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Classic Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights

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Inca Trail 4 days

This classic Inca Trail 4 days 3 nights is by far the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.

DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 82 - PISCACUCHO - WAYLLABAMBA

The adventure begins today in Cusco, Peru. Before leaving the hotel, make sure you are carrying your original passport and ISIC card if student. Travellers are collected at around 05:30am from their hotels and start a spectacular scenic drive through the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas with beautiful views of the Urubamba River, picturesque Andean villages and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Along the way we might stop at Urubamba or Ollantaytambo for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms, before continuing to Piscacucho. In Piscacucho, kilometre eighty two, you will get acquainted with the rest of the crew and the porters who will be carrying the camping equipment. This point is where our hiking trail begins, it is also the location of the first official Inca Trail check point. After clearing the gates and crossing a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, the trek begins with a gentle climb. Following the course of the river, the first three hours are on relatively flat terrain. Superb views of the snow-capped peak of Wakay Willka known as Veronica can be observed as well as the Urubamba mountain range which divides the jungle and the Andes. You are now approaching the Inca fortress of Willka Raccay. After lunch, you will continue hiking towards the extensive Inca settlement of Llactapata (Patallacta on some maps) and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex. The Inca Trail follows the left bank of the river up to the village of Wayllabamba at 9840 feet above sea level (3000 masl) where you will enjoy dinner and camp for the night. :: Buenas noches amigos! (L/D) (About 5 hr. trekking 12 Km/7.5 miles)

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA - WARMI WAÑUSKA - PAQAYMAYU.

The adventure begins today in Cusco, Peru. Before leaving the hotel, make sure you are carrying your original passport and ISIC card if student. Travellers are collected at around 6:00 am from their hotels and start a spectacular scenic drive through the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas with beautiful views of the Urubamba River, picturesque Andean villages and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Along the way we might stop at Urubamba or Ollantaytambo for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms, before continuing to Piscacucho. In Piscacucho, kilometre eighty two, you will get acquainted with the rest of the crew and the porters who will be carrying the camping equipment. This point is where our hiking trail begins, it is also the location of the first official Inca Trail check point. After clearing the gates and crossing a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, the trek begins with a gentle climb. Following the course of the river, the first three hours are on relatively flat terrain. Superb views of the snow-capped peak of Wakay Willka known as Veronica can be observed as well as the Urubamba mountain range which divides the jungle and the Andes. You are now approaching the Inca fortress of Willka Raccay. After lunch, you will continue hiking towards the extensive Inca settlement of Llactapata (Patallacta on some maps) and appreciate the impressive farming terraces of this complex. The Inca Trail follows the left bank of the river up to the village of Wayllabamba at 9840 feet above sea level (3000 masl) where you will enjoy dinner and camp for the night. :: Buenas noches amigos! (L/D) (About 5 hr. trekking 12 Km/7.5 miles)

DAY 3: PAQAYMAYU - SAYACMARCA - PHUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYWAYNA.

Possibly the longest day of Inca trail hiking but one that will bring splendid landscapes and vistas. A perfectly scheduled cup of hot tea will follow the wake-up call at around 06:00 hrs. Enjoy breakfast with your trekking comrades and prepare yourself to hike along well preserved Inca pathway, for the most part, being original. Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 masl) and passing through a circular Inca control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath and realize the rest of Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day. It is recommended the use of trekking poles, additional gel insoles and perhaps an additional porter. Take a pause at this archaeological complex located at 11472 feet above sea level (3497 masl) for an in depth tour and explanation. The name Sayacmarca means “inaccessible town” and clearly describes the position of the site, perfectly perched on the edgy rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a monumental structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 masl), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m). Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (cloud-level town). A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid paved Inca road to the impressive agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 masl). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. The most impressive ruins until this point are located minutes away, even if you are tired after today’s hike, it is a good idea to explore the Wiñayhuayna archaeological or just rest… (B/L/D) (About 7 hr. trekking)

DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA - INTIPUNKU - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO.

Today begins earlier than normal, after breakfast we say a farewell to the porters and set off on the trail by 04:00 hrs in order to get to Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about one hour and a half of hiking and is clearly marked, but you will be walking in darkness. It is highly recommended to bring a head lamp. The path is narrow, traverses a lush cloud forest of giant ferns and brings an almost vertical ascent of about 50 steps to Intipunku, the gate of the sun at 8920 feet above sea level (2719 masl). Suddenly all efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. You will have plenty of time to take photos of the lost city of the Incas, from the classic postcard view and different angles around. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. Afterward you will go to the entrance of Huayna Picchu at about 10 a.m. and hike up the mountain. It will take about 60 minutes to reach the top, and once there you will be able to enjoy the great view of Machu Picchu and the nature that surrounds it. It will take about 50 minutes to go back down. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go, just double check your train schedule and be at the train station one hour before departure. The train ticket included departs at 18:45 hrs. Arriving to Ollantaytambo at approximately 20:18 hrs. It is recommended to upgrade your train to Vistadome service giving you more train departure times and superior seat comfort for the ride back to Cusco. Whichever train station you arrive (Ollantaytambo or Poroy) transfer from this location to Cusco will be provided. You will arrive to Cusco at around 22:30 hrs. (B/-/-)



Inclusions

  Pick-up from your hotel.
  Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  Bus to Km82.
  Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  All meals during your trek. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents – only 2 people per tent.
  Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  24 hours emergency oxygen assistance and first aid kit equipment.
  Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are hiking the Inca Trail.
  Inca Trail Entrance Tickets Permit.
  Inca Trail Survivor Certificate.


Exclusions

  Travel personal insurance. you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  Personal Porters.
  Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4.
  Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  Meals and personal expenses.

Departures and return details:

All our departures are from/to your hotel. If you wish to start or end your tour from different place, you can pre-arrange this in advance.

Departure time:

Departures are everyday at 05:30am. Note: This tour is not flexible and spaces are very limited. we recommend you to book the Inca Trail at the earliest possible.

Duration:

48 hours approximate

Requirement

There is none a minimum of people required to book for this tour but it is important you book the correct dates

Confirmation and Payment:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, a full payment will be required via PayPal. Once we got your Payment you will received your confirmation travel voucher.

Value for money

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