5D4N Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - Backpacker Service

Moderate to Rigorous


BACKPACKER SERVICE

Including the Sacred Valley tour

This is our classical version of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most popular trek in South America:

This trek is unique: Incomparable beauty, spectacular views plus outstanding Inca remains all joined by a well preserved cobblestone original Inca trail.

This itinerary is also special:
*You optimize your travel time and help to acclimatize by exploring the Sacred Valley in depth like few people do, on the way to the trail head at “Camp Km.82”.
*For your enjoyment, we have designed this itinerary spacing out the trekking days to smoothly gain altitude at the beginning and to evenly distribute you efforts during the rest of the trek days.
*We are the only operators to use our exclusive Camp at Km. 82; where you can enjoy nature with the amenities of indoor plumbing toilets, hot showers and a wood fire sauna in the midst of beautiful setting. The best way to begin the Inca trail: Fresh and relaxed right from your tent. You will avoid the extremely early wake up in Cusco (4:30 a.m.) and 2 hour bus transfer to meet the crowds at the entrance to the Inca trail.
* We use Bio-degradable chemical toilets in order to avoid the public toilets most operators use.



Photo: Silvio Pereira Costa, Brazil
Photo: Alex, United Kingdom
Photo: Alexander Yates, USA
Photo: Rob Culp, USA

Day 1: SACRED VALLEY AND PRIVATE CAMP KM. 82

Take advantage of your trip to the trail head. On the way in the company of your Guide, experience the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas in a way few people do.

At 7:30 a.m. in the morning we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a super Sacred Valley tour ending at our private Campsite close to the Inca Trail entrance. We will drive over the pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails trough the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breathtaking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we’ll visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. From here we’ll travel for 40 minutes on a mostly unpaved road to our beautifully situated permanent campsite “Camp Km. 82” set on the banks of the Urubamba River, very close to the entrance to the trail at Km. 82. Located at 2700 meters above sea level (8,900 feet), it offers indoor plumbing, hot showers and a firewood sauna. From the camp we also enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Mt. Veronica (20,275'). This private camp is the starting point of all our Inca Trail treks and is a wonderful place to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead. L, D.


Day 2: KM.82 TO HUAYLLABAMBA

We meet our porters and begin to walk over to the Inca trail control station, here we quickly go through the entrance control procedure and begin our trek following the left bank of the Urubamba River. After a couple of hours of gentle hiking we reach a point to view the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata. We continue hiking, this time away from the Urubamba River ascending and following the Cusichaca River towards the village of Huayllabamba, we have a picnic lunch nearby and continue ascending to our campsite right below the 2nd Park Control Station with splendid views of Mount Veronica. You will find your tents set up and ready for you. Time to rest before we are served a complete dinner and retire for the night. B, L, D.

Total distance: 12 km (7,47 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)


Day 3: HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU

After enjoying the beauty of this special campsite and a nutritious early breakfast we begin this challenging day: Today we go over our highest pass. We register at the Park’s 2nd control station to continue on an ascending trail with increasingly rewarding views. Later, we hike through an interesting cloud forest of native trees before we reach our lunch spot at “Llullucchapampa”. We have lunch enjoying views of far away Huayllanay Glacier and the high pass known as “Warmiwañusta” or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters above sea level). After lunch, we slowly ascend towards the high pass, our rest moments are rewarded with spectacular views. We reach the pass, take time for the classical pictures and begin to descend to our campsite at Pacaymayu. B, L, D.

Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)


Day 4: PACAYMAYU TO WIÑAYWAYNA

An early nourishing breakfast bolsters our energy for a day’s hike on the original cobblestone paved trail left by the Incas. We can appreciate the lovely changes in vegetation and geology as we pass through different ecological zones. We climb up and over the second high pass at 3,950 mts. On a clear day, our efforts are rewarded with unparalleled views of the snow covered peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the lush valley vegetation. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail as we discover the Inca remains of Sayajmarca at 3,640 mts., explore them, have a picnic lunch and continue to the incomparable site of Phuyupatamarca, THE PLACE ABOVE THE CLOUDS at 3,680 Mts. We continue on and reach our campsite at Wiñay Wayna (FOREVER YOUNG) and have enough time to soak up some of the magical charm of the marvellous ruins nearby. B, L, D.

Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
Estimated walking time: 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)


Day 5: WIÑAYWAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU

Early rise with the idea in mind that today we will reach Machu Picchu, the lost City of the Incas. This morning we say good bye to our crew and porters, we have a chance to voluntarily tip them. Most of them will take a detour from the main trail and head to the town of Aguas Calientes where they will catch the train to go home. After breakfast, we hike a couple of hours to reach Inti Punku (THE GATE TO THE SUN). From here we first see the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. From here we’ll enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the mountain peaks and see the first light shinning over Machu Picchu. A quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel to have a tour in detail and spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. In the afternoon we’ll catch the return train to Cusco or stay at the hotel nearby (Hotel not included in price) or in the town of Aguas Calientes down below by the Urubamba River. B and Box lunch.

Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
Machupicchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

PLEASE NOTE: Campsites in this itinerary may vary. They are subject to change according to assignments made by the governmental institution (INC) regulating the use of the Inca Trail.



PRICES PER PERSON 2016

Inca trail 5D4N Backpacker Service USD $745.00
• If less than 4 people sign up for the trek date please add USD $50.00 to cover costs
• Extra Porter per 4 days - Porter to carry your personal belongings to a maximum weight of 20 Kg (44 lbs), usually enough for 2 people: $140.00
• Sleeping bag with liner for rent, $6.00 per day: USD $24.00
• Inflatable pads for rent, $5.00 per day: USD $20.00
• Upgrade to Vistadome Train (First Class): USD $45.00
• Single Supplement or Forced Single Supplement. Is paid by participants who specifically request single tent, subject to availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate (same gender). However, if a roommate is not available, the forced single supplement will be charged: $70.00

Price Includes:

• Tour of the Sacred Valley and transfer to Km.82 on the 5D4N itinerary.
• Entrance fee to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
• Accommodations in double occupancy in top quality tents, 2 people in each 4 people capacity tent.
• Dinning tent: With tables and tablecloth, chairs plus all silverware
• All meals marked as B, L, and D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
• Service of Official bilinguals Guides (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
• All group camping and cooking equipment: Passenger tents based in double occupancy. Dinning tent with tables, silverware and chairs. Toilet tent.
• Camp staff: Cook, assistants.
• Cooking stove and equipment
• Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
• Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
• Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time.
• First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
• Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 4th day
• Toilet tent with biodegradable chemical toilet.

Price does not include:

• Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
• Any meals not specified after each itinerary day.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Expenses such as medical immunizations (if any).
• Travel insurance.
• BTG ticket to enter the touristic sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
• Trip member must provide sleeping bags and pads.

Discounts

• Students under 25 years old: 50% of Inca trail entrance fee. Students require a valid International Student Identity Card and need scanned copy of the ISIC card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid.
• Youngsters and Teenagers 8 to 15 years old: 50% of Inca trail entrance fee (passport copy required for all bookings)
• Children up to 7 years old: Enter the Inca trail for free (passport copy required for all bookings)
NOTE: Student ISIC and Passport copies are a must at the time we purchase permits. You MUST scan and send documents at the time you book and send deposit. Otherwise: After the permits are purchased discounts are not possible.


Trains

At present there are a variety of train departure times and prices. At the time you book your Inca trail with us, we will reserve your return train choosing what we consider the best option available for you. We will bill you the train ticket at the same price offered in their web sites. However you are welcomed to search for other options and purchase your train directly (many times obtain better seating and discount reserved for direct purchase). You can obtain your train tickets at the following web sites: www.perurail.com, www.incarail.com , www.machupicchutrain.com