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
days / 3 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2015 (Not
available on February)
DEPARTURE: Daily since 2 people subject to
PRICE PER PERSON
GUIDE SERVICE: Shared (Group)
RETURN : Expedition Train
Upon request: Upgrade to Vistadome Train
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)
*Special Food Requirement
*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)
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.
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)
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,
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)
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)
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)
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)
•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.
•Enough tables and chairs.
•English speaking professional tour guide (over 8
members, 2 guides).
•An expert cook.
•Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment )
•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
•Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
•Transfer train station / hotel
•Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
•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).
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
•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
•After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
•Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no
malaria risk has been reported
•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
•Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas
•Cash in soles and/or US$ (No ATM machines in Aguas
•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)
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
This is the ONLY Student card to apply the
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 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).
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!!!!!
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).
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
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
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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