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Hiking the Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail Tour involve 4 day Inca Trail hike + 1 day Machu Picchu tour. We learn about traditional Andean culture on the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail (Qapaq Ñan in Quechuan native language), a 50 km sector of authentical Incan stone paths that once extended from Cusco to Machu Picchu, is one of the world's signature outdoor excursions! Nothing beats the sensation to walk the Inca Trail that leads to the Lost City of the Incas just as the Sun casts its first golden rays over ancient stone buildings.
Hiking the Inca Trail with us means a fully supported hike by porters and modern equipment accompanied by an experienced bilingual Tour Guide. Moreover, you are given an extra day to discover Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountains! (optional) These all enables you to fully enjoy one of the most popular hike in South America.

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Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa
Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha 
Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñay Wayna 

Day 04: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Machu Picchu -  Cusco

 

Highlights of the Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • 4 day Inca Trail hike with a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters,
  • Walk the trail and visit of Machu Picchu in a slower pace, 
  • 1 day Machu Picchu tour
  • Discover the Inca Route
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu,
  • A climb to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Optional).
  • Involves extra porters for your personal belonging
  • Personal camping equipment such as sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping roll mattress, pillow and blanket

Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.

Departure Time: 05:30

Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek 

Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00

Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department

 

Service Level: Superior service all inclusive, extra horses for your equipment and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding -  Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hiking the Inca Trail Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel

Crew: A professional bilingual tour guide, a cook and porters

Accommodation: 3x Campsite, 1x Hotel.

Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).

Caming equipment: It is included on our trek the double tent, sleeping bag, therma a rest mattress, pillow andblanket.

Group Available: Min: 2 - Max: 8  

  

Hiking the Inca Trail Avalaibility

You can check availability by yourself, chose month and day.

 

 

Hiking Inca Trail Permits 2019

You can check the Inca Trail Permits Availability for 2019! Please click on Inca Trail 2019 and Book Online. Chose the best month and day for your 5 day Inca Trail 2019. We recommend to book in advance.

 

Inca Trail News: On October 1st 2018, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian goverment) opened the Inca Trail permits for the 2019. There are 500 spaces available for everyday, included travellers, professional guide, chef and porters.

 

 

Inca Trail Hiking Travel Advisor

 

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Day 01: Cusco - Km 82 - Llullucha Pampa

Early morning, we pick you up from your hotel and take you by our private transport to the starting point of this Inca Trail hike - Piscacucho, also called Km 82 (2,350 m). There, your Tour Guide gives you a briefing about the following Machu Picchu tour and after that, you cross the checking point of the Inca Trail hike. Then you hike along the Urubamba River visiting the Incan archaeological sites of Willca Raccay and the enormous Llactapata. Later on, you continue up to the Cusichaca River Canyon offering magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental; particularly, the Veronica Mountain (5,850 m). You have lunch in Chamana to later continue the Inca Trail walk along the Cusichaca River observing several Incan agricultural stepped terraces and irrigation channels until reaching the picturesque village of Wayllabamba. Thereafter, you start ascending while appreciating various eco-systems along the way. Later in the afternoon, you get to the village of Llullucha Pampa, a place of your first campsite (3,850 m). There you have dinner and a rest afterward.

Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 17 km
Max. elevation: 3,850m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,600 m (8,530 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Day 02: Llullucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Early after breakfast, you continue your Machu Picchu hike ascending towards the highest point of the trail - Abra Warmiwañusqa (= Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4,200 metres passing through the cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corral Punku offering excellent views of surrounding snowcapped peaks. From Warmiwañusqa, you descend to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,300 m), where you have a lunch break. Then you walk the Inca Trail through the valley until you get to the Inka´s ruins of Runkuracay where a guided tour follows. Afterwards, you climb up and get over the second pass - Abra Runkurakay (3,860m) walking on this "Royal Inca´s Highway" down to the next Inka site - Sayacmarca. On the way, you pass the Yanacocha Lake. In the end, we get to our second campsite - Chaquicocha (3,670 m).


Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 12 km
Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Difficulty: Challenging

Day 03: Chaquicocha - Wiñay Wayna

Today, we start hiking passing through lovely subtropical vegetation and many important archaeological sites. Before we reach the first site, we get over Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,670 m) and just behind it, we can see the Phuyupatamarca Inka complex (3,600 m), one of the best preserved and most completed sites of this 5 days Inca Trail. The complex is located on the top of a mountain and it corresponds with its Quechuan name that means the "Town above the Clouds". After a guided tour, we have lunch there. Then, we start a steep descent via a cloud forest offering an opportunity to see beautiful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,700 m). There, we have a guided tour of the same-named impressive archaeological complex consisting of a religious sector, urban sector and an agricultural centre with lots of stepped terraces. Afterwards, we are served dinner and then we go sleep to get ready for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!

Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 10 km
Max. elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 04: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

We start trekking the Inca Trail early morning after breakfast. We first climb antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu! Then, we spend the rest of the morning exploring the Inka citatel on our own. For those interested, we meet up in the below town of Aguas Calientes to have lunch together. To get to Aguas Calientes, you can either take a slow descend (recomended to take some lovely panoramic photos; it takes about an hour) or a shuttle bus (approx. 20 minutes; it costs $9.50 which is not included in the Inca Trail package). Afterwards, you can visit the local hot springs (entrance fee of 10 Soles is not included in any of our Inca Trail packages). You spend the night in a comfortable hostel where you can enjoy hot shower!    

Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
Trekking distance: 4 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Day 05: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

No Inca Trail hike expects is today, just a walk and a ride as we take a shuttle bus after very early breakfast. The bus leaves us in front of the gates of the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photo opportunities! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called "Lost City of the Incas"!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb either the peak of Huayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back optional) or Machu Picchu Mountain (1 hour, 30 minutes up and down optional) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! This Machu Picchu tour finishes by afternoon's descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where we take a train back to Cusco. Arrival in the evening.


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What is included in the Hiking the Inca Trail?

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to the initial point of the trail at Km 82;
  • Accommodation: camping (3 nights), Hotel (1 night);
  • Inca Trail Permit and 2 entrance fees to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages (If you are a vegetarian, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guide (a group up to 10 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 10 participants receives 2 Tour Guides);
  • A professional Cook;
  • Porters to carry food, camping, cooking equipment and and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff
  • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (3 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person;
  • A pillow;
  • Day Pack - Rain covers;
  • A pair Hiking Poles
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belogings);
  • A T-shirt of the Hiking to Machu Picchu;
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes Town
  • A shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town ($12 one way, $24 - a round trip)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain ($25)
  • Extra Porter to help you carrying up to 15 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Porter can be shared between 2 persons)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you also receive your own single tent.
Local flights: No local flights are included in any of our Inca Trail packages!

Inca Trail Advisor

Porters Working Conditions

Every year, thousands of people do the Inca Trail. They usually complete the 43-km trail in 4 days. For most of them, the trip is their lifetime experience and fulfillment of their personal ambitions. The satisfaction of having completed the trek and visiting the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu is hard to beat. Although, this feeling is even better if you know that all porters helping you along the way have been treated well and with the respect they deserve.

 

Tierras Vivas DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! 

 

Inca Trail Alernative treks

In case the Hiking the Inca Trail is fully booked, you can still enjoy one of our amazing Alternative Treks!!

Inca Trail Camping

During the Hiking the Inca Trail we spend three nights full-service camping, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook, and do all camp chores for you: you need only carry your day pack. There will also be dining and toilet tents and bowls of warm water are provided both morning and evening for washing with. and last night you spend a small hotel in Machu Picchu. All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations.

 

MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE - Personal Tents:

Design simplicity meets expedition standards. The best features of Eureka's backcountry and expedition tents combine for an extremely durable tent that sets up fast. Designed with a focus on the weather tightness and durable coatings ideal for frequent use in cool, wet environments and during the shoulder seasons of late fall and early spring.

Our tents are of the brand MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE or DOITE EXPEDITION designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveler, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary!

 

You will spend a night in the best campsite of the Hiking Inca Trail:

  • First Night: Ayapata or Llulluchapampa; 
  • Second Night: Chaquicocha;
  • Third Night: Phuyupatamarca or Wiñaywayna;
  • Fourth Night: Aguas Calientes town, please check the information in the "Accommodation in Machu Picchu" 

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

Accommodation during the 5 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:

 

Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

Hotel Mapi Seven Machu Picchu

Hotel Renato House Machu Picchu

 

Please Note: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfully staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system. Hotel has one of the best locations in town, only few blocks from Train and Bus Station and you don't have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hot spring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this trek to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes to celebrate your accomplishment of the trek.

 

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

 

HIKING THE INCA TRAIL UPGRADE HOTEL:

If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, the discount is U$ 20 per person (Double or Single room). We can recommend the following hotel in Machu Picchu or you can choose and book the hotel by yourself and you will have a discount for your accommodation:

 

    Accommodation Accommodation
MACHU PICCHU HOTELS  STAR SINGLE DOUBLE
Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu 5 Star   U$ 1500.00 U$ 1500.00  
Casa Andina Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 218.50  U$ 218.50 
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 110.00 U$ 150.00 
Ferre Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 230.00  U$ 230.00

 

Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Patio

Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Traditional

Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The accommodation is Standard

Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The accommodation is Standard

 

Solo Traveller: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to info@tierrasvivas.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.

 

IMPORTANT TO ACCOMMODATION: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip (copy) to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your checking.

Inca Trail Packing list

Backpacker for you trekking

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. If you have extra porter, the porter carry your luggage from Km82 (1st day) to Wiñay wayna camping (3th day). If you don’t have extra porter. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.

If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

 

Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

 

What to bring to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu?

  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for Sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

Tips and Extra Service

Optional services to be hired

  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • Personal shared porter.- Very recommended to hire a personal half porter for 7 Kg US$75.00 for the entire trek. Tierras Vivas provides a porter duffle bag for your belongings/equipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter or you in case you don`t hire an extra porter. If you have an inflatable Therma-rest mattress, bring it, it is more comfortable or you can hire for extra US$25.00 for entire trek. *Equipment as sleeping bags, trekking poles, backpacks, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

Important note: Personal shared porter must be reserved in advance at the time of booking your trek.

 

Extra information

The camping equipment to Inca Trail will be returned to Cusco on day 4th, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.

Camping (double tent) provided in 1st, 2nd, 3rd nights and hotel provided in 4 night

 

The Inca Trail hike is included the extra porter. Only you will need to carry your a daypack with Camera, water bottle, snacks, and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but for your camping equipment, our porter will carry all the trail.

 

Important note: Personal shared porter must be reserved in advance at the time of booking your trek.

 

Tipping & extra money

 

It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money:

  • The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc. Your first breakfast, last lunch no included
  • Tipping to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

Hiking the Inca Trail Map

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu / 4 days

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu / 4 days

The Lares Valley is rich with a unique culture, closely connected to the Incas and largely preserved by the isolated nature of the location. This hike passes through many villages, famous for their brightly dyed and hand-woven traditional clothing. Another highlight of the Lares valley are the medicinal thermal springs. The valley is full of beautiful nature, including lakes and waterfalls, and herds of llamas and alpacas. Finally, there is a train to Aguas Calientes, and a tour of Machu Picchu the next morning.
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trek / 5 days

Choquequirao Trek / 5 days

This trek visits the ancient Incan ruins of the city of Choquequirao, the last fortress of resistance against the Spanish. Many fewer tourists visit this city compared to its sister city Machu Picchu, largely because of the remote nature of the site and the inability to access it by train or bus. While challenging, this trek is incredible, scenic, and culturally and historically fascinating. Since this site is much less busy, there is plenty of time on this trip to explore the city individually, in addition to a guided tour. This trip leaves almost an entire day to the appreciation of the city called the Cradle of Gold.
Choquequirao Trail 5 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu / 5 days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu / 5 days

Despite the trails being very closely located, Salkantay is less well known than the much more popular Inca Trail, so each individual traveler has a more personalized, less commercialized experience. There are incredible views along the trail, which travels along mountain passes, past scenic waterfalls, and through lush cloud forest. There are also a variety of options available to make the trip an ideal experience for each hiker, such as optional trips to additional ruins or a town with relaxing hot springs. The final night is in the city of Aguas Calientes, with a trip to and tour of Machu Picchu the next day.
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / 4 days

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu / 4 days

This world famous trek to the even more widely known Wonder of the World, the lost Incan city, passes through the variety of climates and ecosystems that are in such close proximity in Peru. It includes visits to a multitude of other Incan sites along the path, and from 4,200 meters above sea level to 2,680m. This trek begins at Km 82. The final day of hiking is a very early morning, in order to enter through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. There is no night in Aguas Calientes included, rather the extra day just means that there is more of a relaxed hiking experience along the historical path.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu 4 Days

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