Maximum group size: 12 ladies
Price: £999 pp / US$1299 pp
- Saturday 17 August – Friday 23 August 2019
Route: Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Trip Length: 7 Days (4 Days Trekking + 2 x Pre and 1 x Post Hotel Nights)
Trekking Partner: Kandoo Adventures
- Hotel accommodation for two nights before your trek and final night after your trek (all on a B&B basis)
- All accommodation is based on 2 people sharing a tent, and in the hotel, a twin or double room. We can arrange single occupancy for a supplement
- Return transfers from Cuzco to Kilometre 82
- All permits for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Services of Kandoo’s qualified trekking guides, assistant guides, porters and cooks
- High quality sleeping tents and foam sleeping mats. Please note that sleeping bags and thermarest mats are not included but are available to hire
- Mess tent with table and chairs
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek. Filtered drinking water every day
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Airport transfers are not included but can be booked seperately
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips for crew
- Entry visa for Peru (Not required for most passport holders. Please check your country’s visa status with Peru)
- Personal travel insurance (must include trekking up to 4,500m)
- Personal hiking/trekking gear
- Personal medicine
- Meals, snacks and drinks not specified
- Single tent and hotel occupancy costs an additional £150 / US$250 per person and must be requested at time of booking
The Inca Trail is the original pilgrimage route that the Inca used to visit their most sacred temple, Machu Picchu.
The trail begins in the Sacred Valley at Kilometre 82 gate (named this way as it is approximately 82 km from Cuzco, the original capital of the Incan Empire).
Along the route are many famous Inca ruins including, Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna, and of course Machu Picchu.
If you have booked airport transfers the Kandoo team will meet you at Cuzco airport and transfer you to your pre-trek hotel. Otherwise, you can make your own way there. Later you will attend a pre-trek briefing with your Lead Guide to prepare you for the challenge ahead.
To help your acclimatisation we will spend a day in Cuzco. In the morning your guide will collect you from your hotel to take you on a half day city walking tour. Cuzco was once the foremost city of the Inca empire, and is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city. At the heart of the city is the Plaza de Armas. Colonial arcades surround the plaza, while alleyways leading away from the plaza are bordered by Inca walls. On the plaza's northeastern side is the imposing Cathedral, flanked by the churches of Jesus Maria and El Triunfo. On the southeastern edge is the ornate church of La Compania de Jesus. You will have the afternoon free to rest or explore this beautiful city.
We will leave Cuzco at 5:00 am by a private bus heading to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will make a short break in Ollantaytambo for breakfast. The official beginning of the Inca Trail is called Km 82. Here we will meet our crew and register for your trek. After crossing the Rio Urubamba we start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day of the trail is relatively easy and a good warm up for the following days. On the way we will pass a beautiful archaeological site called Llactapata before we reach Tarayoc. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3000m), the camping site where we will spend the night.
Today we cross the first of three passes and the highest point of our trek - Warmihuañusca Pass (Dead Woman Pass) at 4200m. Our trek begins with a fairly steep climb to Llulluchapampa, before levelling out slightly as we head up to Dead Woman's Pass. After a break at the summit to enjoy the view, we begin the long, steep descent to the Pacamayo River where we will camp overnight.
This morning we climb up to the oval-shaped ruin of Runkurakay, then continue our ascent to the summit of our second pass, Runkurakay Pass at 3900m. From here you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire snow-capped Vilcabamba range, before another steep descent. We will then climb up to our third pass, to Phuyupatamarka, an Inca ruin named “The Town in the Clouds”. Finally we descend once more into the cloud forest, visiting the site of Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), before reaching our campsite at Wiñay Wayna.
A very early start today as we set off on the final section of the Inca Trail to the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where, weather permitting, you will enjoy your first views of Machu Picchu. You will have a comprehensive tour of the site, as well as some time to explore on your own. If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu, the famous mountain behind the ruins, you will need to book your permit with us in advance.
In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. From here, our driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Cuzco.
Today we will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Cuzco airport for your onward journey!
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