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Classic Inca Trail (4D/3N)

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    The Inca Trail is one of the most
    famous treks in South America and
    is rated by many to be in the top 5
    trek in the world. In just 26 miles
    (43 Km) it a manages to combine
    beautiful mountain scenery, lush
    cloud-forest, subtropical jungle
    and, of course, outstanding mix of
    Inca paving stones, ruins and
    tunnels. The final destination of
    the trail cannot be beaten:
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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu 4D/3N


The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world, includes sub-tropical jungle.



The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world. In just 26 miles (43 Km) it a manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, outstanding mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas."


  • Length :45 Mk/26 Miles.
  • Length per day :Day01:14 Km / Day02 :16 Km / Day03:10 Km / Day04: 2 Km - Machu Picchu
  • Onsidered : The most traditional and adventure hike to Machu Picchu and in the world
  • Min elevation : 2400 Meters / 7850 Ft
  • Max elevation : 4215 Meters / 13780 Ft
  • Permits fo Wayna Picchu :you must book in advance ( First entry 7:00am and 10:00 am ) extra cost $ 15
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train :US$ 42.5 per person Aguas Calientes straight to Poroy-Cusco
  • More than 8 people in the group:02 English speaking guides
  • Difficulty :Moderate to strenuous
  • Remark : 2 Days aclimatazation required in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley

  • Inca Trail:

    Is one the most popular trek in Peru, and the world? What makes it so special is its rich biodiversity, the stone paved trail, the archaeological sites along the way, unforgettable views, snowy mountains, cloud forests and the natural beauty of the inca trail. The inca trail has exotic vegetation; it presents extraordinary ecological variety, including more than 450 varieties of Orchids, many species of birds and mammals. Machu Picchu itself cannot be fully understood without the experience of the inca trail trek. Its principle sites are ceremonial and multifunctional character, in ascending hierarchical order as you near the city. The Inca trail is essentially a work of spiritual art, like a gothic cathedral and walking the inca trail to machu picchu is an act of devotion to the incas memory. The four days inca trail trek covers about twenty-eight miles, starting at an elevation of 8,400 feet above sea level and ending at 7,800 feet. In the inca trail trek you must cross two high mountains passes with a maximum elevation of 13,700 feet. The trail conditions are generally good on this ancient inca trail to machu picchu. The guides are professional, knowledgeable, and English speaking. We use excellent equipment and serve savory nutritional meals. It's the best trek in Peru. We advise you to take the inca trail trek - inca trail to machu picchu.

    We take small groups, Why?

    The principal reason to take small groups in the inca trail to machu picchu, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference "often over onehour in a section of the trail" between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide's explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

    What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

    One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

    Important new trail regulation MC(Ministry of culture)

    Please note the MC(Ministry of culture) has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated…(1) Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.(2) Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You must scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control. (3) We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date. (4) For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.

    Important:

    Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.

    If you are a group of 2 - 3 or more people and there is still enough Permits Available in the Park (Ministry of culture MC), then we can open a new departure date according to your required date as long as it is not alongside another group departure date. * If for any reason you miss out on a trek permit you can still visit Machu Picchu by train. See the many options into our web site such as : 2 Day or 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu / 2 Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu / 2 and 3 Day hike to Huchuy Qosqo with Machu Picchu so I suggest you get further information from each and let us know which one is great option for your !!

    Student permit:

    If you are student, send us an scan of your student card (ISIC Card only) through e-mail at the same booking time (valid student cards are the International ISIC cards. Are not valid teacher's card, or youth travel card. Notice that only the complete details will allow us to get your permit and save a spot for you, also make sure that if you renewing your passport after reserving the inca trail what counts in the passport number on which you made the booking. So, bring the old and the new passport in order to avoid problems at the inca trail check point, which is very strict.

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    For a valid Booking, you have to send through e-mail the following info:
    1. -Name and last name :
    2. -Passport number :
    3. -Date of birth :
    4. -Nationality :
    5. -Gender :

    The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world. In just 26 miles (43 Km) it a manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, outstanding mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas."

    Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Huayllabamba ( L&D )

    Today is the climax day hiking through the most popular ancient past through highlands to Machu Picchu citadel of the Incas. Around 5:30am the travelers will be collected for their hotels in downtown – Cusco. The travelers will be transferred by private van with enough room for the backpacks, foods and the other personal items. This journey goes through Andean village of Chincheros, Ollantaytambo Urubamba and finally Chilca. The tour guide will recommend stopping at Ollantaytambo to have country breakfast (not included in the trek price).After 3 hours of drive the journey ends at kilometer 82, this point is the trail head of the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu….Before to start the hike the hiker will make the check in at the control point, this is the place to check everything before to start the hiking.

    The trail takes us to the first Inca ruins as Huillca Raccay, this offer spectacular view of Urubamba valley and the Cusi Chacca River. The trekking includes break stop for pictures and relaxing according your felling…..Continue hiking on the left bank of Urubamba River the hiker will be awarded with spectacular views of Veronica snow capped mountain, this is considerate one of the highest mountain with 5870 meters above sea level on the Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba Mountain range). After 3 hours of hike you will enjoy the lunch near of Llaqtapata ruins (Upper Town in Quechua ancient language) and surrounded by pure nature and amazing views and of course guided visit of the ruins.3 hours more of uphill and following the ancient path by the left bank of the river (around 7 kilometers) the hikers will arrived to the little village of Wayllabamba. This place will be to set up the tents and spend the first night at 3000 meter above the sea level.

    • Meals :Buffet lunch / Snack & Dinner
    • Acommodation :Camping over 3000 meter above the sea level.
    • Maximum Altitude :3,300 m/10,824 ft
    • Minimum Altitude :2,680 m/8,790 ft
    • Distance Travelled :12 km approx
    • Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours
    • Ascent up :620 m
    • Available :COLD SHOWER in the camp site.

    Day 2: Wayllabamba – Dead woman Pass -Paqaymayu (B-L&D)

    After country breakfast the hikers will be ready to leave the first campsite and start the hike following the ancient path along the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc River. Today we recommend to hike very slow and take your time because is the hardest day to climb up the pass. After 1 or 2 hours arrival to Tres Piedras (Three Stones), there is small bridge to be crossed named Wayruro (seed of good fortune) and there the hiker will stop for break and use the toilets facilities before to continue going up through cloud forest. Uphill hike for around 3 or 4 hours depending your physical condition and seeing spectacular views of Lluyucha Pampa (3680m). Continuing going up and following the amazing landscape you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca trail, called in Quechua ancient language "Abra Warmy Wañusca" or Ingles means "Dead Woman's Pass" (4200m).

    The final part of the uphill trail will be the hardest because the altitude start to make effect to the hiker don't got good acclimatization before to this trek. SOUTH ADVENTURE PERU TOURS recommend expending few nights at 3400 meters above sea level (Cusco) before to do this trek and reach this pass.At the Abra Warmy Wañusca normally many people reach this altitude and this is the best award for celebrate. Some hikers bring some special drink to share with the others taking resting, making pictures and if weather permit seeing spectacular scenes of uphill trail where some people still are making the effort to reach top. After plenty time on the top we start a nice downhill path to the second campsite at Paqaymayu valley (3600 meters above sea level). This valley offer nice views of the mountain range.

    • Meals :Brekfast / Snack / buffet lunch / & Dinner
    • Acommodation :Camping over 3000 meter above the sea level.
    • Maximum Altitude :4,200 m/13,776 ft
    • Minimum Altitude :3,000 m/9,840 ft
    • Distance Travelled :10 km approx
    • Approximate Walking Time:5-6 hours
    • Ascent up : 900 m
    • Available :COLD SHOWER in the camp site.

    Day 3: Paqaymayu- Runkuracay- Puyupatamarca-Wiñayhuayna ( B-L&D )

    Today the hiker will have breakfast at 7am and the start another 15km of hiking passing through archaeological site as Runkuracay (Pile of ruins). This circular complex is located on the top of a mountain and between the border of the Andean climate and the cloud forest. To reach these ruins the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass..The investigation says this was a place to storage food and contains sleeping areas for the Inca army..After the guide tour of Runkuracay we follow the trail leads us to the second larger Inca ruins as known Sayaqmarca (Dominant Town or Inaccessible Town).On the way to the ruins the hikers passing through two small beautiful lagoons next of the trail…After Sayaqmarca the trail winds through jungle with orchids and bromeliads, through a tunnel, and along ridge above Urubamba River to Puyupatamarca (Town in the clouds). With stunning views of Salcantay, Veronica, and Pumasillo. Puyupatamarca, spreads out on either side of the trail with many agricultural terraces, a long series of baths (one and than a run of five going down the slope), and at the top of the site a large bedrock platform.

    Some archaeologists interpret the site as primarily a place to worship the mountains, but also see important water source association with the springs feeding the baths. Puyupatamarca offer spectacular place to have lunch seeing the surrounded mountains…From Puyupatamarca descends via steep staircase to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) is an Inca complex neighbor to Machu Picchu, on an elevated perch overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures, beside the houses lies and area of agricultural terraces. This place was discovered in 1941 by Paul Fejos……After exploring the ruins we go to the campsite, there is a little lodge and restaurant where you can purchase some drinks available and hot shower for 10 Soles.

    • Meals :Brekfast / Snack / buffet lunch / & Dinner
    • Acommodation :Camping over 3000 meter above the sea level.
    • Maximum Altitude :3,750 m/12,300 ft
    • Minimum Altitude :2,700 m/8,856 ft
    • Distance Travelled :15 km approx
    • Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours
    • Ascent up : 700 m
    • Available :Hot shower in the camp site for 10 Soles.

    Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Sun Gate- Machu Picchu (8km) – Aguas Calientes- Cusco ( B )

    Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds.

    After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery.. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City (If you want to climb to this mountain, you should book in advance and pay extra $65) Return in the afternoon by train Expedition Leaves at 4:43pm / Arrives to Cusco around 8:20pm and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

    • Meals :Brekfast / Snack / buffet lunch EXCEPT Dinner.
    • Maximum Altitude :2,700 m/12,300 ft
    • Minimum Altitude :2,400 m/7,872 ft
    • Distance Travelled :8 km approx
    • Approximate Walking Time:6-7 hours
    • Ascent up : 300 m
    • Available :Hot shower in the camp site for 10 Soles.
    Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town:

    Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$45 at the Hotel Eco Machu Picchu Pueblo and $65 with Hotel La Cabaña (Cost per person).

    WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

    • Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
    • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
    • Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
    • Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
    • A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
    • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
    • T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
    • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
    • Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
    • Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
    • Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too
    • Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
    • Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
    • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
    • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
    • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
    • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
    • 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
    • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
    • Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
    • Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
    • First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
    • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
    • Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
    • Optional:Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
    • Optional:Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
    • Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU

    The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world. In just 26 miles (43 Km) it a manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, outstanding mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious "Lost City of the Incas."…The legendary Inca Trail takes you through the diverse wilderness of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, passing numerous Inca ruins on the magnificent stone highway before descending to the famed citadel of Machu Picchu. It starts in Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Arrive Machu Picchu at sunrise; then a guided tour of Machu Picchu and return to Cusco on the fourth day.

    Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.

    HIGHLIGHTS of TOUR

    • Fantastic trip along the Sacred Valley until KM82 ( starting point of the Inca Trail )
    • High altitude and camping in the scenic Andes
    • Inca Ruins on route
    • Awesome views along the hike
    • Machu Picchu & HuaynaPicchu.
    • Hot springs in the town

    WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

    • Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
    • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
    • Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
    • Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
    • A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
    • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
    • T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
    • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
    • Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
    • Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
    • Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too
    • Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
    • Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
    • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
    • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
    • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
    • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
    • 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
    • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
    • Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
    • Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
    • First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
    • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
    • Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
    • Optional:Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
    • Optional:Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
    • Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU

    Prices Valid for Trips through December 31, 2017

    Price in PRIVATE & SHARED group service / with Green ISIC Card , you will receive $15 off

    2 to 4 $ 950 P.P

    4 to 6 $750 Per Person

    6 to 8 $ 650 P. Person

    Group service $ 650

    Upgrade cost to Vistadome ( Luxury Train - Aguas Calientes – Cusco on DAY4 ) US$55 per person

    Our Price Included:

    • Pre-information night before of your Inca Trail
    • English-Speaking guide(2guides for over 8 people)
    • Private transport Cusco–Ollantaytambo - Km 82
    • Private transport Poroy station – Hotel in Cusco
    • Entrance fee to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
    • Porters to carry food and camping equipment only
    • Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
    • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
    • 3 nights of camping along the Inca trail
    • 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent ( plenty space )
    • Sleeping mattress ( Thermarest )
    • All BUFFET meals ( VEGETARIAN OPTIONAL )
    • Water supply (boiled) after every meal
    • Train ticket Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition)
    • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
    • Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
    • First Aid Kit & Oxygen bottlet
    • Personalized service
    • Government sales ( 19% know as IGV)

    Our Price does not include:

    • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
    • Towel can be hired for $2 USD at the hot spring
    • Alcoholic drinks and Breakfast on the first day
    • Tips for the guides, cooks, porters. It`s a tradition
    • Personal porter (9 Kilos $70 USD or 18 Kilos US$140)
    • Sleeping bag ( -Minus 20ºC) US$30 for whole trip
    • Single tent US$ 30 for 3 nights
    • Trekking poles US$30 a pair
    • Energy snack will be very useful as chocolate bars.
    • Entrance to Huaynapicchu ( $65, book in advan)
    • Personal expenses
    • Extra night in Aguas calientes ( $65 per person )
    • Meals on Day4 such as Lunch & Dinner
    • Upgrade to Vistadome train ( $ 55 per person )
    • Bus down Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes $13 each
    • Hotel accommodation in Cusco at your return
    • The extra porter must be booked in advance
    • The entrance to Huaynapicchu , book in advance
    • No any internet access along the trail
    Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town:

    Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$45 at the Hotel Eco Machu Picchu Pueblo and $65 with Hotel La Cabaña (Cost per person)

    F.A.Q BY OUR CUSTOMERS

    How do I book a trek? 

    How do I book a trek? If you do wish to book an Inca Trail trip, we will need to confirm availability of the Inca Trail at the time of your enquiry. This will normally take no longer than 2 hours but please allow for 4 hours. If your enquiry is made after 5PM EST, we will only be able to confirm availability the next day. When availability has been confirmed, we can confirm the space for no longer than 24 hours after which time a new availability check will have to be made. If you wish to proceed and book your Inca trail trip, we strongly advise you do so within 4 hours of receiving availability confirmation but not after 24 hours. To book your trip, we shall require all your personal details such as : Name and last name / Passport number / Nationality and Age (otherwise no booking can be made) along with the completed booking form and the non refundable deposit payment. If these are not received within 24 hours of the availability check, the spaces will be automatically released and a new availability check will have to be made. We advise you book your Inca trail trek at least three months in advance. For treks between May and August, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. For certain treks such as the Salkantay, Lares, and other hikes, also is required booking in advance because we must buy the entrance to Machu Picchu—before—sold--out.

    Is it true that they will close the Inca Trail?

    The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year. The last group will depart on 31 January and the next group will start on 01 March. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to be improved and to allow the vegetation to grow back. February is also the height of the wet season. The ruins of Machu Picchu will remain open as normal as will the train services between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. During February we can offer an alternative 4 day trek that starts from km82 and follows the Urubamba River until km104 where it climbs up to Wiñay Wayna and then on to Machu Picchu. This trek is picturesque but does not include visits to the Inca ruins at Runkurakay, Sayacmarka or Phuyupatamarca .

    Can I trek the Inca Trail alone?

    No. Trekkers have to trek using the services of a licensed tour operator.

    Should I make a reservation for the trek in advance or wait until arriving in Cuzco?

    Because of the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a reservation at least 3 months in advance for most months and at least 6 months in advance if wishing to trek between the months of May and August.

    When is the best time to go?

    The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period as far as the weather is concerned. Even during these months you can still get a little rain. Ideally the month of May is perfect since there is little rain but the vegetation is still rich and lush. June, July and August are the 3 busy months and the numbers of trekkers has been limited so book well in advance. Although the weather is sunny during these months the temperature at night can drop considerably, falling to below freezing so be prepared. The months of November and December can still be very enjoyable with fewer trekkers. Expect at least one day of rain during this period. January and March can be very wet at times. However most of the rain falls late in the afternoon and at night so ensuring you have a good waterproof tent is all important. These months also correspond to Summer in Peru so the sun can be very strong and the nights generally mild. The Inca Trail for the entire duration of February.

    Weather on the Inca Trail Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Maximum Temperature °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
    Minimum Temperature °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
    Rainy Days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16
    How safe is it on the Inca Trail?

    Theft is very uncommon on the trail provided that you take basic precautions. Do not take any valuables with you that you don't need for the trek. Leave jewelers, large sums of money in your hotel safe (However you need to take your passport on the trek with some money for tips). Take plenty of plastic bags to wrap socks, boots, underwear and wet clothes in. Do not leave them outside of your tent at night (no matter how much they may smell!) or they may not be there in the morning. Carry your valuables in a money belt or neck pouch and keep items such as cameras and passports with you at all times especially at meal times.

    What kind of drinking water is available?

    You will come across a small stream or mountain spring every 90 minutes or so along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1.5 liter capacities per person. Although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets 'MicroPur' can be bought in most pharmacies in Cuzco. With these tablets you have to wait at least 60 minutes before drinking. Also, we will boil water for you in the morning and at meal times. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cuzco or bought from local people at several places along the Inca Trail.

    What are the toilets like along the trail?

    Toilets have improved considerably in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have flush toilets and running water. We also provide our own chemical toilets for private use for your group only. On our Superior, Premium and Luxury treks we also provide portable showers.

    How fit do I need to be to do the Inca Trail?

    In brief, in good shape. It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail then it must be easy ... it isn't. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. On the second day you climb nearly 1200m (about 4000 ft) in the morning. Combined with high altitude (lack of oxygen) and extreme weather (you can easily burn in the high altitude sun during the day and temperatures can drop to below freezing at night) the trek can be hard work. However all this suffering can make the final arrival at Machu Picchu all the more enjoyable In general if you take regular exercise and spend a few days acclimatizing to the altitude (which our programmers allow for) then you should be fine. If you are a regular walker and comfortable being on your feet for 7 hours per day, then you should complete the trek with nothing more than a few blisters and a great sense of achievement.

    How much should I tip?

    Deciding how much to tip the porters, the cook and guide is always a difficult moment at the end of the trek. In general, however, we would recommend taking an extra US$25-30 per person to cover tips. Try to take this amount in low denomination Peruvian Soles bills so that it can easily be divided amongst the porters, cook and guides. Remember the above figures are just a guide line.

    Inca Trail Preparations

    The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

    Altitude Effects

    At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don't plan any strenuous treks until you've acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

    What to Bring (Packing List)

    Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

    What does the company provide?

    The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook's assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

    Porter's conditions

    The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter's salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over's of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.

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