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INCA TRAIL BUDGET 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS      

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
   

INCA TRAIL BUDGET 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

 
 

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested tours for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We will offer a walking adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning to the end, of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of highlands and jungle. There is no other natural place in our planet which could show you a constantly changing variety of ecological floors, surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers, as well as a great variety of animals and plants. Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic with the natural environment and all of these natural wonders are added to the Inca buildings which worth the effort to visit and enjoy

DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2014 (Not available on February)
DEPARTURE: Daily since 2 people subject to availability
PRICE PER PERSON
ADULT: US$659
GUIDE SERVICE: Shared (Group)
RETURN : Expedition Train
Upon request: Upgrade to Vistadome Train

 

Important Note:
Before taking this tour you must know about the new regulations created to minimize impact on the fragile environment of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, now days only 500 people in total including guides, cooks and porters on the classic Inca Trail, the shorter Inca Trail and the Salkantay trek 7 days are allow to enter in Machu Picchu though the Inca trail daily.
We advise you to book early (at least 90 days in advance is recommended) to secure your spot.

On the other hand, you must have the following information to reserve as in your passport and from each participant in your group:

*Trek departure date:
*Prior arrival date in Cusco
*Name (as in your passport)
*Middle Name
*Surname
*Passport Number
*Citizenship
*Birth date
*Special Food Requirement
*Height
*Gender: Male / Female
*Student with ISIC card: No / Yes
*Accommodation in Cusco (Address and Phone Number)

Important: Take note that once your spot is reserve and confirmed is non refundable neither allow to do any modifications like names, passport numbers or so.
We appreciate your cooperation in this fact as we work with the new regulations.
 

 
DAY 1 PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy Day)

wpe8.jpg (39598 bytes)You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred in our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we will cross the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get prepared to the walking with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and porters). At this point, the passengers will have to show their passports to the security personnel of the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able to cross a bridge that will take you to the other side of the river where they will start climbing in a parallel line to the Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”, which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca building known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point we will stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and take a little break.

Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours walk we will arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.

Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the Inca Trail, seasons. (L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.

 
DAY 2 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The Challenge Day)

Inka Trail.jpg (15782 bytes)In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00 am. This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast before starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a narrow road covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip you should climb many stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to the highest point of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for which we will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the most difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter height; however this part is also known as one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top of the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of the Andean mountains. For this special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a winding valley until the point where we will stop and have lunch. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild birds.

At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be aware that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours

DAY 3 PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The Unforgettable Day)

machupicchu.jpg (12881 bytes)A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk climbing through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After hearing the historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass, located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will find a little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose and other native bird species. After the pass, we will descend to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope, surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water channels that are spectacular works of hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of the most beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is located a few meters away. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Camping
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.

 
DAY 4 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU (The Special Day)

peruvian ruins.jpg (6343 bytes)We’ll leave from Cusco early in the morning by Tourist Train all the way to Aguas Calientes Town (4 hours travel Approx.), there we will get the Hotel first to leave our stuff, then we will have the option to Enjoy a nice walk to Mandor which is a nice area full of Birds and Orchids, 2 km, away of the town and it takes 2 hours guided tour round trip. Mandor Pampa is just 2 km, following the truck of the train going to the bank of the river a site behind Huayna Picchu Mountain (the holy one, usually you see it behind Machu Picchu at the classic Picture).

Afternoon from 5 p.m. a nice option to enjoy the great Hot Springs at Aguas Calientes Town, hot ones , good to recover yourself and have a good break. Overnight (B,L)

 
 
Included:

•Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
•Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
•A large tent, for each 2 persons.
•Mattress, one per person.
•Kitchen tent.
•Dining tent.
•Enough tables and chairs.
•English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
•An expert cook.
•Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment )
•Train Ticket
•Full meals during the trek.
•Daily snack bag.
•Daily afternoon tea service.
•Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
•Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
•Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
•Transfer train station / hotel
•Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

 
Not Included in the fee:

•Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
•Lunch last day
•Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
•Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
•Sleeping bag

 
WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING:

•A backpack with necessary change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
•Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
•Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
•Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
•Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
•Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
•Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
•Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
•Sun block
•After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
•Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
•Handkerchiefs
•Toilet paper
•Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
•Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
•Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
•Small towel
•Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
•Cash in soles and/or US$ (No ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
•Original passport
•Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
•Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

STUDENT DISCOUNT:
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information.
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.



This is the ONLY Student card to apply the discount

When booking a trek: The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 4 months in advance!! However don't make a booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since "these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit"

* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an Inka Trail Expedition take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the rest of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals has an storage rooms to keep it until your return)


PARK REGULATIONS
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites can be used).

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Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application. You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and actually starting the trek YOU WILL MUST bring both passports (New and Old).
If you make a trek booking at the student price you must send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit. If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price!!!!!

Trek Options:

1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter (maximum 9kg or 18lb per person) can be hired for US$135. If you hire the services of a third of a porter (you will need to supply the small padlock). However, even with this service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why we have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you can give to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The maximum amount that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 20kg or 42lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the services of an extra third porter.

2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.

3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are synthetic (easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are guaranteed to be clean.

Cost: US$35 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).

TRAIN SERVICES:
The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients

The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.


If you will take any trek with us. we ask you to fill the customer chart regarding the commentaries or otherwise you can inform to the Operations Department.
This is a very important requirement and necessary to do after take the tour to avoid problems regarding the quality of the service and help you to resolve it before you leave to your country otherwise our agency is assuming that all your services was ok therefore we are not going to accept any claims.

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Fax Number +51 1 2421273

Cusco: 998182455 (+51 Calling from abroad)
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