important: concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. as a result, advance booking is mandatory.a maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the trail every day. as a result, the high season books out very quickly.
note: that the trail is closed every february for cleaning.
we have daily departure and is recommended making your reservation 3 or 4 months before you arrive to peru.
|Tour schedule & cost 2013|
2 days inca trail to machu pichu $ usd per person
backpacker service (join a group)
discount: $5 usd of discount for south american explorers club members
organized groups: we offer private trekking at any time departure
group size: 8-12 participants per 2 guides
we highly recommended to book your permit prior you arrive to peru
all prices stated above are subject to change.
exchange rate $1 usd = s/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
available departure dates 2013
february: the 2 or 4 days inca trail will be closed for maintenance, not available permit... sorry. machu picchu opens all year.
january - march - april - june - july - august - september- october - november - december: the inca trail trek leaves every monday, wednesday and friday. if you have like to book for other day let know us to add the departure date. we recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible with bank deposit of 50% and the final balance (50%) can be paid when you arrive in cusco, one day before we will meet you in your hotel or you come to our local office.
inka trail waether
for more information about the weather in the inca trail trek machu picchu, and around cusco region click here.
porters to carry up to 12kg = $75 usd per day.
regarding porters who carry personal items. you will need to
carry with you a daypack with your camera, bottle of water, snacks, a fleece or something warm and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as porters do not walk alongside you. your bag will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.
best to put everything up to 12kgs in one backpack for the porter so that you don't have 2 large backpacks in your tent. we can provide you with a big rice sack that is not heavy but also not water proof so use plastic bags around your gear. the porters have large ponchos to cover them and the bag.
important new trail regulations inc (instituto nacional de cultura) please note the inc has confirmed a 50% increase on the inca trail fee for trekkers and porters but from august not january 2007 as previously indicated.
a - limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 people per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
b - your passport details and isic student card if applicable must be presented to theugm park control to obtain a permit. you most scan / fax your valid isic card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. youth travel card or istc is not accepted by the control.
c - we have daily departures for the 4 day inca trail (except in all february) and from may to october (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
d - for lower season dates november to april there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
At 5:00am pick up and transfer from your hotel to the train station of poroy. travel by train to trailhead at kilometer 104.
10am after find the checkpoint over the ollantaytambo river and start to walk guided by official english-speaking tour guide into chachabamba ruin located next of old inca trail, this complex was considered the second gate to machu picchu. 3 hours climbs the hillside leaving the woods for open grassland till lunch time.
the path continues descend to cloud forest crossing a nice waterfall and then arrive to the impressive wyñay wayna ruin, where you will have completely guided tour. next to wyñay wayna ruins are facilities to use toilets and buy drinking water and short rest on the urban area of terraces. we walk slow following the ancient inca trail and getting the best view of the urubamba canyon and passing the cloud forest up to the final pass named inti punku (sun gate). from here you will have unforgettable scenery of machu picchu ruin and wayna picchu mountain. at 3/4pm we arrive to machu picchu gate, if you like we can wait out or inside the ruins for nice sunset over the ruins. the first day entrance to machu picchu ruin is with additional cost of the entrance ($89 usd per person).
we continue downhill hike to aguas calientes (optional bus down to aguas calientes - $9 usd per person). we advice to carry your headlamp or flashlight, just in case get dark on the way down to the hotel in aguas calientes. you will have chance to visit the thermal springs which are open until 9pm.
today you will stay at nice and comfortable hotel in aguas calientes town; the room includes private bath and hot shower (l - d).
At 5am after early breakfast we take one of the first bus (around 5:30am) up to machu picchu ruins, this bus ride takes like 30 minutes along the zigzag road in the cloud forest.
at 7am begin of completely guided tour of most important sectors of machu picchu which takes around 2 hours. and then extra free time to explore and climb wayna picchu mountain, to climb and back takes 2 hours approximately. optional lunch at machu picchu sanctuary lodge – hotel, is one of the best places to have nice food feeling the inca land atmosphere in the middle of nature - otherwise you can get your lunch in aguas calientes town. at 2pm you will have meeting with the tour guide at the main gate of machu picchu and aboard the tourist shared bus down to aguas calientes town.
around 4pm will be the transfer by train to ollantaytambo (sacred valley), this journey takes not more than 2 hours along the urubamba canyon.
from ollantaytambo will be a tourist bus to drop you to the hotel in cusco and end the service (b - l).
if you like to stay an extra night in aguas calientes we can arrange any hotels. if you spend an extra night in aguas calientes we will book your train tickets to return to cusco on the following day.
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