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THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU

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THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

  • LOCATION: CUSCO, INCA TRAIL, MACHU PICCHU.
  • DURATION: 4 Days and 3 Nights
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to challenging.
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Inca Trail, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu.
  • AVAILABILITY: March to December.
  • MAX ALTITUDE: 4200 masl. / 13779
  • GOOD FOR: Over 16 years old, People who like adventure and nature with considerable levels of physical activity for walking. Those in moderate shape, or better.

This is one of the best-known hiking routes in all South America, and the most important of Perú; walking around the Inca Trail will be the most unforgettable experience in your life.

Walking by the same way that the ingenious Incas walked 5 centuries ago is something indescribable, find huge buildings in the high of the mountains, someone in the valleys and at the edge of cliffs will make you imagine the big effort they did to build the well-preserved stoned Trails.

Until now, these are the witnesses of the astonishment of the people who arrive from different places around the world to live this great experience, this trail will let you arrive in the citadel of Machu Picchu, as it made them with the Incas.

You have two options to go in this hike, the Classic 4 days Inca trail that due to the restrictions of the Peruvian Government with the desire to preserve the trail only provides 500 spaces per day.

Into this quantity is included, tourists, porters (carriers), tour guides and cookers, for this reason, we recommend making your reservation 4 months in advance or 6 months in advance of your trip if this will be between May to September.

Also, you have this version, a short Inca Trail 2 days, this for those people who don’t have enough time, this option is easier, you have availability every day, but you must book weeks in advance.

The Trail can be done by any person and any age but for physical conditions, we suggest from 12 years old, you don’t have to be an athlete but in a good shape to walk (we make this trail with 65 and 70-year-old people).

The difficulty is more for the altitude, the hike is in a tourist rhythm (this is not a rush), we go slow and have breaks.

We recommend for all the travelers and groups who want to go on the Inca Trail, arrive in Cusco at least 1 or 2 days before the trek departure to acclimatize very well, where you can do other activities in our nice city.

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:

  • We give you the clearest information in this media and we offer you several ways to contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, Zoom and Google Meet) where we can answer your inquiries at any time (honest tour without surprises and NO HIDDEN PRICES TO PAY)
  • We book all tickets you need like train tickets, entrance ticket for the Inca trail and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking any of the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time searching where you can get these tickets.
  • One day before your Trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel. where we will give all the tickets you will need in the tour, maps and more information about this experience
  • We take porters, they are people who will carry all the heavy stuff, like camping equipment (tents, cooking stuff), and food supplies.
  • We provide you adequate food (hot food – prepared – and served on a table) you can choose vegetarian and vegan option with no extra fees.
  • Our Tents with capacity for 4 people are used only for 2 people, your comfort is assured, we use inflatable mattresses and if you want we rent sleeping bags of Feather or Synthetics of -10 ° C.
  • We will make you understand every place you will visit and why you arrive in Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you the most accurate and updated information about this marvelous place to become your trip in a spectacular experience.
  • We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with well-conditioned vehicles, all of them with all the permissions required to work in tourism, also all our staff are very well trained to give you the best experience on your trip.
  • We give you facilities to pay, you can make the payment in two parts, ONE when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods as PAYPAL or Credit or Debit card VISA and MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.

TRIP OVERVIEW

DAY 1: Cusco – Piscacucho (Km. 82) – Wayllabamba.

DAY 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu.

DAY 3: Pacaymayu – Puyupatamarca – Wñaywayna.

DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

MAP OF THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

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FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Cuzco – Chilca – Wayllabamba.

We’ll pick you up from your accommodation at 6:00 am. Then we’ll leave from Cusco by bus, in this route we’ll see a beautiful landscape because we’ll pass for a high part of Cusco,

it will be 1 and 1/2 hours to arrive at the first stop Ollantaytambo, this place is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this place, you’ll have free time as 10 or 15 minutes to buy something maybe you forgot or simply some snacks,

after we’ll continue our route to the km. 82 Piscacuchu where we will start our adventure, after showing all our permissions and passports entrance tickets on the first control of the Inca trail we will cross the bridge, and we’ll start walking by the riverbank,

One hour later we’ll start to ascend to a nice viewpoint where we’ll find the first Inca site, this will be Llaqtapata, after the information of our guide we’ll continue walking to Wayllabamba our first camping site where we’ll rest this first day.

Walking Distance: 12 km (6.83 Miles) – 5 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2720 MSNM. (90945 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 3000 MNSM (9843 PSNM)
Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent).

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

After breakfast, we’ll continue our route, this second day of our adventure, for many the most difficult day, because it will be as seven or eight hours walking where the first four hours will be all uphill,

in this part, we’ll find hundreds of steps mixed with typical flora, small trees, and bushes, before arriving at the highest point “the Warmiwañusca pass”, (4200 m.a.s.l), from this place we’ll find a beautiful landscape.

Here, you will have a tremendous feeling of achievement mixed with relief on reaching the top. After lunch, you will continue from this place you’ll see more marked the Inca Trail (the stoned route) to arrive in Pacaymayo where you will have dinner and rest this second night.

Walking Distance: 13 km (8.07 Miles) – 7 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3000 MSNM. (9843 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4200 MNSM (13779 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent).

Day 3: Pacaymayo – PuyuPatamarka – Wiñaywayna

This day we’ll find many Inca sites, we’ll remember the second day because the first part will be uphill (max. 2 hours), to arrive in the second pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l.

Going up we’ll find the archaeological site of Runkurakay from this place you’ll have a nice view of the Pacaymayu Valley,

crossing the second pass, we’ll continue walking down to the Inca site of Sayacmarka one of the biggest places of the route,

after hearing the guide’s information we’ll continue our trek always finding other small Inca sites on the way, we’ll pass by one tunnel, a natural formation that the Incas used because that is the only way to continue in the trail,

At half way, we’ll have lunch, and we’ll have time to rest, our final destination this day will be the camping site of Wiñaywayna where we’ll rest this third night, in the afternoon you can visit the Inca Site.

Walking Distance: 15 km (9.32 Miles) – 8 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3580 MSNM. (11745 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4000 MNSM (13123 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4-season tent)

Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we’ll have to start to walk very early to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one-hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Sun Gate,

also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a short free time to take the first pictures, then we will go down to the gate to leave all our stuff and use the restroom,

then we will have two hours guided tour around the citadel, visiting the main sites and temples, after this guiding tour you will have free time to walk around and explore Machu Picchu by your own,

then we’ll go down to Aguas Calientes town, this will be 50 minutes walking (you have the option to take a bus 25 minutes for US$ 12.00),

In Aguas Calientes you will have free time to have lunch, then In the afternoon we’ll take a train for one and a half hours to Ollantaytambo and there we will pick you up to bring you back by bus to Cusco.

Walking Distance: 5 km (3.11 Miles) – 2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2680 MSNM. (8793 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 2730 MNSM (8957 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Included:

  • Briefing: A day before your tour departure we brief you with the most important information about the trek, this will be in our office at 18:30 hrs. We are flexible with this schedule, we understand you would like to enjoy Cusco, so if you are on a tour and arrive after do not worry.
  • Pick up at your Hotel: We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco (If it is located around a street where our minibusses can not reach, our guide will go to your hotel and take you to where the bus is.).
  • Transport: Transportation for our groups To go from Cusco to Piscacuchu (Km 82) (2 and 1/2 hours), This is provided in a private car only for our group and our staff.
  • Camping Equipment: Tents for sleeping (4 seasons) with capacity for 4 people, where only get in 2 people in each (so you have more room inside), Dining and Kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and also a camping inflatable mattress.
  • Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners + Wake Up Coca tea in each morning at the campsites (Vegetarian and vegan option with no extra cost).
  • Professional Tour Guides: All our staff of guides is English-speaking, well-trained and with a lot of experience in this route and Machu Picchu, they are ready to create a great experience for you and will have you arrive in Machu Picchu safe and sound.
  • First aid kit: Our guides carry some basic medication and oxygen for any trouble in the trail.
  • Support Staff: Auxiliary Tour Guide when we go more than 12 people, Cook and Assistant (They are specialized in cooking on the mountains).
  • Porters: They will carry all camping equipment and food supplies.
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu: We will book and getting ready your ticket for this very important trek, this will be valid to get to Machu Picchu as well.
  • Train Tickets to Return: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (VOYAGER TRAIN – INCA RAIL or EXPEDITION TRAIN- PERU RAIL) This will be around 18:20 or 19:00 hrs.
  • Transportation: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco, this service is provided with minibusses of 15 or 20 people (Renault Master or Sprinter Mercedes-Benz).
  • Taxes: All taxes are included.

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee for Waynapicchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 2 and 1/2 hours from Machu Picchu Citadel, it has an extra cost of US$ 70.00 You have to ask for availability.
  • Entrance fee for Machu Picchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 3 and 1/2 hours from has an extra cost of US$ 70.00 You have to ask for availability.
  • Bus tickets to go down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes: All the group goes walking if you want to take some of those busses you can buy the tickets there (US$ 12.00).
  • Sleeping bag: (US$ 20 the rental for the tour).
  • Walking sticks: (US$ 20 the rental for a pair).
  • Meals: First breakfast, last lunch, special snacks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips: All gratitude is really welcome.

IMPORTANT

Important:

  • US$ 25.00 Off for people who belong to The Andean Community group (Perú, Colombia, Ecuador y Bolivia).
  • US$ 35.00 Off for those students with Under graduated student card, (this ID must be made in PVC material, and it must have the next requirements: university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, its year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.), the ISIC cards are not valid anymore.
  • Discount of US$ 35.00 for under 18 years old.
  • According to the new regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 2019, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is valid only for a single entry to the park (this means: The passenger enter, walk around, go out and can not re-enter again), usually all people stay between 4 and 5 hours into Machu Picchu, if you would like to stay a longer time, you must buy another ticket (US$ 50.00 Extra), the park is open until 17:30 hrs.
  • Prices are for tours in shared service (group tour), groups of 10 to 16 people per guide, inquire for prices in private tour.
  • We have departure every day, you must see availability of spaces for the date you want.
  • To start this trek, you have to be at least one day before in Cusco (02 days recommended).

Upgrade:

  • Private Transportation to return: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20.00 (Per way, per person); This gives you a pleasant trip without waiting and picking up other people of the group tour.
  • Train returning at 16:12 hrs. TRAIN 360° Inca Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 30.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with Taller and wider panoramic windows and an outdoor observatory wagon with bar, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 20:20 hrs.
  • Train returning at 16:43 hrs. TRAIN VISTADOME – Peru Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 35.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 21:00 hrs.

What you need to take:

  • Standard backpack (45 to 50 liters, the idea is you feel very comfortable with what you are carrying).
  • Warm clothes (jacket, Thermals, fleece, gloves, scarf and beanie), this is for the cold nights.
  • Waterproof clothes (jacket, pants, and gloves) If you don’t have those, you can buy in Cusco a Rain Poncho, the weather on the mountain is very changeable.
  • Comfortable Hiking shoes (waterproof, the better).
  • Comfortable clothes as 3 or 4 T-shirts, 2 or 3 pairs of longs pants (leggings works), 3 or 4 pairs of Trekking socks or wool socks, Short (Optional, remember there are mosquitos).
  • Sandals (optional, to be chill out at the campsites).
  • Shorts, t-shirt, trekking boots, sandals, socks.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Flashlight.
  • Water purification pills.
  • Camera or video camera.
  • Mosquitos repellent.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Extra money in soles.
  • Optional (Sunglasses, walking sticks).

PRICES

TOUR IN SHARED SERVICE

This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 10 to 15 participants, that doesn’t mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.

“BEST PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 599.00”

TOUR IN A PRIVATE SERVICE

This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, prices vary according to the number of people in your group:

2 PEOPLE: US$ 1220 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 1120 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 1020 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 920 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 780 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 690 PER PERSON

HOW TO BOOK

STEP 1: SEND YOUR INFORMATION

Complete the booking form down here or send data of all the travelers to info@inkatimetours.com like full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, or a copy of passports, indicating the exact date of travel; Our privacy policies are strict, INKA TIME will use this information exclusively to nominate the reservation tickets, we never share this information with third parties.

STEP 2: MAKE A DEPOSIT

You can book and pay for the tour from our website if you are booking via email, you must choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment at least is 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: payments via “PayPal“, with debit or credit card Visa or Mastercard (these last two options have an 8% fee), or wire money by Western Union any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose.

STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION

If you make the reservation on our website the confirmation will be automatic, if you do via email, upon receipt of all passenger(S) data and once we received information of your payment, we will send you your receipt (VOUCHER OF RESERVATION), at this moment your reservation will be guaranteed 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours, considering our business hours GMT – 5).

NOTE

*Every year on February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance
*Every passenger have to carry their own equipment, these are your backpack and sleeping bag and sleeping pad (mattress) (this for the passenger that book this tour in a group service (Groups from 8 to 14 people)

Check the spaces available for the Inca Trail in real-time:

WHY BOOK WITH US?

  • We make a direct job for the passenger (Contract between the tour operator and travelers), no intermediaries, we don’t give commissions to travel agencies or any other third parties that inflate the costs.
  • All our staff is 100% local (people from Cusco), all professionals in tourism, who have constant training courses and good customer service (Customer = friend), with this we guarantee the service we provide.
  • We are really a Tour Operator with all the permits and certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and the Minister of Tourism (DIRCETUR y MINCETUR).
  • We have 14 years experience in this market, so, we know all the fails of other companies, this is why we have the knowledge to solve fast and efficiently any unexpected problems (those small details are our different).

Our Customers are the best guarantee, look at what people say about INKA TIME. 

  • star rating  The red valley is really worth seeing. I loved this experience. The guides are very nice and it was one of the rare agencies to offer this service.

    Rafaëlle B
    July 29, 2021

    star rating  Good experience with organized 4 days tour from Cuzco to Machu Pichu. Accommodation , food, guide, carry for luggage, and entrance tickets were all arranged by the agency.

    Niels_vD_NL
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  Awesome people and company, they took care of everything I needed and made the experience very enjoyable. I arranged the trip with Beto who was very helpful and also Elizabeth... read more

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    March 28, 2021
  • star rating  Awesome people and company, they took care of everything I needed and made the experience very enjoyable. I arranged the trip with Beto who was very helpful and also Elizabeth... read more

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    March 1, 2021

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    March 1, 2020
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    February 1, 2020

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    February 1, 2020

    star rating  Perfect service and price! Our guide Elvis was very kind, funny and knowledgable! Would recommend to anyone!

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    January 31, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

1.- I am just one person, can I join some group tour?

Yes, you can, we have departures every day, feel free to decide when to go.

2.- We don’t like to go in a big group, can we arrange a private tour?

Yes, you can, in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, our group tours go with 12 or 15 people, but if you want, you can also arrange a private tour, we have different rates for it depending on how many people you are.

3.- I will travel with my family, we have two 55 YO people, do you think, can they make it?

We had people on this trek of 60 and 65 YO, but they were in good shape to walk, they were well custom to walk, the difficulty is more for the altitude.

If that is the case with your family, everything will run normally. If you think they are not too fit to do it, we recommend taking a Private tour, that will be a perfect plan to do the tour quite easily and smoothly.

4.- We want to take the tour included Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, do we have enough time to do it on the same day tour of Machu Picchu?

Yes, On this tour you will sleep in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machu Picchu) so you can take some of the first busses, the park opens at 6:00 am. Suppose that you will get in at 7:00 am.

First, you can climb the Mountain (2 or 3 and 1/2 hours hike) until 10:30 am. Then, you can go out to use the restroom or eat something and rest, then you can start the guided tour around the citadel (Around 2 hours) until 14:00 hrs.

Then you will have free time to continue exploring on your own, the park is open until 5 pm. You will have like 10 hours to be there, the train departure to return is at 19:00 hrs.

5.- How about my luggage, I know I can’t take all my stuff?, where can I store it?

All stuff you will not use on the trek can be store at your hotel, all accommodations in Cusco have storage, so if you book the night when you can back from Machu Picchu, you can leave there.

Also, if you want you can leave your stuff in our office, for that you can write to our email.

6.- How about the altitude, Are going to pass by other places higher than Cusco?

Cusco city is located in 3350 masl. (10990 Ft.), on this trek, on the 2nd and 3rd day you will pass by higher places like Warmiwañusca Pass (4215 m. / 13829 ft.) and Puyupatamarca Pass (3650 m. / 11975 ft).

Then all the rest is lower altitude than Cusco, Aguas Calientes 2050 masl. Machu Picchu is located in 2450 masl (8038 Ft.).

We always recommend having at least one or 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize; altitude sickness is very different for everyone, sometimes you don’t have any problem.

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