Inca Trail (4 days / 3 nights)

Inca Trail 4 days Tour Package

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. This is a magnificent trek which includes different ecological areas from high deserts to Andean tropical rain-forest. Following this ancient Inca Trail, we will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by the jungle overgrowth that looks like you are discovering them for the first time, and finally arriving to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Our journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe. Our service includes native "Quechua" porters for your luggage and we will provide delicious meals during the trip.

Level: Moderate trek. Good physical condition required - No experience needed
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Location: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Season: Recommended between March to November.

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Private transfer from your hotel in Cuzco to Kilometer 82.

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Tourist train from Machu Picchu Town to Cuzco (Poroy) / or Ollantaytambo and bus to Cuzco.

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Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu Inca City to Machu Picchu Town where the train station is situated

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Transfer from the train station in Cuzco to your hotel in Cuzco.

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Entrance fees to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu

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Professional bilingual mountain guide (Spanish and English)

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Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light / 4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light / 4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light / 4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent)

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Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea, which is excellent for the altitude

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Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, pop corn, cracker).

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Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)

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First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

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Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag.

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Optional flight tickets or bus tickets

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary - Inca Trail (4 days / 3 nights)

Fixed departures (March to December)

 

Day 1: CUSCO - KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCACHIMPA

  • We will leave Cuzco (3350 m.a.s.l. / 10990 f.a.s.l.) at 5:30 am. by a tourist bus heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Before we reach our starting point of walk, Kilometer 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for having the option to get breakfast.

  • The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called Kilometer 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200 m.a.s.l.), we will start the legendary Inca Trail.

  • The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata.

  • After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100 m.a.s.l. /10170 f.) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300 m.a.s.l. / 10826 f.), the camping site we will spend the night in. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.

    Level of difficulty: Moderate
    Hiking time: 6-7 hours
    Total distance: 11 Km. approx.

 

Day 2: YUNCACHIMPA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS - PACAYMAYU - RUNKURAKAY PASS – CHAQUICOCHA

  • The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’; that means that everybody should walk in his/her own pace – of course, you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs.

  • Early in the morning, the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850 m.a.s.l. / 12631 f.). The first 3 Km. are step - enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds.

  • From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200 m.a.s.l. / 113780 f.). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail.

  • After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050 m.a.s.l. / 10007 f.) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650 m.a.s.l. / 11975 f.). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.

    Level of difficulty: Challenge
    Hiking time: 8-9 hours
    Total distance: 15 Km. approx.

 

Day 3:- CHAQUICOCHA - PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA

  • The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the ecosystem while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñay Wayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950 m.a.s.l.). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700 m.a.s.l.) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley.

  • The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca "Town above the clouds" (3600 m.a.s.l. / 11811 f.). A well-preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering.

  • We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñay Wayna "Forever young" (2650 m.a.s.l. / 8694 f.). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.

    Level of difficulty: Normal, unforgettable (easy)
    Hiking time: 5-6 hours
    Total distance: 10 Km. approx.

 

Day 4:-WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO

  • After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head - equipped with our flashlights - to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu Inca City and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.

  • The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400 m.a.s.l. / 7874 f.) around 8.00 am.

  • You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings.

  • After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Huayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture).

  • A bus takes you down to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes). Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S10).

  • We will leave Machu Picchu Town in the afternoon.

  • Transfer to the train station for your trip back to Ollantaytambo

  • Bus transfer Ollantaytambo to Cuzco City

  • Arrival to Cuzco late at night

    Level of difficulty: Normal, unique (easy)
    Hiking time: 2-3 hours
    Total distance: 7 Km. approx.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
• Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
• Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
• Trekking shoes.
• Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
• Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
• Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-shirts.
• Rain poncho and a hat.
• Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent
• Disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper.
• Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
• Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
• Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles.

The program does not includes

  • Flight Tickets and airport taxes

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Machu Picchu Town.

  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 28.00, 4 days)

  • Services not mentioned in the program

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu $ 65 (We recommend book this hike in advance)

Rates 2018 - Rates per person in US Dollar (March to December)

Inca Trail

2 - 9 passengers

1 passenger

Standard Class

$ 548

$ 574

Plus Class

$ 611

$ 633

 

Reservations for the Inca Trail is recommended to be performed at 3 months in advance

 

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