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Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

Challenge yourself with this 4 day trekking adventure and see Peru in an unforgettable way!

USD $884.00

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Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

Highlights

  • Challenge yourself with a range of difficulty throughout the trip
  • Camp comfortably and eat well
  • Interact with gorgeous natural scenery
  • Visit several archaelogical sites including Machu Picchu!

Description

Join our Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip and see your life change before your eyes. There’s no better or more memorable way to marvel at the natural and archeological beauty than with us.

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights

Itinerary                                 

Day 1

Day’s Activities:

Our Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip will begin between 4:30 am and 5:00 am. We will start the day by crossing the Urubamba river, one of the Amazon’s most important tributaries.  Then we will observe the Inca Fortress of Huillca Raccay and the Inca city of Llactapata (patallacta).  Later, we will enjoy the stunning views of the Urubamba mountain range and the 5,860 m snow-capped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica).

Difficulty level:
Moderate. With an elevation gain of just 280 m, today is a relatively calm day.

Meals & Accommodations:
We’ll have breakfast en route to Piskacucho. We will enjoy lunch during our hike and dinner at the campsite in the small village of Wayllabamba where the temperature at night usually drops to around 10°C. Please advise us if you would like to request vegetarian meals.

Other useful information:
At the start of the trail, you will need to show entrance tickets, passports and student ID’s.

Day 2

Day’s Activities:

We’ll have another early start at 6:00 am, but it’s worth it because the incredible diversity of flora and fauna will be absolutely stunning. Today, you will have the chance to see many kinds of birds as well as various plants and trees such as the ‘Polilepys ‘ or Q’ueuña tree.  Climbing to the top of the pass today will be truly rewarding.

Difficulty level:
Today is very difficult due to a challenging steep ascent from our campsite at 3,000 m  to the highest pass (Abra de Huarmihuañusca/’Dead Woman’s Pass’ – 4,200 m). After a break, we will embark on a long 2-hour descent to our campsite at Pacaymayu.

Meals & Accommodations:
We’ll enjoy both breakfast and dinner our Pacamayu campsite where the temperature is about 6°C. We will take a break during the trek to eat lunch.

Day 3

Day’s Activities:
After another 6:00 am start, we’ll visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay.’  From here, we’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.  Then, we’ll explore the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarca’ and take in the splendid scenery as we pass through the cloud forest. Later we’ll visit the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’). Finally, we’ll walk through the impressive agricultural Inca site of ‘Intipata’  This is the most amazing day of the trek.

Difficulty level:

Difficult. We’ll climb 450 m from 3,550 m to the second highest point on the trail. Then we’ll take a steep descent to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca before an even further ascent to 3,680 m.

Meals & Accommodations:
Breakfast and dinner at the campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m). We will take a break during the trek to eat lunch.

Other useful information:

The Inca site ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’) is only  short distance from this campsite.  Even if you are tired after trekking all day, make sure you don’t miss visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Day 4

Day’s Activities:
Before sunrise, we’ll head to ‘Inti Punku’ (‘Sun gate’) (2,730 m) for a dramatic first look at Machu Picchu (2,400 m) at sunrise! From the trail, we’ll have the chance to take the famous postcard picture of Machu Picchu, and we’ll enjoy a 2 hour guided walking tour.  We’ll also have the option to climb 45 minutes to the top of Huayna Picchu (2,720 m). After the tour, you will have free time to explore the site. When you’re done exploring, you can return to Aguas Calientes by bus or foot.  From there, you will take a scenic train ride back to Cusco. Our Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip is over, but your memories and accomplishments will never fade.

Difficulty level:

Moderate. There is a gentle ascent to Inti Punku and then a descent down to Machu Picchu 2,400 m.

Meals & Accommodations:
Breakfast at the campsite.  Lunch in Aguas Calientes. You will head back to Cusco for this evening and will need your own accommodation.

Other Useful Information:

You will be given your train tickets by your guide. The train usually leaves about 2:55 pm and arrives back in Cusco at 7:45 pm, but this is subject to change.  Alternatively, you can spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes to visit the thermal springs and to further  explore Machu Picchu.

What’s Included

  • Professional and bilingual tour guide for the duration of your Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trip
  • Assistant guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation
    • bus to kilometer 82
    • train back
    • bus to Cusco
    • bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Pick-up from the train station on day 4
  • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Three breakfasts, lunches, afternoon snacks, and dinners
  • Various snacks throughout the day
  • Previously boiled, drinking water 
    • after the first 4 hours
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cook
  • 2 people tent
  • Sleeping pads
  • Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First Aid kit

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag rental– 5 seasons ($40)
  • Walking stick -single- ($10)
  • Inflatable mattress ($35)
  • 1 porter $160 (can be shared between 2 people).
  • Half porter up to 7 kilos or 15 pounds ***  ($80)
    • If you require an extra porter or a half porter, please advise us
  • Single tent supplement $35
  • Breakfast on day 1 & lunch in Aguas Calientes

What to Bring

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block (SPF 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (only until lunch time on day 1)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (headlamps are useful) 
  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Band-aids and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Extra money

Important Notes

Minimum 8 people to commence the Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour

Difficulty level: Difficult

Be sure to have flexible dates (+/- 3 days) in mind to book the Inca Trail.

Permits for the Inca Trail must be requested to the National Sanctuary of Machupicchu Administration, and are only necessary for the day you start.

Only 500 people per day are allowed to enter all of the Inca Trail’s routes. While we cannot guarantee availability on the Inca trail, we can assist you in finding alternatives.

The train included in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker. Train times will only be confirmed once your Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour is paid in full. During the high season (June to September), the earliest train you could take is the 1:37 pm and the last train is at 9:20 pm. Train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail time table and availability. If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows) for an additional cost. Additionally, we will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

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