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INCA TRAIL 4 DAY TREK

The famous Inca Trail is Peru’s number one hike and one of the most well-known and popular hikes in the world. Offering 4 days of hiking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca archeological sites and the stunning scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the classic Inca Trail is one of those things that everybody should do once in their life. No matter you are young or old, in good shape or bad, the Inca Trail is for everybody and you should do it if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

3 day acclimatization recommended.

BEST TIME

Best from March to november.

SOLITUDE RATING

famous, touristy place, crowded.

ELEVATION

2600 m (8,530 ft) – 4200 m (13,799 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

Hiking, Inca Ruins, Nature, Adventure.

TRIP TYPE

Hiking / Trekking.

SEASON

From march 1st to january 31st.

DIFFICULTY

challenging.

DURATION

4 day.

DISTANCE

42 km (26.098 mi).

DAY 1: CUSCO – PISKACUCHO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA:

We will leave Cusco at 06:00 am to start the Inca Trail .we drive for about an hour and a half to Ollantaytambo where we will stop briefly to buy last-minute gear, personal needing and eat breakfast which is not included, then we keep driving to Piskacuchu (Km 82) Inca Trail check Point .once passing the checkpoint we start our trek of classic Inca Trail to Wayllabamba(first camping site). along on the way We are going to have lunch at Miskay which is a Quechuan village and have a siesta before walking to our first Archaeological site of Patallacta or Llactapata (biggest  Inca Site) after an explanation of your guide about Llactapata ,you will keep walking for 2 more hours to get Wayllabamba (first Inca Trail Camping spot 2900m/9.5144 feet).

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYO:

We’ll start our Inca Trail day, early in the morning, just to take advantage of the shade of the mountains, its much better to hike up to the first Inca Trail pass (Warmihuañusca which means dead woman pass 4200 m.a.s.l) the highest point of the Inca Trail. Here, we can literally see the various Inca Trail ecological zones and microclimates, which make up the area, mapped out in front of us. We will cross the Warmiwañusca pass and once we are on the top. we are going to see many snow-capped Mountains around and after we take our group picture we keep going down to Pacaymayo (second Inca Trail Camping spot 3600 m.a.s.l) where we have our Lunch and then we will have a free afternoon to explore by ourselves.

DAY 3: PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA:

Inca Trail begins with a nutritious breakfast and then a 45-minute hike up to Runcurakay Pass (second highest pass on the Trail 3,850 m.a.s.l), and along the way, we will visit the Runcuracay archeological site. During the day’s hike, we will also visit the Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca Quechuan archeological sites of the Inca Trail. After lunch, we will head to the Wiñaywayna site, where we will spend our last night on the Inca Trail and then we will have a celebratory dinner to then say goodbye to our Inca Trail porters.

DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO:

Inca Trail Important 4th Day After an early breakfast, we begin the final leg of the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu. First, we will hike to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate”), Gate of the Inca Trail where we will take in an inspiring and panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a short hike down to Machu Picchu, we will register and then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the sanctuary-city. After the tour of Machupicchu, we will take the bus down or walk Part of the Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy a lunch and free time to enjoy the town before returning to Ollantaytambo by train and then bus back to Cusco.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Km 82 (the starting point of the hike).
  • English speaking guide for 4 days of the Inca Trail.
  • Assistant guide (up to 9 passengers).
  • Thermarest (sleeping pad).
  • Professional chef.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Snacks.
  • Dining tent including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Foodservice in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks).
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite).
  • Porter Service. As detailed in the table authorized by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment, food) we never overload our porters.
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fees, valid for 4 days.
  • Return Expeditions train ticket(02:55 pm) to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Transportation from the train station to Cusco.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
  • Pre-trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office).

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Extra expenses.
  • Breakfast – Day 1.
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 4.
  • Pillows.
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town (US$5).
  • Tips (optional).
ADDITIONAL THING TO UPGRADE.
 
1.- Huayna Picchu Mountain:
 

Huayna Picchu Mountain behind the citadel and commonly seen in pictures as the background of the ruins in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. Each day, only 400 espaces are offered per day in 2 available shifts. From 7a.m. to 8a.m. (200 spaces) and from 9a.m. to 10a.m. (200 spaces). Tickets are required and it sells out a few months in advance. The path narrows towards the upper-section of the trail and goes up steep staircases and past stone ruins clinging to cliff precipices. There are handrails and ropes to grab onto for extra support, but it’s a scary experience for anyone with a fear of heights. Reaching the summit will take a mere 45 minutes and round trip is 2 hours roughly. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this hike is the 360-degree view from the summit, which overlooks the Inca ruins, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River, and the lush mountainous landscape.

Huayna Picchu Mountain is: $65

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Huayna picchu Mountain

 
2.- Machu Picchu Mointain:
 

Machu Picchu Mountain is located on the opposite side of Huayna Picchu Mountain. It offers The panoramic vista of the inca ruins of Machu picchu, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Putucusi Mountains, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River,  the lush mountainous landscape and  the last part of the Classic Inca Trail. The trail to Machu Picchu Mountain is ascending through steps made of stone and well-established paths. The walk is not really dangerous, nor difficult to perform, but it will require all your strength. As the trail gets closer to the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, the steps become steeper, narrower and more challenging and there isn’t any flat part. The amount of time to hike up to Machu Picchu mountain depends on the physical condition of the person and can range from 1 to 1.5 hours to climb or 2 to 3 hours (round-trip). 

Machu Picchu Mountain is $65

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

3.- Vistadome Train :

If you love nature and the countryside, the PeruRail Vistadome is exactly what you are looking for. The panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The  Vistadome train offers you a unique connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu(Llacta), making customers feel as if they were somehow part of the nature that surrounds them. Return trips on the Vistadome option, also offer you an onboard fashion show, featuring the exclusive baby alpaca wool collection with the latest trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale. As an added bonus, you can enjoy live dances inspired by the ancient culture of the Andes of Peru. Passengers also get a snack made of local ingredients.

One way Vistadome Ticket is $35
Round trip Vistadome tcket is $70

 

Our price is $680 per person.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:

  • Original Passport and student cards if you are students.
  • A Hiking/trekking Backpack (21 liters capacity).
  • Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from AB Expeditions.
  • Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
  • Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste. toothbrush, and wet wipes.
  • Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
  • Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
  • Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
  • Swiss Army Knife.
  • Water bottle made of flexible plastic. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.

If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another, you most likely will have a different passport number. Please let us know so we can update this information. This modification has to be made prior to your trip to Peru (at least 10 days before your trip). As soon as you have your new passport please inform AB Expeditions of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of USD 12.00 and it will create a big inconvenience to update it at the last minute.

If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be allowed in the trail. Also, if you bring your new passport and failed to inform us and this information was not updated, you won’t be allowed in the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu.

Those passengers who booked their trip using the discounted price for ISIC Student Holders must bring their original and valid CIIU card (not a copy and not expired). This document must be shown at the Inca Trail Control Gate. Unfortunately, if you do not bring your card, you will be denied entry to the Inca Trail as the permits won’t be valid without your card.

It is very important that our passengers inform us before their trip of any medical restriction, food restriction, allergies, special diets, current medication, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.

If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.

4 DAY INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY

JANUARY 2020: AVAILABLE
FEBRUARY 2019: Closed for Trail maintenance
MARCH 2020: AVAILABLE
APRIL 2020: SOLD OUT
MAY 2020: SOLD OUT
JUNE 2020: SOLD OUT
JULY 2020: AVAILABLE
AUGUST 2020: AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2020: AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2020: AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2020: AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2020: AVAILABLE