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CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

Inca Trail Altitude Map

Description

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks on the planet - and it's not a mystery why! The trail is a total of 35.8 kilometers (22.24 miles) long and stretches over the course of four amazing and breathtaking days traversing mountain passes, visiting various Inca archaeological sites and experiencing amazing and diverse panoramics. This is your opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Incas along the Inca Trail to their lost city, Machu Picchu.

Be sure to book your Inca Trail ahead so you don't miss out as there are only 500 permits issued for each day and they can book out months in advance. These permits are not just for paying customers only, they include your porters and cooks too. At the moment the first confirmed departures are:

NEXT SPACES FOR INCA TRAIL FROM SEPTEMBER 2017, THE 2 DAYS INCA TRAIL AND THE iNCA JUNGLE TREK ARE AVAILABLE DURING MOST OF THE YEAR.

FOR ALL OUR GUEST WE INCLUDE THE LAST DAY  LUNCH IN AGUAS CALIENTES AND A HOT SHOWER  LAST DAY

 

We have a FAQ list that we can mail to you, contact us at [email protected] and we will mail it to you.

Day 1: Cusco - Km. 82 - Wayllabamba

You will be picked up from Loki Cusco between 5:30am and 6am and driven to the town of Ollantaytambo with the rest of your group, 1hr45 from Cusco. In Ollantaytambo you will have about 40 minutes to get some breakfast (not included) and use the bathroom. Afterwards it is a 20 minute drive to KM 82 which is the check-in point for the Inca Trail. Here you will have some time to adjust any last minute packing details and the porters will check in, once they have passed the control we will begin the trek. The first hour or so walking is on mainly flat ground until we reach the lunch stop. After lunch and a break to enjoy the scenery we will continue hiking for about 2 more hours on a gradually ascending trail. You will pass the archaeological sites of Llactapata, Qoriwayrachina and Wallabamba before reaching the first campsite at 2853m.a.s.l. (9360 feet). The first day you have the opportunity to purchase drinks and snacks from local people living in the area, and there are bathrooms available at the campsite.

Day 1 Info

Meals: Lunch and dinner
Total distance: 10.4km (6.46 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2853 m.a.s.l. (9360 ft)
Campsite altitude:2853 m.a.s.l. (9360 ft)

Day 2: Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo

After breakfast you will begin the toughest part of the trail as you walk up and up and up through the cloud forest for about 3 hours until emerging into the Puna ecosystem in the high Andes. Here vegetation is sparse and you will feel the temperature drop as you reach the highest pass on the Inca Trail called Warmiwañiusca or "Dead Woman's" pass at 4314ma.s.l. (14,153 feet) from where you will have an unbelievable panoramic view of the whole area. After a break you will begin descending once again for about 2 hours until reaching the campsite for lunch. This day will be the toughest day, but you will arrive to the campsite in the early afternoon - make sure to bring along with you playing cards or a book to read, or you may choose to take a nap until dinner time! The campsite is at 3564m.a.s.l. (11,692 feet) and there are basic toilets available. Water, alcoholic drinks and snacks are not available for purchase.

Day 2 Info

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Total distance: 9.7 km (6.03 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,314 m (14,153 ft)
Campsite altitude:3,564 m (11,692 ft)

Day 3: Pacaymayu - Puya Patamarka - Wiñaywayna

After breakfast you start the steep ascent towards the second most important pass of the trail at 3,921m.a.s.l. (12,864 feet). About 2 hours into the climb you will reach the Sayamarca ruins, and from there it is about 40 minutes further to the pass. After the pass the trail will continue descending and ascending with stairs - a good workout! You will have a guided visit of Puya Patamarka, another important archaeological monument. A short distance from Puya Patamarka you will have lunch and about 1 hour to rest. In the afternoon there will be about 2.5-3 hours more trekking, the final portion being a descent of approximately 2000 Inca stairs to Wiñay Huayna (Forever Young). You will have a guided visit of this impressive archaeological complex. Dinner and overnight at the campsite at about 2,692m.a.s.l. (8,845 feet). Water, alcoholic drinks and snacks are not available to buy this day.

Day 3 Info

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Total distance: 12.2km (7.58 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,921 m.a.s.l. (12,864 ft)
Campsite altitude:2,692 m.a.s.l. (8,845 ft)

Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu

The final day we have a very early start at about 3am to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will begin the trek to the gates where we will wait until 5:30am for them to open. From there it is only about 1.5 hours further to "Inti Punku" or the Sun Gate where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel. At the Sun Gate your group may choose to wait while the clouds lift from Machu Picchu for a magical picture of the site. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins as it is recognized worldwide, however it is not mentioned in any of the writings by Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was "rediscovered" by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.

The guided tour of this fascinating place is an awe-inspiring experience. From the Sun Gate it is another 40 minutes walking until reaching the Lost City. You will leave your bags at the entrance and take a break here for a snack. Afterwards your guide will bring you on a full guided tour or the archaeological site which will last for about 2 hours. Machu Picchu is open until 5:30pm so you can stay for the rest of the afternoon if you choose to explore the site on your own.

After your visit in Machu Picchu you will descend the mountain to Aguas Calientes (1hr downhill on foot, 20 minutes by bus - US$9). In Aguas Calientes you have the chance to take a shower and enjoy a lunch, ONLY for the Loki Travel clients! 

Then you will be taking the 9.30pm train departing from Aguas Calientes, if you want to come back earlier you can choose to change the train for an earlier one at extra cost.


Day 4 Info

Meals Breakfast, lunch in Aguas Calientes (Loki Travel clients only!)
Total distance: 3.5km (2.17 miles)
Estimated walking time: 1.5-2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,692 m.a.s.l. (8,845 ft)
Machu Picchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

* Departure and arrival times are approximate.
** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.


 

Questions or need any feedback  and to make reservation please writte to [email protected] thanks 



If You Book With Loki Travel You Will Have Access To These Exclusive Rental Gear Deals!

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Why can’t I book Huayna Picchu with my Inca Trail pass?

This is a new rule from the government; Huayna Picchu passes are only available for purchase with the general Machu Picchu entry ticket and there is a special entry ticket for the Inca Trail which does not allow this add-on. When you do the Inca Trail you are among the only people who enter Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (rather than the general public entrance) and you receive a special Machu Picchu tour from there. If you want to purchase a Huayna Picchu pass you will need to buy a new entry ticket for Machu Picchu as well (total US$58 per person) – note that depending on the speed of your group you may actually have to sacrifice part of your Machu Picchu tour in order to climb Huayna Picchu in the second group. Ask us if you really want to climb Huayna Picchu – otherwise we do not recommend it for the Inca Trail.

If you really want to do this check this view out : 

http://www.airpano.ru/files/Machu-Picchu-Peru/2-3

CONTACT US

LOKI TRAVEL

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Address:
Loki Office: Cuesta Santa Ana 601, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de Armas office: Portal de Carnes, Cusco
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 084 - 244976
Telephone international: 0051 - 84 - 244976

IMPORTANT FACTS

PRECIO:

$459 (2018 price is $484)Adults

DURATION:

4 Days 3 Nights contact us about the last one.

AVAILABILITY:

All Year except February

GROUP SIZE:

Average range is 6 to 12 people, with a maximum of 16.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:


  • $110 full porter – can carry 14 kilos
  • $55 half porter – can carry 7 kilos
  • $70 – Huayna Picchu entry (for day 5)
  • $15 – Hostel in Aguas Calientes (dorm)+breakfast
  • $27 – 16:22 (4:22) Early return train
  • $15 – 18:45 (6:45) Early return train

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hiking boots/shoes (waterproof)
  • Backpack (30 to 40 liters)
  • Comfortable clothing for trekking
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Wool socks (stay warm when wet)
  • Sandals or light shoes for campsites
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece
  • Thermal clothing (for sleeping)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking sticks
  • Flashlight + extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Hat (sun, rain and cold)
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medical kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks
  • Swimsuit
  • Spending money (soles)
  • Original passport

INCLUDES

  • Entrance for the Inca Trail
  • Entrance for Machu Picchu
  • Briefing the day before the trek
  • Transport from Loki to Km 82
  • Cook and food
  • Porters for camping equipment
  • Tents (double occupancy)
  • Kitchen and dining tents
  • Mattresses from Loki Travel
  • Bilingual Inca Trail guide
  • First aid kit
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks (vegetarian options available with prior notice)
  • Shower and lunch in a hostel in Aguas Calientes after your Machu Picchu visit - Loki Travel clients ONLY
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo at 9:30pm
  • Bus transport Ollantaytambo - Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast day 1, lunch & dinner day 4
  • Personal porters
  • Huayna Picchu (US$70)
  • Bus Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (optional, US$12)
  • Sleeping bag (rent it from Loki Travel)
  • Walking sticks (rent it from Loki Travel)
  • Tips for guide, porters and cook
  • Water (boiled water available with meals)
  • Travel insurance