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Inca Trail: 7-day guided trek to Machu Picchu

The most amazing 7-day trek in Perú: the Inca Trail. Do it under the guidance of Eric, a AGOMP guide from Perú. 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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration7 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

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.

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Accommodation

Accommodation in Cusco x 3 nights (Hotel: American Buffet breakfast) + tents during the trek.

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

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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/-/-).


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 12372 each

Group of 2

USD 6186 each

Group of 3

USD 4124 each

Group of 4

USD 3093 each

Group of 5

USD 2475 each

Group of 6

USD 2062 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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).


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