Baquedano E5-27 y J.L. Mera
Phone: 593 2 2557176
Fax: 593 2 2547576
Quito - Ecuador
A hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be one of the most wonderful trekking experiences in South America. This trekking takes you through enchanting scenery with different landscapes and climates and arriving at the spectacular city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place). Walking time (aprox. 4:30 to 5 hours)
The day begins early, between 06:15 to 07:00hrs with the passengers pick up from their hotels in Cusco. We will drive across the villages of Yucay, Urubamba, etc. and after a 3 hours drive we arrive at Kilometer 82 (2,600m / 8,528ft). At this point where the first control is located, all tourists have to register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42 kilometers of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. In our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, the first part of the trek is mainly flat, with slight ascents and it will take approximately 2½ hours until we reach Llactapacta (town in the heights) archaeological group. Then we will continue towards the valley of the Kusichaca River from where the route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba’ s camp located at 3100meters (10,168feet). Lunch Box, Dinner.
Day 2: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacasmayu Camp.Walking time (aprox. 5 to 6 hours)
After breakfast, we start our second day considered by many trekkers the most difficult since it is essential to do an ascent of 1100 meters up to the highest point of the whole circuit, the Warmihuañusca (“dead women”) pass at 4200m (13,776ft). The slow ascent will take about 4 ½ and 5 hours approximately. From the pass we enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so is important to wear warm clothing. Overcoming the pass we continue our way down to the Pacasmayu Camp located at 3500m (11480ft). Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner.
Day 03: Pacasmayu – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna: Walking time (aprox. 6 to 7 hours)
The third day besides being the longest also is the most interesting. It begins with one and a half hour ascent to the Runku Raccay's Pass located at a height of 3,950m (12,916ft). On the way down, we will visit to the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800m (12,464ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way basically is a descent towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600 meters. On the Inca times this was used as a place of control post of the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Then along a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, (“town above the clouds”) at 3670m (12,038ft). From here we will descend on an impressive way of endless rock steps until we arrive to the beautiful Inca remains of Wiñayhuayna (“Forever Young”) located at 2700m (8856ft). Camp. Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner.
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Cusco Walking time to Sun Gate (aprox. 3 hours)
The day begins earlier than usually at about 04:30 a.m. in order to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hour we arrive to Inti Punku (“Sun Gate") at 2,700m (8,856ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here it is only 1 km more to arrive to the city and enjoy a guided visit to the most important places. At about 1:00 o’clock we will be transported by bus from the citadel down to the village of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we take our train back to the city of Cusco. Breakfast, Lunch Box.
• Gross rates per person us$660. – pp
• Tour Operators Commission: 10%
Included: All transfers, transport to/from trek start point, professional English speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, porters, first aid kit, one way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy) (with Tourist Expedition Class train), Inca Trail entrance fee.
Not included: international and domestic flights, airport taxes, extra personal porters (us$ 140. - per porter), tips, personal trekking gear, extras, personal travel insurance.
Personal baggage weight allowance per passenger: 5 kgs (this to be carried by porters). Passengers must carry a day backpack (suggested 30-40 lts) with their personal belongings for the day hike (lunch box, warm clothing, photo camera, etc.).
Fix (in pool) Departure Dates (from Cusco):
• Year round (except in February) every week Thursday and Sunday
• In high season from May 1st to September 30 we offer departures every day
• In February, the Inca Trail closes due to the heavy rains, and for maintenance.
Note: Our fix departures are guaranteed with minimum 4 participants however we are subjected to spaces availability according with the Government regulations (please check our remarks on this matter).
Inca trail Special remarks:
1) Bookings for the Inca Trail, and according to the Peruvian Government new regulations, are possible only if there are available spaces for the Inca Trail (now is not allowed to be within the circuit more than 400 hundred people including passengers, porters, helpers, guides, etc.). Therefore, to guarantee you are booked, and once we get your request, we need first to check spaces availability. If we find them, we will notify you immediately and then we need an urgent prepayment of $200. - per passenger to buy the entrance tickets (boletos). Please take into account that once bought the tickets, the prepayment amount is not refundable in case of tour cancellation.
If you are interested in doing the Inca Trail, it is necessary to receive your formal request as soon as possible. Together with this, we need the following information:
• Full name (as per is stated in your passport)
• Passport number
• Date of birth
• Dates for your trip
The Confirmation of your booking, we will give to you the following day after your pre-booking has been received, and the prepayment has been done.
If Inca trail spaces are not available, we offer other trekking possibilities to Machu Picchu including the beautiful and awesome Salcantay – Machu Picchu Inca Trail.
2) Use of Ski Poles or Sticks: In case passengers desire to carry sticks or ski poles to facilitate the trekking on the Inca Trail, these should be with rubber tips (metal tips are not permitted).
3) Weight allowance for Inca Trail:
For the Inca Trail, you must put in a duffel bag those things you will need for the trek (sleeping bag, extra clothing, cleaning goods, foam or termarest mattress, etc). This duffel bag will carry our porters and must have a total weight of maximum 5 kgs. Those items (photo camera, warm clothing, wind jacket, box lunch, etc) you will need for the trekking days, you must carry yourself in a day backpack (suggested a 30-40 lts back pack) unless you will pay for a personal extra porter (us$ 150.-). In this case, this extra porter availability will depend of spaces availability for the Inca Trail.
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