2 DAYS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHU $555 USD Per Person
The Inca Trail / World Heritage Site UNESCO 2 Days - 1 Night
The most important Inca road was the Camino Real, as it is known in Spanish, with a length of 5200km (3230mi). It began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucuman, Argentina. The Camino Real traversed the mountain ranges of the Andes, with peak altitudes of more than 5000m. El Camino de la Costa, the coastal trail, with a length of 4,000 km (2420mi), ran parallel to the sea and was linked with the Camino Real by many smaller routes. The Incas built a vast network of roads to be able to communicate with the four regions of their huge empire, the Inca road system was constructed in pre-Columbian South America. Traversing the Andes Mountains and reaching heights of over 5000m (16500f) above sea level, the trails connected the regions of the Inca Empire from the northern provincial capital in Quito, Ecuador past the modern city of Santiago, Chilean the south of territory.
The networks were known as Qhapap Nan (the sovereign's highway). There is remains of the Qhapaq Nan (The Inca trail) throughout Peru that are still used to this day by local farmers sometimes accompanied by pack animals, usually the Llama
. The trails were used by the Inca people as a means of relaying messages, carried via knotted-cord Quipu, books, and by memory; and for transporting goods. Messages could be carried by Chasqui runners covering as much as 242km (150mi) per day. There were approximately 2,000 inns, or Tambos, placed at even intervals along the trails. The inns provided food, shelter and military supplies to the tens of thousands who traveled the roads. There were corrals for Llamas and stored provisions such as corn, lima beans, dried potatoes, and Llama Jerky. Along the roads, local villagers would plant fruit trees that were watered by irrigation ditches.
Today, hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
, the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”. There are many well-preserved ruins along the way, variety of eco-systems and dazzling scenery. The Inca trail is one of the world's most important trekking and camping routes and is possible to get there in 2 days/1 night or 4 days/3 nights and find the altitude between minimum 2600m - 8528ft; maximum 4200m - 13776ft.
Our classical 2 days group service trek is the most popular trek to Machu Picchu
. With this trek service you can join one of our groups and find variety of like-minded people from all over the world. This service is perfect for couples and small groups of friends.
Important: Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory.
A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly.
Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning.
INKA TRAIL TREK FAQS - Trail Permits for the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
[Inca Trail Trek Permit Availability 2012]
2 DAYS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ITINERARY
DAY 1: CUSCO - 104 Km - WIÑAY WAYNA - SUN GATE VIEWPOINT - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES
At 5:00am pick up and transfer from your hotel to the train station of Poroy. Travel by train to trailhead at Kilometer 104.
10am after find the checkpoint over the Ollantaytambo River and start to walk guided by official English-Speaking tour guide into Chachabamba ruin located next of old Inca Trail, this complex was considered the second gate to Machu Picchu. 3 hours climbs the hillside leaving the woods for open grassland till lunch time.
The path continues descend to cloud forest crossing a nice waterfall and then arrive to the impressive Wyñay Wayna ruin, where you will have completely guided tour. Next to Wyñay Wayna ruins are facilities to use toilets and buy drinking water and short rest on the urban area of terraces. We walk slow following the ancient Inca Trail and getting the best view of the Urubamba Canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From here you will have unforgettable scenery of Machu Picchu ruin and Wayna Picchu Mountain. At 3/4pm we arrive to Machu Picchu gate, if you like we can wait out or inside the ruins for nice sunset over the ruins. The first day entrance to Machu Picchu ruin is with additional cost of the entrance ($89 USD Per Person).
We continue downhill hike to Aguas Calientes (Optional bus down to Aguas Calientes - $5 USD Per Person). We advice to carry your headlamp or flashlight, just in case get dark on the way down to the hotel in Aguas Calientes. You will have chance to visit the thermal springs which are open until 9pm.
Today you will stay at nice and comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes town; the room includes private bath and hot shower (L - D).
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
At 5am after early breakfast we take one of the first bus (around 5:30am) up to Machu Picchu ruin, this bus ride takes like 30 minutes along the zigzag road in the cloud forest..
At 7am begin of completely guided tour of most important sectors of Machu Picchu which takes around 2 or 3 hours. And then extra free time to explore and climb Wayna Picchu Mountain, to climb and back takes 2 hours approximately. OPTIONAL lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge – Hotel, is one of the best places to have nice food feeling the Inca land atmosphere in the middle of nature - Otherwise you can get you lunch in Aguas Calientes town. At 2pm you will have meeting with the tour guide at the main gate of Machu Picchu and aboard the tourist shared bus down to Aguas Calientes town.
Around 4pm will be the transfer by train to Ollantaytambo (sacred valley), this journey takes not more than 2 hours along the Urubamba canyon.
From Ollantaytambo will be a tourist bus to drop you to the hotel in Cusco and end the service (B - L).
2 DAYS INCA TRAIL TREK TO MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES
- Backpacker train ticket from Cusco (Poroy) - Trailhead (104km).
- Official English-Speaking tour guide.
- Entrance to the Inca Trail.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu ruin (Second day).
- Permit to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain (day 2).
- Porter to carry food.
- Personal porter will carry the backpacks (Private Service only).
- First day snack (Lunch) and dinner.
- 1 night of hotel in Aguas Calientes - room with private bath and hot shower (3* category).
- Second day breakfast.
- Tourist shared bus from/to Aguas Calientes.
- Backpacker train ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley).
- Private transfer by tourist van from Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) to the hotel in Cusco.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
WE HAVE DAILY DEPARTURE and is recommended making your reservation 3 or 4 months before you arrive to Peru.
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2014
|2 DAYS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHU $555 USD Per Person
The Inca Trail / World Heritage Site UNESCO 2 Days - 1 Night
|Backpacker Service (Join a group)
1 to more participants $555 USD each one
Private Service (Private guide)
2 participants $1125 USD each one
3-4 participants $1027 USD each one
5 to more participants $913 USD each one
|Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $26 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
|Organized Groups: We offer private trekking at any time departure
|Group size: 8-12 participants per 2 guides
|BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book your permit prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES 2014
The 2 or 4 days Inca trail will be closed for maintenance, not available permit... sorry. Machu Picchu opens all year.
JANUARY - MARCH - APRIL - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER:
The Inca Trail Trek leaves every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have like to book for other day let know us to add the departure date. We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible with bank deposit of 50% and the final balance (50%) can be paid when you arrive in Cusco, one day before we will meet you in your hotel or you come to our local office.
The Peruvian government has not announced the increase for Inca Trail permit price 2009; same is happen with the train company from Cusco
to Machu Picchu
). If any of costs listed above change to increase the cost of the trek permit and the train tickets we will update the new price on our website. We will notify by email all our clients affected by the price increase who will be liable for paying the increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco
After you fill the BOOKING FORM
and you provide us the copy of your passport we will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the same passport number that you send us with your BOOKING FORM
. You must bring this same passport with you to the Inca Trail (departure date). If your passport number is different from the number on the Inca Trail trek permit the government authorities don't will accept you to start the trek and also you will not be entitled to a refund.
If you like to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes we can arrange any hotels. If you spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes we will book your train tickets to return to Cusco on the following day.
- Travel insurance
- Optional bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on the first day ($6 USD)
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($3 USD)
- Towel can be hired for $1 USD at the hot spring - Aguas Calientes
- Alcoholic drinks
- Last lunch in Machu Picchu is not included
- Breakfast on the first day
- Tip for guide and camp staff
- Personal porter to help you to carry your item cost $58 USD per day
This site is operated by PERU ADVENTURE TOURS a legally constituted company to the Peruvian government, which operates from offices in Arequipa and Cusco in Peru.
In accordance with the relevant statutory provisions referred in Peru Tourism law, its regulations, its decrees and other legislation applicable in both the country and abroad are issued these general conditions and responsibility as outlined below, which govern the provision of services on the one hand between the passenger or user of services "CLIENT", by other hand the "TRAVEL AGENCY" by the other hand the entities of the service providers such as airlines, hotels, restaurants, transport, guides and other tourism-related services and in connection with this contract.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (day 1).
- Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
- Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
- Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
- Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too.
- Camera with extra batteries.
- Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna camping show, in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes town.
- Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
- Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail.
- Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
- Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.
- Personal toilet items.
- First Aid kit (Band-Aids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness).
- Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket. Only if you hire a personal porter to help you with the big pack.
- Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
- Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No damage the Inca Trail), without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
- Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
- Optional: GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
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to carry up to 12Kg = $75 USD per day.
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carry with you a daypack with your Camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. Your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.
Best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don't have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a big rice sack that is not heavy but also not water proof so use plastic bags around your gear. The porters have large ponchos to cover them and the bag.
IMPORTANT NEW TRAIL REGULATIONS INC (Instituto Nacional De Cultura)
Please note the INC has confirmed a 50% increase on the Inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from August not January 2007 as previously indicated.
- Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 PEOPLE PER DAY) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
- Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM
park control to obtain a permit. You most scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
- We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
- For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
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