INCA TRAIL TREK PRIVATE SERVICE 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

Minimum

2 passenger

Operation

All years according to the availability issued by the Peruvian government

Location

Cusco

Trek Overview

INCA TRAIL PRIVATE SERVICE

Our private Inca Trail service will make you feel like you are royalty. This means that our private service is only for you and your family or friends, without having to worry about anything. Everything is pre-organized in a special way so that your trip is an unforgettable experience.

Our porters will carry your heavy bags and you will only have to carry a small personal backpack (with personal items you may need such as a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, water camera with extra batteries and extra chargers for your phone or portable electronics).

  • Activities: hiking, camping, nature exploration, history, lots of fun
  • Total distance: 42.5km/26 miles
  • Good for: those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate level of fitness
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Elevation: 2,400 – 4,215 m / 7,872 – 13,825 ft
  • Considerations: permit required

Trek Itinerary

DAY 01: Cusco - KM 82 -LLACTAPATA – HUAYLLABAMBA (AYAPATA)

We start off our day at 4:30 AM with hotel pick up. We will drive to the trailhead at Kilometer 82. Along the way, we will stop at the Raqchi lookout to take photos. This gorgeous location overlooks the valley of Urubamba with Chicon glacier in the background. From this location, you can also see Mount Veronica (5,682 m/ 18,637 ft) and the Urubamba river.

After driving for 45 minutes, we reach the town of Ollantaytambo. This town is an excellent spot to get breakfast and buy any last minute supplies prior to arriving at the trailhead. You will also have the opportunity to see the Ollantaytambo Incan site.

We will continue to drive for 45 minutes until we reach the trailhead at Kilometer 82. At this point, we will go through the Inca Trail checkpoint and begin our hike.

The hike begins with 2 ½ hours of relatively flat terrain until we reach the Wilkaraqay Incan site. From this location, we will have gorgeous views of the Llactapata (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft) archeological site, which was a checkpoint along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. At this point, we will go over the history of this site as well as have an overview of the history of the Inca trail.

Back on the trail, we will hike for 2 hours until we reach Hatunchaca (2,598 m/8,525 ft) where we will stop for lunch. This will be your first meal from our incredible chef and will give you an idea of the fantastic food, you can look forward to the remainder of the trek!

After lunch, we will hike for 2 ½ hours until we reach our campsite at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,829 ft). This campsite is a little further along the Inca trail than the traditional night one camp site of Wayllabamba. This is nicer and quieter from its counterpart. We will take advantage of this feature, in order, to enjoy the stars and beauty of the evening.

 

  • Weather: Warm and windy
  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5miles (6 hours more or less of hiking)
  • Maximum altitude: 3300 m/ 10,824 ft / Minimum altitude: 2,750 m/ 9,020 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 02: AYAPATA – WARMIWAÑUSKA – PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA

We begin our hike to the famous Dead Woman’s Pass. For the first two hours, we will be in the cloud forest. We will pass through various biozones including the low sierra and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky enough, we may also spot White-Tailed Deer native to the area.

After this two hour hike, we reach Lluchapampa (3,800 m / 12,460 ft). This is a small campsite and is the absolute last location on the trail to buy supplies. After a 15 minute break, we will continue on the trail.

The portion of the trail leading to Dead Woman’s Pass at Warmiwañusca (4,215 m/ 13,825 ft) lasts two hours and takes you through beautiful mountains and grasslands of the high Andes. We will pause at the top of this pass to admire the majesty of the highest point along the Inca trail.

Then, we will descend towards Pacaymayu campsite for lunch.  After lunch, we will ascend 45 minutes to the Incan site of Runcuraccay. We will tour these ruins and continue uphill for an additional hour to the Runcuraccay pass (3,950 m/ 12,959 ft).

After a descent of 90 minutes, we will arrive at the Incan site of Sayacmarca (3,657 m /12,000 ft). At this location, we will have the chance to see one of the most amazing sunsets of the Aobamba valley!

From here, it is 25 minutes to our campsite at Chaquicocha (3,600 m/11,800 ft). We have chosen this camp for the night instead of the traditional night 2 campsite at Pacamayu for reasons similar as to why we choose Ayapata on night 1. It is less crowded and will allow us a more peaceful encounter with nature!

  • Area: the Andes and Cloud Forest
  • Distance: 16kms/10miles (about 9 hours of hiking time)
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Maximum altitude: 4215 m/ 13,825 ft / Minimum altitude: 3,300 m/ 10,824 ft
  • Weather: Cold and rainy
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge

DAY 03: CHAQUICOCHA - PHUYUPATAMARCA - WIÑAYHUAYNA

After breakfast, we will hike for two hours until we reach Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/ 12,073 ft). From this location, we will have astonishing views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu mountain. We will also have a guided tour of the Phuyupatamarca Incan site.

We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach our camp. During this stretch of the trail, we will visit Inti Pata and pass through the rainforest. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail can be taken from this location! After Inti Pata, it is a 30-minute hike to our campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft). When we arrive at the camp, we will have lunch. After relaxing for a short time, we will visit the archeological site that bears the same name as the camp.

Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most beautiful archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua. We are one of the few companies that provides a guided tour of Wiñay Wayna.

  • Area: High Cloud Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities and hot showers
  • Distance to walk: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
  • Maximum altitude: 3600 m/ 11,808 ft / Minimum altitude: 2,680 m/8,792 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 04: WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICCHU

We will start our day at 4:00 am, after having breakfast, we will start our hike on Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu on time. This is the final part of your journey, arriving by 6:00am to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel is in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight to see. At this point, we will walk downhill towards Machu Picchu(2400m/7872 ft.). After walking 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the House of the Guardians. From there, we proceed to the control point, where we register and leave our belongings. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made from stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site on your own.  After a certain time, your guide we let everyone know at what time you will be leaving Machu Picchu to catch the bus to Aguas Calientes.  You will catch the 4:22 PM train back to Ollantaytambo.  Once in Ollantaytambo, our private transportation will be waiting for you to drive you back to your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco will be around 8:30 PM.

  • Area: High cloud and subtropical forest
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance to walk: 6 km/ 3.73 miles
  • Maximum altitude: 2700 m/ 8856 ft / Minimum altitude: 2,430 m/ 7,972 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

INCLUDED:

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Assistant guide (if the group exceeds more than 7 participants)
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek
  • Inca Trail permit and entrance to Machu Picchu site
  • Round trip bus tickets (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas calientes)
  • Return train tickets in Expedition Service
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Duffle bag (7kg) for your belongings. Sleeping bag should be included in the allowed weight
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Chef
  • Water (Boiled and filtered)
  • Camping equipment (4-people tent for 2 guests)
  • Sleeping pads (Thick and comfortable)
  • Emergency supplies, including first aid kit, oxygen, and emergency radios
  • Rain Ponchos
  • All group fees, including Inca Trail permits and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Private transport to Cusco

EXCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent, cost $20.00)
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 4
  • Walking Sticks (available for rent, cost $15.00)
  • Entrance tickets for the optional hike to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

TIPS

PACKING LIST

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your time while on our treks so we have compiled a suggested list of what you should pack or take for treks.

 

FUNDAMENTALS:

  • Passport (valid, up to date and if renewed- bring both old and new one)
  • Valid ISIC student card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better like camelbaks enough for about 2-3L)
  • Sturdy hiking boots (lightweight with good soles like KEEN,MERELL, ETC.)

DUFFEL ITEMS:

Porters will carry up to 7 KG or 15LBS of your personal items. This includes your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring or rent one). These two items will weigh about 3.5 KG or 7LBS.

  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 insulated waterproof jacket
  • 2 hats (one for sunny and cold weather)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking pole with rubber tips. Metal tips are not allowed
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Small bottle or bar of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap
  • Batteries and Chargers: There are no places to plug in while trekking
  •  Plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C or 14F

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen – 50 or more SPF
  • Insect Repellent – 20{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} DEET
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR DAYPACK:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you to rent a locker outside the citadel gates.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Hat for Sunny weather
  • Rain gear like ponchos, waterproof clothing, etc
  • Insulated waterproof jacket
  • Camera and phone with batteries or chargers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Snacks such as granolas or energy bars
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

FAQ

AMARUTREK EXPEDITIONS FAQ

 

Please read carefully the following as it will help answer questions about our services.

 

WILL I GET PICKED UP WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel by one of our representatives, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange board with Amarutrek Expeditions on it.  You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).  They will be waiting for you right outside the terminal, be on the lookout for our orange sign!!!

WHEN WILL THE BRIEFING TAKE PLACE?

The briefing will take place the night before the trek departure at 6 pm at our office, which is located at A.v Antonio Lorena A-25 Int 5 Santiago, Cusco. If you have any question regarding how to get there or any other concerns, please contact us.

WHERE WILL MY LUGGAGE BE STORED?

We will store your luggage while you are are on your trek or tour.  If you prefer to store it at your hotel, that is perfectly fine too.  Our luggage storage service is free of charge. Make sure to take the items you will need for your trek or tour.

WILL THERE BE HOTEL PICK UP?

Yes, we will pick you up from your hotel through our private transportation.  This is included within your trek or tour package.  If you are staying at a hotel in the Sacred valley, we can also pick you up as well. Please let us know where you will be staying to coordinate pick up!

HOW DO I BOOK PERMITS FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

To book permits for Inca Trail, we will need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW link located on our homepage.  You will need to provide all group participants information. (Full names, valid passport information, gender, date of birth, nationalities). This information is needed as each permit will be issued with each participants’ provided information. (NOTE: permits cannot be changed or transferred once issued).

We require a deposit of US$200.00 per person, in order, to purchase permit(s) for the Inca Trail. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL links located at the top of our home page or you can click on the PAYPAL link on our booking page.

Once all of these steps have been met, we will send you an email confirmation of your permits and invoice.

CAN I PAY OFF MY REMAINING BALANCE IN CUSCO?

Of course! You can pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) before your trek or tour starts. There are many ATMs located within the historical center of Cusco.  You can also pay through PAYPAL but will have to pay their 5.5{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} service charge fee. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you will need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address amarutrekexpeditions@gmail.com.

 DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour(students 18 & above need valid ISIC student cards – green). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before this trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

  • All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 11, the discount is $40.
  • For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  • Send us a copy at info@amarutrekexpeditions.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Once the permits have been purchased, the Peruvian government does not allow any changes, so it is out of our hands.  Permits are not transferable or non-refundable so make sure your dates are exact and the information provided is correct. *** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable.

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT TO ENTER THE INCA TRAIL?

Yes, you have to bring your original passport (the one that was used to book the permit) as it is very important to be allowed entry on the Inca Trail. If you have renewed your passport, you will have to bring both the old and new one. This also applies to your train ticket also as an employee will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. If you have renewed your passport, please let us know to make the necessary changes to your train tickets.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  You will encounter many different varieties of microclimates as you hike and it will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring a variety of clothing for these changes. Example: dress in layers, insulated waterproof jackets.

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general, if you exercise regularly or spend a couple of days in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, chances are you will acclimate normally(which is about 24 hours to 2 days). Items recommended for altitude sickness are WATER, COCA TEA, and OXYGEN IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimating.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

WHAT DOES THE INCA TRAIL LIKE IN PEAK SEASON?

It will get crowded but with government regulations in place, there will be enough space for everyone. To improve your experience along the Inca Trail, we have the privilege of being the only tour operator camping at Llactapata. Where you have a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!  However, if crowding is a concern, we recommend that you book your permits in advance(at least 5 to 6 months) or consider one of our alternative treks!

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS PER GROUP?

Each group will have 1 cook. The number of porters depends on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will be 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, and 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

WILL I GET A DUFFEL BAG?

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bags for you. Along with your food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as an insulated waterproof jacket, phone, camera, extra chargers/batteries, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal medications, toilet paper, snacks, water, etc. A 30L to 50L backpack is sufficient.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT?

The Inca Trail is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek, we will hike up two mountains. The Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit for this trek.

We recommend in preparation for the trek: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or exercise at a gym within the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimated to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ALONG THE TRAIL?

This question has been highlighted by most of our trekkers, especially by female trekkers, that require a private, clean and sanitary toilet.  Amarutrek Expeditions provides toilet facilities that have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat.  Our toilets are always set up at a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night, if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

In this scenario, if you are unable to finish the trek due to a health reasons, Amarutrek Expeditions will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on our treks for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they may continue their journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu with their group.

IS THERE HOTEL DROP OFF AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely!  It is included in your package. After your trek is over, once in Cusco, we will drop you off at your hotel with your private transportation. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too!

AT WHAT TIME ARE THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco. Therefore, you will take the train at 4:22 pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu! If you need to change your departure times, please contact us in advance to make the necessary changes as we cannot change tickets at the last minute.

 HOW MUCH IS THE UPGRADE TO VISTADOME?

The upgrade to the Vistadome train, which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling are priced at US $ 65 per person. This includes the transfer from Poroy(train station) to Cusco(your hotel). You will be offered some snacks and a dance show on board.  It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by private transportation. If you upgrade to the Vistadome train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy takes 3.5 hours and then 25mins by private transportation to your hotel(Cusco).

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO TIP?

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you throughout during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Amarutrek Expeditions destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.  You can also split tips between group members to go towards each of the staff members that partook in the trek or tour.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible touristic operator. We incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and help the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all of our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your trek to the fullest and we offer these additional options to enhance your Inca Trail trek!!!

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS :

 

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu(young mountain) is a mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu (old mountain).  It is a 45-minute exhilarating hike to its top.  You will be doing this hike on your own as your guide will direct you after the guided tour of Machu Picchu where to go. This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. If you decide this risk-taking hike is for you, let us know in advance as tickets sell out fast.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is a newer mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top.  If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the rare spectacled bear that lives in areas (off limits to the public). This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. It must be booked in advance as it sells out fast.

Vistadome Train

All our tours include the Expedition (Tourist) Train. This train is normally booked at 4:22 p.m., leaving Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome train is an upgrade option, that offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment. Normally, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, train station closer to Cusco. While there is an upgrade fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The price for this upgrade is $75 per person and must be booked in advance.

Extra Day at Machu Picchu

You will have a full day at Machu Picchu, arriving at the citadel around 6 AM and leaving no later than 2 PM in order to catch your 4:22 train. If you would like to visit Machu Picchu again the next day, this time on your own, we can arrange this.  It must be coordinated in advance and the prices are as follows:

Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu- $55 per person

Hotel Upgrades

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5-star hotel) – US $460 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4-star hotel) – US $234 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3- star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)

You can also ask us about another hotel of your choice and we can give you a quote on the price for the extra days you will be staying.

PRICES

PRICES PER PERSON

 

Two trekkers: $850 per person
Three trekkers: $790
Four trekkers: $760
Five trekkers: $730
Six trekkers: $700
Seven,Eight, or more, trekkers: $690

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