7-Day Trek Along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Product Code: 4372-203275
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Due to availability, we highly advice booking your Inca Trail tour early to ensure you get a place on the tour. While the Inca Trail is one of the famous and popular routes to Machu Picchu, there are other options available. Consider booking the Salkantay Trek, a less crowded but just as stunning route to Machu Picchu, or taking a Machu Picchu tour by bus or train for a more comfortable journey.

OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Take one of the best Machu Picchu tours
  • • Travel along the famous Inca Trail
  • • Explore the iconic Machu Picchu citadel
Tour Code
4372-203275
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Cusco
End City
Cusco
Tour Type:
Hiking
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, UNESCO, Adventure, Backpacker

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Camping, Standard

Each night you'll unroll your bedroll and sleep beneath the stars; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Cusco

Cusco Arrival

Hotel: Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar

After you arrive in Cusco, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting for you. We will pick you up in our private transportation and take you to your hotel, where you will spend the night. You will have a whole day to relax and enjoy the beauty Cusco has to offer. You will stay in this hotel or one of similar standard to this one:

http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-san-blas/

IMPORTANT:: Check-in is around 12:00pm and check-out is around 10:00am. (Early check-in is possible for an additional charge).

Optional: Cusco City tour (Not Include)
We will pick you up at 2:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places.

The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
Sacsayhuaman: a majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
Q´enqo:(Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
Puca pucara:(reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
Tambomachay:(Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

Ending around 6:30pm, we will drop you off back to your hotel.

Tips:
Check-in is around 12:00pm. (Early check-in is possible for an additional charge).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Cusco

Free Day

Hotel: Casa Andina Cusco Classic or similar

OPTION 1. – HALF DAY CITY TOUR

We will pick you up around 2:00pm at the start the tour. The places we will visit are:

The main cathedral (Plaza de Armas)
Qoricancha (The temple of the sun)
Four archeological sites, which include: Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

The tour ends at around 6:00pm, after which, we drop you off at your hotel. Meals are not included on this tour but we are always happy to offer suggestions. We do offer an optional buffet dinner with a folkloric show at an additional $24 USD per person.

OPTION 2. - FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY

You will have breakfast (which is included) and picked up from your hotel around 8:15am.

This will be a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley, visiting the colorful native market in the town of Pisac. Where you can appreciate the mixture of colors, traditions, have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The valley is approximately 31km/19miles from Cusco and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft.

After Pisac, we will go to Urubamba, where we will have a delicious lunch buffet at Tunupa restaurant. We continue our journey to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town in the South American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Incan Empire. They display their ancestral inheritance and will give you a feeling of what it was like to live during that time.

Our last stop in our journey will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow! Its main attraction in tourism is its colorful Sunday market, which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. Our journey ends, returning you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco around 6:30 pm.

The night is free for you to eat in any restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions available should you require them.

Day 03
Inca Trail

The Start of the Adventure – "Inca flat"

Hotel: Ayapata Campsite or similar

The total distance to be covered on day 3 in the Inca Trail is approximately 12km (5 to 6 hours). We will pick you up from your hotel around 4:00 or 4:30am (the exact time is confirmed at the briefing) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82), this is where the trail begins. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy!

Breakfast is not included in the trip.

Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (around 8:30am), you will have some time to organize yourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellents, and more). Arriving at the trail's first control point, you will have to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card.

The start of the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow it to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) you will have great views of an Incan Fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata (officially called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes along with views of the beautiful snow-capped peak of W'akay Willca (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica.

Our first campsite called Ayapata, is located in the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Inca Trail

The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes...

Hotel: Pacamayo Campsite or similar

The total distance to be covered on day 4 in the Inca Trail is approximately 16km (8 to 9 hours). Upon waking up at 5 (or 5:30am) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass along the Inca Trail called the Abra de Warrmihuañusca or Dead Woman's Pass (4200m/13779ft).

On our way up to the pass, you will see lots of hummingbirds among other species of birds. We will also have time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the Polylepis or Q'ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft. You will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a rest at the top, we will begin our descent to the lunch stop, which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).

After lunch, we shall begin our second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000m). We arrive to our campsite around 5pm. Temperatures at this campsite can be around 4ºC during the night!

After a rest at the top, we will begin our descent until we reach 3550m/11646ft and lunch on a spot location. After lunch, we will begin our second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay Pass (almost 4000m) and prepare for our campsite around 5pm.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Inca Trail

Back in the past! Beautiful scenery!

Hotel: Winay Wayna Campsite or similar

The total distance to be covered on day 5 in the Inca Trail is 10km (approximately 5 hours). This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 4!

We wake up for breakfast around 6am to start the day with a gentle climb and visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (meaning Town in the Clouds) while reaching the third highest point along the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular! The Incan site of Phuyupatamarca is located a few minutes by walking from the third pass and after visiting this point.

We continue walking through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata until we arrive to our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). On this day, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and arrive at our campsite by lunchtime! A short distance from our campsite is an Incan site of the same name Wiñay Wayna(meaning Forever Young).

Even if you are tired after the day's trek, don't miss out on visiting one of the most impressive sites along the trail. Temperatures during the night are around 12º C.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in its Glory!

Hotel: Hotel Casa Andina or similar

The total distance to be covered on day 6 in the Inca Trail is 5km (approximately 2 hours).

We leave our last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day of our journey (breakfast will be around 3:30-4:00am). It’s an early start in order to get to Inti Punku otherwise known as the Sun gate (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it!

After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic picture postcard shot of this ancient citadel. Finally, we will visit Machu Picchu! Your tour guide will give you a walking tour (2 hours) and after this, you can explore the mysterious citadel by yourself.

You will meet your tour guide in Aguas Calientes (the small town that hosts the citadel of Machu Picchu)! You can reach this town by bus or foot (which is approximately 2 hours) have lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train takes you as far as Ollantaytambo and then a bus will take you the rest of the way to Cusco. Your train leaves Aguas Calientes in the afternoon so you need to be at the train station 30 minutes early ahead of time (your tour guide will tell you the exact times). In Ollantaytambo, you will have a bus waiting for you to return to Cusco.

A representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting for you, when you arrive to Cusco to take you to Hotel Casa Andina Cusco, where you will spend the night.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Cusco

Bye Bye Cusco!

After having breakfast in the hotel, we will pick you up and take you to the airport in order to catch your plane.

Tips:
Checkout is at 10:00am.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Once you arrive to the airport, a local representative will welcome you and pick you up in a private transportation to take you to your hotel.

Check-in is around 12:00pm and check-out is around 10:00am. (Early check-in is possible for an additional charge).
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • All hotel accommodations (Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard hotels)
  • All breakfasts are included with the accommodations
  • Entrances to the Inca trail trek
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
  • Bus to KM 82.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco (on day 6)
  • Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water).
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Professional chef.
  • 4-man tent (per 2 people).
  • Foam sleeping mattresses.
  • Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (INCLUDING FOAM MATTRESSES AND CAMPING TENTS).
  • Oxygen bottles.
  • First aid kit.

Package Excludes

  • Sleeping bags
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Walking sticks for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Hike
  • First breakfast and last lunch along the Inca Trail trek are not included.
  • Extra personal porter for the Inca Trail
  • Tips
  • Meals that are not otherwise stated.
  • Single Supplement ($400 USD for accommodation and tent).
Special Notes
  • Sleeping bags and rest mattresses can be hire from the Tour Operator.
  • We strongly suggest you bring the following:
    - Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
    - Flee pants or tights
    - Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Vegetarian option available at no extra cost.
  • Each hiker will be responsible to carry their personal belongings, sleeping bag, or any extra rentals.
  • It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.
  • Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
  • Passport information must be submitted to the Tour Operator at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.
  • Depending on your arrival time, your hotel room may not be available until the afternoon. Most hotels allow check-in between 1:00pm-3:00pm, however some charge a fee for early check-in. Please check at the hotel desk to see if you may store your luggage at the hotel if you wish to explore the city on your own before check-in.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Seat availability info was last updated at 07:35 pm on 11/28/2017. Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* We strongly advice to book this tour very well in advance because it is subject to reservations on Train tickets and entrances to Machu Picchu which are restricted to a select number of visitors per day.
* We advice you to book this tour at least 30 days before purchasing your air fare ticket.
* Please contact one of our expert travel advisers for more information.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

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    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
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  • Erin Rubin

    Erin Rubin

    12/30/2016

    Claudio & Eddy were great !! They explained a lot on the trail we were so grateful for the porters and their hard work they were always ready with anything we need what a wonderful trip

  • Madelaine Schmith & Mark Anderson

    Madelaine Schmith & Mark Anderson

    12/05/2016

    This trek was absolutely unforgettable I enjoyed every minute of the trip Mark and I booked this trek for our honeymoon and it was everything we wanted and more we were constantly blown by good food, service. Ed, our guide was fantastic ... and was able to answer any all of our questions. my only suggestions would be to send a little more detailed outline of what is include on the trek for example you really don’t need to buy your own snacks. It did not over all affect the trip but would have been good to know Wonderful trip truly unforgettable Read full review

  • Ryan Garold Schnell

    Ryan Garold Schnell

    11/12/2016

    Although the porters were happy and not expressing any other needs. I´d say that for the duties performed fitness and mental strength that are required, the porters deserve a healthy chunk of the profits from each trip if 99% of a customer...s did not have them, I doubt they would be able to have an enjoyable experience please consider a pay increase and higher recommended tip. Freddy is a treasure and represent Valencia in a professional and positive manner. His knowledge and ability to bridge communication obstacles is priceless. I hope that you continue to have a great working relationship and may I only recommend that you support his project which could help improve the opportunities available for quechua youth Javier is an amazingly patient, kind and smart guide as well with guides like him your company is aimed for continue success Read full review

  • Casey Rubin

    Casey Rubin

    10/23/2016

    The guide , Ed and the guapos were incredible they thing see med happy and were so sweet and caring. The wapos (Clemente, Walter ) always smilling even if it was raining, Juan de Dias , Felix,I wish I could remember all their names so s...weet and hard workers thank you to Ed and the guapos for making our vacation special Ed was fantastic !!! Read full review

  • Caylee Griffis

    Caylee Griffis

    10/07/2016

    The trip was excellent. Claudio is a great guide, he encompasses all the qualities one would hope for hes passionate, charismatic and educated the porters wire also wonderful, they provided the best service went out to their way to make us... comfortable Read full review

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I am a single lady 66 years of age, still fairly active, will I manage this trip.
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I am looking for a 7 to 10 day trip.
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01/08/2017 16:40:27
Tours4Fun 01/08/2017 17:10:06

Dear Olive,

Thank you for your inquiry at Tours4Fun.

The tour does some physical activities and walking. It should work for you.

The weather during July will be winter season. We strongly suggest you bring the following:
- Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
- Flee pants or tights
- Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool

The airport where you can land is at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport at Velasco Astete s/n, Cusco, Peru.

To place your order for a reservation online, simply select your desired tour start date and the number of rooms you need/ travelers you are booking for on the upper right portion of the tour information page, then click on "BOOK NOW".

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Kristine
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