7D6N INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU “BACKPACKER” package trip

Moderate to Rigerous


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 special:
• You optimize your travel time and help to acclimatize properly 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 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 camp. You will avoid the extremely early wake up in Cusco (4:30 a.m.) and a 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.



Day 1: CUSCO

Arrive in Cusco (we recommend flights in the morning) and we meet you at the airport to transfer you to the Hotel located near downtown within close reach of the main plaza. A warm Coca tea will ease up your adaptation to the high altitude (Cusco is at 11,200 feet above sea level) before you settle in your room to rest for what is left of the morning (highly recommended). Lunch is on your own (we recommend a light meal) and we meet at 2 p.m. for a guided City tour and nearby ruins of Cusco. Please note that this tour (and only this one) is provided in a larger tour group with an operator that specializes in City tours. We have chosen this services considering that it is reasonable in price and good in service.
Santo Domingo. - This church is built over what once was the most magnificent temple in the Americas, Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Its courtyards were filled with life-sized gold and silver representations of all the flora and fauna of the Empire. Pizarro’s men looted the temple as part of Inca Atahualpa royal ransom who was held prisoner in Cajamarca by the Spaniards and later killed. An earthquake destroyed the Santo Domingo church in 1950 revealing the Inca walls that were hidden or plastered over. These walls of the Temple of the Sun are the finest example of Inca stonework in existence. The Cathedral. - The church is located in the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, built in 1550. It contains over four hundred XII century paintings done by the members of the renowned Cusco School. The Lord of the Earthquakes altar weights over 52 pounds and is made of solid gold and studded with precious stones. The main altar is covered with sheets of silver. Sacsayhuaman. - Complex shows immense walls made up of huge stones distributed in a zigzag pattern in three platforms with an average of 1,181ft in length. These platforms are connected by flights of stairs and doorways also in stone; one of these is 29ft tall and 15ft wide and weighs more than 100 tons. The largest stone block found in Sacsayhuaman stands 27.88ft high and weighs 361 tons. Inca Pachacuti employed 20,000 men for the construction of the complex and it took approximately 50 years to complete. Puca Pucara. - Fortress overlooking the entrance from the east to Cusco area. Q’enko: An intricate possible ceremonial center inside a large rock with carved figures, seats and passages that give you a feeling of being a mysterious place filled with symbolism. Tambo Machay. A fascinating water fountain surrounded by high quality stone walls with continuously running water since the Inca times. A short walk from Tambo Machay will take us to the strategically located. Overnight at hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: SACRED VALLEY VISIT AND “CAMP KM. 82”

Led by your Guide and optimizing your travel and acclimatization time, we take advantage of the road trip from Cusco to the trail head to actively experience the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas in a way only a few people do.

0At 7:30 a.m. in the morning we’ll pick you up by private vehicle from your hotel for a Super Sacred Valley tour the day before you enter the Inca Trail. We will drive over the “Ccorao” 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.

0Afterwards we’ll visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until present, conserving its original urban layout and many 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 2700 meters above sea level (8,900 feet), it offers indoor plumbing, hot showers and a firewood sauna. From the camp we’ll 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 3: KM.82 TO HUAYLLABAMBA

After we are introduced to our crew and Porters, we’ll 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 viewpoint to enjoy 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 bellow 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 4: HUAYLLABAMBA TO PACAYMAYU

After enjoying the beauty of the views from this special campsite and a nutritious early breakfast, we begin this challenging day: Today we’ll 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 high 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 5: PACAYMAYU TO WIÑAYWAYNA

An early nourishing breakfast bolsters our energy for a long 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 breath-taking views of the snow covered peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the lush valley vegetation below. 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 nearby and continue to the incomparable site of Phuyupatamarca, THE PLACE ABOVE THE CLOUDS at 3,680 Mts. We continue on and after descending on a trail with over 1,000 steps, 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 6: WIÑAYWAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU

Very 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 by 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. After we soak in the magical beauty 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 take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes by the Urubamba River, to catch the return train to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival to train station in Poroy/Cusco 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)

DAY 7:
We pick you up from your Hotel and transfer you to the Cusco airport in time for your departure flight.

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



PRICES

PRICES PER PERSON 2016
7D6N Inca Trail Backpacker package trip in Double room$1125.00
Extra Porter for 4 days: Porter to carry your personal belongings to a maximum weight of 20 Kg (44 lbs), usually enough for 2 people.$140.00
Sleeping bag for rent: USD$ 6.00 per day$24.00
Inflatable pads for rent: $ 5.00 per day$20.00
Single Supplement or Forced Single Supplement: This is paid by participants traveling solo or who specifically request a single room and tent. 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.$190.00


Note: If less than 4 people sign up, you need to add US$50.00 per person to price to cover costs.

Price Includes:
• Transfer from airport /Hotel/airport in Cusco.
• Hotel in Cusco for 2 nights: Tupac Yupanqui Hotel or similar.
• BTG (Boleto Turístico) Ticket to enter sites in Cusco and Sacred Valley.
• Transfer from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km.82
• Overnight at Camp Km. 82.
• 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
• Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes also boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning, 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.
• Train ticket in Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.


Price does not include:
• Any meals not specified after each itinerary day.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Travel insurance.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
• Trip member must provide sleeping bags and pads (rental ones available).

Discounts
• Students under 25 years old: 50% of Inca trail entrance fee. Require a valid International Student Identity Card “ISIC”. We need the scanned copy of the ISIC card to purchase permits at the time of booking. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid.
• Youngsters and Teenagers 8 to 15 years old: 50% of Inca trail entrance fee Scanned passport copy required at time of Booking.
• Children up to 7 years old: Enter the Inca trail for free. Passport copy required at the time of booking.
NOTE: The scanned copies of the ISIC and/or Passport are a MUST at the time of Booking. That is, before you send your deposit so we can purchase permits. After the permits are purchased discounts will not be possible.