Classic Inca Trail Tour – 4 Days
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4 Days Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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1st Day: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba
After an early morning hotel pick-up in Cusco, at 5:00am, you will travel by comfortable tourist vehicle to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will take a short break in Ollantaytambo to have an optional breakfast, and to purchase any last-minute goods you may need.
From here we will travel to the official beginning of the Inca Trail at Km 82, where we will meet the rest of the group and take care of all registration needs before heading off. Crossing the Urubamba River (2200m altitude) will officially commence your Inca Trail trek. Today, the trek is quite easy and leisurely, a good warm-up for the following challenging days.
We will have lunch while our guide briefs us on the nearby archeological complex of Llactapata which you will have time to explore. The trek continues to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170ft), where the first night’s campsite is located. A Warm bedroom tent with air mattress, sleeping bags, sheet and Extra blankets will be waiting for you.
- Level of difficulty: Normal
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Total distance: 8km approx.
- Meals: Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner
2nd Day: Wayllabamba – Yuncachimpa – Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca pass – Pacaymayu
Today is the most difficult day of your inca trail tour with a strenuous, but thoroughly satisfying ascent of Dead Woman Pass. On this challenging day, it is “Free hike day”, meaning that everyone should walk at their own pace that is comfortable for them – the group will meet up at breaks and while climbing the challenging stairs.
The early morning trek leads through the valley of Llullachapampa (3850m/12631ft), where you will begin to notice a change in scenery to lush cloud forest. The first 3km of the 6km ascent are very steep, but you get to enjoy the humid woodlands and the sounds of rivers and creeks. You will continue to follow the path uphill for two to three hours until you crest the infamous Warmihuañusca, or Dead Woman Pass (4200m/113780ft). At this peak, you have just accomplished the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. Here, we will take some time to relax and photograph this amazing moment.
From the summit, you will hike a long and steep descent to the Pacaymayu River (Sunrise River) that leads towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007ft) where you will get to see more ruins. In the afternoon you will reach your camping site called Pacaymayu (3650m/11975), where you can finally relax after the challenging day of hiking you have completed. From the site, you enjoy amazing views over the surrounding mountains and steep valleys.
- Level of difficulty: Challenging
- Hiking time: 7-8 hours
- Total distance: 15 km approx.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner
3rd Day: Pacaymayu Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca
The third day is known as the most beautiful day of trekking on the trail. You will notice a swift change in environment. From here it will be a gentle climb through thick, gorgeous cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before reaching the third pass (3700m) that offers an awe-inspiring view of the Urubamba River Valley – a visual representation of the trek you are accomplishing. Nearby, we will visit an ancient settlement called Phuyupatamarca, “Town Above the Clouds” (3600m/11811ft) with a long chain of Inca baths where their impressive engineering is evident.
Pacaymayu will serve as our last camping site. You will have the best sunset of the Inca trail from your campsite.
- Level of difficulty: Normal
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Total distance: 10 km Approx.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea Time and Dinner
4th Day: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We wake up early today to ensure we make the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. After breakfast, we will head with our flashlights to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to complete the trek and get to the viewing point for the sunrise. The last descent of your journey after Inti Punku will take you almost one hour before you finally arrive at your destination – the lost city of Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft).
This is our final destination, where you will get a guided tour of approximately thre hours. Afterwards, you will be able to take your time to explore this wonder of the world at your leisure. You will have options, such as being able to climb Huayna Picchu for the best panoramic picture of Machu Picchu and its surroundings ($82.00 extra per person, subject to availability). Once you have had your fill, a bus will take you down to Aguas Calientes, where you should soak away your aches and pains from the trek in the hot springs (s/10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to return to Cusco.
- Level of difficulty: Normal
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours
- Total distance: 7 km approx.
- Meals: Breakfast
End of our Services
How long is the trek?
4 days, 45 KM
What sites are visited?
Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Llactapata, Wayllabamba, Yuncachimpa, Warmihuañusca, Runkurakay, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Every 8 people goes with a tour guide.
Inca Trail Elevation
Camping (Basic facilities included, except sleeping bag)
What do you need to bring?
Backpack with rain shelter, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket,rain pants and lightweight pants, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
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2017 – 2018 Tour Price:
- Price per person based in shared group service.
Dates: Service Type Price Questions? Subject to Availability Backpacker class US$ 497.00 Contact Us Daily Departures Standard Class US$ 699.00 Contact Us
- Students: US$ 30.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 30.00 (up to 16 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 80.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Early bookings: 5% on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 6 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
Optional services to be hired
- Huayna Picchu Extra Ticket: $82.00
- Supplement to single Tent: $59.00
- Machu Picchu Mountain extra Ticket: $82.00
- Extra Porter $179.00 for 12 kilos
- Upgrade to Vistadome direct train to Cusco: $69.00
- Extra nights, extra tickets, Flights and excursion can be provided, please ask for details
What is included in our Inca Trail Tours?
- All pick-ups and transfers and tours as indicated in group service with English speaking guides.
- Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to KM 82
- 7 Kilos Porter for standard class only
- Portable biodegradable toilets for standard class only
- Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated.
- Transfer from the train station in Cusco to your hotel in Cusco
- Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents, sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent)
- Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners).
- Tea and snack time everyday (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn, cracker)
- Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
What is not included in our Inca Trail Tours?
- International and domesticar tickets to Peru and airport taxes (US$32 per person)
- Sleeping bags
- Walking sticks
- Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Meals not indicated.
- Additional expenses such as Tips, Extras.
- Personal Travel Insurance.
Inca Trail Tour 4 days Map
Details of your trip to Peru:
- If you go to high altitudes you may suffer “Soroche” (altitude sickness), bring diamox or ask your doctor for advice, just in case.(See more details).
- Checked-in luggage weight limit on domestic flights is 20 kg (44.09 lb). The fee for excess luggage is US$1.8 per kilo.
- Carry-on luggage for domestic flights cannot exceed 8 kg (17.64 lb).
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.
- In addition to your carry-on, you can bring with you a personal item such as a purse, a lap top, a video camera or a diaper bag (when traveling with an infant).
- The rate for tips is at your discretion.
- The exchange rate is about 2.80 soles per dollar.
- Airport taxes for international flights are $30.25, payable at the airport.
- We will assist you in every step of your trip, so please feel free to call us at any time, day or night, if necessary.
- We reserve the right to make changes in the schedule of the trip without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other unforeseeable reason that may develop, in order to make the best of the trip.
- We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you
- Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $82.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well
- Extra porter: According to the law (26702) and supervised by the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an extra porter is given under the conditions the customer requires. However, the customer’ luggage mustn’t exceed 12 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The Service costs $179 USD and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
- Tips for porters: Cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
Conditions & Terms:
- Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the ticket entrance to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and also the entrance for the porters (they will carry just camping equipment and the food for the trek), and once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
Peru & U will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip (except from the entrances to the archeological sites and the bus/train tickets)
If Peru & U doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
- The Mattress and Sleeping bag is part of your personal staff which will be carried by yourself.
- A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.
- All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original student card ´ISIC´.
It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Peru & U cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own.
- In case force majeure occurs, like impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Peru & U’s control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. Peru & U will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, Peru & U would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far. General information and recommendations
- Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance – especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 20 days in advance.
- Passport details: Please make sure that your passport is valid for the time you intend doing the Inca Trail. Furthermore, assure that the passport’s details you send us via email, such as the passport’s number, your name etc., are correct. Changes on short notice will complicate the entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Travel Insurance: It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Peru & U cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
- Porters: The Porters of tour inca trail tours will only carry general camping equipment. Backpacks, sleeping bags, mattresses and additional equipment must be carried by the customer. However, if you wish to have a personal porter, this can be arranged. Please let us know in your reservation. Tips for the porters are always welcome.
Camping sites: The camping sites on the journey to Machu Picchu can vary from those described in our brochure. This is because some camping sites are already booked out, depending how far in advance a client books. In this case, the INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura), supervising all agencies that offer the Inca Trail, will assign a camping site.
- Return ticket: For our Inca Trail Tours, We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:45 pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel either at about 6:00 pm or at about 10:00 pm.
- Your health: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail it must be easy. It is not. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend ensuring that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy. Hence, you will enjoy your trip from the beginning on. A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.