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Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
Type of tour : Trekking, Archaeological
Duration : 4 days - 3 nights
Starting Point : Cusco
Ending Point : Cusco
Price : $650.00
Day 1. Cusco - Piscacuchu - Huayllabamba
Day 2. Pacamayo - Dead Woman's Pass
Day 3. Pacamayo to Wiñaywayna
Day 4. Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Daily walking distances:
DAY 01- Total distance: 12 km (7,47 miles) Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft) Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
DAY 02.- Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
DAY 03.- Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
DAY 04.- Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)
Geografic Location: The inca trail begins in Piscacucho the main entrance 2 and 30 minutes from Cusco at Kilometre 82, near Ollantaytambo town in the Sacred Valley
Level & Dificulty: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness during the way.
Inca Trail Permits 2015: 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.
DAY 01: Cusco - Piscacucho km 82 - Huayllabamba
Pick up from your hotel at 6:00 am, transfer you by bus to the km 82 Piscacucho the main entrance of the Inca trail , crossing the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will enjoy Andean towns and Quechua communities arriving at 09:30 am , here is time to introduce our staff such our Andean porters, assistants and cooks. Starting here our trek, crossing a footbridge to hike for two hours hiking down to the Inca farming terraces of Llaqtapata, then we climb a short way up to Huayllabamba , the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp with all camping equipment you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain.
Meals - lunch, dinner and snacks
DAY 02: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman), up to 4200 m.a.s.l. approximately. You will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views from here but you will also have the satisfaction to have reached the top. After lunch in Vizcachayoc we will descend towards Pacaymayo (3500 m.a.s.l.) for dinner and camp.
Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
DAY 03: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna
After to have a delicious breakfast ,we pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Acobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass, pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca ,Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spill down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.
Meals- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
DAY 04: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through 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 complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus takes us to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.
Meals - Breakfast and snack
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 Days / 3 Nights (USD$ 650 pp)
02 persons group US$650 per person
03 persons group US$620 per person
04 persons group US$600 per person
05 persons group US$580 per person
06-08 persons group US$550 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 15 th Machu Picchu Mountain climb is closed from April 16 th to 30 th. (Machu Picchu Citadel and Park office)
Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu mountain are limited, check the spaces on this site www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Please you must book and pay 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.)
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
Extras & Options:
Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)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 Cusco to Km 82 Piscacucho
• Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
• Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people
• Andean Porters to carry all Camping Equipment
• Professional Cook and asistant
• Food 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request
• Vegetarian food Option
• Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
• Sleeping matress
• Oxygen bottle,First aid kit
• Entrance to Inca Trail and 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 4th Day.
• Extra porter US$ 70.00 per day
• Single Tent supplement: US$ 20
• Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20
• 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.
Classic Inca Trail
To Machu Picchu 4D - 3N
Normal Price $650.00
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