04 Day Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

04 Days Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will take you to explore Machu Picchu in the most original way when crossing this part of the route of the Inca Trail and with little influx of more tourists. These hidden paths were once covered by the thick jungle, but the villages that dwell in these areas of Peru have revealed these remnants of remote roads to Machu Picchu, the famous Capac Ñan roads. Come with us and be one of the first travelers who venture through these spectacular trails, discover the spectacular wildlife and the rich history along the way! Unlike the classic Inca trail, this hidden path is available year-round!, this hidden Inca trail is available all year round!

Your spectacular 04 Day Machu Picchu adventure ends with an up-close exploration of one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.

DAY 1: Cusco – Capac Ñan – Panticalle – Huyro

  • Hiking time: 5.00 – 6.00 hours approx.
  • Walking distance: 9 km. / 5.6 miles approx.
  • Lowest point: 1,550 m./5,080 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,300 m./14,100 ft.

 Day 2: Huyro – Inca Carcel – Santa Teresa

  • Hiking time: 6.00 – 7.00 hours approx.
  • Walking distance: 11 km. / 6.8 miles approx.
  • Lowest point: 1,400 m./4,590 ft.
  • Highest point: 2,230 m./7,310 ft.

Day 3: Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

  • Hiking time: 5.00 – 6.00 hours approx.
  • Walking distance: 9 km /5.6 miles approx.
  • Lowest point: 1,550 m./5,080 ft.
  • Highest point: 2,700 m./8,850 ft.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco 

  • Duration of your guided visit of Machu Picchu: 2.00 – 2.30 hours approx.
  • Walking distance: 2 km. (1.25 mi.) approx.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  CUSCO – CAPAC ÑAN – PANTICALLE – HUYRO

This impressive and unique Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu adventure trek will begin with an early morning pick up in Cusco and lead us in the direction of the sacred valley. We’ll pass the town of Ollantaytambo before ascending the elevated Abra Málaga pass. This scenic drive will bring you to start the walk by a “Capac Ñan” (Inca trail) Where we will descend, during the walk we will appreciate small forests of Polylepis in the births of the basins, If we are lucky we will be able to sight the bird Royal Ciclodes endemic bird,  Andean bears, orchids, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to stop by indigenous villages, home to direct descendants of the Inca people. Witness centuries-old traditions during an authentic Peruvian experience.

The route is very rugged and long takes between 04 to 05 hours. Then we’ll arrive at the community of Panticalle that is located in a natural enclave at the foot of the snow-capped Verónica located between 3, 881 masl.

At the end of the trek in these ancient Inca Trails known as Capac Ñan, you’ll be picked up by private vehicle to head to your nightly accommodation in Huyro. The rest of the afternoon will consist of stops at two impressive Inca ruins, visits to both a local tea and coffee plant.

Accommodation: Lodge 

DAY 2: HUYRO – INCA CARCEL – SANTA TERESA

Start your day with a tasty breakfast before exploring another section of the Capac Ñan (an Inca trail used by the Incas) in the middle of vegetation, covered by forests of the area, the road is 05 minutes by car from the town of Huyro to reach the sector of Sicre, continuing by a truck path access until reaching the pre-Hispanic road which is in perfect condition which crosses parcels of coffee plantations with an approximate distance of 1 hour. Then we’ll continue with a visit to the spectacular “Inca Carcel” to learn more about the rich history of the Incas, and spectacular views of the stunning Salkantay peak.

Following a savory Peruvian lunch, test your sense of adventure with an exciting zip line to cross a river that ends in the Cocalmayo Thermal Baths. Soothe your muscles with a dip.

Accommodation: Lodge 

DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Enjoy a good breakfast before heading to the archaeological complex of Llactapata. It will be part of this exploration in this sector of the Inca Trail in this remote part of the jungle. Witness the song of exotic birds and beautiful orchids along the way. At the end of your trek in Llactapapa, which is believed to have been a rest stop on the trip to Machu Picchu, you will have your first look at the impressive Machu Picchu.

Then we will walk for 3 hours in the Aobamba Valley until we reach the Intihuatana sector, where we will go to the government checkpoint and continue the walk. Lunch will be included along the way and we will have the opportunity to see a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of the mountains around Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu. Here you will also have the chance to see an astronomical solar clock used by the Incas, as well as other constructions such as the Inca citadel of Machupicchu. After 3 hours of walking, we will arrive in Aguas Calientes parallel to the train tracks that lead to this small town, the closest to Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: Golden Sunrise*** or similar.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

This last day will start early. We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. to have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to get to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:

1.- It is worth the effort to get up early, since the Inca city is quieter in the early morning, you will also have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu.

2.- Our guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu telling you the history of the Inca city, temples, altars, and most famous sites. Of course, it will also take you to the classic viewpoint of Machu Picchu (The Sacred Rock), this point offers a spectacular view of the entire Inca city. After that, you will have free time to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu. (The high mountain that dominates the bottom of Machu Picchu, optional and at an extra cost). From the top of Huayna Picchu, you will have a stunning and impressive view of the entire Machu Picchu area and the surrounding mountains. It will take between one and two hours to climb Huayna Picchu and 1 to 1½ hours to descend.

Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu, you will descend on tourist buses to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Depending on your train schedule, you must arrive 30 minutes before the departure time indicated at the train station, and once in Ollantaytambo, our private transport will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in the city of Cusco culminating in this way our services.

What's Included

INCLUDED:

  • Briefing in Cusco before the departure
  • Three nights accommodation ( 2 nights in the lodge and the third one in 3 starts hotel).
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Personal porter for 5 kg/11.02 lbs per person (1 personal porter is included – up to 5 kilos per duffle bag, which will be provided and must fit all your belongings PLUS sleeping bag)
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • All Transportation.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing
  • Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrances Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Hiking poles
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip)

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or headlamps.
  • Swimwear for rafting

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

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NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
2 or More People $ 499
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small groups, not more than ten people.

Discounts:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25:00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

Departure date:

  • Daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time:

  • 05:00 am or 05:30 am

FAQS?

Are the departure dates guaranteed. Is there a minimum for group bookings?

The only events that may jeopardize your travel dates are natural disasters or other circumstances that may put your safety at risk. Otherwise, our departures are 100% guaranteed as long as there is a minimum of 2 people.

What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?

For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the four days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel in Cusco or our office. It is essential only to bring what is necessary for the four days that you will be trekking because, on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

Is advanced cycling experience necessary?

On tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.

Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic regarding your visit to South America. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. If you are visiting the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Be aware of illnesses such as malaria and dengue, which are best prevented by using repellent. Diseases are more common in the Amazon than in the Andes mountains.

Why do I need to send a deposit?

We use your deposit (non-refundable) to pay the necessary fees to make your reservation official. These fees include entry tickets to reserve space, porters (non-refundable by national law), and a government tax of 18%.

In regards to hotel reservations, we are required to pay penalties for cancellation, depending on the date.

The deposit is also used to assure availability and bookkeeping for all tours and treks, such as chefs, porters, and even reserve horses.

How can I pay my deposit?

Deposits must be paid using the methods indicated below.

a) PAYPAL:

You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges a 6% tax for this transaction that is included automatically in this option.

In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, do not forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account:
sales@inkayniperutours.com

b) VISA:

If you use the VISA option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that VISA charges a 5% tax for this transaction that is added automatically in this option.

c) WESTERN UNION

You can pay in their offices (they have offices Internationally) or online (http://www.westernunion.com/):
1. Receiver's first name:  Alex Marco
2. Receiver's last name:  Huaman Levita
3. Receiver's city / Town:  Cusco
4. Country:  Peru
If using this method, please send an email confirming the amount of the deposit and the transaction number ( MTCN ) you have been given.
NOTE: The client will assume all transaction fees.

How can I pay my final balance?

The final balance for treks must be paid in cash (US $ or Peruvian Soles) in our office in Cusco at least 48 hours before your trek. If your arrival in Cusco has been delayed, you are responsible for informing our agents either by email or phone.

If we do not receive final payment before the deadline and do not receive any message due to delay, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and travel plans.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special dietary needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you can not stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms ... etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual consciously and fully responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all guests arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will ensure that all of these are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and can not be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

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Money in Peru

Peru uses Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded at S2.50 to S3.50 per US dollar (US $) for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.
Prices in this book are generally in new soles, although some are listed in US dollars.

Carrying cash, an ATM card, or traveler's checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills, as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in small towns.

Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use, and getting change for paper can be darn near impossible.

The best places to exchange money are normally "Casas de Cambio" (foreign exchange bureaus), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians.
It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standard plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accept round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need an adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources, so you only need a passport to enter the country and enjoy their wealth and take some precautions you might help discover.

Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east. the arid coastal desert to the west. and the Andean mountains and highlands in between. In the Andes, which has altitudes over 3500m. Average daily temperatures fall, below 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can dip well below freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to acclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). The wettest months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are from December through March.

Some parts of the coastal strip see rain rarely, if at all. From April to November, Lima’s other areas by the Pacific Ocean are enclosed in “Garua” (coastal fog, mist or drizzle) as warmer air masses off the desert and drifts over the ocean where the cold Humboldt current hits.

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