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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu continues to be one of the most sought after and exciting adventure programs in the world.
Trek between Andean peaks, through cloud forests and along stunning mountain valleys. Follow an ancient route laid down by the Inca culture and pass the ruins of this new world empire while camping beneath a star filled sky. Chose between the 5 day classic Inca Trek and the 6 day Salkanty/Chilco trek.
It is essential that reservations are made well in advance of travel. Trail permits are limited and required for all travellers. Many Inca Trail dates are already sold out.
2 departures each week between April to November from Cuzco
CLASSIC TREK 4 DAYS (group): $ 935 USD (includes train return to Cuzco and porterage)CLASSIC TREK 5 DAYS (group): $ 10,40 USD (includes train return to Cuzco and porterage)SALKANTAY 5 DAY TREK (private): $ 1,040 USDSALKANTAY 6 DAY TREK (private): $ 1,190 USDALSO SEE SALKANTAY LODGE TO LODGE TREKTrain journey back to Cuzco included
Best trekking season April - November
Day 1: Cusco/Wayllabamba ((B,L,D)Between 4:00 and 4:30 am, we will pick you up at your hotel in our own private bus. We will then drive to Piskacuchu (2700 masl), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco/Machupicchu railroad. Starting at this point, we will cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River as it flows north-west along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we will arrive in Miskay (2800 masl), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the Inca city of Patallacta (2750 masl). We will continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach our first campsite in the Wayllabamba village (3000 masl). All along the way we will see spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.Day 2: Wayllabamba/Pacaymayo (B,L,D)We will wake up at around 6:00 am, and after breakfast we will leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihua?usca (Dead Woman's Pass), we will see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We will also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we will descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600 masl), where we will camp after approximately 6h of hiking.Day 3: Pacaymayo/ Winaywayna (B,L,D)This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we will visit and learn about from our guide. From Pacaymayo we will climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we will visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we will descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 masl). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we will arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means town over the clouds. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Winaywayna (2700 masl). At this campsite we will find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge. Winaywayna is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector.Day 4: Winaywayna/Machu Picchu (B,L)On this fourth and last day we will get up at 4.00 am to leave Winaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we will see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we will descend into Machupicchu, and 40 minutes later we will enter the citadel from the highest point through the House of the Guardians. We will then descend to the control point where we will register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We will immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths. Overnight Machu Picchu Santuario Inn Aguas Calientes.Day 5 Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)Day at leisure. You may wish to return to the ruins (second entrance fee not included $ 60 USD per person plus shuttle bus service). Other options are exploring the town, taking advantage of the thermal bath or nature hiking. In the afternoon we will take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall.
Day 1 Cusco / Mollepata (B,L,D)We will depart early in the morning. We journey west through the Anta Valley and over the Vilcaconga pass. Descending into the warm and dry valley we visit the Inca temple of Tarawasi, a fine example of Inca ceremonial stonework. A little further along the road we climb to the village of Mollepata, where our mule drivers will be waiting to load our things on to horses or mules. We will then walk a short distance towards a nearby valley where we will camp at 3250m (10,660ft), from where we will get fine views of the valley below us. Overnight tented camp.Day 2 Rio Blanco (B,L,D)We climb a summit above the Rio Blanco, which is fed by Salkantay's principal glacier. It is common to see condors along this section of the trail. From our campsite at 3800m (12,500ft) we will have our first sight of the south face of the Salkantay massif (6247m / 20.600ft). Overnight tented camp.Day 3 Salkantay Base Camp (B,L,D)We continue our steep ascent up the enormous glacier, arriving at our most spectacular campsite at 4600 metres (15,100ft) directly below the south face of Salkantay. It was from here that a Japanese team successfully climbed the knife-edge ridge that begins at our camp and ends at the summit. Overnight tented camp.Day 4 Ancasqocha (B,L,D)Today we will go to the lagoon of the eagles called Ascascocha, by crossing the last pass at 4600m (15088 ft), our path continues along the way that goes down to Chilca valley where we will camp. Day 5 Machu Picchu (B,L)Today we will leave the camp early and will walk a few hours to arrive to Chillca, where we will take the train to Machu Picchu, the train will arrive our destiny in about one hour and half.Machu Picchu: In the company of our guide we will visit the temples, houses, agricultural terraces and palaces and also have some time to explore the ruins individually. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Santuario Inn Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Day 6 Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)Day at leisure. You may wish to return to the ruins (second entrance fee not included $ 40 USD per person plus shuttle bus service). Other options are exploring the town, taking advantage of the thrmal bath or nature hiking. In the afternoon we will take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall.The Program includes RT transfers in Cusco, all meals during the trek , two person tents + a kitchen/dining room tent, all porters and cook, emergency first aid kits, all entrance fees to Machu Picchu, and train to Cuzco.Not included : Air transportation to Cuzco, airport taxes, hotel while in Cuzco. We suggest that all participants arrive at least one - two days in advance in order to accommodate themselves to the altitude.We suggest you bring personal sleeping bag (or available from us for daily rental fee of US$5 daily), plastic rain poncho, sun screen or sun protector lotion, sun glasses, good trekking boots, long pants and shorts, a light jacket, good sport socks, flashlight with extra batteries, any personal medications required, and plenty of film.
Services included in trekking services:
Private bus outbound and returnEnglish speaking tour guide Entrance feesTrekking services, including: camp cook, porters and camp assistant(s)Single supplement includes: single tent on trekAll group camping equipment, double tents and Thermarest, kitchen and/or dining tent, and toilet tentFood: hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described in the above itinerary (B.L.D.)All our trash produced during the trek, returns to CuscoFirst-aid kitServices not included:
Tips to guideDrinksTravel insurance - ask us for a quotePersonal expenses: clothing and sleeping bag, laundry, telephone calls, etc.Meals not included in the programAIRFARE: Airfare from your home city to join up with the Inca Trek is available and can be booked on an individual basis using promotional fares at time of booking.Sample fares:from Toronto - $ 825 CAD plus departure tax from Calgary, Vancouver $ 1150 CAD plus departure taxfrom Miami - $ 650 USD plus departure taxfrom New York - $ 725 USD plus departure taxPeru domestic air: Lima - Cuzco - Lima $ 260 USDPeru Extensions can be added
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