Cusco & Inca Trail Premium 8 days / 7 nights
Is highly recommended this 5 days Inca trail trek because is less strenuous, avoid crowds, more time to enjoy the great views and nature and more relaxed with a private tour guide through all this trek and for Machu Picchu too.
Day 01: Cusco
In the morning arrival at Cusco airport, meet our representative get assistance and transfer to your selected hotel. In the afternoon free to relax and wander around the city by yourself, in order to acclimatize. (Optional Cusco city tour and important ruins, from 2 to 6pm).
Day 02: Cusco
Free day to explore Cusco by yourself, or optional take the: Cusco city tour &ruins, with most important sites to visit: Cusco main plaza, Koricancha Inca temples, Sacsayhuaman giant fortress, Temple for the earth “Qenqo” and Puca pucara.($45)
(or optional sacred valle tour, from 8.30am to 5.30pm ($75).
*Next day begging the 5 days Inca trail premium, including Machu Picchu.
Day 03: Cusco to Wayllabamba
- Distance: 12 Kilometers / 7.5 Miles
Scenic Peru will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 6am and drive through the Sacred Valley to the community of Piscaycucho (Railroad K82 – 2700m/8856ft),where you´ll get changed and ready to show your Passport to authorities and begin the Inca Trail. Following a trail along the left-hand shore of the Urubamba River, we enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped mountain Veronica (5830m.) and some archeological sites along the way such way stations, watch towers, Inca city of at Llactapata. later a nice spot for lunch and final gradual climb through forest to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000m./9840ft.)
- Meals provided: Snacks, lunch, tea time and Dinner.
- Hiking time: 5-6 hours aprox.
Day 04: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo
Distance: 11 Kilometers / 6.8 Miles
Our proters will wake you up with a nice tea and after breakfast we will begging the climb which isa round 5 hours average to the top called the “Dead woman pass” (4200m/13776ft) by going through andean cloud forest and highlandpuna During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower, and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate. Once we reach the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. From here, we descend into the Pacaymayo river valley and on to our second campsite
- Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks, lunch, tea time and Dinner.
- Hiking time: 6-7 hours aprox.
Day 05: Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca
Today you will climb only 2 hours uphill to the 2nd pass starting from 12,000ft to the top 13,000ft, going through a visit of a post Runkuracay ruins, after the 2nd pass, it will be about 1 hour descending to the magnificent and outstanding Sayamarca fortress, perched on the flank of the mountain overviewing the cloud forest jungle. After a guided visit of that great Inca fortress, you will hike 40 minutes to Chaquicocha site which the place for a delicious lunch with great views around it. Later the best views of this trek, going through jungle, walking over original paved Inca road on the flank of the mountains and through Inca tunnels too, hiking for about 2 hours With some gentle ups and downs and you arrive to your stunning campsite Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m/11,975ft).
- Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu
This is the day you finally reach Machu Picchu.
As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m/19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have an inversion, with clouds filling the valleys beneath you.
After saying a fond farewell to your porters it is time to put on your boots and head to Machu Picchu.
You descend beautiful Inca stairway through cloud forest to Wiñayhuayna, a vast set of Inca terraces full of swallows and orchids. A final contouring walk and you arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears, laid out before your eyes.
Stop here and enjoy the views of the complete Machu Picchu vast complex, later heading down and finally taking the 25 minutes shuttle bus ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo (town) and a well-deserved hotel and shower.
- Included: breakfast, lunch, bus ticket, hotel
Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Now more relaxed after your hotel night, you will arrive early, allowing you to explore the ruins in the company of your guide, the pinnacle of Inca engineering Machu Picchu! The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander and explore more of the Inca city by yourself. For those who want to explore more, take a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face.
Later you will take the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back to Cusco, along the Urubamba River. For this train ride the scenery is beautiful going through jungle and later to through the highlands along the Urubamba river.
Hotel in Cusco.
- Included: breakfast, bus ticket, Machu Picchu entrance, guided tour, train and Van back to Cusco.
In the morning free to relax or to explore more of Cusco by yourself, and in the afternoon your domestic flight back to Lima for your international flight back home.
Ed of our services.
- Meals: breakfast.
Cusco & Inca Trail Premium 8 days / 7 nights
- 3 nights hotels in Cusco (Htl San Agustin Plaza, or Htl Ruinas)
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to km.82 (starting point of the trail)
- Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee (days 1-4) + Machupicchu entrance fee (day 5)
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
- One inflatable sleeping pad Therma-rest per person
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Toilet tent (only if assigned campsites do not have toilets)
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
- Porters will carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad)
- Accommodation for all our staff
- 3 nights in tent and 1 night in a 3 stars hotel in Machu Picchu town. (option to upgrade hotel here)
- Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu is available at no extra cost
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 4th day
- Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – 5th day
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker or Vistadome service, upon request)
- Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
- Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
- Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is Peruvian Soles s/10.00 per person. Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping Bag: $25
- Inflatable Air Matt: $20
- Walking Sticks (Pair): $20
Private prices 2019
- 2 personas: $1,345 por persona
- 3 personas: $1,255 por persona
- 4 personas: $1,165 por persona
- 5 personas: $1,115 por persona
- 6 personas: $1,090 por persona; personas 7 +: $1,055 por persona
In Cusco city the elevation is around 11,200 ft, and the weather during the day is around from 70F to 75F average, but the night can get cold to 40 or 35f.
The first day we recommend to drink lot of fluids, light meals, no smoking, neither alcohol, nor strenuous activities. Drinking Coca tea can alleviate something.
Is good to carry all the time rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable.
In Cusco you can explore by yourself several important sites, such, the ain square and its lovely colonial buildings, temple of the sun (Koricancha), some good museums, San Pedro main food market in Cusco, or artisan markets too.
- Appropiate clothing along the Inca Trail
- Hiking pants and T-shirts are commonly used during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, and can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
What we recommend that you bring:
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water -sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu town)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original Passport, YOU NEED TO BRING THE SAME PASSPORT THAT YOU USED FOR BOOKING THIS TREK. (plus the new one in case it has expired)
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)