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Classic Inca Trail 4 days

Classic Inca Trail 4 days

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Day 1: Inca tral day 1

We’ll pick you up early in the morning from your hotel, which can be in Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, or your homestay in our porter community, to take you to Km. 82, the start of the Inca Trail. Once we arrive, we’ll take about 30 minutes to ready our backpacks, use the bathrooms and greet the team of cooks and porters which will make our mountain adventure possible.

Before starting the trek, we’ll pass through the trail’s control station to check the personal information in your passport against that on your trail permit. We’ll start the trail by hiking along the banks of the Vilcanota River, passing by small local villages and ruins sites scattered along the length of the valley until we arrive at our first major archaeological site, LLACTAPATA, an important Inca settlement with still-intact constructions. Afterwards, we’ll hike to our lunch spot to recover our energy. After a fortifying lunch, we’ll continue up the Wayllabamba Valley surrounded by the local flora and walking in a cool, pleasant climate until we reach our first campsite at the village of WAYLLABAMBA (2950m – 9678feet).

First night of camping.

Day 2: Inca trail day 2

We’ll wake up to birdsong and the peaceful murmuring of the nearby river, taking our time to enjoy the refreshing countryside air. We’ll next gather in the dining tent, where our chefs will be waiting for us with a hearty breakfast, and later begin our hike to the highest point of the journey, Warmiwañuska Pass (4,215m – 13828Feet). This section will be a personal challenge for each hiker, but reaching the top is well worth the effort; getting up here means that you can accomplish anything!

The ascent is gradual, and the first section is covered in vegetation until halfway up the mountain (Llulluchapampa, 3,800m). We’ll rest a while here, taking in the fresh, cold air of the Andes. After here, the views are all of the Andean puna (highland mountain”, where the mountain is rocky and without much vegetation due to the altitude. However, we will come across the grass known as paja, still used by many high-mountain communities for roofing material. The views steadily improve as we climb, revealing different mountain ranges, and after a hard hike we’ll reach the highest pass of our trip, with rewarding views of mountains and valleys. If we are lucky, we’ll see condors circling above this pass, the ancient birds of the Peruvian Andes which guard over us as we hike. Getting up to Warmiwañuska is an accomplishment that you will never forget.

We gently descend from here, still glowing from our accomplishment and appreciating the simple things in life. The trail takes us to our campsite in the Pacamayu Ravine. At dinner we’ll share stories with our group and with our Wayki porters as well, feeling the satisfaction and peace furnished by the night sky and surrounding mountain peaks.

Day 3: Inca trail day 3

This is one of the longest days, but the natural beauty more compensates. We’ll pass by archaeological centers, intact Inca trail, tunnels, a wide diversity of microclimates, inter-Andean valleys, and cloud forest full of birds and hundreds of kinds of orchids.

After breakfast, we’ll gradually climb up to Runkuracay, an archaeological site half way up the mountain with a strategic view towards the valley. After our visit here, we’ll finish the last climb to the second highest pass on the trail, the Runkuracay Pass (3,800m – 12467feet), where we’ll see how the cloud forest spreads like a green blanket between the valleys. From the pass, we’ll descend towards the valley until we arrive at the next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m – 11811feet), known as “The Dominant Town” due to its commanding position above the surrounding valleys. We continue descending to our lunch spot at Chakicocha, and afterwards hike through unimaginable scenery, with countless orchid species, tunnels and foundations as deep as 10 meters. This splendid trail takes us over the third pass of the route and down to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (3,665m – 12024feet), from where you’ll see Machu Picchu Mountain and the Vilcanota River, valley and glaciated mountain range.  If the weather cooperates, we’ll also see Salkantay (6,274m -20583 feet), the most sacred mountain of the region.

The trail zigzags down many staircases from Phuyupatamarca through thick vegetation towards Intipata and Wiñaywayna (2,650m – 8694 feet), two Inca sites near Machu Picchu but with their own impressive architecture. We’ll spend our last night of camping in the pleasant, humid climate of Wiñaywayna. This is also our last night with the cooks and porters.

Day 4: Inca trail day 4

Excited and eager to arrive, we’ll get up early this morning to start our hike. After saying goodbye to our, chefs and porters, we’ll start our hike at 5:30am. It’s a brisk but refreshing one-hour hike to our first goal, the famous Intipunku (Sun Gate) at the entrance to Machu Picchu.  Reaching the Intipunku is a unique experience that will stay with you the rest of your life.

After taking in the splendid views we’ll descend along the trail into Machu Picchu itself, stopping at the highest part of the ruins to take the classic photo and shots of the exquisite architecture. We’ll descend to the entrance gate to register and check our bags before starting on our guided tour inside the citadel. Your guide will help you to better understand the magic and mystery that still live within the walls here. The tour will last two to three hours, once finished the explanation in Machupicchu citadel the group will go down to Aguas calientes town by bus. In the afternoon we will take the train to return to Ollantaytambo and then transportation to Cusco.

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Included

briefing one day before your hike. Here, we’ll give you all the necessary information about the hike and answer any questions you may have.

Entrance permits to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Once we have received confirmation of your reservation and your deposit, we’ll immediately apply for your permit at the Ministry of Culture (the institution which regulates the Inca Trail) to ensure that there is enough space for you and the necessary porters. We can also reserve tickets for either Huayna Picchu at the same time (Extra cost, please indicate our travel advisor if you would like to add the Huayna Picchu permits)

 

 Field Staff:

  • Professional Guides: specialized in trekking and selected from accredited universities. Our guides are fluent in English and have five to twelve years of experience in different hikes of the region. They are skilled at managing groups under pressure and are experts at first aid and rescue techniques. The majority of them come from different Andean communities and bring with them their cultural heritage. Along with the rest of the field team, our guides will make your journey a unique experience.
  • Chefs: Trained in local gastronomy schools, they are experts in modern Andean cooking, traditional Peruvian meals, international food styles and vegetarian cooking. They have deep knowledge of the nutritional properties of their meals and are experts at cooking as quickly as possible. And all of this, of course, with a strong emphasis on hygiene and food safety during preparation.
  • Porters: Responsible for carrying all the group gear and your 8kg (17.6lb) of personal items. They come from various rural communities from the Cusco region, where they still maintain their local customs and traditions. We provide them with accident insurance during the trek and with suitable clothing that allows them to work in comfort. Our porters are also hosts responsible for making your journey an unforgettable experience.

 

4 Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 morning snacks, 4 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners.

We’ll have variety of food throughout the hike, all of which will be loaded with the protein, vitamins and carbohydrates to give you the energy that you’ll need on the hike.

  • Breakfasts: Fruit salad, yogurt, oatmeal, chocolate, milk, coffee, tea, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bread and butter.
  • Morning Snacks: Fresh and dried fruit, crackers, and sweets (chocolate, other candy)
  • Lunches:Buffet-style, with soup, 2-4 different main dishes, desserts and hot drinks. The mains will include Peruvian classics, such as lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with rice and French fries) and aji de gallina (mildly spicy, creamy chicken pure), among other options. We can also make vegetarian options.
  • Afternoon snacks:Popcorn, crackers, coffee, chocolate, milk, and a variety of teas.
  • Dinners: Soups, chicken, pasta.
  • Water:We’ll provide you with boiled water every day of the hike, from lunch onwards.

     

Camping Equipment

  • Tents:These are 4-season, high mountain tents from the brands North Face, Eureka, and Mountain Hardwear. They can withstand harsh winter weather, including heavy rain and snow.
  • Sleeping Mats:Our inflatable Thermarest mattresses guarantee a warm, comfortable night’s sleep on the trail.
  • Sleeping Bags: We use down sleeping bags rated to -10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) to ensure a warm night’s sleep.
  • Pillows: Comfortable ones to have a complete rest at night
  • Blankets: Each participant will have one in case they want to be warmer.
  • Dining Tent:Our spacious dining tent, complete with chairs and a table, gives us all the room we need to enjoy our meals no matter the weather outside.
  • Cooking Tent:Comes with all the equipment necessary for our chef to prepare your meals (gas stove and all food prep utensils).
  • Bathroom Tents:These tents have toilets with water pumps, and we’ll set them up at all our lunch spots and campsites.

 

Transportation

  • From Cusco or the Sacred Valley to the trailhead at Km. 82 in a Mercedes Benz minibus.
  • A bus from Machu Picchu down to the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train ticket (Expedition class) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo after your visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Mini Bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco

 

Biodegradable products: Personal hygiene products for our staff and clients, and soap for cleaning cooking and camping equipment.

 

Emergency Equipment and remote Doctor Assistance.

  • Satellite Telephones: Each one of our groups carries a satellite telephone at all times to communicate with our office in case of emergency or for clients to use in case they have a personal emergency in whatever part of the world.
  • Radios: These have a 10km range and 8 frequencies for our guides, chefs and porters to communicate amongst themselves. Additionally, the radios can be used to communicate with Machu Picchu and Inca Trail park guards in case of emergency.
  • First Aid Kit:We carry a full complement of over-the-counter medication, including alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, tincture of iodine, germicidal soap, cotton, gauze, bandages, adhesive medical tape, surgical gloves, analgesics for muscle and stomach pain, antipyretics, anti-allergy medication, anti-inflammatories, oral rehydration salts, laxatives, burn cream, splints, blood pressure measuring devices, and thermometers. If you take prescription medication, you may carry your own drugs.
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