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Inca Trail from 695 USD
COD2053 Inca Trail
The Classic 4 day Inca Trail is Peru's number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world. Offering 4 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life. Be you young or old, in good shape or bad, the Inca Trail is for everyone and is a must do if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.
Walk through typical andean valleys, grasslands, cloud forests, visit ancient Inca ruins along the way to arrive in Machu Picchu by sunrise!
We have very prossional and knowledgeable Guides and there will never be a moment you'll feel you don't know what to expect each step of the way. The porters not only carry equipment but there will even have the time to be cheering you along the whole way. In Llama path we really treat the porters with respect. The food is amazing and you cannot think of a meal you do not like. Our chefs will make sure you do not go hungry and will constantly feed you AMAZING food.
Prices 2018 (from 1st March 2018 to 31 January 2019).
US$ 655.00 Students with a valid ISIC card.
Inca Trail Availability
We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed) - Check Availability with us by e-mail.
It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 to 6 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out especially for months April to August.
We leave with a minimum of 2 people. Our average group size range from 8 to 12 people.
About Inca Trail Campsites:
Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.
- Starting Altitude - 2720m / 8920ft.
- Highest Altitude - 4217m / 13,780ft (Day 2).
- Total Walking Distance - 45km / 26 miles
- Longest Day - Day 2, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
- Coldest Night - Day 2 around 0º celsius
- Overall Difficulty - Moderately Difficult to Difficult (depending on your level of fitness).
- Youngest person we have ever taken: 2 years old.
- Oldest person we have ever taken: 78 years old.
- Inca Trail Marathon record: 2h 32
- Acclimatization is Recommended***
Things we highly recommend packing for the trek:
-Lot’s of cash — you should probably bring about 500-600 soles per person on the trek just in case because your tips will depend on how big your group is and there’s no ATM until after you leave Machu Picchu (the porters leave before you get to MP, so there is no other opportunity to tip them, and they deserve it). Keep in mind that you "should" tip the chef, the porters, your guide, and your assistant guide.
-Toilet paper (1 roll per person on the trek)
-Mid-sized quick-dry towel (don’t skimp and bring the small one, we screwed that up)
-First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen
-Quick-dry clothing (no cotton)
-Sunglasses and a hat/neck cover
-Shower shoes to let your feet air out after hiking and after the one shower available on day 3 (very cold water!)
4 Day Inca Trail - Group Service Map
Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.
Day 1 CUSCO – WAYLLABAMBA
The first day of the hike is fairly easy and serves as a warm up for the days to follow. Our hikers are picked up early from their hotels, (5:00 a.m. – 5:00a.m.), and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The scenic trip lasts for 2 and a half hours before we arrive at kilometre 82, the start of the trail, located at (2550m/8269ft). Our buses normally stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give passengers the opportunity to have breakfast.
At km 82, our hikers cross the Vilcanota River and embark on this unforgettable journey. You will be amazed by the great views of the Cordillera Oriental and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. We will start our trek not far from where Hiram Bingham returned in 1915 to begin his re-discovery of the Inca Trail. From here, the trail is flat for almost two hours of hiking until we arrive at our first Inca site, Llactapata. On our way we will pass through the resting point of Mescay, where there are bathroom facilities. The path then follows the left bank of the Cusichaca River to the small village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9900ft), that serves as the checkpoint for the porters. Continuing on, we will walk for one more hour until we reach the Tres Piedras, or Ayapata, which is going to be our first camp of the Trek. Please note that with this itinerary, we may want to walk one more hour in order to walk for less time on the second day.
Day 2 WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYO
This is perhaps the most challenging day of the trek since we will go over two high passes and walk 4 hours uphill. In the morning, we will pass by Llullucha Pampa, the last place along the trail that you can buy snacks and drinks. We will continue hiking uphill for two hours until we arrive to the top of Dead Woman’s Pass, located at (4200m/13779ft). This is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Once at the top, our hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail while taking some beautiful pictures of the scenery. We will then start to walk down for one and a half hours until we reach Pacaymayo, at (3600m/11880ft), where we will have lunch. Here there are bathroom facilities. After our lunch, we will continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until we reach the Runcuracay pass, at (3900m/12900ft), which is the second highest point of the Inca Trail. On the way we will also pass the small Inca site of Runcuracay. We will then continue walking down for 2 hours until we will reach our second campsite, Chaquichocha. However, before we arrive at the campsite, we will pass by Sacyacmarca, an inca site along the way. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town” and describes the position of the ruins perfectly. They are protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. From this point, the path descends into a magnificent cloud-forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, and flowers.
Day 3 PACAYMAYO – WIÑAYWAYNA
On this day we will walk for only 5 hours and see 3 Inca sites along the way. Many of our hikers say that this is the easiest and most unforgettable day. From Chaquicocha, we will walk for about an hour and a half to get to Phuyupatamarca, the third pass, at an elevation of (3550m/11550ft). On the way, we will pass through an impressive Inca tunnel carved into the rock. From here, there are spectacular views of several snow-capped peaks, including Machu Picchu Mountain and the town of Aguas Calientes. The Inca site Phuyupatamarca is located a short walk from the third pass. After visiting the site, we will continue our way down along a path featuring over 2,000 steps all the way to our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna, located at (2750m/8910ft). Wiñay Wayna is carved deep into the hillside above the Urubamba River and means “forever young” in Quechua. At Wiñay Wayna, we will have the final opportunity to thank our porters for their tremendous efforts at the tipping ceremony, as in the morning they will descend downhill while we continue on to our final goal.
Day 4 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and prepare for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of our lives, arriving at Machu Picchu. We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30 a.m., and after an hour of walking, we will arrive at Inti Punku, meaning: “Sun Gate”, at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over Machu Picchu.
After soaking in the view, we will walk down the final part of the trail and approach the ancient city, where we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together in this amazing place.
We will descend to the main entrance, where we can leave our backpacks, use the restroom, and enjoy a quick coffee. After our break, we will re-enter Machu Picchu for a walking tour of the mysterious city, followed by four hours of free time for your own exploration of the Incan site.
After enjoying our final hours at Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. You will then be given your train tickets for the return trip to Cusco.
Orientation meeting in Cusco before departure date – Private bus transfer to Km marker 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad – Bilingual guides – Gourmet food (for the 4 days) – Towels – Alcoholic beverages, like wine, pisco, champagne, and beer – Energy drinks for the Inca Trail – Camping gear: tents, cots, environmentally friendly portable toilets – Sleeping bags rated for -17ºC (0ºF) – Cooking utensils, kitchen tent, dining tent, tables, and very comfortable chairs – Portable shower with hot water – Massage tent – Chef and assistant – Tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu – Canvass backpacks for carrying personal gear (20 lbs./person) – Porters for camping gear, including the backpacks for personal items (20 lbs./person) – Bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco – First aid kit with oxygen – Satellite phones – Short wave radios – Boiled water during the trek – Private transfer from the Poroy Station to your hotel – Amenities
What’s not included
Hotels and meals at Cusco and Machu Picchu – Extra services not listed in the program – Tips and additional expenses
2018 prices and itinerary are correct at time of printing but are subject to change without prior notice.
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