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Classic Inca Trail To Machupicchu 4 days

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Group size

Up to 10

Loading type

Camping

Difficulty

Challenging

Tour type

Hiking tour

Classic Inca Trail To Machupicchu 4 days

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Group size

Up to 10

Loading type

Camping

Difficulty

Challenging

Tour type

Hiking tour

Compared to other famous hikes, its rather short - but along the way you enjoy a mixture of incredible ruins, snowcapped mountain peaks, beautiful waterfalls and luscious jungle. At the end of the trail you will walk through the Sun Gate for your first site of Machu Picchu, where you will see the ruins from above at its most beautiful.

The government has sanctioned a small portion of the thousands of miles of Inca Trail preserved for this hike. The classic most popular route is 26 miles or 42km and takes 4 days. You can do this same route at a slower pace for a 5 day trek. There is a longer version for those trying to make it more challenging - a 7 day trek that combines the Salkantay pass with the Inca Trail. And there is a short 2 day version which is really just one day hiking and the second day is spent at Machu Picchu. No matter which route you choose, you will need a PERMIT to do the trek.

Places to Visit

Machu Picchu

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Eureka tents

Sleeping bag - 20

Machu Picchu ticket

Train ticket

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is generally believed to be one of the best hikes the world has to offer. It is also one of the most approachable, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete. Some good health and fitness will help you get from the trailhead to the end, Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Llactapata- Ayapata:

Walking distance: 6.7 miles/12 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2950 meters/9678 feet (high) above sea level
Considered: Moderate day (getting used to the Inca Trail)
Weather: Warm and windy

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Day 2: Wayllabamba - Dead Woman´s Pass - Pacaymayu:

Walking distance: 4.94 miles/9km (7-8 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered: Top day (you will have survived the two highest passes)
Area: Andes and Cloud Forest
Weather: Cold and rainy

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Day 3: Pacaymayu- Second Pass - Wiñaywayna:

Walking distance: 11.2 miles/16km (11 hours)
Campsite altitude: 2.600 meters (high) above sea level (chilly weather)
Considered: longest day - all downhill!
Area: High Cloud Forest
Weather: Warm and very humid

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Day 4: Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - The Lost City Of The Incas

Considered: The most exciting and magical day (early wake up 3.30AM)
Area: High Cloud and Subtropical Forest
Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)

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Included

Not Included

INFO

At Vidal Expeditions we focus to make your trip an unforgettable experience and we want to provide all details which you need to know before to leave your country and start your life experience in Peru.

Pre-Departure Briefing.

A briefing is sciential before your start your Inca trail hike, a night before your trip you need to meet with your trekking tour guide who will provide you all the details about these 4 days trek to Machu Picchu, all our briefings is at 6:30pm. It can be on your hotel or in our office and if you are not available at this time you should coordinate a new time with our office staff.

Duffle bags.

After your briefing you will be available to receive a duffle bag where your need to fill it with your personal items, it had to be as maximum 7kg including your sleeping bag and mattress, without those you have an extra 4kg which is for your personal stuff.

This duffle bag will be carrying by our porters during your trek you should fill it with your items you are using during the day. You can return you duffle bag once you returned to Cusco after you trek.

Pickup

All our pickups are from your hotel in Cusco city according of the time your tour guide will tell you during your briefing a night before your tour. In case you are staying in AirB&B you should explain and provide us the address of it.

We also pickup during our route driving to the trailhead, it can be in Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollontaytambo.

After your trek our guide will drop off you in the same hotel where we pick you up before your tour. In case you will change your hotel please let us know which is your new hotel.

What you need to pack?

Important

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!

Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.

Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

TOILETRIES:

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility.

Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.

From: USD 0.00 per person

Here some frequently asked question about the Inca Jungle trail to Machupicchu

PREPARING FOR THE INCA JUNGLE TRAIL

BOOKING

At Vidal Expeditions, we like to make the bookingprocess as easy as possible; once you decided to do the Inca Jungle trail we will send to you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details on the form. We need these details to book your entrance tickets and train ticket; you will also need to pay a deposit of $200USD per person.  Once we receive your deposit  we immediately book a spot for the Inca Jungle trail once we have done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that all the booking process has set up satisfactorily.

WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO?

Cusco is a big city you can find a place to stay in Cusco that satisfies your needs; hotelsranging from 2 stars to 5 stars, there are also Airbnb places where you can feel as home. However  keep in mind that  Cusco streets are narrow especially near to the main square and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs, if the place you are staying is not accessible by car we will notify  you of your pick up  and drop off  location of the tour. You may also choose stayin the Sacred Valleynear Urubamba city or Ollantaytambo. In this case your pick up time for the tour will be 1.20 hour late than Cusco.  If you need recommendations on where to stay please contact us.

CAN I SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES?

Yes!  It is possible; we can book your train ticket back to Ollantaytambo a day later at no additional cost. The train departs at 14:30 or 14:55. If you need us to book your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu let us know but this will be at an additional cost. If you do choose to spend one more night in AguasCalientes, make sure you contact us at the Vidal Expeditions office at least one month in advance, so we can purchase your train ticket for the right day.

ALONG THE INCA JUNGLE TRAIL

IS THERE ELECTRICITY ALONG THE TRAIL?

Yes! On the Inca Jungle trail there will be places where you can charge your cellphone at our lodges and restaurants.  Most lodges and restaurants in Peru,now have the standard US outlet along with the South American outlet. There alsomay be Wi-Fi connections in some lodges andrestaurants

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE BICKING SEGMENT?

As long as you know how to ride a bicycle you will be fine on the biking segment during the first day along the Inca jungle trail. Our guides will give you a safety talk at the beginning of the bicycle ride, they will make sure that you are taken care of and will provide rest stops along the ride. Our car will stay behind the group the entire time to make sure everything   goes well.

CAN I JOIN THE RIVER RAFTING AND ZIPLINE IF I DID NOT BOOK IN MY PACKAGE?

Yes! Don’t worry, if you did not book the extra activities of river rafting and zip liningwhen you booked your package. You will have a chance to pay for these activities at the base camp. Just let your tour guide knows and they will help you out.

DO YOU NEED HIKING BOOTS?

Definitely! it is always recommendable to wear a light hiking boots if possible. Ones with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker.  The trail will involve hiking up and down stairs created by the Incas,hiking on uneven surfaces and crossing riversthat may be slippery. The extra ankle support of your hiking boots will help prevent twisting your ankles.

SHOULD I USE WALKING STICKS?

It is not necessary to use walking/hiking sticks since the hike of the second day and third day are not strenuous. However if you are unexperienced hiking on the mountains, we recommend you use walking stick to help you to keep balance especiallyduring the downhill sections.

SHOULD I NEED SOME VACCINES FOR THE INCA JUNGLE TRAIL?

No, this part of the jungle isfar awayfrom the Amazon and is considered rainforest area or semitropical. There will be mosquitos in the region but these mosquitos do not carry any diseases. We do recommend you bring insect repellent to keep the mosquitos away.

WHERE DO I STORE MY LUGGAGE?

Most hotels in Cusco providestorage for your luggage free of charge, if you have extra luggage which you not need to bring on the trail. If you are planning to change your hotel after your trek we can storage your luggage at the Vidal Expeditions office. Please get in touch with our teamfor more information.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS FAR AS WEATHER?

The weather in Cusco and the surrounding areas in the Andes is unpredictable.  Even if the weather forecast says it will be 100% sunnyit is possible that it may still rain. This is why this is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically April through September is the dry season, November through February is the rainy season and March and October are bridge months - a mixture of both. But unfortunately the clouds do not follow these rules in the last few years. It is best to be prepared forboth sun and rain no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is more consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up, you will be comfortable hiking and touring Machu Picchu in short sleeves. Long pants (yoga or hiking) are encouraged to help from the mosquitos which can be a nuisance in Aguas Calientes.

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