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4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour
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Product Code: 4372-203068
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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

  • • Hike the Inca Trail, one of the most famous trekking routes in the world!
  • • Traverse approximate 40000 kilometers of ancient roads roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago!
  • • Explore a typical Andean region and travel through cloud forests, Inca tunnels, temples, bridges, and snow
  • • This is a one life opportunity to go back in time and live with the Incas for 3 glorious days
Tour Code
4372-203068
Duration
4 days
Departure City
Cusco
End City
Cusco
Tour Type:
Hiking
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Private group

Travel with a private group; no strangers

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Camping

Each night you'll unroll your bedroll and sleep beneath the stars

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Inca Trail

The Start of the Adventure – "Inca flat"!

Hotel: Ayapata Campsite or similar

Total distance to be covered on day 1: 12km (5 to 6 hours more or less)

We will meet and pick you up from the Regocijo Plaza (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4-4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included)

Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, and more) and it will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point.

To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site 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 and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. .

Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be an hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC (depending on the month).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Inca Trail

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

Hotel: Runkuraqay Campsite or similar

Total distance to be covered on day 2: 16km (8 to 9 hours more or less)

After waking up at 5:30am (or 5:00 depending on your guide) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 4200m/13779ft). On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).

On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will have the 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 3650/11972m!!

After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the nights

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Inca Trail

Back in the past! Beautiful scenery and a short walk to camp.

Hotel: Winay Wayna Campsite or similar

Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less)

This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

The Incan site of 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and have arrive to camp by lunch time!

A short distance from this campsite is located the Incan site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Temperatures during the night are about 12º C

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Aguas Calientes

Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)

We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast is around 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('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 city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail!!!

Allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).


Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or More people)
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Transportation - bus to kilometer 82 and train back (train service to Ollantaytambo)
  • Collection from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4)
  • Bus trip from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
  • Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking - previously boiled - water)
  • Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 + lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included)
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cook
  • 3-man tent (per 2 people)
  • Foam sleeping mattress
  • Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (foam mattress and camping tent)

Package Excludes

  • Walking sticks
  • Personal porter
  • For the Inca trail – first breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day are not included
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu
  • Gratitude
  • Meals that are not stated otherwise
  • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
Special Notes
  • Sleeping bag can be rented from the Tour Operator.
  • We strongly suggest you bring the following:
    - Rest mattress
    - Mid weight fleece or wool sweater
    - Flee pants or tights
    - Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
    - Hiking Pants, shorts, socks, and boots
    - T-shirts, underwear, and casual socks
    - Synthetic liner socks
    - Swimsuit
  • 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.
  • CANCELLATIONS FOR DEALS

    No cancellations once booking has been made and confirmed. Airline, rail and ferry tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and name changes are not allowed. We are not responsible for the impact that an airline schedule change may have on your vacation.

    Therefore, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Seat selection functionality in travel agency systems is restricted by airlines. We will attempt, but cannot guarantee, adjoining seats. Some airlines only allow seat selection upon check-in.
  • CANCELLATIONS FOR TREKS AND TOURS

    (1) If a client cancels within:
    -30-20 days there will be a 40% refund of total tour.
    -19-9 days, there will be a 20% refund of total tour.
    -8 days or less there will be a 0% refund of total tour.
    NOTE: Your 50% deposit is non-refundable. Any Inca Trail tours cancelled at any time are non-refundable due to the high demand and price of permits. If the cancellation applies, it will be without payment fees.
    (2) Valencia Travel Cusco must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail, so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
    (3) Once the final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations (last minute cancellations in Cusco). However, there will be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
    (4) A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
    (5) Porter service hired cannot be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).
  • 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

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.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Clatlin Detrancisco

    Clatlin Detrancisco

    12/30/2016

    Guides are very friendly knowledgeable; had a very good command of the English language. the porters were amazing. They were so friendly positive efficient and professional. I would not have done this trip without them. Overall I had a ...great experience would recommended Valencia to others Read full review

  • Kalene Israelsen

    Kalene Israelsen

    08/27/2016

    Aldo was fantastic!! very helpful and patient when I have problems on the trail even carried my bag for several kms in addition to his own. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Felt that the online advertisement was inaccurate calling it a ...novice friendly hike when the hike is moderately hard to say the least better description would be nice Thanks !!! Read full review

  • Courtney Sullivan

    Courtney Sullivan

    08/21/2016

    Overall the experience was great and I would highly recommended this travel group to others!! Food was excellent guide were friendly and and helpful and the potters were efficient

  • Jaimie Smith

    Jaimie Smith

    08/21/2016

    Guides are very friendly knowledgeable; had a very good command of the English language. the porters were amazing. They were so friendly positive efficient and professional. I would not have done this trip without them. Overall I had a ...great experience would recommended Valencia to others Read full review

  • Lizzet Castruita

    Lizzet Castruita

    08/06/2016

    Amazing experience the guide very passionate about Inca History, very well informed and happy to keep going. First time with Valencia and everyone was great!!! Thank you

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