- Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
June 4, 2016 - June 12, 2016
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Phone: 858.229.0214
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu June 4-12, 2016 SOLD OUT. Ask about the June 2017 Trip!
Duration: Nine days
This incredible trip includes a city tour of Cusco and surrounding area, a guided 4-day trek of the Inca Trail and guided tour Machu Picchu.
$3200 per person – double occupancy
$3500 per person – single occupancy
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– Accommodation at described Hotels + breakfasts for 5 nights, Cusco: 3 nights, Sacred Valley
– Ollantaytambo: 1 night; Aguas Calientes: 1 night, + 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail, all the entrance fees to visit all the attractions described on the itinerary, all the round trip transfers and
Not included in the Package:
International & national airfares (Lima – Cusco – Lima, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, early departure from the Inca Trail, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, non described meals & snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages & items , etc. of personal nature.
See itinerary below for detailed description.
How to register:
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Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner
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DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO
Upon arrival, reception, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel; where you should take a short rest to adjust better to the altitude (11,000 ft a.s.l.)
NOTE: You are responsible for arriving to Cusco, by plane, train or bus
DAY 2: CUSCO
Free morning to visit the city and its museums.
Afternoon combined tour; visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Kenko,
Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY: PISAC RUINS, MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO (overnight)
Visit PISAC located right at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, the amazing Inca city that constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Parks in the region. Visit the fine temples, palaces and the well preserved and vast farming terraces; built even as far as the edge of precipices that still keep their straight sometimes vertical aqueducts; an imposing and unforgettablesight that also offers very beautiful landscapes. Visit PISAC the Colonial Village, where you will see the famous “Indian Market” and the handicrafts or “souvenirs” market, this is your chance to enjoy a blend of color, traditions and people, and bargain for exotic craftworks.
After Lunch at Yucay or Urubamba Village, tour to the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America, where people are still living in the same houses and palaces as 500 years ago; the ancient Incan town of OLLANTAYTAMBO, with its very impressive constructions built with huge boulders and its ancient heritage that will leave us astonished. Overnight Ollantaytambo.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU
Please note that this is a typical itinerary which may change depending on the availability of camp sites assigned by the government. Alternative campsites may be used.
DAY 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO – WAYLLABAMBA
Early morning pick up from your Hotel and transfer by bus to the kilometer 82, where we meet the porters and cooks and start to hike with amazing landscapes of the snow capped peaks. We pass near the Inca town of Llactapata. After lunch, we continue following the Kusichaca River upstream until Wayllabamba, a very typical Andean Village and the last settlement on the Inca Trail before reaching Machupicchu. (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km – 7.5 miles
DAY 5: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU
After Breakfast we go uphill for 4-5 hours towards Warmiwañuska Pass (dead woman’s pass), this day will be the hardest because we get to this highest pass (4200 mts – 13780 ft), after having amazing views from the pass we start our way down to get to the Pacaymayo valley for lunch, and camp. (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km – 7.5 miles
DAY 6: PACAYMAYU – WINAYHUAYNA
This day will be the longest, but considered the most beautiful part of the trail, on the way up to the 2nd pass we visit the semicircular archeological remain of Runkurakay. Walking over the original Inca Trail paved with flagstones we pass through the elfin forest where we see many orchids and other exotic endemic plants and birds. From the pass we again have a spectacular landscape of the cloud forest and some snow capped mountains around. On the way down we will visit the Inca site of Sayaqmarka located on a rocky promontory. Our trek continues through the cloud forest with vines, exotic vegetation (a big variety of Orchids, ferns. tree ferns, mosses, etc) and luxuriant trees and birds. After lunch, and a visit of the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, we start the long way down until Wiñaywayna, were we will visit and other fascinating Inca citadel and camp. (B,L,D). Distance: 15 km – 9.5 miles
DAY 7: WINAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICCHU
After a very early breakfast and a somewhat easy walk we will arrive to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) for the sunrise, also we will enjoy the first fantastic view of the “Lost City of the Incas”: Machupicchu; set up over a grandiose spot with astounding landscapes around. After taking many pictures, we walk downhill to arrive and visit Machupicchu. After the guided visit you can go to the town of Aguas Calientes to rest at the hotel or relax at the hot springs. (B). Distance: 5 km – 3 miles Overnight: Aguas Calientes
DAY 8: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
On your own, early visit of Machupicchu again; to spot again the amazing sun rise and visit more of its wonderful temples, palaces, and take short hikes to Huaynapicchu Peak, the temple of the Moon, and the Inca Bridge. Afternoon train to Ollantaytambo (1:30 hrs) and bus ride to Cusco (1:30 hrs) (B).
DAY 9: CUSCO – LIMA – USA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)
Cancellation Insurance: It is strongly suggested that all participants purchase travel insurance.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements: A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. Travelers to Peru will receive a card from Peruvian Immigration upon arrival stating the length of approved stay (usually 90 days). Extensions are not available, and overstays will result in fines. Visit the Embassy of Peru Website for the most current visa information. Peru does not require any immunizations for entry, although it recommends vaccination against Yellow Fever.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Peru.
Minor children with Peruvian citizenship traveling with only one or neither legal parent or legal guardian are required to have authorization from the non-traveling parent/guardian(s). In Peru, the non-travelling parent/guardian(s) can complete this process at most public notaries or through a travel authorization issued by a family court. In the United States, the non-travelling parent/guardian(s) should visit the nearest Peruvian Consulate and complete a Permiso Notarialde Viaje. Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only. If the minor child has only one legal parent or guardian, the travelling parent/guardian must present evidence of sole custody, as well as a completed Permiso Notarial de Viaje from a Peruvian notary.
Peruvian Immigration has changed the procedure for travelers exiting Peru with an emergency passport or a full-validity passport issued during their stay in Peru. In cases of passports that have been lost or stolen, the passenger will not have the entry stamp with which they entered Peru. In cases of newly issued passports, the entry stamp will be in the cancelled passport. Therefore travelers must “transfer” the entry stamp to their new passport before they are allowed to pass through Peruvian immigration. Previously, travelers were able to complete this process at the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima.
Now, travelers must take their new passports to Peruvian Immigration headquarters at Av. España 730, Breña, Lima, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pay for and process the transfer. The current fee is approximately $8.00, or S/21.
Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.
Visitors who purchase reproductions of colonial or pre-colonial art should buy only from reputable dealers, and they should insist on documentation from Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC) showing that the object is a reproduction and may be exported. Peruvian customs authorities may retain articles lacking such documentation and forward them to INC for evaluation. If found to be reproductions, the objects eventually may be returned to the purchaser, but only after the purchaser pays all storage and shipping charges. Vendors in some regional cities and airports sell live animals and birds, as well as handicrafts made from insects, feathers, or other natural products. Under Peruvian law, it is illegal to remove certain flora and fauna items from their place of origin to another part of Peru or to export them to a foreign country. Travelers have been detained and arrested by the Ecology Police in Lima for carrying such items.
Information on U.S. regulations for the importation of plant and animal products is available from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Travelers bringing animals to the United States may also wish to consult with U.S. Customs or the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of Interior. Travelers wishing to bring animals from the United States into Peru should consult the Peruvian Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (SENASA) at 51-1-313-3300. Information regarding current restrictions is available on the SENASA website (Spanish only).
Peruvian customs regulations require that many electronic items or items for commercial use be declared upon entering the country. Failure to make a full and accurate declaration can lead to arrest and incarceration or significant fines. Undeclared items, including personal laptop computers may be seized and held.
Travelers should be aware that some drugs and other products readily available over the counter or by prescription in Peru are illegal in the United States. The prescription sedative flumitrapezan (Rohypnol) is one such drug; others may come on the market at any time. Although coca-leaf tea is a popular beverage and folk remedy for altitude sickness in Peru, possession of these tea bags, which are sold in most Peruvian supermarkets, is illegal in the United States .
The best exercise to prepare for any hiking/trekking trip is hiking. Ideally it should be in the hills or mountains and training at elevation is even better. Try doing a google search of hiking groups in your local area to find people with whom to hike if you don’t have a group of hiking friends.
In addition to hiking, you can include swimming, running, cycling, core strength and spin classes.
If you can’t hike, hit the stairs of shopping malls, commercial buildings, etc. Be sure to progressively add time and distance to your hikes or stair workouts. Use trekking poles to reduce the compressive pressure on the knees on the downhill. While hiking, doing stair master or stair work-outs, be sure to gradually break in the hiking boots you will use on the trek and use the day pack you will be using on your trek.
Progressively increase your pack weight until you are comfortable wearing the weighted pack throughout the workout.
Two weeks prior to the trip, begin to slow the workouts down so that your body can recover.
Vaccines and Medicines
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
- Get vaccinated
- Take antimalarial meds
- Eat and drink safely
- Prevent bug bites
- Keep away from animals
- Reduce your exposure to germs
- Avoid sharing body fluids
- Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment
Routine vaccines: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumpsrubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Peru, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Hepatitis B: You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with anew partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Malaria: When traveling in Peru, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in Peru, see malaria in Peru.
Rabies: Although rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Peru, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends this vaccine only for these groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to remote areas in Peru
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Peru, so CDC recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers 9 months of age or older to these areas. For more information on this recommendation, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Peru.Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.
We collect hiking boots, gloves, hats, wool socks and rain coats to donate to our porters. You are encouraged to bring donations of good quality new or used hiking equipment or clothing, especially rain ponchos.