The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings. It includes different ecological areas from high deserts to the Andean tropical rain-forest. Following this ancient Inca Trail, we will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by the jungle overgrowth that looks like you are discovering them for the first time, and finally arriving to the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Our journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe. Our service includes native “Quechua” porters for your luggage and we will provide delicious meals during the trip. Additional extra night at Aguas Calientes for a more extensive visit to Machu Picchu Citadel on the next day.
|Level||Moderate difficult trekking – No need experience.|
|Duration||5 days/4 nights|
|Location||Machu Picchu Sanctuary in Cusco|
|Season||Recommended between April and November.|
|Departure||Every day from March to January.|
- FAQ´s Inca Trail
The Inca trail is one of the most famous and incredible trekking routes in the world! The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive examples of the approximate 40000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas some 500 years ago! Inca road roads were built across the deserts, highlands and jungles stretching from south Colombia throughout Peru, Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile and the Northwest part of Argentina!
The Inca Trail starts in a typical Andean region and finishes in a jungle region going through cloud forests, Inca tunnels, bridges and snow on the way!!
By booking your Inca Trail with Haku Travel you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!
Inca Trail Availability
We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed) –
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It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.
-Starting Altitude – 2720m / 8920ft.
-Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.
-Walking Distance – 45km / 26 miles
-Longest Day – Day 3, approximately 16km / 9.9 miles
-Coldest Night – Days 2 and 3 around 0º celsius
-Overall Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
Day 1: CUSCO / KM82 / HATUNCHACA
Day 2: HATUNCHACA – PACAYMAYO
Day 3: PACAYMAYU – PHUYUPATAMARKA
Day 4: PHUYUPATAMARKA – PUENTE RUINAS
Day 5: PUENTE RUINAS – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Distance: At Machu Picchu
-(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be bokked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 57.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
-(2) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
What is Included?
- Pre briefing trek
- Collection from your hotel
- Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
- 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
- English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
- Meals: as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
- Hot water for washing purposes
- Boiled water to fill in your bottles
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
- Admission Ticket to the Inca trail
- Guided tour at, on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- 3 bus ticket from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
- Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
- Hot water for drinking and washing purposes
- Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco
What is Not Included?
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
Group Service Prices
Price per person : This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation
- Student Discount: US$39 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
- Under 18’s Discount: US$39
- Sleeping Bag US$35
- Walking Pole US$12
- Inflatable Mattress US$25
- Single Tent Supplement US$35
- Personal Porter to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$85
INCA TRAIL QUESTIONS
Are there many toilets on the Inca Trail?
Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water. On the whole they are kept pretty clean. If you do need to go to the toilet between campsites then defecate well away from the trail and water supplies; dig a hole, or cover your faeces with a rock, and take the paper with you in a bag to deposit in one of the several bins along the way.
Is there an age limit for the Inca Trail? There is no age limit on the Inca Trail or on any of our treks but if you are over 60 or have ill health, we advise you to have a medical check-up before your trip. Follow the advice given to everyone and make sure you to acclimatize to the altitude and train for the trek. We have taken children as young as 7 and people up to the age of 68 many times. Do not worry, we are here to help you do it!!
Once I have booked my place, can I change my dates? Unfortunately once your reservation is confirmed with the Inca Trail authorities (INC Reservation Office) it is not possible to change or postpone your departure date. You would need to make a new reservation with a new deposit for your new date (this date needs to be one which is at least 5 days before or after your prior departure date). Please note that this is not an agency decision but a local authority regulation.
Do I need a personal porter? An adventure does not have to mean pain and by hiring an extra porter that will carry up to 14 kilos of your personal belongings you will definitely be able to enjoy the Inca Trail more and take your time to relax. In addition, you will be creating a job for one more porter and thus helping us to help the local community. If you choose to hire an extra porter you will only need to carry your daypack with things like water, suncream, insect repellent, camera, etc. If you choose not to hire a porter then you will need to carry everything you plan to take on the trail including your sleeping bag and mattress (a foam mattress is provided).
How does your hired porter carry your personal items? We give you a duffle bag to put belongings to be carried by your porter.
Are the porters well treated? We think our porters are the best treated on the whole Inca Trail. All our porters receive a fair wage, are fully insured against accident or injury and are provided with good quality equipment and uniforms as well as the correct gear for all conditions.
Can I cancel a porter after I have booked one? No. Unfortunately you can not cancel your porter after you have booked it. Porters (like your permits) are also booked well in advance and a fee is paid.
Can I change my passport details after I have booked? If you know will come to Peru on a different passport than you currently have (passport will expire, name change, etc.) then we recommend you bring a copy of your old passport with you so as to enter the Inca Trail. If you are unable to bring a copy of your old passport then please advise us prior to your trek (the sooner the better) and we can change your reservation for a fee of $8. A scanned copy of your old and new passport is required to make the changes.