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Inca Trail to Machupicchu 4 Days / 3 Night

OVERVIEW

The 4 days Inka trail hike to Machupicchu is one of the most famous in South America, with its 45 km of stunning landscapes, marvellous Inkan complexes and endemic fauna and flora. Be ready for an amazing and unique challenge with a magical reward the lost city of the Inkas Machupicchu city.

Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, reptiles, including several species considered to be in danger of extinction. In order to complete the Inka Trail, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well acclimatized to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the way is 4200m so we recommend anyone coming from the coast to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – km 82 – Wayllabamba

Early in the morning, at 5:30 am we leave Cusco city, after two hours journey in our private car we will arrive to Ollantaytambo town, stop for breakfast and then we continue following the Urubamba river for about 30 minutes more until we reach the check point of the hike the very well-known Km 82 of the rail way. Our hike will show you gently the scenery passing through Andean Quechua villages. Soon from the distance we will discover PATALLAQTA an impressive Inkan complex strategically located to manage the access to the valley, it is surrounded by many farming terraces and the powerful Urubamba River one of the main tributaries of the amazon river, a perfect area for lunch. First day camp at Wayllabamba.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu

The challenging day arrives! In the middle of the nature and unique birdsongs we will enjoy breakfast, then; from Wayllabamba camp site we start climbing to the highest point of our hike WARMIHUAÑUSQA (the dead woman’s pass) located at 4200 m., where we will get some amazing panoramic views from the summit, immediately after our group photo we descent along a very unique rain forest valley until the second camp site PAQAYMAYU (the hidden river).

Day 3: Pacaymayu – Wiñaywayna

A unique environment in the middle of the National park of Machupicchu, where it is possible to see Andean deers, native species of birds, the famous spectacle bear (Paddington bear), the Andean Puma or mountain lion, etc. After a delicious breakfast we will continue with our hiking journey, for about 30 minutes’ walk we will arrive to  RUNKURAQAY  (the rocky circle) an Inkan site used as an astronomical observatory according to archeologists. Then we continue climbing up to the second summit of the whole inka trail, then we descent to SAYAQMARCA (Inkan small town) where ancient inhabitants cultivated the land and venerated the Inkan gods in the sky.

The last section of this day’s hike for nearly 15 minutes more we get to our lunch place in CH’AKIQOCHA (the dried lake) after, we head to PHUYUPATAMARCA (the cloudy town) another spectacular archeological group from where it is possible to see the mountain Machupicchu.  The last leg of the hike will take you to WIÑAYHUAYNA (forever young) probably the most beautiful Inkan site after Machupicchu. Plenty of free time to explore and enjoy the scenery with the sunset at the background of the Andean mountain range. The third camp site will be in this area.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco

An early start, still in the darkness we wake up and get ready for the unique part of the inka trail, the only Inkan path in Peru that leads to the lost city of the Inkas.  After a powerful and energetic breakfast around 5.00 am in the morning, we will start walking toward INTI PUNKU (The Sun Gate). Arriving early to this point will allow us to be witness of the sunrise above MACHUPICCHU and also take broad views of the whole Inka citadel of Machu Picchu depending of the weather. From the sun gate only one hour for our reward, Machupicchu city. Our Professional guide will give us an interesting and knowledgeable lecture about the famous monument; finally, a deserved free time will allow you to explore the old Inka city. In the afternoon we take a bus down to MACHUPICCHU pueblo (hot springs town) where we will take the train and come back to Cusco city.

NOTES:

  • HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN: In order to visit this mountain, it needs to be arranged in advance, booked long time before is highly advisable as there are only limited spaces. We charge an additional $70.00 for doing it.
  • EXTRA PORTER: According to Peruvian law (26702) and the ministry of employment, the assistance of an extra porter is given under the following conditions: the client’s luggage must not exceed 12 kg, as porters are only allowed to carry 20 kg. The service costs US $ 130.00 and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inka trail, food and camping equipment.

Inclussions / Exclussions

INCLUSSIONS:

  • Pre -tour briefing time at 19.00 hrs pm. in our office of AITA PERU 1 or 2 days before your date departure (it has to be confirmed at the booking time).
  • Tourist train from Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Collective tourist transfers from the train station in Ollantaytambo to the centre of Cusco.
  • Bus going down from Machupicchu to Aguas calientes where the train station is located.
  • Admission ticket to the Inca trail and Machupicchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Camping Equipment (professional two – persons tents: Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light /4.5 kg, Doite, model Himalaya, extra light /4.5 kg and Eureka Tents; sleeping mats, dining tent   equipped with a table and chairs).
  • Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfast, 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 leaves tea which is excellent for the altitude acclimatization.
  • Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, popcorn and cracker).
  • Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and the cooking stock).
  • First- aid kit and Oxygen bottle.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Sleeping bag, AITA PERU rents proper and specific trekking equipment for the inka trail including a selection of sleeping bags.

Recommendations

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Backpack and rain gear.
  • sleeping bag
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woollen 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, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
  • Flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and humid, clothes hardly dry out after rain so it is advisable to bring extra clothes to change.

Payment policy

1. We require an immediate deposit of US $ 300.00 for all reservations (per person).

2. For all Tours and Treks, the balance must be paid 30 days before the start of the program. We accept cash and PayPal. Failure to pay the balance of the walk results from the cancellation of the tour.

3. For student discounts, we need  a copy of a valid ISIC student card. In the event that we do not receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with the full price.

4. The Client may cancel the reservation of the package at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated in writing to info@aitaperu.com. Cancellation charges are applied as shown below, calculations from the day you receive the written notification through info@aitaperu.com. All reservations canceled less than 30 days prior to the date of departure of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee:

Period before the game. The notification is received. A cancellation fee is received as a percentage of the  total price of the Tour.
More than 30 days $ 300.00
30 – 15 more than 80%
7 days or less 100%

5. The permission of the Inca Trail is not transferable.

6. The duration of the program the traveler leaves the excursion as a demonstration by him or her, no refund will be made nor will any claim be accepted.

7. Certain services may be interrupted or even canceled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are the hotels, service providers, AITA Peru and its partners and, therefore, no refund will be granted.

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