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The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

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    What to Expect

    Day 1: Start the Inca Trail

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Cusco 08000 Peru
    Let the big adventure begin! After our hotel pick up we will go to Piscacucho (2,750 m/9,022 ft.), at Km. 82 on the tracks to enter the Inca Trail. Our trip will start with a slow pace walk to get used to the trail. We will be able to see the beautiful snowcapped mountain Veronica and we’ll get to a natural viewpoint from where we will see the archaeological site of Llaqtapata. Our first campsite will take place at Huayllabamba (3,000 m /9,842 ft.)
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Igloo tent (2 people in each 4-person tent)

    Day 2: Inca Trail

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    The most intense day of the Inca Trail is here so make sure to bring some extra sugary sweets in your pocket for extra energy. We will walk through the Valley of Huayllabamba while we observe the ecological changes of going from the highlands to the plateau. In Yunca Chimpa we start the ascent to Llulluchapampa (3,750 mt. / 12,303 ft.). While we enjoy a refreshing snack, the Huayanay Valley is in front of us, and the challenge of the day: the defiant Warmiwañusca mountain pass (4,200 mt. / 13,779 ft.), also known as “Dead Woman” mountain pass. If we are lucky we´ll get to see the beautiful hummingbirds and sparrows that live in the area. Finally it is time to descend to our campsite in Pacaymayo (3,600 mt. / 11,811 ft.) for lunch and rest after this challenging day.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Igloo tent (2 people in each 4-person tent)

    Day 3: Winay Wayna

    Stop At: Winay Wayna, Machu Picchu Peru
    A day filled with archaeological sites in our trail, the longest but also the most impressive and least difficult day. We will ascend to the Runcuracay mountain pass (3,860 mt. / 12,664 ft.) to see the archaeological complex of the same name to later continue to the Sayacmarca Inca fortress (3,580 mt. / 11,745 ft.). After lunch, it’s time to cross the Phuyupatamarca Mountain pass (3,700 mt. / 12,139 ft.). In this area we will see the best preserved Inca complex in all the Inca Trail, whose name in English translates to “over the clouds”. After a well-deserved rest, we will continue to Wiñaywayna (2,650 mt. / 8,694 ft.), an impressive Inca complex with numerous agricultural terraces and religious and urban areas. This will be end of the day for us; we will set camp and enjoy our farewell dinner.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Igloo tent (2 people in each 4-person tent)

    Day 4: Temple of the Sun and Machu Picchu!

    Stop At: Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu Peru
    We are getting closer to our main objective. We’ll get up at dawn to ascend through a narrow way of steps until we get to Intipunku or the Door of the Sun (2,720 mt. / 8,923 ft.) and get a first glance of Machu Picchu (2,450 mt. / 8,038 ft.) at sunrise, a memorable experience to capture in pictures. We will then go down for a guided tour of the fortress and the opportunity to learn and see everything there is to see of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Av El Sol 809, Cusco 05184, Peru

    Traveler pickup is offered
    This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel in Cusco Downtown. If your hotel is not listed, you may go to our office in Cusco, Av. El Sol 817, Cusco
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • 4-day trek to Machu Picchu.
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Transfer in private bus to the start of the Inca Trail
    • English speaking guide
    • Igloo tent (2 people in each 4-person tent)
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Kitchen tent
    • Cook and cooking equipment
    • Sleeping bag
    • Porter for group camping equipment, not personal belongings (backpacks, sleeping bag)
    • All meals on the trail except lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
    • First-aid kit
    • Transfer from the train station back to hotel in Cusco
    • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Winay Wayna
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of the Sun
    • Gratuities
    • Extra porters (15lb USD 108) (26lb USD216)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • The Inca Trail is likely to sell out and must be booked as far in advance as possible
    • The Inca Trail is closed in February due to maintenance on the roads
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • If booked in advance, the cost for an additional porter is $108 (15lbs). If an additional porter is booked with short notice, the cost remains the same, but there is no guarantee of confirmation or availability given the tour's high demand.
    • Please note: Poroy Station will be closed from 1st January to 30th April 2017. The Vistadome, Expedition and Executive trains will be departing from Ollataytambo or Pachar station, located approximately 1.5 hours from Cusco, during this period. Transfers to the stations from Cusco are included.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    • English
    Amazing and Physically exhausting. We booked with Valencia Travels. There were some communication issues before arriving but nothing that we couldn't overcome. Their staff was great once we arrived in Cusco. They met us at the airport and stayed with us until flying out.
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    About the operator
    By: Gray Line Peru
    165 reviews
    Accessible ruins
    Easy to visit pre Inca site just outside Lima. Tour guide informative and entertaining bus ride comfortable
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    Virginia Beach,Virginia
    I had a great time staying at the Sinchicuy lodge. Everyone was extremely friendly and the activities always kept
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    Wished we could have visited the pisac ruins
    This was a very good tour. Our guide was VERY knowledgeable and even spent the drive to the sites talking about
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    Hebert C
    Such rich history here and the tour guide Mario did a great job at explaining everything. He took me through the
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    Dumfries, Virginia
    Excellent look at pre Inca ruins
    This was afantatstic trip that I through in at the last moment. The museum at the entrace was very interesting
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    Informative Tour with a Friendly Guide
    My friends and I booked this tour last minute, and we had a great time. TripAdvisory was prompt with information
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    Recommend that trip to everyone
    It was an amazing experience, the whole trip was excellent. We had the best time there. From the guide over the
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    gold coast
    Everything went smoothly just make sure when u arrive to ring the number supplied on skype or what ever u have
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    Houston, Texas
    Fantastic!! Don’t miss this if you’re interested in Peruvian cultures
    I was in Lima on a Monday (when a number of museums and some other area attractions are closed) and chose this to
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    Eagle, Idaho
    Very Nice Place!
    The bus and tour guide was super interesting and smooth travel to the place. The museum in place was very modern,
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    Victoria A
    Must see!! Rain or shine!!
    There is no question as to why this is one of the seven wonders of the world. This tour was very organized from
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    Family Trip to Machu Picchu
    Fantastic experience. Our guide, Felix the Cat , was very knowledgeable. The Inca Express ( glass roof train ) to
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    Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    Beautiful city and scenery
    The view that is pictured here is really quite beautiful. I know the Santa Catalina Monastery is supposed to be a
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    Ben S
    Nice day in the valley
    We take a tour bus to the valley and went to 5 places. It cost us around 100 Sols per person. Not cheap.
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    Peyton, Colorado
    A highlight of my trip to Machu Picchu.
    Six of us took this train from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and then back to Cuzco. Both directions we had
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