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04 Day Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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04 Day Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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04 Day Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Cusco
  • Inca Jungle
  • Inca Carcel
  • Machu Picchu

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 to Machu Picchu!

04 D

Duration 04 D / 03N

4,300 mnsm

MAX. ALTITUDE 4,300 mnsm

Lodge

ACCOMMODATION Lodge

2 - 10

LEVEL Moderate

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HIDDEN INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Join us and be part of this expedition of the Hidden Inca Trail and explore a unique landscape through a route of the Inca Trail with little influx of more tourists.
  • Amazing hidden paths to Machu Picchu, a route that was covered by the thick jungle but recently the villages that dwell in these areas of Peru have revealed these remnants of remote roads to Machu Picchu, the famous Capac Ñan roads.
  • Enjoy the spectacular 04-Day trek to Machu Picchu adventure that ends with an up-close exploration of one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu Citadel.
  • Unlike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (limited availability), this hidden path of the Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available year-round!

Highlights

04 Day Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Experience the Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that will take you to explore Machu Picchu in the most original and alternative way.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - CAPAC ÑAN - PANTICALLE - HUYRO

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Firstly, we 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). Then, we will descend, and during the walk we will appreciate the 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. Certainly, you will also have the opportunity to stop by indigenous villages, home to direct descendants of the Inca people.

The route is very rugged and long taking between 04 to 05 hours. Then, we’ll arrive at the community of Panticalle which 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, and visits to both a local tea and coffee plant.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,524 m / 5,000 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,350 m / 14,271 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 1,524 m / 5,000 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Walking time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Cold and Warm
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Basic accommodation in Huyro
DAY 2: HUYRO - INCA CARCEL - SANTA TERESA

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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 the vegetation. Therefore, 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 that 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.

As a result, 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,500 m / 5,436 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 1,524 m / 5,000 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 1,500 m / 5,436 ft
  • Walking Distance: 15km / 9.5 mi
  • Walking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Warm & Humid
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Basic accommodation in Santa Teresa
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – LLACTAPATA - AGUAS CALIENTES

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Enjoy a good breakfast before heading to the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Certainly, it will be part of this exploration in this sector of the Inca Trail in this remote part of the jungle. Above all, witness the song of exotic birds and beautiful orchids along the way. So, 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. Likewise, 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 Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,500 m / 5,436 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,725 ft
  • Walking Distance: 8 km /  4.97 mi
  • Walking time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm & Humid
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in Aguas Calientes
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

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Most importantly, 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.- 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 or Machu Picchu Mountain. (The high mountain that dominates the bottom of Machu Picchu, optional and at an extra cost).

Subsequently, 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. Then, 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

HIDDEN INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS INCLUDES:

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BRIEFING

  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing, where you will meet your guide to receive key details about the 4-day Hidden Inca trail.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
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EMERGENCY KIT

  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottles
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 nights in basic accommodation
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 3 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.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – round trip)
  • Return transport to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE HIDDEN INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU:

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 1 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
  • Swimwear/flip-flops
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EQUIPMENT

  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight

Prices

PRICE 04 DAY HIDDEN INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

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2 or More People $ 599
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OUR GROUP SIZE: So, we offer small groups, not more than ten people.

Discounts:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25:00 All of you need 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. Similarly, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at the booking. Likewise, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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Departure Dates

Departure date for Hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Above all, we offer daily departures with at least 02 people. Our tour can leave any day of the week, 12 months a year.

Departure time for the trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Certainly, we depart from Cusco around 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 cusco trek 4 days. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel in Cusco or our office. However, It is essential only to bring what is necessary for the hidden inca trail to machu picchu because, on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.

Is advanced cycling experience necessary?

Certainly, 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.

Do I need a vaccination for my trip to hidden Inca trail to Machu Picchu?

Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic regarding your visit to South America. Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. For Instance, If you are visiting the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Certainly, 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 of Cusco trek 4 days. Most Importantly, These fees include entry tickets to reserve space, porters (non-refundable by national law), and a government tax of 18%.

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

Above all, 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?

Likewise, Deposits for Cusco trek 4 days must be paid using the methods indicated below.

a) PAYPAL:

Certainly, 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.

However, 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:

Similarly, 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?

Certainly, 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. But, If your arrival in Cusco has been delayed, you are responsible for informing our agents either by email or phone.

In short, If we do not receive the final payment before the deadline and do not receive any message due to delay, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation of Cusco trek 4 days 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.

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent from all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the hidden Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

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

Certainly, If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef of Cusco trek 4 days to leave them out or separate this item.

Likewise, we can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy May I still participate?

Certainly, 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.

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

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and entirely 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 clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your Cusco trek 4 days.

This will ensure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. So, please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours?

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

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Money in Peru (Cusco trek 4 days)

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. Similarly, 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. For Cusco trek 4 days.

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.

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

On the other hand, 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. Certainly, 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?

Above all, 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 for cusco trek 4 days?

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. However, In the Andes, which has altitudes over 3500m. Certainly, Average daily temperatures fall, below 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can dip well below freezing. So, Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their high altitude cities, should allow several days to acclimatize since altitude sickness, or soroche can be a problem.

For instance, April to November is the dry season in the mountain and altiplano (Andean Plateau). But, 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 to 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.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Walking stick highly recommended! $10.00
Single supplement $60.00
Additional night at 3-star hotel $85.00

Why Inkayni?

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.

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