Description

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.

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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) – Check Availability Here
It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

Useful Information

-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
We will pick you up very early from your hotel and transport you to start the trail (km 82).There, you will begin the journey, warming up on the relatively flat part of the trail. After two hours, you will reach the first archaeological center of Patallacta, where you will appreciate the impressive landscapes, flora and fauna. This site and others will show the importance of this valley in the context of Incan history. After lunch, we will continue ascending to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until arriving at our camp, Hatunchaca, where we will spend the night..


Day 2: HATUNCHACA – PACAYMAYO
After breakfast, we will start hiking early on the morning of the second day, passing through different climatic and ecological zones. We will ascend to Warmiwañusca. We will walk amongst abundant vegetation with various types of trees. This pass is known by many as the world’s highest cloud forest. After the toughest part of the journey, an ascent of nearly 5 hours, we will arrive at the highest point, known to some as Dead Woman’s Pass. From there, we will take a well-deserved break and observe the beauty of the deep valleys. If we’re lucky, we will see the flight of the condors and will pass among the thick clouds in the sky. After this rest, we will descend towards our second camp at Pacaymayu.


Day 3: PACAYMAYU – PHUYUPATAMARKA
We will climb steeply up the opposite side of the valley wall, towards the second pass. About halfway up lies a small, round, roofless stone building. This Incan ruin is known as Runkuracay, a building thought to have been an astrological site and a sort of checkpoint for couriers following the trail to Machupicchu. After a short tour, we will continue to ascend towards the second pass, the Abra de Runkuracay. On the far side of the pass, the trail descends towards a valley and a shallow lake. At this point, the trail changes from a dirt path to a narrow stone roadway, containing the exact stones that were in place when the Incas walked the trail. The trail after the pass leads to a second, larger Inca site, Sayacmarca (“Town in a Steep Place”). This Inca´s ruin was built on a rock overlooking the trail and is accessible only via a single narrow stone staircase. On the left of the staircase lies an overhanging rock wall and on the right a sheer drop with expansive vistas of the Peruvian countryside. This site is roofless and slightly overgrown, but the walls still stand strong and the shape of the fortress can easily be seen. We will also see a stone aqueduct, which carried water to the farmlands. After touring Sayacmarca, we will descend to the valley floor. The roadway takes the form of a long causeway leading across what may once have been a shallow lake. We will stop at this valley to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will begin to climb again. At this point, you will pass through interesting Incan structures, including a tunnel that is eight meters long and wide enough to allow humans and animals to pass through. After this tunnel, we will reach the third pass and enjoy the third Incan site, Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-level Town”). We will learn about the ritual functions that the Incas used this site for. Here we will see baths that Incas bathed in before they reached Machupicchu. The highest baths were reserved for the nobles, while the lower down baths on the side of the structure were used by the lower class. Third campsite at Phuyupatamarka.


Day 4: PHUYUPATAMARKA – PUENTE RUINAS
After breakfast we will descend for around 2 ½ hours and arrive to the Incan site known as Intipata a huge farming terraces, and you have a gorgeous view of the valley, then descend to the fascinating Wiñaywaina at 8,700 feet (2,650 meters) We will stop at this site that means “eternally young,” and have lunch before continuing to the Sungate. After an hour of walking, we will arrive to the Sungate where we will have our first view of Machupicchu. After a rest, we will descend towards Machupicchu where we will take pictures and rest before taking the bus to the nearest campsite Puente Ruinas, close to Aguas Calientes town.


Day 5: PUENTE RUINAS – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
we will wake up very early to take the first bus to the city of Machupicchu, where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. The tour with your guide will take around 2-3 hours. After that you will have free time to explore the entire city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Distance: At Machu Picchu
Difficulty: Enjoyable

Notes:
-(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
  • Tips
  • 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

Discounts:
  • Student Discount: US$39 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$39

Optional Extras:
  • 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.

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