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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was connected with the city of Cusco and with the rest of the Inca empire through paths of excellent structure, with ergonomic design, were built in strict harmony with the natural environment and have great aesthetics in its construction.This tour is ideal for those who come with full energy to take a hike to Machu Picchu.The tour consists in 4 days of full adventure and unforgettable memories; with a controlled capacity of visitors, per month and per year, since there is no visitor who does not want to visit it.


There are many ways to arrive in Machu Picchu but none like the Inca Trail. Over the mountains, open paths of landscapes and indescribable beauty throughout the days of this adventure, archaeological centers that can only be reached by; from Cusco, 43 kilometers of path between forests and wildlife, millenarian stone steps and majestic views are some of the things that you will appreciate along the way that is the most popular among travelers and the most famous crosswalk of the American continent.  At the end is the reward: the famous Inti Punku or Sun's Gate and its impressive views of the ruins of Machu Picchu.

 

Over the last decades, Peru has become a most popular travel destination. There are many great treks throughout Peru, but Hiking Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most in famous trek of them all.You cant lose this opportunity to know the mystic Inca culture.

Overview
Itinerary
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Before you go

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: The start of the Inca Trail - Cusco to Llulluchapampa

Day 2: Llulluchampa to Chaquicocha

Day 3: Chaquicocha to Wiñay wayna

Day 4: Finish the Inca trail - Wiñay wayna to Machu Picchu

 

Highlights in Classic Inca Trail:

  • You will enjoy 4 Day hike to Inca Trail in a small group with professional guide, chef and porters, who will help you to carry your baggage to the place of arrival.
  • Inca Trail is characterized by having a diverse wild flora and has species from high-Andean areas, such as jungle. Outstanding species such as polylepis, ferns, shrubs, orchids and vascular flora. It is considered that there are 50 species of trees per hectare, almost 200 species of orchids have been registered, areas of moss and grass, babus, cultivation areas, bromeliads, wood species, such as cedar and laurel. There are also shrubs, such as the muña, the Pisonay Erythrina falcatas, a variety of begonias and puyas. There are a variety of food and medicinal plants.
  • You can see the different species of animals that exist throughout the route, this because the route is through different ecological floors.Now is mentioned concurring 400 species of birds recorded by the INC. For example, one of the flag species is the cock of the rocks and the mountain turkey , in the rivers, you can find the duck of the torrents (Merganetta armata) and the otters, flying over this unique space the majestic condor of the Andes (vultur gryphus) and, as endemic birds of the Santuary.

Crew: A Travel Tour Group representative in Cusco and Local guide

Accomodation: Camping 03 nights.

Meals: 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners, 03 Afternoon Tea, 03 Breakfasts.

Transportation: Private transportation, van, train

 

Inca Trail Service - Small Group


Our service will provide you the best service for which we consider groups from 2 people up to 8 maximun, including 1 guide and 1 cook.  Remember that we also provide the carrier service (depend of the number of travelers) we estimate it between 4- 15 porters.

 

Why should I travel with Travel Tour Group Operator?


Travel Tour Group is an operator with a vast experience,qualified professionals,and dynamic adventure travel tour operator founded in 2006. We have been specializing in providing trips for more than 11 years and our responsible reliable, friendly ,personalised and secure service is the reason our travellers come back year after year and them recommend us. We count on a number of personnel who are highly prepared and always available to offer you a personal service in Inca Trail. We will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

 

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Day 1: Llulluchapampa (L, D, A)

We pick you up from your hotel and transfer you by bus to the trailhead at km 82.This first day is beautiful and the first kilometers are easy to walk. We will have a beautiful view of La Veronica Mountain and we will also walk near the Vilcanota River. Briefing at the trailhead (2350 m.), cross and hike along the Urubamba River visiting the collection of archeological sites of WILKARAKAY and the marvelous Inca Ruins of Llactapata. Continue up the CUSICHAKA River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental, lunch in Chamana, continue along the the inca trail and the Cusichaka river observing, several Inca agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. Visit the picturesque village of Huayllabamba. From this point we will start the ascent in different levels, where we will appreciate different Eco-systems along the way, in LLULLUCHAPAMPA we will set up our camp site (3700 m.), and in the  afternoon we can take Tea and Dinner.

 

 

Day 2: Chaquicocha (B, L, D, A)

Wake up, We start up the trail toward the first pass WARMIWANUSCA which is known as the sleeping or dead woman  (4200m), here you will have great satisfaction for having reached the highest point of the entire Inca Trail. Passing through the cloud forest of Yunkachimpa and the Corralpunku you can appreciate an excellent view of snowcapped peaks. From the pass we will descend to Pacasmayo valley (3300m) where we will have the lunch, continue to Hike through the Pacasmayo and we will see the Valley of RUNKURACAY. Then we will climb up and cross the second pass (3860m) and follow the Royal Inkas Highway down to the Inka Ruins of SAYACMARCA passing Lake YANACOCHA. Finally we will camp in CHAQUICOCHA.

Day 3: Wi˝aywayna (B, L, D, A)

We start up the trail, and pass through beautiful sup- tropical vegetation en route to the archaeological site of PHUYUPATAMARCA (3600 m.), where we will have lunch. Begin the steep descent through the cloud forest with opportunities to see beautiful orchids and different varieties of birds on the way to our camp site at WIÑAYWAYNA (2700 m.), guided tour of Wiñaywayna archeological site, camping in Wiñaywayna (2700 m.).

Day 4: Machu Picchu (B)

After breakfast, we continue with the walk very early to arrive on time and appreciate the sunrise at Machupichu. After an hour's walk we will pass through the Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, also known as the entrance to the Machupicchu, where you can appreciate the most impressive panoramic view of the whole citadel. We will enter to the site for the best photo opportunities and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the Ruins, free time in Machu Picchu. Meeting for those interested in visiting Aguas Calientes for lunch or to visit the hot springs otherwise, in the afternoon return to Cusco by tourist train from Aguas Calientes (actual town of Machu Picchu) to Cusco

Included

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the Inca Trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: Camping (3 nights);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Sleeping roll mattress
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A T-shirt of the Inca Trail Map;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

No Included

  • Breakfast on the first day 
  • The last lunch (fourth day) when the tour ends.
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($65);
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Optional

  •  Sleeping bag Goose down to -10 ° C (USD 30 for the whole tour, recommended).
  • Stick with rubber tip (USD 20 x pair, for the entire tour, recommended).
  • Extra carrier (if you want it), maximum load 12 kilos. USD 150

How to book the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail permit availability

To Inca Trail, only 500 trek permits are issued per day (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to make a trek reservation as far ahead as possible. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead is enough to guarantee you a space since this depends on demand. But we can help you,note our next suggestion about the weeks in advance with which you should reserve :

  • December, January, March: 3-5 weeks in advance
  • April, October, November: 6-8 weeks in advance
  • May, September: 2-3 months in advance
  • June, July, and August: 3-4 months in advance

 

Inca Trail Reservations

Travel Tour Group by Tierras Vivas is at Tour Operator the Inca Trail will guarantee the spaces booked provided:

The booking has been first confirmed by our department booking by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested information at the moment of the booking. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for.

 

Personal details for complete your booking

The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:

  • Complete names and surnames
  • Nationality
  • Passport or ID number
  • Date of birth and gender
  • Reference Number (optional)

Return by train to Cusco

Vistadome Train offers you a unique experience and connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu.This is ideal for those who want to feel immersed in the surroundings and fully appreciate the great excursion to Machu Picchu. Vistadome commuters feel close to the dramatic landscapes of Peru, the service offers you a panoramic view,if you love to appreciate natural spaces and the countryside, Vistadome is what are you looking for.

 

Another benefits of traveling in Vistadome are that the service provides air-conditioning and heating, leather seating which adjusts to the body , for your ease and pleasure. This service allows the passenger to fully experience the Andean culture through its scenery, music, dance, and food made with local ingredients.

 

The Expedition Train is a travel experience with all the quality and advantages at a lower price. This service is designed for the commuters ease, with four passenger seats situated in front of each other, so you can share your experience. There are racks above the seats for your personal equipment. The train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, along with Andean music that creates a buoyant feeling.

Weather

Machu Picchu, is located in a subtropical area, biogeographically speaking is located in the eco-region of the Yunga - Quechua of Peru, for being a warm valley, is generally mountainous relief, with narrow and deep valleys.The climate is warm moderate, slightly humid, with seasonal rainfall of more than 

400 mm.Basically, the temperature of rains, is from November to April, the climate is temperate cold, depends on the altitude, latitude and time of year and of course with presence of rains.The dry season is from May to October, however the rain can fall at any time of the year.

Over 250 species of orchids have been recorded in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, as well as many rare birds, animals, reptiles, along with various species that are on the edge of extinction.

Inca Trail Packing List

Comfortable/ warm /lightweight/sturdy footwear. Remember you will be walking for four days, so trail shoes or cross training shoes are ideal, or hiking shoes in the rainy season. Also it can get very chilly on the trail so it’s best not to wear flip flops if you don’t want cold toes! Good idea to break them in before the start of the trail!

 

  • First aid kit. This could come in handy, and also make you popular with the rest of your group!
  • A torch. Extremely useful. Don’t forget new batteries.
  • Windbreaker /rain jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Sunblock/hat/sunglasses
  • Waterproof clothing, such as a plastic poncho. To keep you warm and cosy, you will find them at a great price locally.
  • Passport. A must on the Inca trail.
  • Silk sleeping bag liner. Will provide you with extra warmth.
  • Small lightweight umbrella.
  • Plastic bags. Wrap your belongings in plastic bags to keep them dry.
  • Toilet paper. Also smaller bags for rubbish, which you can then throw in the main rubbish.
  • Warm night clothes. Fleece, long pants, wooly hat, gloves.
  • Thermal underwear
  • High calorie snacks. Just in case.
  • Swimwear. For Aguas Calientes
  • Flip flops/thongs/sandals. Will come in useful when showering.
  • Water purification tablets
  • A little money (in local currency) to buy water and snacks
  • Altitude can be a problem on the Inca trail. Locals swear by chewing on coca leaves, or you can use western medicine such as Diamox.
  • Pace yourself. It is not a race and you will feel better and enjoy the trail more if you take it slow. Prepare your body for the hike beforehand, cardiovascular work is a great preparation.

Inca Trail Alternative Treks

There are three principle hiking routes that have been developed by Cusco based tour operators in reaction to the over demand for the Inca Trail. The first one is Choquequirao, and like the Inca trail this hike ends at the amazing prehistoric site. Hikes around the sacred glacial summit of Salcantay are also well developed and connect to the Inca Trail itself. Less hiked though just as beautiful is Ausangate (Rainbow Mountain Peru), another sacred glacial topped mountain. On a clear day this peak can be seen from Cusco, domineering the Southern skyline. Another favorite hike is the Lares Trek to Macu PicchuSalkantay Trek, Inka Jungle Trek and other alternative treks

Altitude sickness

To successfully complete the Inca trail, a moderate level of physical condition is needed regardless of age. It is vital that you have adjusted to the altitude before attempting the Inca trail. The maximum height along sea level on the way is at 4200m; we strongly advise you to spend 2 days in Cusco beforehand; it would be an ideal time to check out the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the next day tour to Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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