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<>Classic INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU (5 days / 4 nights)

¡Come with us... Explore walking paths used by the ancient inhabitants of the empire of the Incas!

Come and see for yourself why this is the most popular trekking route in the Andes! You will experience fascinating landscapes, with imposing mountains, enigmatic Inca ruins and abundant wildlife. We will spend four days walking to Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day we will tour the famous ruins named as one of the wonders of the modern world "MACHU PICCHU".

With more than 10 years of experience leading groups of travelers on this route, we understand how important it is for our visitors to have enough time to enjoy the landscapes on this trek. And that is why we hike at a comfortable pace, as we journey along royal highways to the famous lost city of the Incas.

The total distance covered during these four days of walking is 35 kilometers (21.9 miles), calculated from Kilometer 82 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad. The route includes an impressive range of altitudes, climates and ecosystems, from high altitude grasslands to cloud forest. Two passes are crossed, the highest of which is Warmiwañuska, at 4,200 meters above sea level. The condition of the trail is generally good. In fact, after so many years, the conservation of the paved sections of the Inca highway is remarkable. Some of the steepest sections of the trail require certain precautions, and walkers should be equipped with adequate hiking boots. However, because we walk at a relaxed pace and our groups are accompanied by specialist guides and expert personnel, people with no experience of this type of hiking can enjoy the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The support group is composed of porters, cooks, assistant guides and the guide. The cooks are responsible for preparing all meals during the entire route. The support group is composed of specialist personnel and they are specifically entrusted with ensuring that your experience with us is an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure.

To ensure that you get a good night’s rest on the trail, we provide high quality tents, sleeping bags and everything needed to guarantee a warm, refreshing sleep, preparing you to enjoy the next day’s walk in optimal physical condition.

We are the most trusted company on the market, and we possess the necessary expertise to ensure you will receive the very highest standards of service.

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You'll have the oportunity to:

  • Walking paths used by the Incas.
  • Explore the Inca ruins (13) along the Inca Trail.
  • Explore the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Discover vast and beautiful landscapes.
  • Discover the flora and fauna.
  • Altitude maximum 4234m/13891ft, average 3274m/10741ft.


Explore the paths used by the incas. 

Come and see for yourself why this is the most popular trekking route in the Andes! You will experience fascinating landscapes, with imposing mountains, enigmatic Inca ruins and abundant wildlife. We will spend four days walking to Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day we will tour the famous ruins named as one of the wonders of the modern world.

Walking Profile: 

Dayly distance in km/miles

  • Day 1   11.4km/7.1miles
  • Day 2    7.7km/4.8miles
  • Day 3    6.8km/4.2miles
  • Day 4    8.9km/5.5miles

Number of days walking: 4 days

Pace: Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain: High altitude; good paths, lots of steps

Service Overview:

  • 4 nights camping with sleeping, dining and toilet tents.
  • 4 days point to point walking with full porterage
  • 7kg personal weight limit.
Piscacucho gate Piscacucho gate

Day 1: Depart Cusco

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at around 6.30 a.m., and transferred by car to Piscacucho (2654 masl/8707 ft.) (Kilometer 82 – a 3-hour drive), to the start of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our first camp will be on a peaceful terrace close to the village of Huayllabamba (2954 m / 9690 feet). Total distance covered: 11.4 km / 7.2 miles. Gain in elevation: 300 m / 984 feet.

Warmiwañusca pass Warmiwañusca pass

Day 2: To Warmiwañusca pass

We will begin today’s hike by heading towards the high pass known as Warmiwañusca (4234 m / 13,887 feet). This is the most difficult ascent of the entire route. Crossing the pass, we will descend to the campsite at Pacaymayo (3607 m / 11,834 feet). Total distance covered: 7.7 km / 4.83 miles. Gain in elevation: 1280 m / 4200 feet.

Phuyupatamarca ruins Phuyupatamarca ruins

Day 3: To Phuyupatamarca ruins

We will begin today with the ascent to the second pass at Runkurakay (3975 m / 13,041 feet), after which we will head to the campsite at the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3679 m / 12,070 feet). Total distance covered: 7 km / 4.5 miles. Loss in elevation: 362 m / 1190 feet).

Wiñay Wayna ruins Wiñay Wayna ruins

Day 4 : To Wiñay Wayna ruins

Today we will head to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2733 m / 8967 feet), after which we will continue towards Machu Picchu, passing through Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) before descending to Puente Ruinas and our campsite on the riverbank below the ruins (2000 m / 6578 feet). Optional: Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes. Total distance covered: 9 km / 5.8 miles. Loss in elevation: 1150 meters / 3772 feet.

Machu Picchu citadel Machu Picchu citadel

Day 5: Explore to Machu Picchu

Visit to Machu Picchu: We will take a bus up to the ruins and back down again. Those who wish to will have time to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains (optional). After returning to Aguas Calientes, we will eat before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo, where we will board our bus for the return trip to Cusco, arriving in the city at around 10:00 p.m., when you will be transferred to your hotel.

First aid kit
Tables
Chairs
Dining tent
Set of cutlery for each participant
Sleeping tents
Thermarest ®
Duffel bags
Water filter
First aid kit
Oxygen bottle
Radio Communication equipment
Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 1
Lunch
Dinner
Day 2
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 3
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 4
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 5
Breakfast
Lunch
Support Team
1-8
participants
9 or more
participants
Guide
Guide
Guide
Assistant Guide
Assistant Guide
Cook
Cook
Cook
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Porters
Porters
Porters
Transport
Train
Bus
Outbound
Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Return
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Machu Picchu - Poroy
Poroy - Cusco

Duffel bags will be provided to participants for their personal belongings. The maximum amount of baggage for each participant is 10 kilograms, including the termarest.

Hiring of sleeping bags: $35. We can provide full body (“mummy style”) winter sleeping bags, with an inner protective sheet, which are laundered after each use.

Single personal tents: If you prefer not to share the sleeping tents provided for general use, we can accommodate; If you require a single person tent for your own use, the surcharge will be US$ 45

What's Not Include

  • Travel Insurange
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Personal items for treks
  • Sleeping bags
Map Map

Limited Inca trail Permits

There is a daily cap on the number of trekking permits available for the Inca Trail, and they sell out very quickly, especially for peak season treks. For this reason, we recommend booking your trek at least 4 months in advance, or 6 months for the peak trekking months of July, August and September. If permits do sell out, we do also offer an alternative route - The Moonstone Trek - which does not require permits and can be substituted for the Inca Trail on most trips.

Vaccinations

While no vaccinations are required by law when entering Peru, we recommend that you consult your physician to check whether or not any type of protection is required before your trip. In general, we recommend vaccinations or booster shots for tetanus, typhoid / diphtheria, hepatitis A and polio.

If you are traveling to the rainforest (including Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park), although the risk is not great, we advise you to take anti-malarial precautions and strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. You should also be aware that Dengue Fever is present in the Amazon region - this is a non-preventable disease caused by daytime biting mosquitoes. You should always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten

Important information for vegetarians, participants with allergies or other dietary restrictions:

Important information for vegetarians, participants with allergies or other dietary restrictions:

In major cities vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants. A variety of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients are offered. During the trek, we will have all the ingredients needed to meet the food requirements of all participants, whatever their dietary needs may be.

However, those participants with particularly strict dietary restrictions may have to bring certain dietary supplements with them from home, particularly in the case of products which are not available in South America.

If you are allergic to certain foodstuffs, you must provide us with detailed information when you make your booking and register for the trek. This type of information must be communicated to the guide and operations personnel during the orientation meeting.

Eating & drinking

Eating & drinking

Breakfast: while trekking, breakfast consists of a hot drink (milk, chocolate, teas, coffee) accompanied pancake, sandwich, bread, butter, jam, etc.

Lunch: while trekking, lunches consist of a picnic, with hot drinks where possible.

Dinner or Evening meal: dinners on trek are always cooked, and usually consist of soup or starter, a main course and dessert.

Water: drinking water (boiled and filtered) is provided in the mornings and at lunch during the trek so that you can refill your bottles.

Trip notes

Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list

Do I have to buy entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary?

Yes. Everyone who uses the hiking routes within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary must buy an entry permit. Companies claiming to offer a hike that does not require this payment are offering routes that do not enter the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.

How do I buy the entry permits for the routes within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary?

Once you have confirmed your participation in one of our programs, we will take care of buying all the necessary permits. That is why we ask you to give us your full name (exactly as it appears in your passport), nationality, passport number, age, gender, and if you are a student under the age of 17 your International Student Identity Card (ISIC). It is important that the information you give us matches exactly the information contained in your documents, because if something does not match, the park authorities may refuse you entry.

I need to renew my passport. Can I obtain permits without a valid passport?

We can acquire your permits using the number of your expired passport. However, you will have to travel with the two passports (the expired one and your valid passport), because in order to access the routes within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary you will be required to present both passports at the control points. If your old passport was retained when you were issued with a new one, you must make sure you have a photocopy of the page containing your personal information from the original document. You will need to carry that photocopy with you during your trip.

I have lost the passport I presented to buy the entry permit. I am applying for a new passport. What should I do now?

First, you should get in touch and let us know what has happened, so we can take the necessary actions. As soon as you have your new passport, you must send a scanned copy of the identification page via e-mail. We will use this to request a change in passport number for your entry permit to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. It is essential that all the information in your new passport (except the passport number), are the same as those contained in your old passport.

What is the cost of the entry permit to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary?

We will purchase the entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary as soon as you confirm your participation. The cost of permits varies according to the route selected: 

Entry to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary from Piscacucho (Km 82) 

Adults US$ 114.00

Participants aged between 8 and 17 years and students with an ISIC: US$ 57.00

Entry to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary from Chachabamba (Km 104)

Adults US$ 90.00

Participants aged between 8 and 17 years and students with an ISIC: US$ 45.00

Prices are expressed in American Dolars.

Remember that students aged over 17 must have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC). 


I have realized that I gave the wrong passport number when I applied to participate in the trip. Can this be corrected?

It is possible to correct an error of this kind, as long as the other information (full name, nationality, age and gender) remain the same. It is essential that you inform us of this problem as soon as possible or at least one week before the start of your trip. After this date, it will not be possible to correct the error, and you will lose your entry permit to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. However, if entry permits are still available for the same date, we can purchase a new entry permit using the correct passport number, so you will be able to participate in the hike. The cost of the original permit is non-refundable, and you will be asked to pay for both entry permits during the orientation meeting. 

Is it possible to join a group close to the departure date?

This depends on availability of entry permits for the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. If spaces are available and the group is open there will be no problem including you. If no spaces are available, this will not be possible. However, we also offer very interesting alternatives for hiking and trekking other fascinating routes in the Cusco region. Ask us for more information!

Is it possible to obtain entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary once they have sold out?

No. The entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary are sold on a first-come first-served basis. They are acquired for each individual by providing their full name, passport number, nationality, age and gender and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. Any company or individual offering entry permits to the Sanctuary once they have sold out would be committing an act of fraud.

What happens if I cancel my participation in a group, after the closing date?

Under current regulations, entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary cannot be transferred to third parties. Because the entry permits are non-transferable and non-refundable, all the costs of services provided are also non-refundable, because as a company we must make the bookings in advance. 

If I pay my deposit now, is my entry permit to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary purchased immediately?

Not necessarily. Usually, we purchase the entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary a few days after receiving your deposit. 

Can I enter the ruins of Machu Picchu at night?

No. Entry to the ruins at night is not permitted.

Are there student discounts for entry to Machu Picchu?

For students under the age of 17 at the time they enter the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary there are discounts. However, it is necessary to provide proof of age by sending a scanned copy of the identification page of your passport when you make your booking. If you are a student over the age of 17 at the time you enter the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, you must have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC), and you must send a scanned copy of this document by e-mail when making your booking.

If I change the date of my trip, can I transfer my entry permit?

Entry permits to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you change the date of your trip, you will have to purchase new permits.
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