Inca trail imperial to Machupicchu 5d/4n
The Inca Trail imperial is the most spectacular and popular trek in the Cusco region and perhaps in all of South America. What makes this hike so special is the stunning views and the combination of the archaeological sites that are found along the road, the magnificent mountains and varied ecosystems. On this trail, you will follow the path of the Incas and make a true Pilgrimage leading to Machu Picchu.
Presently, the Inca Trail is the most visited in the Cusco region. Trekkers will be inspired by the magnificent road system of the Incas, the Qapaqñan, which connects the Andean world and is recognized as the cultural heritage of humanity.
The great adventure of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is for those who live passionately, always looking for a new experience! This is a fascinating dream to fulfill and is the most famous trek of all South America. The beauty of the views and the archeological sites that surround the Inca Trail are second to none. This tour is ideal for those who are filled with energy to hike all the way to Machu Picchu in the trip of a lifetime!
- The Inca Trail is the best Trek in Peru
- This trek is ideal for adventure seekers, couples, friends, nature lovers, and intrepid people
- See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, and the cloud forest
- The Inca Trail trek is listed in the TOP 5 best treks in the world by multiple different magazines
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – LLaqtapata (L) (D) 6 Km.
We will pick you up from your hotel by bus then we Will drive you to kilometer 82. We will arrive there around 10:00 A.M. and meet all of our team who will make your trip a success. After crossing a bridge over the Urubamba River, you will have officially started your adventure towards the lost city of the Incas. The first two hours of walking are done on a flat terrain, in a typical inter-Andean valley, surrounded by shrubs, wild potatoes, cactus, Tara trees and colorful flowers. This first day is beautiful and the first few miles are easy to walk. We will have the beautiful sight of the snow-capped Veronica peak. Its original name came from a native Quechua word, wake’y willka, which means sacred weeping. We will be walking near the left bank of Urubamba River until we arrive at Llactapata, the Incan city with a name that means “city above terraces”. It was once a utilitarian center in a large settlement of farming terraces, which probably supplied goods to the other Incan sites. Here you will have a history lesson with your professional tour guide and later you will have a delicious lunch in front of Llaqtapata. Here is going to be our first campsite close to the inca site . (L-D)
Day 2 LLaqtapata -Wayllabamba -Llulluchapampa 12Km.
After breakfast, you will start the second day of trekking, which will be the most demanding of the Inca trail. However, this stretch is also a lesson in geography and ecology that will allow you to know much of the great biological diversity of Peru. Along the Wayllabamaba to Llulluchapampa, you will walk through an old forest of Uncas (Myrcianthes Orephylla), a beautiful native tree of Peru, which is becoming increasingly rare to find in the slopes of the Andes.by the middle of the trail (Ayapata) you will find a nice spot to have your delicious lunch into a nice forest of Uncas. The forest of Uncas makes a natural sponge that stores a great amount of water. The humidity allows the development of a great variety of flora and fauna of the Andean valley, which you will enjoy as you ascend the cold and windy Puna, following the Llulluchapampa Ravine you will arrive our campsite that has the same name of the valley Llulluchapampa located at 3700 MASL. You’ll have a nice dinner. (B-L-D)
Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka 15 Km.
The longest day of the Inca trail is also the most impressive due to the combination of archaeological sites and abundant nature it possesses. In the middle of extensive bamboo stands and thick forests of mist, with the hummingbirds and the Tangaras above your head, you will have the opportunity to discover the heart of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The tour must start very early. After a short climb from Camp Llulluchapampa at 3700 MASL, you will reach the First pass of Warmiwañuska at 4215 MASL. (Dead Woman’s Pass). You will then descend through the valley´s ravine to the humid areas and lower elevation. The vegetation suddenly transforms as you enter a section of cloud forest located at the bottom of the valley “Pacaymayo” at 3600 MASL; After that a short climb from Pacaymayo, you will reach the second pass of Runkurakay at 3920 MASL. Shortly before reaching the second pass, you will find the semicircular structure of the same name at 3750 MASL. It served as a resting place for the travelers who were going to Machu Picchu, and as an observation center. From this point, you get the best views of the valley of Pacaymayo. Once we cross the pass, the descent to Yanacocha or “black lagoon” begins. In this vicinity, it is possible to find typical flora of the Paramo or humid Puna. Soon after, the cloud forest returns to take possession of the land and you will travel through a well-marked paved path to reach Sayaqmarka at 3620 MASL, another of the Inca’s constructions. Near this place in “Chaquicocha”, we will have lunch. Afterward, the road continues with a slight ascent to the third pass called Phuyupatamarka at 3700 MASL. Its name means “The town over the clouds” Our campsite where we will spend the night with phenomenal views if we have the clear sky we will be able to appreciate the Milky Way with the shooting stars. After seven hours of walking. Here you will have a rewarding rest knowing that the most arduous part of the route has been left behind. (B-L-D)
Day 4 Phuyupatamarka- Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco 10 km.
You will be woken up early in the morning in order to get to Machu Picchu. Five minutes below, you will find an archaeological complex, which is also called Phuyupatamarka embedded in the mountain. This is a further demonstration of the skill of the Incan engineers who managed to carve solid buildings on slopes and less solicitous ravines. This descent will be made by a long series of stone steps, which will allow you to witness the mastery of the Inca engineers who etched them. The road continues descending until Wiñaywayna at 2650 MASL, the most impressive set of platforms and Incan constructions of the region.Then you will pass the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna controlled by government office afterward, escorted by your tour guide. The road is mostly flat, but has some steep ascents. Be careful, sometimes the trail is narrow. The fog makes the landscape completely beautiful. After four days of walking, from the sheltered valleys of the Andes to the cold highlands and humid forests of height, you will arrive in the lost city of the Incas in the same way that the Inca and his court did 500 years ago. You will first come to the famous Sun Gate, where you will be rewarded with a 180-degree view of the entire citadel. After this experience, you will continue walking down around forty-five minutes to finalize the pilgrimage to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and have the classical spot for your pictures. After that, you will be led by your tour guide to the main Gate of Machu Picchu in order to board the bus and head to your hotel. Leisure time in your hotel.
Then you will pass the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna controlled by government office afterward, escorted by your tour guide. The road is mostly flat but has some steep ascents. Be careful, sometimes the trail is narrow. The fog makes the landscape completely beautiful. After four days of walking, from the sheltered valleys of the Andes to the cold highlands and humid forests of height, you will arrive in the lost city of the Incas in the same way that the Inca and his court did 500 years ago. You will first come to the famous Sun Gate, where you will be rewarded with an 180-degree view of the entire citadel. After this experience, you will continue walking down around forty-five minutes to finalize the pilgrimage to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and have the classical spot for your pictures. After that, you will be led by your tour guide to the main Gate of Machu Picchu in order to board the bus and head to your hotel.
Day 5 Machupicchu-Cusco
You will wake up early and prepare to relive the history of the mysterious and mystic world of Machu Picchu and the Incas. We will have to get up early in the morning to go to the bus station as the first bus leaves at 5:30 am. Once on the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, you will have 2 hours guided tour and then you will explore on your own. Later your tour guide will meet up with you in Aguas Calientes town in order to assist you in boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, our staff will help you board the bus back to Cusco and your hotel. End of service.
What is Included?:
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in your hotel, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by your personal porter. Meeting at 7:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.
- All your transportation is included in this trek
- Bus to Kilometer 82 Beginning of the trek
- Bus tickets down/up / down, from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Tourist train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Experienced guide: English speaking profesional Guide
- Comfortable tents: sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are the best equipment. , 1 Blanket or Liner, hot water bottle.
- Camping equipment: All camping equipment such as Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Professional Chef and cooking equipment, In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey.
Meals: You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the trek, our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about.
- 4 Breakfasts,4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost)
- Daily morning snack: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, energy bars, Candys we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a textile snack bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite you will wake up with a cup of coca tea.
- Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the chef will let on the dining table popcorn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Others: boiled water to fill in your water bottle or camel back every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- First-aid: kit including emergency oxygen bottle and different pills for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, Dizziness etc.)
- Accommodation: 3 nights camping and 1-night accommodation in selected hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes with Breakfast, double or triple room and private bathroom, hot showers on day 4 wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.Extras: We believe it’s the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives:
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes with a towel.
- Toilet paper
- Light-Weight plastic rain poncho
- Hot water bottle to keep warm up all night.
- 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use US$20 per person per trek.
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company US$15 per pair per trek
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Day 1: Breakfast and Last Day: Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
- Visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the program while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, the entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Pure treks Peru
- Additional: costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
Private Group Service: Price in US Dollars per Reservation:
- one Person: USD 1300.00
- 2-3 People: USD 800.00 per person.
- 4-6 People: USD 700.00 per person
- 7 -+ People: USD 600.00 per person
- 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent – US $30 – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43 pm)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Single supplement US$30 per night (for solo travellers with single room)
“Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the IncaTrail Imperial Machu Picchu”
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in your hotel
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:
Of course! During the Inca Trail Imperial to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don’t pack everything, just pack your staff that you will need for your hike.
HOW TO BOOK THE 5DAYS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
FIRST, to book your 5days and 4nights Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we need to book in advance and you will need to fill out your booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu permit without the following information:
Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of the 50% of the payment per person in order to purchase a permit for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. The Inca Trail Machu Picchu tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
*** If you cancel your Inca Trail Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.
The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.
We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our Day Tours
ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU?
Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Original Passport (the same used for booking your trek)
- Valid student card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3 L (Camelbaks are encouraged).
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from SAM Travel)
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG (If you hired a extra porter from us)
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter, who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C.
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20 USD.
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK
- We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens.
- Sun Hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool Hat
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves
- Rain plastic poncho (provided by SAM)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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