligation to pay a tip. The trekking team will soon get the message. Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together.

The procedure and amounts listed above have been written in conjunction with our guides and trekking staff. We accept that not all of our clients will be in agreement with this information. It is important that you tip the amount that you feel comfortable with. Please try not to let the procedure stress you or cause anyone to feel badly towards other members of the group who wish to pay less than the recommended amount or decide not to pay a tip at all.

  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?

In truth it is not typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.

  • Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu mountain in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that.The trail to Huayna Picchu mountain is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip beware that there are new regulations since July 2011 and permits have to be bought in advance. if you want us to organise your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra dollars for this permit. Deposit for this tour including Huayna Picchu mountain permit is $80 usd .

  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?

You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, from january 2019, the tourist will be into the citadel just the schedule of their tickets, in our case at 11 am have to leave . After the guided tour you have to go down  to Aguas Calientes. You can take the bus anytime you like. Come down to aguas calientes you will choose the restaurant to take the lunch. Remenber the last day lunch is not included.

  • What time will I be back in Cusco?

You will arrive to Cusco at 18:30 pm aprox. so don`t expect to be able to book a flight out for the same night as flights do not exist after 7.00pm.

  • Can you explain the train service a little more?

Many of our travellers request a later train so they can spend the full day at Machu Picchu, to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore generally reserve a late afternoon train around 5 – 6 pm for our travellers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco. But still, these reservations are only confirmed by Peru Rail or Inca Rail 6 days in advance. During high season and holidays, when demand exceeds availability, we will always try to obtain tickets for an earlier service rather than one late at night for a more comfortable arrival to Cusco.

Often passengers decide to stay a further night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning on the 4th night. This is fine, and we can coordinate the changes of train tickets .Sometime thsi change has  a fee for change of dates and coach options will be according to availability.

3.- BOOKING & RESERVATIONS

  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought is because you do not need to worry about the dates for which we have scheduled departures or if our departures have enough space. Your only concern is whether there are permits available or not. You can choose almost any date you want if there are permits available on Inca Trail 4 days.

In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask to Inca Trail Expeditions office Sttaf, how you can arrange your own private tour.

  • What if i’m Student? How can I use it to get a discount?
The Decentralized Department of Culture of Cusco communicates  that the sale of admission tickets to Machu Picchu for students will only  with student card issued by the University or college, valid in the date you will start the trek.
For the students under 18 years is not necesary to show a student card, just bring your original passport. 
** The ISIC card is not a permissible document
Note:
Remember that once purchased the ticket there is no refund, check your data and date of entry before making the payment, the ticket is valid only for the date indicated in your reservation.

The discount that is offered isn’t a INCA TRAIL EXPEDITIONS PERU discount, but is actually offered by the DRCC and Inca Trail Expeditions  passes the discount on to you. For that reason, it absolutely necessary that we have a scan of your card “in hand” when we go to purchase your permits. If you didn’t send us a copy of it along with the initial booking, then make sure to note on the registration form that you have one and will send the scan as soon as possible so that we know to try and wait before we purchase the permit.

  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?

The only time that you can change your dates with no penalty charge is if we have not purchased your permit yet. Usually we try to purchase the permits, at the most, inmediatly after your deposit is paid—depending on the urgency of the situation of course. The only time that we don’t get them within a few days is if you have reserved a date more than 6 months ahead of time.

If we do not already have your permit you can change your date. If we already have your permit, the penalty to change is US $150 and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.

  • What if do not have my passport right now?

The Park of Machu Picchu  requires a valid passport to issued your permit to the trail,best case is to organize your new passport in advance if that is the case. There is the possibility due to the limits of spaces on your requested date to book with your old passport number, them we can do a paperwork to change it.

  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front?

Usually we only charge the deposit of your Inca Trail Trek. This deposit and the details completed on your booking form are used as a guarantee for the balance and other tours. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay with credit or debit card , it has a fee of 5% commission. The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco.

  • ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE

Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxigen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge’s disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.

Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft) may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m) Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.

Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, imsomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.

To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.

Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4 mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.

Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.

Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking sterorids is not adviced. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.

When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to evoid overexertion, eat ligh meals and abstain from alcohol.

ALTERNATIVE TREKS IN CUSCO

Inca Trail Expeditions has developed a great diversity of Treks in the city of Cusco. This is how we offer the alternative treks to Machupicchu, if in case you could not get a space for the classic Inca trail. In the same way we organize the best treks in the Vilcanota mountain range like the Lares trek. Hiking to the Ausangate mountain, Choquequirao. All our activities are guaranteed, because we work with small groups and guides well trained in safety, and quality of service. Our chefs prepare the best gourmet food in Peru, with the freshest ingredients in the region. And the camping equipment are of the best outdoor brands.

CUSCO DAY TOURS

Explore the best cusco day tours, we have all kind of day activities, you can hike a short treks such us: rainbow mountain, humantay lake, yanacocha lake, ausangate trek, pallay poncho, palcoyo rainbow mountain. Or take a local tour activities like peruvian cooking lessons, exploring the local museums in Cusco, or just wondering the best local markets, local cuisine restaurants.

INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU

The Inca trail tours one of the most famous worldwide. Come and enjoy its scenic and cultural beauty. Our company works with this trek for more than 15 years. Our services are highly specialized in the quality of services. That is why we work with small groups. All the camping equipment we use has the best quality standard. All our chefs are very well trained to provide you with the best gourmet service on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

PERU AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS

Explore the best Amazon Rainforest in South America. The majesty of the biosphere of the Manu National Park has no comparison with another. This beautiful wildlife refuge is very close to the City of Cusco. Inca Trail Expeditions offers you the best experience of visits to the Amazon jungle. We work with the best local guides, who teach them all the secrets of this jungle, so we work with small groups. Our accommodations have private rooms with all basic services. They are built inside the jungle. During the different walks in the jungle you can learn medicinal plants workers, observe some species of mammals, such as monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and a variety of butterflies and reptiles. Our company works sustainably with the environment, leaving no trace of pollution.

TOURS TO MACHU PICCHU

Machu Pichu Tours: You plan to visit the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu. We offer the best service and attention on your trip to Machu Picchu, our company works with the best staff to create an unforgettable experience. We work in small groups and in the best hotels in Aguas Calientes. Come and discover Peru's past. For two days you can discover two of the most magical places on the planet, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. You will visit the incredible archaeological park of Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes, which crosses a unique landscape. The next day, you can see the sunrise in Machu Picchu, which is considered one of the most fascinating scenes in Peru, and then we will take a guided tour of the citadel. Machu Picchu Tours Inca trail expeditions Peru.

Why book with us

TOTAL QUALITY

Inca Trail Expeditions strives in the best service to all our clients. You will take the Best memories of our city of Cusco.

GOURMET

The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance, and nutritive food along the trail, most of our meals are buffet with.

ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

We are proud to contribute to the care and protection of the environment, in all our trails, we leave the environment without waste.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Our staff are very committed to their work, we are passionate about working with you and show you the rich history and tradition of the Incas.

EXCELLENT EQUIPMENT

In all the tours and walks offered by our company, we always think in your comfort, we work do best camping equipment.

EASY RESERVATIONS

Ease to make your reservation with our sales department you can, secure your tour, design your trip to your suit whit the best budget.