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Peru - Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
2016 Rates 2 3-5 6-8 9 or more
2 day / 1 night
Private - daily
$447 $402 $402 $357
4 day / 3 night
Shared Premium Service
$930 $852 $762 $694

Departures all year except February
At least two months advance booking required to secure trail permits
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time.
Add $153 US for a private porter to carry your personal pack

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the ten best trekking trails in the world. It offers striking  beauty, ancient Incan ruins and diverse ecological zones - from high desert plateau to tropical Andean rainforest.

Machu Picchu
is a UNESCO

World Heritage Site

Following an ancient Inca trail, we will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites half cloaked in jungle overgrowth that makes it look like you are discovering them for the first time.


 In the ruins of Machu Pichu  ©


Hiram Bingham at Machu Picchu c 1911
 

Finally we will arrive at the "Lost City" of the Incas - Machu Picchu. This is one of the worlds most beautiful and important archaeological finds. As we stroll through the many temples, altars, terraces, fountains and chambers all displaying intricate stonework, we can get a clear picture of what the Inca world must have been like.

Experienced guides will conduct our journey and will help make the trip pleasant and safe.

Interested in something a bit more off the beaten track? Please see:
Trekking the Salcantay Trail Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (5 & 6 day)
Salcantay Trail Mountain Lodges of Peru Trek (7 days)
2 Day Inca Trail (Anyday departures all year except February)

Peru's best-known hike visited by thousands of tourists every year. This still thrilling 2-day program covers a 13-km Inca Trail, joining the classical 4-day route at the impressive archaeological site of Winywayna, continuing through the famous Inti Punku or Sun Gate, and finally devoting the second day to a full day visit of the world-famous Inca citadel of Machupicchu.

This program is recommended for those having less time or those looking to hike a shorter version of the Inca Trail without camping.

Itinerary

Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel and go to Cusco train station where we take the train to go to Chachabamba village. After a control we begin our trekking. We arrive to Wińaywayna archaeological site (Forever Young) after 3 hours approximately. Along the way we see a great variety of orchids. We have lunch and after a short rest we continue the hike toward Inti Punku (Sun’s door), place where we have a fabulous view of Machupicchu. This day we just go through its surrounding areas, due to we have to descend by bus to Aguas Calientes. In this village we enjoy our dinner and then we rest in a comfortable hotel. (Box L, D)

Total distance: 13 k.m. (8,08 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6 - 7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m. (8,692 ft.)
Aguas Calientes altitude: 2,350 m. (7,872 ft.)

Day 2 : AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

The awaited day came. Early in the morning after having a nutritious breakfast, we take one of the first buses to the wonderful Inka cytadel of Machupicchu. We have a full day guided tour through the splendid areas. After visiting Machupicchu we have the option to go up to Huaynapicchu mountain. After this unforgettable experience, we descend by bus to Aguas Calientes. Here the travellers can take a relaxing bath in the hot springs (entrance fee not included). After having lunch in a restaurant (no included) we take the train to return to Cusco. In Cusco train station our bus waits for us to transport to our hotel. (B)

Fixed departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. Please contact us to check departures to alternatives routes.

 

INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • Transfer from the hotel to the train station
  • Local train to Km.104
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch on first day
  • Bus down on first day
  • Bus up and down on second day
  • Return train to Cusco
  • Transfer from train station to hotel if returning to Cusco on day 2
  • International or local airfare
  • Meals in Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned
  • Trekking shoes
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Flash light
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent
 
4 Day Inca Trail (Premium Service - March through December)

With our PREMIUM system you trek at a leisure pace, camping at more secluded camps , away from the crowds, we run an ecological minded trip by taking out all the garbage including all the human waste.
You will not carry anything , except a small day pack , with your bottle water and camera.
Also , it is our policy the fair treatment of our staff and porters, providing them with good food , shelter and decent salary.

The difference between our service and that of other companies , is that the first day we camp near  Llactapata a more secluded camp, other Agencies camp at Huayabamba, a small town on the trail , full of people. On the second day those agencies trek up hill all day and in the late afternoon with the last bit of energy, they go over Warmiwanusta pass 4,100 meters ( Dead women pass) , then go down to camp at Pacasmayo, again a crowded camp. With ourselves on the other hand on the second day we trek toward Huayabamba and hike up hill, camping closed to the high pass at a more secluded place , giving you more time to acclimatize . On the third day , fresh after a good night sleep, we hike up for one hour to the high pass and continue the trek all the way to Phuyupatamarca (City Above the Clouds) , the best camp on all inca trail.
On the early morning you will enjoy a magnificent Sun Rise , since you are on top of the mountain with the  clouds below you. On the other hand most companies camp at Winay Wayna, much lower and most of the  time that early in the morning is foggy , since they are already in the cloud forest.

DAY 1: KM 82:
We start our trek escorted by native "quechua¨ porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River valley, with magnificent views of the snow capped mountain, Veronica (20,200’). An easy introductory day of no more than a 4 hours walk. Arriving at camp with in view of Llactapata, an ancient Inca citadel that protected the entry to two valleys, one of them leading to the inka trail to MachuPicchu. You will enjoy this less visited camp away from the crowds. (L+D).  

DAY 2: LLACTAPATA / LLULLUCHA
After a healthy breakfast, we walk past the Inca Hamlet of Huayabamba, where most of the other trekkers camp.  In the afternoon you will be going through a unique Andean cloud forest, afterwards arriving at our camp, at Llulluchapampa 3,600 meters altitude (B+L+D).  

DAY 3:  LLULLUCHA / PHUYUPATAMARCA
Today, the first part of the trek takes us to the Warmiwańuska Pass at 4,200 meters. Walking on a remarkably preserved Inca trail, we pass ancient archaeological sites half covered by dense jungle overgrowth. A most rewarding day, with dream like landscapes of the Inca Trail to Machupichu, orchids, ferns multi colored birds and humming birds provide the ideal backstage. We make our camp at  Phuyupatamarca (¨City Above the Clouds¨), a set of ancient ritual baths, where ancient travelers on the Inca trail to MachuPicchu will stop to bathe and purify themselves before arriving to the sacred Sanctuary .You can do the same and transport yourself to the past.  In the camp you will enjoy spectacular views of snow- covered Andean ranges, such as the Salcantay 6,200 meters and Veronica 6100 meters. (B+L+D).

DAY 4: PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU
After about three and a half-hours walking, you will arrive to the Inti punku, (Gates of the Sun), where a magnificent view will be printed in you mind; the Sanctuary of Machupicchu, the ¨Lost City of the Incas¨. Late afternoon train back to Cusco. (B+L)

INCLUDES :
- Private transportation to the head of the trail 
- 3 Nights in double-occupancy tents
- Dining tent with tables and stools, mattres
- Kitchen tent and latrine tent
- Professional, bilingual guide, cook and porters
- VISTADOME train back to Cusco.
- Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-International or Local Airfare
-Meals while in the cities
-Sleeping bag 
-Personal equipment and clothing
-Entrance ticket to the Inka trail ($89 US for adults or $45 US for students with ISIC card)

* Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
* Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 per day.
* We provide you with an insulite mattress, if you want to Up-Grade, for a therma-rest mattress, the cost is US $ 5.00 per day.
* Advise if vegetarian diet is required.
* Single tent supplement US $ 15.00

INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • Private transportation from hotel to trailhead at km 82
  • Tents and camping equipment
  • Porters
  • Professional bilingual guide and cook 
  • Meals as indicated
  • Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes bus
  • Vistadome train to Cusco
  • Transfer to hotel if returning to Cusco on Day 4
  • Entrance to Inca Trail
  • International or local airfare
  • Meals in Cusco
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned

 

  • Personal sleeping bag
  • Back pack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Flash light
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent

 

Reservations

Gate of the Sun © Inti Travel and Tours, Box 1586, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1B5
Phone 1-403-760-3565 / Fax 1-403-760-3566