INCA TRAIL 4D-3N

Overview

Overview

Day 01: Cusco – Wayllabamba (Inca Trail Begins)

Day 02: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

Day 03:Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna

Day 04: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu

Itinerary / Included

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Wayllabamba (Inca Trail Begins)

Between 04.00-04.30am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community located on the 82nd kilometer of the Cusco –Machupicchu railroad, which is the starting point of the Inca Trail. We begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and walking along its left shore as it flows northwest along the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft), to then ascend and finally see, from the tallest part of an overlook, the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). We continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where we set our first camp. All along the way we enjoy 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 02: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

We wake up at around 6:00 am and after breakfast, we 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 Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We 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 daypack 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 descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where we camp after approximately 7h of hiking.

Day 03:Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna

This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so rich in Andean flora and fauna. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). 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 arrive at the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). 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. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, close to which our camp is located. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we enjoy our farewell dinner at our camp.

Day 04: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu

On this fourth and last day we get up at 4.00 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to the 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 may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machupicchu. From Intipunku we descend into Machupicchu, and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the ¨House of the Guardians¨. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We 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 Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day and also it has and additional cost), visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where we expect our driver to take us back to Cusco.

Prices

Price / Include

RATES 2017
CUSCO//AREQUIPA//COLCA CANYON SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
Monasterio//Libertador//Las Casitas del Colca 5 $3,647.00 $2,225.00 $1,989.00
Libertador//Libertador//Las Casitas del Colca 5 $3,044.00 $1,924.00 $1,795.00
Casa Andina Private//Casa Andina Private//Colca Lodge 4 $2,015.00 $1,409.00 $1,384.00
Novotel//Casa Andina Private//Colca Lodge 4 $1,862.00 $1,357.00 $1,289.00
Casa Andina Classic//Casa Andina Classic//Casa Andina Classic 3 $1,496.00 $1,150.00 $1,150.00
Tierra Viva//Tierra Viva//Pozo del Cielo 3 $1,372.00 $1,119.00 $1,088.00
Hs Amaru//Crismar//Colca Llaqta 2 $1,116.00 $994.00 $972.00
Hs Arcangel//Crismar//Colca Llaqta 2 $1,079.00 $974.00 $945.00
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service.
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it

INCLUDES

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to km.82 (starting point of the trail)
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • One Sleeping bag
  • Camping equipment
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • Others: 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 Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer train station-hotel included only if returning on day 4.

NOT INCLUDES

  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 4-day trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 15 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is S/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies (US$52.00)
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’s control

EXTRAS

  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 52.00 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 50.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes Totos House: US$ 24.00 per person
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge: US$ 40.00 per person

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • An extra porter to carry your personal items: US$ 160.00 / 4 days. A porter can carry up to 18 kg, which should be enough for 2 people
  • An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose. Please note that if you wish to visit Machupicchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included
  • Vistadome Service train (Superior) instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost of US$ 17.00 per person.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • A backpack with a 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 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.
  • 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$
  • 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)

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