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INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights Departures: Daily with a minimum of 2 passengers Season: All year (except February when Trail is closed)
The Inca Trail offers the traveller a wonderful combination of scenery including magnificent mountains, fauna and flora, subtropical vegetation and the amazing Inca ruins. Over 220 species of orchid have been found in the Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as many species of birds, animals and reptiles. In order to undertake this trail you need to have a reasonable level of fitness – age does not matter! The most important factor is acclimatising to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,200m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonderful city of Cusco, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Itinerary Day 1: Cusco (3,350m) – Km82 (2,800m) – Wayllabamba (3,000m) Early morning rise. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and we drive to the start of the trail (approx. 2 hours) taking you through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where we stop to take a break. We continue onwards to
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Page 2 of 4 Km82 - the start of the trail. Here we enjoy the view of Veronica Snow Mountain (5,720m). We then commence walking for about 3 hours, whereafter we take lunch close to Llactapata Ruins and then continue our trek through lush farmland and woodlands to our first camp at Wayllabamba. (Lunch, Dinner) Day 2: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m) After breakfast, we begin to walk the toughest part of the trail. After 3 hours walking we reach the highest point in the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca, or more commonly known as Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the area. After lunch we continue down to Pacaymayo where we set up camp and have a nutritious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m) Today we ascend towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 4,000m. We reach the Inca Ruins of Runkurakay and the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca. We continue trekking towards Puya Patamarka (Cloudlevel town), another important archaeological monument, where lunch will be served. After a short break we continue walking to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young), a beautiful Inca construction. We camp near to the ruins and have well deserved nutritious dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 4: Wiñay Huayna – Machupicchu (2,500m) – Cusco A very early start after breakfast in order that we can arrive in time for sunrise at Machupicchu. We walk for about an hour through the forest before arriving at the Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), where we will have our first inspiring view of Machupicchu. We admire the view before setting off for the short walk into the ruins. There will be a 2 hour fully guided tour around the ruins, visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred back to your hotel. (Breakfast) Optional If you want you can arrange for an extra night in Aguas Calientes. Please let us know whether you would like this option at the time of booking your tour. Please Note Train times are subject to time tables & availability at Peru Rail – they are the only train company on the line! What Is Included • Hotel transfer by PRIVATE bus to start of Trail • Professional English speaking Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons) • Pre-Briefing at your hotel • Personal Porter carrying 7kg personal luggage allowance per person • Duffles to put your luggage into including plastic bag to keep your gear dry during rainy season • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian options available) • Entrance fee onto Inca Trail and into Machupicchu Sanctuary • Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes • Spacious tents and sleeping mats • Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent • Tables and chairs for the group • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit • Porters to carry the group equipment (food, tents,tables, etc.) • Backpacker train ticket back to Cusco/Ollantaytambo. If Ollantaytambo there will be a transfer bus waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. What Is Not Included • Sleeping Bag - can be hired for $20 per bag for entire trail • Breakfast on the first day • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles) • Gratuities – In Peru it is customary to tip your Porters, Cook and Trail Guide at the end of the trek, although this is entirely at your discretion. • Personal Insurance.
Page 3 of 4 IMPORTANT NOTE We are committed to ensuring that our Porters are paid the minimum wage that is stipulated by the Law! We therefore do not compromise on our Standard of Service. We are committed to Responsible Tourism! We are committed to offering safe, secure and fun adventures for our passengers! HOW TO MAKE AN INCA TRAIL BOOKING We need you to send us the following in order to secure Inca Trail Permits with the Institute of National Culture (INC) : 1) Full Passport Details of ALL Travellers, i.e. Full Names / Passport No / Nationality / Date of Birth. This is a requirement of the INC and without these details no reservation can be made. If you think you will be changing your Passport prior to the trek, please notify us, as it is imperative that you are carrying the same passport details that you provide us with on the trek! If for any reason you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits onto the Inca Trail, you must bring your old passport with you. If this is not possible, then you can carry 2 very clear copies of your old passport and your new passport. If not the control will refuse you entrance. 2) Personal Porters? At the same time of making your reservation we need to know if you will be requiring Personal Porters to carry your luggage? It is essential to know as we also require permits for our porters! We cannot add on porters after we have obtained your permits. 3) Students? If you are a Student with a valid ISIC Card, then you are entitled to GBP10 discount off of your Entrance Fee!! At the time of making your Reservation we need to submit a copy of your card so please scan it in and email us a copy. We cannot claim discount for you without this!! Note that you need to carry your ISIC Card with you on the Inca Trail, otherwise you will have to pay the full fare! IMPORTANT NOTES WITH REGARDS TO INCA TRAIL REGULATIONS 1) The Institute of National Culture do not give refunds on Inca Trail Permits already obtained! Therefore, if you need to change your date of departure that we have already obtained Permits for, you will need to pay the full deposit again as we do not get any refund from the INC. 2) Inca Trail Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. 3) There is NO cancellation list! 4) Please ensure that you supply us with the correct Passport Information for each Traveller! You need to travel with the same passport as per the information you give us, otherwise you will incur problems at the Check Points on the Inca Trail and we cannot be held liable for this. 5) If you become ill on the Trail and are unable to continue assistance will be provided to escort you back to Cusco. We carry a full Medical Aid Kit and Oxygen - any assistance required further than this is at the expense of the passenger. We are happy to assist you with documentation required for Travel Insurance purposes in the case of genuine illness. There are no refunds on original payment if illness is incurred whilst on the Trail. 6) We are not liable for inconveniences such as strikes, landslides and other natural disasters. We will, of course, do our very best to accommodate our passengers in these circumstances. 7) You are wholly responsible for your personal property and hired equipment. 8) Cancellation of a Tour within 48 hours of departure date will incur a loss of 90% of the total tour cost
Inca T rail Weather & T rek Preparation s
To do the Inca Trail you have to be fit. You don't have to train as if you were entering a marathon but we recommend that you take plenty of exercise prior to the trek, running or walking briskly for an hour each day for at least 30 days before you arrive in Peru.
The Weather on the Inca Trail: (temperatures in °Celsius)
Page 4 of 4 Jan Average Max Temp Average Min Temp Number of Wet Days / Month 20 6 18 Feb 21 6 13 Mar 21 6 11 Apr 22 3 8 May 21 1 3 Jun 21 -1 2 Jul Aug 21 -3 2 21 -1 2 Sep 22 2 7 Oct 22 5 8 Nov 23 6 12 Dec 22 6 16
May to August: Generally the weather on the Inca Trail is similar to that in Cusco. During the day you can expect blue skies and sunshine. The sun as this altitude can be very strong so it is important to bring a hat and plenty of sun cream to protect you. Trekking in T-shirt and shorts is ideal but have warm sweater handy in your day pack. During these months there is little chance of rain but we recommend that you bring a rain jacket or lightweight plastic rain poncho (can be bought for US$1 in Cusco) just in case. As soon as the sun goes down the temperature can rapidly drop maybe to freezing during the early hours of the morning. It is important to keep warm so bring a jacket, woolly hat and scarf. Thermal underwear is ideal for these conditions. April, September and October During the day you can expect to encounter all 4 seasons. Generally you will have at least one wet day on the trek. The rain can be very heavy at times so it is important to bring a good rain jacket or medium duty rain poncho (can be bought in Cusco for US$5-10). Between the showers the sun can be strong and quickly dries the rain up. Shorts and T-shirt are fine for the day. Bring a sun hat and high factor sun protection cream. November - March This is officially the wet season in the Andes but it also coincides with Summer. Expect at least two days of rain on the trail so bring a good rain jacket or poncho. Pack all of your clothes in plastic bags and bring a cover for your backpack. Generally the skies are overcast but you'll have plenty of sunny spells. When the sun is out is can be extremely hot so a hat and sun cream is essential. The nights on the trail are mild so bringing items such as woolly hats and scarves is not necessary. January is popular with Latin Americans enjoying their summer holidays. The trail will be closed during the month of February. Things to bring: Backpack, Sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco), Rainwear, Strong footwear, Complete change of clothing, Sweater, jacket (something warm), Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), Flashlight and batteries, Broad-brim or peaked cap, Sun block, Insect repellent, Toiletries and toilet paper, Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, Camera and film.
Important: Before you travel please check your Tour Voucher and Arrival Information for the latest joining instructions. This will be sent to you upon receipt of final payment. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice.