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Per Person USD$570

INCA TRAIL-4 DAYS

The Inca Trail offers travelers a stunning variety of scenery, including dramatic snow-covered peaks, cloud forests, deep river canyons and, finally, the amazing Inca ruins. More than 220 species of orchid have been found in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, as well as 400 species of birds, from tiny hummingbirds to the magnificent condor. Hiking this trail requires a reasonable level of fitness, but age doesn’t matter! The most important factor is acclimatizing to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200mt/13,779ft, so we suggest that you spend at least two days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonderful city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Our classic 4-day Inca tour runs from March through January. Please note that the Inca Trail is closed for the rainy month of February. Due to recent regulations, the Trail is limited to 500 trekkers a day, including tour guides, porters, and cooks. For this reason, we highly recommend you book the Inca Trail at least three months in advance, especially during the peak season (May to September). Trek permits are issued on a first-come, first- served basis until the permits are sold out. Fortunately for those who have missed out on the Inca Trail option, we offer a number of alternative routes that can be booked just days ahead in Cusco.

This is a 9 days tour with the last night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Dificulty
:Moderate
Tour Code
:IT4
Activities
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
:Price Per Person: US$570,
Departures
:Next avalible date: Oct 1, 2014
Private
:Start from US$675 per person on a group of 7-10
Seasson
: January-December
Start – End
:Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco between 6:00 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. to go to Ollantaytambo and from there to Km 82 where we will meet the Quechua porters and have breakfast. You can buy things that you may have forgotten, such as a walking cane, water, and rain ponchos, as well as use the last real washroom for awhile. We start walking from Km 82 to Wayllabamba; a quite level and beautiful walk along the Urubamba River with a view of Mt. Veronica’s snowcapped peak at 5,750 m/18,860 ft. Here we pass several villages where residents still build their houses with traditional ichu grass roofs. Here we can see the famous tuna cactus—some with the cuchinilla louse—famous for its amazingly powerful clothes dye. We’ll rest on a hill overlooking Llactapata – an important agricultural area for the Incas. After Llactapata, we hike up the valley along the Kusichaca River. Here we have a good chance of seeing hummingbirds in the flower bushes. We arrive at the village of Wayllabamba in the afternoon and camp here. Meals: L, D.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

We climb the steep-sided Llullucha Valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. Camp at Pacaymayo Valley. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend to the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens into spectacular new views of the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas, and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses, and ferns. At the third pass, pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-Level Town). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains, and stairways that spill down the mountainside, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu

Meal We leave camp very early to reach Inti Punku in time for sunrise. From here we get the first glance of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. We meet at Machu Picchu at a decided hour to make the tour of Machu Picchu. We will learn about the importance – religious and historical– of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After the guided tour, you can go to the top of Wayna Picchu for a spectacular view of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to visit the beautiful Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco. Meals: B

PRICING

Group Service: $570 per person

Private Service per person:

  • 2 People: US$920
  • 3 People: US$850
  • 4 People: US$770
  • 5 People: US$710
  • 6 People: US$700
  • 7 -10 People: US$675

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel to Km 82.
  • All fees for the Inca train and park entrance fee into Machu Picchu.
  • Bus down to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket to Cusco (backpackers train).
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Large, double-occupancy tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, latrine tent, cooking gear.
  • Sleeping bag/mat ($30 refundable deposit).
  • Porters to carry the equipments.
  • Snacks during the trail, coffee, tea, fruits.
  • Meals as in itinerary: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Emergency first aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank.

Not Included

  • Breakfast 1st day/Dinner last day
  • Tips, taxes, international airfare and personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodations in the city

Gear list

  • Passport
  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Raincoat
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, film and batteries

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