IMPERIAL INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
From $ 900 USD
Per person (All-inclusive Door to Door service)
The Inca Trail imperial is the most spectacular and popular trek in the Cusco region and perhaps in all of South America. What makes this hike so special is the stunning views and the combination of the archaeological sites that are found along the road, the magnificent mountains and varied ecosystems. On this trail, you will follow the path of the Incas and make a true Pilgrimage leading to Machu Picchu.
Presently, the Inca Trail is the most visited in the Cusco region. Trekkers will be inspired by the magnificent road system of the Incas, the Qapaqñan, which connects the Andean world and is recognized as the cultural heritage of humanity.
Day 1: Cusco – Km 88 – Chamana / Tarayoc (L) (D) 6 Km.
The memorable journey begins by making our way across the riverbed from either Cusco or the Sacred Valley. We get up by sunrise, and our 5 day trek starts from a section of the Inca Trail that only few have the opportunity to visit. Most groups cross the Urubamba river at Km 82, but we’ll follow the river downstream and cross at Km 88, setting the tone for the rest of the trip – isolated, avoiding the crowds and having the landscapes all to ourselves. This first day is beautiful and the first few miles are easy to walk. We will have the beautiful sight of the snow-capped Veronica peak. Its original name came from a native Quechua word, wake’y willka, which means sacred weeping. We will be walking near to Urubamba River until we arrive at Llactapata, the Incan city with a name that means “city above terraces”. It was once a utilitarian center in a large settlement of farming terraces, which probably supplied goods to the other Incan sites. Here you will have a history lesson with your professional tour guide and later you will have a delicious lunch in front of Llaqtapata. Here is going to be our first campsite close to the inca site . (L-D)
Day 2 LLaqtapata -Wayllabamba -Llulluchapampa 12Km.
After breakfast, you will start the second day of trekking, which will be the most demanding of the Inca trail. However, this stretch is also a lesson in geography and ecology that will allow you to know much of the great biological diversity of Peru. Along the Wayllabamaba to Llulluchapampa, you will walk through an old forest of Uncas (Myrcianthes Orephylla), a beautiful native tree of Peru, which is becoming increasingly rare to find in the slopes of the Andes.by the middle of the trail (Ayapata) you will find a nice spot to have your delicious lunch into a nice forest of Uncas. The forest of Uncas makes a natural sponge that stores a great amount of water. The humidity allows the development of a great variety of flora and fauna of the Andean valley, which you will enjoy as you ascend the cold and windy Puna, following the Llulluchapampa Ravine you will arrive our campsite that has the same name of the valley Llulluchapampa located at 3700 MASL. You’ll have a nice dinner. (B-L-D)
Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka 15 Km.
The longest day of the Inca trail is also the most impressive due to the combination of archaeological sites and abundant nature it possesses. In the middle of extensive bamboo stands and thick forests of mist, with the hummingbirds and the Tangaras above your head, you will have the opportunity to discover the heart of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The tour must start very early. After a short climb from Camp Llulluchapampa at 3700 MASL, you will reach the First pass of Warmiwañuska at 4215 MASL. (Dead Woman’s Pass). You will then descend through the valley´s ravine to the humid areas and lower elevation. The vegetation suddenly transforms as you enter a section of cloud forest located at the bottom of the valley “Pacaymayo” at 3600 MASL; After that a short climb from Pacaymayo, you will reach the second pass of Runkurakay at 3920 MASL. Shortly before reaching the second pass, you will find the semicircular structure of the same name at 3750 MASL. It served as a resting place for the travelers who were going to Machu Picchu, and as an observation center. From this point, you get the best views of the valley of Pacaymayo. Once we cross the pass, the descent to Yanacocha or “black lagoon” begins. In this vicinity, it is possible to find typical flora of the Paramo or humid Puna. Soon after, the cloud forest returns to take possession of the land and you will travel through a well-marked paved path to reach Sayaqmarka at 3620 MASL, another of the Inca’s constructions. Near this place in “Chaquicocha”, we will have lunch. Afterward, the road continues with a slight ascent to the third pass called Phuyupatamarka at 3700 MASL. Its name means “The town over the clouds” Our campsite where we will spend the night with phenomenal views if we have the clear sky we will be able to appreciate the Milky Way with the shooting stars. After seven hours of walking. Here you will have a rewarding rest knowing that the most arduous part of the route has been left behind. (B-L-D)
Day 4: Phuyupatamarka- Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes 12 km.
You will be woken up early in the morning in order to get to Machu Picchu. Five minutes below, you will find an archaeological complex, which is also called Phuyupatamarka embedded in the mountain. This is a further demonstration of the skill of the Incan engineers who managed to carve solid buildings on slopes and less solicitous ravines. This descent will be made by a long series of stone steps, which will allow you to witness the mastery of the Inca engineers who etched them. The road continues descending until Wiñaywayna at 2650 MASL, the most impressive set of platforms and Incan constructions of the region.Then you will pass the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna controlled by government office afterward, escorted by your tour guide. The road is mostly flat, but has some steep ascents. Be careful, sometimes the trail is narrow. The fog makes the landscape completely beautiful. After four days of walking, from the sheltered valleys of the Andes to the cold highlands and humid forests of height, you will arrive in the lost city of the Incas in the same way that the Inca and his court did 500 years ago. You will first come to the famous Sun Gate, where you will be rewarded with a 180-degree view of the entire citadel. After this experience, you will continue walking down around forty-five minutes to finalize the pilgrimage to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and have the classical spot for your pictures. After that, you will be led by your tour guide to the main Gate of Machu Picchu in order to board the bus and head to your hotel. Leisure time in your hotel.
Then you will pass the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna controlled by government office afterward, escorted by your tour guide. The road is mostly flat but has some steep ascents. Be careful, sometimes the trail is narrow. The fog makes the landscape completely beautiful. After four days of walking, from the sheltered valleys of the Andes to the cold highlands and humid forests of height, you will arrive in the lost city of the Incas in the same way that the Inca and his court did 500 years ago. You will first come to the famous Sun Gate, where you will be rewarded with an 180-degree view of the entire citadel. After this experience, you will continue walking down around forty-five minutes to finalize the pilgrimage to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and have the classical spot for your pictures. After that, you will be led by your tour guide to the main Gate of Machu Picchu in order to board the bus and head to your hotel.
Day 5: Machupicchu – Cusco
You will wake up early and prepare to relive the history of the mysterious and mystic world of Machu Picchu and the Incas. We will have to get up early in the morning to go to the bus station as the first bus leaves at 5:30 am. Once on the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, you will have 2 hours guided tour and then you will explore on your own. Later your tour guide will meet up with you in Aguas Calientes town in order to assist you in boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, our staff will help you board the bus back to Cusco and your hotel. End of service.
What is Included?:
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide in your hotel, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by your personal porter (7 kilos / 14 pounds). Meeting at 7:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.
- All your transportation is included in this trek
- Bus to Kilometer 82 Beginning of the trek
- Bus tickets down/up / down, from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Tourist train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Entrance tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Experienced guide: English speaking profesional Guide
- Comfortable tents: sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are the best equipment.
- Camping equipment: All camping equipment such as Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Professional Chef and cooking equipment, In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey.
Meals: You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the trek, our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about.
- 4 Breakfasts,4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost)
- Daily morning snack: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, energy bars, Candys we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a textile snack bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite you will wake up with a cup of coca tea.
- Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the chef will let on the dining table popcorn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Others: boiled water to fill in your water bottle or camel back every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- First-aid: kit including emergency oxygen bottle and different pills for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, Dizziness etc.)
- Accommodation: 3 nights camping and 1-night accommodation in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with Breakfast, double or triple room and private bathroom, hot showers on day 4 wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.Extras: We believe it’s the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives:
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes with a towel.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), They are cleaned after every use US$20 per person per trek.
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company US$10 one stick
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$60 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu Mountain – US$55 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Day 1: Breakfast and Last Day: Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
- Visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the program while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, the entrance fee is s/15.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of Pure treks Peru
- Additional: costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc
WHAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Original Passport (the same used for booking your trek)
- Valid student card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3 L (Camelbaks are encouraged).
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Headlamp: esential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DUFFEL BAG (If you hired a extra porter from us)
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag if you are going to hire an extra porter from us, who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C.
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20 USD.
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE DAY BACKPACK
- We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.
- Water: Please supply your own water until the day 2 , then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every morning. Please bring your canteens.
- Sun Hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Wool Hat
- Rain gear
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves
- Rain plastic poncho
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips