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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4Days/3Nights

The traditional Inca Trail is part of the vast road network of Inca roads over 23,000 kilometers that integrated the state of Tawantinsuyu , these roads led to ceremonial centers and the Inca army of Tawantinsuyu , to the people who were engaged in trade at the Inca time, as in the case of the Inca Trail to the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu, also have the flora and fauna of the zone. The beginning of this adventure starts in the control center or Piscacucho known as km 82, which is at 3 hours by bus from the city of Cusco.

"The inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best hiking trails in the world for its exquisite natural beauty and archaeological significance of the sites that lead to Machu Picchu. We will find some valleys that contain the fauna of the high deserts, the tropics, between stretches of Puna(Andean or high altitude site) and the cloud forest. All the way, we will come across archaeological centers like Pulpituyuq, Llactapata , Wayllabamba , Runkurakay,Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna, Inti Punku and the new wonder of the New World, Machu Picchu".

Book and Travel now with Enjoy Peru Holidays and as a comity we offer you a Box Lunch for your trip.

STUDENTS WITH ISIC CARD  GROUPS OF 8 PEOPLE OR MORE
Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .

Completely free of charge !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more.

Overview of the Tour:

  • Price 480.00 USD$.
  • 03 nights camping.
  • Includes: guided, transportation and Entrances to the places that we will visit
  • Food: 03 breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners.
  • Activities: Trekking to the Inca Trail and visit to the Archaeological Center of Machu Picchu.
  • Return Train Service on Tourist Class Expedition-84 18:35

Why Choose us, as your Operator on the route of Inca Trail?:

Important things that you have to carry to your travel to Inca Trail:

Validity and Conditions:

  • Valid from 01 January to 31 December of 2015.
  • Subject to Availability.

DAY 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba

We started our journey early by the morning, after collecting all our passengers we head towards Ollantaytambo, where those who wish can have breakfast, then we will continue to the Km 82 Piscacucho ( 2,700 m. ), Where is located the first control center, then begins the trek to Machu Picchu , after about 2 hours of trekking we will arrive to Llaqtapata ( 2,750 m. ) archaeological site of Inca edification which will be explained by our guide , after our visit to this interesting place, we will take a lunch prepared by our experienced cook and his team which insurance will leave you impressed with the food, after lunch we will continue our walk towards our 1st camp called Wayllabamba  (3,000 m.). Where after a short break we will take a lunch, then a dinner and stay overnight.

DAY 02: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca Pass - Pacaymayo

By the Morning after breakfast we continue the trek, this time we will begin to ascend slightly 9 Km on direction to the passage of Warmiwañusca (4,200 m. ) The highest point of the Inca Trail, which is a section with small stairs or terraces which makes it heavier and hard on the legs, we recommended an unhurried pace of each one, without concern that the group abandons us. Once all team members are gathered we will continue, but this time also we will descend by stony stairs; in this section you will appreciate variety of flora endemic of the zone, then we will arrive at our second place to camping called Pacaymayo(3,600 m.), we will have a good dinner and then we will spend the night there.

DAY 03: Pacaymayo - Wiñaywayna

After breakfast we will continue our hike, this stretch is 15 km. full of greenery and quantity of Inca archaeological sites of different functions. The first archaeological site that we will visit will be Runkurakay (3,970 m.) Which is another Inca archaeological complex of towers that has a strategic site, to observe the whole valley, then continue to Chaquicocha where we will take a lunch, then continue to Phuyupatamarka (meaning town or place above the clouds), the route will pass within a carved rock tunnel and continue towards Wiñaywayna, another wonderful complex where we will stay, the tour is 6 hours full of beautiful landscapes and vegetation in Wiñaywayna.

DAY 04: Wiñaywayna - Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu - Cusco

Earlier than usual, after breakfast we continue trekking to Machu Picchu, we will pass the last control and continue to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate ) and then to Machu Picchu , we will have a panoramic view of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, then we will have our guided tour, full of history, along with the tour guide, the most important and prominent sites of the sectors of the old Inca City ( Agricultural and Religious Sector ), then you will have time to take more photosrfedsxaz, and explore Archaeological site by your own interest; then we will return to Aguas Calientes where you can take a lunch, and finally go to the train station to return to the village of Ollantaytambo and from there by bus tour to the city of Cusco.

The visit to Huayna Picchu includes (USD 70.00)

If you are interested to include Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, you must to know that exist new regulations and the permits must to be purchased by forward, the cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu including the climb to Huayna Picchu is USD 70.00 extra, and we must have this confirmed at time of your booking.
(Include in the comment box on the booking form if you want to include the Huayna Picchu)

Importante Note:

  • Itineraries are subject to changes depending on the time of booking , the camps are provided by Ministry of Culture Cusco (institution that administers and regulates the Inca Trail).
  • The itinerary may vary depending on the weather and the health state of travelers.
  • The Train Included in all tours is Expedition Tourist (from / to Ollantaytambo) , the train schedule single day is confirmed before the trip, if you joined a group day before the start of the tour , we cannot guarantee that journey on the same train as the rest of the group.
  • The Train Schedule is subject to change depending on the time table of Peru Rail and availability.

Porter:

  • When you book an extra porter, you are contributing to the economy of the porter directly, and thus help his family to progress in the society.

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GRUPAL SERVICE (SHARED) PRIVATE SERVICE

US$ 480.00 (PER PERSON)

 

2 PAX: US$ 850.00 (PER PERSON)

4 PAX: US$ 800.00 (PER PERSON)

6 PAX: US$ 750.00 (PER PERSON)

8 PAX: US$ 700.00 (PER PERSON)

More participants, less price.

Throughout to your journey, you will join to small groups and will be guided by our local guides. A great opportunity to meet people from around the world and share their experiences.

You will have guides and private transport throughout the trip for you and your companions. We will also include special tours that are not available in the group category.

GRUPAL SERVICE INCLUDES PRIVATE SERVICE INCLUDES
  • Pick up from Hotel / Accommodation.
  • Bus Km. 82 (Piscacucho , where the Inca Trail begins ) .
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail.
  • Camping equipment: Store sleeping 4 people for every 2 people, mattress.
  • kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  • Chef.
  • Box Lunch (1 apple, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice " Frugos " granola bar.)

Box Lunch Salkantay

  • 1 Mineral Water, 1 Powerade.
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (Shared).
  • Food: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches, 03 dinners .
  • Porters (to carry camping equipment, kitchen and food. No passenger luggage).
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • One way Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 18:35.
  • Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco 22:30 approx.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen ball.
  • Options for vegetarians and special requests are available.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Trekking sticks.

Inca Trail Mattress

  • Transport (Airport - Hotel / Accommodation)
  • Pick up from Hotel / Lodging.
  • Bus Km. 82 (Piscacucho, where the Inca Trail begins) .
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail.
  • Camping equipment: Store sleeping 4 people for every 2 people, mattress.
  • Store room, kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  • Chef.
  • Box Lunch (1 apple, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice " Frugos " granola bar).
  • 1 Mineral Water, 1 Powerade.
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (private).
  • Meals: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches , 03 dinners .
  • Porters (to carry camping equipment, kitchen and food. No passenger luggage).
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • One way Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Vistadome tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 18:22 hours.
  • Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco 22:30 approx.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen ball.
  • Options for vegetarians and special requests are available.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Trekking sticks.
GRUPAL SERVICE DOESN´T INCLUDE PRIVATE SERVICE DOESN´T INCLUDE
  • Sleeping bag for the entire route of the trek. (You can hire us to US $ 20.00 per person for 3 days, Nikko brand - # 10 pen).

Inca Trail Sleeping Bag

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (US $ 70.00).
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (OPTIONAL)
  • One Way (US $ 12.00)
  • Round Trip (US $ 24.00)
  • Breakfast of the 1rst day (you must have taken at your hotel and /or accommodation in Cusco)
  • Lunch 4th day. (optional in Aguas Calientes)
  • Ticket to the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes Village (10 Nuevos Soles).
  • Extra porter to carry the passenger items.
  • Expenses not mentioned.
  • International flights from your home country.
  • Domestic flights:
    Lima - Cusco
    Cusco - Lima
  • Sleeping bag for the entire route of the walk. (You can hire us to US $ 20.00 per person for 3 days, Nikko brand - # 10 pen).
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (US $ 70.00).
  • Breakfast of the 1rst day (you must have taken at your hotel and /or accommodation in Cusco)
  • Lunch 4th day. (optional in Aguas Calientes)
  • Ticket to the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes Village (10 Nuevos Soles).
  • Extra porter to carry the passenger items.
  • Expenses not mentioned.
  • International flights from your home country.
  • Domestic flights:
    Lima - Cusco
    Cusco - Lima

 

OPTIONAL: If you need a hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we'll do the rest. We can also include the transfer "Airport - Hotel - Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person..
*NOTE: Travel costs do not include international flights and domestic flights (Lima - Cusco - Lima). The tour starts and ends in Cusco.

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARRY THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:

  • Backpack.
  • Trekking boots should be waterproof (recommended).
  • Warm clothing for the night.
  • Rainwear.
  • Binoculars.
  • Lantern.
  • Cap or Hat.
  • Long pants, jeans are not recommended.
  • Various t-shirts.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimsuit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included)
  • Toilet paper, handkerchiefs.
  • Hand sanitizers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Rain Coat.
  • Medicine and / or personal items (liquid for contact lenses)
  • Snacks: biscuits , energy bars , chocolate , fruit , muesli , water, etc.
  • Water bottle, you should drink plenty of water on the trek.
  • Purification tablets.
  • Original passport ( to the entrance at the Control of Machu Picchu).
  • Student card ( ISIC -% Discount) if it is applicable.
  • Have on hand, checks, coins and dollars in small denominations, euros or soles.
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Camera or camcorder.
  • Sleeping bag -10 ° C.

Important - The prices doesn´t include IGV for Peruvian passengers.

Requirements to Book the tour:

  • Start date of the tour.
  • Names (as appears on the passport)
  • Surnames.(as appears on the passport)
  • Nationality.
  • Number of Passport.
  • Birth date.
  • Name of your Hotel (to pick up you from your hotel or accommodation)
  • Telephone number to contact you.
  • Payment of 40% of the total cost of the tour.
  • Have a "Tourism Visa" if you are from Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.
  • The Prices are promotional to be paid in cash, for paying by credit card will incur an additional charge of 10% to the total.

What you should know about the Inca Trail:

  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance; so this month is not available.
  • The availability applies to the Inca Trail itself and not to our Agency. Whichever agency you choose, all have the same availability. Therefore, it is useless to contact another Agency if the date you want is already complete.
  • A large number of available spaces do not mean at all that we have “so much time“. Some agencies group their requests and it is not unusual to see 30 spaces go away in only 5 minutes.
  • Availability is controlled by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Only they are able to control and authorize the access to the Inca Trail.
  • According to the current regulations (Resolution No. 02-2003 - UGM- CD), access to the Inca Trail is limited to 500 people per day, including the staff. For this reason, the number of available spaces on this page corresponds to spaces for trekkers; ie approximately 40% of the total amount (approximately 60% corresponds to personnel).
  • According to the same regulations, reservations can only be made ​​for the current season (from March to January).
  • For dates out of season, you can pre - reserve the Trek paying an advance of 40 %, then 60% balance in January, when reservations open.
  • For practical reasons it is not possible to book less than 72 hours before the departure of the Trek or with 9 spaces or less available.

BOOKINGS
Reservations for the traditional Inca Trail must do 3 months in the high season (May to October) and limited spaces only 500 people per day enter to the Inca Trail). If there is no space in your travel date, we also offer alternatives such as Machu Picchu Inca Jungle, the Salkantay Trek and Lares Trek, No quota limits for these treks.

RECOMMENDED DATES
The best season to do the alternatives of Inca Trail such as Machu Picchu Inca Jungle 4d / 3n and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Salkantay 5d / 4n is between the months of April and December. The traditional Inca Trail can be done throughout the year is the month except February, when the route is closed for maintenance and rainy season. An alternative would be the Inca Trail Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4d / 3n.

PRICES

Rates are subject to changes, determined by different operators and organizers of immediate services, the Ministry of Culture, Peru Rail and Inca Rail.

This is a list of questions and answers, selected along the years covering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which had served to many travellers in their purpose of having a satisfying adventure, supported on the reliability that all estímate based on real experiences can give, taking into account both to the beginners adventurers and the experienced ones.

01.- How reliable this questionnaire is?

 We have been exhaustive on the making of this questionnaire, and you can rely on the given information to do not just this trekking but it helps even to define your adventure on other routes to Machu picchu.

02.- What really the Inca Trail is about?

The Inca Trail is the name given to a pedestrian route, built in times of the Tawantinsuyo Empire, a path that leads to the Machu Picchu citadel. This path starts in the km.82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway, ending in this citadel discovered in 1911. Inca Trail is not the name of a travel agency in particular, though many of these offer various circuits, using this denomination.

03.- Is it really worthwhile to do the Inca Trail?

Undoubtly it is. This trek is a unique experience in its kind, which mixes the adventure, the History and the mysticism.(regarded among the ten best trekking routes in the world.

04.- Of how much kilometers does this route consist?

About 42 km. (25-27 miles).The highest point along the route is 4,200 metres (Warñiwañusca 2second day ) and the lowest one is 2,300 metres aprox.(Aguas calientes village Machu picchu Last day)

05.- How much last the trip?

The most of the programmes complete it in 02, 04 or 07 days.

06.- How hard the Inca Trail is?

That depends on how accustumed you are to walk or to trek. The most of the route is a permanent downwards and upwards path, but there is not rock climbing or trot on glaciars. Therefore, you do not need to be very experience on trekking. The average height varies from 4200 M.A.S.L. on the upwards in the first stage, and 3500 in the second. On arriving at the Machu Picchu, the height is about 3200 and 2500 M.A.S.L.

07.-What kind of physical training do I need to be able to trek this route?

In absence of some universal measurement specified to determine the level of effort, we assure you that this is moderatly hard, but well achiveable. We have found that the first day is hard just for being the start of the trek on the Andes, and the second day, is the more steep, and therefore, harder because of the height which rises to 4200 M.A.S.L., the highest point along the trek (Warmiwañuska). Going on the trek gets easier.

If you want get yourself ready, the most appropriate exercise is obviously the walking outdoors, but any activity that produce endurance, such as jogtrot, running or swimming are very profitable. Endurance is more important than force, health or speed.

08.- What about the height?

The Inca Trail is so high that some people get sick. Feeling breathless is very common and it isn`t in itself a reason to get worried. Other symptoms from this so-called “altitude sickness”, intense seasicks, loss of the coordination and concentration.

If you or someone you are with show some of the altitude symptoms, such as: severe shortness of breath, noisy respiration, blue lips, froth in the mouth, confussion or loss of conscience, it will be needed to descend towards a lower altitude as soon as posible and look for help. We want neither banish nor to scare anybody, but precaution is always to be taken into account, but you’ll be very encouraged on knowing that the statistics say that over the last ten years there had not been any serious case concerning this issue. On the contrary, the 99 per cent of people had been able to attain their purpose: Machu Picchu.

The more probable is that you are not going to experience the annoying effects of the altitude, but is undoubtly worth while to spend some acclimatization time in Cusco, before the starting date. Those persons who go straight to the Inca Trail coming from a city about the sea level, are so much more tending to suffer some problems. I think that the best advice is to spend 02 or 03 climatazion days before the trek. (a great variety of pills are sold today in order to mitigate the altitude sickness).

09.- Is the Inca Trail dangerous?

No, it isn’t. Unless you are very reckless, it is unlikely that you suffer an accident. On the other hand, any site along the route is suitable to get medical aid. Anyway, if you are a cardiac patient, or you tend to suffer a diabetic crisis, epilepsy, or any other attack, you must be prepared for a well provided attention.

10.- What``s the best season to go?

The dry season (April to October) seems to be the most suitable. But I also advise you to visit Cusco in a particular time, during the months from November to March, because the views are more spectacular and plainly green, unforgettable scenes that are proper of the rain season.

11.- How much is the Inca Trail?

The prices had been increased recently as a result of the new regulations. The tariff for the Trail depends so much on the operator that you choose, although the service quality do not differ so. The most expensive are generally enterprises that sell their services abroad, through offices or agents. Their prices are never below USD$800. The majority of the people, of course prefers local operators, which generally include the operation expenses in the area, and their prices are between USD$ 400 and USD$600, a lesser margin compared with the previous, which doesn`t affect the quality service.

12.- I What can you tell me about the new regulations on the Inca Trail?

The new regulation came into force in January 1th 2004. Because of this law, the prices had suffered an increasing. Besides, it limits the number of visitors to this path, and it has established the obligatoriness of going as part of a guided group. We have published a good summary of such regulation in: normas. click Hire

13.- Is it true that the Inca Trail is closed every February?

This closing is a measure in order to preserve the natural environment, maintaining in February the necesary recovery of the path. We of course, agree with this conservation policy. In case you want to come during this month, you can choose among other alternative routes, equally interesting and rewarding that lead to Machu Picchu.

14.- With how long of anticipation I can make a reserve?

All reservations must be made well in advance (4 and 8 month) is recommended especially during the months June, July and August). Earlier is better due to restrictions on the numbers of trekkers permitted on the Inca Trail.

15.- Do I must make an advanced payment from the total cost of the trek?

Yes. This payment in advance is in order to ensure your reservation, (the spaces are bought from the goverment) So, you``ll have to deposit the sum from U.S.D.$150 to 250 depending of your operator in order to buy your spots from the goverment.

16.- In the case of cancelling my trek, do I have the right to the refunding of my money?

No. Unfortunately you``ll lose the advanced payment, since this amount had been spent in buying your spot, and those of the supporting staff.

17.- Can I pass my trek reservation to another person?

No. This isn’t posible since the Inca Trail regulation does not allow to do this kind of improvisations.

18.- Can I hire a porter just about the start of my trek?

No. All the porters are always hired very well in advance, and you must bear in mind that the porters also pay their spots in this way. This is the reason because at the time of making your reservation, simultaneously we make the reservations for them.

19.- Is it possible to switch the starting-date of my trek?

No, the goverment regulation forbids it.

20-. Should I hire an extra Porter when?

The standard service includes Porters for carrying the food, tents, dining tent and cooking equipment. However, during the Inca Trail trek you will have to carry your personal stuff (such as backpack, camera, etc) your sleeping bag and pad. Personal extra Porter can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired from USD$90 to USD$120 for all 4 days and will carry up to a maximum of 12kg (usually 1porter between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a porter to carry up to 6kg for USD$45 or USD$60 However, even with a personal porter, you will still need to bring a day small pack for essential items.(When you hire an extra porter, you are paying his entrance fee, food,transportation and salary; besides you are generating employment.

21.- What do we do for drinking water?

Will provide boiled water to fill your bottle at meal times, although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets 'MicroPur' can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco . With these tablets you have to wait 40 minutes before drinking. Take a bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco.

22.- Which campsites do you use?

Campsites are subject to change depending upon the crowds and the season. We generally try to camp in less trafficked areas so that travelers can enjoy the natural beauty of the Inca trail and minimize environmental impacts. The normal campsite are Huayllabamba, Pacamayu, Wiñay wayna.( You also must know that the goverment is the one in determining the campsites).

24-.What if I have medical emergency while hiking the trail?

A Guides carry a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler's diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.). They receive Red Cross First Aid and other emergency training every year.(If you have a medical treatment, please, do not forget your medication).

25.- What is the food like on the Inca Trail?-

A cook accompanies every group on the Inca trail. Almost invariably, travelers comment on the delicious menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hearty snacks are provided for your hike. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. Other special dietary requests can usually be accommodated as well with sufficient notice.

26- What is the weather like in Inca Trail?

The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Inca Trail lies in the forested fringes of the Salkantay basin, where showers can occur at any time of year. Therefore, even in the “dry” season, your daypack should always include full rain gear (both jacket AND trousers).

Daytime temperatures can vary greatly, with daytime highs ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to 32ºC/90ºF and nightime lows ranging from 10ºC/50ºF to a cold 4ºC/40ºF, though seldom much lower. The floor of the Wiñayhuayna gets very hot during the day. Bring your swimsuit for a delicious dip in this place.

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