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The Classic 4 day Inca Trail is Peru's number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the
world. Offering 4 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu national park the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life. Be you young or old, in good shape or bad, the Inca Trail is for everyone and is a must do if you plan to visit Machu Picchu.
Walk through typical andean valleys, grasslands, cloud forests,
visit ancient Inca ruins along the way to arrive in Machu Picchu by sunrise!
We have very prossional and knowledgeable Guides and there will never be a moment you'll feel you don't know what to expect each step of the way. The porters not only carry equipment but there will even have the time to be cheering you along the whole way. In Pacha Peru Explorers we really treat the porters with respect. The food is amazing and you cannot think of a meal you do not like. Our chefs will make sure you do not go hungry and will constantly feed you AMAZING food.
If you are looking for a company to go for this trip Pacha Peru Explorers is the one to go with. We will help you along the entire process!
DAY 1: CUSCO - KM 82 - AYAPATA
''The Inca Trail is for your mind, Not for your feet... '' (Pacha Perú Explorers - Guide's Saying)
The first day of the Inca Trail is easy going to help you settle in to the trek. Covering 14km of the trail climbing gently up the Cusichaca Valley you pass by the Inca site of Llactapata, enjoy great views of the snow-capped peak Veronica (5900m / 19000ft) and get to see a variety of native plant life and birds throughout the day.
Our campsite for the night is at Ayapata (3300m / 10829ft) which is a little further along the trail than most groups go; as we're camping further up the trail the next day's trek up to the pass is a little easier for us and with fewer tourists at the campsite we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.
DAY 2: AYAPATA - CHAQUICOCHA
Today is considered by many to be the hardest day of the trek; with 2 high passes (Dead Woman's Pass is the highest at 4200m / 13779ft) to cross and nearly 16km to walk today really tests your spirit. There's no need to worry though as thanks to our enthusiastic guides and team of porters helping you along you'll have all the morale and physical support you need to make it.
Today we get fantastic views of the high mountain ranges as we cross the 2 passes and will have the chance to visit 2 Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca). We will also see a variety of plant and life in the Polylepsis forests that cover this area and hopefully spot White Tailed Deer as we near Dead Woman's Pass. Our campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which like Ayapata is one of the quieter campsites and affords beautiful views of the sunsetting over the mountains in the distance.
DAY 3: CHAQUICOCHA - WIÑAY WAYNA
Having made it over the 2 passes yesterday we're now treated to a relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the Inca Trail has to offer. With a relatively short distance to cover along what is known as Inca Flat (gentle ascents and descents) we get to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest around us and the spectacular views of the Andes in the distance.
With visits to 2 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna) this is by far one of the most impressive days of the trek. Our campsite for tonight is at Winay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) which we will arrive to be early afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour of once we have settled in.
DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
Today is the highlight of the trek. Waking up early you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens can carry on to the Sun Gate where you'll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu.
On arrival to Machu Picchu you'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourslef and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
About Inca Trail Campsites:
Campsites may change depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Transportation by bus to Km82
- Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
- Sleeping mattress (you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter).
- Oxygen bottle.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
- Personal Porter (Need to be hired well in advance).
- Inflatable mattress (can be hired from us).
- Walking poles (can be hired from us).
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (need to be booked in advance).
- Entrance to Machu Picchu Picchu Mountain (need to be booked in advance).
- Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip) is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.
- Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
What you need to take
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
- Sleeping bag (can be hired from us).
- Walking sticks (can be hired from us).
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat & sunglasses
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
Optional: Sandals, bathing suit etc.
Price for 2018
Price per person for all Groups leaving from 1st March 2018:
US$ 655.00 Under 18's Discount: US$40.
Please Note Inca Trail deposit fee is included in the Price.
Under 18's Discount: US$40
Additional/Extras NOT Included (Need to book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 85.00
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 85.00 (need to add 6% fee)
- Vistadome Train upgrade: USD80.00
- Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.
- Personal Porter (half) to carry 7kg of personal items US$ 90.00
- Full Porter to carry 14kg of personal items US$180.00 (can be share by two people)
- Sleeping Bag US$30
- Walking Pole US$10
- Inflatable Mattress US$25
- Single Tent Supplement US$35
How to book:
You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form on this site.
Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail) you automatically authorize Pacha Peru Explorers to use either of these dates for your reservation. Pacha Peru Explorers within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University Student card (and be NO older than 25 YO). It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University cardupon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Payment of deposit:
1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days or 4 days (Group or Private Service)
We request a non-refundable deposit per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:
- Full name
- Passport number,
Payment of deposit amount is (no fees applied):
- US$300 per person for the Inca Trail only Or
- US$385 per person for the Inca Trail + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing
Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
- 7 - 8am or
- 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.
About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in your hotel at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.
The Local Payment (Payment of final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (Soles or USA dollars) in the Briefing time prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).
The Local Payment (Payment of final Balance) can be paid in cash and in US dollars or Peruvian soles (if paying in Soles it will be applied the exchange rate of the day).
- Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
- Pacha Peru Explorers must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
- Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
- A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
- Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).
Classic Inca Trail 4 Days / 3 Nights MAP
Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days (Group Service)