Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu
Duration :   4 Days 3 Nights
The Price :   $695.00
4 days / 3 nights Daily Departures Year Round Adult $ 795.00 / Child $ 695.00

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Trip Overview
The Inca Trail is exceptional although it is important to be prepared! It is a 43-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.

Our local crew of porters, cook and guides will look after you well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality.

Porters carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. As you walk the trail that linked this ancient empire, admire breathtaking views at every step as we move from high plateau areas to dense cloud forest. Depending on the season, you may see a great variety of flora, including miniature and large orchids, and fiery rhododendron bushes.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: Deluxe Thermarest mattresses and -10 °C goose down sleeping bags are included!

Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

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Accommodation
camping (3 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 1

Meals Included
3B, 3L, 3D

Transport
Private bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train,

All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail Trekking Regulations

Inca Trail Notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Inca Trail will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and correct passport number for passport used on the Inca Trail.
2. A good-strong fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Day 1 Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 82 trailhead-Huallabamba
Day 2 Huallabamba-Pacaymayo
Day 3 Pacaymayo-Chaquicocha-Wiñaywayna
Day 4 Wiñaywayna -Machu PIcchu-Cusco

The 4-day Ceremonial Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but decidedly worthwhile, and within the ability of most reasonably fit travelers. Go for it. As Harold Mueller once said, “The saddest words ever coined by mouth and pen, what might have been.”

Day 1 Inca Trail (L,D)
Day one of the Inca Trail Tours is considered ‘the easy day’. We’ll depart Cusco or Ollantaytambo early for Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour as we begin our first ascent and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to lunch. After a couple hours of relatively easy ascent you arrive in Huallabamba. Depending on your particular trip, you may camp for the night near the small village of Huallabamba or continue trekking about 1 more hour to our first campsite at Allapata campsite (3,300mts)

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 12km

Day 2 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
After full and nutritious breakfast you’ll begin trekking toward today’s goal, Dead Women’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. Today, you must take your time, find your own pace and stop to appreciate the views, for this is why you have chosen to hike the Inca Trail. Once you summit, have a few minutes for photos followed by a steep decent accompanied by insane scenery takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. Depending on your particular campsite assignment, following lunch you’ll either have the afternoon free to relax, or continue on to summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). With some luck we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serine ruins of Sayacmarca, we will pitch our tents for the night at Chaquicocha or ‘Dry Lake’ in hopes of crystal clear views of the Salkantay range at dawn the next morning.

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 11km

Day 3 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
On day 3, the magnificent views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba are still visible. After breakfast, set off through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions from about the 14th century. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136ft). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon after the pass, you reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca (poo-yu-pata-marca), or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650m (11972ft) above sea level.

After a short explanation and guided visit at Phuyupatamarca, begin the decent to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. Our campsite is located 5 minutes from the archaeological site, which even if exhausted after a full day, we recommend you visit. Enjoy an afternoon tea, hot shower and final dinner. Before calling it a night, say good bye to your porters, cook and crew.

Tomorrow you’ll get an early wake up call, have breakfast and set off by torch light in route to the steps of the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous city appears in front of you.

* Accommodation: Tents

* Included: Lunch, Dinner, + Camping facilities.

* Today’s walking distance approximately 14km

Day 4 Machu Picchu/Cusco (B)
An early morning start from Wiñay Huayna takes us to the steps of Intipunku, or the ‘Sun Gate’. Here you are rewarded with your first, distant views of the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. From the Intipunku decent another 1 hour to Machu Picchu. Following a short break, you’ll then begin a 2 hour guided tour visiting the principle temples, plazas and shrines within the Citadel.

After the guided tour, you’ll want free time to explore independently, rest, meditate or simply chill out, which you will have. Climb Huayna Picchu (Young Peak not included), hike to the Moon Temple or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes, soak in the thermal baths before an afternoon train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

* Included: Breakfast, Expedition Train service to Ollantaytambo or Cusco

* Today’s walking distance approximately 8km

* Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Private transport from Cusco to KM 82 trailhead
Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
Expedition tourist train return to Cusco.
Entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Excellent Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 afternoon teas
Potable boiled water for your bottle during the trek
Food options for veggies
Bilingual English speaking guide
Professional chef
Chef’s assistant
Porters to carry tents, kitchen gear, food, first aid kit and oxygen.
Camping Gear: Double waterproof tents (3 person capacity tent, to allow for top comfort and storage of your gear)+ dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides and porters
Accommodation: 3 nights camping

Hot water every morning and evening after the trek to keep clean + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunchtime if requested
Personal porter to carry personal items (6kg)
Security: first aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

First breakfast (you should to have breakfast at the hotel in Cusco before departure day 1)
Lunch day 4 after Machu Picchu
Sleeping bag / inflatable mattress
Entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain
Gratuities or Tips

Original passport (obligatory) and copy
Warm sleeping bag
Thermarest mattress
Drinking water
Rain gear
Toilet paper
Garbage bag to store personal items, waterproof for stuff
Flashlight and batteries
Sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
Sweater and jacket (layers, something warm)
One complete change of clothing (t-shirt, short, long pants)
Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs)
Sun hat
Snacks during hike (candies, chocolate, energy bars, etc.)
Comfortable hiking shoes and sandals
Camera
Walking stick (optional)
Personal items, medications
Some extra spending money (there is one ATM in Aguas Calientes)

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