Trekking through the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best trekking tours in the world due to the exquisite natural beauty and archaeological importance of the sites that lead to Machu Picchu. we find valleys that contain the endemic fauna high deserts or in the tropics, between the Puna sections and the cloud forest.
- • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office.
- • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or Sacred Valley (07:20 am).
- • Private bus to km 82 –Piskacucho village (trek starting point)
- • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farm house, bathrooms available.
- • Full board meals for the entire tour (5 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 4 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
- • 2 expert gourmet mountain cook, assistants.
- • Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
- • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear.
- • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
- • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
- • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
- • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
- • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
- • 2 person per tent (clean,new spacious 4 person dome igloo tent)
- • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
- • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
- • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
- • Toilet tent with biodegradable system.
- • 3-4 guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
- • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour.
- • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
- • Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu tour.
- • Accommodation in private room in Aguas Calientes with Breakfast.
- • Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village.
- • On Day 5th 2nd Entrance to Machu Picchu plus permit to climb Huayna Picchu ( bus tickets not included, independant walk to the mountain without a guide.)
- • Tourist Expedition train at 16:00 Hrs return to Cusco train Station. (Poroy Station 25 minutes near Cusco.)
- • Visit, explore and guided tours of the 7 Inca archaeological sites en route.
- • Free storage in Cusco at Hotel Marqueses and in Aguas Calientes.
- • Inca Trail Survivor Certificate signed by your guides.
- • Special snack and Buffet lunch on day 4th (final day).
- • Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$25 for 3 nights
- • Thermal rest inflatable mattress USD$ 25
- • Shared porter for 8 Kg US$80 (we provide a duffle bag).
- • Trekking poles US$20 a pair
- • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
- • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- • Extra drinks, bottle water
- • Bus ticket to Machu Picchu US$12 each way on 5th Day as you may like to walk one way when returning to Machu Picchu to climb Huayna Picchu.
- • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition but not mandatory.
- • Personal porter for 9 Kg US $80.00 We lend a porter duffle bag.
- • Down sleeping bag minus 8 ºC (US$ 25.00 for the entire trek)
- • Inflatable Thermal-rest mattress US$25.00 for entire trek.
- • Single tent US$ 70.00 (If you travel solo and is your choice.)
- • Trekking poles US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek)
- • Backpack (30 Liters) US$ 20.00 (For the entire trek )
- • Vistadome Train + car return to Cusco (Up-grade train return) extra USD$ 60.00 per person. (This service generally departs at 15:25 pm from Aguas Calientes Station and arrives at 18:40 pm to Poroy (Cusco) Train Station then a 30 minutes private vehicle to Cusco.)
Day 1: CUSCO- PISKACUCHO Km 82- PATALLAQTA -CUSIPATA- WAYLLABAMBA (CAMPING).
Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piscacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy a small breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft) start of the hike. There we will meet our camp crew and porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike (43 Km). Passports in hand, We clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), You will be rewarded with a Macho Tea hot drink and a buffet dinner will be offered. Guides will present our plans for the next great day. Have a good night. Buenas Noches!
Accommodation: Camping 2 people per tent,
Max: 3,000 m/10,824 ft
Min: 2,680 m/8,790 ft
Distance Travelled: 12 km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620m
Day 2: WAYLLABAMBA- AYAPATA- LLULLUCHAYAQ- DEAD WOMAN`S PASS- PACAYMAYO VALLEY (CAMPING).
After breakfast, around 8:00 am we re-start our walk from camp to Ayapata valley first, it takes around 1 hour followed by a soft uphill climb through woods and along a stream (3,300 m / 10,824 ft) Today is our great challenge day but with plenty of time to enjoy, it is the biggest climb of our hike, strenuous because you gain 1,200 meters in elevation planned in 2 stages, but it is rewarded with spectacular views up the mountain, partly it is an old inca Stone steps, surrounding with impressive snow-covered peaks as (Apu Huayanay mountain in our back). You will take 2-3 hour hike with several stops to catch your breath to reach the lunch place at Llulluchapampa Valley with expectacular views around, along the trail, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see some species of birds, withith luck we will see tinny hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles or perhaps we see the king of the andean heights the Condor, so respected and venerated at andean towns. We will soon enter into a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland (Qeuñas and Chachacomos small andean trees) and the treeless grasslands of the puna región, habitad of tarucas and pumas. From here, you can see the highest mountain ahead called dead woman´s pass. At Llulluchapampa our camp crew will be waiting for us with a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch there is a time to rest maybe a short nap. After lunch we continue our hike for another 2-3 hours -600 meter ascent up to the top of the mountain, Warmiwañusca mt. (Dead Woman’s Pass) located at 4,200 meter /13,776 feet. Here you will discover a special feelings at this top maybe the sacrality of this point or just you coping with lack of oxygen in your brain. The path still climbs along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman’s Pass… you made it !!! Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a short rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley for 2-3 hrs approx to reach our camp for tonight. This site has an incredible view over a valley, nearby waterfall and snow-covered peaks. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment. Camping set, Tea time and Buffet Dinner. You are free to walk in you own pace. This campsite is popular with tour groupsand although facilities here are reasonable good, with two toilets blocks.No showers, hot wáter buckets are offered for washing.
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m / 13,776 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft
Distance Travelled: 12 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Ascent up: 900 m
Day 3: PACAYMAYO - CHAKICOCHA- AOBAMBA VALLEY- PHUYUPATAMARKA- INTIPATA- WIÑAYWAYNA (CAMPING).
At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today’s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after many centuries. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today’s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday’s. In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints. Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna, which we will explore before completing a short additional hike to our camp site for the night (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After lunch, we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terrances. A number of creature comforts will be available at this camp site. There is a bar and a small gift shop, and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu tomorrow. We therefore recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your daypacks and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and Buffet Dinner.
Max: 3,750 m / 12,300 ft
Min: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft
Distance: 14 Km approx.
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Descent : 700 m
Day 4: WIÑAYWAYNA- INTUPINKU- SUN´S GATE- MACHUPICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES (Hostel Viajeros).
We will get up very early - around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), overlooking Machu Picchu for the first rays of the sunrise. This will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be hiking in darkness for one hour, so a head lamp is strongly recommended please follow instructions of your guides and watch out your steps. From Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), a final easy 50-minutes walk downhill steps will bring us first to the upper south sector of MachuPicchu (The Guardian houses) The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city, after enjoying a panoramic view we must walk straight down to the entrance of MachuPicchu (backpacks storage for 5 Soles available at the gate.) Few minutes later we will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by the trek guide(s). The formal tour will end in the late morning, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own, or to just collapse under a tree in the central plaza area. Additional Options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of HuaynaPicchu, behind the main site. (However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities. So if you are interested please book and pay in advance for this Ticket and request for the 2nd turn at 10.00/11:00 am, otherwise you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or do others walks around Machupicchu. In the early afternoon you can spend more hours at MachuPicchu, bus to Aguas Calientes and lunch will be provided at “Hostel Viajeros” down in the town of Aguas Calientes. Double private room is included. Also you can enjoy the hot spring pools located at 10 minutes walk.
Accommodation: Viajeros Hostel. Private rooms.
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu)
Distance Travelled: 8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent : 300 m
If you want to Upgrade your accommodation in Aguas Calientes please let us know.
Day 5: REENTER TO MACHUPICCHU, WALK TO HUAYNAPICICCHU. AGUAS CALIENTES. TRAIN RETURN TO CUSCO.
We definitely believe that if you are doing the Inca Trail trek and also want to climb Huaynapicchu mountain then your best value for money if you have 5 Days is this option. This programe is for those people who want to do the Inca Trail trek, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes town, enjoy the hot springs pools, second visit of Machupicchu and walk the Huayna Picchu mountain on day 5th.(The Peruvian Cultural Institute INC, still does not allow for people with an Inca Trail permit to simply add the Huaynapicchu permit . They only sell the Huaynapicchu permit combined with a Machupicchu entrance fee so is costly.) To get the best value from this you should stay the night in Aguas Calientes and re-visit Machupicchu the next day with your walk up Huaynapicchu mountain done then as you also get that full extra day in Machupicchu. This is especially a good opportunity in wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu in good clear weather ! So this package includes the second entrance to Machu Picchu on the 5th Day and permit to walk Huaynapicchu mountain and train in the afternoon back to Cusco arriving around 9:00 pm on your 5th Day.
Please note:(Guide service, Bus tickets on Day 5th and Lunch are not included). Your train ticket is programmed at 16:30 pm (be at the train station 30 minutes before).Plaza San Francisco in Cusco 1 block from the main Cusco´s Plaza.
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
• All our itineraries are fully customizable, jus ask !
We recommend that you bring:
§ Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
§ A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
§ Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
§ Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
§ Trekking poles: metal tips are not allowed on the trail
§ Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
§ Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
§ Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
§ T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
§ Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
§ Camera and extra batteries
§ Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
§ Sunscreen, and sunglasses
§ Personal medical kit, insect repellent
§ Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
§ Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
§ 2 litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
§ Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
§ Bathing clothes for the hot springs for hikers with an extra night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
§ Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
§ Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles
§ If you don`t have sleeping bags, rain ponchos, trekking poles, water bottle, etc you can rent/buy them from SAS Travel at the office at your check-in 2 days before the trek departure.