The traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is known as one of the best treks in the world, the Inca Trail is unparalleled by its ecological diversity and richness of archaeological treasures. The national park of Machupicchu covers 37 thousand square kilometers and is full of original inca trail with tunnels, dozens of archaeological sites, 10 ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical forests), more than 450 species of birds and more than 300 species of orchids, as well as the legendary city of Machu Picchu. See our availability for 2019 – 2020
DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA – WAYLLABAMBA
Start the most exciting adventure that is only experience with our classic 4 day Inca trail. We will pick you up from your hotel in a private bus very early at 4:30 a.m. Then we will go to Piskacucho, also called kilometer 82, where the classic Inca Trail begins. On the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo. To charge energy for our start of the road. (Breakfast is not included). When you reach kilometer 82. We will have time to organize, use the bathrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. At the first check point of the Inca Trail, be ready to show your entry, passport (if you pay as a student . show your student card).
At the beginning of our trek we cross by the sacred river willkamayu, this first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the Inca flat trail. There are excellent views of the Inca Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (officially called ‘Patallacta’), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Cordillera de los Andes, and the beautiful peak covered with snow ‘W’akayWillca’ (5860m) known as Veronica. Our first Wayllabamba camp (3000m) in the temperate green valley of the same name. The temperatures at night are around 8ºC depending on the month.
During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Verónica snow mountain (5,860m), the lush green valley that surrounds us and a great amount of flora and fauna
DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYU
Very early in the morning 5 to 5:30 a.m. and after enjoying a nutritious breakfast, we begin a steep hike during the 5 hours all up hill to the highest pass, Abra de Warmi huañusca or ‘Paso de la mujer muerta’ at 4215m. On this day, you will feel a true sense of achievement when you reach the top. After a well-deserved rest, we resume the walk to Pacasmayo (3600m)
Continuing with this tour we will be able to observe a great variety of hummingbirds and a combination of other bird species. And there will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the trees ‘Polylepis’ or Q’ueuña that grow in the amazing cloud forest located at 3600m. After lunch, you will have the afternoon free and rest for day 3 since this day was a bit heavy
DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA
This is the longest day will be the most impressive of all our tour, so with great energy we got up for breakfast at 5.30am in the morning and we started a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of ‘runquraqay’ being the first archaeological center of the day this day we will visit several of them
The Inca site of ‘sayaqmarca’, is one hour from the second pass. After visiting this site, we will descend by some steps through the cloud forest to the impressive chaquiqocha lunch spot. After lunch again an hour hike to the third pass phuyupatamarca from where you can see machupicchu mountain and some impressive valleys and another archaeological center of the fountains. A little rest and then descend to wiñaywayna the camp. the temperature during the night is approximately 12º C
DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today we come to the final part of this impressive tour Around 4:00 a.m. we start with delicious breakfast, then we start our walk to reach the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we will arrive at approximately 6:00 a.m. to reach Inti Punku, at that point, the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu is in front of us with its spectacular beauty, with incredible views for all. At this point, we walk downhill towards the citadel of Machu Picchu. (2400m.) After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “Guardian House”. From there we went to the checkpoint where we checked in and left our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you through the amazing ruins and its main streets. You can walk through the squares of the city and climb the intricate stairs carved in stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the spiritual center of the world by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour ends, After the tour You will have free time to explore and take pictures.
|Minimo||2 pax||US$ 650.00 per person|
|Maximo||6-10 pax||US$ 630.00 per person|
Everything you may need during the tour should be in your personal backpack, which you must provide and bring with you (we do not offer it as a rental). We recommend that they be as small as possible and you should only carry the essentials. In the citadel it is allowed to use maximum 30L backpack or smaller. If you have a larger bag, you can use it for trekking, but you must leave at your hotel in Aguas Calientes town, or you can pay to store it in one of the facilities outside the main gates of Machu Picchu. They are cheap, but they often have long lines.
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE INCA TRAIL AND ALTERNATIVE TREKS?
You must bring your original passport and it is very important that it be the same number you sent us for the reservation. The park rangers verify every day the passports of the walkers and also to enter Machu Picchu. The train company will verify your passport before you board the train. If you have changed your passport after the reservation, please let us know immediately. / Or bring both passports.
HOW IMPORTANT IS BRIEFING ?
Very important is the time where you will meet with our trek guide. who will detail every inconvenience you have about trek, weather, departure time etc.
TO GET CUSCO.
The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 22 hours to arrive.
WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY BAGGAGE?
During the INCA TRAIL; ALTERNATIVE TREK OR TOURS TO MACHUPICCHU, your luggage can be left in the baggage store of your hotel in Cusco. Let us know at briefing time we can help you with it.
DO I NEED TO TAKE EXTRA MONEY TO THE TOUR OR TREK THAT I DO?
Yes. This is very important! We recommend that you bring from 400 to 500 Peruvian soles. You may not need any of this money, but in case of an emergency, you should make sure you have enough cash. If you are participating in sacred valley tour there are many places to buy gifts.
ABOUT THE ALTITUD
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically puno, Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. Do not be panic just relax.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away .
WEATHER IN THE ANDES
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.
Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.
IS IT IMPORTANT TRAVEL INSURANCE?
To protect your travel investment, we recommend buying travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU
Pick up from the hotel in Cusco.
Bus until kilometer 82, start of the INCA TRAIL.
Bus tickets descending from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
Guided tour in MACHUPICCHU
Expedition tourist train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Tent or tents (quadruple tent for two people), flask or mats.
Porters (for stores, lunch and camping equipment).
Extra porter for your belongings (a maximum of 6 kilos per person)
Food as indicated – vegetarian option at no extra charge.
Cold boiled water to drink
Professional bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
Porters, cook and assistants.
Kitchen and dining tent.
All the equipment for cooking, tables and chairs.
First aid kit.
Three nights of camping
NOT INCLUDED FOR THE INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU
Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the fourth day.
Sleeping bag US $ 20
Pair of sticks US $ 15
Air mattress US $ 15
Huayna Picchu Mountain: US $ 75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain: US $ 75 per person.
WHY SHOULD I DO THE TOUR OR TREK WITH INCA ADVENTOURS?
INCA ADVENTOURS is a 100% Cusco agency, (PERU) we are direct tour operator without intermediaries. INCA ADVENTOURS is a friendly agency and a tour operator based in the city of Cusco whose owners are from Cusco (Peru).
All our tours and hikes are strictly organized by INCA ADVENTOURS and their professional team, our purpose is to provide a high quality service.
We are proud of our work team because thanks to them, we are growing in a responsible way
We only require a minimum of 2 travelers to start a tour
We have highly trained guides who have a degree in tourism and speak fluent English.
Organic food in a fantastic way in all the treks prepared by our professional chef.
Each tour or trek is organized strictly for our clients
INCA ADVENTOURS. It is a company that cares for orphaned children and low-resource parents. Therefore, book a trek or tour with INCA ADVENTOURS.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
Identification document. Original passport (the passport that I use to book the tour)
A lightweight 25-40 liter backpack. which will be light to use throughout the trek (the smaller is better, why? in machupicchu you can use maximum 30 liter backpack)
Jacket or rainwear, a rain poncho (waterproof gear is very important allways in the Andes the climate changes constantly)
Hiking boots or good water resistant shoes,
Sandals to use in the hot springs and rest your feet after the walk.
Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, scarves, wool hat. We recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (-10c.at least or you can rent from us -20c.) per $20
walking sticks (or you can rent from the company for $ 15)
Photo camera with batteries for the whole tour (the batteries are consumed very fast by the cold), binoculars
sun Hat, sunscreen and a rehydrating cream for the skin, sunglasses
Refreshments: like chocolates, cookies, dried fruits, raisins etc.
Water bottle or camelback
Your own emergency kit if you have a special medication.
Swimwear , bikini, towel etc. for the hot springs …
Enough cash for lunch in Aguas Calientes town, some gifts and tips
Toothbrush and paste