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The Inca Trail to Machupicchu (also known as Camino Inca or Camino Inka) consists of three overlapping trails: Mollepata (Salkantay Machupicchu) , Classic ( inca trail 4 days 3 nights ), and One Day (inca trail 2 days 1 night ) Mollepata is the longest of the three routes with the highest mountain pass and intersects with the Classic route before crossing WarmiwaÃ±usqa ("dead woman"). Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machupicchu Mountain. The two longer routes require an ascent to beyond 4,200 metres (13,800 ft) above sea level, which can result in altitude sickness.
Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people are allowed on the trail each day, of which only 200 are trekkers, the rest being guides and porters. As a result, the high season books out very quickly.
The trail is closed every February for cleaning. This was originally done informally by organizations such as South American Explorers but is now managed officially.
Note: During the hike you will have to carry the sleeping bag, pad and your personal stuff (e.g. backpack). You can request availability for a personal porter.
Cusco has a temperate climate with year round temperatures fluctuating between 14º - 16ºC, with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season in Cusco is from December to March. Machupicchu has a semi-tropical climate, with warm and humid days and cold nights. The rainy season in Machupicchu is from November to March, so be prepared. The wet months are January to April, when roads are often closed by landslides or flooding. The best months for visiting Machupicchu are from April to October.
The tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend that you always drink bottled water.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness if you are prone to it. Be sure to try a hot tea or an infusion of coca leaves on arrival at altitude. During your first day move slowly and eat lightly, resting the first couple of hours.
The Inca Trail is part of the Machupicchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares, managed by the National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites can be used.
GROUP SERVICE PRICE: 2017
The price of the Inca trail 2 days varies according to the type of accommodation you select.
Group Service price with student discount from USD 380.00
|Hostal Machupicchu||USD$ 410.00||USD$ 425.00|
|Presidente||USD$ 435.00||USD$ 475.00|
|Inti Punku inn||USD$ 445.00||USD$ 465.00|
|Hatuchay||USD$ 530.00||USD$ 620.00|
|Sumaq||USD$ 680.00||USD$ 910.00|
Vistadome train (both ways) upgrade: USD 90.00
STUDENT DISCOUNT: *INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTY CARD (I.S.I.C) required
Please send as a digital copy of your ISIC Student Card .Without this document we will not be able to apply the discount
The Peruvian Government proposed many changes to the administration of the Inca Trail in a bid to protect its fragile eco-structure from over-use. Most of these proposals have been aimed at reducing the number of trekkers on the trail, improving the quality of the tour operators and offering a reservation system whereby trekkers will be forced to make their reservations many weeks (even months) in advance.
Some of the proposals were introduced slowly throughout 2001 and 2002 but the Government started to enforce the majority of the regulations strictly in 2003. Further regulations have been introduced at the beginning of 2004 with the main aim of eliminating poor quality operators. All trekking companies that operate the Inca Trail must have an operating license which is issued every year at the end of February.
In 2005, the main changes made the booking process even more restrictive. Now, the entrance permits have to be totally paid at the moment of the purchase. This forced the travel agencies to start the booking once all the payment has been made.
The Inca Trail is part of the Machupicchu Sanctuary, a protected area managed by the Peru National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA.
All visitors must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (only authorized campsites can be used).
The following procedures must be followed:
1. Payment of entrance fees:
a. The only valid document granting the right to walk the Inca Trails Network - the Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary Network RED or SHM - is the ticket issued by the Instituto Nacional the Cultura (INC). This ticket is personal, non-transferable and includes the entrance fee to Machupicchu.
b. Payment for the right to use the RED can only be made in the city of Cusco, usually included in the quote an authorized agency provides.
c. Under no circumstances, payment for the use of the RED will be accepted at its registry and entry control points.
d. Payment for the right to use the RED must be made a minimum of thirty (30) days before beginning the trip and the acquisition must be made under your name.
e. The reimbursement of payment for the right to use the RED is not possible under any circumstance.
a. Reservations will be made in the offices of the Departmental Headquarters of the Instituto Nacional de Cultura in Cusco, receiving confirmation with corresponding reservation code.
Note: Reservations will be subject to the daily capacity emitted by the UGM (500 people, including guides, porters, helpers and visitors), therefore we recommend you to reserve your place far in advance.
b. The entrance permits can be bought even 360 days before the trip begins.
c. To buy the entrance permits, the Tour Operator must pay 100% and provide full names, passport numbers, ages, nationalities and passport photocopies of all those going on the trip, to the relevant authorities. The traveler must send this information and documents to us from his or her home country.
d. Wrong information on travelers will result in the non-acceptance of their entrance permits, and no reimbursement of fees will be made in this case.
e. Only people under 28 years old with valid International Student Identification will be considered as a student, entitling them to a discount on the RED entrance fee.