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INKA PATH TO MACHU PICCHU
INKA PATH TO MACHU PICCHU INTRODUCTION:
The royal Inka Path to Machu picchu is a particular trek in the world. This Inca trail to Machu picchu sets out from Chilca, and takes about four to five days of tough hiking. The route runs through an impressing range of altitudes, where climates and eco-systems range from the high Andean plain, down to the cloud forests. The trail climbs up through two highland passes (the higher of the two, Warmiwañuska, lies at 4,200 m.a.s.l.) before reaching Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku or Gateway of the Sun. One of the attractions of the trail is that it winds carved granite Inca settlements (Wiñay Wayna, Phuyupatamarca), all of these surrounded by a breathtaking natural scenery. The forests abound in hundreds of species of orchids, brightly-colored birds and dream-like landscapes, the ideal complement to this indispensable hikers’ route. Machu Picchu was connected with the city of Cusco and the rest of the Inca empire by amazing trails, specifically designed for the use of the Incas, in perfect harmony with the flora and fauna of the area. It has to be said that they had an absolutely wonderful knowledge of architecture and construction. Throughout the whole trail you can locate some shelters surrounded by gorgeous country sites and great views. Some of the trails lead you to a few archeological remains. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known as the most famous and tough hiking circuit all over South America, because of the conjunction of different elements that it offers to its visitors.
What you need to bring/carry on Inka Path:
Sleeping bag (can be hired from our office for US. $ per day)
Sleeping mattress (we will provide you with this)
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
Strong, comfortable footwear
One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porters, see options below)
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
Flashlight and batteries
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.
Options on Inka Path:
(1) Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired for US. $ for all 4 days and will carry up to a maximum of 18kg (usually 1 porter between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a porter to carry up to 9kg for US. $ However, even with a personal porter, you will still need to bring a day pack for essential items.
About 30% of the group usually have personal porters to help them. If you hire a porter we will provide you with a sack to put your items in to give to the porter. This extra porter will help you carry: duffle bag or sack (we will provide you with this), sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), clothing, sweater, jacket, wooly hat, scarf, gloves (something warm for at night), flashlight and batteries, toiletries. Your personal porter, however, will not walk at your side so you will still need to bring a day pack for essential items. You will meet up with your porter at lunch time and at the campsite late in the afternoon. Equipment to be carried by yourselves: small day pack, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, warm sweater, broad-brim or peaked cap, sun protection cream, insect repellent, toilet paper, selection of small snacks for the day etc, camera, lightweight plastic poncho just in case of rain (can be bought in Cusco for US$)
Important note: You must decide if you want to hire the services of a personal porter in advance when making your trek reservation since we need to purchase the porter’s trekking permit. You cannot decide to hire an additional porter once you arrive in Cusco.
(2) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly.
(3) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(4) Sleeping bag hire . If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US. $ per person per day.
Other information on inka Path:
(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
(2) Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the trek. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 9:30pm on the 4th day of the trek.
Avoid disappointment – book your Inca Path to Machu Pcchu holiday in time Over the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in order to protect it from overuse. The aim is to minimize ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available – 500 per day – and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 4 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.
Inka Path Notes:
1. Your arrival date in Cusco must be at least 2 days prior to trek departure since you have to pay the trek balance before 8:pm 2 days before you start the trek. Arriving 2 days prior to the trek also ensures that you are better acclimatized to the high altitude. However 3 days is recommended.
2. A free airport to hotel transfer is provided for groups of 2 persons or more. A single supplement of US$ will be charged for single travelers. Obviously if you want an airport to hotel transfer we will require your flight arrival details: Airline, flight number, expected arrival time and date. (to be confirmed at least 5 days in advance).
3. In order to qualify for a student discount you must be under the age of 26 and be in possession of a valid international student identity card ISIC. You must bring the ISIC card to the office when you pay the trek balance and take it with you on the Inca Trail trek as it will be checked several times by government officials. Unfortunately no other forms of student identity are acceptable (university cards, international youth cards etc). If you forget your ISIC card or lose it then you will have to pay an additional US$ for a standard trek permit. The government has recently become more fastidious with respect to lost ISIC cards and on several occasions has not given permission to the person to enter the Inca Trail
4. If you have a hotel reservation in Cusco please include the name of your hotel on the reservation form. This allows us to locate you if there are any problems with your arrival. You will also be asked to confirm your hotel in Cusco when you come to the office to pay the trek balance.
We will confirm your trek reservation by email within a couple of days.
We will require a trek deposit of US. $ per person paid in advance. The date by which the trek deposit has to be paid and details of how to pay the trek deposit will be included in the trek confirmation email.
05:30 AM onwards
Approximately 10:30 PM
What is included on Inka Path:
Collection from your hotel in the morning.
Private bus to the start of the Inca trail to Machu picchu.
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees (US.$)
English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 10 persons)
Igloo tents – 2 persons in each 4 – person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
Double thickness foam mattress
Cook and Cooking equipment
Meals (04B, 04L, 04D) – food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Porters (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
Accommodation for our porters and cooks
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Train ticket (Backpackers service US. $ 48.5) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
What is not included on Inka Path:
Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at the town of Urubamba on the way to the start on the trek where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast
Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) on day 4 of the trek.
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US. $ .
Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US. $ for the 5 day trek.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters
Day 1 on Inca Trail: Cusco - Llactapata
This Inca trail to Machu Picchu starts with the picking up from your hotel, getting through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, heading for Chilca. At this point we meet with our supporting staff (porters) for the whole Inca path. From here we start the Inca Trail itself. At night we`ll set up our camp at Llactapata, an important fort along the Vilcanota River, which in part of its course is called Wilcamayu (Sacred River).
Day 2 on Inca Trail: Llactapata - Llullucha
This day we`ll do a stretch of the Inca Trail which comprehends from Llactapata to Llullucha. After a refreshing breakfast we`ll walk as if going to the Salkantay, but heading for Wayllabamba towards the North West in order to get at Lllullucha, where we`ll have our second camping, in the lower place of the Warmihuañusca Passage, the highest point along the whole Inca Trail.
Day 3 on Inca Trail: Llullucha - Phuyupatamarca
Very early we start an ascending trek getting through the Warmihuañusca Pass, which is at a height of 4,200 M.A.S.L. (13,700 Feet). From this site we can appreciate very well preserved stretches of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and spectacular views from the Andes just to descend heading for Phuyupatamarca, as we watch the archaeological sites Runcuracay and Sayacvmarca, remains which offer an anticipation in architectural beauty to the finish of the Inca Trail, and the majestic Machu Picchu.
Day 4 on Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca - Machu-Picchu
Very early on this day we`ll go to Machu Picchu, having previously visited and greeted the archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna and the Intipata. Two hours later, in the final stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu picchu, we`ll get in by the Inti Punku (the Sun`s Gate), our first contact with Machu Picchu. Then we`ll descend to Aguas Calientes, better known as the Machu Picchu`stown. We`ll camp next to the river (1 night hotel is optional). You`ll have enough time to relax in the Thermal Baths of the Machu Picchu town.
Day 5 on Inca Trail: Machu-Picchu - Cusco
We will wake up very early in the morning . After breakfast we will take a bus up to visit the new wonder of the ancient world : Machu Picchu. You`ll have a two hours guidance inside Machu Picchu (the old mountain). If you wish you`ll can go upwards to the Wayna Picchu (the young mountain). The only available times to ascend to this mountain are the next: 07 and 10 A.M. The ascending groups are comprised by 200 persons. After your visit we`ll take the returning train from Aguas Calientes to the Cusco city.