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Walking holiday on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Highlights

  • Hiking the Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • The lively city of Cusco with its beautiful Colonial and Inca architecture
  • Discovering Andean traditions and culture in the Sacred Valley
  • Small group tour

Walk the Inca Trail, explore Cusco and discover the traditions and culture of the Sacred Valley, accompanied by a local expert guide and in the company of a small group of up to 12 fellow walkers.

Spend two days acclimatising in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where you will explore the colourful markets and impressive ruins of Cusco, Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Your four day hike will then lead you through cloud forests, past soaring peaks and colourful village communities to the sacred site of Machu Picchu, before returning to Cusco for a final night.

You can download a map which shows the location of the quieter campsites we use on our tour, the route of the Inca Trail, and the altitude profile. 

Day 1: Arrive Cusco


Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your centrally located hotel in the heart you'll be met by our team and whisked away to your hotel. We recommend that you take the rest of the day to relax and slowly acclimatize as Cusco is at 3400m above sea level.
Cusco is famed for its colonial monuments as well as its Inca relics, and this afternoon you may wish to take a gentle stroll around the fascinating market, or even take an optional tour to the nearby ruins at Sacsayhuaman.


Overnight: Amaru Hostal, Cusco



Day 2: 
Explore the Sacred Valley


A full day's guided excursion to the Sacred Valley ensures you make the most of your time in Peru. Visit the Pisac ruins and market, then continue down the Urubamba Valley. Following a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, reach the small town of Ollantaytambo, which is surrounded by an Inca fortress. Learn all about the history of this area from your friendly expert guide.
You'll come across many Inca remains as you explore this area which stretches between Cusco and Machu Picchu; the Sacred Valley was an important agricultural area in Inca times.


Overnight: Hotel Sol de Ollantay, Ollantaytambo



Day 3: 
Inca Trail Day 1


After a hearty breakfast, meet your guide and fellow group members and transfer to Piscaychucho where you will start your Inca Trail trek! A 5-hour hike takes you through a little-visited section of the trail.
Stop at Q'oriwayrachina for a spot of lunch, then cross the mighty Urubamba river at Q'ente, with an option to visit the archaeological sites of Wayna Q'ente and Llaqtapata. Set up camp nearby, in a fantastic site amidst Inca terraces.


Walk: 11 km, 5-6 hours.


Dinner & Overnight: Tented Camp, Llaqtapata



Day 4:
Inca Trail Day 2


Climb up the Cusichaca Valley, passing settlers' houses to reach the Andean community of Huayllambamba. The trail then ascends steeply to a large Pampa, just below the first pass, where you set up camp in this narrow hanging valley at Llulluchampampa.
Sit back and enjoy incredible views of Mt Huayanay which looms high on the horizon, as well as admiring the beginnings of a cloud forest with its rare Andean Quenua tree.


Walk: 9 km, 6 hours


Overnight: Tented Camp, Llulluchapampa



Day 5: 
Inca Trail Day 3


Climb gently up to Warmiwanusqa pass at 4200m with breath-taking views over your ascent. After a short descent, continue climbing to the ruins of Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca. Continuing along the ridgeline with views to the western side of Mt Salkantay and Mt Pumasillo, brings you to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or ‘village on the edge of the clouds’. The name speaks for itself!


Walk: 14 km, 7-8 hours


Overnight: Tented Camp, Phuyupatamarca



Day 6: 
Inca Trail Day 4, Arrive Machu Picchu


An early wake-up call brings delight in the knowledge that you'll be reaching your ultimate goal today - Machu Picchu! From Phuyupatamarca, the flag-stoned trail winds its way sharply down through the cloud forest to the ruins of Winay Wayna.
From here it is just two hours before you arrive at Machu Picchu. You'll approach in the same way that the Incas used to come - sighting this iconic citadel below, from Intipunku, the 'door of the sun'.
Take a bus down to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Village), where you'll stay overnight.


Walk: 8 km, 7 hours


Overnight: Inka Town Hotel, Aguas Calientes


Day 7:
Explore Machu Picchu


This morning is dedicated to a guided tour of Machu Picchu—an in-depth exploration of the ancient citadel's remains, as well as visiting Wayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. Enjoy lunch down at Aguas Calientes, before taking the mid-afternoon expedition train back to Cusco (approx. 3 hrs) then transfer to your hotel.


Overnight: Amaru Hostal, Cusco



Day 8:
Onward Travel


Your adventures in Cusco and along the Inca Trail end after breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, or any other connecting destination - where assistance will be provided.

Accommodation

4 nights accommodation in 2 and 3* hotels and inns are included in your trip in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary.


For 3 nights on trek you will stay at quiet campsites in good quality two-man tents—usual information is as follows:


Eureka! Tent Fits 3 Persons max. (used for 2 persons), floor dimensions: 2.23m x 1.93m, weight: 3.6kg, aluminium poles, 2 doors, 2 windows, 2 lobbies.


The campsites have a separate dining tent, and bathroom tent. There are no showers on campsite but you will be given water to wash with in the morning.


Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

A supplement is payable for single occupancy—please note that we do not place strangers together in a tent, so if you are a solo traveller or travelling in a group with uneven numbers, then a single occupancy supplement will apply.


Meals

3 Dinners , 7 Lunches and 10 Breakfasts are included. Dinners are included for the 3 nights on trek but you are free to choose from local restaurants in the nights spent at Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes. Breakfasts, snacks and lunch are also  included whilst on the trek (excluding alcoholic drinks). Food whilst on trek is simple but tasty. Lunches are provided on the guided tours on days 3, 4 and 9.


A typical trekking day may look something like this:



06:00 Wake-up cup of tea



07:00 Breakfast of yoghurt, granola, chuta bread, sliced cheese, tea/coffee Mid-morning: Snack of fruit (banana, apple), chocolate, munay nuts



13:00 Lunch of asparagus soup, grilled chicken & mashed potato



Late afternoon tea: cake, popcorn, tea/coffee



19:00 Dinner of corn soup, beef stew & quinoa, vanilla pudding



 

 

 




Casa San Blas - Cusco

A small hotel located in the historic artisan's quarter of Cusco.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Inka Town Hotel - Aguas Calientes

Inka Town has 20 comfortable en suite rooms, all with views, cable TV, telephone, and hairdryer. It is also possible to take advantage of the laundry service (payable locally).


 

 

 


 

 

 



Tented Camp - Inca Trail


 

 

 

Availability

The trekking season on the Inca Trail runs from March to December. You can start this tour on Mondays and Fridays during the season.


This tour operates with a minimum of two participants, therefore if you are a solo traveller we will need to check first that minimum numbers are reached.


Please note - Inca Trail Permit (and entrance fees to Pisac and Ollantaytambo) are on a request basis.


***Inca trail permits are now sold out between April and August 2017, Please contact us to discuss alternative routes and availability****** 


You may like to consider our alternative route to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek which is also beautiful but is a quieter trek and does not require permits.


To issue permits we need: complete names, passport number, nationality, date of birth. Once issued, name and/or date changes are not permitted, and the cost is non-refundable. Release of permits is at the Peruvian authorities' discretion - currently permits start being released in the first few months for permits in the same year. Please do not book your flights until you have received confirmation from our team that your permit/s have been granted for you. Written confirmation of permit takes a minimum of 48 hrs after request is made.Thank you.


If you would like to book for book for 2017 we can take your booking for you now but your permits will not be booked until around February 2017 and are issued on a first come, first-served basis so we advise you not to book your flights until your permits have been secured.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded moderate to strenuous, and on walking days you will be trekking for between 5 and 8 hours. You will be trekking at high altitude and we recommend that you enjoy a good level of physical fitness before tackling this trek. The trails are generally well maintained and are a good walking surface.


Equipment

While trekking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera. Your main bag will be moved by a porter. You must limit your luggage to one bag of up to 8kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco.


We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes.


Meals

In Cusco you will stay on a breakfast basis, and on Days 2 and 7 (which are transfers-in-excursion) you will enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant. Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner are included whilst on the trek (excluding alcoholic drinks). Food whilst on trek is simple but tasty.


A typical trekking day may look something like this:


06:00 Wake-up cup of tea


07:00 Breakfast of yoghurt, granola, chuta bread, sliced cheese, tea/coffee


Mid-morning: Snack of fruit (banana, apple), chocolate, munay nuts


13:00 Lunch of asparagus soup, grilled chicken & mashed potato


Late afternoon tea: cake, popcorn, tea/coffee


19:00 Dinner of corn soup, beef stew & quinoa, vanilla pudding


Guide & Porters

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an wonderful experience. Our Peruvian guides are fully qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Peru, and speak excellent English. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Andes. Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of altitude sickness. They also carry a comprehensive first aid kit.


Your luggage and the camp equipment will be transported by porters who come from the local communities (Soqma, Pallata, Willoq etc) around the Sacred Valley. This kind of work allows them to support their family and communities. All porters have a specific task, dependent on the size of the group: cook, porters’ chief, assistant cook, tent attendant, WC attendant. Weight is an essential variable on the Inca Trail (each porter carries max. 24kg). All camp equipment weight is pre-measured to fit within the weight requirements for the porters’ health and safety. Tips are not included in our arrangements, and guidance will be given on this in our information pack. Each group tends to contribute approx $300 in total to the whole crew.


General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Travel Information

Flights to Cusco


Flights to Cusco are available via Lima (Cusco-Lima is approx. 1h10 by air) from the UK, Europe and worldwide. Airlines include British Airways, KLM, LAN Peru, and United Airlines.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.

Flights to Cusco

Flights to Cusco are available via Lima. (approx. 1h 10m). Flights to Lima are available from the UK, Europe and United States.


From the United States major airlines include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Flight times to Lima are approx as follows - 8 hours from NYC, 9 hours from Los Angeles, and 6 hours from Miami.


From the United Kingdom and Europe, airlines include British Airways, Iberia and KLM. Flight times from London vary between 16-20 hours depending on connections and usually involve a change in Amsterdam, Madrid or the United States.


Airlines like LAN Peru and Avianca also operate flights via other major cities in South America. 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.


 


Included

  • Return transfers from Cusco Airport to Cusco accommodation (Days 1 & 8).
  • 4 Nights 3* standard accommodation (2 nts in Cusco, 1 nt in Ollantaytambo, 1 nt Aguas Calientes) in a room with en suite facilities.
  • 3 Nights accommodation in a two-man tent whilst on trek.
  • 3 Dinners.
  • 6 Lunches.
  • Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley.
  • Transportation to the start of the trek.
  • Inca Trail Permit
  • 1 bilingual Trekking guide services during the Inca Trail and citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • All Peruvian staff and porters insurance and wages.
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy Station).
  • Transfer from Cusco station to hotel on Day 7.
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack and guide book.

Excluded

  • Flights to/from Cusco.
  • Lunches and dinners while in Cusco.
  • Dinner at Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Extra drinks (including all alcoholic drinks), snacks, laundry.
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory).

Extras

  • Additional nights in Cusco or elsewhere in Peru.
  • Single room supplement for hotels if single rooms required.
  • Solo Trekker supplement (if single occupancy of a two-man tent, or uneven number in the group means a single tent is required).
  • Sleeping bag hire for during trek.

How far in advance do I need to book?

The Inca Trail is extremely popular, and permits are strictly limited on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore early booking is essential (ideally 6 months or more in advance of your travel dates). If you are unfortunately inflexible with dates, another option you may like to consider is the quieter Salkantay Trek which does not require permits.

How does it work with the guide and porters on the trek?

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an wonderful experience. Our Peruvian guides are fully qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Peru, and speak excellent English.

They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Andes.

Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of altitude sickness. They also carry a comprehensive first aid kit.

Your luggage and the camp equipment will be transported by porters who come from the local communities (Soqma, Pallata, Willoq etc) around the Sacred Valley. This kind of work allows them to support their family and communities. All porters have a specific task, dependent on the size of the group: cook, porters’ chief, assistant cook, tent attendant, WC attendant. Weight is an essential variable on the Inca Trail (each porter carries max. 24kg). All of our equipment weight is pre-measured to fit within the weight requirements for our porters’ health and safety. Tips are not included in our arrangements, and guidance will be given on this in our information pack..

What equipment do I need?

While trekking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera. Your main bag will be moved by a porter. You must limit your luggage to one bag of up to 8kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco.

We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded moderate to strenuous, and on walking days you will be trekking for between 5 and 8 hours. You will be trekking at high altitude and we recommend that you enjoy a good level of physical fitness before tackling this trek. The trails are generally well maintained and are a good walking surface.

When is the best time of year?

The trekking season on the Inca Trail is from March to December. Many consider the best months to do the Inca Trail are from May to September when the conditions are fairly dry and the weather generally sunny. Please bear in mind however that you'll be trekking at altitude, and the months of  June, July and August can also be very cold at night. 



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Machu Picchu 4 day Inca Trail hike

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    Comments about macs adventure The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

    The Machu Picchu Inca trail hike organized by Macs Adventures was an incredible experience. Our guide from Explorandes was superb. He was informative, supportive, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. All transfers, accommodation, and meals were well coordinated.

     
    5.0

    I would do the Inca Trail again.

    By Marcia the hiker

    from California

    About Me I am a hiker although this trip was a highlight., Occasional Traveller

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    • An amazing experience.
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      Comments about macs adventure The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

      Thank you to Macs Adventures for making this a trip of a lifetime. The porters and our guide Manuel were superior. Adriel, our guide, on Sacred Valley was also amazing. The entire adventure was perfect from the beginning. All of our transfers went smoothly along with our trek thru the Andes. Beautiful scenery and people along the way. I highly recommend this trek to anyone who enjoys hiking and adventure. We felt immerse in the culture and so appreciated the knowledge our expert guides provided us. We were in awe of our porters and cooks who took very good care of us. Thank you so much Macs Adventures and Explorandes for the trip of a lifetime.

       
      5.0

      Macs adventure provided an unforgettable trip.

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        Comments about macs adventure The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

        Make sure you train if hiking the Inca Trail. Much more enjoyable if in shape. Our guide Manuel and his crew were exceptional. All of our transfers went smoothly and the hike was amazing. This was an unforgettable adventure. I would recommend that Macs update its pamphlet regarding ripping. Thank goodness Manuel met with us and explained appropriate tipping and to use Sols for the porters. Otherwise was a perfect trip for me.

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        5.0

        Difficult hike but well worth the effort

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          Comments about macs adventure The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

          This is a difficult hike at altitude. Mac Adventures did a great job at making sure there were no hitches along the way. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable and spoke both the native language, Spanish and English. Worked very well with the porters. BUT be aware--3 nights are spent in tents, bathrooms along the trail are squat, hole in the ground variety, the hiking is days of stairs so get quads ready and make sure your knees are in good condition. I would recommend Macs very highly as they delivered exactly what was advertised. We did opt for a few days more in Cusco in order to get use to altitude and this was a good choice.

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          5.0

          Perfect trip to Peru

          By Bogie & Bacall

          from Tennessee

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            Comments about macs adventure The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

            This trip rates right up there with our Kilimanjaro summit and Everest Base camp trek as well as many others we have done. We like the small group size and personal attention from professional guides who really know their business. We had not one single problem and have come to rely on Mac's high standard of quality. The Manu add-on was a terrific way to relax at the end of the trek.

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