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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

 

Discover The magic and mystery of the Inca trail, hiking and  exploring the Sacred Andean Mountain, Valleys and lost Cities of the Inca Culture. This is an amazing trek to Machu Picchu  Inca citadel, it´s one of  the best opportunities in your life to enjoy Peru and South America. This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, The Gate of the Sun. From here we descend to the world famous "Lost City". After a restful night in a hotel, we return to Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train.

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

DAY 1: CUSCO KM.104 - CHACHABAMBA - WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU

 

We will take the train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, following the Urubamba river to Km.104 of the railroad, where we alight and cross a footbridge to begin our hike at the Inca site of Chachabamba. After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and fountains, we begin the four-hour ascent that will take us past spectacular overlooks above the great valley and under a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). We ascend through this site, the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then join the main Inca Trail.

We follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through a lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Inti punku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

We walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and through the heart of Machu Picchu. We then take a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes where we overnight in a local hotel.

 

DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

 

We enjoy an early morning visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both guided and individual exploration. After we visit the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement, some will want to take the optional hike to an amazing overview of the site, while others may prefer to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, we return to Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Cusco.

 

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 2 Days / 1 Night (USD$ 450 pp)

 

02 persons group       US$450 per person

03 persons group       US$430 per person

04 persons group       US$410 per person

05 persons group       US$390 per person

06-08 persons group  US$380 per person

 

Important Note.- Machu Picchu Citadel is open all year round on 2016. Huayna Picchu Mountain climb is closed on 2016 from April 1st to 15th Machu Picchu Mountain climb is closed from April 16 th to 30th. (Machu Picchu Citadel and Park office)

 

Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu -  Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu mountain are limited, check  the avality www.machupicchu.gob.pe

 

Please you must book and pay a deposit well in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 5-4 months in advance.) (Low season (November to April, 3-2 months in advance.)

 

Discounts:

 

US$40 discount on the above prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children/youths under the age of 18 years old (scans of your ISIC card or child's passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable. If claiming a student discount you must bring your ISIC card on the trek and your card must be valid on the date of trek departure. Without a valid ISIC card government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

 

Inca Trail Permits & Campsites:

 

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2015 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible. In 2014 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 5 months in advance !! However don't make a booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit.

 

So far in 2014 we have managed to obtain trek permits for ALL of our clients and have obtained the campsite Wiñay Wayna on the 3rd night of the trek (the campsite nearest to Machu Picchu) for ALL groups. Camping at Wiñay Wayna allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu for sunrise. Only tour operators that buy their permits early can do this. However the campsite Wiñay Wayna can never be guaranteed and clients have to accept that we may have to use other campsites depending on availability & allocation of trek permits

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu?You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.Are Trekking poles or Sticks  necessary?We recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail?It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail reaches 4280m on the 2nd day. Will I need to bring water?We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.Is the trail still good during the rainy season?Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide.We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome. Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?As long as you book and pay well in advance for certain dates in high season it may be necessary to pay 3 -4 months in advance, Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so we can include the Montaña Machu Picchu permit instead, The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe, very steep with use of chains and not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round trip. and there are only 2 times during the day it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system. What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?This card means International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The government  accepts ISIC for discounts for the entrance to Machu Picchu. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.  Will I need any extra money?It is indispensable such as the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), and/or Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa town and  tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.  Do Tour guides speak English?Completely fluent in English . Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Included:

•  Transfer from your Hotel

•  Tourist Transportation Ollantaytambo Train Station

•  Train Ticktes Expedition Service Ollantaytambo – Km 104

•  Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide

•  Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people

•  Andean Porters to carry all Camping Equipment

•  Professional Cook and asistan

•  Food 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Afternoon Snacks and 1 Dinner.

•  Vegetarian food Option

•  Oxygen bottle,First aid kit

•  Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes town

•  Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

•  Entrance to Machu Picchu

•  Train ticket Expedition service Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo

•  Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco - Hotel

 

It Is Not Included:

• Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.

• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.

• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 2th Day.

• Extra porter US$ 70.00 per day

• Vistadome train upgrade : USD 60.00

 

We recommend to take:

• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.

• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.

• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.

• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath

• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing is also recommended.

• Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)

• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries

• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold

• Sun block cream

• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body

• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported

• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out

• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.

• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.

• Your own medical kit with any special medications.

• Small towel or sarong

• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )

• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.

• Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you.

 

 

Before booking the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu, please read the following information carefully:

 

BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.

 

Please specify if you would require the services of an extra porter or stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.

 

Payment Proceed:  You must to pay the total amount to our account an invoice to be paid online with credit card by Pay Pal or we also accept money transfer or direct deposits by western union.

 

Acclimation Proceed: We recomend to arrive in Cusco 2 days before of Inca Trail departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

Student discounts: If you are claiming a student discount you must email us a scanned copy of your International Student card immediately after proceeding with the booking form. Only a valid ISIC card is acceptable. If you cannot provide us with a scanned copy of your ISIC card we will charge you the standard adult trek price. You must take the ISIC card with you on the Inca Trail as it will be checked. Unfortunately no other forms of student id are acceptable. Children under 16 years old receive a US$20 discount. If you are claiming a child discount you must email us a scanned copy of your child's passport (page containing photo and date of birth) after proceeding with the booking form. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your child's passport we will charge you the standard adult trek price for your child.

 

 

 

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

 

Type of tour      :   Hikking, Archaeological

Duration           :   2 days - 1 night

Starting Point   :   Cusco

Ending Point    :   Cusco

Price                :   $420.00

 

Day  1: Cusco  - Km.104 - Wiñay Wayna

Day  2: Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

Daily walking distances:

 

Day 01 -Total distance: 4 km

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,850 m

Campsite altitude: 2500 m (Aguas Calientes Village Hotel)

Day 02-Total distance: 3 km by Bus

Estimated walking time: 2 hours (optional)

Maximum altitude point: 2850 Machu picchu

 

Geografic Location: The inca trail begins in Km 104 3 hours and 30 minutes from  Cusco at Kilometre 104, near Aguas Calientes town.

 

Level & Dificulty: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness during the way.

 

Inca Trail Permits: 500 permits are issued daily. In the hight season the inca trail is booked months in advance

 

Our Departures Dates: We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best, Minimun with 02 people.

 

Acclimatisation: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.

 

Our Food during the trail:Our cheff are encharge to provide filling, nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavours.Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available and what the clients request but a typical meal can include:Breakfast, Pancakes, omelettes or fruit salad, fruit, yoghurt, porridge, bread, butter and jam.

Lunch - Dinner - Always start with a hot soup and/or an entree with fresh vegetables, followed by Meat/Fish with a pasta dish, rice dish, potato dish and a delicious fresh sauce to complement.  Beverages  provide a variety of teas including fresh Coca tea, Mint tea as well as Coffee & Cocoa.We also provides a snack to be eaten during the trek after each meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normal Price $420.00

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