Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu - Private Service

  • Duration

    04 Day / 03 Night

  • Price per person

    $859USD

MAX. ALTITUDE 13,779 ft.

GROUP SIZE 14

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LEVEL Moderate ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Middle

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

  • PISCACUCHO
  • WIÑAY HUAYNA
  • INTIPUNKU
  • MACHU PICCHU

The 04 day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience for any visitor who wants to dive deep into the ancient essence of the Inca culture. Arrive at the most important archeological site of Peru, Machu Picchu.

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04 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Private Service

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 day hike is the best-known trekking route in Peru and worldwide. Above all, one of the routes that will take us to our destination to the majestic and imposing Machu Picchu citadel. As a result, it is an incredible adventure that should not be missed in your visit to Cusco, no matter how old you are, this trek is suitable for all ages. So, in the course of the tour, we will observe the different archaeological complexes, the different species of flora, fauna, climates, and altitudes.

“Waman Adventures” offers DAILY DEPARTURES, as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers. Please remember, it is only necessary to have space available for your START DATE.

Verification of the availability of the Inca Trail: Availability for the Inca Trail.

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DAY 1: PISCACUCHO – WAYLLABAMBA (12 KM)

Lodging at Campsite

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DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (11 KM)

Lodging at Campsite

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DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYHUAYNA (15 KM)

Lodging at Campsite

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DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU (5 KM)

Itinerary

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DAY 1: PISCACUCHO – WAYLLABAMBA (12 KM)

  • Firstly, pick-up will be at 05:00 a.m. at your hotel and we will take you to Ollantaytambo for approximately 02 hours.
  • In Ollantaytambo, you will have time for your breakfast and/or make the last purchases.
  • After that, we will start at km 82 to start the walk.
  • This day, you will visit the archaeological site of Patallacta, built at the foot of the mountain.
  • Also, visit Willkarakay, an Inca Military post located near Patallacta.
  • Consequently, we will walk along the banks of the Cusicacacha River (Happy River).
  • We will arrive at the valley of Wayllabamba where we will have dinner at our camp.

Lodging: Campsite at Wayllabamba

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DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (11 KM)

  • We will begin our walk very early at approximately 05:00 a.m.
  • So, we will arrive at the Warmiwañusca pass (4,215 meters / 13,829 ft.) after a-04 hour hike uphill.
  • The trek will be intense but we will have spectacular views of the whole landscape.
  • Subsequently, we will enter the inter-Andean forest where we will see many Unca trees, native to the area.
  • Then, arrive at Llulluchapampa, we will rest and enjoy our lunchbox.
  • Ascent to the Warmihuañusca pass (4,215 meters / 13,829 ft.).
  • Finally, we will descend to the camping area in Pacaymayu to have dinner and rest.

Lodging: Campsite at Pacaymayu

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DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYHUAYNA (15 KM)

  • This day, we will reach the second highest pass of the Inca Trail, Runkurakay (3,950 masl / 12,959 ft).
  • Visit the archaeological site of Sayacmarca.
  • We will have lunch at the Chaquicocha site.
  • Then, we will arrive at Phuyupatamarca, a natural observation area, from here we will see part of the Sacred Valley.
  • On the route, we will pass through an area of ​​platforms and an archaeological site.
  • As a result, we will descend to our camp in Wiñayhuayna.
  • We will have dinner here.

Lodging: Campsite at Wiñayhuayna

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DAY 4: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU (5 KM)

  • We will eat a delicious breakfast to go to the main entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • After an hour and a half of the walk, we will arrive at “Inti Punku” and we will see the sunrise.
  • Then, descend through the upper part of Machu Picchu and arrive at the classic viewpoint of the citadel.
  • Subsequently, we will register for the entrance and be able to travel the whole site.
  • Guiding takes approximately 2 hours, the guide will give you all the information about Machu Picchu.
  • Likewise, you can also visit the Historical Sanctuary on your own.
  • In the afternoon, we will return to Ollantaytambo and we will head back to Cusco.

What's Included

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:

  • Briefing in Cusco before the departure
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Porters to carry all equipment. Professional Cook
  • Personal porter for 5 kg/11.02 lbs per person (1 personal porter is included – up to 5 kilos per duffle bag, which will be provided and must fit all your belongings PLUS sleeping bag)
  • Transportation by bus to Km 82. Pick-up from your hotel
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Afternoon Snacks (Happy Hour) and 03 Dinners. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and re-confirm the day of our briefing
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Inflatable Thermares or REI sleeping mattress (which you must carry)
  • EUREKA Tents – Comfortable and spacious 4 person (2 people per tent)
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrances Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Rentals are available through us)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 &  Lunch and Dinner on Day 4.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Extra US$ 85
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip)

PACKING LIST:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (discounts are available for students)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • A warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts (quick dry)
  • Comfortable Trekking Pants
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellant (We strongly suggest NATURAL repellant)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flashlite with spare batteries (or a environmental friendly option)

Prices

CLASSIC INCA TRAIL PRICES 2021

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****Check Inca trail availibility: Inca Trail Availability

****Includes a Personal Porter who will carry your personal items up to 6 kilos (including the sleeping bag : 2kgs), we will provide you a duffle bag for this purpose.****
NUMBER OF PAX PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
02 people US$ 859.00
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03 people US$ 779.00
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04 people US$ 719.00
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05 people US$ 669.00
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06 people US$ 649.00
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07+ people US$ 629.00
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Discounts for Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Group of 5 or more: US$25.00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$35.00 Please send us a copy of the passport upon booking
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years): US$35.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card when booking. For those booking children who are 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@wamanadventures.com.  More Information here: STUDENT CARD

Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single Tent supplement $30.00
Additional porter for 5 kg. $80.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00

FAQS?

Inca Trail Availability

It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 6 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out. Last year the demand was extremely high, and demand is projected to rise even more.

Can be booked in any month of the year?

Waman Adventures offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed).

Likewise, since 2000 the  Classic Inca trail tours has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites. But it has also limited the number of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters, and cooks.

For example, Waman Adventures will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, chefs, and the unmatchable, unstoppable ‘green machine’ Porters, as well as the best equipment tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, and pillows.

Above all, if your date is not available, look beyond to see that there are many wonderful alternative treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded!

  • 02 Day short Inca Trail
  • 03 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek
  • 04 Day Lares Trek
  • 04 Day Inca Jungle Adventure
  • 05 Day Salkantay Trek
With How Much Time In Advance Should I Book My Inka Trail?

We recommend as soon as possible!! This is a famous route in high-demand, and because the government has restricted access and applied daily limits (200 hikers & 300 porters/staff per day). Due to these factors, we urge you make your reservation as far in advance as possible.

What month should I book the classic Inca trail to machu picchu?

If you plan to travel between the months of April – September, you best make your reservation 06 months before your departure date.

Moreover, Between the months of October – January, it is possible to make a reservation from 03 to 04 months in advance.

What happens with the payment, do you need a deposit?

Once your reservation for classic inca trail has been confirmed through our website or a sales agent. A deposit fee of US $ 250 (2020) must be made to confirm your trek. Deposits must be made through PayPal (quickest and preferred method), Western Union or bank transfer.

How do I cancel the rest of the payment?

Above all, the remaining balance must be paid in our office in Cusco AT LEAST 48 hours. Before your trekking departure date – machu picchu hiking tours, before 7:30 pm.

That is to say, the remaining balance must be paid in cash (US$ dollars or Peruvian Soles).  When we confirm your trekking reservation, we will send you the details on how to make the deposit for your trip. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit is used to purchase your inca trail permits and reserve your space. After having made this purchase by sending your information to the government, NO adjustments or changes can be made (dates, names, personal data, etc.) to the reservation.

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

Certainly, all our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the classic Inca trail machu picchu 4 day hike?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Is there a maximum or minimum age limit for inka trail?

There are NO government restrictions regarding age limit for Inka Trail. However, as a responsible Tour Agency, we will only accept reservations for children 7 or younger if the parents assume full responsibility for them during the trek. *For families with children, we highly suggest booking a private tour to make your experience more comfortable*

All children below the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

What about minors and seniors for the classic Inca Trail to machu picchu?

We require all trekkers age 60 or above to hire an additional porter (12kg) for their convenience.

Likewise, trekkers age 65 + must consult with their physician before booking and also before traveling to verify health conditions for participating in a high altitude multi-day trek.

We also suggest that all medical or doctor recommendations be acknowledged, even if this means cancelling your travel plans. Similarly, we recommend that all clients 60 years of age or above arrive to Cusco at least 03 days before your trekking date to adjust to altitude.

We recommend that all clients age 55 + speak in advance with their physician to consult the best way to plan your trek and inquire that your travel insurance covers activities such as adventure. We will require a medical file confirming a good state of health and NO cardiac problems.

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation for the classic inca trail hike, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

In short, Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the classic inca trail – machu picchu 4 day hike?

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

Similarly, We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. So, you must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. As a result, this will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your classic inca trail machu picchu 4 day hike comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours?

Likewise, our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

Above all, For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The trail is full of steep ascents and steep drops on narrow Inka stairs. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. *Waman Adventures and the INC (National Culture Institute) asks that you not use metal-tipped poles that will damage the trail.*

In addition, Waman Adventures will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the inka trail?

Can I leave my belongings in your office?

Certainly, any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

Should I hire an additional porter?

Remember that group service includes a personal porter to carry your things up to 05 kg / 11.02 lb. Before the start of your classic inca trail machu picchu 4 day hike we will provide you with a duffle bag to bring your basic necessities, such as; sleeping bag (average 2,5 kg), and extra clothing (average 2,5 kg). Remember that your porter will not be hiking at your side during the trek, which means you will still need to carry a daypack to have your personal things on-hand throughout the day, such as drinking water, snacks, camera, fleece and raincoat.

How does Waman Adventures care for the porters?

a) GOOD WAGES:

As a responsible tour agency, we pay our porters a salary of 210 Soles for the 4-day trek AND their transportation expenses (nearly 20% above the legal minimum salary, making Inkayni one of the best trekking agencies in Cusco).

However, all agencies in Cusco should pay this amount, yet sadly, to this day there are many agencies not even paying the minimum legal salary.

b) APPROPRIATE WEIGHT LIMIT:

Within the basic policies of Waman Adventures is respect for all staff, which means not exceeding weight limits.

This factor is extremely important when choosing a travel agency for trekking.

Unfortunately there are many irresponsible companies (even big-name commercial companies that have often grown due to labor exploitation) that force porters to carry well over 25 kg and disrespect their rights.

For this reason, Inkayni Peru tours will not offer you a private bathroom, hot showers, or personal porter that will carry more than 5kg. This may exceed weight limits for our porters.

We kindly ask that before you choose a company for your trek that offers you these luxury services that you consider the extra weight that will be on the shoulders of your porters.

c) INSURANCE:

Above all, Waman Adventures is one of few companies that offers insurance for our porters.

d) TREKKING UNIFORMS:

Certainly, Waman Adventures offers proper attire for all our staff.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The best time for making the classic inca trail to machu picchu 4 day hike with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

Likewise, January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Are there bathrooms on the Inka Trail?

Many new outhouses have been added throughout the classic inca Trail machu picchu 4 day hike, mostly in the main designated campsites. This has greatly improved the sanitary conditions of the Trail, yet still the situation is not always perfect. All outhouses have cold running water. We recommend you bring a hand-disinfectant for use after visiting the public outhouses. Before each meal, we will provide you with hot water and soap for washing.

What is the potable water situation along the trail?

Waman Adventures will provide you with boiled water after each meal-time, starting with lunch on the second day (02).

Can I buy bottled water during the classic Inca Trail to machu picchu 4 day hike?

Before this, you may purchase bottled water from small local ‘shops’ located outside local homes, offering water, Gatorade, or soda. Above all, It is recommended that each person drink at least 02 to 03 liters of water each day.

You will also find small streams, or water on tap roughly every 2 hours along the classic inca trail machu picchu hiking tours. Where you may fill your bottle, provided you have a proper filtration/purification system. Water in the Andes is generally clean, but even though it may appear pure, you still must use a purification method for it to become safely potable.

Most importantly, please consider the environment when you decide to travel and make classic inca trail to machu picchu 4 day hike. Everyday technology is improving to make our lives easier and avoid trash. Bring a purification system or bottle (such as UV light) to avoid buying bottled water.

If I am traveling alone may I have my own tent ?

On the other hand, If you are traveling alone and are open to sharing a tent, perhaps with someone of the same sex, there will be no additional cost. NOTE that if you wish to have a private tent, there is an additional cost of US $40.

Is it guaranteed that we camp at Wiñaywayna on the third night of the Inka Trail ?

Likewise, Wiñay Wayna is the closest campsite to Machu Picchu, making it the favorite site for everyone. Camping at Wiñay Wayna allows groups to arrive very early in the morning to the Sun Gate. Unfortunately, there is not much space available at this site for all groups on the classic Inca trail. The second closest campsite known as Phuyupatamarca is still a 5-hour hike to Machu Picchu.

What if we can’t camp at Wiñay Wayna on the classic Inca Trail – machu picchu 4 day hike?

When trekking permits are purchased, the government is responsible for assigning campsites to groups.

For instance, One group in all of 2017 could not camp at Wiñay Wayna, so they decided to arrive at Machu Picchu on the third day. Sleep in Aguas Calientes, and return to Machu Picchu the 4th morning for sunrise. Then, all our passengers slept at Wiñay Wayna for our groups on classic inca trail.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

In short, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Waman Adventures offers, is this possible?

Certainly, If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs for the classic inca trail machu picchu 4 day hike.

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