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Inca Trail: 7-day guided trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Trek
Machu Picchu Trek

The most amazing 7-day trek in Perú: the Inca Trail. You will visit the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the unique Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world.

Andes

7 Days

May - Sep

High

Intermediate


Description

Let's walk through one of the most famous trekking routes of the world: the Inca Trail**.**

What I am proposing to you is a 7-day expedition across the Inca Trail. It is an experience you must live at least once in your life. During this week you will also visit the colonial city of Cusco, the Inca Fortress, the Sacred Valley and the Machu Picchu!

As you may know, it is probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at 2430 meters high. In addition, the Inca Trail will also take us to the Huayna Picchu mountain, at 2667 meters of altitude.

Due to the erosion of this Amazonian area, the Peruvian government has placed a limit on the number of people who can do this trail each season. Therefore, it is mandatory to book your place in advance. Keep in mind that there is a maximum of 500 people per day and only 200 of them are hikers (the rest are guides and porters).

As you can imagine, the Inca Trail is a very exclusive program and you should feel privileged to be part of it. For more details of the complete day-by-day itinerary, please check it at the end of the page.

So, if you're ready to live this cultural, historical and exciting trip, please get in touch with me as soon as possible! It will be my pleasure to be your guide through the Inca Trail.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Not included:

- Meals not mentioned in the program (example: dinners in Cuzco)

- Entry fee to Huaynapicchu ( add $65.00) **Require to make reservations in advance**

- Sleeping bag (add $ 20.00)

- If you want to upgrade your train class or to take an earlier train add $ 40.00 p/person

- Gratuities

- Extra personal expenses

- Internal Flights

- Insurance

- Visas

- Cancellation fees

- Excursion to the Sacred Valley ,City Tour in Cusco and River Rafting (ask me for prices).


Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco (3399 m) - Meet and transfer from airport to Hotel

Optional: city tour to visit the churches of Cusco and some archeological sites like Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. City tour $ 25 per person for 4 persons as minimum. At 18 PM meeting with the guide for the preparation of the Inca Trail. Overnight stay at the hotel of the city (B/-/-).

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour - Cusco

If you want we can visit the Pisac ruins and market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress. This tour costs $ 39 per person (4 people minimum). You can also enjoy the city of Cusco or do some rafting in the river for $ 45 per person. Overnight stay at the hotel (B/-/-).

Day 3: Cusco - Trekking to Huayllabamba (3000 m)

I will pick you up from your hotel and we’ll drive across the Urubamba Valley. We will then collect the porters that will help us during the program. We will cross the Vilcanota river and start walking in the shadow of the Mount Veronica (5680 m). We will stop for lunch and then, continue hiking until we reach (after 6 hours) the first campsite by the river at Huayllabamba (3000 m)(B/L/D).

Day 4: Huayllabamba - Trekking to Pacaymayu (3900 m)

This day is the most arduous of our journey. After a nice breakfast we will ascend to the Warmihuañusca pass at 4200 m. This altitude change means that we will pass through 3 ecological zones during the day: the Quechua, the Yunga and the Puna. Descending from this high point we will pass by some amazing waterfalls before setting up camp at Pacaymayu (B/L/D).

Day 5: Pacaymayu  - Trekking to Wiñaywayna (2600 m)

The day starts with the Runkuracay Pass (3900 m). Then we will continue to the Inca ruins at Sayacmarca and, passing through a rock tunnel, we will reach Phuyupatamarca (a city above the clouds) at 3600 meters. From this area, we can see the Salkantay Peak (6271 m), one of two most sacred peaks for the Incas. We will then descend into a cloud-forest to our last campsite. From here a short walk takes us to the impressive ruins of Wiñaywayna (2600 m). The extra time provided here allows us to recover energies to make an early start the next day and maximize the experience of Machu Picchu (B/L/D).

Day 6: Wiñaywayna - Trekking to Machu picchu (2450 m) - Huaynapicchu (2720 m) - Transfer to Cusco by train

A really early breakfast allows us to ascend to Intipuncu (the sun-gate) (2750 m) where we may observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu. After taking pictures of such a memorable view we will descend to the Machu Picchu citadel for a guided tour. You’ll do a 3-hour hike inside the site. You will also have some extra time to explore the place on your own. Those who have some energy left might want to climb the Huaynapicchu for an unparalleled view of the lost city of the Incas ($ 65 extra and it requires to make a reservation in advance). Finally, in Aguas Calientes (the Machu Picchu town) we will take the afternoon train for Cusco. Transfer to your hotel (B/-/-).

Day 7: Cusco - Flight to Lima - Back Home

Flight back home from Lima and end of this amazing program! (B/-/-).

 

Details

More info

Inca Trail programs must be booked 6 months prior to the beginning of the trip.

To make your reservations I need the following information:

  • Your full name as it appears on your passport
  • Your nationality
  • Passport ID
  • Date of birth
  • Occupation
  • Gender
  • If student you must scan your ISIC Card current from 2017
  • If you want to hire extra porter to carry your personal day belongings (we need to reserve them in advance as well)
  • Deposit of 500 per person of the tour price in advance. You may want to charge on your credit Card Visa (we only take Visa Card).

Meeting point

Cusco

About the guide

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Peru

4.80

(20)

Guide Agency

Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.

It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.

We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.

Languages

| English

Certificates

AGMP | IFMGA

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What people are saying about Peru

5.00

He was very kind, patient and helped me to reach my goal the citadel of Machupicchu. One day I wanted to quit but he encouraged me to continue and waited for my step.

5.00

We did the MTB-Huarascan-Circuit (Crossing Punta Olimpica Pass and Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass) with Eric Albinos „Peru Expedition“. All, the transfers, the hotel stays, the acclimatization tours and the circuit itself, was well organized. Eric and his staff were flexible to our wishes and very helpful. Our Guide Joni is an excellent mountain bike-guide and good tailor too if something is torn. The cook prepared delicious meals during the circuit. The camping equipment was in very good condition. We (Karin, Franz. Wolfgang) can fully recommend „Eric´s Peru Expeditions“.

Marcela

4.00

The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.

5.00

5 star guide. Nothing but the best.

5.00

A very, very sympathic guide, who knows all the secrets of the places and itinerarys the most beautiful ; organization top ; food excellent too ; marvellous souvenirs.


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