Sacred Valley + Inca Trail

Sacred Valley: 2 Days / 1 Night – Inca Trail: 3 Days – 2 Nights
Trek Machu Picchu Tours – Inca Trail

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional)

Tour Description

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional) and for travelers who live at sea level and do not want to be affected by the altitude sickness which is Cusco city above 3,350 m.a.s.l /11,500ft but our company provide to our travelers a big bottle of oxygen and personal medical kit to avoid the altitude sickness if is necessary.

Highlights of Tour

• Landing in the Navel of the world and continue with the tour to Sacred valley
• Spend the first night in a nature field lower to Cusco
• Share your experience with the Andes people along your Sacred valley
• Receive a classes how the people make the handicrafts
• Explore the terracing in Maras Moray and salt Mines
• Be one of the lucky hikers along the famous Inca Trail
• Be one of the first hikers to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña
• Enjoy a beautiful journey by train into the cloud forest through the Sacred Valley
• Be one the explorers into the wonder of the world , Machu Picchu
• Enjoy our delicious and tasty Peruvian food

Important note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to 2 Day Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each)

Information from Peruvian Authorities

New information from the Peruvian authorities:

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $65 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking….There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around people’s climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.

Additional Important Information

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 (Cultural National Institute INC), 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 : 1 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 you !!

Important New Trail Regulation

Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura)

Please note the INC 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 most 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.

Pricing and Reservations

Sacred Valley 2D/1N – Inca Trail 3D/2N

Pricing
• Available Upon Request

Schedule and Duration

Start Time:
• 8:00 am

Duration:
• 5 Days

What's Included

Trek Includes:

• All transfer service IN/OUT Airport – Hotel – Airport by PRIVATE vehicle
• 01 Night at the Hotel in Ollantaytambo ( 2850 m.a.s.l )
• 01 Night at the Hotel in Aguas calientes (2,060 m.a.s.l )
• Assistance by English speaking staff from the beginning till your return.
• Buffet breakfast at every hotel ( Vegetarian optional )
• Private tour Cusco – Zoo – Alpaca farm
• Private tour to the Sacred valley with local markets and ruins
• Private tour to Maras Moray & Salt Mines
• Big tourist ticket or Boleto turistico for City tour & Sacred valley ( Valid for 10 Days )
• Buffet lunch in the Sacred valley ( Optional: vegetarian food as free )
• English speaking guide ( Other languages, upon the request of our customers )
• Round train tickets Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco by Inka Rail OR Peru Rail
• Private transport Hotel – Train station – Hotel
• Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
• Entrance to the famous of 2 Day Inca Trail
• A big box-lunch with plenty of snack during your first day of Inca Trail
• A delicious dinner at one of the good restaurant in the town after your hike
• All bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes
• Private guided tour in Machu Picchu during 2 to 3 hours
• Personalized service in a private transport ( Full equipped )
• Mineral water for every daily tour
• Free first Aid kit and oxygen if is necessary for altitude sickness
• Peruvian taxes or IGV 18%

What's NOT Included

Trek Does NOT Include:

• International and domestic airfares , local flights can be purchase upon customers request
• Hotel accommodation in Cusco before and after your tour and hike
• Entrance fee to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes which is 10 soles or $3
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary , only in extended trips
• Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña US$65
• Upgrade to Vistadome ( Luxury train ) US$ 95 for round trip Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
• Additional nights of accommodation but can be arranged according to your request
• Travel insurance if something happens during your trip
• Tip for guide and assistance staff which is optional
• Guided tour to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña ( Additional cost $ 45 x 2 people )
• Big tourist ticket or Partial ticket for Sacred valley ( big ticket 130 soles OR partial ticket 70 )
• Meals on Day such as lunch and dinner

What to Bring

What to Bring

• 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) for the rainy season.
• Long pants or slacks & Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
• T-shirts & Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
• Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April
• Camera with extra batteries.
• Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna or in Aguas Calientes
• 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 ítems.
• First Aid kit 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

Photo Gallery

Sacred Valley 2 Days/1 Night + Inca Trail 3 Days/2 Nights

Detailed Travel Program

Sacred Valley 2D/1N – Inca Trail 3D/2N

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional) and for travelers who live at sea level and do not want to be affected by the altitude sickness which is Cusco city above 3,350 m.a.s.l /11,500ft but our company provide to our travelers a big bottle of oxygen and personal medical kit to avoid the altitude sickness if is necessary. A day prior of your hike or upon your arrival to Cusco airport, you will be picked up by our tour guide to enjoy with this lovely tour to the Sacred valley where you will explore the traditional market of Qorao , the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then, you will visit Awana Kancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts , Pisac market and ruins , Urubamba for buffet lunch , tour tot Maras Moray and salt mines and Ollantaytambo which is the last destination of the Sacred valley and spend the night here at the Hotel Tunupa lodge / El Albergue Hotel or Pakaritampu – Ollantaytamnbo. The next following days, you will hike the 2 Day Inca Trail where you will caught the train from Ollantaytamnbo till Km 104 and you will get off the train by the river at an altitude of 2000m and hike up to about 2000m, you will explore Wiñay Wayna which is very impressive and then you will hike on an undulating trail, some parts of which is narrow sheer drops so caution is required. You will also visit the Sun Gate or Inti Punku (2,000m) from where you will have a real view of Machu Picchu and the you will walked down to the bus terminal and then, bus to Aguas calientes ( 2,400m ) where you will stay at one of the comfortable hotel. The next day, you will explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu and then back to Cusco by train.

Highlights of Tour
• Landing in the Navel of the world and continue with the tour to Sacred valley
• Spend the first night in a nature field lower to Cusco
• Share your experience with the Andes people along your Sacred valley
• Receive a classes how the people make the handicrafts
• Explore the terracing in Maras Moray and salt Mines
• Be one of the lucky hikers along the famous Inca Trail
• Be one of the first hikers to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña
• Enjoy a beautiful journey by train into the cloud forest through the Sacred Valley
• Be one the explorers into the wonder of the world , Machu Picchu
• Enjoy our delicious and tasty Peruvian food

Tour Itinerary

Sacred Valley 2D/1N – Inca Trail 3D/2N

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional)

Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura):

Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated..

(1) A 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 most 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.

Day OneDay TwoDay Three

Day 1

Private tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Zoo of Cochahuasi , Alpaca Farm , Terraces of Moray Maras & Salt Mines, Pisac Market & Ruins , Urubamba , Ollantaytambo & Spend the night there ( Buffet Lunch )

At 8:00am, you will be picked up from your Hotel by our English speaking guide to start with the lovely tour to the Sacred valley or if you arrive to the airport around 9 am, our guide will be waiting for you holding an small board, written your names and then, you will be transferred to our office to get further information about the trip and pay the remainder balance while you will be informed, our staff will served you COCA tea to avoid the altitude sickness. At the appropriate time, you start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll board our private coach for a drive to the Sacred Valley. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover…The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awanancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac .This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover… along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life. Enjoy a tasty BUFFET lunch for at the restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, the tour continues with the visits to Inca site of Moray. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. We shall also visit the Village of Maras, and The salt pans which have made it famous. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs… Afternoon, you will be drop off at the (Hotel Tunupa Lodge) (Hotel El Albergue) or Hotel Pakaritampu after check in, free time to explore on your own.

Day 2

2D/1N Inca Trail – Urubamba – Km104 – Aguas Calientes by INKA RAIL or Expedition service – Spend the night at the village of Aguas Calients (B)

After your breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up from your Hotel to transfer you to Ollantaytambo train Station for a train journey of just over one hour till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village. Spend the night at one of this hotels: (La Cabaña) (Gringo Bill`s) ( Hatun Inti boutique) ( Casa Andina ) or El Mapi by Inka Terra. Or other similar one.

Day 3

Private Guided tour to the WONDER of the world “Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu” – Cusco (B)

This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( If applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel

Important Note:

Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to 2 Day Inca Trail & Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each)

Information from Peruvian Authorities

New information from the Peruvian authorities:

If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $65 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking….There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around people’s climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.

Additional Important Information

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 (Cultural National Institute INC), 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 : 1 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 you !!

Important New Trail Regulation

Important new trail regulation INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura)

Please note the INC 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 most 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.

Tour Details

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional)

Start Time:
• 8:00 am

Duration:
• 5 Days

This tour and hike has been combined with famous Sacred Valley and the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu Montaña is optional) and for travelers who live at sea level and do not want to be affected by the altitude sickness which is Cusco city above 3,350 m.a.s.l /11,500ft but our company provide to our travelers a big bottle of oxygen and personal medical kit to avoid the altitude sickness if is necessary.

Pricing and Reservations

Sacred Valley 2D/1N – Inca Trail 3D/2N

Pricing
• Available Upon Request

Schedule and Duration

Start Time:
• 8:00 am

Duration:
• 5 Days

What's Included

Trek Includes:

• All transfer service IN/OUT Airport – Hotel – Airport by PRIVATE vehicle
• 01 Night at the Hotel in Ollantaytambo ( 2850 m.a.s.l )
• 01 Night at the Hotel in Aguas calientes (2,060 m.a.s.l )
• Assistance by English speaking staff from the beginning till your return.
• Buffet breakfast at every hotel ( Vegetarian optional )
• Private tour Cusco – Zoo – Alpaca farm
• Private tour to the Sacred valley with local markets and ruins
• Private tour to Maras Moray & Salt Mines
• Big tourist ticket or Boleto turistico for City tour & Sacred valley ( Valid for 10 Days )
• Buffet lunch in the Sacred valley ( Optional: vegetarian food as free )
• English speaking guide ( Other languages, upon the request of our customers )
• Round train tickets Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco by Inka Rail OR Peru Rail
• Private transport Hotel – Train station – Hotel
• Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
• Entrance to the famous of 2 Day Inca Trail
• A big box-lunch with plenty of snack during your first day of Inca Trail
• A delicious dinner at one of the good restaurant in the town after your hike
• All bus tickets Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes
• Private guided tour in Machu Picchu during 2 to 3 hours
• Personalized service in a private transport ( Full equipped )
• Mineral water for every daily tour
• Free first Aid kit and oxygen if is necessary for altitude sickness
• Peruvian taxes or IGV 18%

What's NOT Included

Trek Does NOT Include:

• International and domestic airfares , local flights can be purchase upon customers request
• Hotel accommodation in Cusco before and after your tour and hike
• Entrance fee to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes which is 10 soles or $3
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary , only in extended trips
• Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña US$65
• Upgrade to Vistadome ( Luxury train ) US$ 95 for round trip Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
• Additional nights of accommodation but can be arranged according to your request
• Travel insurance if something happens during your trip
• Tip for guide and assistance staff which is optional
• Guided tour to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña ( Additional cost $ 45 x 2 people )
• Big tourist ticket or Partial ticket for Sacred valley ( big ticket 130 soles OR partial ticket 70 )
• Meals on Day such as lunch and dinner

What to Bring

What to Bring

• 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) for the rainy season.
• Long pants or slacks & Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
• T-shirts & Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
• Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April
• Camera with extra batteries.
• Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna or in Aguas Calientes
• 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 ítems.
• First Aid kit 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

Inca Trails FAQ and Additional Information

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Frequently Asked Questions 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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.