Ultimate Classic Inca Trail – 7 Days
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Ultimate Classic Inca Trail – 7 Days

Itinerary

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ITINERARY

Altitude: 2050 – 4200 m. / 6730 – 13780 ft
High Season: March – January
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 1: Cusco Arrival

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be picked up by an English-speaking View Peru representative who will brief you on your itinerary and bring you to your hotel. You will have the day free to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude ancient Inca Capital.

Day 2: Cusco Ruins Walking Tour, B

Today after breakfast, you will be taking a guided hike tour of the main Cusco ruins. This is an exclusive hike operated by View Peru, useful to train for your Inca trail tour, starting from the Cusco main square and then climbing up to the nearby ruins, you will be brought to the four ruins outside of Cusco, the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and Kenko astronomical site.
In the afternoon, you will be free to relax and get ready for your exciting trek ahead.
In the evening you will have an orientation with your Inca trail guide to coordinate the last details for your trail.

DAY 3: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA, B, L, D

After an early morning hostel pick-up in Cusco, at 5:30am, you will travel by tourist bus 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 in Miskay on a small river bank 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.

  • Level of difficulty: Normal
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours
  • Total distance: 11km approx.

DAY 4: YUNCACHIMPA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYU, B, L, D

Today is the most difficult day of the trek, 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 – of course 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, 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) where you can finally relax your body from the impressive day of hiking you just accomplished. 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.

DAY 5: CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA, B, L, D

The third day is known as the most beautiful day of trekking on the trail. You will notice a swift change in environment when you walk through the lush tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. On the top of the second pass (3950m) you will pass two small sparkling lakes. From here its 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. From the ruins, we pass another Inca tunnel before visiting the amazing ruins of Wiñaywayna*, “Forever Young” (2650m/8694ft). From here the Inca stairs you are following become a zig-zagging trail up the mountain until you reach a red-roofed white building which will serve as our last camping site.

* Wiñaywayna campsite is subject to availability

  • Level of difficulty: Normal
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours
  • Total distance: 10 km Approx.

DAY 6: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO, B

We wake up early today to ensure we make the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. After a 4:30am 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) around 8:00am. In this ultimate destination, you will get a guided tour of approximately two hours, followed by ample time for you to explore this wonder of the world at your leisure – for instance you could climb Wayna Picchu for the best panoramic picture of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. 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: 2-3 hours
  • Total distance: 7 km approx.

Day 7: Return to Lima, B

After breakfast in your Cusco hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Lima.

End of our Services 

Prices

Tour Price:

Price per person based in US dollars, based in double or triple rooms and according the hotel category, valid for all 2017 and 2018:

 

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Extras and Upgrades Availabale

  • Extra Porter: $179.00
  • Huayna Picchu Ticket: $79.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket: $75.00
  • Upgrade to Vistadome direct train to Cusco: $69.00
  • Extra nights, extra tickets, Flights and excursion can be provided, please ask for details

HOW LONG IS THE TREK?

4 days, 45 KM

Group Size

from 2 to 8 people

Accommodation

3 nights camping (Basic facilities included, except sleeping bag) and 3 nights in standard hotels in Cusco

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?

Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, 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.

Included/No Included

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR INCREDIBLE PRICES?

  • 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
  • 3 hotel nights
  • sleeping bag, air mats, blankets.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated.
  • Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • Camping equipment
  • Cook, cooking equipment.
  • Meals indicated.
  • Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR INCREDIBLE PRICES?

  • International air tickets to Peru and airport taxes (US$32 per person)
  • Meals not indicated.
  • Domestic flights
  • Additional expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, etc.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.

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 2.50 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.

IMPORTANT:

  • 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

NOTES:

  • Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 79.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well
  • (2) 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 15 kg, since the porter is only allowed to carry 20 kg. The Service costs 130 USD and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
  • (3) 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.
  •  View Peru 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 View Peru doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
  • All participants have to carry their own back packs, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters, horsemen or mules.
  • 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. View Peru 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 View Peru’s control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. View Peru 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, View Peru 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. View Peru cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
  • Porters: The Porters 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: 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. o A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.

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