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TOUR: WALKING THE INCA TRAIL

Tour to Cusco - Machu Picchu
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Tour Summary
In the Urubamba River Valley, within a spectacular setting of lush jungle vegetation and rugged mountainous landscapes, lies Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is just a small part of an Incan Highway system that integrated the Four Regions of the Tawantinsuyo Empire.. This trek of approximately 43 km consists of four days trekking and finishes on arrival at the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

What makes this hike so special is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, incredible views, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety.
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Tour Details
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From US$ 405 per person
Starting point: Cusco
Ending point: Cusco
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural, ecological, hiking and camping

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Cusco Tours, Cusco Travel, PeruCusco - km 82 - Huayllabamba
At approximately 6:30 am, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you by bus to the km 82 where you will arrive at approx. 10:30 am. Here you will meet the team that will join you during the trek, such as the porters, camp assistants and cooks. You will begin the walk, the first day is quite easy and during the first kilometres you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain, walking alongside the Vilcanota River until you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta, where you will have lunch and gain energy to reach Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up.

Meals Included: Snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 02: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep ascent, followed by 3 hours walking until reaching the first step, called Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman), up to 4200 m.a.s.l. approximately. You will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views from here but you will also have the satisfaction to have reached the top. After lunch in Vizcachayoc we will descend towards Pacaymayo (3500 m.a.s.l.) for dinner and camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 03: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna
After breakfast the ascent will begin until the second most important step of the route, up to 3900 m.a.s.l., where you will enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Complex Runkurakay and the Inca Citadel of Sayacmarca (3,600 m.a.s.l.). Lunch in Chaqquicocha. Then, you will continue walking towards Phuya Patamarka (Town in Clouds), another important archaeological monument. After a brief rest, we will continue walking until arriving at Wiñay Huayna (Always Young), for a guided visit to this spectacularly located Archaeological Complex . Dinner and overnight in the camp. Note: The above are the regular camp sites according to the circuit operated by Enjoy Peru, however, these can vary according to disposition levied by the Machu Picchu Management Unit without previous warning, but which will not affect the itinerary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 04: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Cusco Tours, Cusco Travel, Peru After breakfast (05:00 approx.), start walking for one hour by the forest until the Inti Punku (Door of the Sun), known like the front door to Machu Picchu, from where we will be able to have an impressive panoramic view of the Inca Citadel. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Free time to stroll around the Citadel and then meet the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and snack


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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 1 Train ticket Machu Picchu-Cusco
  • Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Porters for equipment and cooks service
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All applicable taxes
  • Bilingual guided tours (English, Spanish)
  • All Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Camping equipment including tents, mattresses, kitchen tent, lunch tent, etc

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Lunch on day 4
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Personal porters (rucksack and other personal equipement will have to be carried by the passenger) and sleeping bags


Useful Information

PARK REGULATIONS
The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary: an area protected by the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) being the maximum number of 500 visitors per day permitted. Consequently, all reservations should be placed with a minimum of 45 days in advance prior to the date of travel. Every visitor must obey the park regulations which forbid us to litter, cut or damage trees, take or damage stones of the ruins or the trail, collect plants, kill animals, light fire or camp in the Inca ruins. You will only be able to camp in authorised sites.
  1. Entrance Fees


    1. The only valid document granting the right to use the Inca Trails Network - the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Network RED or SHM - is the ticket issued by the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Management Unit (UGM). This ticket is personal and non transferable, and includes the right to enter Machu Picchu
    2. Under no circumstances will payment for use of the RED be accepted at registry and entry control points of the RED
    3. The reimbursement of payment for the right to use the RED is not possible under any circumstance.
  2. Reservations


    1. Reservations will be made in the Offices of the Departmental Headquarters of the National Institute of Culture in the City of Cusco, on receiving confirmation with corresponding reservation code
    2. Reservations will be subject to the daily capacity emitted by the UGM (500 people, including guides, porters, helpers and around 150 tourists), therefore we recommend you reserve your place with as much notice as possible
    3. To maintain the reservation the Tour Operator must cancel the 100% of amount for the tour and provide full names, passport numbers, ages, nationalities and passport photocopies of all those going on the trip to the relevant authorities. The traveller must send this information and documentation to us from his or her home country
    4. Failure to confirm reservations will result in their cancellation, and no reimbursement of fees will be made in this case
    5. Only people under 25 years of age with valid International Student Identification will be considered a student, entitling them to a discount.
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drink lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inca Trail
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent and sun block.
- Personal toilet items.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit (plasters, bands, cotton, alcohol, Aspirins).
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.
- Flashlight and knife.
- A container for water and some purifying pills.
- A backpack (50 - 70 litres).
- A change of underwear.
- Gloves, scarf, wool socks and a hat or cap.
- A towel and toilet paper.
- Dried fruits, candies and chocolates.

WEATHER
Cusco has a temperate climate with year round temperatures fluctuating between 14º - 16ºC, with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season in Cusco is from December to March.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate, with warm and humid days and cold nights. The rainy season in Machu Picchu is from November to April.

Although you can trek during the months of April to October, the best months for visiting Machu Picchu are May and June.

ALTITUDE
Cusco City: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: 2850 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants During Your Trip
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
In Aguas Calientes: International and local food restaurants.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas:Local food restaurants.

... more about Cusco restaurants