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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: 4 Days

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Inca civilization constructed a major Inca trail net which goes through Andes mountain chain and gathered many South America countries like Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. It is estimated that distances between these roads from side to side have kilometer 12,000 rs approximately, among them there are cobblestone roads, tunnels, rustic bridges, walls and refuges which had been used as checkpoints and shelters.

The Inca trail is considered among the best 10 top trekking routes worldwide, with 43 kilometers of distance and located in Perú, Cusco region. Our visitors accomplish the hike during 4 days until reach Machupicchu inca citadel.

This trail starts on Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the Piscacucho community which is located 2 hours away from Cusco city.From here, our visitors will start the hike and visit some archaeological sites as Patallaqta and other local communities, during this hike we will ascend more than 2000 inca steps towards the highest point nowadays known as Death woman’s pass which is located 4200 m.a.s.l., from here the descend to tropical forests will iniciate, our biologists have identificated more than 250 types of orchids, 450 types of birds and also the interandean forest bear, all of them inside Machupicchu Natural Reserve. Another archaeological site will be visited as well: Pacaymayu, Runkuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñayhuayna, Intipunku and finally Machupicchu which is considered one of the 7 worldwides wonder.

Inca trail is regulated by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and one of the rules states that in order to visit this Archaeological and Natural reserve, a licensed travel agency which operates through the Inca trail is required and mandatorily a professional and certified tourism guide.

Note: There are a lot of limitations to make the Inca trail, as only 500 people are allowed per day and this amount includes all the staff and tourists which access every day. For this reason, it is recommended to make your booking at least with 6 months in advance if you are really interested in experience this hike.

 

Activities:

Hike, guided tours to archaeological sites, camping, adventure, history, culture and more!

What does Superior Inca trail service include?

  • Superior private service.
  • Briefing service 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide.
  • Professional bilingual guide.
  • 2 hours guided tour in Machupicchu.
  • Chef and cook assistant specialized in gourmet and traditional meals in our region.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Drinkable water every day during your trek and snacks from 2nd day.
  • bottle of wine for the last day
  • 3 nights at campsite.
  • Entrance fee ticket to Inca trail trekking route.
  • Entrance ticket fee to Machupicchu citadel.
  • One way bus tickets from Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Transportation from Cusco until starting trekking point.
  • Expedition class return train ticket at 15:30 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (according to availability)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional camping and trekking equipment.
  • Hot shower service during every day.
  • Portable toilet during all trek duration.
  • Heating during all trek duration for cold nights.
  • 01 pair of walking sticks per person, very recommended.
  • Extra porter service to help you with your belongings.
  • 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.

    What does not include?

    • The first breakfast (usually all Cusco hotels include breakfast)
    • Huayna Picchu mnountainb or Machu Picchu mountain ticket (if you are interested please consult with our sales executives)
    • Sleeping bags (can be rented at our office)
    • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes (you can make a better choice here as there are a lot of different options)
    • Tips.

    Day 01: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho – Wayllabamba

    Our service starts in Cusco city, we will pick you up from your hotel between 05:30 and 06:00 am with our private transportation and our staff for this exciting adventure. Then, we will drive until reaching Ollantaytambo inca town arriving by 07:00 am approx. Here we will stop for our breakfast, then continue our journey to Piscacucho known as well as kilometer 82 (starting trekking point)

    During this first portion of the hike, the road is very flat and you can appreciate the archaeological site of Ccanamarka, after 2 hours approx. we will reach the small village called Miskay, from now on the path will be ascending and with another half hour approx. we will reach our first archaeological site: Patallacta, here our expert guide will inform you about the place and then continue for another minutes until reach our lunch place.

    In the afternoon, our hike will take 1.5 hours at maximum until reach Wayllabamba community, our campsite. Finishing this first hiking day, it will be time to get a nice hot shower (we provide you towels) then time meet our staff members: our chef, cooking assistant and more important, our porters. We will end this first day enjoying some hot beverages and our delicious dinner.

     

    Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Hiking distance: 13 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 2500 m.a.s.l / 8200 fts.(Sacred Valley of the Incas)

    Maximum Altitude: 3000 m.a.s.l /9900 fts.(Cusco city)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Transportation: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – kilometer 82 (Piscacucho)

     

    Day 02: Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa - Pacaymayu

    Our day will start with a hot coca tea and a nutritious breakfast to start our hike, but first we will have to fill our bottles/camelbacks with drinkable water that our chef had already arranged along with our snacks. The first portion of the trek will be through the 2000 inca steps which will take us 3 hours approximately, during this hike we will appreciate an exuberant and dense vegetation with native threes of the zone, we will also see some llamas, alpacas, deers and different species of birds and hummingbirds until reach the first break camp called Llulluchapampa in which you can use the restrooms and have some snacks. Then, we will continue for 1.5 hours approx. in a less vegetation area until reach the summit of the Death woman’s Pass (4200 m.a.s.l / 13800 fts.) and from here we will have the panoramic views of the protective Sacred valley mountains as Wayanay snowcapped mountain and to the opposite side Pumacillo snowcapped mountain, as well as the first views of Machupicchu natural reserve.

    Continuing with the tour description, we will start descending for 1.5 hours approx. through a cobblestoned road towards our campsite, Pacaymayu which is located at 3400 m.a.s.l. On the campsite there are restrooms available and your hot shower will be ready then you will also have a well-deserved leisure time and if you still have energy, you can do some birdwatching.

    We will finish this challenging day accompanied with some beverages, appetizers and dinner.

     

    Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Challenging

    Hiking distance: 9 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 2800 m.a.s.l / 9200 fts.(Wayllabamba campsite)

    Maximum Altitude: 4200 m.a.s.l / 13800 fts.(Death woman’s Pass)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

     

    Day 03: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Sayacmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñayhuayna

    We will awake with the beautiful birds singing and a hot coca tea, after we will have our delicious breakfast together with our staff. Then, we will start our uphill hike for 45 mins approx. arriving to Runkuracay archaeological site which is considered an inca checkpoint for more than 500 years! Finishing our visit, we will hike another 45 minutes and reach the highest point of this hiking day, Runkuracay Pass which is 3900 m.a.s.l. and you can appreciate the panoramic view of the mountain forest of Machupicchu national reserve.

    Continuing our hike descending this portion for another hour and reach Sayacmarka archaeological site, here you will have time to visit and be explained about its location and history by our guide; then you will continue through cobblestoned paths and tropical forest with humidity and abundant orchid species and wildlife, afterwards we will finally reach our lunch place: Phuypatamarca.

    After our delicious lunch, it will be time to visit one of the most important Inca ritual centers, Phuyupatamarka in which some years ago archaeologists had found inca mommies of children and for this it is believed that it was a sacrifice center. Finishing our tour we will descend for another inca steps for 2.5 hours approx. and finally reach Wiñayhuayna, considered our last campsite and the last archaeological center before reaching Machupicchu. Once there our staff will get ready your hot shower and towels for you then its celebration time.

    This evening we will celebrate with a sparkling wine bottle as you had accomplished the Inca trail, and it will be time to thank our staff members for all the effort and good service delivered, it will be our official farewell.

     

    Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Hiking distance: 13 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 3400 m.a.s.l /11200 fts. (Pacaymayo campsite)

    Maximum Altitude: 3800 m.a.s.l /12500 fts. (Phuyupatamarka)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season, a lot of humidity. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

     

    Day 04: Wiñayhuayna – Intipunku – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

    Today our motivation is Machupicchu, so we will start very early in the morning to have the opportunity to see the sunrise and the Sun illumination in Machupicchu.

    The first hiking portion will be uphill and down for 1 hour approx. until reaching Intipunku and from here we will have an impressive view of Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary and Huayna Picchu mountain. Then, we will descend for another 30 mins more and finally reach the point in which you will have the opportunity to take the famous postal photo of our wonder.

    Finalizing the photo session, our clients will take a private guided tour including a lot of information inside Machupicchu Sanctuary for 2 hours approx. after this, all of our clients will have leisure time to enjoy more of this amazing wonder or if you had booked in advance your Huayna Picchu mountain or Machupicchu mountain tickets then you can use your free time to accomplish any of these hikes advised by our professional guide.

    Finishing your visit, our clients will take a bus included in your tour which will lead you to Aguas Calientes town in order to have lunch and some rest to board later your expedition class train departing at 16:22 pm and returning to Ollantaytambo train station. The trip will take 1.45 mins approx. and upon your arrival our transfer will be awaiting for you in our transportation to drive you back to Cusco city and deliver you to your respective hotels. The arrival time in Cusco is 20:30 pm approx.

      

    Meals: Snacks, breakfast.

    Difficulty: Easy

    Minimum Altitude: 2600 m.a.s.l / 8500fts. (Wiñayhuayna campsite)

    Maximum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6600 fts. (Aguas Calientes town)

    Climate: Warm and humid.

    Transportation: Machupicchu – Aguas calientes bus trip bus, train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and  private minivan from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.

    Superior Inca trail service Price:

    We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it! 

    Our price $ 699 USD per person for 2 people.

    Our price $ 659 USD per person for 3 people.

    Our price $ 600 USD per person for 4 or more people.

    what we included extra for this prices:

    • hot shower on trek.
    • towels for shower.
    • sparkling wine bottle.
    • private toilets.
    •  private tour guide.
    • inflatable matras.
    •  private camp sites.
    • private walking tour at machu Picchu 
    • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek
    • we provided you walking poles for your trek
    • drinkable water every day.

    Students discount

    students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.

     children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.

    children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

    We need a copy of your passport at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR

    Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

     

    WELCOME TO CUSCO

    You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

     

    THE BRIEFING

    We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

     

    CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

    Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

     

    HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?

    FIRST, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

     

    Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

     

    Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

    Gender

    Full name

    Passport number

    D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)

    Nationality

    SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 300.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by PAYPAL or you can may a deposit by Interbank. 

    Bank account number 420-3107104602.

    WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

    It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time in the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by PAYPAL.

     

    HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

    According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

     students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.

     children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.

    children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

    All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.

    We need a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?

    The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.

    You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.

    They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/

    You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.

    Send us a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

     “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.

    *** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

     

    DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE CUSCO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

    Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

     

    In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

     

    HOW IS THE CLIMATE IN CUSCO?

    The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

    A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

    Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

     

    Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.

    Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

     

    We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

    Huayna Picchu Mountain:

    This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
    Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.

    Machu Picchu Mountain:

    This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.

    The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.

    NOTE: Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.

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