Adventure Tours

Inca Trail 5-Days

The 5-day (4-night) Inca Trail follows the world-renowned route of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Hikers will arrive at Machu Picchu on the fourth day of the trek and descend directly to the small town of Aguas Calientes, for a well-deserved night’s rest in a comfortable hotel. Starting early, during the following day an experienced guide will provide a tour of the Inca city, after which there will be time for the optional ascent of Huayna Picchu or a visit to the Temple of the Moon, before the return train ride to Cusco.

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1

Cusco / Piscacucho (km 82) / Huayllabamba

Our vehicle will take us to the trail head at Piscacucho 76km paved and 15 km dirt (3h). From here the trail follows the left bank of the Urubamba River from where we will see beautiful views of snow-capped Veronica (5850m. 19188ft).

After lunch we will visit the ruins of Llactapata before continuing along the Huayllabamba valley and camping near the village of the same name (2968 m/ 9737 ft).

Meals: Lunch, dinner

2

Huayllabamba / Pacaymayo

From the village of Huayllabamba the trail climbs steadily through high Andean woodland to a plain called Llulluchapampa just before the first pass, from where there are excellent views of the Huayanay mountain chain.

After another two hours walking we will reach the pass of Warmiwañuska (4205 m/ 13795 ft), before descending as far as the canyon of the Pacaymayo River (3604 m/ 11821 ft), where we make our second camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

3

Pacaymayo / Phuyupatamarca

The trail climbs to the second pass at Runkuracay (3950 m/ 12956 ft), from where we will be able to see the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. After a short rest we descend along a paved Inca road to the ruins of Runkuracay and Sayacmarca, which have been recently restored.

Here we enter the cloud forest and in the afternoon the trail continue via a stone staircase past the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3640 m/ 11942 ft) where we camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

4

Phuyupatamarca / Machu picchu / Aguas calientes

The trail descends a vertiginous slope along a remarkable set of stone Inca steps for approximately three hours to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2665 m/ 8743 ft), a beautiful Inca site in dense forest.

The Wiñay Wayna complex was once inhabited by farmers who used terraces to reclaim these steep slopes for agriculture. We will encounter about twenty constructions which have all been recently restored, as well as an irrigation system and a splendid Inca temple.

Explore the ruins of Winay Wayna by foot (1 hour). In the afternoon we walk another two hours enjoying along the way the spectacular scenery, with the river far below until we reach Intipunku, the Sun Gate, from where we get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. From here it is a forty minute walk to Machu Picchu. Bus ride to Aguas Calientes (2070 m/ 6791 ft) (30 min)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

5

Machu picchu

An early start to visit this lost city which was rediscovered in 1911. The citadel, at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River, was hidden by dense vegetation for centuries until Hiram Bingham began to clear the site. Today the city has been completely restored and even if it has lost some of its mystery it still remains an unforgettable sight.

Our tour includes a visit to the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas and will also leave you time to explore the ruins on your own. Afterwards we will return to Cusco by train and be transfer to our hotel by car.

Optional: Hike to Huayna Picchu peak (2-3 hours), subject to the number of spaces available.

Included:

Transportation and tickets

Transport (private) from your hotel in Cusco to the beginning of the trek Train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy station). Train Expedition. We can upgrade to Vistadome under request. Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Round trip bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu

Camping equipment

Personal Tent Air mattresses Kitchen set, complete table service, chairs and tables Dinner tent and kitchen ten Latrine tent First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle Team English-speaking tour guide Cook Porters to carry provided equipment, food and up to 7kg of your personal things

Food

Delicious meals as described in the above itinerary Drinking water to fill your water bottle (from natural sources, filtered and boiled) Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruits, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, small candies) Hot drinks such as tea and coffee

Not Included:

Sleeping bags (we can provide some for an additional price of US$30 per person) Entrance fee to visit Wayna Picchu (subject to space) Meals not included in the itinerary Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies Hotel in Aguas Calientes

What bring on the trip?

  • Passport (bring additional photocopies of your passport)
  • A small backpack for daily personal items (to be carried by Passenger)
  • Warm clothing for Andean region
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walking (optional)
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Sun block cream
  • Digital camera
  • Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts
  • Well hiking boots
  • Walking poles (if you are used to walking with poles) ensure they are not metal tipped
  • Bathing suit and sandals (if you wish to visit thermal baths in Aguas Calientes)
  • Flashlight

Important detail: To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure (Try to train by walking each day for at least two weeks before departure).

What to bring

  • Passport (bring additional photocopies of your passport)
  • A small backpack for daily personal items (to be carried by Passenger)
  • Warm clothing for Andean region
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walking (optional)
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Sun block cream
  • Digital camera
  • Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts
  • Well hiking boots
  • Walking poles (if you are used to walking with poles) ensure they are not metal tipped
  • Bathing suit and sandals (if you wish to visit thermal baths in Aguas Calientes)
  • Flashlight

    Important detail : To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure (Try to train by walking each day for at least two weeks before departure).


What do I need to carry?

You will need to carry your daypack with all the items needed during that specific day the rest of your luggage will be transported by porters / van.


What type of camping gear do we use on the trek?

Camping gear:
We supply all the camping equipment for the group to enjoy the great outdoors safely and comfortably.

  • 4 person tents for every two participants,
  • Air mattress,
  • Complete table service; Mess tent, chairs and tables, kitchen tent and latrine tent.
  • Sleeping bags (on request)*

* Many travelers choose to bring their own sleeping bag; however, we offer sleeping bags for hire (at an additional cost)

Our sleeping tents:

EUREKA Timberline Outfitter 4
Weatherproof and spacious.
Sleeps: 4 (we use for every two clients)
Floor Size: 8′ 7″ x 7′ 1″ / 2.65 m. x 2.16 m.

  • A-frame.
  • Vertical doors
  • One large vertical D-style door with Hi/Low venting offers ease of access and enhanced ventilation.
  • Interior pockets,
  • Bathtub floor; wraps up sides of tent, protecting against splashing and standing water.
  • (We add an additional floor cover to all tents).

Our mess tents and toilet tents features

  • A-frame, specially made to order in Peru to an extra lightweight design for ease of transportation.
  • Spacious mess tent with one vertical door at each end. Tents can be combined to accommodate large groups.
  • Ecological, chemical toilet tents, ensure no human waste is left on the trail.

Dualis sleeping pad features

  • Self-inflating foam chamber provides cushioning and insulates from cold ground.
  • Air-filled tube chamber provides comfortable support.
  • Soft-touch fabric for comfort.
  • Durable anti-slip fabrics keep pad and sleeping bag in place.

Do you provide slepping bags?

Sleeping bags (on request)

  • Our flat rental price for 1 to 4 days including an inlet is US$ 30.00
  • MODEL: Casper Long Sleeping Bag
  • Minimum temperature 15F (-9.44ºC)
  • Lenght: 213 cm
  • Comfortable, warm-to-touch “peached” polyester lining fabric

Sleeping bags: Regular features

  • Shingle-style construction offers maximum warmth in a minimal package
  • Generous comfort-cut
  • Locking, 2-way zipper allows adjustments for ventilation
  • Full length, insulated zipper draft tube with anti-snag guard defends against cold air intrusion.
  • Insulated hood and chin baffles
  • Internal pocket
  • Compression stuff sac

What processes do we have in place to ensure this equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment.

To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our field crew during the treks.


What processes do we have in place to ensure this equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment.

To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our field crew during the treks.


How do you treat water on the trek?

Water is treated with purification tablets and also boiled.


What food safety processes do you have in place?

All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness and correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety.

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