The National Institute of Culture (INC) and the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Integration, and International Trade (MITINCI), reacting to pressure from groups such as UNESCO (which threatened to rescind Machu Picchu's World Heritage Site status), instituted far-reaching changes in practices designed to limit the number of visitors and damage to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, though these alone may not be enough to forestall the trail's damage.
Preparing with us your Inca Trail Experience
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days route is along hand-hewn stone stairs and trails through sumptuous mountain scenery and amazing cloud forest, past rushing rivers and dozens of Inca ruins. The zone is inhabited by rare orchids, 419 species of birds, and even the indigenous spectacled bear. The trek begins at Qorihuayrachina near Ollantaytambo - more easily described as Km 88 of the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. The 43km (26-mile) route passes three formidable mountain passes, including the punishing "Dead Woman's Pass" to a maximum altitude of 4,200m (13,800 ft.). Most groups enter the ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise on the fourth day, although others, whose members are less keen on rising at 3:30am to do it, trickle in throughout the morning.
Hiking the Classic Inca Trail is one of a lifetime experiences, hiking the passage that the Incas walked. People come from all over the world, not only to visit the spectacular Machu Picchu but to hike the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most famous trek in South America. Enjoy the wondrous, changing landscapes and scenery like mountains, cloud forest rich in flora and fauna. Be in awe and thrilled every step of the way visiting archeological sites and much more on route to the acclaimed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to finally bask in its beauty and magic.
6:00 am, early morning departure from Cusco to Piscacucho (2,663mt./8,735ft.) by bus. The Inca trail meanders easily alongside the river with views of snow-capped peaks before reaching the ruins of Llaqtapata. There are views of the Urubamba mountain range and its most spectacular peak, Veronica (5,832mt./19,128ft). Campsite is at Huayllabamba (2,928mt./9,606ft).
Today will be the most strenuous part of the trek going up to Llulluchapampa where the hike becomes truly spectacular with scenery that more than compensates for the effort. Vegetation thins and the day warms on the approach to the highest point of the Inca trail - WarmiwaĂ±usqa Pass (4,236mt./13,894ft). Camp on the Pacaymayo Valley (3,526mt./11,566ft).
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner.
The group climbs an Inca stairway to Runkurakay and begins the final push to the Runkurakay pass (3,962mt/12,996ft.). After visiting the impressive ruins of Sayacmarca (3,657mt./11,998ft.), continue on to the Phuyupatamarca Ruins (3521mt./ 11,552ft). The Inca trail becomes increasingly more dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite at WiĂ±aywayna.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning arrival to the spectacular Machu Picchu. After a professional guided tour, catch a bus to Aguas Calientes where the group boards a train for Cusco; a journey winding through the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. Transport to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please let us know so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. ITEP Eco Travel can provide a guide and hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machupicchu Inca City.
Transportation Cusco - KM 82 âPiscacuchoâ. (Start walking
Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners. âVegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
Drinking water along the Inka trail, only on meal times.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
1st Aid Kit
01 Oxygen Ball
Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent â02 people onlyâ
01 Sleeping Mattress per person âthermal restâ
01 Bus ticket Machupicchu Inca City to Aguas Calientes.
Return train tickets in Expedition Service (Machupicchu - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco)
1st Breakfast, Last Lunch.
Sleeping bags. Extra Porters for carry persona staff (Optional US$ 160.00 per 4 days total 15 kilograms).
Other not mentioned.
Walking sticks (15 $ for a pair of sticks).
Extra porter for personal items (80$ for 7 Kilos).
Upgrade to Single room in Aguas Calientes and single tents (35$).
Upgrade to Vistadome train (50$ ).
Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu (75$) â There is only a limited space at Huayna Picchu (400 persons per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.
We can help you to book hotels (standard and luxury) in whole Peru.
Hotels in Cusco: no matter what the standard you would like (Standard, Economy, First Class, or Luxury) you should ask us to book your room as we know all the different rates for every hotel in Cusco and might secure you a pretty sweet deal.
Original passport and *International Student Visa if applicable
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Warm jacket, hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
Water, water purification tablets, or money to buy water along the way
Camera and films
Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
With the student ISIC card you can get a discount (20$) of the Inca Trail; you have to be under 24 years old, you need to scan and send it to us at the time of your booking.
For children younger than 16, we offer a $20 discount (you also need to scan and email us a copy of the passports).
For children younger than 7, we offer a $50 discount (same here: you need to scan and email the passports).
The Itinerary can change according to the Peruvian government, climate and health status of the trekkers.
The train schedule can change according to availability of the train company.
The train that we provide is the expedition train to Ollantaytambo â if someone books a train ticket in the last minute it is not sure that they can come in the same train as the other group.
If you would like to change your train schedule or tickets, you have to pay more for the transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and for the price change of the train.
The destination at the end of the Classic Inca Trail is Machu Picchu, making the trek, although difficult in some parts, very rewarding! After your Inca Trail trek you can get a great view of the citadel after your Machu Picchu tour, you can also climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Depending on your entrance time for Huayna Picchu you can walk around for a while before entering, but they are very strict about the entrance times, so make sure to be on time! You will need to show your entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu and your passport.View Inca Trail Permits Availability
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