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Hiker on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

$682.00

Trek the tough ancient route of the amazing Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: ITM4D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

Trek the tough ancient route of the amazing Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu
Among the world’s top hikes is the Inca trip that leads you towards Machu Picchu. Essentially the Inca Trail is a mountainous forest hike leading to the holy Inca city of Machu Picchu. The massive 33km trek normally takes 4 days to complete, combining a remarkable mix of Inca remains, green cloud forest, mountain scenery and a vivid sub-tropical jungle. More than 250 orchid species have been discovered in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Those who wish to conquer the challenging Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will require a certain degree of fitness. However age shouldn’t obstruct your path. It is very essential to be properly acclimatized to this altitude.

Highlight

  • The Ultimate Trekking Adventure to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • One of the most spectacular tours Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the best package that Sun Gate Tours offers.
  • Trek up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; you may it find it challenging but the fun and enjoyment is worth it.
  • Hike to the ancient ruins through the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; you can proceed further and go to Machu Picchu if you wish.
  • Increase your fun by camping along the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Camping services are also offered on the Andean mountains as near to the top as you like.
  • Step into Machu Picchu via the beautiful Sun Gate.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba

  • Pick up from the hotel at 05:00AM and transfer to the head of the Inca Trail at Piscacucho, Km 82 (2,850m/9,350ft) where we will meet the porters. The car trip from Cusco to Piscacucho takes around 3 hours. Our vehicle usually stops at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way for about an hour so that people can have breakfast.
  • We begin our trek of the Inca Trail by crossing the suspended bridge over the Urubamba River. We then hike on the shore, left of the Urubamba River as it runs northwest towards the Sacred Valley. We will continue on a flat surface to Miskay. As we continue on we will have the opportunity for an aerial panoramic view the inspiring Inca City of Llactapata from a vista adjacent to these amazing Ruins.
  • Resuming our trek through the valley, carved out by River Kusichaca, we will begin our ascent for around five hours until we arrive at the archaeological site of Huayllabamba (3,000m/9,840ft) where we will camp for the night. Throughout the journey we will enjoy the extravagant sights of the fantastic Vilcanota ridge which is located on the far side of Urubamba River. The imposing Veronica peak looms over us standing tall at (5,832m/19,134ft) over sea level. The first day of the Trail is simple and offers sufficient training for the days ahead.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 10.5 km (6.52 miles)
Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,970 m (9,744ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,970 m (9,744ft)

Day 2 – From Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu (Crossing the highest point)

  • This day is without a doubt the toughest and highest in terms of altitude on the trail, which includes a sudden and sheer ascent that goes on for about 11 km, so inexperienced hikers are allowed time to settle in. We recommend that you make special preparations for this day by packing your day bag with plenty of chocolates or candies to keep your blood sugar level high and curb the threat of altitude sickness.
  • After breakfast we will begin our demanding day with a sharp climb to the Warmiwañusca Pass, also called the Dead Woman´s Pass (4,200m/13,776ft). Along this path, the surroundings begin to transform to a mountainous terrain where we may see local alpacas and llamas grazing on the Ichu grass.
  • We will continue downhill from here using a winding path that bypasses a valley beside our next campsite. We will also go by an area known as the cloud forest, a habitat for various species of birds such as sparrows, hummingbirds and also the Andean bear better known as the Spectacled Bear.
  • After 6 or 7 hours of trekking we will descend into the valley of Paqaymayu (3,500m/11,480ft) where we will find our campsite. You will enjoy a wonderful meal and rest after an exhausting day.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 7.5 km (4, 66 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,210 m (13,812ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811ft)

Day 3 – Paqaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (Descending into the Cloud Forest)

  • After Breakfast we will make our way along the longest and most remarkable part of the trail. The presence of numerous archaeological sites as well as the green cloud forest and the rich presence of Andean flora and fauna will take your breath away. We will make our way from Paqaymayu to Abra Runkurakay, the second pass (3,955m/12,975ft).
  • Midway along the Inca trail, you will come upon the remains of Runkurakay, a semi-circular Inca domicile overlooking the Paqaymayu valley. After a short visit we make our way into the Cloud Forest to the Archaeological site of Sayacmarca where you will have a chance to explore.
  • Continuing the hike we will approach the third mountain pass at Abra Phuyupatamarca and descend to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, also known as “The Town in the Clouds” where you will have a chance to explore this astounding Inca vestige.
  • Next, we will make our way down a long stone stair case that will lead us to Wiñayhuayna (2,700m/8,858ft), an inspiring Inca center consisting of a thriving agricultural complex, an urban sector and a religious hub in close proximity of our camp. Wiñayhuayna becomes the last official camp before Machu Picchu.
  • Ensure that you are well rested so that you wake up in time to catch the marvelous sunrise at Machu Picchu. Remember to always form a tip pool, to be later given to the porters, cook, and guide. Generally a sufficient tip ranges from US$ 10 to US$ 40 per tourist. Keep in mind that these are voluntary tips, so please tip as you see fit depending on the service you receive.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 10.6 km (6. 58 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,955 m (12,975 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,700 m (8,858 ft)

Day 4 – Hike to Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary & Back to Cusco

  • At around 04:00AM you will get up, have breakfast and continue on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This is the last part of the journey so we will arrive to Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate (2,670m/8,759 ft), by 06:00AM.
  • Out of the blue every part of Machu Picchu will materialize before your eyes stuttering with its immense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The sight is overwhelming and you can imagine what the ancient Inca must have perceived after their taxing expedition to this expansive temple. At this point we move downhill towards Machu Picchu (2,430m/7,972ft), after a period of 40 minutes we will enter the citadel through the “House of the Guardians”.
  • We then proceed to the control point where we register and leave our belongings. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • You will then have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
  • Climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
  • Back to Cusco: You will descend back down to Aguas Calientes and later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

Approximate walking distance: 4.4 km (2.73 miles)
Estimated time walking: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,670 m (8,759 ft)

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

  • 1 person = US$ 1,383
  • 2 people = US$ 850
  • 3 people = US$ 726
  • 4 people = US$ 682
  • 5 people = US$ 638
  • 6 to 8 people = US$ 595
  • More than 9 people = US$ 576

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Do you want to close your group and not join with more people? Make your group private and close your group to just you and your family or friends for an additional cost of US$ 30 per person.

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 90 per person.
  • Extra porter to carry your personal items (maximum 14 kg / 31 lb) US$ 140.
  • Lunch at an Aguas Calientes Restaurant US$ 20 per person.
  • Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge restaurant (near Machu Picchu) US$ 46 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Ollantaytambo US$ 18 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 44 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with a rubber base (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share the tent) US$ 20 per person.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes (fifth day return) with Tourist hotels US$ 73 based on double room – You can upgrade Hotel category upon request please ask your travel agent.

Discounts Available

  1. Students: US$ 40 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (isic.org).
  2. Children: US$ 40 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Group Size – Typical group size 4-8 people, Maximum 16 people

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Km. 82 (starting point of the trail).
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu Mountain).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-person-capacity tent, to allow for greater comfort and safe storage of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season and highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and porters).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station-hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.

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