07 Day – Trek to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail

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07 Day – Trek to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail

Trek to Machu Picchu through the Inka Trail ideal for combining culture, nature and living traditions. One of our most popular trips of the region. A unique experience Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world. Offering 4 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life. Be you young or old, in good shape or bad, the Inca Trail is for everyone and is a must do if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO, INKA MUSEUM AND KORICANCHA

Shuttle from the airport to hotel. The rest of the morning will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). In the afternoon we will visit the Inka Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Here we will become more familiar with the origens and beginnings of Andean civilizations.

Continuing with the tour we will move onto the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, that was and still remains the pinaccle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inka civilization. During its construction they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time, and this temple may have been the exact representation of the center, or “Navel of the World” and therefore the center of the world, as dictated by the pre-hispanic Andean cosmovision.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 2: FREE DAY- OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Free day to explore the old capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary navel of the world. Colonial churches, mutiple parks and squares, and colonial mansions built atop perfectly constructed original Inca walls. Artesian stores full of souvenirs of all kinds – weavings, jewelry, stonework and more! And of course, local restaurants with the best of Andean cuisine!. These are our optional activities:

1.- SACRED VALLEY US$ 75 PER PERSON.

Places that are visited:

  • Chinchero.
  • Textile Center in Chinchero
  • Ollantaytambo.
  • Pisaq.
  • Pisaq Market.

2.- CHINCHERO-MARAS-MORAY US$ 65 PER PERSON.

Places that are visited:

  • Moray
  • Maras (Salt Mines)
  • Chinchero
  • Textile Center in Chinchero.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel*** or similar.

 

DAY 3 TO 6: 4 DAY INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

The Inka trail to Machupicchu, the last dwelling of the Incas, is undoubtedly the most fascinating and spectacular route in the Peruvian Andes, especially in Cusco, the navel of the world in Inca times. This ancestral roadway is not only filled with unique archaelogical sites, but also combines an extense sacred geography home to a beautifully biodiverse flora and fauna. In Inca times this sacred road was reserved only for select and well-prepared individuals, on their way to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The 4 Days, 3 Nights 43Km Trail itinerary is as follows:

 

DAY 3: FIRST DAY TREK: PISCACUCHO TO WAYLLABAMBA (12KM)

After breakfast we will travel to the starting location of the trail, known as kilometer 82. This first day is relatively easy going and smooth as we move along visiting ruins such as the city of Patallacta. This ruin, constructed at the foot of a mountain, was a very important center that had administrative, economic, and religious functions. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta.

After visiting these two sites we will enter the valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River, also observing the Inca terraces that belong to the previous archaelogical sites. Continuing our gradual walk upward we will arrive to our first campsite in Wayllabamba.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 4: SECOND DAY TREK: WAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU (11KM)

We will begin our day very early to reach at the end of the day the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass).

The trek in the morning is rather physically intense, more so for those who are not accostumed to hikes in this altitude, yet it is alsoone of the most spectacular. The first part of the trail we will walk approximately 1 hour and a half through the cover of a densely vegetated Andean forest until arriving to the campsite of Three Stones, where we will take a short rest.

Continuing on our ascent, the habitat will begin to change as we enter the inter-andean forest full of Unca trees, unique to this area. Two hours later we will arrive to another campsite, Llulluchapampa, where we will take an extended rest with snacks and hot drinks. From here begins the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca at 4,215 meters (13,829 ft), the highest point of the trek, a great opportunity for fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, before descending a few hours to our next campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 5: THIRD DAY TREK: PACAYMAYU TO WIÑAYHUAYNA (15KM)

We will begin ascending about 45 minutes to the arhcaelogical site of Runkurakay, located mid-mountain, that was in ancient times a tambo, or resting place. Another 45 minute ascent will take us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail, Runkurakay (3950 m, 12,959 ft), after which we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca, constructed in a strategic location. After a thorough visit we will continue down the beautifully paved road to our lunch site at Chaquicocha.

From here onward to Phuyupatamarca we will enter the high Andean cloud forest, a maravillous display of Nature’s beauty. Here the trail continues a narrow ridge until arriving to the pass of Phuyupatamarka, a natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as our final destination of Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite, passing a very important archaeological site and temple designated for offerings to the sacred mountain spirits of the area, as well as a large terraced area for agriculture. Slightly beyond is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 6: FOURTH DAY TREK: WIÑAYHUAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU (5KM)

We will rise very early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail, which brings us to Inti Punku or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance of the crystal city of Machu Picchu. The trail here is fairly easy going and after about an hour we will arrive to Inti Punku, an awesome location to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise in the Andes.

Afterwards, a 45 minute descent will take us into the higher area of Machu Picchu, a natural lookout point for the “famous” classic picture and an opportunity for a group picture. Here we will enter as a group to the main entrance for registration before returning to the site for the main tour to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by our ancestors. The tour will last approximately 2 to 3 hours, then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourselves and you can also climb the Huayna Picchu moutain (at an extra cost and have to be booked in advance). In the afternoon we will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch, then return to Cusco by train.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 7: WALKING TOUR- FLY TO LIMA.

Free morning to relax or walking tour. The walking tour will visit the following places:

  • Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
  • San Blas neighborhood
  • The twelve angle stone
  • San Pedro local market

This afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima

What's Included

INCLUDES BEFORE THE INCA TRAIL:

  • All transfers.
  • All breakfast included in the accommodations
  • All transportation.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All entrances fee.
  • 03 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels (Based in double occupation)

INCLUDES FOR THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by touristic bus to Km82
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first Day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks (happy hour) and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress -(you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain $85
  • Tips.
  • Extra Personal porter ,US$80 for carrying for personal items for 5 kg.
  • Single Supplement (US $250 for accommodation and tent).
  • International and intra flights.
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

WHAT YOU NEED 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 sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Prices & Dates

PLAN AHEAD AND BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL
TO MACHU PICCHU FOR 2018
Now is your chance to book your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for 2018 and take advantage of our offer to pay this years prices! Choose your preferred travel dates and book now!
March 2018
DEPARTURE DATE SPACES AVAILABLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
02nd 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
09th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
16th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
23th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
28th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
April - July 2018
April – July 2018 – FULLY BOOKED
No longer taking bookings sorry. No waiting list. Trek permits have been successfully purchased for all clients.
Please note that all Inca Trail trek permits have sold out until the last few days in October. This means that NO company will be able to offer you the Inca Trail trek during these months. Even if a client cancels their booking the permits are non-transferable and cancelled spaces cannot be filled with new clients. You will have to do an alternative trek although unfortunately we don’t offer these
August 2018
DEPARTURE DATE SPACES AVAILABLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
03rd 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
10th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
17th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
24th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
28th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
September 2018
DEPARTURE DATE SPACES AVAILABLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
04th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
07th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
14th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
21st 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
28th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
October 2018
DEPARTURE DATE SPACES AVAILABLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
05th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
12th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
19th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
26th 00 US$ 1730
SOLD OUT
28th 20 US$ 1730
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November 2018
DEPARTURE DATE SPACES AVAILABLE PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
02nd 20 US$ 1730
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09th 20 US$ 1730
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16th 20 US$ 1730
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23rd 20 US$ 1730
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28th 20 US$ 1730
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December 2018
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03rd 20 US$ 1730
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07th 20 US$1730
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14th 20 US$ 1730
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21st 20 US$ 1730
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28th 20 US$ 1730
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Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $250.00
Additional porter for 5 kg. $80.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00

FAQS?

Fine Print
  • Price is based on two sharing so you’ll need to buy two.
  • Valid for travel on selected dates between 03rd Nov 2017 – 28th Dec 2018.
  • International and domestic flights are not included.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu are not included.
  • US $250 fee to travel solo (Single suplement)
  • No cancellations or changes once your booking is confirmed.
  • Subject to availability; please book early to secure your preferred dates.
Inca Trail Availability

It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 6 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out. Last year the demand was extremely high, and demand is projected to rise even more.

Inkayni Peru Tours offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed).

Since 2000 the Inca trail has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks. If your date is not available, do not fret, there are many wonderful treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded.

Inkayni Peru Tours will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, chefs, and the unmatchable, unstoppable ‘green machinne’ Porters, as well as the best equipment tents, sleeping bags, matresses and pillows.

If your date is not available, look beyond to see that there are many wonderful alternative treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded!

  • 02 Day short Inca Trail
  • 03 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek
  • 04 Day Lares Trek
  • 04 Day Inca Jungle Adventure
  • 05 Day Salkantay Trek
With How Much Time In Advance Should I Book My Inka Trail?

We recommend as soon as possible!! This is a famous route in high-demand, and because the government has restricted access and applied daily limits (200 hikers & 300 porters/staff per day). Due to these factors, we urge you make your reservation as far in advance as possible.

If you plan to travel between the months of April – September, you best make your reservation 06 months before your departure date.

Between the months of October – January, it is possible to make a reservation 03 to 04 months in advance.

What happens with the payment, do you need a deposit?

Once your reservation has been confirmed through our website or a sales agent, a deposit fee of US $ 250 (2017) must be made to confirm your trek. Deposits must be made through PayPal (quickest and preferred method), Western Union or bank transfer.

The remaining balance must be paid in our office in Cusco AT LEAST 48 hours before your trekking departure date, before 7:30 pm.

This remaining balance must be paid in cash (US$ dollars or Peruvian Soles).  When we confirm your trekking reservation, we will send you the details on how to make the deposit for your trip. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit is used to purchase your trekking permit and reserve your space. After having made this purchase by sending your information to the government, NO adjustments or changes can be made (dates, names, personal data, etc.) to the reservation.

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization. These means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Is there a maximum or minimum age limit for inka trail?

There are NO government restrictions regarding age limit for Inka Trail. However, as a responsible Tour Agency, we will only accept reservations for children 7 or younger if the parents assume full responsibility for them during the trek. *For families with children, we highly suggest booking a private tour to make your experience more comfortable*

All children below the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

We require all trekkers age 60 or above to hire an additional porter (12kg) for their convenience.

Trekkers age 65 + must consult with their physician before booking and also before traveling to verify health conditions for participating in a high altitude multi-day trek.

We also suggest that all medical or doctor recommendations be acknowledged, even if this means cancelling your travel plans. We recommend that all clients 60 years of age or above arrive to Cusco at least 03 days before your trekking date to adjust to altitude.

We recommend that all clients age 55 + speak in advance with their physician to consult the best way to plan your trek and inquire that your travel insurance covers activities such as adventure. We will require a medical file confirming a good state of health and NO cardiac problems.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet 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 a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

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 to leave them out or separate this item.

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?

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 emergency.

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

WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When should I arrive in Cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive to 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 assure that all individuals 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 cannot be paid before your arrival.

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

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The trail is full of steep ascents and steep drops on narrow Inka stairs. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. *Inkayni Peru Tours and the INC (National Culture Institute) asks that you not use metal-tipped poles that will damage the trail.*

Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the inka trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Should I hire an additional porter?

Remember that group service includes a personal porter to carry your things up to 05 kg / 11.02 lb. Before the start of your trek we will provide you with a duffle bag to bring your basic necessities, such as; sleeping bag (average 2,5 kg), and extra clothing (average 2,5 kg). Remember that your porter will not be hiking at your side during the trek, which means you will still need to carry a daypack to have your personal things on-hand throughout the day, such as drinking water, snacks, camera, fleece and raincoat.

How does Inkayni Peru Tours care for the porters?

a) GOOD WAGES:

As a responsible tour agency, we pay our porters a salary of 210 Soles for the 4-day trek AND their transportation expenses (nearly 20% above the legal minimum salary, making Inkayni one of the best trekking agencies in Cusco).

Ideally, all agencies in Cusco should pay this amount, yet sadly, to this day there are many agencies not even paying the minimum legal salary.

b) APPROPRIATE WEIGHT LIMIT:

Within the basic policies of Inkayni Peru Tours is respect for all staff, which means not exceeding weight limits.

This factor is extremely important when choosing a travel agency for trekking.

Unfortunately there are many irresponsible companies (even big-name commercial companies that have often grown due to labor exploitation) that force porters to carry well over 25 kg and disrespect their rights.

For this reason, Inkayni Peru tours will not offer you a private bathroom, hot showers, or personal porter that will carry more than 5kg. This may exceed weight limits for our porters.

We kindly ask that before you choose a company for your trek that offers you these luxury services that you consider the extra weight that will be on the shoulders of your porters.

c) INSURANCE:

Inkayni Peru Tours is one of few companies that offers insurance for our porters.

d) TREKKING UNIFORMS:

Inkayni Peru Tours offers proper attire for all our staff.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Are there bathrooms on the Inka Trail?

Many new outhouses have been added throughout the Inka Trail, mostly in the main designated campsites. This has greatly improved the sanitary conditions of the Trail, yet still the situation is not always perfect. All outhouses have cold running water. We recommend you bring a hand-disinfectant for use after visiting the public outhouses. Before each meal, we will provide you with hot water and soap for washing.

What is the potable water situation along the trail?

Inkayni Perú Tours will provide you with boiled water after each meal-time, starting with lunch on the second day (02).

Before this, you may purchase bottled water from small local ‘shops’ located outside local homes, offering water, gatorade, or soda. It is recommended that each person drink at least 02 to 03 liters of water each day.

You will also find small streams, or water on tap roughly every 2 hours along the Trail where you may fill your bottle, provided you have proper filtration/purification system. Water in the Andes is generally clean, but even though it may appear pure, you still must use a purification method for it to become safely potable.

Please consider the environment when you decide to travel and make a trek. Every day technology is improving to make our lives easier and avoid trash. Bring a purification system or bottle (such as UV light) to avoid buying bottled water.

If I am traveling alone may I have my own tent ?

If you are traveling alone and are open to sharing a tent, perhaps with someone of the same sex, there will be no additional cost. NOTE that if you wish to have a private tent, there is an additional cost of US $40.

Is it guaranteed that we camp at Wiñaywayna on the third night of the Inka Trail ?

Wiñay Wayna is the closest campsite to Machu Picchu, making it the favorite site for everyone. At a mere two (02) hours from Machu Picchu, camping at Wiñay Wayna allows groups to arrive very early in the morning to the Sun Gate. Unfortunately, there is not much space available at this site for all groups on the Inka Trail. The second closest campsite known as Phuyupatamarca is still a 5-hour hike to Machu Picchu. When trekking permits are purchased, the goverment is responsable for asigning campsites to groups. Inkayni has the reputation of finalizing group reservations and obtaining permits well before other companies, which means we often have the blessing of camping at Wiñay Wayna the majority of our treks. Between 2014 – 2016 we camped at Wiñay Wayna 99% of the time. One group in all of 2015 could not camp at Wiñay Wayna, so they decided to arrive to Machu Picchu on the third day, sleep in Aguas Calientes, and return to Machu Picchu the 4th morning for sunrise. All of 2016 had us at Wiñay Wayna for our groups on Inka Trail.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

17.- Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.









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