Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 8D/7N
- Tour Type: Hiking and camping
- Good For: Anyone with a moderate level of fitness
- Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging
- Considerations: Permit required
PRIVATE TOUR PRICES
- 1 person: $1900
- 2 persons: $1800
- 3 persons: $1650
- 4 persons: $1500
- 5+ persons: $1450
Our trip begins in the city of Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire. You will learn about Incan history, advanced architecture, culture, food, and much more. You will interact with local people and gain first-hand knowledge of Peruvian life.
This expedition is a fully ported trek where your comfort and enjoyment are our prime responsibility. We ensure you receive the best experience for your holiday in Peru while interacting with locals, explore fantastic sites, rediscover remote ancient Inca towns, speak Quechua words, learn the fascinating Inca history, immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and simply feel the magic of mother nature (Pachamama) and the Andes. We carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents (avoiding the crowded campsites) and take care of all your requirements. On the 7th day you will awake to a beautiful sunrise on the steps of the Machu Picchu citadel through the Sun Gate.
Day 1: ARRIVAL CUSCO - CITY TOUR
- You will be greeted at Cusco airport and promptly transferred to a 3* hotel. We will then have an afternoon guided visit of the ruins nearby:
- Sacsayhuaman Fortress: overlooking the city of Cuzco this a pre-Inca architectural masterpiece.
- Kenko: a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma.
- Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay: a beautiful spring fed fountain forming a series of basins that continue to the city of Cuzco.
- Plaza de Armas: the main square of Cusco, Cathedral and Koricancha (Temple of the Sun).
- In the evening we return to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 2: SACRED VALLEY - PISAC - URUBAMBA - OLLANTAYTAMBO
- Pick up at the hotel after breakfast we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman and Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley.
- We descend to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional artisan market. Here you can buy local souvenirs, which are handcrafted by the local community.
- We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun".
- We then continue on to Urubamba where we’ll stop for a delicious buffet lunch.
- A short drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by sacred mountains. Here we discover the magnificence of Inca construction and the amazing temple of the Sun made of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished. There are stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and local people in traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq.
- Late afternoon we finish the tour and then we will be transferred to our 3* hotel.
Day 3: INCA TRAIL - OllANTAYTAMBO - LLACTAPATA
- Today has a relatively relaxed start for the Inca Trail. The walking is easy to help you settle into the trek.
- Beginning at Km82 we slowly make our way along the banks of the Urubamba River with great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft).
- We pass through the Q’oriwayrachina Inca Trail checkpoint and then cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente.
- Here we can visit Wayna Q’ente and Llactapata archaeological sites, in whose vicinity we will camp amidst Inca terracing.
Day 4: INCA TRAIL - LLAQTAPATA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA
- Today is also a relatively easy day since most groups will be powering ahead along the Inca Trail to head over Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail.
- Instead we are going to move at a slower pace with our goal being a campsite just before the pass, Llulluchapampa, this breaks up the hardest stretch over two days making the climb significantly easier.
- On the way to Llulluchapampa we will go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha. As we climb up to we pass through various biozones including the low sierra, cloud forest and the high puna.
- Our campsite for the night is at 3,800m/12,460ft which is tranquil and quiet since most trekkers either camp in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.
Day 5: INKA TRAIL - LLULLUCHAPAMPA - PHUYUPATAMARCA
- Today is our longest day crossing two high passes with a steady ascent up to the Warmiwañusqa pass at 4,200m/13,692ft which affords a magnificent view of our path and the trail ahead of us.
- We descend on a restored portion of the Inca Trail to the Pacaymayo River to then ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay, the second pass at 4,050m/13,200ft.
- From here, we walk down to the site at Sayacmarca at 3,850m/12,551ft on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest.
- A beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley, it affords a respite for a leisurely walk through its imposing structures.
- We continue along the ridge, viewing Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Pumasillo, a silhouette to the north on the horizon. Walking through a rolling flag stoned trail we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (named “the village on the edge of the clouds”) where we camp for the night.
Day 6: INCA TRAIL - PHUYUPATAMARCA - MACHU PICCHU-AGUAS CALIENTES
- Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before finally arriving at Machu Picchu late in the day.
- Passing through Phuyupatamarca ruins we trek on a flag stoned trail that winds sharply down into the cloud forest.
- We will see the ruins of WiñayWayna located below the ridge on the same water course as the previous site; these are very well restored Inca Ruins.
- After a two-hour walk through the cloud forest, our final stretch on the Inca Trail is completely deserted this time of day so the timing of our arrival to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect.
- With the afternoon light, and very few tourists around, we get great photos of the citadel from a distance before we take our bus down to Aguas Calientes.
Day 7: MACHU PICCHU - HUAYNA PICCHU
- After an early breakfast we travel by bus up to Machu Picchu for a 2 hour guided visit through the ancient citadel.
- After exploring the ancient wonder on your own, you will have free time to climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with Inca structures at the top. The walk uphill takes about 45 minutes to the top, the scenery from the summit is extremely impressive.
- We take the bus down to the village in time to take our train to Ollantaytambo where our van is waiting for our return to Cusco.
Day 8: ADIOS CUSCO - FAREWELL
Adios Cusco Magìco, after breakfast in the hotel we provide transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Meals: Breakfast Transportation: Airport transfer.
INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP
- Transfers in and out from and to the airports in Cusco
- Private Transport along the of the tour as indicated in the itinerary
- Excellent experienced top tour guides with assistants in small groups divided
- Support staff assistants during the 8 days tour
- Pre-departure briefing (before all tours)
- Visit and guided tours of the Inca archaeological sites along the route
- Accommodations all 3 Stars Hotels 2 nights in Cusco (Rumy Punku 3*), 1 night in Sacred Valley (Hotel Mavey 3*), 4 nights in camp, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, (Hotel Gringo Bills)
- Sacred Valley tour with buffet lunch and dinner included
- 5 Days Classic Inca Trail private service
- Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary
- Entrance tickets for Huayna Picchu
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipments
- Personal Porter to carry 6kg of personal items
- Professional Chefs and cooks during 5 days of hiking
- Full meals for the entire tour as indicated in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat free or special diets upon request
- Happy hour with macha tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp
- Snacks for take away every day before starts the tour of Hiking
- Boiled water provided from 2nd day in the trek
- A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent
- 2 person per tent (clean, new spacious 3 person dome igloo tent)
- Comfortable sleeping inflatable Mattress and Pillows
- Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance
- Full camping equipment: Kitchen and Dining tents, Chairs, Camping tables stools, etc.
- Toilet with biodegradable system with proper tent
- First class Train Tickets from Machu Picchu back to Cusco
- Bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (one way)
- Professional photography and video to share by google drive
- Free t-shirts and Machu Picchu hats for everyone
- Pair of walking sticks for 5 days of Inca Trail
- City tour and Sacred Valley Visitors Tickets (130 soles approx US$ 50)
- Flight Tickets Lima-Cusco-Lima
- Sleeping Bag extra of US$20
- Hot springs 10 soles entrance fee
- US$ 140 for Single room (Single Supplement )
- Meals in Cusco and Aguas Calientes as indicated in the Itinerary
- Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters, Film Makers, etc. (US$50 approx)
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
- Medium Backpack to carry your personal items
- Warm sleeping bag rated to -5ºC
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
- Warm clothes / layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
- T-shirts and trekking pants that zip-off to short pants for comfort
- Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
- Binoculars and Camera and extra batteries
- Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
- Sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit, insect repellent
- Rain Gear a good rain jacket, rain poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
- 2-litre refillable water bottle (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden at Machu Picchu)
- Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water or buy it en-route.
- Swimsuit for the hot springs (for guests with an extra night in Aguas Calientes)
- Extra money for drinks, tips or souvenirs buy (in Peru soles)
- Emergency money, at least 200-300 extra soles
NEEDED EQUIPMENT TO HIRE
- Warm and clean -8ºC down sleeping bag (US$25 for entire trek)
- 60 Liter Backpack (US$20 for entire trek)
- Single tent supplement US$80
- Personal shared porter – 6 kilos of personal items included in the tour price carried by a porter. If you would like to request more porterage for personal items each extra 3 Kilos requested is US$25 additional charge (must be booked in advance).
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