DAY 1 PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and
transferred in our private car to KM 82. The route will go
through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. After
approximately one hour and a half, we will cross the little town
of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take some
pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will
continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to
the railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will
unpack and get prepared to the walking with our excursion team
(cookers, assistants and porters). At this point, the passengers
will have to show their passports to the security personnel of
the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able
to cross a bridge that will take you to the other side of the
river where they will start climbing in a parallel line to the
Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the Sacred
Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit
the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for
meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”,
which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will
start climbing through a little tableland where we will
experience an amazing Andean landscape, and see in the base of
the mountains a beautiful Inca building known as “Patallacta”,
located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point we will
stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding
this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue
walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards
until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and
take a little break.
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full
of vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful
giant hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours
walk we will arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the
majesty of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants
to the Inca Trail, seasons. (L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry
season (May to September). We strongly recommend bringing light
and fresh clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to
protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 2 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The Challenge Day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early,
around 06:00 am. This will be necessary in order to get ready
and have breakfast before starting the excursion. Later we will
start walking through a narrow road covered by plants, across a
little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy forest of a
unique beauty. In this section of the trip you should climb many
stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is
needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the
route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we
will make a quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to
the highest point of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska,
located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors
include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for
which we will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break
whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the most
difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter
height; however this part is also known as one of the most
beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top
of the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of
the Andean mountains. For this special day, we recommend
bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot of water and even
some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take the classic
pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a
winding valley until the point where we will stop and have
lunch. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse
type of wild birds.
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters
above sea level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official camp, and that is why it has baths and
showers; however, we should be aware that the water in this part
is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours
DAY 3 PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The Unforgettable Day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of
the excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful
due to the presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road.
This day we will get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast
we will start our walk climbing through a steep road. Soon we
will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful Inca oval building
which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After hearing the
historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass,
located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will
find a little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose
and other native bird species. After the pass, we will descend
to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an
interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope,
surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we
will continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water
channels that are spectacular works of hydraulic engineering
made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a good time, after
which we will continue down to reach one of the most beautiful
Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These are
without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins
after Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is
said that acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid
that bears the same name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is located a few
meters away. (B, L, D)
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 4 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU (The Special Day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After
breakfast, we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter
the path that leads directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to
bring a good flashlight, because this time it is normally dark
here. After walking for about one hour and a half, we will
arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate, a magnificent point from where
you can see the city of Machu Picchu. At this point we can relax
for a few minutes, take pictures of the group, and finally go
down to reach the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of
the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend,
until in 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it
only after many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a
height of 2430 meters above sea level, in the middle of a
tropical forest with an extraordinary location. It was without
any doubt one of the most amazing urban creation in Inca times.
Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continually cut
in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a tour of the
most impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take us
about 2 hours, after which we have free time to explore each
city on our own taste and preference. Then return by bus to the
town of Aguas Calientes, to take the train that will take us
back to the city. At the time indicated on the ticket of train
our staff will be waiting at the station, from where we will
transfer to your hotel. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
*Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
*Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
*A large tent, for each 2 persons.
*Mattress, one per person.
*Enough tables and chairs.
*English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2
*An expert cook.
*Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment and your
personal staff max. 6 kls per person)
*Train Ticket (Backpacker).
*Full meals during the trek.
*Daily snack bag.
*Daily afternoon tea service.
*Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
*Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
*Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
*Transfer train station / hotel
*Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
*Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your
*Lunch last day
*Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
*Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
•A backpack with necessary change of clothes for the whole
period of the trek
•Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho
(plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
•Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
•Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
•Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is
also recommended, especially for sleeping
•Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
•Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly
under cold conditions)
•Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
•After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
•Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria
risk has been reported
•Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli,
etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and
our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This
recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific
snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
•Water container and water for the first morning. Important
notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the
Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones
•Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up
water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we
provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has
not reported any health problem so far
•Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas
•Cash in soles and/or US$ (No ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
•Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have
applied for a student discount)
•Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in
order not to damage the Inca Trail)
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your
scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
This is the ONLY Student
card to apply the discount
When booking a trek: The government has
strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca
Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per
day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking
as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates
sold out more than 4 months in advance!! However don't make a
booking until you have all the group details (names, passport
numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure
date since "these details cannot be changed after we have bought
your trek permit"
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition
it is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten
hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inka Trail. The
trekking will be difficult if you have not exercised regularly
before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail adventure, we
advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own
safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical
condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician about
joining an Inka Trail Expedition take only the necessary items
for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the rest of your luggage at
your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals has an storage
rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites
than those indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu
Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor
must obey park regulations prohibiting littering, cutting or
damaging trees, removing or damaging stones of ruins and the
Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting open fires or
camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites
can be used).
Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using
the names & passport numbers that you send us with your trek
booking application. You must bring these same passports with
you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If the name or
number in your passport is different from the name and number on
the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you
to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If
you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking
and actually starting the trek YOU WILL MUST bring both
passports (New and Old).
If you make a trek booking at the student price you must send us
a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit.
If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government
authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not
be given the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price!!!!!
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal
items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third
of a porter (maximum 10kg or 22lb per person) can be hired for
US$125. If you hire the services of a third of a porter (you
will need to supply the small padlock). However, even with this
service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your
essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum
number of porters that we can use in each group has now been
capped. This is why we have had to limit the maximum amount of
personal equipment that you can give to a porter to carry for
you to 10kg or 22lb per person. (The maximum amount that each
porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 20kg
or 44lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the
services of an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special
diets at no extra cost but we need to know when you make the
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags
are synthetic or feather (easy to wash). They are washed after
every use and are guaranteed to be clean.
Cost: US$35 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg
and are rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even
during the coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
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The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated
and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who
want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the
wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic
windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous
opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers
feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather
seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation
during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows
the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through
its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared
with local ingredients
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the
quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for
the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in
front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for
the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks
placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows,
air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a
If you will take any trek with us. we ask you to fill the
customer chart regarding the commentaries or otherwise you can
inform to the Operations Department.
This is a very important requirement and necessary to do after
take the tour to avoid problems regarding the quality of the
service and help you to resolve it before you leave to your
country otherwise our agency is assuming that all your services
was ok therefore we are not going to accept any claims.
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