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Classic Inka Trail 4 Days 3 Nights

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Duration

 

4 Days 3 Nights

Max. Altitude

mountain

4220 M

Distance

path

45 km

Difficulty

High

High

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arqueological site

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The Inkas made a vast trail network throughout the Andes mountains with more than 40,000 km of trails. The most spectacular section is a special 45 km track leading over mountain passes and towns to reach the important city of Machu Picchu - the Inka Trail.

The Inca trail trek  to Machu Picchu is the most famous trek in South America, and is classified among the top 10 treks in the world. This Classic Trek to Machu Picchu includes the most beautiful landscapes, stonework and archeological sites to be found anywhere in the Andes.

Make a reservation with Inka Altitude for the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu  will guarantee you the trip of a lifetime, since our entire team - the porter, chef and guides - all have the same goal: To exceed your expectations and make you happy.

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Day 1: Peruvian Flatland and Valley

Cusco – Ollantaytambo (short stop) – Wayllabamba

  • Pick up from your Hotel.
  • Private Bus to KM.82.
  • Start Inka Trail.
  • Walking 3 hours.
  • See Archaeological Site of Llactapata.
  • Wayllabamba Campsite

Day 2: On the Top - Dead Woman Pass.

Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayo

  • Early morning, take a energy breakfast.
  • Climb approximately 7km to Warmiwañusca.
  • Take beautiful pictures.
  • 3 km going downhill to reach Pacaymayo Campsite.

Day 3: One more Pass, Four Inka sites, History lessons, Rain forest

Pacaymayo – Runkurakay – Sayacmarca – Puyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna.

  • After the breakfast trekking 1 hour to visit Runkurakay.
  • Go over the second pass at 3900 m.a.s.l.
  • 2 hours after the pass and visit Archaeological Site Sayacmarca.
  • Peruvian flatl and (up and down) for 5km until lunch spot.
  • After lunch visit Puyupatamarca.
  • Last 5km to Wiñayhuayna Campsite.

Day 4: Machu Picchu is our goal.

Wiñay Huayna - Inti Punku(Sun Gate) - Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Wake up approximately 3 am and enjoy last breakfast prepare by our chef and his team.
  • Pass last check point.
  • 1 hour from Wiñayhuayna to Sun Gate (approx.4 km).
  • First view of Machu Picchu from Sun Gate.
  • 1 hour fron Sun Gate to Machu Picchu.
  • Visit Machu Picchu Citadel.
  • Go down to Aguas Calientes by bus.
  • Take train to Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco.

Day 1:  Cusco – Ollantaytambo (short stop) – Wayllabamba  

We will start the day by collecting you from your hotel for the 1½  hour drive to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for approximately 30 minutes in a local restaurant. You can use toilets, buy water, snacks, chocolates and get the last things you may have forgotten to buy in Cusco.  
To reach the trail head we drive one more hour after Ollantaytambo to km 82. Before starting our trek we will organize our backpacks and make sure we have all that we need for the first day trek.
After crossing the Urubamba River, we walk 3 hours through farmland along the Urubamba river until our first stop and lunch near the first archeological site called Llactapata. After a delicious meal prepared by our chef and porters, we will continue for another 3 hours to reach our campsite in Wayllabamba where we will have dinner and then relax in preparation for the next day.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Wayllabamba camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3000 metres
  • Minimum Altitude: 2650 metres
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC - 23ºC
  • Temperature during night: 10ºC – 12 ºC
  • Hiking Distance : 12 km approx.

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayo  

Early morning we have to wake-up call, 5:00 a.m. or 5:30 a.m. depending of your tour guide. Warm wash water and a high energy breakfast will be waiting for you. Also you will have some time to refill your water bottle and be given some snacks for the day to  help you get over the pass.
Wayllabamba campsite to Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman Pass) is an uphill climb of approx. 7 km. This is considered the hardest part of the Trail. However the changes in the vegetation and landscape as you climb through different climatic zones will keep you involved with the hike and focussed on discovering more as you climb.   
At the top of the pass you will be greeted with panoramic views to distant mountains. Looking back into the valley you have just climbed out of, congratulate yourself for your accomplishment. Looking ahead you will see your way on toward Machu Picchu.
After the Pass we have approximately 3 km going downhill to reach Pacaymayo campsite. Our team will be waiting for you there with food warm wash water and with your tent already set up. For the rest of the afternoon you will be able to rest and enjoy before happy hour and dinner at the end of the day.  

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Pacamayo camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4200 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 3000 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC - 20ºC
  • Temperature during night: 03ºC – 09 ºC
  • Hiking Distance : 10 km approx.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runkurakay – Sayacmarca – Wiñayhuayna.

We begin this new day with breakfast. Then, after a short climb you will reach a remarkable Inka lookout called Runcurakay. Your tour guide will describe the importance of this place. Then after 1½ hours more to reach the second pass you’ll be able to enjoy the view from the second highest spot on the trail. There are 1½ hours of stairs down to a dramatic Inka site, Sayacmarca perched high on the ridge. Learn what is known of this place take pictures and learn of the historical background from your guide .

Lunch will be near to our next archeological site Puyupatamarca, a spectacular tumble of buildings where you will have a view of all the mountains around Machu Picchu far below. Then we start our descent, going into rainforest with a beautiful cover of vegetation with orchids, bromeliads, ferns and many other native plants. Also if we are lucky we can see and hear some of the hundreds of birds in the area.  

Our three hours down hill to Wiñayhuayna will be our last challenge before we finish the day and enjoy tea time, a delicious dinner, take a nap and prepare for the next best day: Machu Picchu.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Wiñayhuayna camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3950 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2823 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC - 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 12ºC – 14ºC
  • Hiking Distance : 14 km approx.

Day 4: Wiñay Huayna - Inti Punku(Sun Gate) - Machu Picchu – Cusco

Last day, we wake up early and commence the walk to Machu Picchu (2 hours.) We will mark our arrival when we pass through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)  From this spot, if weather is good, you will have an unforgettable panoramic views of Machu Picchu. After just one more hour downhill you will enter the iconic Inka Citadel. Your tour guide will take you inside Machu Picchu with his knowledge, telling you all about this majestic city for around 2 hours. After this tour, you will have free time to take pictures, feel energies and discover more of Machu Picchu by yourself. Also if you registered to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this is the time you will do that.    
Once you feel you are complete in the Citadel, it will be time to go down to Aguas Calientes. You will take the bus for 25 minutes. In Aguas Calientes you can enjoy your last lunch with the group. Then decide to relax in the hot springs (10 soles) or explore the shops and craft stalls in the Village.
Later in the afternoon you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 50 minutes). In Ollantaytambo you need to get out of the train station and transfer to a bus where the driver will be waiting to take you from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (1½  hours.)   

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2050 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC - 27ºC
  • Temperature during night: 10ºC – 14 ºC
  • Hiking Distance : 6 km approx.

STANDAR SERVICE

Included:

  •     Pre-departure briefing in Cusco.
  •     Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.(2 guides for groups of over 10 people).
  •     Collection from your hotel in the morning (we pick you up from where you are staying).
  •     Private transport from Cusco to KM 82.
  •     Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, to allow  for higher comfort and a  safe of backpacks.
  •     Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat.
  •     Porters to carry all the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear, and dining tents.
  •     Permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks.
  •     All meals:3 breakfasts, 3 snacks, 3 lunches (hot drinks, happy hour before dinner) 3 dinners. All of these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.
  •     Coca tea served each morning in your tent for a gentle start to the day.
  •     Boiled water after breakfast, lunch and dinner to refill your water bottles.
  •     Snacks every morning.
  •     First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  •     Vegetarian/special diet options available.
  •     All the equipment including dining tents and personal tents.
  •     Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Santuary.
  •     2 hrs guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  •     Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes.
  •     Tourist train back to ollantaytambo ( expedition service at  14:30 pm,18:45pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
  •     Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included:   

  •     Entrance  fees to Huaynapicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 65 american dollars to the original price). More info click here 
  •     Entrance fees to Machu Picchu Montaña .( if you take this entrance it will be charge 65 american dollars to the original price).
  •     First day breakfast
  •     Sleeping Bag (you can rent with us)
  •     Trekking poles (you can rent with us)
  •     Last lunch in Aguas Calientes

PRICE :  ADULT PERSON $.580.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS.  MINIMUN 2 PAX

PRICE  : STUDENT PERSON $.560.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST AND AVAILABILITY.

check online here: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ 

PRIVATE SERVICE :

GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR  REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service. 

All include + description down here .

Private groups include addditional services like 9 extra kilos of luggage care by our porters and trasportation, nice train (vistadome), walking poles , extra food  and water  along the trek.

PRICE :  ADULT PERSON $.720.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS.  MINIMUN 2 PAX

PRICE  : STUDENT PERSON $.700.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST AND AVAILABILITY.

check online here: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ 

What you should bring:

  •     Original passport.
  •     ISIC card(www.isic.org) if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your booking)
  •     Day Pack.
  •     Hiking boots and sandals (very important).
  •     Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night.                  
  •     Thermals/Gloves/scarves: wool socks /wool hat for cold nights: About 4 T-shirts for the entire trek.
  •     Head lamp (very important).
  •     Camera and extra batteries.
  •     Sunscreen/hat and sunglasses.
  •     Personal medical kit.
  •     Insect repellent.
  •     Rain Gear: a good rain jacket and rain pants and plastic rain poncho.
  •     Toilet paper.
  •     Small towel.
  •     Camel bag - if not you can take plastic bottles for water.
  •     Extra money for drinks, tips, souvenirs, etc (soles or dollars) At least 200 extra soles.
  •     Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional) Recommended for those who stay extra night.

You can rent in our office:

  •      Walking sticks ($ 20.00 per person) for the entire hike.
  •      Sleeping bag ($ 25.00 per person) for the entire hike.

Important to know!

There are new regulations from the Peruvian government on the trail, in an effort to protect its fragile eco-structure from over-use. These proposals have been aimed to reduce the numbers of trekkers on the trail .Now there are only 500 persons allowed on the trail, in these 500 persons are all the guides, porters, cooks, for the 4 and 2 days trail included. That's why we need your reservation in high season at least 60 TO 90 days in advance and in high season even faster.

We recommend that you make a reservation for the Inca Trail as far in advance as possible. In the low season (Oct-March) we advise making a reservation 6 weeks in advance. For the months of May and September we recommend making a reservation 5 weeks in advance.Lares and Salkantay with Machu picchu is always possible. If you don't make a reservation and pay your trek deposit in advance, we won't be able to buy your trek permits.

Once we have confirmed your reservation and bought your permits then it's not possible to change the date of trek departure and it's forbidden to change the name or passport number on the permit. In high season there is sometimes a waiting list for more than 3 Months! It's being impossible for visitors to purchase last minute spaces on the Inca Trail upon arrival (at least legitimately anyway). If you turn up in Cusco in the low season (November to April) you maybe still find space available 5-7 days prior to the trek departure date, if you take the risk and have the time to wait, but these rules are changing constantly!

Note: People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.

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