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THE BEST 4 DAYS CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

There were over 45,000 km of Inca roads, but when people imagine an Inca trail, this is it. Justifiably the most famous Inca Trail in South America, this is the opportunity to follow in the steps of the Inca and discover the spectacular city of Machu Picchu. Along the way you will enjoy a variety of scenery including high grasslands, snow-capped mountains, and lush cloud-forest full of unique plants and animals, as well as visit Inca ruins only seen on the Inca trail. After a challenging hike, looking down on the Machu Picchu while the sun rises makes it a journey of a lifetime.

4 D / 3 N
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USD $ 720.00

The itinerary for the Classic Inca Trail below is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.

PRE-TREK
One or two days before your trek you will be met by your guide for a thorough briefing this is an opportunity to ask questions and buy any last minute supplies before leaving Cusco.

DAY 01: CUSCO – TRAILHEAD AT KM 82 - AYAPATA.
This action-packed day of our tour begins with a transfer to the Km 82 via private transportation, where you begin the Classic Inca Trail trek. After meeting our porters, you cross the Urubamba River by bridge and continue along the river with views of the Urubamba’s mountain range and the magnificent snowcapped mountain of Veronica (5,800m / 19,028 ft.). Traveling through the Sacred Valley, you’ll see vestiges of an ancient culture and its agriculture practices. And get to see a variety of native plant life and birds throughout the day.
Hiking up the narrow Cusichaca valley takes us pass more Inca ruins and small farms before arriving in Hatunchaca, where or lunch will take a place, continuing to Our campsite for the night is at Ayapata (3300m / 10,366ft) 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.
6 hours walking, 2750-3300m - 14 km

DAY 02: AYAPATA – CHAQUICOCHA.
Our day will start with generous breakfast. Physically, this is the most strenuous day of the trek, as the trail ascends steeply toward Warmiwañusca or (Dead Woman’s) pass (4,215m /13,828 ft). From there, the trail descends to the Pacaymayo valley and then climbs slowly past the ruins of Runkuraqay and eventually to another pass (second pass 3,960m / 12,992ft. From there walk down to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Along the way, you’ll see some advanced Inca engineering and amazing landscape, our campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which like Ayapata is one of the quieter campsites and affords beautiful views of the sun-setting over the mountains in the distance.
8-9 hours walking, 3300-4215-3600m - 16km.

DAY 03: CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA.
Today is a diverse and relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the classic Inca Trail has to offer. The next major Inca site on the trail, Phuyupatamarca, or the “town about the clouds,” is a large administrative and religious complex complete with a series of sacred water fountains. After this site, the Inca Trail continues to descend stone steps through cloud-forest where we will see hanging mosses, orchids, hummingbirds, and other native plants and animals. This is by far one of the most impressive days of the Classic Inca Trail. Our campsite for tonight is at Winay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) which means “Forever Young.” Wiñay Wayna is located along the same watercourse as Phuyupatamarca and contains well-restored Inca ruins, this is largest site on the Classic Inca Trail, and it has agricultural terraces, fine stone work, and a series of twenty ritual baths.
4 hours walking, 3600-2700m – 8km

DAY 4: WIÑAY WAYNA-MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO
On our last day we wake up before dawn in order to reach Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, in time to watch the sun rise over the sacred city of Machu Picchu. After a two-hour walk through a cloud forest along the classic trail, you at last come to a highlight of our Peru: Machu Picchu (2,400m / 7,875 ft.), entering through Intipunku, the Sun Gate.
After watching the sunrise, we descend the final 45 minutes along a flagstone path to the city for a two-hour tour. At the conclusion of the tour, you can rest on the terraces, explore the ruins, or, if you have any energy left, climb Huayna Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge. After a full day, we will then descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco.
2 and-a-half hours walking, plus tour and optional activities, 2700-2400m – 6km

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

  • Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, plus an assistant guide for large groups.
  • Support staff including professional cooks and porters to carry all group gear.
  • 6 kg. (13 pounds) per hiker for your own belongings.
  • All meals on trek, which incorporate traditional Peruvian dishes as well as modern fusion cuisine and special dietary needs
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements, toilet tent, and kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents and Thermarest. Three-person tents are provided for single occupancy and four-person tents for double occupancy to allow plenty of room for personal gear.
  • Emergency supplies, including first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radios
  • Pre-trek briefing
  • All group fees, including Inca Trail permits and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Train. (Expedition Train Service)(On the 4th Day)
  • All transfers, private van to trailhead at km 82, bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, and private van from Aguas Calientes to your hotel in Cusco.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

  • Breakfast on the 1st day. Lunch and dinner on the 4th day
  • Personal hiking gear including backpacks, trekking poles, and sleeping bags. Poles and sleeping bags may be hired.
  • Tips for guides, cooks, and porters
  • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

CONCIDERATION.

  • In order to protect this historic Trail, only 500 people are allowed on the Classic Inca Trail each day, including porters and other support staff.
  • In order to secure a permit and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, government regulations require full and current passport information for all trekkers. Permits are non-transferable and can sell out early, months in advance.
  • It is therefore important to arrange departure dates at the earliest opportunity. Climbing Huayna Picchu is an excellent addition to a trip to MACHU PICCHU It offers superlative views, but is a steep climb that can take about three hours.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu is limited and only at scheduled times. If you would like to consider doing the climb, it is important to book it in advance. The Classic Inca Trail can be a challenging hike, with lots of steps and steep grades made more difficult by the relatively high altitude.
  • Trekkers are expected to carry their own personal gear and should make an honest assessment of their physical condition. If a personal porter is desired, it is important to request one at time of booking, as they are included in the 500 person/day limit.
  • If you would like to Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but don’t have the time or the energy to do the whole 4 day trek, you may wish to consider our alternate trek titled Short Inca Trail 2D/1N which can be completed in just 2 days.

Discounts
Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20.00

Group Bookings
Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person

PRICE
$ 720.00 USD per person

Discounts
Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20.00

Group Bookings
Bookings of 4 people or more will get a US$20.00 discount per person

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