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INCA TRAIL WITH EXTRA NIGHT (5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

inca trail with extra night

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be amongst the top 5 treks in the world. The Classic Inca Trail was originally constructed by the Inca civilization who dominated a large region of South America encompassing parts of Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the middle of the 19th century. The Inca Trail was a hand-built stone pathway constructed to connect important citadels and Inca cities covering nearly 40,000 kilometers of paths and mountain roads penetrating deeply into the Inca Empire

 

Following the mysterious Inca trail, discover its amazing buildings, enjoy the atmosphere of the Andes & make your own unforgettable experience!

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 82 - WAYLLABAMBA
You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning in private transport. We will stop in Ollantaytambo for last minute purchases, plus an opportunity for breakfast if you wish. We will continue to Pisqacucho (also known as Kilometer 82) where the trail starts. At Kilometre82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card. Crossing the Urubamba River we begin our trek through typical dry forest area. We will walk around 6 km to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey. After lunch 4 kilometers of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Wayllabamba and to our camp site.


DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO
This part of the trek is considered the most challenging day of the trek. We will wake early just to get a good start. Leaving small villages and farmland we will enter the sub tropical forest and lunch around Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass Dead Woman's Pass 4220m/13779ft. There is an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top. We will continue downwards 600m /1980 feet over 3 km (1.8 miles) through very humid forest to the evening campsite of Pacaymayo.


DAY 3: PACAYMAYO - WIÑAY WAYNA
After another early breakfast we will walk to the beautiful Inka site of Runkurakay getting into the beginnings of the original royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the second highest pass 3950m/13035feet, we will continue on to Sayakmarka one of the most beautiful Inka remains on this trail. After lunch we continue through some very beautiful scenery, cloud forest and the fabulous examples of orchids and humming birds we will walk for another hour to Phuyupatamarca (City in the Clouds) and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). There are also wonderful views of Salkantay Mountain. From here we have 3 hours of downhill into the forest and our last campsite. A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of Wiñayhuayna (Forever Young). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.


DAY 4:WIÑAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
We will rise very early on this day in order to arrive at the Sun gate 2730m/8792ft. before sunrise; this early morning hike is the final part of our trek and from the Sun Gate you have your first view of the mysterious and enigmatic Machu Picchu (Navel of the world). After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself!! A walking tour (approximately 2.5 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8923ft) It takes only 45 minutes to reach the top. (New system requires permit purchased separately). We will descend to Aguas Calientes . Here we will have time to relax and visit the natural hot springs. Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.


DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES-OLLANTAYTAMBO-CUSCO
Breakfast in the hotel.  you'll have enough time to walk around the town after
you take the train return to Cusco . Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Included / Not Included

WHAT IS INCLUDED?  WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? 
  • Pre trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of departure
  • Transport from Cusco to km 82
  • Inca Trail Permit 
  • Professional guide English/Spanish  
  • Tents 2 people in a 4 person tent
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Cook and Cooking equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Porters (they carry camping equipment, food and kitchen equipment). If you wish you can hire a porter
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs.
  • Toilet tent
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Lunch on the last day is not included
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Entrance to the thermal springs
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu 
  • Tips
  • Extra porter
 WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE? OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE: 
  • Original passport (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 trousers
  • Handsanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

Price

BOOK THE FAMOUS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU AND GET ENJOY A FREE CITY TOUR OF CUSCO!

Group Services: Private Service:
Price: $.      per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs
Discounts Optional Extras
  • Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 16's Discount: US$40
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain; add US$ 30
  • Sleeping bag - $23
  • Air matresses - $15
  • Inflatable pillow - $6
  • Pair of Walking poles – $19

F.A.Q.

When is the Inca Trail permits available?

Permits to hike the Inca Trail go on sale at the beginning of February. There are 500 available for each day of the month.
When you know your dates for travel, contact us to book your trek. The permit is for the first day that you start the Inca Trail.
The permits for May, June, July and August sell out quickly. By the end of April, there are usually only permits available for September and beyond.

Why do you need my passport number and birth date        ?

The Peruvian INC (InstitutoNacional de Cultura) requires the nationality, passport number and birth date of all persons buying a permit for the Inca Trail.

Can I change the date for the permit?

No, the permit is for a specific date. If you need to change your date, another permit must be purchased, and is based on availability.

Can the permit be transferred to someone else?

No, the permit is only for the person to whom it is issued.

Is there student discount for the Inca trail permits?

There are discounts available to Students with valid ISIC Student Cards and to young persons under the age of 17 years old ($45).
Other student cards are not accepted by the park authority or at booking time. You most bring your student valid card and valid passport for the Inca Trail, without two documents or expired passport or student card you can’t do the Inca Trail.

When the Inca trail is going to be closed?

The Inca Trail is closed every February to clean and maintenance the trail, the toilets, the campsites and the bridges along the Inca Route.

How is the weather on the Inca Trail?

We recommend doing the Inca Trail Trek during the dry season, this is between May to November. Even the dry season is possible to get some rain in the Inca Trail. The rainy season in Cusco region (Inca Trail) is from December to May.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum Temperature °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
Minimum Temperature °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
Rainy Days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16

How many people in the groups?
Our groups are between 2-8 persons. we operate small groups and offer a personalized service.

How difficult is the Inca Trail?

Most people have that concern but don`t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy this awesome walk.
The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles and have an early night before the trek.

How high is the inca trail altitude?

For the Inca Trail, the highest point is Warmihuanusca at 4200 m (13860 ft) and the highest campsite is Phuyupatamarka at 3650 m (12045 ft).

 

What happens if we get sick or hurt and cannot continue on the trek?

If someone in your group is sick, the guide will monitor that person to determine if rest is needed, a lower altitude is needed or if the person needs to return to the starting point or city for medical help. A trained assistant guide or porter will accompany this person back, if they can walk. Otherwise, the INC gives permission for horses to be used to evacuate someone. This person either gets medical help, or if he/she feels better, that person can join the group when it reaches Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
If there is a serious medical emergency, the guide will arrange for immediate evacuation of the individual to the nearest hospital.

Can I have vegetarian meals?

Our cooks can provide vegetarian meals no problem. Just let us know your dietary requirements when you book your trek.

What About Trip Leaders And Tour Guides?

Having a good guide is an essential part of having a good trek. Our guides are knowledgable in the areas of history, archaeology, ecology, and are natives of the Cuzco area.
They take great pleasure in sharing their insights and expertise and will make your adventure an unforgettable experience

Will the guide have a first aid kit and oxygen?

Yes, the guide will carry a first aid kit and have oxygen with them while hiking. It is a good idea for someone in your group to also have a first aid kit, with items that you normally need.

Are there any facilities to use toilets?

Yes, there are many toilets along the Inca Trail but very basic,when they are not available our team will set up portable toilet tents.

Should I hire an extra porter?

About 70% of the people hired the services of a porter to carry their personal items.
A personal porter can be hired for the 4 day trek (includes porters entrance fees, meals, transport and wages). If you hire the services of a porter you can give him a maximum of 7kg to carry which is usually sufficient for your personal clothes .The porter will not walk at your side during the trek so you will still need to bring a day pack to carry essential items. We will give you a duffle bag so that you can put your items into. This you will give to the porter on the day of the trek and return to us after use.

Will I need to bring water?

We recommend that you purchase a 2 liters 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 and  Day 2 and of course at Machu Picchu.

Will I need any extra money?

YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks,the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, drinks in your lunch in Aguas Calientes, etc. You should take at least 350 soles as emergency money.

What should I pack?

  • Original passport (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 trousers
  • Handsanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries

What do we do with our travel luggage while we are trekking?

The hotel where you stay in Cusco will keep your luggage that you do not need. Most hotels have a locked storage room for your use. Most hotels also have a security box for a small fee.

Is Altitude Sickness A Problem? What Should I Do To Avoid Altitude Sickness?

To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time in Cuzco to acclimatize to the change in altitude. Two days minimum is recommended. Try to avoid alcohol before and during your trek, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated during the trek, don’t force yourself to walk faster than your body wants to, and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea helps a lot, and you may wish to speak with your doctor about Diamox pills.

Can I Use My Mobile/Cell Phone On The Mountain?

You will get sporadic phone coverage during the trek and there will not be anywhere whilst trekking to charge your phone.

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