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This adventure is one of the best alternative tours to Machu Picchu for travellers who are in condition to enjoy biking, rafting, zip line activities, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, the weather of this tropical part looks like the jungle. On the last morning, we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu very early with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train and by transport.
Archaeological, cultural, ecological, hiking and camping
03 Days – 02 Nights
GROUP SERVICE: (2 to 12 people MAX): Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is recommended for everybody who likes the adventure, families, honeymooners and couples.
PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for families with children, honeymooners and couples. Special trek programme just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don’t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear (for alternate treks), First class Vistadome train, luxury hotels if required.
We will pick up from your hotel at 05:50 am. After, we’ll have breakfast to head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we could appreciate beautiful views of natural and cultural attractions. We are going to arrive at the “Abra Malaga” pass (4,350 masl,) the starting point with bicycles, descending with towards the high forest, passing through small villages, rivers and streams. Arriving at the town of Santa Maria. During the descent down, we’ll have the support of our car which will give security to keep our group together then, we will continue by public transport to the town of Santa Teresa where we’ll spend our first night (lunch and dinner).
This day is a new discovery close to our professional guide who will give you a unique and personal attention throughout our touring, the comfort of this day is in the services you will receive, enjoying a pleasant climate that ranges from 25-30°C. This will be somewhat different with five hours of hike, we will have a splendid view of many drops of water from glaciers, we’ll also see coffee plantations of coca and local people, arriving in the afternoon to the town of “Aguas Calientes” where we’re gonna spend our last night at the foot of the great Machu Picchu (Inca Citadel): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
At around 04:00 a.m, we’ll get ready to walk up for an hour and 20 minutes or catch a bus to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rise by a route through the jungle, taking the opportunity to see the sunrise, after checking into the control of the park at 06:00 a.m to appreciate the sunrise if we are lucky, then continue the tour in the Inca citadel accompanied by our professional guide who will share his knowledge for about two hours and then free time to visit and walks inside the citadel, based on the return train schedule. Practically most of the day, we’ll visit the archaeological complex.
Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu – Wayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu Mountain are limited, please check the availability: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Please book and pay a deposit in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 4-5 months in advance, low season: November to April, 2-3 months in advance.)
Student price for people under the age of 24 without ISIC card, you need to indicate in the comments the section of the booking.
Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.
If you are considering to bring special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don’t want to carry anything, please request an additional horse and muleteer ($95 USD) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike (this is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10,000 ft.). Chefs will deal with all the kitchen chores.
You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Inca Trail is considered as a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.
We recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that trekking poles are handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.
It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. Minimum one day is enough.
We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters. You will also be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment.
You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.
As long as you book and pay in advance for certain dates in high season it may be necessary to pay 3-4 months in advance, last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so we can include the Machu Picchu Mountain permit instead, the trail to Wayna Picchu is safe, very steep with use of chains and not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round trip. And there are only 2 times during the day; it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system.
This card means International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The government accepts ISIC for discounts for the entrance to Machu Picchu. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.
It is indispensable such as the natural hot springs in “Aguas Calientes” (10 soles), and/or Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa town and tips for the trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.
Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.