Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights.
Activity: Trekking, camping, Archeological, Landscape, trek, trek and tour to Machu Picchu.
High Season: March – January.
Availability: Please note the following:
The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance
The availability applies to both the 2 day and 4 day Inca Trail, once a date has sold out no further permits will be made available even if there are cancellations.
A large number of permits does not mean that date will be available for an extended period. Dates that are one of the first available sell out very quickly and it is not uncommon to see over 100 permits sell in a matter of hours.
Availability is controlled by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. Only they are able to manage and authorize the access to the Inca Trail.
According to the current regulations there are only 500 permits available per day, including the guides and support staff. Normally support staffs make up 2/3 of all the permits so there are on average only 180 tourists per day.
Reservations can only be made for the current season (from March to January). If you wish to book for the next season then you can pre-book with an agency, however permits cannot be taken out until early January so availability cannot be guaranteed.
Altitude: 2050 – 4200 m. / 6730 – 13780 ft. Level of Difficulty: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness. Group Size: Typical group size 08-12 persons, Maximum 16 persons. Preparation prior the trekking: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft. Meals: Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menu. Inca Trail: Yes, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is an excellent option. Route: Closed in February Price: US$
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best adventures programs of the whole world and this is because its great variety of scenaries and ecological biodiversity and for its impressive Inca’s monuments visited during the trek as well. The route runs through an impressive variety of altitudes, where the climate and ecosystems ranging from the high Andean plain to the cloud forest. The choice of the Inca trail is undoubtedly one of the most popular excursions for those seeking adventure visits in Peru. Finders Peru is proud to offer you a unique style walk, with spectacular landscapes of the chain of the Andes, a great mix of Jungle and mountain saw that you will enjoy from beginning to end. There are not in another side of our planet a natural circuit that leads you to a natural world that changes constantly ecological floors, decorated with imposing mountains, rivers and great wildlife. All these natural wonders Inca buildings that are worth visiting are added, the architectural art in perfect harmony with the natural environment. The forests abound in hundreds of species of orchids, brightly-colored birds and dream-like landscapes which are the ideal complement to this amazing hikers’ route.
The Inca trail Machu Picchu runs 45km of distance through the Peruvian Andes and the cloud forest which is an extraordinary habitat for thousands of wild animals some of them in dangerous of extinction. The last day we will explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Book the classic Inca trail in advance to avoid the disappointments. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which connects the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu’s sacred citadel is only a small part and tangential huge network of Inca roads.
There were many trails built by Incas in Peru and South America, but there is only one Inca Trail.
The classic Inca Trail is Peru’s best known treks in the word combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. It preserves different ecological zones and extraordinary habitat for thousands of wild animals some of them in dangerous of extinction; among them the spectacled bear and the Andean Condor. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor. The Inca Trail was a perfect road system that began in Quito, Ecuador, passed through Cusco, and ended in what is now Tucuman – Argentina. The Inca trail with its 45,000kms annexed the actual countries of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina by extraordinary road system that crossed the mountain ranges of the Andes, with peak altitudes of more than 5000m. As well the Inca trail through the cost that ran parallel to the sea and was linked with many smaller routes. The Incas built a vast network of roads to be able to communicate with the four regions of their huge empire. Currently there are remains of the Qhapaqñan throughout Peru that are still used to this day by local farmers sometimes accompanied by pack animals.
The Inca Trail Machu Picchu is a mountainous jungle trek leading to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The 45 km trek it´s usually covered in 4 days, arriving at Machu Picchu on the final day before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
The Inca trail it´s rated moderate and any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route. It is fairly challenging nevertheless, and altitudes of 4200m are reached, so ensuring that you are well acclimatized is important. If arriving from sea level, plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco prior to starting the trek. This should allow plenty of time for acclimatization and give you sufficient opportunity to visit other interesting places such as City tour that includes the Cathedral, the magnificent fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Qoriqancha, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay also you can visit the marvelous sacred valley of the Incas that included the picturesque colonial town of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo.
We will leave from Cusco (3350m/10990f) at 05:30 am. by a tourist bus heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we reach our starting point of walk, km 82, we will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for having the option to get breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called km 82. Here we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration facilities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night in. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Verónica.
Level of difficulty: moderate.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.
Total distance: 11km approx.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
The second day is the ¨Free Hike Day¨; that means, everybody should walk in his/her own pace; of course you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trail first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3 km are step enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa follow the way for 2-3 hours until you reach the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayo (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax your body from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
Level of difficulty: challenge.
Hiking time: 8-9 hours.
Total distance: 15 km approx.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
The third day, is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca (“Town above the clouds”) (3600m/11811f). A well preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna (“Forever young”) (2650m/8694ft). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red roofed white building, our last camping site and also a location with hot water (S5) and bottled drinks.
Level of difficulty: normal, unforgettable (easy)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 10 km approx.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Before sunrise, about 04:30am, after our breakfast, we will head equipped with our flashlights to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874ft) around 08:00 am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings.
After this tour, you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own (go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus take you down to Aguas Calientes.
Here you can soak away your aches and pain in the town’s hot springs (S/. 10). We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
Level of difficulty: normal, unique (easy).
Hiking time: 2-3 hours.
Total distance: 7 km approx.
Aguas Calientes is a small town with restaurants and hotels is at the bottom gives the mountain of Machu Picchu, it is normal that a traveler wishes to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes. Generally this option can be taken, when they want to visit Machu Picchu for the second time. If the travelers want to visit again, should to pay a new entry to Machu Picchu and Bus ticket too.
With International Student Card (ISIC GREEN). You have a discount of $ 20.00. You must send copy of card by email before applying for entry to the Inca Trail. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your ISIC card; we will charge you the standard adult trek price. Bring your student card with you on the Inca Trail, as it will be checked several times by government officials. Unfortunately, no other forms of student identity are acceptable.
For the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we will give you a pre-departure briefing (you will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation meeting at 19:00 hrs. the evening before the trip begins.
For the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; we require a non-refundable trek Prepayment (50%) of the total per person.
The deposit can be send by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. You can pay the rest of the money before reaching the starting date of the tour or once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour in our office.
We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).
We accept credit cards (VISA) + 8.5%
We have groups for the Inca Trail every day of the year. Least February when the Inca Trail is closed throughout the month. The months of February you can visit Machu Picchu by train or walking cleaves one of the old walking alternatives we have. More is not possible to walk the Inca Trail.
They allowed only 500 people per day Inca Trail. This number includes tourists, guides, porters and cooks. The quotas are for everyone, people who want to do the Inca Trail. So to walk the Inca Trail is essential to book months in advance.
The availability of quotas for the Inca Trail is the same for all agencies. Thus, if there were available no agency can get space for the Inca Trail.
Sleeping bag, one liter of water, rain gear or poncho (plastic poncho can be purchased in Cusco), hiking boots (running shoes are not recommended), Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp, warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping, wind coat, t-shirts, shorts, long pants, sun hat, wool hat, flashlight, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, garbage bag, small towel, bathing suit (for hot springs), camera, extra batteries, snacks (such as chocolates, energy bars), emergency money, walking stick (optional) and personal things.
If you have any questions or concerns about this program, come in contact with us by email, phone or msm.