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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (5D/4N)

The 5-day journey begins at Km 82, the marker that signifies the start of the famous Inca Trail. Our highly trained guides, who are deeply familiar with these ancient Inca footpaths, will expertly lead us through the magnificent Andean terrain. 

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The 5-day journey begins at Km 82, the marker that signifies the start of the famous Inca Trail. Our highly trained guides, who are deeply familiar with these ancient Inca footpaths, will expertly lead us through the magnificent Andean terrain. Along the way, we’ll traverse breathtaking high alpine passes, lush valleys, dense cloud forests, and rushing rivers. We’ll pass through ancient Inca remains of Andean settlements, ultimately arriving at Machu Picchu via Intipunku (the Sun Gate). Each night, our team of porters and skilled cooks will have a delicious hot meal and a comfortable camp already set up for your convenience. Since we highly value sustainable tourism, we’ll have very little impact on the land, communities, and environment we encounter along the trail, and we will also take steps to enjoy a tranquil hike, avoiding crowds of fellow trekkers.  On the final day, a guided tour of the citadel will bring Machu Picchu to life, as we explore and immerse ourselves in the magic and beauty of this ancient, mystical site. This trek is truly an unforgettable experience you’ll reminisce about for years to come.

Location: Cusco
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: March – January (The Inca trail is closed on February)
Group Departures: Every Wednesday and Sunday
Minimum: 2 passengers
Difficulty: 1-2-3-4-5

 

Prices start at $1350 USD Per person

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights                   Season: March -January 

Group Departures: Every Wednesday and Sunday

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Chamana
Starting from Cusco or the Sacred Valley we drive to the roadhead. We rise with the sun to begin our scenic 5-hour trek, starting from a section of the Inca Trail few have visited. While many cross the Urubamba River at Km 82, we’ll follow the river downstream to cross at Km 88, setting the tone for the rest of the trek and creating some space between us and other groups. We’ll take our first break at the ruins of Q’oriwayrachina, consisting of nearly 200 ancient stone structures. After a delightful picnic lunch, we’ll cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente. Here, we’ll have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata, charming ruins consisting of Inca stone walls, stairs, and other constructions, monuments to their ancient Andean past in a country-like setting amidst the vast Inca terracing nearby. We’ll set up camp for the night at our private campsite. We are the only company with access to this site, known as Chamana, a small village that’s part of the Llaqtapata Community. We are delighted to be able to offer you a hot shower after the arduous day’s trek!
(L / D)Driving distance: 87.6 km (54.4 mi) – Time: 2-3 hours
Trekking distance: 10.1 km (6.3 mi) – Time: 4:30 hours

Day 2: Llaqtapata – Llulluchapampa
We continue our journey up the narrow Cusichaca Valley, passing houses inhabited by farmers and herdsmen, until we finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here, the cobble-stoned Inca Trail ascends steeply through an ancient native forest bursting with melodic birdsong. The trail begins to level out at our campsite at Llulluchapampa, situated just below the first pass. Here, we’ll experience breathtaking views of Mt. Huayanay and a first glimpse of the rare Andean cloud forest of Quenua, or Polyepis trees. Their reddish bark peels into paper-like sheets, hence their familiar name, “Paper Tree.”
(B / L / D)

Trekking distance: 11.7 km (7.3 mi) – Time: 7-8 hours

Day 3: Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca
The day begins with a steady ascent up to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman’s) Pass (4228 masl / 13,871 fasl) where we’re met with panoramic views of the terrain we’ve just conquered.

We can revel in a real sense of accomplishment at having reached this challenging high point of the journey. The pass is so named because its crest resembles a lying down woman. This point is nearly 1800 m (5905 ft) higher than Machu Picchu itself! Now, the much-welcomed descent to the Pacaymayo River lies ahead of us. After a hearty lunch in Pacaymayo, we ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and our second pass (3968 masl / 13,018 fasl). From here, we walk down to the site of Sayacmarca on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and our first signs of the mist-filled Andean cloud forest. Many plants and animals thrive in the cloud forest, including endemic species found nowhere else on Earth! We may spot hummingbirds, butterflies, and delicate orchids of various brilliant hues.

Our trek along the steady ridge offers a bit of a respite from the day’s arduous climbs and challenging descents. Now we get to catch our breath a bit and admire incredible views of the beautiful Aobamba Valley below. We continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes and views of snow-capped Mt. Salkantay on the western side, as well as Mt. Pumasillo silhouetted on the horizon to the north. We follow the flag-stoned trail until we arrive at our campsite at Phuyupatamarca, whose name in Quechua means “village at the edge of the clouds”.
(B / L / D)

Trekking distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) – Time: 8 hours

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu
At last, we have arrived at the day we’ve all been waiting for; the day we get our first glimpse of the citadel of Machu Picchu! Early, but not too early, we’ll awaken for a glorious sunrise view just a short hike up the hill from our campsite, where our porters await us with steaming cups of tea. This site is known to deliver some of the most radiant sunrise views in the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary. After breakfast, we continue our trek along a buttress, passing the ruins at Phuyupatamarca. These ruins contain an irrigation system that was built over five centuries ago, and still works today!

Now, the flag-stoned trail begins to wind sharply downwards, taking us into the cloud forest to the well-conserved ruins of Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”) located just below the ridge. Walking in the Inca’s footsteps, along the very same trail they once used, we now trek for two hours through dense, misty cloud forest until we at last reach Machu Picchu via Inti Punku (the Gate of the Sun). We will marvel at our first sight of the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu spread out below us. After some time soaking up the glorious view, we’ll take a bus to the village of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the night at a local hotel. Dinner on your own.
(B / L)

Trekking distance: 10.9 km (6.8 mi) – Time: 7-8 hours
Bus ride: 6.2 km (3.9 mi) – Time: 30 min

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
A quick, half-hour bus ride brings us up the road to the gates of Machu Picchu where we’ll enjoy a guided three-hour tour of this ancient hilltop citadel. Exploring the different sectors and entering some of the houses and temples will bring these iconic ruins to life for us. As we immerse in this mystical place, we’ll feel that we’ve entered a dream of ancient times. Wandering among the Inca’s ancient manmade structures blended seamlessly into verdant natural surroundings will leave us with a sense of wonder and reverence that we may experience only once in a lifetime.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to the village where a train will take us back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Hotel and dinner will be on your own.
(B / L)

Trekking distance: visit Machu Picchu – Time: 3 hours
Bus ride to Machu Picchu (RT): 12.4 km (7.7 mi) – Time: 1 hour
Train ride: 43 km (27 mi) – Time: 1:45 hours
Driving distance Ollantaytambo to Cusco: 79 km (49 mi) – Time: 2 hours

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B- Breakfast / BL- Box Lunch / L- Lunch / D- Dinner

About our services: The Campsites we use are not frequented by other trekking companies, and are therefore quieter, more private, and cleaner than more crowded sites. Additionally, we carry our own ecological toilet, which can be used during lunch breaks and while we are at camp: this means we are able to avoid the use of the public bathrooms that are frequented by many other trekkers.

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Inca Trail 5 Day/ 4 Night

Permits are not guaranteed at time of booking. You will be notified if permits are available for your dates within 48 hours of booking.

Mar 01 - Mar 05, 2020
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Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2020
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Mar 08 - Mar 12, 2020
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Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2020
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Inca Trail 5 Day/ 4 Night

Permits are not guaranteed at time of booking. You will be notified if permits are available for your dates within 48 hours of booking.

Mar 01 - Mar 05, 2020
Deposit from $500 USD
Please note that here you can pay a part of the amount for your trip (deposit) . After the payment you'll receive a deposit code for this tour and you'll be able to pay the rest of the amount later.
Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2020
Deposit from $500 USD
Please note that here you can pay a part of the amount for your trip (deposit) . After the payment you'll receive a deposit code for this tour and you'll be able to pay the rest of the amount later.
Mar 08 - Mar 12, 2020
Deposit from $ USD
Please note that here you can pay a part of the amount for your trip (deposit) . After the payment you'll receive a deposit code for this tour and you'll be able to pay the rest of the amount later.
Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2020
Deposit from $500 USD
Please note that here you can pay a part of the amount for your trip (deposit) . After the payment you'll receive a deposit code for this tour and you'll be able to pay the rest of the amount later.

 

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Why we love Explorandes

Explorandes (1975) has been a pioneer in adventure travel. We were the first company to operate the Inca Trail trek, spearheading tourism in remote and rural regions of Peru. Our founders discovered ancient ruins, hidden trails, and the last uncharted rivers in the most fantastic and varied natural landscapes of the Andes. As innovators and passionate adventure enthusiasts, Explorandes gives back to the places we love exploring by creating top quality tailor-made travel experiences.

A sustainable tour company they are part of the Rainforest Alliance, Founders Club, ATTA and have a proven track record of prioritizing sustainability since the inception, offering big adventures with a small footprint.

What’s Included on your trek? 

  • Transportation
  • Train tickets
  • Overnight in double rooms with private bathrooms
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Airline tickets
  • Personal gear
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional services
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts of breathable fabrics, like nylon and polyester
  • Light insulation long sleeve jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (in the rainy season, we recommend you to also bring rain pants)
  • Hiking pants or shorts, preferably made of QuickDry material
  • Light cap
  • Breathable sports or hiking socks
  • Multifunctional headwear (for example, Buff)
  • Waterproof and breathable light hiking boots
  • Trekking Poles (rent available)
  • Day Pack (preferably with rain cover)
  • Sunglasses, sunblock, lip balm, and repellent
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit (recommended)

On each trip we carry a medical kit, but we suggest you bring a small personal First-Aid Kit for bruises and blisters. Knee and ankle braces are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.

Terms & Conditions 

All Itineraries to Machu Picchu are subject to the availability of permits. Booking this tour is contingent on the availability of said permits and will be confirmed within 72 hours of booking. 

Pricing: 

All prices hold for the duration of the calendar year in which they were set. At the end of each calendar year, all prices are reevaluated and/or adjusted. Due in large part to our good relations with hotels, transport companies and operators, we are able to maintain competitive prices. All of our prices include administrative and operational costs.

IMPORTANT: Some properties and third party providers do increase their rates around special holidays and dates, including, for example, Christmas, New Year’s, Inti Raymi, and any other national holiday or special date. In these situations, the price may be higher than the prices we have set and listed for the calendar year.

Payment & Booking: 

 In order for us to guarantee the highest quality guides, space in the best hotels, and many other ancillary services for your trip, our policy is that we pre-pay for any contracted services before the passenger’s arrival date. Additionally, a large portion of the passenger’s deposit goes towards acquiring the necessary permits required by the governments of the destinations they will be visiting, which is usually a non-refundable fee.

For these reasons, we have set the following payment policies:

– Deposit: Upon booking with Explorandes, $500 deposit per person. Subject to booking value, an additional deposit may be required and we will advise at the time of quotation.

– Balance Due in full: 60 days prior to arrival.

Cancellations & Refunds

In the event that a passenger needs to cancel their trip with Explorandes, a cancellation fee will be charged to the passenger. The amount of the cancellation fee is set according to the number of days in advance of the passenger’s arrival that Explorandes was notified of the cancellation. The amount of the cancellation fee is also dependent on the policies of each provider to whom Explorandes has already issued payment in preparation for the passenger’s trip. Some third-party providers do require Explorandes to pre-pay well in advance of a trip to confirm space and services, and many times these payments are non-refundable.

Explorandes’ cancellation refund policy is as follows:

Cancel 0 – 30 days prior to arrival = 100% non-refundable of total trip cost.

Cancel 31-45 days prior to arrival = 75% non-refundable of total trip cost.

Cancel 46-59 days prior to arrival = 50% non-refundable of total trip cost.

Cancel 60 or more days prior to arrival = loss of deposit

Insurance & Medical 

We strongly recommend that every passenger that travels with Explorandes purchase a travel/medical insurance plan before their trip. The passenger can purchase an insurance plan directly through an insurance company of his/her preference at home. If a member of the group gets sick or is incapacitated, Explorandes will help the sick or injured passenger by getting them to a qualified doctor. Any extra costs associated with hospitalization, emergency evacuation, and/or any other costs associated with the illness or injury will be assumed by, and the responsibility of, the individual passenger.

Responsibilities 

Important – Please read carefully We, Explorandes SAC, reserve the right to modify or withdraw from any travel arrangements when deemed necessary, and when it is in the best interest of our clients. Any bags or luggage are carried at the owner’s own risk throughout the entire duration of the tour. Explorandes SAC acts only in the capacity of an AGENT upon the legal conditions that, while exercising every possible precaution, Explorandes is not responsible for injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses, accidental delay, or other irregularities which may be caused either through willful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of companies or individuals providing or engaged in transportation, accommodation, or other services related to the accomplishment of the tour, or through natural disasters, social upheavals or acts of nature. On day trips, you will sometimes be asked to sign an affidavit, which acts as a release form for risks incurred during your excursion, which is a usual practice for some operators.

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