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4 day Inca Trail with extra night in Aguas Calientes

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$735.00

Trip Overview

In the morning we will travel to Km82, the offical start of the Inca Trail. We will walk along relatively flat terrain for the first day, making a stop at the Incan site of Llactapata to admire the mountain views from this place.

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Summary

Day 1: The beginning of the Inca Trail! Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Ayapata

In the morning we will travel to Km82, the offical start of the Inca Trail. We will walk along relatively flat terrain for the first day, making a stop at the Incan site of Llactapata to admire the mountain views from this place.

Day 2: Ayapata- Dead Woman’s Pass – Chachicocha

This is the most difficult day of the Inca Trail. We will start early and hike over two high mountain passes, taking plenty of breaks along the way to catch our breath and admire the views. We will camp in Chachicocha, located in a sub-tropical cloud forest.

Day 3: Chacicocha – Wiñay Wayna

Many consider this to be the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail. We will visit 3 Incan sites as we make our way to the spectacular site of Wiñay Wayna, meaning: “Forever Young”, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour

We will wake up eary to make our way to Inti Punku, meaning: “Sun Gate”, in time to witness the sunrise over one of the modern wonders of the world. From here we will decend to Machu Picchu and spend many hours exploring the site. After enjoying our final hours at Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. You will then check into your hostel. Double private rooms are included. Later on, you can enjoy the hot springs which give Aguas Calientes its name.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

After Breakfast, you will board the train that departs to Ollantaytambo at 8:53 a.m. and arrives at its destination at 10:50 a.m. From Ollantaytambo, we will pick you up and transport you back to Cusco by bus. If you choose to stay visit Machu Picchu a second time on the 5th day, we will book you the afternoon train which departs at 2:55 p.m. and arrives in Ollantaytambo at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Itinerary


Day 1: The beginning of the Inca Trail! Ollantaytambo – Km82 – Ayapata

The first day of the hike is fairly easy and serves as a warm up for the days to follow. Our hikers are picked up early from their hotels, (5:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.), and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The scenic trip lasts for 2 and a half hours before we arrive at kilometre 82, the start of the trail, located at (2550m/8269ft). Our buses normally stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give passengers the opportunity to have breakfast.

At km 82, our hikers cross the Vilcanota River and embark on this unforgettable journey. You will be amazed by the great views of the Cordillera Oriental and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. We will start our trek not far from where Hiram Bingham returned in 1915 to begin his re-discovery of the Inca Trail. From here, the trail is flat for almost two hours of hiking until we arrive at our first Inca site, Llactapata. On our way we will pass through the resting point of Mescay, where there are bathroom facilities. The path then follows the left bank of the Cusichaca River to the small village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9900ft), that serves as the checkpoint for the porters. Continuing on, we will walk for one more hour until we reach the Tres Piedras, or Ayapata, which is going to be our first camp of the Trek. Please note that with this itinerary, we may want to walk one more hour in order to walk for less time on the second day.

Day 2: Ayapata- Dead Woman’s Pass – Chachicocha

This is perhaps the most challenging day of the trek since we will go over two high passes and walk 4 hours uphill. In the morning, we will pass by Llullucha Pampa, the last place along the trail that you can buy snacks and drinks. We will continue hiking uphill for two hours until we arrive to the top of Dead Woman’s Pass, located at (4200m/13779ft). This is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Once at the top, our hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail while taking some beautiful pictures of the scenery. We will then start to walk down for one and a half hours until we reach Pacaymayo, at (3600m/11880ft), where we will have lunch. Here there are bathroom facilities. After our lunch, we will continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until we reach the Runcuracay pass, at (3900m/12900ft), which is the second highest point of the Inca Trail. On the way we will also pass the small Inca site of Runcuracay. We will then continue walking down for 2 hours until we will reach our second campsite, Chaquichocha. However, before we arrive at the campsite, we will pass by Sacyacmarca, an inca site along the way. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town” and describes the position of the ruins perfectly. They are protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. From this point, the path descends into a magnificent cloud-forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, and flowers.

Day 3: Chacicocha – Wiñay Wayna

On this day we will walk for only 5 hours and see 3 Inca sites along the way. Many of our hikers say that this is the easiest and most unforgettable day. From Chaquicocha, we will walk for about an hour and a half to get to Phuyupatamarca, the third pass, at an elevation of (3550m/11550ft). On the way, we will pass through an impressive Inca tunnel carved into the rock. From here, there are spectacular views of several snow-capped peaks, including Machu Picchu Mountain and the town of Aguas Calientes. The Inca site Phuyupatamarca is located a short walk from the third pass. After visiting the site, we will continue our way down along a path featuring over 2,000 steps all the way to our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna, located at (2750m/8910ft). Wiñay Wayna is carved deep into the hillside above the Urubamba River and means “forever young” in Quechua. At Wiñay Wayna, we will have the final opportunity to thank our porters for their tremendous efforts at the tipping ceremony, as in the morning they will descend downhill while we continue on to our final goal.

The Glory of Machu Picchu!

On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and prepare for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of our lives, arriving at Machu Picchu. We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30 a.m., and after an hour of walking, we will arrive at Inti Punku, meaning: “Sun Gate”, at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over Machu Picchu.
After soaking in the view, we will walk down the final part of the trail and approach the ancient city, where we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together in this amazing place.

We will descend to the main entrance, where we can leave our backpacks, use the restroom, and enjoy a quick coffee. After our break, we will re-enter Machu Picchu for a walking tour of the mysterious city, followed by four hours of free time for your own exploration of the Incan site.

After enjoying our final hours at Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes. You will then check into your hostel. Double private rooms are included. Later on, you can enjoy the hot springs which give Aguas Calientes its name.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes- Ollantaytambo Cusco.

After Breakfast, you will board the train that departs to Ollantaytambo at 8:53 a.m. and arrives at its destination at 10:50 a.m. From Ollantaytambo, we will pick you up and transport you back to Cusco by bus. If you choose to stay visit Machu Picchu a second time on the 5th day, we will book you the afternoon train which departs at 2:55 p.m. and arrives in Ollantaytambo at approximately 4:50 p.m.


Price


Price: US $780 per person. Including Personal Porter (7kg/15lbs)

Group Size: 2-8 people per trek

Prices are the same for private or group treks!
100% Operated by Inti Sun Trek, we never put you with other tour operators.
We offer a discount of US$20 to children under the age of 16 years old.
Please notice: Pick up and drop off from your accomodation is included in all our tours.

Storage during your Inca Trail: Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can securely store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you.

Train for the end of your Inca Trail Trek: The most common departure times that we book for our tourists is the 8:53 a.m. train. The 8:53 a.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 10:50 a.m. where you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there is no confusion. If you do not see your driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco will be at approximately 12:30 p.m.
However, if you are planning to reenter to Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu Mountian on the 5th day, we can book you the 2:55 p.m. train and arrange your transportation back to Cusco. You may also choose to update your train ticket to the Vistadome train, for an extra cost of (US $60).

Important: We guarantee these departure times, as per the itinerary, only if you book your tours in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer you a train that departs at a later time. Note: We will still pick you up at Ollantaytambo train station and bring you back to your hotel in Cusco regardless of your departure time.

Inclusions

Included in the price:

Pre-departure briefing the night before of your tour in our office.
Porters that will carry your personal belongings (up to 7kg/ 15lbs) – no extra fee
Pick up from your hotel
Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
Private bus to km 82- the beginning of our trek
Inca Trail entrance fees
Machu Picchu entrance fee
Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Inflatable sleeping mattress
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
vegetarian, vegan, gluten, wheat free, or special diets options available
Water (we will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day. You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the Trek
Porters to carry camping equipment: (tourist tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
Portable toilet and toilet tent
Porter’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle and radios
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
Lunch and dinner on day 4
A room with private bathroom on day 4
Breakfast on day 5th
Expediton train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on day 5th
Bus transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your Hotel in Cusco

Not Included

Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the start of the trek where you’ll have the chance to buy breakfast.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 soles).
Sleeping bags can be rented from our office for US $20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
Optional overnight stay in Aguas Calientes (We can change the date of your train ticket, if you advise us before paying the deposit).

Packing list

What you need to bring:

Original passport
For students: ISIC card
A daypack to carry your personal belongings
We provide a duffle bag for your a personal porter.
Insurance card/certificate
Hiking boots
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
2-4 t-shirts
2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
Hand sanitizer
Comfortable trousers
Sun hat or cap
Sunscreen
Personal First Aid Kit, Insect repellent
Water and/or water purification tablets
Toiletries/ toilet paper
Personal medication
Camera and Batteries
Flahlight or headlamp
Extra money for tips/snacks/beer. (We recommend at least 200-350 extra soles). (US $120)

Optional items to bring:

Basic First Aid Kit
Shorts
Walking stick
Sandals
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes

FAQ

What type of hostal does Inti Sun Trek use for this tour?

At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostals which offer private, double rooms. These hostals offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast.
NOTE: We guarantee these hostels will be reserved, as per the itinerary, only if you book your trek 2 months in advance, otherwise we may be forced to offer substitutes.

Can I upgrade the hostel to a hotel in Aguas Calientes?

Every traveller has their own expectations for accommodation and that is why we offer you the option to book your own hostel independently.
The two hostels that Inti Sun Trek books are considered basic and so if you wish to upgrade to a hotel you need to:
1) Do this yourself or;
2) Ask Inti Sun Trek to do it for you.
If you wish to book a hostel independently, a $15 discount is given per person off the tour price and you can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.

Are Lunch and Dinner included on day 4?

Yes, once you finish your tour of Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you to your hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes. After you have checked into your lodging for the night, we will meet to have lunch together at a restaurant in town. In the evening you will return to the same restaurant for dinner which is included in the tour.

What is the extra cost if I want to reenter Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu on the 5th day?

The cost for the extra trip to Machu Picchu is US $65. This price includes the ticket to climb Huayna Picchu. You will also have to pay US $20 for your round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back. An option to avoid this cost is to hike up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. The hike is very steep and takes about 90 minutes each way.

Will our tour guide remain with us on the 5th day of the trek?

No, your tour guide will finish his job when he shows you to your accomodation in Aguas Calientes on the 4th day. However, do not worry, the hostel staff will help you with any requests you have and will be able to answer all of your questions.

What time will we take the train to Ollantaytambo on the 5th day?

After Breakfast, you will board the train that departs to Ollantaytambo at 8:53 a.m. and arrives at its destination at 10:50 a.m. From Ollantaytambo, we will pick you up and transport you back to Cusco by bus. However, if you are planning to reenter Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu mountian on the 5th day, we can book you the 2:55 p,m, and arrange your transportation back to Cusco.

Is recommended to climb Huayna Picchu at 7:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. on the 5th day?

During the rainy season (November to April) fog and clouds often cover Machu Picchu early in the morning. If you are planning to visit during these months, we recommend that you choose the 10:00 a.m. climbing time. Once the sun has established itself, the fog in the mountains usually clears, giving you a great view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape.