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4 Day - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Group Service

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    What to Expect

    Day 1: The Start of the Adventure – "Inca flat"!

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 1: 12km (5 to 6 hours more or less)

    We will meet and pick you up from your hotel (less than 5 minutes from any hotel in Cusco!) at 4-4:30am (time to be confirmed at the briefing time) and travel by bus to Piskacucho (which is called kilometer 82) where the trail starts. There will be a breakfast stop in Ollantaytambo (6:30-7am) to load up on energy (breakfast is not included)

    Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves (use of the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent, and more) and it will be necessary to show your entrance tickets, passports and (if paying a student rate) the student card at the trail’s first control point.

    To start the trail (2720m/8923ft), we cross the Vilcanota River and follow its route to the right. The first day is relatively easy (a warm-up along the Incan flat terrain) and will have great views of the site of an Incan Fortress ('Huillca Raccay'), the vast and incredible Incan site of Llactapata (officially called 'Patallacta'), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of 'W'akay Willca' (5860m/19225ft), known in books as Veronica. .

    Our first campsite (Ayapata) will be an hour and a half up the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night are around 5ºC (depending on the month).
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping: 4-people tent each 2 guests.

    Day 2: The Trail Trial! We go over 2 passes...

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 2: 16km (8 to 9 hours more or less)

    After waking up at 5:30am (or 5:00 depending on your guide) and breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass (Abra de Warrmihuañusca or 'Dead Woman's Pass' at 4200m/13779ft). On this day, a real sense of achievement is felt upon reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to our lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550m/11646ft).

    On the way up to the pass, we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the ´Polylepis´ or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650/11972m!!

    After lunch, begins the second two hour steep climb to Runkuraqay pass (almost 4000 meters), we arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the nights
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping: 4-people tent each 2 guests.

    Day 3: Back in the past! Beautiful scenery and a short walk to camp.

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 3: 10km (5 hours more or less)

    This is the most impressive day (in our opinion) so just keep thinking of that on the ascent on day 2! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of 'Phuyupatamarca' (meaning 'Town in the Clouds') and reach the third highest point on the trail (3680m). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

    The Incan site of 'Phuyupatamarca', is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Incan site of 'Intipata' until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680m/8792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours and have arrive to camp by lunch time!

    A short distance from this campsite is located the Incan site of the same name 'Wiñay Wayna' ('Forever Young'). Even if you are tired after your day's trek, don't miss out on visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

    Temperatures during the night are about 12º C
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping: 4-people tent each 2 guests.

    Day 4: Machu Picchu in its Glory!

    Stop At: Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Peru
    Total distance to be covered on day 4: 5km (2 hours more or less)

    We leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast is around 3:30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to 'Inti Punku' ('Sun gate') (2730m/8792ft) before sunrise. This is the place where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft) with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to a spot where you can take the classic picture postcard shot of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

    A walking tour (2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

    You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

    If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town - a real treat after finishing the trail!!!

    Allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please, provide your hotel details to arrange the pick up
    Departure Time
    4:30 AM
    4 days
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Professional bilingual guide
    • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
    • Transportation - bus to kilometer 82 and train back (train service to Ollantaytambo)
    • Transport from Ollantaytambo train station (on day 4)
    • Bus trip from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking - previously boiled - water)
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs Cook
    • 4-man tent (per 2 people)
    • Foam sleeping mattress.
    • Porters: They carry cooking and camping equipment (foam mattress pad and camping tent)
    • First Aid kit
    • Entry/Admission - Inca Trail
    • Single supplement fee $60
    • Walking sticks
    • Personal porter
    • For the Inca trail – first breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day are not included
    • Entrace to Huayna Picchu.
    • Gratitude
    • Meals that are not stated otherwise
    • Travel insurance - You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 16 people per booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Note: Each hiker will be responsible for carrying their personal belongings, sleeping bag or extra rentals
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I have been home for 10 days and I am still on a high from an amazing trek through beautiful mountains and scenery to see Machu Picchu. Our guide, Rene Ferdinand was a perfect leader with positive support and strength of leadership. When the trail...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Tina Z
    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Tina: I hope you had a great journey back home! Thank you for your kind review! We truly appreciate your kind words about our staff, Rene, the cooks and porters are happy to know the excellente impact they made on your experience. It's definitely...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    3 friends and I booked our 4d/3n Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek through Valencia. We found a deal on The Clymb. Our travel agent Diana was great. She was quick to respond, gave us an initial and final itinerary and notified our driver when...More

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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Traveler; Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review. We highly appreciate your words and I'm happy that you enjoyed your Inca Trail experience. Diana is an authentic asset for the company and a great member of our Travel Advisors team,...More

    Reviewed 12 September 2019

    I am not someone who often write reviews but felt compelled to write one because our tour guide and the team were so excellent and helpful on our trip. Our guide was Rene Ferdinand and he made the whole experience fantastic. He was helpful, supportive...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2019

    Dear Nicola, Thank you for choosing Valencia Travel and for trusting on our service standards, you and your boyfrined were excellent guests, I´m sure Rene and the Inca trail team enjoy attending your needs as much as you enjoy your experience. Rene is glad to...More

    Reviewed 12 September 2019 via mobile

    We have just finished the Inca trail with Valencia and it exceeded all of our expectations. The organisation was excellent and everything ran like clockwork. Our guide, Rene, was an absolute superstar. Always enthusiastic, encouraging and just a generally cool guy to hang out with...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Sturollins14
    ValenciaTravel, Gerente at Valencia Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2019

    Dear Stuart: I hope you guys had a great journey back home, fully of great memories of your adventure in Peru. We highly appreciate your kind words about Valencia Travel team, the organisation, the guide, the cook and specially the food; it´s gratifying to know...More

    Reviewed 10 September 2019

    Overall the trek was well run and planned. My only issue is for people who have food sensitivities like myself. I told the tour company that I am deadly allergic to fish on my application form and I told the tour guide personally the day...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Michelle K
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