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Classic Inca Trail to Machupicchu 4d/3n

  • Service type: Private
  • Physical rating: Strenuous
  • Group size: Max: 16
  • Min age: 10+
  • Departure: Contact us
  • Duration: 4 Days
Overview:

The Inca Trail is widely regarded as one of the top ten treks of      the world, for its combination of Inca ruins, high passes, snow-capped mountains and ever changing ecosystems. As we hike you will learn about its history, flora and fauna with the help of our expert guides.  Four days later, having walked 28 miles (40 km) and crossed passes up to 4200m you will reach the climax of this sacred pilgrimage, the wonderful of Machu Picchu.

Private Services:

These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: CUSCO – INCA TRAIL km 82 – HATUNCHACA “lets the adventure begin”

The first day of the Inca Trail is easy, helping you to settle into the trek. 6:00 am pick up time after a good rest in your selected hotel.  A two hour ride by private bus takes us to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we stop for few minutes to buy any last minute items. We then continue to Km 82, the start of the trail. We will hike 5 or 6 hours to the village of Hatunchaca where we camp for the night, we have a nice time meeting our chef and porters who will be with us along this adventure.

  • Meals: lunch, dinner,
  • Total distance: 11km
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 02:HATUNCHACA-PACAMAYO “The death woman’s pass”

Today is our challenge day, the biggest climb of our hike to the death woman’s pass but with plenty of time to rest and enjoy the Andes mountains, a steep climb takes us through the high-cloud forest up to Llulluchapampa where we will stop for lunch and good rest, after we recover the energy We continue to the Warmiwañusca pass (4 200 m) (13 770 ft.), the highest point of our trek some 5 hours from camp. After the pass we descend for two hours to Pacamayo where we camp.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Total distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Maximum altitude: 4,215 m (13,828 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)

Day 03: PACAMAYO-WIÑAY WAYNA “unforgettable day!”

After breakfast we begin to climb once again to the second pass at (3,950 / 12,980 ft.) from where should have fantastic views of Pumasillo mountain. Descending from the pass we notice the vegetation becoming more tropical. Our descent takes us to the Inca town of Sayacmarca set in a stunning location between two valleys. The trail then climbs gently passing though high jungle, arriving at our third pass (3,600m/11,800ft.) From this our last pass, we visit the site of Phuyupatamarca before beginning our long descent down the famous Inca steps and onto our campsite at Wiñay Wayna.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Total distance: 16 km (9.9 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,950 m (12,980 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,700 ft)

Day 04: WIÑAY WAYNA- MACHU PICCHU- AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO “Finally…Machupicchu”!

Rising very early in the morning we wait at the check point, once it opens, we walk for 1.5 hours to arrive at the Sun Gate, our first view of Machu Picchu then we descend 45 minutES We will arrive to explore this magnificent site. Guided tour of Machupicchu, it takes approx 2 – Hrs and leads you through all the most important areas, miradors, temples, residences, best spots and all archaeological sites with the insights of very capable guides. Afterwards we take a Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes in time for some lunch before boarding the afternoon train back to sacred valley then a private transportation back to Cusco to your selected hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Total distance: 5 km (3miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 2 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)

TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN. – For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots… the cost of the ticket is US$ 80.00 pp extra.

What is Included:
  • Pre- trek briefing with guide on eve of departure
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant guide for more than 9 people
  • Entrance fees for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Transportation from hotel to start of trail and from Machu Picchu back to Cusco
  • Cook, dining tent, table, chairs and latrine tent
  • Porters to carry supplies camping equipment and client’s duffel bags
  • Drinking water on trail
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon teas 3 dinners and trail snacks
  • Good quality two man tents
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen
  • Foam sleeping mat ( more comfortable inflatable ones can be hired for U$20)
What is not Included:
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch Day 4
  • Admission ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (extra cost of $80)
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
Options:
  • Extra porter for 7 kilos/15.5 pounds of personal kit (we include duffel bag) : If required these can be hired for U$70. Please let us know at time of booking
  • Sleeping bag hire: If required these can be hired for U$25 per person. Please let us know at time of booking
  • Sleeping mattress hire: we include a basic foam mattress but many find an inflatable mattress much more comfortable. These can be hired for U$20. Please let us know at time of booking
  • Special dietary requirements: We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs. Please let us know at time of booking.
What you need to bring:
  • Original passport (everyone-the one you booked with) and your ISIC card (students claiming discount).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A comfortable 25 Lt trek backpack to carry your personal belongings if you hired a personal porter for 7 Kg. (A duffle bag is provided then porters will carry your belongings in.)
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired at time of reservation for US$25 for the 4 day trek)
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  • Strong, comfortable footwear
  • One complete change of clothing
  • Warm clothing for the evenings ( can reach minus 5 Celsius/23 Fahrenheit)
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sun hat – Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, and spare batteries
  • Swimsuit (it may be possible to visit the hot springs at Aguas Calientes dependent on time of train – 10 soles entrance fee not included in price)
  • Cash – Money in soles or dollars.
Recomendations:
  1. We suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek to allow
    yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you
    will enjoy the trek.
  2. Please let us know the name and telephone number of your hotel in Cusco so
    we can locate you if needed.
Adventure Travel FAQs:

Do I need to be in good physical condition to hike in the Andes?

Our treks; Inca Trail, Salkantay trek, Ausangate, Lares trek, Choquequirao trek, etc. are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you want to immerse and hike the Andes to be in relatively good physical condition and acclimatization.
We suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. Also, we suggest you arrive in Cusco at least two/ three days before your trek to allow yourself time to acclimatize. The more acclimatized you are the more you will enjoy the trek.

What is altitude sickness “Soroche”?

Altitude sickness is caused by ascending too rapidly, which doesn’t allow the body enough time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure. Symptoms include headache, vomiting, insomnia and reduced performance and coordination.

How can I reduce the risk of altitude sickness?

Arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior your trek to have time to acclimatize, avoid rapid ascents specially on your first day and get enough sleep/rest. Drink plenty of fluids / water and stay hydrated is vital (coca tea, a local remedy). Eating light/ small meals will help your body digest food more efficiently at high altitudes. If you feel symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately and rest until you feel better. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about being at altitude. There are many medications that they can be provided.

Weather in Cusco and treks to Machupicchu

Cusco’s climate is divided into two seasons: the rainy season, from November to March (the heaviest rains generally occur between January and March); and the dry season, from May to September.
Along the Inca Trail (May to September, high tourist season), temperatures range from 15° – 20ºC (59°F-68°F) during the day if it is sunny, and from 05-10ºC (41°F-50°F) during the day if it is not sunny and from 0-05ºC(32°F-41°F) during the night in between the first and second campsites. In Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, which is a subtropical zone, at a lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer, although warm clothing is still recommended at night.

What is the weather like in Machu Picchu year-round?

Temperature: Machu Picchu is located in a tropical cloud forest and rain is present throughout the year, even in the dry season months. The average temperature ranges between 54ºF and 75ºF (12ºC and 24ºC). On the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF (26°C).

Inca Trail Important Notice

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published on Nov 12, 2004, the Inca Trail Regulation that refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount for passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees.

Inca trail availability

Due to the popularity of the Inca Trail, we highly recommend that you book as far in advance as possible in order to secure a place. There are only a limited number of permits issued per day. We do of course have many other exciting treks to should you be too late to secure a permit.

Ticket for huaynapicchu or machupicchu mountain. –

For hikers who want to add a climb to Huaynapicchu mountain once you finished the tour at Machu Picchu tour, please let us know far in advance to secure spots. There is a limit number of permits issued per day!

Is the water safe and included in my tours?

We water at our private transportation for all of our tours and boiled water along our treks. We insist on a “Leave no trace” tourism by implementing plastic-free tours. Everyone should carry their canteens to reduce the use disposable bottles. (Eco friendly Attitude, we provide the water and you bring the bottle!)

What equipment will be provided by Andes Immersion on the treks?

We always make sure to have the best equipment on our treks. On the basic trek, you will always find sleeping tents (double occupancy), dining tents (with tables, stools, and dining tools) and cooking tents (where our staff will prepare delicious meals).

Appropriate clothing along the treks

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light rain gear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in the first two campsites, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the Pack List.

Extra Gear and Clothing

We genuinely believe that when our staff is treated well and everyone is equipped with quality hiking equipment, clothing, and anything else they may need to do their job the very best they can, everyone wins. If you have equipment or clothing you may not use again, you can donate it to a porter! Headlamps, sleeping bags, trekking poles, clothing are all greatly appreciated.

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Certainly, any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Environmental responsibility “Leave no trace tourism”.

Nowadays, we are all concerned about the environment and care of Mother Nature (Pachamama), we understand the potential harm that can come from taking groups through many of the delicate environments, we are licensed operators and we do insist in a policy of …” “Leave no trace tourism”. our tours are plastic-free; everyone should carry their canteens to stop using disposable bottles.

Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cope with any medical emergencies, any costs incurred due to delayed or cancelled flights and for loss or delay of baggage.
People visiting Peru can buy travel health plans to protect themselves and their traveling companions from large out-of-pocket expenses due to unforeseen injury or illness. Although health concerns are the primary reason people purchase trip insurance for Peru. we recommend World Nomads™ – Travel Insurance Peru