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Inca Trail (4 days)

The probably most famous walk in Peru is very popular and often completely booked out. The four-day tour is the standard trip. With this group service you will join one of our groups, where you will meet like-minded people from all over the world.

First day

The tourists get picked up early in the morning and by bus we drive until kilometre 82, stopping on the way for the breakfast. On arrival at kilometre 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) student card. We will have lunch there and receive our equipment before starting the hike. The first day is realtively easy and we will have great views of different sites and also the mountain range of Urubamba. After five-hour walk more or less we will reach Guayllabamba where we will spend our first night. The temperature at night is usually around 10C.

Second day

After the breakfast at around 6.00am we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (4'200 m) and we will climb about 1'200 m on this day. It takes approximately five hours to get to the pass. We will then go down to the campsite which is located at Pacamavu. The temperature here is around 6C.

Third day

Again at around 6.00am we are having breakfast. After one and a half hour uphill we will visit the archaeological site of Runquracay. Views of the mountains and surrounding area, from these point, are spectacular. Then begins a steep descent form the pass leading to the Inca site Sayacmarca. After this site the path continues through a magnificent cloud forest and we begin a new ascent up to 3'680 m. We also get the chance to visit the site Phyuupatamarca where we will afterwards start to hike down to Wiñaywayna, which takes about two hours. There we have a guided tour through the whole complex, we are going to eat dinner and then spend the night there as well. The nightly temperature is around 12C.

Fourth day

We will wake up early in the morning that day, at around 4.30am. After the breakfast we make for the Inti Punku (the Sun door) or the Entrance to Machu Picchu. Thirty minutes later we will arrive to the Machu Picchu itself. We will have a guided tour and visit the most important ruins. You have afterwards some time to walk alone through the ruins before we take the bus to Aguas Calientes. There we will take our lunch and then take the train back to Cuzco where we will arrive at around 9.30pm.

Difficulty

Medium to difficult. The first and fourth days are almost only on flat paths. On the second and third days we go through three pass. However, the difficulty level depends a lot on your fitness, acclimatisation and habit to take part in trekkings.

Climate

All year long the temperature doesn't vary a lot. The maximum is beween 18C-22C and the minimum around 0C-6C. Temperatures change depending on the altitude. As parts of the trekking are in cloud forest, it may be a bit wet. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but gets quite cold at night. It is important to bring warm clothes for the nights.

Discounts

Students in possession of a valid ISIC Student Card are entitled to 30.00 US$ discount. When making your reservation, please send us a scanned version of your Student Card to entitle you to the discount.

Possible departures

We recommend to book as soon as you know the dates for your trip. Until now we have always received the limited tickets for the Inca Trail. Check this website out http://www.inc-cusco.gob.pe /to see if there is availability for your requested dates. In general we have groups every day.

When to book

The registration allows a maximum of 500 people daily on the Inca Trail (300 staff members and 200 tourists). That's the reason we recommend to book as early as possible. Especially during the high season (May-August) the Inca Trail is usually completely booked up months before.

Group size

Typical group size are 10-12 people, maximum is 16.

Included

Not included

What to bring?

Trekking options

  1. Personal porter: For your personal belongings (clothes…) you can get a porter for the whole time. It costs USD 35 extra.
  2. Extra night in Aguas Calientes: An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be organized. The additional cost are paid from you directly.
  3. Vegetarian food provided: For all our tours we can provide vegetarian food if wished without extra costs. Also if you have an allergy or another problem let us know and we can organize a tour without any problems.
  4. Sleeping bags: We can rent you sleeping bags. They get washed and cleaned after every use. For the 4 days a sleeping bag costs USD 15. You can see and choose them in our office.

Price per person

Number of participants 2 minimum 3 to 4 5 or more
Price in US$ 500 $ 500 $ 500 $

This price includes the Inca Trail entrance Fee (73 US$), bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (6 US$), the return ticket for the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (46 US$) and all the local taxes (ca 19%).

For the price in private service, please contact us by e-mail.

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