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Day 1:Piskacucho Km 82, Patallaqta Cusichaka Canyon, Wayllabamba, Ayapata 3 stones. Vamos Amigos !!
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Buenas Noches!!!
Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Minimum altitude: 2,680 m/8,790 ftMaximum altitude: 3,000 m/10,824 ftDistance: 12 km approxDuration: 6-7 hoursAscent up: 620 m
Day 2: Ayapata 3 stones, Llulluchayoq, Dead woman`s pass, Pacaymayo, Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Chakico.
After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha.
We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we’ll see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We’ll soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass, the first of two that we will cross today.
Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You’ll find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest.
In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman’s Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Puma’s Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca.
After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Minimum altitude:3,000 m/9,840 ftMaximum altitude:4,200 m/13,776 ft Distance Travelled:10 Km approxApproximate Walking Time:5-6 hoursAscent up: 900 m
Day 3: Chakicocha, Aobamba Valley, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Winaywayna.
At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s.
In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints.
Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna, which we will explore before completing a short additional hike to our camp site for the night (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After lunch, we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances.
A number of creature comforts will be available at this camp site. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu tomorrow. We therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your daypacks and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night.
Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Minimum altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ftMaximum altitude:3,750 m/ 12,300 ft Distance Travelled: 10 Km approx.Approximate Walking Time:5-6 hours
Day 4: Winaywayna, Intipunku Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes
We will get up very early - around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise. This will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in darkness, so a headlamp is strongly recommended.
From Inti Punku, a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide(s). The formal tour will end in the late morning, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central plaza area.
If you want a permit for Huayna Picchu you need to indicate in writing that that you will pay the extra fee $70 adult or $$40 ISIC for us to buy the permit in advance. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site.
In the early afternoon, lunch will be provided at “Los Viajeros” hostel down in the town of Aguas Calientes but as you have accomodation in the luxury Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel you may prefer that we take you there first for you to settle in and have a refreshing shower andreturn to Viajeros for lunch with your group. We totally understand if you can´t tear yourself away from the Santuary of Inkaterra as you may prefer just to stay and enjoy the tea making excursion followed by the included afternoon tea. Or relax in the heated pond surrounded by humming birds while sipping your complimentary Pisco sour. Make sure you sign up for your included guided experiences of the early bird watching and mid morning orchid garden tours led by professional English speaking guides for tomorrow.
The a la carte dinner is truely a 5 star experience as the meal is of incredible quality and then relax in front of the wood fire with your coffee before enjoying the comfort of an orthopeadic mattress at last!
Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Luxury HotelMeals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner a la carteMinimum altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft ( Machupicchu )Maximum altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft Distance Travelled:8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu.Duration: 6-7 hoursDescent : 300 m.
Day 5: Hummingbird and orchids tour return by Expedition train.
Early morning tour with guide of the exquisite birds on the property. You will be mesmorized by the humming birds and only the smells of the delicious buffet breakfast awaiting you can pull you away.
After Breakfast there is the orchid garden tour and again a professional guide explains these fascinating plants and helps you spot some of the smallest orchids in the world.
If you are not already blown away by all this info and beauty, you may like to join the excursion to see the spectacled bear also cared for on the Inkaterra property. A small donation is requested to assist the research and care of this beautiful animal.
If you didn`t participate in the tea making afternoon yesterday, set aside some time this afternoon as it is fascinating and a gret way to finish your stay with afternoon tea before boarding the train back to Cusco. Optional: if you were wanting to do the Huayna Picchu climb within Machu Picchu you could do this around 10.30am today.
$ 1,080.00 USD / $ 1,030 with Student card or under 16.
Booking Deposit required $400 per person .
Single supplement for single $250 for solo traveler.
Permits for Classic Inca Trail (4 or 5 Day Trek) in November, December 2022 & on 2023 are AVAILABLE but are LIMITED.(Most of dates on April, May and June 2022 are sold out...)
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EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL 2022-2023: (From Jan 1st to Dec 31st)
US$ 1,100 per person (Includes: 8 Kg personal porter). Based in Twin Shared room.
US$ 50 off for students with University student card or under 16.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED?
What is Included
Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office.
Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or from Sacred Valley.
Private bus to km 82 –Piskacucho village (trek starting point)
Breakfast in Urubamba in our farm house, bathrooms available.
11 Full meals for the entire tour 4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner, (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
Permit and fees for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents,table,stools,cooking gear, stove, gas container,cutlery,plates, food and fresh vegetables).
2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
2 person per tent clean, new, spacious (4 person dome igloo tents).
Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
Snacks at Machupicchu before your tour. (no extra cost).
Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
Buffet Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu. Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village.
Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station and bus to Cusco (Return to Plaza Regocijo end of our tour.)
1 Night at INKATERRA Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Dinner a la Carte & Breakfast.
6 Kg personal porter service.
On Day 5 Buffet Breakfast , Time to rest and relax, Hot spring or cold pool (Check out at 11:00 am) Expedition Train return at 4.45 pm to Cusco.
(Option of a 2nd visit of Machupicchu, new admission fee is required and bus fees).
What is not Included
Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$25 for 3 nights
Single tent US$ 70 for 3 nights
Trekking poles US$ 20 a pair
Hot shower on 3rd camp (10 soles)
Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
Extra drinks, bottle water
Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition but not mandatory.
Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 25.00 for the entire trek)
Inflatable Thermal-rest mattress US$25.00 for entire trek.
Single tent US$ 70.00 (If you travel solo and is your choice.)
Trekking poles US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek)
Backpack (30 Liters) US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek )
Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt. USD$ 85.00, USD$ 40.00 with ISIC student card.
Vistadome Train + car return to Cusco (Up-grade train return) extra USD$ 60.00 per person. (This service generally departs at 15:25 pm from Aguas Calientes Station and arrives at 18:40 pm to Poroy (Cusco) Train Station then a 30 minutes private vehicle to Cusco.)
Please select on the Calendar (Availability) the date when would you like to start this Tour with the Inca Trail hike. (Staying few days in Cusco previous to your hike is very important for acclimatization previous your trek, while you enjoy the beauty of this ancient Inca´s capital.)