CUSCO INCA TRAIL HBS 8D/7N

CUSCO INCA TRAIL HBS 8D/7N

INTRODUCTION

  • Day 1: Arrival Cusco – City Tour
  • Day 2: Sacred valley – Over Night
  • Day 3: Inca Trail
  • Day 4: Inca Trail
  • Day 5: Inca Trail
  • Day 6: Inca Trail
  • Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Day 8: Cusco – Lima

TOUR TYPE
Hiking & Trekking

DIFICULTY
Moderate

DISTANCE
14km / 8 miles

CONSIDERATIONS
Permit required

ELEVATION
2,720 m / 8,900ft

DURATION
2 Days

FOR YOUR TRIP

This trip introduces you to the best aspects of the Inca Trail, moving at a fairly brisk pace so you can enjoy it all. As you hike, moving through tropical forest to cloud forest, you will see flora  including orchids, Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree) and a variety of animals. You will also learn about the history of the Incan people from our expert guides. Four days later, you will have walked 26 miles (45 km) and crossed passes as high as 4,200m. The highlight, of course, is when you reach the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Day 1

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO - CITY TOUR

Upon touch down in Cusco, we will drop you off at your hotel, before heading out for a tasty traditional lunch. If you’d like to try one of the adventurous dishes of Peru, such as guinea pig, chicken hearts, or alpaca for example, just let us know and we can arrange this for you. We will begin to wander around the cobblestoned streets of the old Incan capital as your tour guide points out the interesting mix between modern, colonial, and Incan architecture as well as highlights other important aspects of this wonderful ancient city. Your private walking tour of Cusco will continue uphill to the quieter artisanal neighborhood of San Blas, the boisturous San Pedro market, and to the intriguing Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Afterwards you have two options. If you feel ready to fearlessly tackle Cusco’s high altitude, you can continue your private tour of Cusco with a trip out to the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Q’enko, and Puca Pucara, if you’d like a more relaxing night, we can return you to your hotel to unwind and enjoy the city after sunset. Remember, your Peru trip is private and customizable, which means you will have an SPE guide and driver at your disposal.
Day 2

SACRED VALLEY, PISAC, URUBAMBA, OLLANTAYTAMBO

On Day 2, you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley and continue to delve into the wonderful combination of old and new that makes Peru so culturally divers. You will be out in the pastoral valley amongst tranquil Peruvian countrysides. Here, jagged silhouettes of the Andes frame each view, and cows and sheep seem to outnumber people, The first stop will be to the quaint town of Pisac, well known for its scenery, ancient ruins, and handicraft market that attract visitors and expats from all over the world. It is a perfect place to pick up patterned textiles or artful ceramics for friends and families. After, we have bought our souvenirs we will head up to the terraced ruins just above town. When you’ve gotten your fill, your driver will continue on to Urubamba where we will indulge in a buffet lunch. Shortly down the road is the historical town of Ollantaytambo, where the mark of its old Inca inhabitants is readily seen while traversing the town’s streets. Afterwards, we travel return you to your hotel for a relaxing evening to rest up before beginning the Inca Trail in the morning.
Day 3

INCA TRAIL, OllANTAYTAMBO - LLACTAPATA

We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning in our private van to begin traveling to Ollantaytambo, our first stop. Here, we will explore the ruins, before continuing on to the Inca Trail checkpoint at Km 82. This is where our porters will join the team and we will all set off on our trek. From Km 82 we follow the Urubamba River, gazing at the snow-capped peak Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) until reaching our next stop, the Q’oriwayrachina checkpoint. After crossing the Urubamba River at Q’ente, you will have the option to visit to Wayna Q’ente and/or Llactapata archaeological sites. Once we have arrived at the next archealogical site of Patallacta, we will have a delicious lunch and have an opportunity to explore the area known for its Inca terraces. Afterwards, we will return to our campsite in the middle of Patallacta where we will eat dinner, and spend the night.
Day 4

INCA TRAIL, LLAQTAPATA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA

Today is another easy day as we head to a campsite just before Dead Woman’s Pass. After breakfast, we will begin hiking toward Llulluchapampa, our destination for the evening. We will stop at Wayllabamba for lunch, an area which has spectacular views. On the way to Llulluchapampa we will also stop at one of the most exclusive sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha, which has well-preserved ruins and a sacred temple. Finally, we will arrive at Llulluchapampa for dinner and camping (3,800m/12,460ft). Our campsite here is sparsely populated and very scenic.
Day 5

INKA TRAIL, LLULLUCHAPAMPA - PHUYUPATAMARCA

Today is our longest day involving two high mountain passes. We will steadily ascend to Warmiwañusqa (Dead Women’s pass), the hardest and longest climb on the Inca Trail at 4,200m/13,692ft. At the top, we stop to admire our accomplishment, before enjoying our descent to the Pacaymayo River only to again ascend up to the ruins of Runkuraqay, the second pass at 4,050m/13,200ft. From here we walk down to the ruins at Sayacmarca passing a dry lake and the first glimpses of the cloud forest overlooking the Aobamba Valley. Lunch will be at Chaquicocha, a mountain in the cloud forest. We continue hiking along the mountain ridge with a beautiful views of Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Pumasillo until we reach Phuyupatamarca, where we camp for the night.
Day 6

INKA TRAIL, LLULLUCHAPAMPA - PHUYUPATAMARCA

Today is our longest day involving two high mountain passes. We will steadily ascend to Warmiwañusqa (Dead Women’s pass), the hardest and longest climb on the Inca Trail at 4,200m/13,692ft. At the top, we stop to admire our accomplishment, before enjoying our descent to the Pacaymayo River only to again ascend up to the ruins of Runkuraqay, the second pass at 4,050m/13,200ft. From here we walk down to the ruins at Sayacmarca passing a dry lake and the first glimpses of the cloud forest overlooking the Aobamba Valley. Lunch will be at Chaquicocha, a mountain in the cloud forest. We continue hiking along the mountain ridge with a beautiful views of Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Pumasillo until we reach Phuyupatamarca, where we camp for the night.
Day 7

MACHU PICCHU - HUAYNA PICCHU

After breakfast, we will take a half-hour bus ride to Machu Picchu for an extensive 2 ½ hour tour about Andean history and culture. Afterwards free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco arriving around 8:30pm.
Day 8

Good Bye Cusco

Today, you’ll have to say goodbye to Cusco. We will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your flight back to the capital city of Lima. This ends our service, but if you need recommendations for further Peru explorations let us know!

01 BRIEFING

The night before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7 kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

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02 PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDES

All of our guides have studied English and Tourism at Cusco National University. They have all grown up in the region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip with us.

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03 CHEFS

The SPE chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style.You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.

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04 TRANSPORTATION

All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes is included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.

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05 ENTRANCE TICKETS

2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested and Eureka Timberline 2XT for single travelers

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06 FIRST AID

 

Every SPE guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single SPE  tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.

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07 PORTERS

As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

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PRICE : 2018 – 2019

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Group Services:

You’ll be joining a group of other trekkers like you coming from different parts of the world, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends. Our Group Services have set departure dates. We apply the 4 –10 range price when we open a group We need 4 persons to open one group In case you are less number of persons and there is no any group open we will apply the price according to the number of persons. Please ask for group price.

Private Services: 

These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

 

WHY CHOISE “SOUTHERN PERU EXPLORERS”

Southern Peru Explorers operate all our own treks! Often times other companies, especially those offering daily departures, are just an intermediary. They instead send you on your trek with a 3rd party company. We take pride in operating all the treks we sell ourselves, allowing us to uphold the high tour standards we promise, minimize miscommunications, and give you personalized attention you deserve.

Southern Peru Explorers treat our staff like family! Peruvian Porter Law and Regulation dictates minimum standards and wages for porters. We give not only porters but all our staff a wage that exceeds the minimum wage and the average wages paid by most tour companies. Our porters, chefs, wranglers, and guides are all given supplies for the treks including ample food, sleeping bags, all weather clothing, boots, and back support. We also guarantee that our staff have a minimum number of treks per month and that their wage does not change throughout the year, providing them with stable income which helps relieve some of the uncertainties that can arise when working with other tour agencies during low season.

Southern Peru Explorers has great guides! We have a core team of guides that are specifically chosen for each group we book. They are trained, are able to speak English, and are very charismatic. We are constantly receiving feedback from our previous guests to make sure our guide team stays strong and providing quality service to our clientele. For every 12 people on a trek, we provide one guide, ensuring that each guest receives personal treatment and you don’t feel lost in the crowd. While other guides may take 16+ people, we limit our groups to 12 people to make sure your experience is unique to you. Upon request we also have guides that speak a multitude of languages including French, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Furthermore, we have guides that specialize in specific knowledge including ornithology, history, archaeology, and other plants and animals.

Southern Peru Explorers prides ourselves on our equipment! We choose quality brands for our tents, sleeping pads, and water filters. This equipment is checked for quality before each trek and renewed yearly making sure every trekker is comfortable and safe.

Southern Peru Explorers cooks up delicious meals! On our treks we provide not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also snacks and a break for tea. These are customizable around allergies or other special diets including vegetarian, vegan, Atkins, Gluten-free, etc. at no extra cost. Each of our meals is cooked by our chefs from quality natural ingredients from the area. We do not bring pre-packaged junk food nor do we serve generic bland dishes. Our chefs, trained with HACCP hygiene practices, will bring you safe, healthy, and delicious meals throughout your trek.

Southern Peru Explorers cares about the environment. On our all treks throughout the region we strive to be little to no impact. We train our staff to uphold our environmental expectations and our leave only footprints policy.

Southern Peru Explorers operates lawfully. There are many tour operators who do not declare all of their sales or alter their earnings to avoid paying certain taxes. However, here at Southern Peru Explorers we pay our 19% IGV, consumption tax, as well as the 30% tax due from all income.

Southern Peru Explorers has satisfied customers. From our testimonials and reviews you can see that our clients leave content and with wonderful memories. We have been operating for years proving our consistence and reliability in the services we provide.

While other tour companies over deep discounts for the same trek, this does not mean that they offer the same service as us. While price is always a deciding factor in one’s decision, please take into account the vast amount of differences between our agencies and others. By supporting responsible tour companies, you are promoting the preservation of the land you are touring and helping rather than hurting local communities and business.

In order to hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit which we will obtain for you.
The first step to making this booking is to make sure these permits from the government are still available.
These links are updated in real time. You just need a permit for your start date.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Booking Procedures

After placing your reservation, please read the terms and conditions below so you are informed of the state of your booking. Once your reservation has been confirmed by Southern Peru Explorers in writing and a deposit has been received, a contract has been entered with the following conditions:

Payment / Deposit

Once you have placed your reservation the applied deposit per person is required to hold your space. This money cannot be refunded in the case of client cancellations. The remaining balance of your chosen trip must be prior to the date given to you by your booking agent. 

Cancellation by Southern Peru Explorers

We, Southern Peru Explorers, maintain our right to cancel any trip due to any of the following events: 

Payment not received from client prior to the deadline given by the booking agent. If this occurs, the client does not have the right to request for a deposit refund. 

Inability to operate tour due to extenuating circumstances including but not limited to: extreme weather, technical issues, over-booking or closing of accommodations, protests, government or tourism bodies’ decisions. When these situations occur, Southern Peru Explorers will try to their best ability to conserve the original travel plans. Yet if these cannot be upheld, Southern Peru Explorers will be required to alter the amount of time spent in a destination or omit part of the travel package to maintain safety of our passengers. In these circumstances, no refunds will be given including visa costs, medical costs, airplane tickets, etc. However, Southern Peru Explorers will propose alternatives to the original travel arrangements with all additional costs being paid by the clients. 

Alterations by the Client

The price of alternations depends on the scope of the alternation requested. For minor changes that do not alter the travel itinerary greatly, no additional fees will be charged. Large requests that require significant communication, new or additional tickets or entrance fees, or cancelations will solicit additional charges at the client’s expense. If these alternations have been requested after the start date of the tour, Southern Peru Explorers will work to our best ability to grant these changes, however there is no guarantee that these alternations can be implemented. 

Cancellation by the Client

If our clients choose to cancel a tour, they must submit their cancelation in writing to Southern Peru Explorers. With the cancelation of any of our tours, the deposit will not be refunded. Additionally, Southern Peru Explorers is not liable to refund any money lost for food, accommodation, or tours not used or any cancelation fees. However, if you state the reason for your cancellation, your personal insurance policy may cover some or your expenses. 

For Cancellation by Client of Custom Programs

For clients who have booked a customized tour, if the cancelation is received in writing over 60 days before your departure date, the client will receive 50% money back received in writing 30 – 20 days before the departure date, clients will be required to pay  80 % of the program price. If the written cancelation is received less than 30 days from the departure date, clients are obligated to pay 100% of their program price. 

Acceptance of Risk

Southern Peru Explorers strives to put clients in authentic environments to show them the true landscape of the country. Therefore, there is an element of risk or exposure to hazards innate in some of our itineraries. The client is responsible that by booking a tour they encounter the possibility of physical or emotional injuries, paralysis, death, or damage to their property.  The client is responsible to understand that these risks cannot be avoided without completely altering the authenticity of the tour, therefore accepting them as part of the tour they have booked. The client is also responsible to be aware of their physical and emotional health and assess their ability to take on these risks before booking their tour with Southern Peru Explorers.  As a result of the clauses listed above, Southern Peru Explorers is absolved of all responsibility or costs linked to accidents or injuries that affect client’s health during their trip. 

Authority During the Tour

Throughout the duration of the tour, the guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers will have the final say on all issues that pose the risk of endangering the health or safety of any or all members of the tour group. Furthermore, the client must adhere to the laws, drug regulations, and customs of Peru. If the client refuses to comply with any of the following conditions or poses a threat themselves to the safety and well-being of the group as a whole, the guide or representation of Southern Peru Explorers has the right to remove the offending client from the tour without the possibility of a refund.  

Travel Documents

Each individual traveler is responsible for securing proper identification during before departing. Proper identification for trips operated by Southern Peru Explorers is a legal passport with more than 6-month validity and authorized visa to travel in the country. While Southern Peru Explorers may make suggestions or advise on visas, vaccinations, packing requirements, etc. These suggestions and advice are given in good faith and are not the responsibility of the company. 

Third Party Outlets and Outside Circumstances

Southern Peru explorers is not responsible for any damages or losses if the contract has been broken by the client, a third party outside of those booked by the company, or from extenuating and unforeseeable circumstances outside of the company’s ability to control. While the company will work to minimize any effects of actions outside of their control, Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for these matters which can include but are not limited to visa refusal, closed boarders, political issues (strikes, war, government mandates etc), extreme weather, delayed flights, or mechanical failures. As a result of these unforeseeable circumstances, the client assumes extra costs required to rebook, avoid, or ensure client safety. 

While Southern Peru Explorers operates a majority of the services booked in the tours, ourselves, we also book flight tickets, accommodations, and certain experiences through outside companies. Southern Peru Explorers vets these organizations to maintain our high standards, yet we these companies are independent of our organization and we cannot accept responsibility for any negligence of these outside companies. Furthermore, Southern Peru Explorers cannot be held liable for any damages/ loses of property or injuries/ death to clients due to airline companies, transportation companies, accommodations, or any other third party booked by the company. Additionally, any cancelations, delays, inconvenience, distress or frustrations both physical and emotional due to these outside companies are not the responsibility of Southern Peru Explorers. In the event of the cancelation by a third party organization of a service sold to our company, Southern Peru Explorers will refund money paid by the participant for that service, but accepts no liability beyond this. While traveling with the airline booked, conditions and rules of this airline apply and Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for any money lost or additional consequences as a result of delays, cancelations, missed connections, etc. 

Claims and Complaints

Any complaints regarding the company or tour must be addressed first to the tour guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers to allow ample time to try to fix the issues. If the issues have not been addressed, clients are responsible to give complaints in writing to Southern Peru Explorers within seven days of the final day of your tour. Complaints will be exclusively addressed in Cusco, Peru under the jurisdiction of Peruvian Law. 

Damage claims against Southern Peru Explorers are limited to the value of the item and are not to exceed the price of the tour booked. However, Southern Peru Explorers does not accept liability for any accidental or inadvertent losses including loss of profits. 

While Southern Peru Explorers takes responsibility for representations the company makes, these do not include 

Representations made by others including but not limited to employees of the company or travel agents acting independently of the company. 

Booking and payment for reservations on any Southern Peru Explorers tours or excursions includes implied consent to all of the above Terms & Conditions, creating a binding agreement between Southern Peru Explorers and clients.

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