Inca Trail VIP 4 days

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The Inca Trail, a legendary trek for seasoned hikers.

The Inca Trail is certainly one of the most legendary treks in South America, an unforgettable experience which is not to be missed. The path will take you to the heart of the protected wilderness of the Peruvian jungle, you will discover many Inca archaeological sites with breathtaking views of the Andes.

The Incas used this path originally for their pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
This version of the Inca Trail is a premium service, designed in the smallest detail to enchant you. This option is an exclusive service, to ensure you have optimal comfort, spacious and waterproof tents, portable solar showers, cabins of toilet, gourmet meal. Do not hesitate to ask for the menus at the time of your reservation. Ask and your wishes will be granted.

OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba - Yuncachimpa
Day 2: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa - Col de Warmihuañusca - Pacaymayu - Col de Runkurakay -
Chaquicocha
Day 3: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna
Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Altitude: 2050 - 4200 meters
  • High season: March - January
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Closed in February (reason : road maintenance works)
  • Difficulty level: Medium / Difficult, a good physical condition is necessary.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco - Km 82 – Wayllabamba – Yuncachimpa

We will leave Cusco by private bus at 5.30am.
Before reaching our departure point km 82, we will stop at Ollantaytambo for breakfast.
Namely, km 82 is the name of the official starting point of the Inca Trail. We will follow the Sacred Valley to this point, where we will meet the rest of the team (porters, cooks ...). The trek will start with a suspension bridge that crosses the Urubamba River at an altitude of 2600 meters. The first day of the trek, the walk will be rather easy and will be a good warm-up for the following days. After a short walk, we will discover the first archaeological site of the trek: Llactapata, agricultural center with vast Inca terraces. We will have lunch before continuing our walk. We will go up the river Cusichaca until the village of Wayllabamba (3000 meters of altitude), then we will reach Yuncachimpa (3300 meters), where we will spend our first night in camping, a splendid site with a panoramic view on the majestic Nevado de Verónica .

Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 7 hours
Distance : 12 km approximately
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Km 82 (2600 m) - Wayllabamba (3000 m) - Yuncachimpa (3350 m)
Meals included: breakfast, dej-Gouter-dinner (table with symbols / icons)
Where do we sleep? Camping with waterproof and spacious tents, sleeping bags, ergonomic and comfortable mattresses, portable solar showers and portable toilets.

Day 2: Yuncachimpa - Llulluchapampa – Col de Warmihuañusca - Pacaymayu – Col de Runkurakay – Chaquicocha

The second day will be marked by steep drops, each of which will rise at his own pace, of course we will take many breaks. In the early morning we will cross the Llulluchapampa Valley (3850m). The first 3 kilometers, you will appreciate the wooded and humid region, rocked by the sound of the water. The trail will climb slightly through beautiful subtropical vegetation. The slope will then become steeper and the forests will gradually give away the bare landscapes of the "puna" altitude. We will climb gently to the Warmiwañusca Pass (4200 meters, the "Pass of the Dead Woman" in Quechua). This climb is known as the most grueling of all the Inca Trail. After a short break, we will descend to the other side, up to the Pacaymayo River Valley (3500 meters), before starting to climb again to the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3950 meters). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site served as a watchtower and tambo (relay) to the Chasquis (the Inca messengers). We continue the climb to the second pass, 3950 meters above sea level, before descending to the remains of Sayacmarca (3600 meters), a small city composed of a labyrinth of alleyways, squares, houses, terraces, fountains, etc. We will soon reach the location of our second camp at Chaquicocha, 3650 meters above sea level where the view of the mountains will be the reward for your valiant efforts. After an excellent dinner prepared by our cooks, it will be time for a well deserved rest!
Difficulty level: difficult. Very good physical condition is essential.

Time of walking: 8 hours
Distance: 15 km approximativement
Elevation : Yuncachimpa (3350 m) - Llulluchapampa (3850 m) - Col de Warmihuañuasca (4200 m) - Pacaymayu (3500 m) - Col de Runkurakay (3950 m) - Chaquicocha (3650 m)

Day 3: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna

This third day will be the most beautiful of the trek. The icing on the cake. You will witness the change of the ecosystem throughout your walk in the rainforest of Wiñaywayna. We will also walk along two lovely little lakes (3900m). We will start the day by going up slowly, and we will cross an Inca tunnel of about twenty meters then we will cross a forest, before reaching the last pass, at 3700 meters altitude. Below, the ruins of Phuyupatamarca: the "City above the clouds" (3600m), relay Inca, impresses by its circular walls and its ingenious system of aqueducts which still feeds the baths. We will enjoy a superb view of the snow-capped peaks and the Urubamba Valley. The descent on the other side will be under a thick bamboo roof. In the background, will appear the extraordinary ruins of Wiñay Wayna "Eternally young" (2700m) on a rocky spur in the heart of the forest and overlooking the valley of the Urubamba. Dominated by a vast set of Inca terraces, the urban complex is separated in two by a grand staircase that leads to a ceremonial place. The zig-zag stairs will lead us to a red building, our last camping place with hot water to fill our water bottles.

Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 5 hours
Distance : 9 km approximately
Elevation : Chaquicocha (3650 m) - Phuyupatamarca (3600 m) - Wiñayhuayna (2700 m)

Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu – Cusco

Departure will be before dawn on this day, gently with the flashlight, to the Gate of the Sun (Inti Punku) located at 2700 meters above sea level where you will have breakfast. From here you will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. We will end this unforgettable hike by taking advantage of the sunrise on the sacred site of Machu Picchu that will make us understand all the meaning and strength of worship that the Incas gave to the Sun God. It is a magical moment so much appreciated after the pilgrimage that we have just made in the footsteps of the Incas. After that, we will descend to the actual site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters above sea level), where our guide will explain how life was in the citadel, as well as the cults and ceremonies performed by the Incas in the many temples and sacred places of the site. After a 2-hour guided tour, you can enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu sanctuary at your own pace. We will join Aguas Calientes in the afternoon where you can relax in the natural hot water baths. Finally, we will take the train back to Cusco.

Difficulty level : medium
Time of walking : 2-3 hours
Distance : 5 km approximately
Elevation : Wiñayhuayna (2650 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)

INCLUSIONS

Included :

  • Information meeting in our agency with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19h, to be confirmed when booking.
  • Transportation:
  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Km 82, the starting point of the trek
  • Buses from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Vistadome range, or Hiram Bingham on request (*), from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance!, At no extra cost)
  • Camping equipment: professional tents Eureka! Timberline 4 or Doite Himalaya, for 2 people, as well as inflatable mattresses and a pillow per person - tent for the kitchen - tent dining room - tent shower - tent toilet
  • 1 sleeping bag per person (-10 ° C comfort) with inner sheet. Our sleeping bags are washed after each use and are used for up to 30 trips.
  • Gourmet service: kitchen, dishes and high quality service for the most greedy.
  • Chef, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners). The carefully prepared meals include: pancakes, omelettes, soups, spaghetti, rice, chicken, fish, meat, fresh fruit, hot drinks including coca leaves, excellent and recommended for altitude. Possibility of vegetarian meals - on request.
  • Tea and taste every day (tea, coffee, cakes, popcorn, cakes ...)
  • Biodegradable personal soap
  • Hot water in the morning and evening to wash / boiled water and cooled to fill your water bottles
  • Lunch at Machu Picchu (Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant)
  • Team of porters, who take care of all the camping equipment, food, and your personal belongings (7kg per person)
  • First Aid Kit, Oxygen Bottle and Safety Rope

Not included:

  • Dinner on the last day
  • Additional services: Massage: relaxing time on the different camps, with a professional, who will make you forget your long hours of walks. The services offered range from relaxing massage to energizing massage as well as anti-stress treatments and Inca massage. The products used are natural and are part of aromatherapy.

For optional services. Consult us for rates, and book in advance.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Backpack with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters will be sufficient)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather
  • Waterproof jacket, rain pants and light pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals (for showers and hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Wool or cotton socks
  • Short and long sleeve t-shirts
  • Rain poncho and a hat
  • Swimsuit and towel (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Solar cream
  • Non-toxic mosquito repellent
  • Disinfectant gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottles of water and sterilization tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic pouch)
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Snacks, like chocolate bars and dried fruits
  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC Student Card
  • Extra money in solesRéservations

HOTEL & RESTAURANT

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA

Waman Hotel Machupicchu

INPORTANT

During the high season (May to August), we are subject to restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture, which provides us with passes for Mach Picchu, so the trek departure dates could be changed to one or two days past, we will then adapt the program so that you can make the most of it.

(1) Huayna Picchu mountain tour or Machu Picchu: To climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the booking and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. With, of course, an additional charge of $ 70.00 in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture (this new law came into force on July 18, 2011).

(2) Additional carrier : According to the law (26702) of the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an additional bearer will be granted at the request of the customer. However, the customer's luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service costs USD 140 and includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.

(3) Gratuities : For guides (and possible porters) are always welcome.

(4) Student card : To qualify for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.

(5) CANCELLATION : For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense. (See the terms and conditions)

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