THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
This is one of the best-known hiking routes in all South America and the most important of Perú; walking around the Inca Trail will be the most unforgettable experience in your life, walking by the same way that the ingenious Incas walked 5 centuries ago is something indescribable, find huge buildings in the high of the mountains, someone in the valleys and at the edge of cliffs will make you imagine the big effort they did to build the well-preserved stoned Trails, until now these are the witnesses of the astonishment of the people who arrive from different places around the world to live this great experience, this trail will let you arrive in the citadel of Machu Picchu, as it made them with the Incas.
You have two options to go in this hike, the traditional 4 days that due to the restrictions of the Peruvian Government with the desire to preserve the trail only provide 500 spaces per day, into this quantity is included, tourists, porters (carriers), tour guides and cookers, for this reason we recommend make your reservation 4 months in advance or 6 months in advance if your trip will be between May to September; also you have a short version of 2 days, this for those people who don’t have enough time, for this option is easier, you have availability every day but you must book one or two weeks in advance. The trail can be done by any person and any age but for physical conditions we suggest from 13 years old, you don’t have to be athletes but in a good shape to walk (we make this trail with 65 and 70-year-old people), the difficulty is more for the altitude, the hike is in a tourist rhythm (this is not a rush), we go slow and have breaks.
We recommend for all the travelers and groups who want to go on the trail, arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before the trek departure to acclimatize very well, where you can do other activities in our nice city.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:
We give you the clearest information in this media and we offer you several ways to contact (E-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, and web messenger) where we can answer your question at any time (honest tour without surprises and NO HIDDEN PRICES TO PAY)
We teach and advise you how to arrive in Cusco in the best way, taking a plane or by bus from Lima, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna or La Paz (Bolivia), also we will give you ideas to find accommodation in Cusco
One day before your tour departure you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel, where we will give you maps and more information about this tour.
We book you entrance ticket to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time making a huge lines or queue or searching where you can get this ticket.
We provide you adequate food (hot food – prepared – and served on a table) you can choose vegetarian and vegan option with no extra fees.
Our Tents with capacity for 4 people are used only for 2 people, your comfort is assured, we use inflatable mattresses and if you want we rent sleeping bags of Feather or Synthetics of -10 ° C.
We will make you understand why you are going around the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you the most accurate and updated information about plants, animals and the marvelous place of Machupicchu to become your trip in a spectacular experience.
We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with vehicles well-conditioned, all of them with all the permissions require to work in tourism, good mountain bikes and also all our staff and instructors are very well trained to give you the best trip.
We give you facilities to make the payment in two parts, 50% when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods like PayPal, Credit or Debit card VISA, MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
HOW TO BOOK?
Day 1: Cuzco - Chilca - Wayllabamba.
We'll pick you up from your accommodation at 6:00 am. Then we'll leave from Cusco by bus, in this route we'll see a beautiful landscape because we'll pass for a high part of Cusco, it will be 1 and 1/2 hours to arrive at the first stop Ollantaytambo, this place is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this place you'll have free time as 10 or 15 minutes to buy something maybe you forgot or simply some snacks, after we'll continue our route to the km. 82 Piscacuchu where we will start our adventure, after show all our permissions and passports entrance tickets on the first control of the Inca trail we will cross the bridge and we'll start walking by the riverbank, after one hour we'll start to ascend to a nice viewpoint where we'll find the first Inca site, this will be Llaqtapata, after the information of our guide we'll continue walking to Wayllabamba our first camping site where we'll rest this first day.
Walking Distance: 12 km (6.83 Miles) - 5 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2720 MSNM. (90945 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 3000 MNSM (9843 PSNM)
Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent).
Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo
After breakfast, we'll continue our route, this second day of our adventure, for many the most difficult day, because it will be as seven or eight hours walking where the first four hours will be all uphill, in this part we'll find hundreds of steps mixed with a typical flora, small trees and bushes, before arrive in the highest point "the Warmiwañusca pass", (4200 m.a.s.l), from this place we'll find a beautiful landscape, Here, you will have a tremendous feeling of achievement mixed with relief on reaching the top. After lunch, you will continue from this place you'll see more marked the Inca Trail (the stoned route) to arrive in Pacaymayo where you will have dinner and rest this second night.
Walking Distance: 13 km (8.07 Miles) - 7 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3000 MSNM. (9843 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4200 MNSM (13779 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent).
Day 3: Pacaymayo - PuyuPatamarka - Wiñaywayna
This day we'll find many Inca sites, we'll remember the second day because the first part will be uphill (max. 2 hours), to arrive in the second pass of the trail at 3,850 m.a.s.l. walking up we'll find the archaeological site of Runkurakay from this place you'll have a nice view of the Pacaymayu Valley, crossing the second pass, we'll continue walking down to the Inca site of Sayacmarka one of the biggest places of the route, after hearing the guide's information we'll continue our trek always finding other small Inca sites on the way, we'll pass by one tunnel, a natural formation that the Incas used because that is the only way to continue in the trail, on the halfway we'll have lunch and we'll have time to rest, our final destination this day will be the camping site of Wiñaywayna where we'll rest this third night, in the afternoon you can visit the Inca Site.
Walking Distance: 15 km (9.32 Miles) - 8 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3580 MSNM. (11745 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4000 MNSM (13123 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent)
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After breakfast, we'll have to start to walk very early to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After a one-hour walk through the forest towards the Inti Punku or the Sun Gate, also known as the Entrance Gate to Machu Picchu, where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will have a short free time take the first pictures then we will go down to the gate to leave all our staff and use the restroom, then we will have two hours guided tour around the citadel, visiting the main sites and temples. after this guiding tour you will have free time to walk around and explore Machu Picchu by your own, then we'll go down to Aguas Calientes town, this will be 50 minutes walking (you have the option to take a bus 25 minutes for US$ 12.00), In Aguas Calientes you will have free time to have lunch, then In the afternoon we'll take a train one and a half hours to Ollantaytambo and there we will pick you up to bring you back by bus to Cusco.
Walking Distance: 5 km (3.11 Miles) - 2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2680 MSNM. (8793 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 2730 MNSM (8957 PSNM)
Meals provided: Breakfast.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Briefing: A day before your tour departure we brief you with the most important information about tris trek, this will be in our office at 18:30 hrs. We are flexible with this schedule, we understand you would like to enjoy Cusco, so if you are in a tour and arrive after do not worry.
Pick up at your Hotel: We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco (If it is located around a street where our minibuses can not reach, our guide will go to your hotel and take you to where the bus is.).
Transport: Transportation for our groups To go from Cusco to Piscacuchu (Km 82) (2 and 1/2 hours), This is provided in a private car only for our group and our staff.
Camping Equipment: Tents for sleeping (4 seasons) with capacity for 4 people where only get in 2 people in each (so you have more room inside), Dinning and Kitchen tents, tables, chairs and also a camping inflatable mattress.
Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners + Wake Up Coca tea in each morning at the campsites (Vegetarian and vegan option with no extra cost)
Professional Tour Guides: All our staff of guides are English speaking, well-trained and with a lot of experience in this route and Machu Picchu, they are ready to create a great experience for you and will have you arrive in Machu Picchu safe and sound.
First aid kit: Our guides carry some basic medication and oxygen for any trouble in the trail.
Support Staff: Auxiliar Tour Guide when we go more than 12 people, Cook and Assistant (They are specialized in cooking on the mountains).
Porters: They will carry all camping equipment, and food supplies.
Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu: We will book and getting ready your ticket for this very important trek, this will be valid to get in Machu Picchu aswell.
Train Tickets to Return: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (VOYAGER TRAIN - INCARAIL or EXPEDITION TRAIN- PERURAIL) This will be around 18:20 or 19:00 hrs.
Transportation: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco, this service are provided with minibusses of 15 or 20 people (Renault Master or Sprinter Mercedes Benz).
Taxes: All taxes are included.
Entrance fee for Waynapicchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 2 and 1/2 hours from Machu Picchu Citadel, it has an extra cost of US$ 70.00 You have to ask for availability.
Entrance fee for Machu Picchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 3 and 1/2 hours from has an extra cost of US$ 70.00 You have to ask for availability.
Bus tickets to go down to from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes: All the group go walking, if you want to take some of those busses you can buy the tickets there (US$ 12.00).
Sleeping bag: (US$ 20 the rentail for the tour).
Walking sticks: (US$ 20 the rentail for a pair).
Meals: First breakfast, last lunch, special snacks.
Tips: All gratitude is really wellcome.
US$ 25.00 Off for people belong to Andean Comunity group (Perú, Colombia, Ecuador y Bolivia).
US$ 35.00 Off for those students with Under graduated student card, (this ID must be made in PVC material and it must have the next requirements: university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.), the ISIC cards are not valid any more.
US$ 35.00 Off for under 18 years old.
According to the new regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 2019, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is valid only for a single entry to the park (this means: The passenger enter, walk around, go out and can not re-enter again), usually all people stay between 4 to 5 hours into Machu Picchu, if you would like to stay a longer time, you must buy another ticket (US$ 50.00 Extra), the park is open until 17:30 hrs.
Prices are for tours in shared service (group tour), groups of 10 to 16 people per guide, inquire for prices in private tour.
We have departure every day, you must see availability of spaces for the date you want.
To start this trek you have to be at least one day before in Cusco (02 days recommended).
Private Transportation to return: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20.00 (Per way, per person); This gives you a pleasant trip without waiting and picking up other people of the group tour.
Train to return at 16:12 hrs. TRAIN 360° Inca Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 30.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with Taller and wider panoramic windows and an outdoor observatory wagon with bar, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 20:20 hrs.
Train to Return at 16:43 hrs. TRAIN VISTADOME - Peru Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 35.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 21:00 hrs.
What you need to take
Standard backpack (45 to 50 liters, the idea is you feel very comfortable with what you are carrying).
Warm clothes (jacket, Thermals, fleece, gloves, scarf and beanie), this is for the cold nights.
Waterproof clothes (jacket, pants, and gloves) If you don't have those, you can buy in Cusco a Rain Poncho, the weather on the mountain is very changeable.
Comfortable Hiking shoes (waterproof, the better).
Comfortable clothes as 3 or 4 T-shirts, 2 or 3 pairs of longs pants (leggings works), 3 or 4 pairs of Trekking socks or wool socks, Short (Optional, remember there are mosquitos)
Sandals (optional, to be chill out at the campsites)
Shorts, t-shirt, trekking boots, sandals, socks.
Hat or cap.
Water purification pills.
Camara or video camera.
Extra money in soles.
TOUR IN SHARED SERVICE
This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 12 to 16 participants, that doesn't mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.
"BEST PRICE PER PERSON: US$ 559.00"
TOUR IN A PRIVATE SERVICE
This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, Prices vary according to the number of people in your group:
2 PEOPLE: US$ 1180 PER PERSON
3 PEOPLE: US$ 1080 PER PERSON
4 PEOPLE: US$ 980 PER PERSON
5 PEOPLE: US$ 880 PER PERSON
6 PEOPLE: US$ 750 PER PERSON
7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 650 PER PERSON
HOW TO BOOK?
STEP 1: SEND YOUR INFORMATION
Complete the booking form or send data of all the travellers to firstname.lastname@example.org as Full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, or a copy of passports, indicating the exact date of travel; Our privacy policies are strict, INKA TIME will use this information exclusively to nominate the reservation tickets, we never share this information with third parties.
STEP 2: MAKE A DEPOSIT
Choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment is the 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: Wire money by Western Union, payments via "PAYPAL" and with debit or credit card VISA or MASTER CARD (these last two options have an 8% fee), any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose; the balance should be paid in our office in Cusco at most a day before your tour, this can be by cash or by credit or debit card (if you choose this second option to pay, you must add 8% of the amount to pay).
STEP 3: TOUR CONFIRMATION"
Upon receipt of all passenger(S) data and once we received information of your payment, we will send you your receipt (VOUCHER OF RESERVATION), at this moment your reservation will be guaranteed in a 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours considering our business hours GMT - 5).
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This information is provided courtesy of the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco
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All our staff are 100% local (people from Cusco), all professionals in tourism, who have constant training courses and good customer service (Customer = friend), with this we guarantee the service we provide.
We are really a Tour Operator with all the permits and certificates granted by the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and the Minister of Tourism (DIRCETUR y MINCETUR).
We have 11 years’ experience in this market, so, we know all the fails of other companies, this is why, we have the knowledge to solve fast and efficiently any unexpected problems (those small details are our different).
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