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5 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

 

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This is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world!

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas over 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from south Colombia throughout Peru, Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile and the Northwest part of Argentina! The Inca Trail starts in a typical Andean region and finishes in a jungle region going through cloud forests, Inca tunnels, bridges and snow on the way!! Undertaking this trek is an opportunity to go back in time and live with the Incas for 5 indescribable days...remembers, the Inca Trail is not only for your feet but also for your mind...

Itinerary

Day 01The Inca trail adventure to Machu Picchu begins:

Total distance to be covered: 12km or 7mi. (5 to 6 hours more or less).
We will meet and pick you up from your Hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4:00 or 4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (you will hear this be called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (06:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast – not included). On arrival at kilometer 82 (08:30am more or less), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use the restrooms, put on sun cream, mosquitoes repellant, etc) and then it is necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trails 1st control point. To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up on the 'Inca flat' terrain) and we will have great views of the site of an Inca Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Inca site 'Llactapata' (officially called 'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be one hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperature at night is usually around 5ºC (depending on the month).

Overnight at the Inca Trail campsite.

Day 02The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes...

Total distance to be covered: 16km or 9mi. (8 to 9 hours more or less).
After waking up at 5:30am (maybe at 05:00-depending on your Guide) and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass' – 4200m/13779ft). On this day a real sense of achievement is felt on reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft). On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!! After lunch begins the second 2 hours steep climbing to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive in our campsite by 5 pm. Temperature at this campsite around 4ºC during the nights.

Overnight at the Inca Trail campsite.

Day 03Back in the past! Beautiful scenery!

Total distance to be covered: 10km or 6mi. (5 hours more or less).
This is the most impressive day (in our opinion!!!) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! Again we wake up for breakfast at 6am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca'(means 'Town in the Clouds') and to reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m)). The views from here of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular. The Inca site, 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes' walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived to camp by lunch time!. A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.  Temperature during the night is around 12º C .

Overnight at the Inca Trail campsite.

Day 04Machu Picchu in its Glory + Aguas Calientes

Total distance to be covered: 5km or 3mi. (2 hours more or less).
We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself!
Walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.  You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) for lunch and is time to make the check in at the hotel after a nap if there is still some energy we will enjoy and relax at the Hot springs.

Overnight at The Hotel in  Aguas Calientes.

Day 05Time go return back to Cusco!

for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Your train will leave in the afternoon and you need to be in the train station 30 min before it leaves.  The train include until Ollantaytambo where a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting for you to pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private transport.

Include / Does not include

Price Includes:

  1. Entrances to the Inca trail
  2. Entrances to Machupicchu
  3. Professional bilingual tour guide
  4. Assistant guide (for groups of 9 people or more)
  5. 1 Night hotel accommodation at Aguas Calientes on day 4th
  6. Private Transport to the Inca Trail start point (KM 82)
  7. Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
  8. Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  9. Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station back to Cusco(on day 5th)
  10. Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)
  11. 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day.
  12. Dining tent with tables and chairs
  13. Professional chef.
  14. 4 man tent (for 2 people only)
  15. Foam sleeping mattress pad
  16. Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (FOAM MATTRESS PAD AND CAMPING TENT).
  17. Oxygen bottle
  18. First aid kit

VEGETARIAN OPTION AT NO EXTRA COST!!!

P.S: EACH HIKER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO CARRY THEIR OWN PERSONAL BELONGINGS, SLEEPING BAG OR ANY EXTRA RENTALS.

Not Included:

  1. Single room and tent: USD 50
  2. Sleeping bags
  3. Inflatable mattress
  4. Walking sticks
  5. For the Inca trail – first breakfast and last lunch are not included
  6. Extra Personal porter
  7. Gratitudes, (tip)
  8. Meals where are not stated
  9. Optional tours
  10. Entrance fees during the optional tours

Prices & Departure Dates


Number of paxs 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 +persons
Price per person $985.oo $895.oo $845.oo $795.oo
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Discounts:
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires "ISIC" Card to qualify)
Under 18's Discount: US$20

Prices may vary according to the season, availability, and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

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Optional Items

  • Hire of sleeping bag - 5 seasons ($25)
  • Walking stick $ 10 highly recommended!
  • Inflatable Matress Upgrade ($ 20)
  • Single Tent supplement ($ 20)
  • Additional porter for 7 kg.($ 70)
  • Additional night at 3 star hotel ($ 85)

Feel free to customize and build your dream vacation. We provide virtually all tours and travel services availablein any of our destination countries. We will work side by side with you, providing the insight and knowledge you need in order to plan the perfect Peru travel package.


Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs

Getting Ready to Go...

Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Getting Ready to Go

Passports and Visas

It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.

Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

 

Trip Preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. Then if you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Cell Phones and Calling Cards

You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

Wireless Internet Access

Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.

Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.

Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.

Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).

You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for for the entire trip.

Climate & Clothing

In Peru the sun is strong, particularly in the higher altitudes. Please bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May – October) are cold. During those periods you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.

The highlands region of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May – October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.


IMPORTANT
Peru Average Temperatures


City

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Lima

Low

68

70

70

67

63

61

61

61

59

61

63

67

High

79

81

81

76

72

70

67

67

67

70

72

76

Urubamba

Low

46

46

46

43

39

36

34

37

41

45

45

46

High

68

68

68

70

70

68

68

70

70

72

72

70

Cuzco

Low

43

43

43

41

36

32

32

36

40

41

43

43

High

65

65

67

67

67

67

67

67

68

70

70

70

Puno

Low

39

38

38

34

29

25

21

25

30

34

37

38

High

61

61

61

63

61

61

61

61

63

65

63

63

Aguas Calientes

Low

45

45

42

41

37

34

32

36

39

43

43

45

High

66

66

66

68

68

66

66

68

68

70

70

70

Book & Film Recommendations

Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

Books

Machu Picchu:
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

Incas:
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

Other Archaeology/sites:
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

Movies:
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

 

About Your Flights...

About Your Flights
Airline Seat Assignments

As a courtesy service, airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows "N/A". Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on this display. At the time that Valencia Travel Cusco documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please email to info@valencitravelcusco.com.

Luggage

Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size.
Valencia Travel land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore you must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

Code-share Flights

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as "Operated By" another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the "Operated By" airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

Airline Flights

Please check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

The Transportation and Safety Administration

The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

About Business Class Airfares
Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

Peru Domestic Flights
The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Valencia Travel Cusco). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice-versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.
A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.

Frequent Flier Programs

Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

 

How much to tip?

Valencia takes great pride in our porters that works so hard to make your adventure the best possible. They perform many extremely difficult tasks. We sincerely suggest to all of our clients to consider showing your appreciation with a generous gratuity.

Below you can see the number of porter and guides according to the number of participants in the group:

Group - # Pax
# Porters
# Guide
Total
1
5
1
6
2
6
1
7
3
8
1
9
4
10
1
10
5
11
1
12
6
12
1
13
7
13
1
14
8
14
1
15
9
15
2
17
10
16
2
18
11
17
2
19
12
18
2
20
13
19
2
21
14
20
2
22
15
21
2
23
16
22
2
24