Inca Trail Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights – Group Service

4 Days / 3 Nights

4 Days / 3 Nights

Cusco

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Trek

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Known as one of the world’s five best hikes, the Inca Trail is unparalleled for its ecological diversity and wealth of archaeological treasures. The Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary covers 32,952 hectares and it is home to a network of Inca highways, scores of archaeological sites, 10 ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical forests), over 450 species of birds and 200 species of orchids, as well as the legendary city of Machu Picchu.

Overview

DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA AYAPATA:

Trekking briefing with your trekking guide the night before at our office at 6.00 pm

Early morning pickup from your hotel (other companies will make you to walk to the main square)

Transfer to Km 82 (2720 m / 8923 ft.), breakfast with vistas of the Inca Trail, start of your trek!

Hike the Inca Trail!

Archaeological sites of Kanabamba and Llactapata (names in Quechua)

Lunch at Hatun Chaca village at approximately 1:30PM

Camping in Ayapata (3300 meters / 10829 ft.) (Small campsite with few groups)

Meals: Lunch, snacks, tea time & Dinner.

Walking distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles (6-7 hours)

Weather: Changes from hot to warm

Elevation gained: from 2720 m to 3300 m

Considered: Moderate

DAY 2: AYAPATA – WARMIWAÑUSCA PASS – RUNCU RACCAY PASS – CHAQUICCOCHA

Survive the two highest passes, awesome views!

Visit the two Inka sites of Runcuraccay (Egg-Shaped ruins) and Sayacmarca

Weather: You will experience several different microclimates today which will vary by the season in which you are trekking

We take routes and campsites that avoid the crowds

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, and hot drinks are all included

Walking distance: 16 km / 9.94 miles (7-8 hours)

Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)

Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)

Weather: Cold and rainy

DAY 3: CHAQUICCOCHA – WIÑAY WAYNA CAMP

Easiest day

We will get to visit 3 famous and beautiful Inka sites – Phuyupatamarca (village above the clouds), Intipata (terraces of the sun) and Wiñay Wayna (forever young)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, and hot drinks are all included

Walking distance: 10km / 6.2 miles (5 hours)

Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)

Considered: Easy day – all downhill!

Weather: Warm and very humid

DAY 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY!! MACHU PICCHU – THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Hike to Inti Punku the “Sun Gate”

2 -3 hour private guided tour in Machu Picchu ruins

Optional climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (at an additional cost-this must be reserved in advance of your Inca Trail trek)

Descend to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included)

Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (2 hours)

Transfer by private bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Walking distance: 5 km

Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM)

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Our team is 100% dedicated to making sure our clients have the best possible experience on the Inca Trail. We have no doubt that this will be the trip of a lifetime for you. This is why we do everything with passion, dedication, and responsibility. Join us you want a great trek! We have the best team, camping logistics and amazing food which is served buffet-style. We treat to our porters, guides and chefs the very best of all the Tour Operators.

Itinerary

 Day 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO KM 82 – LLACTAPATA AYAPATA:

We pick you up from your hotel very early morning (4:30am – time will be confirmed at briefing time), and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included)

Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, and more) and it will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point.

To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress (‘Huillca Raccay’), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata (officially called ‘Patallacta’). The Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow capped peak of ‘W’akay Willca’ (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. .

The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site “Patallacta”. From Patallacta it’s another 2 hour hike to our lunch stop. After lunch we will hike for another 2½ hours until we reach the first night’s campsite at Ayapata (3300 meters).

We’ll arrive to our campsite at 5:00PM and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters, chef and guide. At 7:30PM your dinner will be ready, and afterwards you can get some well deserved rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hot drinks at campsite, and drinking water are all included

Walking distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles (6-7 hours)

Weather: Changes from hot to warm

Elevation gained: from 2720 m to 3300 m

Considered: Moderate

DAY 2: AYAPATA – DEAD WOMAN´S PASS – RUNCURACCAY PASS – CHAQUICCOCHA:

Your porters will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today is our longest day and we will start early. We’ll hike for roughly 4 hours to the highest pass of the trek, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215 meters/13829 feet). On reaching the pass we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River).  On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q’ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!!

It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot and a chance to refill our water bottles. After lunch we begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village).

We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the sunset over the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the night at our second campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After dinner, if you’re not too exhausted, we can do some star gazing and we’ll point out the fascinating Inca constellations. In the magnificent Southern Hemisphere sky, away from all the artificial lighting, this sky is something to behold!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, and hot drinks are all included

Walking distance: 16 km / 9.94 miles (7-8 hours)

Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)

Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)

Weather: Cold and rainy

DAY 3: CHAQUICCOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA CAMP:

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2. We wake up for breakfast at 6am and then we begin a hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Sacred Valley, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarka it´s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

During the descent we visit 2 Inca ruins, Phuyupatamarka (Town in the Clouds) and Intipata (Terraces of the Sun). We arrive at our campsite around 1:00PM to have lunch and then relax for the entire afternoon so that you’re relaxed and ready for your final day at Machu Picchu. At around 4:30PM your guide will give you a short orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about an hour and a half there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day.

We like to spoil our guests as we enjoy our last feast with the porters and chefs. It’s an Inca Trail tradition to organize a ceremony in the evening to introduce the team to the tourists once again and to thank them for the great job done (if you wish to provide tips for them then you can do so at this time). It is advisable to go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get up in the early hours of the morning to arrive to Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn in hopes that the weather will give us a beautiful sunrise over the ruins at Machu Picchu.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, and hot drinks are all included

Walking distance: 10km / 6.2 miles (5 hours)

Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)

Considered: Easy day – all downhill!

Weather: Warm and very humid

DAY 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY!! MACHU PICCHU – THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

 

Wake up time is at 3:30AM. We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00AM and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From here we have spectacular views of the mountains and Machu Picchu in all its glory. We reach the Sun Gate by 6:30am and then it’s just an hour trek downstairs to reach the Lost City of the Incas. As we approach Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better! At about 7:40AM we’ll reach the final checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin our 2 hour private guided tour. After the tour you’ll be given your bus tickets to make your way down to Aguas Calientes and you’ll have between 3-4 hours to explore on your own. If you’d like, there is an optional hike up Huayna Picchu Mountain which takes about 45 minutes to reach the summit. From here you can enjoy fantastic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding scenery. If you’re interested in this, please book it in advance (cost is +$25). At about 1:30pm we’ll meet at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes to have our last lunch together and you’ll be given your train tickets for your return journey to Cusco. We´ll arrange to meet 30 minutes before the train departs and then go together to the train station.  More later you can take your lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, Another option is return to Aguas Calientes for take your lunch at one of the restaurants. (Lunch is on your own).

The usual train departure time is in the afternoon to return to Ollantaytambo (present oneself at the station 30 minutes before departure time of your train chosen), where we will be waiting to take you to your hotel in our private transport.

Meals: Breakfast

Walking distance: 5 km

Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM)

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Includes

INCLUDED

  • A pre-trek briefing is held at our Office or at your Hotel in Cusco with your trekking guide – the night before of your departure (exact time to be confirmed).
  • Pick up from your hotel by your tour guide at 4.30AM (to get ahead of the crowd)
  • Transfer to KM 82, the start of your trek, Km 82 (in private transportation)
  • Breakfast by the trail head
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance into the Inca Trail National Park
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary
  • Superb porters to carry all the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, and dining tents
  • Porters carry your personal belongings (up to 6kg) – at no extra cost!
  • We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 6 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra porter at a cost of $80 for the entire trek.
  • Permits and entrance fees for our porters, cooks and guides
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 snacks, 3 lunches, 3 happy (social) hours, and 3 dinners. All of these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.
  • Foam mat (1/2 inch/1.25 cm thick)
  • Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day
  • Boiled water provided after breakfast, lunch and dinner to refill your water bottles
  • Access to an oxygen tank and first aid kit
  • Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
  • Only 2 people per tent (in our 4-person tents giving lots of room for your personal items – clean & waterproof)
  • Dining tents and personal tents included
  • 2 hour private guided tour within Machu Picchu ruins
  • Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes village
  • Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, and then a private van to transfer back to Cusco
  • Taxes included

NOT INCLUDED

  • First breakfast
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from us $20 for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb (+$25 per person)
  • Ticket to the Hot springs (10 Soles).
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel) – Add $50 for the Vistadome train
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU TOURS staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • PLEASE remember to bring your original passport – you will not get on the Inca Trail without it!
  • Your original ISIC card (www.isic.org). if applicable please send us a copy at the time of your booking)
  • A backpack with a change of clothing for the whole period of the trek
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (can be rented from us $20 for the entire trek)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots and sandals (very important)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night. Thermals/Gloves/scarves: wool socks and wool hat for cold nights: About 4 T-shirts for the entire trek
  • Head lamp (very important)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses and mosquitos repellent.
  • Personal medical kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket and rain pants and plastic rain poncho.
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Camel bag – Water bottle: water purifying tablets (optional)
  • Baby wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars) At least 200 extra soles
  • Swim suit for the hot springs (optional)

Price

Group Service

USD 665.00

* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.

If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

DISCOUNTS:

Student Card– $20. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.

Under 18 Discount – $20. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

Under 7 Discount – $30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Huayna Picchu Permit: US +$25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Vistadome train Upgrade: which is an extra $50 per person round-trip.

Single room in Aguas Calientes: + $ 20

Additional night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes $ 80

* If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR RENTING:

Sleeping bags: $ 20

Walking sticks:  $ 15

Inflatable mattress: $ 25

Extra Porter to carry bags or personal items: $ 80

Single tent supplement: $ 30

Important

*****IMPORTANT NOTES *****

STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your Student card you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu.  If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your Student card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in this is National Park rules.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.

MACHU PICCHU + MONTAIN : You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $25 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option.

EXTRA NIGHT:  If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.

RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train or the Executive or Economy class train which departs either at 2:55, 4:12, 4:42 or 6:20 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $50 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).

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