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3 day Inca Trail trek and 1 night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes

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$750.00

Trip Overview

This is the classic Inca Trail with a new twist. In this trek, you will not have to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to stand in line to pass the last checkpoint of the Inca Trail. Instead, we will continue to hike to the entrace on the 3rd day on the Inca Trail which will allow you will visit Machu Picchu twice! The first time you visit Machu Picchu you will arrive just in time to witness the setting sun over the ruins and on next day you will have plenty of time to explore the site. A benefit to visiting Machu Picchu during these times is that you will avoid the peak tourist hours, letting you enjoy this modern wonder of the world in peace and tranquility. You will also have the option of getting a relaxing massage on the evening of the 3rd day and sleeping in a little later and enjoying a trip to the hot springs before your tour of Machu Picchu on the 4th day.
This tour is ideal for those looking for a more relaxed experience in Machu Picchu while experiencing the world famous Inca Trail and spending a night in Aguas Calientes.

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Summary

Day 1: Cusco (3,300m) – Km82 (2550m/8269ft) – Yuncachimpa (3000m/9842ft)

Total distance covered on day 1: 12km (approximately 5 or 6 hours walking)

On the first day we will visit Llactapata, officially called Patallacta, a vast and incredible Inca site. You will see the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle and the Andes. You will also see the beautiful snow-capped peak of W’akay Willca, also known as Veronica, at an elevation of (5860m/19225ft).

Day 2: Yuncachimpa (3000m/9842ft) – Dead Woman’s Pass (4200m/13779ft) – Pacaymayu – Chaquicocha

Total distance covered on day 2:  16km (approximately 8 or 9 hours walking)

On the second day we will visit Runkuracay, a site with small, circular ruins. Then we will visit Sayacmarca, a town featuring a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means “Inaccessible Town”.

Day 3: Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Total distance covered on day 3:  12km (approximately 8 hours walking)

On day number three, we will visit Phuyupatamarca, meaning: “Town in the Clouds”. This is the third highest point on the trail. From this place, we walk to the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata, then Wiñay Wayna, at an elevation of (2680m/8792ft). Finally, we will walk from Wiñay Wayna to Inti Punku, the “Sun Gate”, located at (2730m/8792ft).

At the Sun Gate, you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, located at (2400m/7873ft). We will arrive in time to  witness the sun set. We will continue walking down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (postcard shot) of this ancient city.

After we view the city, we will descend to the main entrance, where we will catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have a relaxing morning where you can sleep in and enjoy a trip to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. You will then board a bus to Machu Picchu and have a 2 hour walking tour of this amazing site. After the tour, you will have several hours of free time for your own exploration of the city. If you are interested, you may also climb Huayna Picchu mountain for US $65 extra.

After you have enjoyed Machu Picchu, you  will take the Expedition train on PeruRail which departs at 2:55 p.m. This train will arrive to Ollantaytambo at 4:30 p.m. where you will be picked up by your driver. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so there will be no confusion. You will then be transported back to your hotel/hostel in Cusco.

Itinerary


Day 1: Flat Inca Terrain!

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 (5:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.) and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo before arriving at kilometre 82, the start of the trail at (2550m/8269ft). The bus jouney will take about one and one half hours. Our buses normally stop in 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 will 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 until we get to our first Inca site, Llactapata. From the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, officially called Patallacta, you will see the Urubamba mountain range which divides the jungle and the Andes. You will also see the beautiful snow-capped peak of “W’akay Willca”, also known as Veronica, at an elevation of (5860m/19225ft).

Our first campsite, Yuncachipa, will be a one and a half hour walk up from the small village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley. The temperature here at night is usually around 5°C, depending on the month.

Day 2 : Over 2 passes we go.

This is perhaps the most challenging day of the trek since we will be hiking for 5 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, at an elevation of (4200m/13779ft). This is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Once at the top, we can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail and take some beautiful pictures of the scenery. We will then start our way down for one and a half hours until we reach the lunch stop at Pacaymayu, located at (3550m/11646ft).

After lunch, we will begin two hours of steep climbing to the Runkuraqay pass, at an elevation of 3900m/12870ft). After the pass, we will begin the descent for one and a half hours to the get to our campsite of Chaquicocha by 5 p.m. The temperature at this campsite is usually around 4°C during the night.

Day 3: Short walk to Wiñay Wayna!

In our opinion, this is the most rewarding and impressive day. Keep this in mind during the ascent on day 2! We will wake up for breakfast at 5 a.m. and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, meaning: “Town in the Clouds”. This is the third highest point on the trail. The Inca site, Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minute walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we will continue walking (up 3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata. Finally, we will arrive at Wiñay Wayna, at (2680m/8792ft), for lunch time! After lunch, you will visit the Inca site Wiñay Wayna, meaning: “Forever Young”.

We will leave at 2:00 p.m. in order to get to Inti Punku “Sun Gate”, located at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). At the Sun Gate, you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu, at (2400m/7873ft) where we will watch the beautiful sun set. We will continue walking down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo, (postcard shot), of this ancient city. After our first taste of Machu Picchu, we will descend to the main entrance, where we will catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will have some time to relax at the hotel before we will take you to the hot springs. After a relaxing in the warm water, we will take you to get a massage.

On the 4th day, Machu Picchu!

You will have a relaxing morning where you can sleep in and enjoy a trip to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. You will then board a bus to Machu Picchu and have a 2 hour walking tour of this amazing site. After the tour, you will have several hours of free time for your own exploration of the city. If you are interested, you may also climb Huayna Picchu mountain for US $65 extra.

After you have enjoyed Machu Picchu, you will take the Expedition train on PeruRail which departs at 2:55 p.m. This train will arrive to Ollantaytambo at 4:30 p.m. where you will be picked up by your driver. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so there will be no confusion. You will then be transported back to your hotel/hostel in Cusco.


Price

Price: US $750 per person.Includes half hour massage session in Aguas Calientes after the Inca Trail Trek and a Personal Porter (7kg) to carry your personal belongings

Group Size: 2-8 people
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 2:30 p.m. or the 2:55 p.m. train. On the final day of the Inca Trail Trek, we will wake up very early, in order to hike or take the bus to Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise. We understand that you will be very tired after a long trek, and this departure time will allow to eat an early lunch, while still having plenty of time to explore the ancient Incan city and to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. After a refreshing lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy the train journey back to Cusco.

The 2:30 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 4:05 p.m., and the 2:55 train will arrive a bit later at 4:30 p.m. 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 the 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 is approximately 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.

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:

Half hour massage session in Aguas Calientes after the Inca Trail Trek

Personal Porter (7kg) to carry your belongings

Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
Private bus to the start of the trail
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee
Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
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
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
Vegetarian/special diet options available
Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
Porter’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
Dining and kitchen tents
First aid kit including emergency an oxygen bottle
Dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 3rd day
One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast on the 4th day in Aguas Calientes
Three bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we will stop at the town of Ollantaytambo on the way to the start of the trek where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
  • 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.

Packing list

What you need to bring:

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • 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
  • Insect repellent
  • Water and/or water purification tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cash (We recommend that you bring an extra 400 Peruvian nuevos soles for extra expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and drinks)

Optional items to bring:

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

FAQ

How is this Trek different from the 4 day Inca Trail?

This trek will take you through all of the same sites and amazing landscapes as the classic 4 day Inca Trail. The major difference is that you will visit Machu Picchu twice, once in the afternoon of the 3rd day, and again the morning of the following day.

In this trek, you will not have to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to stand in line to pass the last checkpoint of the Inca Trail. Instead, we will continue to hike to the entrace on the 3rd day on the Inca Trail which will allow you will visit Machu Picchu twice!

How fit should I be to do this trek?

This trek is more demanding than the classic 4 day Inca Trail. We will wake up eary at 5:00 a.m. every day to start our hike. We recommend that you have at least an average level of fitness to begin this trek.

How many hours per day will we walk on the trek?

On the first day of the trek, we will walk for about 6 hours. On the second and third days, we will walk for about 8 or 9 hours per day

What time does the Trek Begin?

We will pick you up from you hotel/hostel in Cusco at 5:30 a.m. on the first day of the trek.

What time will we climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?

We will book you a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain at 10:00 a.m. after the walking tour of Machu Picchu on the final day of the trek. You will also have the option to climb Huayna Picchu earlier at 7:00 a.m. However, we do not recommend this time because it is often misty early in the morning. Please let us know your time preference when you book the trek.

Can I explore Machu Picchu on the third day of the trek?

No, since we arriving shortly before dark, we will only have time to take some photos and see a small part of Machu Picchu. However, you will have plenty of time to explore the entire site when you return to Machu Picchu the next day.

What will the personal porter carry?

This Inca Trail Trek includes the services of a porter for no extra cost. You can give him a maximum of (7kg/15lbs) of your belongings to carry. Your sleeping bag will weigh approximately 2kg and your air mattress approximately 1kg. This makes a combined weight of 3kg, leaving (4kg/9lbs) of personal items (clothing, toiletries, etc) to add to the porter-carried bag.

However, you will still need to bring a day pack with your essentials such as water, sunscreen, hat, camera, ect.

We will store your belongings in your hostel in Aguas Calientes before you arrive there.

On the 4th day of the trek, you can leave your belongings that you do not want to bring with you to Machu Picchu in the hostel you are staying at in Aguas Calientes. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you can return to the hostel to grab your belongings before you head to the train station for your return trip to Cusco.

When will I recive my duffel bag to put my belongings in?

We will give you one of our specially designed duffel bags at the briefing for the Trek the night before we depart. We use these bags to insure that the porters will be able to comfortably carry the weight.

What type of hostal does Inti Sun Trek use for Inca trek?

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 hostals will be reserved as per the itinerary 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 $20 discount is given per person off the tour price and you can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.