Inka Trail Trek

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Price

From US$ 410.00
Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes

Starting point

CUSCO

Ending point

CUSCO

Duration

04 Days / 03 Nights

Trip style

Archeological, Cultural and Ecological, hiking and camping

Place to visit

Wayllabamba, Puyapatamarca, Wiñay Wayna Intipunku and Machupicchu.

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 Warmiwañusqa ("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.

Day 1: CUSCO - Chilca - Wayllabamba (L)(D)

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning, to take bus to the city of Chilca to begin your trek along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu. After approximately three hours walking you will stop for lunch. Then you will continue walking towards your first camp at Wayllabamba, on the way you will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex of Llactapata. Dinner and overnight in tents at the campsite.

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo (B)(L)(D)

After breakfast, the toughest part of the trail begin, walking towards the highest point in the Inca Trail where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area and will observe different types of microclimates. After a 3 hours walk you will reach the first pass, named Warmiwañiusca or Dead Woman's Pass, at approximately 4,200 m.a.s.l. Here, you will have a tremendous feeling of achievement mixed with relief on reaching the top. After lunch you will continue your walking down to Pacaymayo where you will camp and have dinner.

Day 3: Pacaymayo - Puya Patamarka - Wiñay Huayna (B)(L)(D)

After breakfast start the descent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l. having a guided visit at the archeological complex of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. Continue your trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloud-level town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break you will continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) for a guided visit of this impressive archaeological complex with a spectacular setting. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna - Machupicchu - CUSCO (B)

After breakfast, have a very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Machupicchu. After a one hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Gate of the Sun, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machupicchu, where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machupicchu, three-hours guided tour around the citadel, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around, then you will meet with the rest of the group to drive by bus down to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, transfer by train to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco transfer to your hotel. End of services.

INCLUDES:

  • Transfer train station / Hotel.
  • Transportation to head of trail (82 Km.).
  • Entrance ticket to Inka Trail and Machupicchu.
  • Bus ticket down to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco.
  • Cook and cooking equipment .
  • Porters service (to carry the tents and cooking equipment only).
  • Guided visit to Machupicchu and the ruins along the trail.
  • English/Spanish speaker professional guide during all Inca Trail.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program.
  • Personal camping equipment such as tents, pad - Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

WEATHER IN CUSCO

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.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO

  • Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
  • Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inca Trail
  • Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants or slacks.
  • Long-sleeved shirts.
  • Several T-shirts.
  • Sweaters and a jacket.
  • Rain wear (you never know when will rain even if it’s the dry season).
  • Camera.
  • Insect Repellent and sun block (sun is always stronger in such altitude).
  • Personal toilet items.
  • Personal first Aid kit.
  • Flashlight.
  • Wash kit, water bottle and water purifying tablets.
  • A light backpack.
  • Change of underwear.
  • Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
  • A towel and toilet paper.

WATER

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.

HEALTH

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.

HEIGHTS

  • Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
  • Machupicchu: 2,400 m.a.s.l.
  • Urubamba Valley: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
  • Inca Trail highest point: 4,200 m.a.s.l.

PARK REGULATIONS

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 Inca Trail trekking season

  • Student : USD 410.00 *
  • Adult : USD 450.00
    • International Student Identity Card (I.S.I.C.) required.
    • Prices are valid for 2017 trekking season only.
  • Important: 2017 Inca Trail Trekking season starts January 1st, 2017 and ends December 31st, 2017. Tour Optionals:
  • Additional portering service : USD 120.00
  • Vistadome train upgrade : USD 60.00
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket : USD 69.00
  • Single tent supplement : USD 15.00
  • Sleeping bag : USD 20.00 (per unit / 3 nights)
  • Walking pole : USD 15.00 (per unit / 4 days)
  • Aguas Calientes overnight: ( Request )

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.

Inca Trail Park Regulations

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.

2. Reservations
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.